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. 11801
    Gaye says:

    Gaye from Houston – “May mercy, soul-peace and love be multiplied to you.” Jude 1:2 Amp

  2. 11802
    Texan Mae says:

    Ola Mae, Cedar Park, TX. As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26 NIV

  3. 11803
    Michele says:

    Michele, Naperville, IL. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 NIV

  4. 11804
    Nadia says:

    Nadia, Pensacola FL – “But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ -by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:14 esv

  5. 11805
    Marlene Smith, Tampa, Florida says:

    Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. Ephesians 3:17 NLT

  6. 11806

    Christie. Graham, WA. “According to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, But that with all boldness,Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”Philip.1:20 NASB

  7. 11807
    Liz Peters says:

    Parrish, FL. Let the word of Christ dwell richly in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God. Colossians 3:16 ASV

  8. 11808
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer McCartha, Huntsville Alabama

    In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And his children will have a refuge. Proverbs 14:26 NASB

  9. 11809
    april c. says:

    My flesh and my heart will fail me; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 (NKJV)

  10. 11810
    Danielle Gross says:

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

  11. 11811
    Kim says:

    Kim from Brandon MS. “From now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Although we once regarded Christ 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)

  12. 11812
    Deborah says:

    Deborah ~ Roseburg, Oregon
    “Make Your face shine [with pleasure] upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutes” (Psalm 119:135 AMP).

  13. 11813
    Rachel Vollick says:

    Rachel from Oshawa, Ontario The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8 NIV

  14. 11814
    Terri - Leander, TX says:

    I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Ps.119.11, NLT

  15. 11815
    Amanda Taylor says:

    (Sooooo….I am a little late in entering it online. I got my siesta scripture book in December. Started memorizing on the 1st, but never made it online to submit my verse. I will be consistent from here on out! Sorry!

    January 1st verse:
    Always be Joyful. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 NLT

    Amanda Taylor

  16. 11816
    Robyne says:

    Robyne from Farwell, TX
    Blessed is (s)he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Psalm 32:1 NIV

  17. 11817
    Sharan G. says:

    Sharan, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

    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 NIV,95

  18. 11818
    Cathy Morris says:

    Cathy from Sedona, AZ. “pray without ceasing” 1Th 5:17 ESV

  19. 11819
    Carole says:

    Carole, Bee Cave, TX As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1 NIV

  20. 11820
    Jill Allen says:

    Jill, Swampers, LA
    I can do all things through Christ who Strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13 NIV

  21. 11821
    Jody Bowhay says:

    Jody. Huntsville, AL. Show me your ways, O 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. Psalm 25:4-5 NIV

  22. 11822
    Amy Cowand says:

    Amy Cowamd from The Woodlands, Texas “And He brought us out from there that He might bring us in and give us the land that He swore to give our fathers.” Deuteronomy 6:23 ESV

  23. 11823
    Cheryl, Tucson, AZ says:

    Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not iritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong doing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corithians 13 4-7

  24. 11824
    Brandi says:

    Brandi from Texas-Psalm 139:14 KJV “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully,made marvelous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well.”

  25. 11825
    Mary Wysocki says:

    Mary-Snohomish, WA
    “But someone will say,’you have faith; I ahve deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds and I wll show you my faith by what I do.’ James 2:18 NIV

  26. 11826
    MK says:

    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

  27. 11827
    Donna says:

    Donna, Plano, TX, “But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.” Ps 3:3 AMP

  28. 11828
    Moriah says:

    Moriah in Windsor, NS (Canada).

    “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” Psalm 62:1-2

  29. 11829
    Jana says:

    Jana, Quitaque, Texas- Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

  30. 11830
    Julie says:

    Psalms 147:3 NIV

    “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

  31. 11831
    Jenni says:

    Jenni, Loxley, AL
    INSTEAD, you ought to say, if it is the Lord’s will we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your own arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do, and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. James 4:15-17

  32. 11832
    Shawn says:

    Shawn from Indianapolis: Whatever you do work at it with all your heart as for the Lord not for human masters. Colossians 3:23. NIV

  33. 11833
    Cory Carroll says:

    Cory Jay, OK

    Finally brethren, whatever is true whatever, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, whatever is righteous, whatever is pure, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think on these things.

    Phillipians 4:8 NIV

  34. 11834
    Sheila Gibe says:

    Sheila Jay, OK

    I lift my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

    Psalm 121:1,2 NIV

  35. 11835
    Laurie says:

    Laurie, Marietta,GA
    You crown the year with Your goodness; Your ways overflow with plenty. Ps 65:11 Holman

  36. 11836
    Laurie says:

    God arises. His enemies scatter, and those who hate Him flee from His presence. Ps 68:1 Holman

  37. 11837
    Carrie Beth says:

    Carrie Beth from Baxley, GA, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekial 36:26 NIV

  38. 11838
    Emily Durham says:

    “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

  39. 11839
    Eva-Lynn says:

    Eva, Jakarta, Indonesia – Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Ps. 27:14 NIV

  40. 11840
    Rachel Miller says:

    Rachel, Phenix City, AL – Delight yourself in the Lord;And He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 NASB

  41. 11841
    Carole Dale says:

    Carole, Cleveland, Daniel 2:20 “Praise be to the name of God forever and ever. Wisdom and power are His (NIV)

  42. 11842
    Carole Dale says:

    Carole, Cleveland, TN, Daniel 2:20 “Praise be to the name of God forever and ever. Wisdom and power are His (NIV)

  43. 11843
    kim says:

    Kim from Slinger WI
    James 1:2-3
    Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. NIV

  44. 11844
    Lisa Taylor says:

    Lisa,Mechanicsville, VA. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2Peter 3:9 NIV

  45. 11845
    Chaundra says:

    He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
    Psalm 66:7 KJV

  46. 11846
    Kelly says:

    Kelly. Fultondale,Alabama There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1ESV

  47. 11847
    Sara Kallin says:

    Sara, Bellingham, So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy. Philippians 2:1 ESV

  48. 11848
    Lara from Williamsburg, Ky says:

    When you lie down you will not be afraid; when you lie down your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24 (NIV 84)

  49. 11849
    Carly says:

    Carly, Norwalk, Ohio

    I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out–plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29:11 The Message

  50. 11850
    Jennifer Cochran says:

    Jennifer from Sealy, TX

    “And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20 NLT

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