Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 20!

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Hey Siestas!!! I barely have words to express how much of an honor it is for me to share with y’all. I absolutely adore Mama Beth and the community that she has cultivated here on the interwebs!

My name is Karina Allen. I am 35 and from New Orleans, LA but have lived in Baton Rouge since 1998. Much of my time here is spent at the gym, babysitting or at my local church, Healing Place. I am involved in a myriad of ministries and outreaches. I am on the worship team, a leader for High School girls, active in our women’s ministry, nursery registration team volunteer, a part of young adult ministry, and a teacher for our kids’ dance ministry. I also help with our inner city outreaches and to bring awareness to human trafficking through Trafficking Hope Inc. I taught preschool for about 10 years but I knew that that wasn’t the call of God on my life. I am a freelance writer and editor. I’m a contributor for Incourage as well as a few other sites. I am working on my certification to be a Life Coach. I long to speak, hope, truth, life, encouragement and purpose into the souls of women. My dream is for each woman to fully walk out their identity in Christ in the specific calling that He has for each of their lives.

“…and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.” Isaiah 61:3 NIV

Really, the whole of Isaiah 61 is incredible! It is all about the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord and what His anointing empowers us to have and to be. I don’t know about you, but most days I don’t feel empowered. I feel a bit defeated by life, others and even myself. But that is not God’s will for my life or for yours. His desire is for His Spirit to come alive in us, to overflow and impact those around us.

Recently, I was at my friend Elizabeth’s house working on some writing projects. She has this gorgeous black and white photo hanging of an oak tree from New Orleans’ City Park. And verse 3 of Isaiah 61 was beautifully written underneath it. My gaze repeatedly returned to that photo and that verse much of the night. It’s as though the Lord was trying to get my attention. I knew that this needed to be a verse that I committed to memory and needed to become embedded within my very marrow.

1.) God wants to trade the pain we acquire from this world with His good and perfect gifts. Before sin entered the world, mourning and despair were never even a concern. The world has been bombarded with evil and suffering. People cause harm and bad things happen. But God wants us to know that even in the midst of tragedy, we can experience His peace, comfort and even joy.

2.) Through the trading process, God’s dream is for us to become oaks of righteousness. Now, this may not seem like something we would want to be described as, but it should be. Oak trees are remarkable! They are strong, tough and extremely resilient. They have roots that reach down deep into the earth. When we exchange our hurt with the Lord’s goodness, this is the outcome. We dig deep into His Word and discover His promises for us. We stand firm on that foundation and the storms of life are unable to shake us. We allow Him to be the lifter of our heads and fill us with His hope. We become confident that He will work all things together for good to those of us that love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

3.) As we grow to be oaks of righteousness, we turn into a display of the Lord’s splendor. On display for all to see…that is an intimidating thought. Don’t let it be. People watch us. They watch how we live and what we say if we profess Christ. They watch how we respond in both good and bad seasons. That’s okay. As we are conformed to the image of Christ, others take notice and eventually desire to know why our lives are different. That is often how the Father draws hearts to Himself.

My Sister…

Beauty, joy and praise await you.

Deep roots are calling out to you.

His splendor is ready to be displayed through you.

For His Name and His Renown,
Karina Allen


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  1. 351
    Natalie Robertson says:

    Natalie, Frisco, TX
    “The Lord your God is in your midst; he is a warrior who can deliver. He takes great delight in you! He renews you by His love,he shouts for joy over you!”
    Zephaniah 3:17 NET

  2. 352
    Lori Pannell says:

    Lori Pannell, Houston, TX

    “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

  3. 353
    Dian Helgerud says:

    Dian Helgerud, Cocoa Beach Florida

    I will lead you in to solitude, and there I will speak to your heart.
    Hosea 2:14

  4. 354
    Kerry says:

    Kerry, Nederland TX
    I cry out to the Lord, I plead for the Lord’s mercy. I pour out my complaints before Him and tell Him all my troubles.
    Psalms 142: 1-2, NLT

  5. 355
    Angie Hill says:

    Angie Hill, Jasper, Alabama

    “Blessed is she who believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” Luke 1:45 NIV

  6. 356
    Jodi says:

    Jodi, Perth Western Australia
    staying right at the centre of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life.
    Jude 1:21 MSG

  7. 357
    Denise says:

    Denise from Snowcreek, VA. Job 11:18. Amplified
    And you shall be secure and feel confident because there is hope; yes, you shall search about you, and you shall take your rest in safety.

  8. 358
    Elizabeth Hughes says:

    Elizabeth Hughes, Berrien springs, MI, “Likewise the spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Romans8:26 ESV).

