2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 1!


Are you ready, Sisters? Do you hear me cheering?? I have never been more excited about doing this.

I am on the verge of doing about 10 backward flips on my hardwoods. I said on the verge. Not quite doing it. Well, I’m doing it in my heart. That counts for a lot around here.

SO LET’S DO THIS THING! Now, promise me this! Promise me you will read this entire post before you leave a single comment. I know you’re about to burst and I am, too, and, for that reason, I’ll keep it as short as possible. It’s so important that we get our ground rules firmly established so that we’ll have a fabulous experience. Remember, hundreds of our participants this time around are brand new so let’s make sure everybody’s on the same page.

A few things you absolutely MUST KNOW:

*Your comment to this post is your official registration onto the team. Everybody starts at Verse 1 no matter when they begin the process. (Word gets around and we often still have people joining in with us even in March and April. We don’t mind how late they begin as long as they can catch up, memorize their verses, and document each one of them on the proper post as an official participant.) This launch post will remain right here in this January 1st 2013 slot all year long and each new person will need to make her first entry here. This is how we track who signed up when we get to the end of the year and it’s party time.

*Your comment must be strictly limited to the following 5 pieces of information: name, city, verse, reference, translation. I’ll say it slower now for those brand new to the process:

Your name (or first name if you prefer), city. Your verse for that two-week period written all the way out, the reference for it (where it is found in the Bible: Book, chapter, verse) AND the *translation you’ve taken it from.

(*For instance, is the Bible you’ve pulled the passage from a KJV, an NAS, HCSB, NIV or NLT? Or is it The NET Bible, The Message or another similar version? The translation almost always appears on the outside spine of a Bible. If not, you will find it on the first few pages. If you’re looking on line, you’ll get an option to choose a translation. Do so as it speaks most clearly to you. We aren’t fussing over translations here in our memory work. You also do not need to stick with one version throughout.)

Just those 5 pieces of information!  They will comprise every comment to this post. And the moment you start scrolling through all of them, you’ll see why. Page after page after page after page of Scripture and each one telling a reader exactly where to find it. It is the most powerful sight to behold. This invites people who are not participating in the memory work to reap tremendous benefits by just reading the comments and taking strength from verses they may not have known existed. This way it has the potential to bless our whole community or any weary visitor to our blog. I’ve been in crises before and gotten on the comment pages and scrolled from Scripture to Scripture and practically wept with relief and fresh courage or revelation. That’s why it’s best to keep the SSMT comments as succinct as possible. If you’ve got an exclamation in you that you just can’t hold back, you can occasionally make the briefest comment like, “I really need this one!” or “I’m sharing so-and-so’s verse” but, please, no more than that.

Comments other than the verse-entries on the 1st and 15th of each month can’t be approved. I’m so sorry and I hope you’ll understand. Thousands of us will be doing this together so the moderation process is monumental from the administrative side. The verses will be all Lindsee and I can handle in the comments for our two SSMT days per month. Keep in mind: NONE OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS PERTAIN TO THE OTHER BLOG POSTS HERE AT LPM. We will be completely free to do our regular thing on all other posts! The really stringent rules are only for the 1st and 15th of each month in 2013 and in reference to Siesta Scripture Memory Team. I hope that makes sense!

*Your comment may take 24 hours to get moderated (or posted if you’re new to the blog process) and sometimes a bit longer if it falls over a weekend. We try our hardest to stay up with it but on those days when 500+ come in at once, it’s quite a task! But we love it! It just requires a little patience on all sides! Before you assume that your entry somehow vanished and you’re tempted to write it again,  give it one full day and see if it shows up. Keep track of what time you posted it and double check the comments around that same time.  The accidental repeats make it much harder to track participation through the course of the year so always double check. If you don’t find it a day later, by all means, post it again!

*Remember that you get to choose your own verse! That’s really important! The ease with which you can memorize a verse is greatly impacted by how much it means to you. The more you need it or want it, the more you’ll absorb it. If you come up dry at times, no problem! You can either share my verse or another in the comment line that really speaks to you.

