Monthly Archives: May 2012

Verse 10

Hello Sweet Siestas! Thank you so much for coming here!

Last year at this time I was reading a wonderful book called Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, and in it he suggested different ways to get into the Word. One was to choose a book of the Bible and read it daily for a month. I chose the book of James. This was a wonderful exercise, and I experimented with reading it in different translations and listening to audio versions on my favorite mobile Bible app (YouVersion). By the middle of the month I was ready to choose a memory verse from this book, so I went with James 3:17-18.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

I like this passage very much because I often find myself in the role of peacemaker. It’s rarely easy, but these verses are a very encouraging reminder of what the Lord’s wisdom looks like. And this ties in so closely with what we are learning in the Sermon on the Mount, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, having pure hearts, being peacemakers.

So now in the Sermon on the Mount we are working on truth.

Matthew 5:33-37
33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’ 34 But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”

Let your yes be yes and your no be no. Speak in such a way that those who know you know that you speak truth. Jesus sure has a way of getting to the heart of the matter.

Love you Siestas, and I thank you so much for stopping by! Please leave even a short hello below even if you don’t have time to post your verses.

Verse 9

Verse 9

Happy May, dear friends! I pray that this month finds you basking in the beauty and promise of spring! New life, resurrection, and joy!

Last year at this time I chose the following verses from Colossians, Chapter 4, verses 2, 5 & 6:

2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

My dear friend (and the one who roped me into this scripture memory thing last year) Cara had chosen these verses in April and I loved them. They are such a good reminder to always be careful about how we talk with those around us, anyone we might encounter. These verses have helped me hold my tongue in situations where I might have thought it was okay to lash out a little at a stranger or be a bit snippy (particularly in situations where I felt I was being treated unfairly in a customer service scenario). I am getting much better at being pleasant to strangers and acquaintances no matter the circumstances, and I feel that I owe that improvement to memorizing these verses.

Now before I start sounding too puffed up, let me say two important things. 1. I still get it wrong sometimes with “outsiders.” 2. I very frequently get it wrong with “insiders,” those inside my closest circles, those nearest to me (relatives, people living under my roof, etc.). So much room for improvement there.

This year in the Sermon on the Mount we are knee deep in some tough stuff. Last time I posted verses about adultery, lust and gouging. Now we’re looking at Jesus’s take on divorce. Ouch.

Matthew 5:31-32

31 “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.

I don’t even know what to say about this. Divorce is hard. Marriage can be hard. Jesus wants us to love one another, not hurt one another, to put others above ourselves. It’s not supposed to be easy. If you would like to join a more in-depth discussion of these verses, click here.

Please post your verses below, and any you were working on last year, along with your commentary about both! And feel free to comment on each other’s verses. I have not been very consistent about commenting and I apologize! But I love the community that has formed around the Lord’s Word here!

Thank you, and may the Lord bless you and keep you!