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. 11901
    Gina Froment says:

    Psalm 103:3 NLT. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.

  2. 11902
    Jessica says:

    Jessica; Fort Collins, CO
    You crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance. Psalm 65:11 NIV

  3. 11903
    Diana says:

    Diana, Cincinnati “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares then Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 Niv

  4. 11904
    Veronica; Edmonds, WA says:

    We were filled with laughter and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord as done for them.” Psalms 126:2

  5. 11905
    Carriann says:

    I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:19 NIV

  6. 11906
    Lisa Ballew says:

    Lisa, Dallas, Texas. An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. Proverbs 12:25

  7. 11907
    Charity says:

    Charity from Regina, SK, Canada
    James 1:1 “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings”

  8. 11908
    Melinda says:

    Melinda from N. Wilkesboro, NC…”Search me, O God, and know my heart:
    try me, and know my thoughts. And see if there be any wicked way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24KJV

  9. 11909
    Mandie says:

    Mandie from Alabama: Jeremiah 33:3(KJV) Call unto me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which though knowest not.

  10. 11910
    Gina Thompson says:

    “I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.” Job 23:12 NIV

  11. 11911
    bancuri says:

    Thanks for every other fantastic article. Where else may just anybody get that kind of info in such
    an ideal method of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I’m at the search for such

  12. 11912
    kim s. says:

    Kim, Edmonds, WA “Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18…The Message

  13. 11913
    Mary Katherine says:

    Mary Katherine from Jefferson, Ga. Verse 1 – Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. NIV

  14. 11914
    Julz says:

    Julz, brisvegas
    Proverbs 3:5-6 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 path.

  15. 11915
    Jen S. , Granbury TX says:

    But one thing I do, forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Phil. 2:13-14

  16. 11916
    Alyssa says:

    Alyssa, Sealy TX: “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:8 NIV

  17. 11917
    Jennifer Fry says:

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
    In all ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path
    Proverbs 3; 5-6

  18. 11918
    kristi cabler says:

    Kristi,Bartlesville – “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” Psalm 119:105 (NIV 1984)

  19. 11919
    Mary Lynn says:

    “Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desires of our heart.”
    Isaiah 26:8 NIV

  20. 11920
    Heather says:

    Memphis, TN

    “For He that is mighty has done to me great things, and holy is His name.” Luke 1:49 KJV

  21. 11921
    Jill says:

    Philippians 4:13 KJV – I can do all things with the help of my Lord! He’s there if I’ll just call upon him.

  22. 11922
    Sarah says:

    Sarah from Santa Barbara, CA

    This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

    Romans 3:22-24 NIV84

  23. 11923
    Kelsea from Conway, AR says:

    “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.”

    ~Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

  24. 11924
    Rachel says:

    Rachel from Bradley, IL
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
    Phil. 4:6 NIV

  25. 11925
    Katye says:

    Katye from Barksdale Air Force Base, LA

    “The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”

    Isaiah 58:11, NIV

  26. 11926
    Donna Hogan says:

    Donna, Bartlesville OK, “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.” Psalm 19:1 NASB

  27. 11927
    Michele says:

    Michele-Lubbock, TX
    Psalm 1:2-3 ” I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” “Surely he will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and the noisome pestilence.” KJV

  28. 11928
    Holly Belt says:

    Holly Belt, Spring Hill, TN

    Isaiah 61 :1-2 NIV

    The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because He 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, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,….

  29. 11929
    Marie says:

    Marie – Saskatoon
    “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope.” Ps. 130:5 NIV

  30. 11930
    Arleen Long says:

    Arleen from Dublin, OH “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” Genesis 12:2 NIV

  31. 11931
    Glenna from Jackson, OH says:

    Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

  32. 11932
    Mildred says:

    Mildred from Montserrat. Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

  33. 11933
    Mildred says:

    Mildred from Montserrat. Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22 NIV

  34. 11934
    Kristen says:

    Kristen Ahrens from Tigard, Oregon; Proverbs 31:10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

  35. 11935
    Tamara says:

    Tamara from Marietta, GA

    A quick-tempered person stirs up dissension, but one who is slow to anger calms a quarrel. Proverbs 15:18 (NET)

  36. 11936
    Tanya says:

    Tanya from Lorton, Virginia “If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm;” Psalm 37:23 NIV

  37. 11937
    Jenn says:

    Jenn from Arlington, TX! “Young lions lack food and go hungry, but those who seek The Lord will not lack any good thing.” Psalm 34:10 HCSB

  38. 11938
    Nancy Miller says:

    Nancy Miller,Greenville Ky
    I’ll remove the stone,heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God- willed, not self-willed. Ezekiel 36:26 MSG

  39. 11939
    Heidi says:

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

  40. 11940
    Sarah King says:

    Sarah from Little Rock…
    “Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” Proverbs 3:17 NRSV

  41. 11941
    Kelei Liggett says:

    Kelei Liggett. Iowa Park. Texas
    John 8:36
    So if tbe Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. NIV

  42. 11942
    Shari from Calgary, AB says:

    And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,
    Luke 1:46 ESV

  43. 11943
    Shari from Calgary, AB says:

    and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
    Luke 1:47 ESV

  44. 11944
    Melody says:

    Melody from Jackson, TN. He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. John 3:30 NLT

  45. 11945
    Elizabeth says:

    Elizabeth from Raleigh, NC. “rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentile spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” – 1 Peter 3:4 NKJV

  46. 11946
    Rachelle Bull says:

    Rachelle from Ann Arbor, MI. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” –Romans 12:21 NIV84

  47. 11947
    Joelle says:

    Joelle from Lethbridge. Joshua 1:8 Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth; Meditate on it day and night so that you will be careful to do what is written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

  48. 11948
    Kristy powers says:

    Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your request to God

    Philippians 4:6-7

  49. 11949
    Rebecca says:

    Birmingham, AL

    12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
    James 1:12 NIV

  50. 11950
    Pamela, Tulsa, OK says:

    “He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth. Remember His covenant forever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations,” 1 Chronicles 16:14-15 NASB

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