SSMT 2017: Verse 5!



Hi! I am K-Mac, the 2nd Kimberly M. in the office, hence the nickname. I couldn’t be happier to finally at least sound like I was cool with this name.

I have had the privilege of being a part of Living Proof Ministries in either a volunteer or staff role for about 13 years.  [Every time I have to calculate the years, I think, “How can that be?!” Grin.]

When trying to focus in on what my next memory verse would be, a single verse kept coming to mind: the familiar Matthew 6:33,  Seek first the kingdom of God…  It kept showing up in sermons, in devotionals, on Instagram, at church, etc. so I figured I had better start there, even though it seemed a bit of a cop-out because I already knew the verse. So I started looking up different translations and finally landed on including the little section of 9 verses in Matthew 6 that ends with verse 33.  Having done a fair amount of “casting my cares” (1 Peter 5:7) to God last year regarding anxiety, I was blown away to find this section also addresses anxiety. I guess Jesus and I still have some ground to take in this area. [If you also struggle with areas of anxiety, I highly recommend you watch Beth’s TV teaching called “The Basket Case” on our LPM App, and especially take the time to do the Action Guide once you get to Part 4!] And how fun is this: I just learned that this teaching will re-air on TBN beginning tonight!

I love knowing that what I felt might have been a random selection of Scripture, He has a strategic purpose. And, wow, have I found choosing a portion of Scripture is much easier for my mind to remember than scattered verses!

Keep keeping at it, my SSMT partners!

Matthew 6:25-33 (ESV) – Do Not Be Anxious

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.


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  1. 501
    Brenda says:

    Brenda, Ottawa, Canada

    “Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”

    Psalm 90:2 NKJV

  2. 502
    Sydni says:

    Sydni from Tennessee

    “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;”
    Psalms 34:19 NIV

  3. 503
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn, St. Catharines, ON
    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God to comfort all who mourn.
    Isaiah 61:2 (NIV)

  4. 504
    Mechelle Thomas says:

    “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  5. 505
    Cookie Strickland says:

    Orlando, Florida

    “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34: 17-18 NIV

  6. 506
    Carolyn T says:

    Meridian, Idaho
    My mind and my body may grow weak, but God is my strength; He is all I ever need. GNB
    (Check out other versions, especially MSG!)

  7. 507
    Lori says:

    Lori Collins, Columbus, GA
    Psalm 25:5, ESV
    Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

  8. 508
    Paige says:

    Paige from Fort Washington, MD.
    Ephesians 1:11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will

  9. 509
    Lisa Bodach says:

    Lisa from Wakarusa, IN: 2 Corinthians 4:3 “and even if our Gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing”

  10. 510
    Cindy Kircher says:

    Cindy, Franklin TN: “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  11. 511
    Marilyn Nelson says:

    James 1:9-11 Amplified

    Let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his elevation {as a Christian, called to the true riches and to be an heir of God},

    And the rich {person ought to glory} in being humbled {by being sown his human frailty}, because like the flower of the grass he will pass away.

    For the sun comes up with a scorching heat and parches the grass; its flower falls off and its beauty fades away. Even so will the rich man wither and die in the midst of his pursuits.

  12. 512
    Marsha says:

    Marsha Lundquist from New Castle, IN.
    “Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders, and the sin that easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

  13. 513
    Gina says:

    Gina from Naperville, Il.

    I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose–I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]

  14. 514
    Debbie says:

    So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

    Hebrews 13:6 ESV

    Portland, OR

  15. 515
    Patience Nason says:

    Patience Nason, Citrus Heights, CA
    “Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. Eratus has remained at Corinth; I left Trophimus sick at Miletus. Make every effort to come before winter. Eubulus greets you, as do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers. The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.”
    2 Tim. 4:19-22 HCSB

  16. 516
    Betty Fulkerson says:

    Betty Fulkerson, Montgomery, Texas Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Psalms 25 (ESV)

  17. 517
    Debi says:

    Debi from Wills Point, TX

    Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are my God and Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.

    Psalm 25:5, NIV

  18. 518
    Tina Crouch says:

    Tina Crouch
    Waxahachie, Texas

    2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

  19. 519
    Sally Cressman says:

    Sally from Brentwood, TN: For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father, but the world. 1 John 2:16 (NIV)

  20. 520
    Lynn says:

    ESV 2 Cor 13:36 “He is not weak in dealing with you but is powerful among you.”

