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. 1451
    Patty Pierce says:

    Patty Pierce
    Searcy, AR
    Col. 3:17 ESV

    And whatever you do whether in word or deed do it all I the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him .

  2. 1452
    Margaret from Florida says:

    NIV Jer30:17 But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds declares the Lord.

  3. 1453
    Merle NM says:

    Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.
    Habakkuk 3:2 NIV

  4. 1454
    Lynda Simpson says:

    Lynda S. From Brockville, Ontario
    ““I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”
    ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭32:27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  5. 1455
    Amy Spry says:

    Amy Spry
    Dothan, AL

    Ephesians 5:18 NIV

    Do not get drunk on wine which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

  6. 1456
    Elisabeth says:

    South Africa/Modesto, CA
    “Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.”
    Psalm 139:22

  7. 1457
    Kathy Freshwater says:

    In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, Who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

    Revelation 5:12

  8. 1458
    Cathy Bryan says:

    DeLand, Florida
    Psalm 22:11 ( New Living Translation)
    Do not stay so far from me, for trouble is near, and no one else can help me.

  9. 1459
    Roseanne Burdick says:

    Roseanne, Tacoma, Wa
    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and
    supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made
    known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
    Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV

  10. 1460
    Mona says:

    Mona Huston, Bossier City, LA – John 1:1-2, NIV, 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.

  11. 1461
    Dianne wade says:

    Dianne, Maineville, Ohio
    You will seek me and find me when you seek me
    with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 niv

  12. 1462
    Julie Fawcett says:

    Julie Fawcett, Round Rock, Tx-
    ” Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.”
    Psalm 63:3-4 NIV

  13. 1463
    Kathy Wilson says:

    Kathy Wilson, Chandler, Arizona
    “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
    I John 1:9

  14. 1464
    Ashley Roth says:

    Ashley Roth, Peachtree City, Ga.

    Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23 (NAS)

  15. 1465
    Stacey Bult says:

    Stacey B., Fayetteville, Ga
    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
    – Joshua 1:9 (ESV)

  16. 1466
    Constance Kempf says:

    260 E. 49th Ave.

    ” Or do you think that the Scripture say in vain, ‘The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?'” NKJV James 4:5

  17. 1467
    Allison says:

    Allison in Fort Worth:

    Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
    ruthless people are trying to kill me –
    they have no regard for you.

    Psalm 86:14 (NIV)

  18. 1468
    Malorie Elrod says:

    Malorie Elrod, Sharpsburg GA- 8 Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. (‭Psalm‬ ‭89‬:‭8‬ NIV)

  19. 1469
    sharon whitledge says:

    “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”
    1 Timothy 4:8 KJV

  20. 1470
    Aubrey Eubank says:

    And whatever you do in word or deed do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
    Colossians 3:17 ESV

  21. 1471
    Kathi Crowder says:

    Kathi Crowder from Yorktown, Virginia: “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.” Psalm 52:8

  22. 1472
    Michelle Mayhall says:

    Bossier City, LA

    He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

    Romans 8:32 NIV

  23. 1473
    Jann Sanicola says:

    Jann Sanicola, Holtsville, NY

    Psalm 119:57-59 NIV

    “You are my portion, Lord; I have promised to obey your words. I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.”

  24. 1474
    Kelly Harris says:

    Kelly, Cut-n-Shoot Tx

    Timothy, my child, I entrust to you this command, which is in accordance with the words of prophecy spoken in the past about you. Use those words as weapons in order to fight well,
    ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭1:18‬ ‭GNT‬‬
    Just a few weeks late on posting But better late than never
    (It just goes so well with the one I posted today and besides I feels as I …..doted all my I’s and crossed all my T’s)

  25. 1475
    Crystal says:

    CrystalParrott: Everett, Ontario Canada

    Because human anger goes not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:20 NIV

  26. 1476
    Patti Reavis says:

    Patti, Clemmons, NC
    “Even so ye, for as much as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.”
    1 Corinthians 14:12 KJV

  27. 1477
    Anne-Marie says:

    Anne-Marie, Munich – Germany 5I forgot to post it earlier) Psalms 143.8 (ESV) “Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”

  28. 1478
    Courtney says:

    Courtney, Lima, Ohio. “Keep watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” Matthew 26:41 (NLT)

  29. 1479
    Sparki2003 says:

    Jennifer Olmstead
    Janesville, Wisconsin

    John 11:35 : Jesus wept. [NIV]

    These may seem to be two very “simple” words for my SSMT memory verse this time . . .

