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. 1151
    Lynn Bennett says:

    No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 cor 10 :13

  2. 1152
    Sandra Debter says:

    Sandra, Springville, Al
    I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you!
    Psalm 119:11 NLT

  3. 1153
    Bonnie O'Shields says:

    Bonnie O’Shields from Dacusville, SC

    “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

    James 1:23 HCSB

  4. 1154
    Allison Rains says:

    Allison Rains Benton, LA

    “Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him.”
    ~Psalm 37:7~

  5. 1155
    Paula says:

    Paula, Maine

    14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. (‭Colossians‬ ‭2‬:‭14-15‬ NLT)

  6. 1156
    Becky Frame says:

    Becky, Woodway, TX,

    “But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
    I have made the Sovereign LORD my shelter,
    and I will tell everyone about
    the wonderful things you do.” Psalm 73:28 NLT

  7. 1157
    Judy says:

    Judy, Satellite Beach, FL

    I seek you with all my heart, do not let me stray from your commands.

    Psalm 119:10 (NIV)

  8. 1158
    Linda Nelson says:

    Linda Nelson – Shreveport, La

    “Praise the name of God forever and ever, for He has all wisdom and power,. He controls the course of world events, he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars.”

    Daniel 2:20-21

  9. 1159
    Laura Sumpter says:

    Laura Sumpter-Salem, OR
    2 Peter 3:14-15 ESV Since you are waiting for these,
    be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish
    and at peace and count the paitence of our Lord
    as salvation…

  10. 1160
    Leslie says:

    Leslie – Cedar Grove, NC
    “Make if your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.

    Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.”

    1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 NLT

  11. 1161
    Georgia -Richmond,Va. says:

    Romans10:12 ” Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer ” NIV

  12. 1162
    Julie Fitch says:

    Julie Fitch
    Ann Arbor, MI

    “Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to establish it, the LORD is His name, 3 ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

    Jeremiah 33:2-3 (NASB)

  13. 1163
    Cindy Dowden says:

    La Grande, Oregon
    Psalm 39:7 NLT
    And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.

  14. 1164
    Marcy Woodcock says:

    Phil 4:8 NASB

    “Finally brethren whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

  15. 1165
    Kristel Hines says:

    Kristel from Russellville
    “Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD and not far away?” Jeremiah 23:23 ESV

  16. 1166
    Jayn says:

    Jayn, San Diego, CA
    Love never dies. 1 Corinthians 13:8

  17. 1167
    Sherri says:

    Sherri Dudley, Albuquerque “Dear brothers and sisters, if another Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back on the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.’ Gal 6:1 NLT

  18. 1168
    Kathryn says:

    Kathryn, Oceanside, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Proverbs 31:25 NIV

  19. 1169
    Linda Gammon says:

    Linda Gammon Blue Springs MO
    Colossians 1:15 NKJV
    15. He is the image of the invisible God,
    The firstborn over all creation.

  20. 1170
    Linda Babbs says:

    Linda Babbs, Linn Creek, MO “I have told you these things, so that in time you may have peace. I this world you will have trouble but take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Life Application

  21. 1171
    Kathy says:

    Kathy, Danvers MA

    1 Peter 5:6 NIV

    Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.

  22. 1172
    Marlena Cantrell says:

    Marlena Cantrell, Alabaster, AL

    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
    He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.
    He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
    Psalm 23:1-4 ESV

  23. 1173
    Linda says:

    Linda, Bartelso, IL. For the LORD GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the the prophets. Amos3:7 ESV

  24. 1174
    Barbara Q says:

    Barbara Q, West Point, GA

    Philippians 4:7 NIV And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  25. 1175
    Amy Storms says:

    Amy Storms
    Joplin, MO

    “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Rev. 1:8, NIV

  26. 1176
    Melissa says:

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

  27. 1177
    Kim r says:

    Kim in st.Charles il
    Galatians 5:13
    For brethren you have been called unto liberty only use not liberty for occasion to the flesh but by love serve one another

  28. 1178
    Lynn Greene says:

    Lynn Greene, Shelby, NC Luke 10:18 NIV
    “He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from Heaven.”

  29. 1179
    Elizabeth Johnston says:

    Elizabeth Johnston
    Dallas, Texas

    Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

    John 17:17 (ESV)

  30. 1180
    Kim Bunting says:

    Kim B., Colfax, LA
    You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3 NIV

  31. 1181
    Candy Seale says:

    And i said, This is my infirmity: but I WILL REMEMBER the years of the right hand of the Most High. Psalm 77:10 KJV

  32. 1182
    Billie Sampsell says:

    Billie, Franklin, TN
    And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
    1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV

  33. 1183
    Rachel Coon-Arnott says:

    Rachel- Cumming, GA

    Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19 (NIV)

  34. 1184
    Teresa Landreth says:

    Teresa, Chadron, NE
    “It is written: “I believed, therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak.” 2 Corinthians 4:13 NIV

  35. 1185
    Karin says:

    Medina, MN
    “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
    Revelation 4:11

  36. 1186
    Rachel huff says:

    Rachel huff mechanicsville VA NIV never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5

  37. 1187
    Carla says:

    Carla Kaney, Adel, Iowa “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37 (NIV)

  38. 1188
    Debbie Hernandez says:

    Debbie, Atascocita, TX
    Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…(NIV)

  39. 1189
    Linda Johnson says:

    Linda Johnson, High Point, N.C.
    “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 NIV

  40. 1190
    Nancy Rottschafer says:

    Nancy Rottschafer Holland, MI

    You are Worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things and by your will they were created and have their being. Revelations 4:11

  41. 1191
    Denise(Arkansas) says:

    He is before all things and by Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17 NIV

  42. 1192
    Laura Stevens says:

    Laura Stevens, El Paso, TX
    Proverbs 13:4 NIV
    The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

  43. 1193
    J says:

    I enjoy your writing, Amy. It’s fresh and accessible, vulnerable and real. And your seemingly humble heart is quite captivating, too. Keep sharing your words. 🙂

    Houston-ish, TX

    James 5:11-12, ESV (Verses 21 and 22)

    Behold we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

    But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

  44. 1194
    Louise Jacoby says:

    In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

    Psalm 5:3 NIV

  45. 1195
    Vicki says:

    I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies. ~ Psalm 139:22 NIV

  46. 1196
    Cheryl Mittmann says:

    “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11 NIV

  47. 1197
    Diane says:

    Diane in Lenexa, KS
    Psalm 19:14 NIV
    May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

  48. 1198
    Linda Rivet says:

    “Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in.”
    – James 2:2 (NIV)

  49. 1199
    Marcy says:

    Marcy T., Euless, TX
    It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
    Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

  50. 1200
    Ruth says:

    Ruth, Providence RI

    Come, behold the works of the Lord,
    how he has wrought desolations in the earth.

    He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear,
    he burns the chariots with fire!

    Psalm 46:8,9 RSV

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