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. 11751
    Lesli says:

    Lesli, Liberty NC: Even 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.
    Psalm 23:4, ESV

  2. 11752
    Sue Bebermeyer says:

    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

  3. 11753
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn, Austin,TX

    “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

    Psalm 119:11 NIV

  4. 11754
    Bobbie, Litchfield, MN says:

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and lean not on your own understanding.”

    Proverbs 3:5 NKJV

  5. 11755
    Dee Humphrey says:

    Dee, Grove, OK
    “You crown the year with your bounty, your carts overflow with abundance”. Psalm 65:11 ESV

  6. 11756
    Helen says:

    Helen Nina Thompson

    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.

  7. 11757
    Susan Bilberry says:

    Susan, Houston, TX

    Be still, and know that I am God. I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world. Psalm 46:10 NLT

  8. 11758
    Valerie Mazur says:

    I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you
    Psalm119:11 NASB

  9. 11759
    Anna says:

    Anna Maple Grove, MN

    Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example to those who would believe in Him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever, Amen.
    1 Tim 1:15-17 NIV

  10. 11760
    Gayle says:

    Psalm 27:1 (ESV) The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of who shall I be afraid?

  11. 11761
    Gayle; Parrish, Fl says:

    Pslam 62:1 (ESV) For GOD alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.

  12. 11762
    Kristina Fensler says:

    Kristina Fensler Jay, OK
    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV84

  13. 11763
    Rita Wilson says:

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and lean not on your own understanding.”

    Proverbs 3:5 NKJV

  14. 11764
    Brooke McGill says:

    Proverbs 31:25 NIV

    She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

  15. 11765
    Jinga says:

    Jinga, West Palm Beach, FL
    And the peace of GOD, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

    Philippians 4:7 NIV

  16. 11766
    Marietta Taylor says:

    Marietta Taylor
    Raleigh, NC
    “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV

  17. 11767
    Anne says:

    Anne, plymouth MI
    We who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrew 6:18b-20 NIV

  18. 11768
    Cathi Spencer says:

    Cathi @ Jay, Oklahoma
    “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NLT

  19. 11769
    Le'Ann says:

    Le’Ann Hudson, Jay, OK
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Prov 3:5,6 NKJV

  20. 11770
    Le'Ann says:

    Le’Ann Hudson, Jay, OK
    And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV

  21. 11771
    Deana says:

    Deana, Parrish, Fl.
    Janes 2:17 NASV
    Even so faith,if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

  22. 11772
    Brandon McCombs says:

    Brandon McCombs, Jay, Ok “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation!” Romans 10:1 Holman Christian Standard

  23. 11773

    Brandy McCombs, Jay, OK “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 NIV

  24. 11774
    Brandon McCombs says:

    Brandon McCombs, Jay, OK “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ” Ephesians 4:32 Holman Christian Standard

  25. 11775
    Mary Ellen says:

    Mary Ellen, Trenton GA, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are your works Oh Lord, and that my soul knows well.” Psalm 139:14 NIV

  26. 11776
    Christy says:

    Christy, Gastonia NC.
    The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to run on the heights. Habakkuk 3:19 NIv

  27. 11777
    Pam Waite says:

    I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
    Psalm 119:11 NASB

  28. 11778
    Skylar says:

    Skylar – Burbank “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
    6in all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make your paths straight.
    7Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord and shun evil.” Proverbs 3:5-7 (NIV)

  29. 11779
    Sherry Youngblood says:

    Sherry Youngblood

    Jay, OK

    Deuteronomy 30:6 (GW)
    The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love Him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.

  30. 11780
    Sherry Youngblood says:

    Sherry Youngblood

    Jay, OK

    2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

    For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

  31. 11781
    Kelly says:

    Psalm 139:14 (NIV). “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

  32. 11782
    Kelly says:

    Kelly, Sandwich, MA
    Psalm 139:14 NIV “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

  33. 11783
    Cindy says:

    Cindy, Mosinee, Wi.
    Abba Father he said everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will. Mark 14:36 NIV

  34. 11784
    Kathy says:

    Kathy from Parrish, FL, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrew 4:12 (NIV)

  35. 11785
    Emily says:

    Emily D. from Houston, TX

    “From now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Although we once regarded Chrost according to the flesh, we regard him as this no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come.”

    2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (ESV)

  36. 11786
    Meredith says:

    Meredith, Prairie Village,KS – I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16: 32-33 NIV

  37. 11787
    Alma says:

    For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 NIV

  38. 11788
    Sharon says:

    Sharon. Franklin, TN. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. Luke 21:14 NIV

  39. 11789
    Laurel says:

    Laurel from Zeeland Michigan

    Joshua 25:15 NIV
    As for me and my household we will serve the Lord

  40. 11790
    Valerie says:

    Valerie, Waipahu, HI. for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV)

  41. 11791
    Lynn Leinhos says:

    Lynn Utica, MI
    “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in Me.” John 14:1 NIV

  42. 11792
    Janine says:

    J.C., Eureka. “All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13 ESV

  43. 11793
    Shiela Krumroy says:

    Shiela from Salem, Oregon. Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. Psalm 62:5 NIV

  44. 11794
    Beth says:

    Beth, London, England: “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV

  45. 11795
    Janelle says:

    Trust in The Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understandings. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

  46. 11796
    Maureen says:

    Maureen, Acton, MA.
    “You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.” Psalm 65:11 ESV

  47. 11797
    Kathy A. says:

    Kathy A.; Wake Forest, NC;

    Trust in the LORD and do good;Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4

  48. 11798
    Kendall says:

    Kendall T. from Sullivan, MO

    “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 ESV

  49. 11799
    Rachel says:

    Rachel, Morganton, NC

    “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3 NIV

  50. 11800
    Sara Sanders says:

    Sara Sanders from Garden City KS: The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying”I have lord you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness Jeremiah 31.3 NIV

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