  21. 521
    Pam Barrett says:

    I Commit! Pam Barrett from Newellton,La. All are from dust and to dust all return. Ecclesiastes3:20 ESV

  22. 522
    Helena Fulmer says:

    Helena from Paradise PA ~~~

    “For you created my innermost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
    Psalm 139:13&14 (NIV)

  23. 523
    Bonnie Slawinski says:

    I Thessalonians 5:24 NIV
    “The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.”

  24. 524
    Sally says:

    Sally, Gahanna, OH
    “If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
    Romans 8:11 ESV

  25. 525
    Sheree D., Iredell, TX says:

    Psalm 1:3 NIV

    He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

  26. 526
    Candy B says:

    Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.
    1 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

  27. 527
    Kimberlie Kaltenbach says:

    Kim, Kernersville, NC. “My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips.” Psalm 63:5 ESV

  28. 528
    Jaye Hammon says:

    Lamentations 3:22 (NLT)
    22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.

  29. 529
    Lavan Sayed says:

    Lavan, S Denver, CO
    “But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  30. 530
    Lora Tiano says:

    Lora – Kernersville, NC – “so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. NIV

  31. 531
    Lottie Emmert says:

    Lottie. Lynch Station,VA
    HCSB. Psalms 119:37
    Turn my eyes from looking at what is worthless; give me life in your ways.

  32. 532
    Melisa says:

    Melisa from MT

    “Do not withhold your mercy from me, LORD; may your love and faithfulness always protect me.”

    Psalm 40:11 NIV

  33. 533
    Louise says:

    Louise – Irvine, CA – NIV – 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

  34. 534
    Donna Becker, Woodburn, IN says:

    Psalm 46:3 (NIV) though the waters roar and foam, and the mountains quake with their surging.

  35. 535
    Vicki says:

    Vicki Broken Arrow, OK

    “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
    James 1:2-4 ESV

  36. 536
    Kristen Amensen says:

    Kristen – Liberty, MO

    We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8 NIV

  37. 537
    Ginny- Atlanta, GA says:

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement. He encourages us in every trouble, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any trouble, through the very encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 TLV

  38. 538
    Julie Davis says:

    Julie Davis, Blairsville, Pennsylvania

    Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.Colossians 3:5 ESV

  39. 539
    Kathleen Norman says:

    Starke, FL.
    “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” Proverbs 15:1 (NLT)

  40. 540
    Candice Simpson says:

    Candice Simpson in Bloomington, Indiana

    James 1: 19-23 HCSB

    My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for man’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness. Therefore, ridding yourselves of all moral filth and evil, humbly receive the implanted word, which is able to save you. But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror.

  41. 541
    Julia Posel says:

    Julia Posel, Munich, Germany. “For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NLT)

  42. 542
    Ruth Moore says:

    Ruth Moore, Winston Salem, NC
    1 John 5:4 ESV
    For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world –our faith.

  43. 543
    Ketha Knuth says:

    From Marysville, Michigan

    Ephesians 6:13-15:
    Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. NIV

  44. 544
    Kathleen Partin says:

    Kathleen Partin. Saint Joseph Michigan

    Psalm 121:3
    He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber ;


  45. 545
    Jenn Davis says:

    Jenn Davis, Lebanon, IN
    Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galations 6:9 NIV

  46. 546
    Mary Elliff says:

    Mary Elliff from Seattle, WA
    John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

  47. 547
    Arilee Herman says:

    Arilee, Saskatoon, SK Canada
    Ephesians 5:17 ERV
    So don’t be foolish with your lives, but learn what the Lord wants you to do.

  48. 548
    Darcy Hendricks says:

    Darcy Hendricks, Parker, CO

    “Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world.”

    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  49. 549
    Ali Contois says:

    Ali C., Pleasanton, CA- 9 That I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. 10 I believed; therefore I said, “I am greatly afflicted.” Psalm 116:9-10 (NIV84)

  50. 550
    Debbie Christensen says:

    Debbie Christensen from Ohio: 2 Peter 10-11 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. NIV

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