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. 1401
    Marrie Gardner says:

    Marrie Gardner Cullman, AL
    1 Thessalonians 5:18
    Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

  2. 1402
    Cris says:

    Cris – New Lenox, IL

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

    Galatians 5:22 (NIV)

  3. 1403
    Tammy Fortney says:

    Tammy, Deer Park, WA
    So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. Hebrews 10:35

  4. 1404
    Kathy Walden says:

    Kathy Walden, Knightstown, IN

    The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. Is 9:2 NIV

  5. 1405
    Stacie Beard says:

    “From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭61:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  6. 1406
    D'Anna says:

    D’Anna Nowack
    New Braunfels, Tx.

    Matthew 21:21 NIV
    21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

  7. 1407
    Shelley Bywater says:

    Shelley, Brigham City, Utah

    Matthew 21:22 ESV

    And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.

  8. 1408
    Martha Blacklock says:

    Martha Blacklock
    Lubbock, TX 79424

    Psalm 118:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His faithful love endures forever.”


  9. 1409
    Cher Goeder says:

    Cher Goeder, Toledo, Ohio
    Psalm 69:30 NIV
    “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving.”

  10. 1410
    Missie Ables says:

    Missie Ables, Marble Falls Tx
    “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

  11. 1411
    Diana Rice says:

    Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.
    I Peter 2:16 NIV

    Wooster, Ohio

  12. 1412
    Dawn Edgell says:

    Dawn, Pottsville, AR-One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. Luke 17:15 (NIV)

  13. 1413
    Susan Thomson says:

    Susan Thomson, Crockett, TX

    John 14:27 ESV

    “Peace I leave with you; MY peace I give to you.
    Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be

  14. 1414
    Shelley says:

    Shelley from San Angelo

    Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name;
    you are Mine.

    Isaiah 43:1b NIV

  15. 1415
    Emily Hardesty says:

    Plano, TX
    Psalm 19:7-8
    “The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
    The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
    The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
    The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.”

  16. 1416
    Sheri Martens says:

    “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6: 33

  17. 1417
    Moreen says:

    Moreen, Sydney Australia
    Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭31‬:‭25‬ ESV)

  18. 1418
    Crista says:

    Forest, VA

    “As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the LORD. “My Spirit, Who is on you, and My words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever,” says the LORD.

    –Isaiah 59:21

  19. 1419
    Diane Price says:

    Diane, Nowata, OK

    1Chronicles 16:8 NIV

    “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”

  20. 1420
    Cheryl Conklin says:

    Cheryl Conklin, Roswell, NM
    “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1, NASB)

  21. 1421
    Naomi says:

    Naomim ~ Colorado Springs: “There is no one like the God of Israel. He rides across the heavens to help you, across the skies in majestic splendor” Deuteronomy 33:26 NLT

  22. 1422
    Kay Brown says:

    From Cornelius, NC…. Psalm 141:3,4 ( NIV)…. ” Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”

  23. 1423
    Cheryl M says:

    Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
    Ps 100:4 NIV

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    Lucia Byron says:

    In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. ( 1Peter1:6-7)

  25. 1425
    Cathy Morris says:

    Cathy Morris Sedona, AZ

    “Jesus replied, ‘If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.'”
    John 14:23 NIV

  26. 1426
    Vikki Stemler says:

    Vikki Stemler, Jeffersonville, IN

    “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.”

    Exodus 34:21 NIV

  27. 1427
    Amy Seiford says:

    Buda, Texas

    “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”

    Proverbs 31:25 NLT

  28. 1428

    Tonya, Searcy, AR
    God, hear my cry; listen to my prayer.
    Psalm 61:1 NCV

  29. 1429
    Deonne Collins says:

    Deonne Collins Hallsville, TX – “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow and the Lord God will be with you.” 2 Chronicles 20:17 NIV

  30. 1430
    Mindy Habelt says:

    Mindy Habelt, Williamson, Georgia

    James 1:4 (NIV)

    “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

  31. 1431
    Dawn says:

    Mt. Olive, NC

    Jeremiah 29.11 ESV
    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and nor for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

  32. 1432
    Beth Bellow says:

    Beth Bellow, Houston, NIV
    He tends his flock like a shepherd.
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
    and carries them close to his heart.
    He gently leads those that have young.
    Isaiah 40:11

  33. 1433
    Carolyn Webb says:

    Carolyn Webb, Grand Prairie, Texas. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Romans 8:7 NIV

  34. 1434
    Izora Browning says:

    Izora Browning Nov. 30 2015. Midland Texas

    But when he saw Jesus afar off,he ran and worshiped him. Mark 5:6. NIV

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    carla van hemmen says:

    Carla van Hemmen, Ede , the Netherlands,: daarom maken we iedere gedachte krijgsgevangene om haar aan Christus te onderwerpen. 2 Korintiens 10:5

  36. 1436
    Nitsa says:

    Nitsa, Eugene, OR.
    On Nov. 11, I lost my beloved husband. This is the verse he would want for me.
    “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25 NLT

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      Patty Pierce says:

      I just wanted to say I am so sorry for your loss. You have chosen a beautiful verse to honor him and Jesus. May God bless you with peace and joy and comfort through this season . Patty Pierce

  37. 1437
    Stacy says:

    Stacy, Ruston, LA
    “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin.”
    Hebrews 4:15 NLT

  38. 1438
    rhonda says:


    Ephesians 2:1 (NKJV)
    And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,

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    Wendy Bashor says:

    Wendy Bashor – Lone Butte, BC: The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 NIV

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    Donna Rychlik says:

    on my computer the blog has not been updated since 11-13-15, just checking to be sure its not my computer.

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    Lesley says:

    Lesley, Oceanside, CA

    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.

    2 Corinthians 12: 9, ESV

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    Deborah Cochran says:

    Psalm 105:2-3 NKJV

    Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
    Talk of all His wondrous works!
    Glory in His holy name;
    Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!

    Milan, MI

  43. 1443
    Rita Ford says:

    Rita Ford, The Woodlands, Texas. “Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations He has brought on the earth.” Psalm 46:8 NIV

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    Dawn Deare says:

    Dawn Deare Lafayette, LA
    Psalm 119:44 ESV
    I will keep your law continually forever & ever

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    Emily bowden says:

    Emily Bowden, augusta, GA

    “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12 ESV

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    Wanda Young says:

    Wanda Young
    Osborn, Missouri

    In His goodness He chose to make us His own children
    by giving us His true word. And we, out of all creation
    became His choice possession.

    James 1:18 (NLT)

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    Bettie Thompson says:

    God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1, NASB

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    Jackie says:

    “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (ESV)

  49. 1449
    Patti says:

    Brentwood TN
    Romans 6:22 ESV

    But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.

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    Kristen Schwark says:

    Kristen Schwark
    Indpls, IN

    “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior”
    Luke 1:46-47 NIV

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