SSMT 2017: Verse 5!

 

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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. 1
    Donna says:

    Donna from Beavercreek, Ohio
    Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. Rev 4:6 (NIV)

  2. 2
    Stacy Brozek says:

    Stacy from Houston, TX
    Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,”
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  3. 3
    Billie January says:

    Billie, Yucca Valley, CA
    “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 (NIV)

  4. 4
    Leah Pease says:

    Leah, Kansas City, MO

    Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

    Ephesians 6:14 (NIV)

  5. 5
    Carolyn Stutz says:

    Carolyn Stutz, Dover, Ohio

    “Oh that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!”
    Psalm 119:5 NIV

  6. 6
    Lisa Younce says:

    Lisa, McKinney,TX “And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:27‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  7. 7
    Carley McCracken says:

    Carley McCracken from Hereford, Texas: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

  8. 8
    Debbie says:

    Debbie McElroy from Zachary, LA: “Always be joyful, Never stop praying, Be thankful in all circumstances,
    for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT

  9. 9
    Amy Guth says:

    Amy Guth from Canton, MS

    “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

    Matthew 6:27 NIV

  10. 10
    Trish Patterson says:

    Trish – Clover, SC
    Ephesians 6:14 NASB
    Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth,
    And having put on the breastplate of righteousness.

  11. 11
    Chris Laughlin says:

    Chris Laughlin from San Antonio, TX

    And all the women whose heart stirred then up in wisdom spun goat’s hair. Exodus 35:26 KJV

    • 11.1
      Kathi says:

      Ha! Out of context, that’s a Hoot! I love it! Can hardly wait to see the end result. I shall go look it up! Very fun!

      Kathi,

  12. 12
    Ruth Malinowski says:

    Ruth Kitchener, ON

    In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. Psalm 19:4b,5 (NIV)

  13. 13
    Volleyball Ginger says:

    Ginger from Wetumpka, AL

    We may make our plans, but God has the last word.
    Prov. 16:1 Good News

  14. 14
    Michelle Vasquez says:

    Michelle V., Hewitt, TX

    For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”

    1 Peter 1:16 NLT

  15. 15
    Rhonda Jackson says:

    Rhonda Jackson of Godfrey,Illinois – Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Luke 6:21 KJV

  16. 16
    Patricia Clarkson says:

    Patricia Carrizo Springs TX
    Romans 12:1 KJV
    I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

  17. 17
    Christy Pond says:

    Christy, Conifer, Colorado

    And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
    “My son, do not make light of the LORD’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”

    Hebrews 12:5-6 NIV1984

  18. 18
    Bridget (Strong Butterfly) says:

    Bridget in Phoenix, AZ

    Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
    For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

  19. 19
    Claire Phillips says:

    Claire Phillips from Topeka, Kansas:
    And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
    God was manifest in the flesh,
    justified in the Spirit,
    seen of angels,
    preached unto the Gentiles,
    believed on in the world,
    received up into glory.
    I Timothy 3:16 (KJV)

  20. 20
    Diana says:

    Diana, North Attleboro, MA
    I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.
    Ephesians 1:17 HCSB

  21. 21
    Cindy McLaughlin says:

    For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble;
    He will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
    He will lift me high upon a rock.
    Psalms 27:5 ESV

  22. 22
    Emily says:

    Emily from Fort Worth, TX:
    As for me, I look to the LORD for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me.
    Micah 7:7 NLT

  23. 23
    Misty says:

    Misty from Aubrey, TX
    2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
    “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
    ‭‭

  24. 24
    Deborah says:

    Deborah Flora
    Sawyer, KS

    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end.
    Lamentations 3:22 ESV

  25. 25
    Christy says:

    Christy, Cape Girardeau, MO. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name. Philippians 2:9 (NIV 1984)

  26. 26
    Alice Hinckley says:

    Alice Hinckley, Dallas, TX: “Do not be deceived. God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” Galatians 6:7-8 NKJV

  27. 27
    Mimi Foster says:

    Mimi Foster – Chickasaw, Al

    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 🙂

  28. 28
    Jan Morton says:

    Jan Morton
    Hawkinsville, GA

    1 John 5:3 NLT

    Loving God means keeping his commandments,
    and his commandments are not burdensome.

  29. 29
    Dot Dunaway says:

    Wilmer, AL

    All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,
    for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete,
    thoroughly equipped for every good work.
    2 Timothy 3:16-17. NKJV

  30. 30
    Mary, Nova Scotia says:

    “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:” ~Proverbs 31:28 NIV

  31. 31
    Gina Ables says:

    Gina Ables, Newnan, GA
    Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
    Proverbs:20:1 (KJV)

  32. 32
    Lyn Brewer says:

    Lyn Brewer, Spartanburg, SC
    “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 NIV

  33. 33
    Amanda J Love says:

    Amanda Love, Columbus Ohio ~ “The tongue has the power of life & death and those who love it will eat it’s fruit.”
    Proverbs 18:21, NIV

  34. 34
    Teresa says:

    Teresa, Walla Walla, “No one who trusts in You will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.” Psalm 25:3 NLT

  35. 35
    Stephanie Jo says:

    Stephanie Jo
    Crane OR

    The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
    2Corinthians 10:4 NIV

  36. 36
    Shell says:

    Shelley from Fairfax, Virginia: “All flying insects that creep on all fours shall be an abomination to you.” Leviticus 11:20 NKJ

  37. 37
    Joy French says:

    Joy French, Georgetown, TX “I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there too- your reassuring presence, coming and going.” Psalm 139:5 The Message

  38. 38

    Terri Hutchinson, Columbus, OH Ephesians 3:19 NIV
    …and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

  39. 39
    Liz says:

    Liz from Austin,TX. That they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way towards Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each one of us. Acts 17:27 ESV

  40. 40
    Dawn Atwood says:

    Dawn Atwood, Colleyville, TX
    Teach us to number our days so we can have a wise heart. Psalm 90:12, CEB

  41. 41
    Dawn T. says:

    Dawn, Orland Park, IL: “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 (NIV)

  42. 42
    Dana Nance says:

    Dana Nance
    Blue Ridge, Tx

    You hem me in – behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.

    Psalm 139:5 NIV (1984)

  43. 43
    Chyrll Vollmer says:

    Chyrll, Memphis, Tennessee.
    “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭NASB‬‬

  44. 44
    Callee Maglothin says:

    Callee from Houston, TX: ““and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:15-16‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

  45. 45
    Robin McCartney says:

    Robin McCartney
    Rockwall, Texas

    May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests. Psalm 20:5 (NIV)

  46. 46
    Joy Bruhnke says:

    Joy Bruhnke, Ft. Myers, Fl

    Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer & petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts & minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7, HCSB

  47. 47
    Brenda says:

    Brenda Russell Hendersonville TN
    May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 HCSB

  48. 48
    Amy O says:

    Amy from Everett, WA
    “he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” Ephesians 1:5-6 (NIV)

  49. 49
    Jennifer Millican says:

    Jennifer Millican from Spring, Texas:
    “Though the fig tree should not blossom
    And there be no fruit on the vines,
    Though the yield of the olive should fail
    And the fields produce no food,
    Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
    And there be no cattle in the stalls,
    Yet I will exult in the Lord,
    I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
    The Lord God is my strength,
    And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
    And makes me walk on my high places”
    Habakkuk 3:17-19 NASB

  50. 50
    Terri Plumlee says:

    Terri Plumlee, Stamford, Tx
    so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 NIV

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