  9. 359
    Barbara Fenn says:

    Barb, Medina, Oh
    so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
    Col 1:10 ESV

  10. 360
    Janelle says:

    Janelle MacKay- Malta, NY Joshua 1:9 NLT

    “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

  11. 361
    Tonya says:

    Pineville, LA

    Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:17 (NIV)

  12. 362
    Donna Smith says:

    Athens, Georgia
    And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.–John 1:14 RSV

  13. 363
    Debi Detroyer says:

    Debi Detroyer Emmett MI

    Matthew 5:14 NIV

    “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”

  14. 364
    Cassia says:

    Cassia, Spring, TX
    They are led in with joy and gladness; they enter the palace of the king. Ps 45:15 NIV’84

  15. 365
    Laura Hagedorn says:

    Laura Hagedorn, Rib Mountain, WI, How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. Psalm 133:1-2 NIV

  16. 366
    Rita Ford says:

    Rita Ford, The Woodlands, Texas. “Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; He lifts His voice, the earth melts.” Psalm 46:6 NIV

  17. 367
    1gleaner says:

    Judy Littleton N.C.

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
    Phil 4:13 NIV

  18. 368
    Susan Harris says:

    Susan Harris
    Tyler, TX
    October 15, 2015 at 5:13 p.m.

    “For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”
    Hosea 6:6 (ESV)

  19. 369
    Mary Jayne Fincher says:

    Mary Jayne, Qulin MO
    “Search me and know my heart, try me and know my anxieties, and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139: 23-24 NKJV

  20. 370
    Nell Brinkley says:

    The revelation of Jesus christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John. Revelation 1-1 esv

  21. 371
    Connie Walker says:

    Connie Walker, Houston, TX
    Matthew 28:19 NLT
    Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

  22. 372
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer O. Corpus Christi, TX
    The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lam of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”
    John 1:29 NIV

  23. 373
    Barbara Bollman says:

    Barbara Bollman
    West Fargo, ND

    Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
    If it is possible as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
    Romans 12.17-18 NIV

  24. 374
    Glenda-Winston Salem,NC says:

    The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:4 NIV

  25. 375
    Michelle Brownell says:

    Michelle Brownell, Sturgis MI

    Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

    James 1:4

  26. 376
    Suzy Lipinski says:

    Suzy from Cedar Falls, IA

    Psalm 62:1 NIV
    Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.

  27. 377
    Melinda Miller says:

    Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace,seasoned with salt,so that you may know how to answer everyone.

  28. 378
    Julie says:

    Julie / Deer Park, Tx A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise person quietly holds it back. Proverbs 29:11 NLT

  29. 379
    Katie Baine says:

    Katie Baine, Clarksville, TN “This is why it says: ‘When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.'” Ephesians 4:8 NIV

  30. 380
    Marianne(Rockford) says:

    “I will heal them and reveal them in abundance of peace and truth “Jeremiah 33:6NKJV

  31. 381
    Rene' Pingel says:

    Rene’ Pingel, Cape Girardeau, MO

    Dear Children, let us not love with words or tongue but with action and in truth.
    1 John 3:18 NIV

  32. 382
    Tammy H. Cosby says:

    Tammy Cosby/Siloam NC…..Psalm 18:1 I love you, O Lord, my strength (NIV)

  33. 383
    Fran Thomas says:

    Fran Thomas, Jackson TN
    “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 NIV

  34. 384
    Dana Nance says:

    Dana Nance
    Blue Ridge, Tx

    Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.

    Psalm 103:21

  35. 385
    Tessa Pierce says:

    Tessa from Nacogdoches TX

    Romans 8:37 NASB

    But in all these things we OVERWHELMINGLY conquer
    through Him who loved us.

  36. 386
    Sherri Zingarelli says:

    Sherri Zingarelli, Galena, OH

    Open my eyes that I may see
    Wonderful things in your law.

    Psalm 119:18 NIV

  37. 387
    Kim Foley says:

    Kim Foley, Arnold, MD

    Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
    Revelation 2:7 (NIV)

  38. 388
    Janice MacNealy says:

    Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
    Romans 12:13

  39. 389
    Jessie Y. says:

    Jessie Y. Jackson, MO. NIV Colossians 3:24 “since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

  40. 390
    Alesha says:

    Alesha, Charlotte, NC

    I constantly trust in the Lord;because he is at my right hand, I will not be upended. So my heart rejoicesand I am happy;My life is safe.

    Psalm 16:8-9 NET

  41. 391
    Colleen says:

    Colleen, Mae Sot, Thailand
    From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
    James 3:10

  42. 392
    Jodi Mc says:

    Jodi, Sweetwater, TN – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. _ Proverbs 9:10 NIV

  43. 393
    Jerri Hadley says:

    Jerri Hadley, Wimberley TX. “How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” Psalm 104:24 NIV

  44. 394
    Sarah Fanning says:

    Sarah, Kingwood, TX
    “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.”
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  45. 395
    Cindy Stai says:

    Cindy, Lancaster OH
    “I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in Your words.”
    PSALM 119:147 (ESV)

  46. 396
    Danielle Pleasant says:

    Danielle Pleasant, Pinewood, SC

    “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭121:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  47. 397
    Anita Thompson says:

    Anita, Miami, FL

    Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Galatians 6:2-3 (NKJV)

  48. 398
    Ana Kempfer says:

    Ana from Dayton, TX
    Psalm 86:11 (NIV)
    Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness;
    give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

  49. 399
    Nancy Rottschafer says:

    Nancy Rottschafer, Holland MI. But He was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought us peace, was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

  50. 400
    Susan says:

    A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

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