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. 1951
    Emily says:

    Emily from Arlington Heights, IL
    Job 42:2

    “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” (ESV)

  2. 1952
    Linda Westmoreland says:

    Romans 8:31 ESV

    What then shall we say of these things?
    If God is for us who can be against us.

  3. 1953
    Ginger Hawthorne says:

    Ginger Hawthorne, Cypress, Texas

    “She seeks wool and flax,
    and works with willing hands.”

    Proverbs 31:13 (ESV)

  4. 1954
    Diane E. says:

    Diane E., Charleston IL

    Isa. 41:10 NIV
    So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

  5. 1955
    Catherine C. says:

    Catherine C. from Georgetown, TX: For God is working in me, giving me the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. Philippians 2:13 (NLT)

  6. 1956
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl, Harleysville PA
    If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:26-27 ESV

  7. 1957
    Summer S says:

    Summer S in Castle Rock, CO, “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past.” Isaiah 43:18 (NASB)

  8. 1958
    Betty Stephens says:

    Betty, Austin, Texas
    The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. Romans 8:19 NIV

  9. 1959
    Michelle Reynolds says:

    Michelle Reynolds from Bellaire, TX
    Psalm 37:3 NASB
    “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.”

  10. 1960
    Terry Bobbitt says:

    Terry from Jasper, Georgia
    Colossians 1:7, You learned the gospel from Epaphras, our dear fellow slave – a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf – who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

  11. 1961
    Mary Alice Cooper says:

    Mary C.
    Hazel Green, AL

    Psalm 25:5 (NIV)

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

  12. 1962
    Brittany Kay says:

    Brittany Kay from Port Orange, FL

    Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. – James 3:4 ESV

  13. 1963
    Melissa Sugg says:

    Sorry I am late on this entry.. just remembered I had not done this yet.. anyway here goes.. Melissa Sugg
    Goldsboro, NC Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from thy mouth; but that shall meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. KJV

  14. 1964
    Elena says:

    Elena from Canada (Steinbach area)
    “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 NIV

  15. 1965
    Leigh Weisinger says:

    Leigh Weisinger, Waco, Texas

    It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. Isaiah 55:11 NLT

  16. 1966
    Kristina Howard says:

    Kristina from Harker Heights, 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

  17. 1967
    Laura Stovall says:

    Laura Stovall from DeQuincy, LA

    Psalm 23 NKJV
    1 The Lord is my shepherd;
    I shall not want.
    2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
    He leads me beside the still waters.
    3 He restores my soul;
    He leads me in the paths of righteousness
    For His name’s sake.
    4 Yea, 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.
    5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
    You anoint my head with oil;
    My cup runs over.
    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    All the days of my life;
    And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord
    Forever.

  18. 1968
    Jill Couri says:

    Jill Couri from Washington, PA: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith who, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” –Hebrews 12:1-2

  19. 1969
    Debbie Sanford says:

    Debbie, Hattiesburg, MS:

    “Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.”
    James 1:9-11 (NKJV)

  20. 1970
    Sheryl says:

    Sheryl from Florida

    “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

    Isaiah 41:10 NLT

  21. 1971
    Anita says:

    Anita Henry from Florida

    “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

    Isaiah 42:10. NLT

  22. 1972
    Jeanie Madalon says:

    Jeanie from Baraboo, WI “I am still committed!”
    Pray continually.
    1 Thessalonians 5:17

  23. 1973

    Calista from Edwardsville KS – Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart’s delight. Psalm 119:111 (NLT)

  24. 1974
    Cathy Griffis says:

    SSMT verse 5!
    Cathy, Portland, OR
    Heb 11:5 NIV
    By faith Enoch was taken from this life so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God!
    Sorry for lateness… I have been ill for over two weeks! First illness in over 5 or 6 years…God give me peace and health today. Amen!

  25. 1975
    Jewel Corley says:

    Jewel Corley from Florien, LA:
    With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Psalm 119:10

  26. 1976
    Joy Simmonds says:

    Matthew 6:25 (EIV)
    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?

  27. 1977
    Brenda L Loyd says:

    Brenda Loyd from Talala Oklahoma
    Romans 8:31
    What shall we then say to these things?
    If God be for us who can be against us?

  28. 1978
    Angela Hall says:

    Angie, Spokane, WA
    “Fear not for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you. ” Isaiah 43:5 ESV (continuing my year in Isaiah 43)
    But, I NEED this one too! God has called it to my attention in at least five different ways this week!!
    “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

  29. 1979
    Janis Nelson says:

    Janis from Bryan/College Station, TX

    It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (Love)
    I Corinthians 13:5 (continuing chapter) NIV

  30. 1980

    Lindsay Rother from Branson, Missouri: “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgement.” James 3:1, NASB

  31. 1981
    Shannon says:

    Shannon from Shelby, MT
    “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.”
    Psalm 63:3

  32. 1982
    Deborah says:

    Deborah, Nashville, TN

    Psalm 119:130, “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”

  33. 1983
    Whitney says:

    Whitney from Grovetown, GA, “So put to death the sinful earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy persons an idolator, worshiping the things of this world.” Colossians 3:5 (NLT)

  34. 1984
    Barb says:

    Barb
    Bryant,AR

    “As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:7

  35. 1985
    Ginni Bartlett says:

    Ginni Bartlett. Winter Park FL
    Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Col 3:12

  36. 1986
    Elize Rudolph says:

    Elize from Secunda, South Africa
    “Show me Your ways, o Lord; teach me Your paths.” Psalm 25:4 AMP

  37. 1987
    Marleeta says:

    Marleeta, Florence,Colorado
    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

  38. 1988
    Leisa Hale says:

    Leisa Hale from Sheridan, Indiana

    Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeemes your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
    Psalm 103:1-4 NKJV

  39. 1989
    Charlotte Wilson Stedmana says:

    Charlotte Wison Stedman, Austintown, Ohio
    “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. Ps.91:14 NAS

  40. 1990
    Marsha Brown says:

    Marsha Brown, Midland, TX:
    Mt. 7:11 Life App Bible
    Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.

  41. 1991
    Kelsi McGhee says:

    Kelsi from Waco, TX: ““The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭61:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  42. 1992
    Michelle says:

    Considering pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds (James 1:2- NIV)

  43. 1993
    Emily Davis says:

    Emily Davis, Loveland, CO. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 (NASB)

  44. 1994
    Deb Davis says:

    Deb Davis, Loveland, CO. “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.” I Thess. 4:14 (NKJV)

  45. 1995
    Deb says:

    Deb from Lancaster, PA
    Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth. John 17:17 esv

  46. 1996
    Kristin says:

    Kristin from San Diego: So my spirit grows faint within me; My heart within me is dismayed. Psalm 143:4 NIV (I am doing all of Psalm 143.)

  47. 1997
    Yvette says:

    Yvette from Clarkston GA
    Heb 10:23 NCV
    Let us hold firmly to the hope that we confessed,because we can trust God to do what he promised.

  48. 1998
    Wendi McPike says:

    Wendi McPike, Kennebunkport, ME
    “Rejoice Always!”
    I Thes 5:16 NIV

  49. 1999
    Ursula Webb says:

    “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’ “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”
    Numbers 6:24‭-‬27 NKJV
    http://bible.com/114/num.6.24-27.NKJV

  50. 2000
    Molly Varnado says:

    Molly from Walker, LA

    Hebrews 4:16 Therefore let us draw near to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. NAS

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