    HOWEVER, I quickly realized that I NEED to Know that JESUS went through periods of weeping in His earthly ministry/life, just like me.

    I have been struggling with major grief; adding one more precious person to the “list” of beloved people in my life who have gone into the presence of our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus. But, this time, it was my dear Aunt Doris; not simply a beloved friend. And, sadly, these three/3 special people all passed away between September 24th and November 5th, 2015 . . .

    THANK YOU, LORD JESUS, for allowing me/us to “know that You humbled Yourself” to feel what it is like to weep deeply, and to have gone through times of mourning and sorrow; and, have felt the pain and agony of grieving, TOO !!!

    I love You, Lord Jesus! Please help me to “keep pressing on, and to Know that I can still have JOY in my heart”; as Miss Beth told me once . . .

    In Christ’s Love, Jennifer

  30. 1480
    Whitney Holder says:

    Whitney Holder, Wilmington, NC. “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  31. 1481
    Debbie Weaver says:

    Debbie Weaver, Cumming, GA

    “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 322-23 NIV

  32. 1482
    Patriciayedidah1@ says:

    Patricia from Richmond Texas

    The Lord is my strength and my shield, in him my heart trusts and I am helped, my heart exalts, and with my song I give thanks to him.

    ESV. Psalm 28:7

  33. 1483
    sistersheri says:

    Sheri, Portland, OR

    Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is ture.

    3 John 12

  34. 1484
    Janelle MacKay says:

    Janelle MacKay, Malta, NY “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭9:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  35. 1485
    Margie Rodriguez says:

    Margie Rodriguez, San Angelo, Texas
    Proverbs 3;13 NIV
    Blessed are those who find wisdom,
    those who gain understanding,

  36. 1486
    Beth Reid says:

    Beth Reid, London, ON

    2 Corinthians 2:14 ESV

    But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphant procession, and through us spreads the fragrance the knowledge of Christ everywhere.

  37. 1487
    Gwyn Cummings says:

    Gwyn Cummings, Rowlett, TX

    For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

    Proverbs 2:6

  38. 1488
    Jo Ellen Chance says:

    Jo Ellen Chance, Shawnee, Kansas

    You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. – John 14:28 ESV

  39. 1489
    Tangila Webb says:

    Tangila, Pearland TX
    [Ecclesiastes 5:5 NLT] 5 It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it.

  40. 1490
    Gina Demangos says:

    Gina Demangos San Diego CA

    Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts and be thankful. Colossians 3:15

  41. 1491
    Tasha Jeffcoat says:

    Tasha J., Edmond, OK

    Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
    (‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭16-18‬ NIV)

  42. 1492
    Karen says:

    Karen, Richardson, TX

    Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

    Hebrews 12:3 NKJV

  43. 1493
    Susan says:

    Susan, Wynne
    The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?
    Psalm118:6 (ESV)

  44. 1494
    Barbara Smith says:

    Barbara Smith, San Antonio, Tx
    He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. 2 Corinthians 1:10-11

  45. 1495
    Lori Boone says:

    Lori Boone, Renton WA
    And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins .” Mark 11:25

  46. 1496
    Susan Smith says:

    Susan Smith, Helena, MT
    Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.
    Psalm 57:11 NIV

  47. 1497
    Tammy Disch says:

    Tammy Disch, Garland, TX Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned Romans 5:12 (NASB)

  48. 1498
    Joni N. says:

    Psalms 32:8 NLT
    The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”

  49. 1499
    Laury Pitts says:

    Laury Pitts from San Clemente, CA: “I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity;” Jeremiah 29:14a (NKJV)

  50. 1500
    Stacey Deyoung says:

    Stacey DeYoung- Morocco,In.
    Habakkuk 3:18 AMP
    Yet I will choose to rejoice in the Lord;I will choose to shout in exultation in the victorious God of my salvation!

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