*PRAY that God will bless you in this endeavor and will enable you to memorize His Word! Ask continually throughout the entire year! When I get stuck and frustrated that I can’t get my words in order, if I’ll stop what I’m doing and ask God to supernaturally infuse me and help me to concentrate, you would not believe how quickly a breakthrough will come.

Are you about to stuff a sock in my mouth?? I’m about 2 seconds from stuffing one in my own mouth. Melissa gave me two new pair of boot socks for Christmas so at least I have fresh choices.

All right, already! Here goes mine! In honor of our process ahead and how willing the Holy Spirit is to help us…

Beth from Houston Texas, But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26 NIV84

Here’s one more alternative if you’ve never memorized it for a new year! I just love it for January 1st:

You crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance.  Psalm 65:11 NIV

May God’s grace abound to you, Sweet Thing. WELCOME! We have such a fabulous challenge ahead of us. GOD, GRANT US YOUR GOOD FAVOR!

So…what are you waiting for??? SIGN IN WITH VERSE ONE!


PS. I thought you guys might find it a bit amusing that I brought in the first 300 comments in the CAR on the way to the airport to catch my Atlanta flight for Passion 2013. Laughing. You keep your blog mama busy. I love you so!




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  1. 11701
    Jennifer says:

    Baltimore, MD

    The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?

  2. 11702
    Paola Davidson says:

    Paola, West Columbia
    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. Isaiah 41:10 NIV

    • 11702.1
      Monica F says:

      Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver & yields better returns than gold. Proverbs 3:13-14 NIV

  3. 11703
    Bonnie Sandoval says:

    Bonnie B. from Florence, Colorado

    “Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked,
    from men whose words are perverse,”
    Proverbs 2:12 NIV

  4. 11704
    Tammy, Dallas TX says:

    Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
    The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save, He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

  5. 11705
    Linda odom Tampa, fl says:

    I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve, Jeremiah 17:10.

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      Linda odom, tampa, fl says:

      God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes ( 12:14 NIV)

    • 11705.2
      Linda odom, tampa, fl says:

      He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant. (Psalm 25:9-10)NIV

  6. 11706
    Leila Castro says:

    Leila, Orlando FL
    Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales
    Rather train yourself in godliness-1 Timothy 4:7 NIV

  7. 11707
    Missy Stehlin says:

    Missy from La Canada, CA, If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Philippians 2:1-4

  8. 11708
    Susie Handy says:

    Susie, Swampers, LA
    Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. ~ 2 Timothy 2:7 NASB

  9. 11709
    Michelle, Bend, OR says:

    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous, do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 NIV

  10. 11710
    Nancy, Winchester, KY says:

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NKJV

  11. 11711
    Jill Davidson says:

    Jill, Watertown

    Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. ~ Eph. 4:29


  12. 11712
    Juliana Handy says:

    Juliana, Pineville LA,
    Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly nor stands in the paths of sinners nor sits in the seats of the scornful. Psalm 1:1. NKJV

  13. 11713
    Kathy Christensen says:

    Kathy, Lincoln

    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    Jeremiah 29:11

  14. 11714
    Lynn says:

    Lynn, Saskatoon, SK

    I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

    Gal 2:20 NIV

  15. 11715
    Patricia Westbury says:

    Psalms 119:11 I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You. HCSB

  16. 11716
    Terri Monteverdi says:

    Terri, San Antonio

    “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from old. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways, according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.
    Psalm 25:4-7

  17. 11717
    Jamie Carpenter says:

    And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

    Philippians 4:19

  18. 11718
    Jodi lee Kaemingk says:

    Jodi lee Kaemingk Yellowknife Northwest Territories Canada Psalm 71:5 For you have been my hope O Sovereign Lord. My confidence since youth.

  19. 11719
    Evelyn says:

    “And my God shally supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”

    Philippians 4:19

  20. 11720
    Laurel West says:

    Laurel, Rochester: “They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” ESV

  21. 11721

    Psalm 42: 1-2 As the deer pants for streams of water so m.y. soul pants for you oh God my soul thirsts for God for the living God when can I go and meet with God..

