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. 1251
    Midge Miller says:

    Midge Miller
    Snellville, GA
    Is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every enslaving yoke? Isaiah 58:6 AMPC

  2. 1252
    April Wendt says:

    April from Vermilion, Ohio

    The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

    ~Psalm 138:8 (NKJV)

  3. 1253
    Phyllis says:

    Phyllis, Colorado Springs, CO

    “Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said, ‘Look, I have put my words in your mouth!'”. Jeremiah 1:9 NLT

  4. 1254
    Kelly Swisher says:

    Kelly Swisher, Lees Summit, Mo
    “He will call on me, and I will rescue him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long lifeI will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
    Psalm 91:15-16 NIV

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    Fay Gossen says:

    Fay, Springfield, MO
    Isaiah 33:6 NIV
    He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.

  6. 1256
    Kathy McDonald says:

    Kathy in Waco Tx :Romans 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. NKJV

  7. 1257
    Danice Mariney says:

    Atlanta, GA.
    Oh,how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind. Psalm 31: 19 (ESV)

  8. 1258
    Emily McAnear says:

    Emily McAnear, Houston TX
    “An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.” 2 Timothy 2:5, ESV

  9. 1259
    Lauren Hance says:

    Lauren Hance
    Jersey Village, TX

    Or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

    1 Corinthians 13:5 (ESV)

  10. 1260
    Bethany Scott says:

    Bethany, Houston, TX
    “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.”
    ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:6-9 ‭ESV‬‬

  11. 1261
    Lydia says:

    Lydia from Middletown, OH

    But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine.”

    Isaiah 43:1, NKJV

    I accidentally posted this on the February 15 blog entry, so I’m reposted here! 🙂

  12. 1262
    Kristin says:

    Kristin Dickson from Ponchatoula, Louisiana

    And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV

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      Kathi says:

      Love this one. Just finished it. ‘Tis my new Mantra!!! Say it out loud! It’s awesome!


  13. 1263
    Susan Miles says:

    Susan Miles, Jonesboro, Arkansas

    “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

    Acts 1:8 NLT

  14. 1264
    Allie says:

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

  15. 1265
    Sandy says:

    Sandy – Dodge City, KS

    Open my eyes that I may see
    wonderful things in your law.

    Psalm 119:18 (NIV)

  16. 1266
    Amy S. says:

    Amy S. from St. Cloud, FL

    “I lift up my eyes to the mountains-where does my help come from?”

    Psalm 121:1 (NIV)

  17. 1267
    Danelle from CO says:

    And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

    “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,”
    Hebrews 12:5

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    ConnieH says:

    Connie, Shorewood, Illinois

    “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

  19. 1269
    Michelle Hodell says:

    Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Deuteronomy 6:8 NIV

  20. 1270
    Sandy says:

    Sandy, Indiana, Number 4
    Ecclesiastes 5:18
    Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is for one to eat and drink, and to find enjoyment in all the labor in which he labors under the sun all the days which God gives him-for this is his allotted part.

  21. 1271
    Lois says:

    From New York

    Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,
    Titus 2:12

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    Danica Gaupp says:

    Danica, Lenexa KS, The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
    Romans 8:16 NIV

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    Kathryn Luedtke says:

    Kathryn Luedtke, Sherwood Park, AB Canada

    The Lord will keep you from all harm-
    he will watch over your life;
    the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forever more.

    Ps 121: 7,8 NIV

  24. 1274
    Sandy says:

    Sandy, Indiana, Number 5
    1 Samuel 12:24
    Only fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things He has done for you.

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    Monica Vanlandingham says:


    Cheyenne WY

    Galatians 5:22 ESV

    “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is not law.”

  26. 1276
    Joni says:

    Joni from Port Neches, Texas. “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.” Colossians 1:1-2, ESV

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    kelly aylward says:

    Kelly, Missouri City Texas,
    ” Now it is God who makes both of us and you stand firm in Christ.” He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come.”

    2 Cor. 2:21-22 ( NIV)

  28. 1278
    Sally Heydlauff says:

    Sally from Sturgis, MI

    Offer sacrifices in the right spirit,
    and trust the LORD.

    Psalm 4:5 (NLT)

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    Stacey DiGrazia says:

    Stacey DiGrazia, Elgin, Ill.

    “… 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

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    christen Juhnke Walla Walla,Wa says:

    But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 1John3:5 NIV

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    Ginny says:

    Ginny, Lansdale, PA: “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 NLT

  32. 1282
    Susan says:

    Susan from Mahomet, IL

    Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)

    Ask, Seek, Knock
    “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

  33. 1283
    Linda L says:

    Ezekiel 34:6b
    My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth with none to search or seek for them.

  34. 1284
    Cristi Atchley says:

    Cristi from Lindale, TX: “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” ~Acts 2:21 NIV

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    Debbie Peters says:

    Debbie, Bassett Virginia
    To Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy. Jude 1:24- NIV

  36. 1286
    Wanda Hutchinson says:

    My number 5 verse:

    For He knoweth our frame: He remembereth that we are dust.

    Psalm 103:14


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    Sue says:

    Sue from Kalamazoo, MI “Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.” Psalm 139:4 NIV

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    Beth Boldt says:

    Beth from Raleigh, NC: “You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3 NIV

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    K Solo says:

    Ypsi, mi

    “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV)

  40. 1290

    Debbie Hazard, Lancaster, California
    “If anyone does not abide in Me he is
    thrown away as a branch and dries up
    and they gather them and cast them
    into the fire and they are burned.”
    John 15:6 NASB

  41. 1291
    Michelle O'Banion says:

    Michelle O’Banion~Grandview,TX

    “God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ.”
    Ephesians 1:5a NLT

  42. 1292
    Lourdes says:

    Lourdes Agosto from Tucson, AZ. “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? 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?”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:25-26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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    Lesley says:

    Lesley from California: “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” NKJV

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    Carrie says:

    Carrie Hart from Byron, GA.

    “So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!” -James 3:5 ESV

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    Rebekah Reed says:

    Rebekah Reed from Green Bay, WI:
    “He shall receive blessing from the LORD, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:5, NKJV)

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    Gay Dillman, College Station, Texas says:

    “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,…”

    Philippians 3:20 ESV

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    Kerry says:

    Kerry from Houston, TX

    Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
    Bless those who persecute you;
    bless and do not curse them.

    Romans 12:13,14

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    Sheree Campbell says:

    Sheree, Phoenix, AZ

    “A generous person will prosper, whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” Proverbs 11:25 NIV

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    Donna Butler says:

    Philippians 4:6-8 NASB 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 comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

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    Mary Owen says:

    Mary Owen from Ruston, LA, “so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.” John 3:15, NLT

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