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. 12001
    Paige C. says:

    Santa Rosa Beach, FL
    “I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.”
    Psalm 119:16 KJV

  2. 12002
    Sandie Faber says:

    Sandie, Mechanicsville, VA
    “Commit your work to the Lord and your thoughts will be established.”
    Proverbs 16:3 NKJV

  3. 12003
    Denise, San Diego, CA says:

    Jeremiah 29:11
    “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.”

  4. 12004
    Bailey M. says:

    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 59:7 NIV

  5. 12005
    DeeDee says:

    DeeDee from Tahoka, Tx For I know the thoughts and plans I have for you, says The Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace, and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
    Jeremiah 29:11 AMP

  6. 12006
    Miranda says:

    For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 NLT BIBLE

  7. 12007
    Carissa Metzger says:

    Carissa Metzger, Silver Lake IN. The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 Amp

  8. 12008
    Danielle says:

    Danielle, Jacksonville, FL

    Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
    bind them around your neck

    Proverbs 3:3 NIV

  9. 12009
    Caroline says:

    Caroline from Aiea, In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust. (Psalm 4:8 AMP) – verse 1, starting late…

  10. 12010
    karrie says:

    Karrie from Middleburg Florida

    Philippians 4:13 NCV

    I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength.

  11. 12011
    Kathi says:

    Kathi- Detroit MI

    Joshua 1:9

    Be strong and courageous do not be frightened and discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

  12. 12012
    Ashley Vass says:

    Ashley, Lemont, IL ~ Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13 ESV

  13. 12013
    April says:

    “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all things you may desire cannot compare with her” ( Proverbs 3:13-15)

    This scripture reflects what I would like to have…wisdom. God teach me to become filled with your wisdom! 🙂

  14. 12014
    Linda says:

    Linda in Corpus Christi
    Hosea 11:4
    I led them with cords of human kindness,
    with ties of love.
    To them I was like one who lifts
    a little child to the cheek,
    and I bent down to feed them.

  15. 12015
    Natalie says:

    Lago Vista, TX
    John 13:34

    “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I Loved you, so you must Love one another.”

  16. 12016
    Amy Coxhead says:


    Fort Collins, CO

    Isaiah 40:11


    “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.”

  17. 12017
    Andrea Wasielewski says:

    My brothers and sister, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure. James 1:2-3 GNB

  18. 12018
    Kathy B says:

    Psalm 118:23 Amplified

    This is from the Lord and is His doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

    Kathy B from Pelham , ALabama

  19. 12019
    Margie says:

    Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
    Gal 6:9. (NIV)

  20. 12020
    Peggy E. from Marietta, GA says:

    “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

    •John 14:14 NWT

  21. 12021
    Olivia Leys says:

    Olivia from Demopolis, AL. “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30 ESV

  22. 12022
    Margie says:

    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
    Phil 2:3 (NIV)

  23. 12023
    Anita Howard says:

    Anita, Covington,Ky. God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of sound mind. -2Tim 1:7 NKJV

  24. 12024
    Emma says:

    Emma from Adelaide, South Australia.
    “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life”.
    Philippians 2:14-16 NIV

  25. 12025
    Gina says:

    Isaiah 43:1
    But now this is what The Lord says- He who created you, Jacob, He who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; You are mine.”

  26. 12026
    Cory Carroll says:

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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. Eph. 4:6-7 NIV

  27. 12027
    Cherie says:

    Statesville , NC -I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God that brings salvation to all who believe;first to the Jew then to the gentile. Roman 1:16 (niv)

  28. 12028
    Hannah Hancock says:

    Hannah Hancock, Winter Haven, FL

    Psalm 119:1
    “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the LORD!”

  29. 12029
    Tracy says:

    Tracy from Aurora, CO
    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
    Romans 8:28 (NIV)

  30. 12030
    Sarah Teed says:

    Sarah from Arkadelphia, Arkansas
    All your sons will be taught by the Lord, And great will be your children’s peace.
    Isaiah 54:13 NIV

  31. 12031
    Char says:

    Char, Nashville
    “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
    Matthew 6:21(NIV)

  32. 12032
    Kate K says:

    Kate from Tulsa, OK
    Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.
    Philippians 4:8 NIV

  33. 12033
    Melissa Sarvela says:

    Ecclesiastes 4:12 NIV
    Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

    Melissa Sarvela, Vancouver WA

  34. 12034
    Jennifer Woodham says:

    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 16:33 NIV

  35. 12035
    MeLis says:

    Moorpark, CA
    Search me, God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
    Psalms 139: 23-24

  36. 12036
    DeAnn Karl says:

    De Ann, Sacramento, CA For everyone has and we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet, God with gracious kindness declares that we are righteous. He did this through Jesus Christ when he freed us from the penalty of our sins. Romans 3:23-24 NLT

  37. 12037
    Chiquita A. says:

    “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that us written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
    Joshua 1:8

  38. 12038
    Julie Swift says:

    Julie from Topeka, KS “‘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

  39. 12039
    Amy says:

    Amy, Parrish, FL

    Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10, NIV

  40. 12040
    Kendall, Orefield, PA says:

    Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap the harvest if we don’t give up.

    Galatians 6:9, NIV

  41. 12041
    Kris Harper says:

    Kris Harper, McKinney Texas

    For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.

    1 Cor 1:18 (HCSB)

  42. 12042
    Erica says:

    Westminster, SC “I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word” psalm 119:16 KJV

  43. 12043
    Lois Colletta says:

    Lois, Charlotte NC
    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)

  44. 12044
    Lois Colletta says:

    Lois, Charlotte NC (vs #2 Jan)
    Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, (Ephesians 3:20 NIV)

  45. 12045
    Francine Blanthorn says:

    Francine Blanthorn, Crown City,OH.

    It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all i want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. Isa. 55:11 NLT

  46. 12046
    Linda Roth says:

    “Whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease without fear of harm.”

    Proverbs 1:33 (NIV)

  47. 12047
    Sally says:

    Norfolk, VA
    Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house. Test me in this says the LORD Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

    Malachi 3:10. NIV

  48. 12048
    Charlotte Kiel says:

    Charlotte from Tomball, Texas, 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

  49. 12049
    Sonya says:

    Aurora, Colorado

    I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. Ps. 130:5

  50. 12050
    Lindsay 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

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