  22. 11722
    Sandra says:

    Sandra, Union, KY Is there any encouragement from belonging in Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Phillipians 2:1

  23. 11723
    Mary Lou says:

    Mary Lou in Sealy, TX Psalm 141:8 But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless. ESV

  24. 11724
    Heather Young says:

    Heather Young, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth,so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on His children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him; for he knows how we are formed,He remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:10-14, NIV

  25. 11725
    Suzi Norling says:

    Suzi N, Bristow VA

    Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.

    Psalm 56:3. NKJV

  26. 11726
    Dena says:

    Dena K. from Columbus, OH
    “Take delight in the Lord , and he will give you your heart’s desires.” (Psalms 37:4 NLT)

  27. 11727
    Jessica Neill says:

    Jessica Neill, Scottsdale,Arizona Jeremiah 1:19 nasb
    “They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord.”

  28. 11728
    Terra says:

    Terra, Cameron

    Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8 NKJV)

  29. 11729

    Brandy, Jay OK, “May He grant you your heart’s desire
    And fulfill all your counsel!” Psalm 20:4 NASV

  30. 11730
    Laurie in ON says:

    Studying James so:
    James 1:1 NIV – James, a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations. Greetings!

  31. 11731
    Shugie says:

    Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11: 28-30

  32. 11732
    Glenda Honeycutt says:

    Glenda, Harrison, AR, “When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. John 15:8 NLT

  33. 11733
    Nicole Arbuckle says:

    Nicole from Parrish, FL “O Lord, help me understand my mortality and the brevity of life! Let me realize how quickly my life will pass!” Psalm 39:4 (NET)

  34. 11734
    Kerry beebe says:

    Resubmitting January1 scripture verse
    Kerry Beebe From Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, perfect will.
    Romans 12:2 NIV05

  35. 11735
    Kerri Foster says:

    Kerri from Lakeland, FL
    “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 NIV

  36. 11736
    Nicolle Jones says:

    Nicolle Conway, Arkansas
    Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For The Lord is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

  37. 11737
    Susan G says:

    “The Spirit of The Lord is upon me, because The Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;”
    Isaiah 61:1 NKJV

  38. 11738
    Susan G says:

    Clarksville, TN. “The Spirit of The Lord is upon me, because The Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;”
    Isaiah 61:1 NKJV

  39. 11739
    Leigh Ann says:

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

  40. 11740
    Ange Tims says:

    Ange, Bloomfield, KY, “Oh give thanks to the LORD for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Psalm 107:1 NASB

  41. 11741
    Kristina Oertli says:

    Kristina from Ellenton, FL
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

  42. 11742
    Missy Hogg says:

    Williamsburg, VA
    I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do. (John 17:4 HCSB)

  43. 11743
    Kathy says:

    Kathy, Warsaw.
    Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Ps 119:105, NASB

  44. 11744
    Paola says:

    Paola, Pensacola FL
    “I will delight in your decress and not forget your word.” Psalm 119:16 (NLT)

  45. 11745
    Kari Anderson, Dickinson, ND says:

    But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
    Matthew 6:33 NIV

  46. 11746
    Allee Folden says:

    Psalm 1:1 NIV

    Blessed is the man who does not walk in thecounsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners way of or sit in the seat of mockers.

    Allee from Wahpeton, ND

  47. 11747
    Allee Folden says:

    Psalm 1:2 NIV

    But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

    Allee from Wahpeton, ND

  48. 11748
    Brenda says:

    Brenda, Gainesville, Fl.
    Thy word is a lamp to my feet,
    And a light to my path.
    Psalm 119:105

  49. 11749
    Brenda says:

    Brenda,Gainesville, Fl.
    Ask,and it shall be given to you,seek,and you shall find;knock,and it shall be opened to you.
    Matthew 7:7

  50. 11750
    Evelyn Forristal says:

    Psalm 65:11 NIV

    “You crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance.”

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