Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 22!

Hello Siestas! I pray you are well and blessed.

My name is Amy. I grew up in Texas and New Mexico. I’m blessed to have been raised in a loving home where I grew up as a Pastor’s kid. While I am no longer living in either of those states, I still claim Texas as my ‘Home Sweet Home.’ I love to read, cook, organize everything, and writing. Just recently I took up knitting!
I chose a scripture that while I know it – I don’t live it. For that reason I don’t have it memorized like I should. It carries so much promise I knew I needed to share it with you.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25 NLT


I could write about my insecurities and fears all day. In fact, I have re-written this post four times now. Why? I have a fear of what other people will think of me – of how I will sound when people read it. The funny thing is that I want to be a writer. My heart and passion are in encouraging others, listening to their stories, and teaching God’s Word.

It has taken me a few years to find out this is what I really want to do with my life. My education is not in English or Communication, but I have figured out that it doesn’t matter. As my pastor says, “God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.”

For years I have allowed my insecurities and fears to control me. I allowed the enemy to use them to hold me back from God’s call on my life. It has crept into my life in many areas: with my weight (a struggle that has lasted over fifteen years now), in finding a spouse, with other relationships, with job opportunities, with life goals I’ve wanted to achieve, and so much more.

Coming into this year I knew I had to change focus. My problem wasn’t that I didn’t know the issues I needed to deal with, or even the solutions to those issues, it was in the action to take the steps to achieve them. We’ve all been there at one time or another, right? Take my weight issue, for example: I’ve known for years I’ve needed to admit it, work on it, and conquer it. My problem wasn’t admitting I needed to lose weight. I had admitted that to family, friends and even myself. My problem wasn’t in knowing what to do – I had read everything, been to a dietitian, nutritionist, a few trainers, and tried many diets. My problem was simply doing it.

I have a wonderful younger brother. He has grown into an amazing man of God. He is my best friend and the best person in my life when it comes to being honest. He isn’t afraid of hurting my feelings. He loves me enough to speak truth. He talked to me the other night about this very issue of weight. His words, while truthful and hard-hitting, held so much grace. While I was carrying on about feeling alone with no one around to help me, he said “Amy, in the physical sense you are alone. You are alone because you are the only one who can physically do this. I can’t step into your body and make you – it’s up to you. But in the spiritual sense, you should know better. You are so strong. Physically you are strong. Spiritually you are strong. But you’re also strong mentally. If there is anyone I know who can do this it is you. You really are a warrior. You just have these jabs the enemy keeps hitting you with. You are in this for yourself!”

I need to hear those words. My eyes watered when he called me a warrior. I don’t know that I’ve ever been called that before. It made me realize that I’ve allowed my insecurities and fears to control me for too long – not just in my weight, but in many areas in my life. To hear someone I admire so dearly call me a warrior! I associate warrior with words like boldness, courage, dedication, steadfast, determined, unstoppable. To see my brother’s confidence in me helped me to understand that is how Christ sees me – like a warrior! I needed this to kick me into high gear.

Now I’m determined. I won’t allow fear or insecurity to hold me back from what God is calling me to do. It doesn’t matter what the issue, I can conquer it. I am a daughter of the Most High God. Dear Siesta, you are too!

I want to encourage you that whatever issues you are facing this year, remember that Jesus adores you and calls you His daughter. His Word says that we can confidently walk forward in life wearing strength and dignity as our fashion statement. We can walk into our future knowing that we are warriors for Christ. We don’t have to know the future to face it with confidence. The Word says we laugh without fear of the future! We don’t have to fear what is to come, our future mistakes, our insecurities and how they will play out.

We just do our part and take a step. Our confidence comes in knowing he is taking us one step at a time as Psalms 37:23 says: “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” NLT

My prayer for us, Siestas, is that we take Him at His Word. He delights in the details of our lives, He knows what is to come, and we can confidently take the step, the action, and move forward, without fear.


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  1. 851
    Leah Kuor says:

    Leah Kuor, Salem, OR

    Hebrews 4:12 (NASB)

    “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

  2. 852
    Kristen says:

    Kristen Fowler, Marble, NC

    But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, and sincere.
    James 3:17 ESV

  3. 853
    Kristi Hood says:

    A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

    Proverbs 17:17

  4. 854
    Leslie Warnick says:

    Leslie Warnick
    Oakland MD

    2 Corinthians 12:9

    But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

  5. 855
    Teresa says:

    Teresa, Walla Walla, James 1:5 NLT “If you need wisdom–if you want to know what God wants you to do–ask Him, and He will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking.”

  6. 856
    Kathy Ray says:

    Ezekiel 34:11-12
    For this is what the sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.

  7. 857
    Sandy Hartley says:

    Sandy Hartley, Clatskanie OR
    Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. JUB

  8. 858
    Julie Ratcliff says:

    Julie Ratcliff,”“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭34:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  9. 859
    Diane says:

    Diane, Wichita, KS
    You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
    Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)

  10. 860
    Ginny~ Atlanta says:

    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.Ephesians 4:29

  11. 861
    Kayley says:

    Kayley Hibbert — Quincy, IL

    We have all these great people us as examples. Their lives tell us what faith means. So we, too, should run the race that is before us and never quit. We should remove from our lives anything that would slow us down and the sin that so often makes us fall. Hebrews 12:1 ERV

  12. 862
    Delores Perley says:

    Delores Perley, El Cajon, CA
    Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.
    He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:5-6 (NLT)

  13. 863
    Kathy says:

    Kathy, Bryant AR:

    He rescued me from my powerful enemy,

    from my foes, who were too strong for me.

