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!




15,411 Responses to “2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 1!”

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  1. 11951
    Annette Phillips says:

    Annette from Wylie, TX – You crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance. Psalm 65:11 NIV

  2. 11952
    Katie Smith says:

    Katie from Troy, Kansas
    In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?
    Psalm 56:11 NASB

  3. 11953
    Jana Benton says:

    Austin, TX — Wait on the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait on the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NIV

  4. 11954
    Amanda Keith says:

    Amanda Keith from Platte City

    Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”

    Psalms 126:2

  5. 11955
    Christine says:

    Denham Springs, LA
    I lift up 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

  6. 11956
    Carly L says:

    Carly L, Parrish, FL- 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

  7. 11957
    Leah Bigham says:

    Leah Fresno, Calif.
    “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
    2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NIV

  8. 11958
    Hannah Denton says:

    Hannah Alamo, TN “What, then shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 NIV

  9. 11959
    Kim from Rocksprings says:

    Psalms 25:4
    Show me your ways O Lord, teach me your paths.

  10. 11960
    Jennie Spearin says:

    Jennie, Granite Bay Ca, “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” Lamentations 3:18 NKJV

  11. 11961
    Jennie Spearin says:

    Jennie, Granite Bay Ca. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” Lamentations 3:24 NKJV

  12. 11962
    Quita says:

    Quita from Trenton,TX. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Ps.27:1 KJV

  13. 11963
    Krista says:

    Hazard, Kentucky
    “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God”. Hebrews 10:12

  14. 11964
    Dana says:

    Dana from Athens, GA
    For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
    Do everything without complaining and arguing, (Philippians 2:13, 14 NLT)

  15. 11965
    Ashley says:

    Atlanta, GA
    The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing the soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NIV

  16. 11966
    Christina says:

    Christina from Corpus Christi Texas, “My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you.” John 17:9 NLT

  17. 11967
    Amy says:

    Amy, Atlanta,GA, “You crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance.” Psalm 65:11 NIV

  18. 11968
    MarcieSpencer says:

    MarcieSpencer from Greenville, SouthCarolina~~”And He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in.. And give us the land that He swore to give to our fathers.”Deuteronomy 6:23 (ESV)

  19. 11969
    Ashlie says:

    Ashlie in Marrietta, Ohio

    “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is tge everlasting God the creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary and his understanding no one can fathom.”
    Isaiah 40:28 Niv

  20. 11970
    Dawn says:

    Dawn, Franklin,TN
    “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer 29:11 NIV

  21. 11971
    Rachael says:

    Rachael, Bossier City, LA,“My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you.” John 17:9 NLT, I see this as a prayer and a promise for my children.

  22. 11972
    Katy Owen says:

    Katy, Murfreesboro, TN
    “And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.”

  23. 11973
    Katy says:

    Katy, Murfreesboro, TN
    “And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Ezekiel 37:3 ESV

  24. 11974
    Kathie Long says:

    Kathie, Harrisonburg , VA
    You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.
    Psalm 65:11 NIV84

  25. 11975
    Amanda H. says:

    Amanda H. – Houston, TX “For we live by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV

  26. 11976
    Liz Peters says:

    But his delight is in the law of The Lord, and in His law doth he meditate day and night Psalms 1:2 ASV

  27. 11977
    Shelley says:

    Shelley, Birmingham, AL–“Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, must remain in the situation God called him to.” 1 Corinthians 7:24 NIV

  28. 11978
    Pam Hotmann says:

    Pam Hotmann, Amarillo Texas

    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” Romans 15:13 NIV

  29. 11979
    Susan says:

    2 Chron. 7:14 KJV
    If my people which are called by my name swhall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will for give their sin and will heal their land.

  30. 11980
    letsroll says:

    Janice from Tulsa, OK.

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

  31. 11981
    Wanda says:

    Psalm 139:23-24
    23-Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
    24-And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
    And lead me in the everlasting way.

  32. 11982
    Wendy M. says:

    Wendy, Columbus, Ohio, “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way secure.” Psalm 18:32, NIV

  33. 11983
    Mimi of Six in Al says:

    NIV Psalm 51:20-12
    Create in me a pure heart, oh God and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.

  34. 11984
    Lynn says:

    But because of His great love for us, God who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our transgressions, it is by grace you have been saved.
    Ephesians 2:5 NIV

  35. 11985
    Anna says:

    Anna in Chino, CA

    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.
    Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJ

  36. 11986
    Candace says:

    Candace from Mcdonough, GA

    Open up, oh heavens,
    And pour out your rightousness
    Let the earth open wide
    So that salvation and righteousness can
    Sprout up together
    I, the Lord, created them.

    Isaiah 45:8 (NLT)

  37. 11987
    Rachel says:

    Rachel P. – Athens, GA “You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.” Psalm 65:11 NIV

  38. 11988
    Charity says:

    Chatsworth, Georgia

    “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later”. Romans 8:18 NLT

  39. 11989
    Tina Duckett says:

    Tina, Odessa, TX, Psalm 19:12-14 (NIV)
    12 But who can discern their own errors?
        Forgive my hidden faults.
    13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
        may they not rule over me.
    Then I will be blameless,
        innocent of great transgression.
    14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
        be pleasing in your sight,
        Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

  40. 11990
    Kayla says:

    Kayla from Nederland, TX

    I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. PHil. 4:13

  41. 11991
    Rachel says:

    Rachel from Murfreesboro TN

    “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:1-3 ESV

  42. 11992
    Tiffany 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 NIV

  43. 11993
    Cecelia says:

    Cecelia, Orlando, Fl- I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. John 8 v 50 NIV

  44. 11994
    Vanessa Rae says:

    Vanessa from Woodstock Ga, Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10 NIV

  45. 11995
    Jan says:

    Jan, Pearl City, HI
    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3 NIV

  46. 11996
    Rhysa says:

    Rhysa, Pearl City, HI
    Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37 NIV

  47. 11997
    Rhynne says:

    Rhynne, Pearl City, HI
    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NKJV

  48. 11998
    Becky says:

    Becky, Waddell, AZ
    The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. Psalm 19:1-2 NLT

  49. 11999
    Jennifer Helton Lawson says:

    Jennifer H. L. Hear my cry, O God, attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Ps. 61:1&2 NKJV

  50. 12000
    Jill says:

    Jill, Murfreesboro, TN May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV

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