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. 701
    Gabriella says:

    Gabriella, Harleysville, PA

    The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.

    Psalm 18:2 NIV

  2. 702
    Ellen Hollenshead says:

    Ellen Hollenshead, Albuquerque, NM

    My dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the crevices of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.

    Song of Songs 2:14, HCSB

  3. 703
    Christy McCreight says:

    Christy, Wylie – or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful. 1 Corinthians 13:5 ESV

  4. 704
    Laura says:

    Laura from Sebree, KY
    The Lord is my light and my salvation
    whom shall I fear?
    The Lord is the stronghold of my life –
    of whom shall I be afraid?
    Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

  5. 705
    Sophia says:

    Sophia, Harleysville, PA

    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 23:4 ESV

  6. 706
    Donna Ellis says:

    Donna E, Marietta GA

    Psalm 27:14New International Version (NIV)

    14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord.

  7. 707
    Anna Hurley says:

    Anna in Johnson City, TN: and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength. Ephesians 1:19 NIV

  8. 708
    Courtney says:

    Courtney from Lima, Ohio.

    “But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.” James 3:17 NLT

  9. 709
    Karen Watson says:

    Nashville, TN. “Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper – it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.” Ps 37: 8-9, NLT.

  10. 710
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer Caldwell from Cambridge, ON

    “My mouth is filled with your praise and with your glory all the day.” Psalm 71:8 ESV

  11. 711
    Janine says:

    Janine from Spring Hill, TN

    “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭91:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  12. 712
    Diane Miller says:

    Diane Miller, Longmont, CO
    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:5 NIV

  13. 713
    Natalie Malec says:

    Natalie Malec, Grand Prairie, TX
    “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  14. 714
    emi says:

    emi from White House, TN: “…he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,” Ephesians 1:5 ESV

  15. 715
    God's not-so-little Dutch girl says:

    Joan Portage, MI

    “But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the Lord ’s hand, and my reward is with my God.”
    Isaiah 49:4 NIV

  16. 716
    Mary Beth says:

    Mary Beth, St. Louis, MO

    You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.

    Psalm 139:5 (ESV)

  17. 717
    Lanette says:

    Lanette, Kingston, NY

    This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses,
    For He faced all the same testing so we do,
    Yet He did not sin.
    So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.
    There we will receive His mercy, and
    We will find grace to help us when we need it most.

    Hebrews 4. 15-16 NLT

  18. 718
    julie Ivins says:

    Julie from Lynchburg, VA
    “Watch our tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.” Proverbs 21:23 NLT

  19. 719
    Penny Benton, Cottonwood CA says:

    Song of Songs 2:15
    Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.
    Song of Songs 2:15

  20. 720
    Tanya Smith says:

    Tanya Smith from Kenosha Wisconsin

    Romans 14:4 NASB

    Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls, and he will stand for the Lord is able to make him stand.

  21. 721
    Carol Lage says:

    Carol, Jefferson City, Mo.

    I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord, be strong, and let your heart take courage, wait for the Lord.

    Psalm 27: 13-14 NIV

  22. 722
    Kathleen says:

    Kathleen, Georgetown, TX

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

    Psalm 25:5 NIV

  23. 723
    Jen Lee says:

    Jen Lee, Ames, IA…2 Timothy 1:7New International Version (NIV)

    7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

  24. 724
    Melissa Martinez says:

    Melissa from Mount Bethel, PA

    “Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the heavens.”

    Psalm 68:34

  25. 725
    Claudia Clawson says:

    Claudia Clawson. Lexington KY. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; Psalms1:5 ESV

  26. 726
    Meghan says:

    Meghan from Spartanburg SC
    2 Timothy 1:12
    “But I am not ashamed for I know whom I have believed and am convinced that He is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me” (ESV)

  27. 727
    Mary in NH says:

    Mary from Nashua, NH
    Psalm 139:5 (NIV)

    You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.

  28. 728
    Tammy Jensen says:

    Tammy from Franklin TN
    “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him,
    it is he that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
    John 15:5. ESV

  29. 729
    Sandy says:

    Sandy, Ft. Gibson, OK
    You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!
    Psalm 139:5-6 NLT

  30. 730
    Heather Rattray says:

    Heather Louisville, KY
    “I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.”
    Psalm 63:4(NLT)

  31. 731
    Kristine says:

    Kristine from Welland, ON
    But those who wait for the Lord (who expect, look for and hope in Him) will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings (and rise up close to God) like eagles (rising towards the sun); They will run and not become weary, they will walk and not grow tired.
    Isaiah 40:31 AMP

  32. 732
    OraDell "Okie" Murray says:

    OraDell “Okie” Murray, Edisto Island, SC

    The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen IITimothy 4:22 NKJ

  33. 733
    Kim says:

    Kim, Richland, WA

    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

    Ephesians 6:10 NIV

  34. 734
    Amy says:

    Columbia, SC

    “The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭10:19‬ ‭MSG‬‬

  35. 735
    Brittney Zimprich says:

    Brittney Zimprich from Lakenheath, England, U.K.
    Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
    Galatians 6:9 NIV

  36. 736
    Alicia says:

    Alicia Sliter from Shoreview, MN: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22 NKJV

  37. 737
    Tracee says:

    Tracee, Morristown, Tennessee

    And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give the rest.

    Exodus 33:14 KJV

  38. 738
    Marilyn McCoy says:

    Marilyn, Rowlett, TX Psalm 8:3 (NIV)
    “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,”

  39. 739
    Melissa Sangster says:

    Melissa, Simpsonville, KY
    “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that which Christ Jesus too hold of me.”
    Phil 3:12 NIV

  40. 740
    Susie says:

    Susie from Northville, MI
    “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    Matthew 5:3 NIV

  41. 741
    Cindy Van Horn says:

    Cindy from Summerville, SC
    Isaiah 44:3 NET
    “For I will pour water on the parched ground and cause streams to flow on the dry land. I will pour my spirit on your offspring and my blessing on your children.”

  42. 742
    Jan McClure says:

    Jan McClure Lexington,KY

    “He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.”
    Isaiah 40:28b ESV

  43. 743
    Michelle says:

    Michelle, West Des Moines, IA

    Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies.

    2 Corinthians 4:11 (NLT)

  44. 744
    Janet McDonald, Simpsonville,SC says:

    Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Psalm 25:4 NKJV

  45. 745
    Linda Patterson says:

    Linda Patterson
    Wolcottville IN
    Ephesians 6:14
    Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,
    with the breastplate of righteousness in place. NIV

  46. 746
    LaVerne says:

    LaVerne from Dallas, Georgia “filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” Phil.1:11 ESV

  47. 747
    Tracey Moyers says:

    Tracey Moyers from Loganville, GA
    “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe” Proverbs 18:10 ESV

  48. 748
    Elizabeth Clevenger says:

    Elizabeth Clevenger, Midland, Texas

    1 Timothy 6:11-12 NIV 84

    But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

  49. 749
    Liz Richmond says:

    Liz Richmond, Midland, TX-
    Psalm 103:2 NIV
    Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.

  50. 750
    Veronica Long says:

    Roni Long- Demopolis, Alabama: “wait for the Lord, be strong and courageous, wait for the Lord” HCSB Psalm 27:14

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