    Psalm 18:17. NIV

  14. 864
    Christina Juarez says:

    Christina Fort Worth

    3 Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. (‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭3‬ HCSB)

  15. 865
    Vonnie Baker says:

    Vonnie Baker
    Marble Hill MO

    This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 KJV

  16. 866
    Kelly S says:

    Kelly Snodgrass
    Rogersville, TN
    Ephesians 6:16 ESV
    In all circumstances, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;

  17. 867
    Brigette Brock says:

    Brigette Brock
    Morehead, Ky
    I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the gory that will be revealed in U.S.
    Romans 8:18

  18. 868
    Shannon says:

    Shannon, Columbia, SC

    “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”

    -Psalm 150:6 (NIV)

  19. 869
    Denise Ciofani says:

    Denise Ciofani. Lexington, NC. “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,” Philippians 2:9 NIV

  20. 870
    Andrea Porter says:

    Andrea, Pottstown

    Isaiah 64:4 NLT
    For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!

  21. 871
    Jen Massara says:

    Jen – Albany, OR
    I said, “Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that He may come and shower righteousness upon you.” -Hosea 10:12 NLT

  22. 872
    Karlys says:

    Karlys, La Place, LA
    Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing The LORD.
    Colossians 3: 22 ESV

  23. 873
    Joy French says:

    Joy -Georgetown, TX – 2 Peter 1:9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. NIV

  24. 874
    Elsie Gregory says:

    Elsie – Scottsbluff NE

    Isa 45:5 ESV

    I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know Me

  25. 875


    Lindon, Utah

    EPHESIANS 5:20

    Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the

    name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  26. 876
    Lynn Larson says:

    Lynn, Lake Villa, IL

    Ephesians 2:22 NLT

    Through Him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by His Spirit.

  27. 877
    Janet Schmoll says:

    Janet, Holmes Beach, FL

    If you make the Most High your dwelling –
    even the LORD, who is my refuge –
    then no harm will befall you,
    no disaster will come ear your tent.
    Psalm 91:9,10 NIV

  28. 878
    Michelle Vasquez says:

    Michelle V, Hewitt, TX

    He planned all of this so that we who had already focused our hope on Christ would praise him and give him glory.

    Ephesians 1:12 GW

  29. 879
    Heather says:

    Heather, Hempstead, TX

    Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.

    – Isaiah 33:2 (NIV)

  30. 880
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl in Fairhope, AL – “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23 NLT

  31. 881
    Becky Douglas says:

    Becky Douglas, Houston, TX

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

  32. 882
    Leah Eller says:

    Leah Eller, San Antonio, TX – “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 ESV

  33. 883
    Regina Coleman says:

    Regina Coleman, Salado, TX

    Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

    Luke 6:38 (NIV)

  34. 884
    Amanda, Chesterfield, IL says:

    Psalm 139:23-24(HCSB)

    23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my concerns.
    24 See if there is any offensive way in me;
    lead me in the everlasting way.

  35. 885
    Cara Shiu says:

    Cara from Houston, Texas

    Romans 11:20 (Mounce)

    That s true. They were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be proud, but stand in awe.

  36. 886
    Cara Dorn says:

    Cara, Oswego, IL. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:8

  37. 887
    Robin says:

    Robin, Knoxville

    Ps 94:18 NIV

    When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.”

  38. 888
    christina says:

    christina moore, Plano, Texas~
    “To whom then will you liken God,
    or what likeness compare with Him?”
    Isaiah 40:18, ESV

  39. 889
    Sheri says:

    Sheri, Georgetown, TX
    But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth. Psalm 86:15 (NASB)

  40. 890
    Susan Canham says:

    Susan Canham, Bismarck ND

    Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.

    -Romans 12:2 NIV

  41. 891
    Robin Dellinger says:

    Robin, Leo, IN “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” James 4:4 NIV

  42. 892
    Allison Crook says:

    Allison Crook
    Albuquerque, NM

    “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!”
    Psalm 133:1 (NASB)

  43. 893
    Deborah says:

    Deborah Flora Sawyer, KS

    The Lord said to him, Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord?

    Exodus 4:11 NIV

  44. 894

    Ann, DC

    Romans 12:19, NRSV
    Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

    Romans 12 is good reading for all at this time.

  45. 895
    Jules says:

    Jules Lane
    Foothills of the Rocky Mtns, CO

    Almost done with Psalm 103…

    “Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.” ~Psalm 103:21

  46. 896
    Nancy English says:

    Do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgement and discretion. Proverbs 3:21b

  47. 897
    Laura Stiehl says:

    Laura in Bedford, TX

    My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. Isaiah 32:18 (NIV)

  48. 898
    Kristinia says:

    Kristinia, Metairie. LA

    When you pass through waters, I will be with you and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you, when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flames shall not consume you.

    Isaiah 43:2

  49. 899
    Kari Turner says:

    Kari Turner
    Charlottesville, VA
    “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:20‬ ‭NIV

  50. 900
    Shauna Knott says:

    Shauna K., River Falls, WI.

    Luke 6:31 (NIV): “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

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