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. 12051
    Katy from Sealy Texas, says:

    The whole point of what we’re urging is simply LOVE – love uncontaminated by self interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to GOD. 1 Timothy 1:5 The Message

  2. 12052
    Linda Green says:

    Linda from Birmingham, AL
    “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee”
    Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)

  3. 12053
    Marilyn says:

    Marilyn Kearny Nebraska

    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.

  4. 12054
    Kristy from Parker, CO says:

    May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NIV84

  5. 12055
    Jamie says:

    Jamie from Parrish, FL
    I am never out of your sight. Psalm 139:3 The Message

  6. 12056
    Kat says:

    Kat from Charlotte. “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)

  7. 12057
    Arlene from Lakeland, FL says:

    And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.Romans 8:28 NLT

  8. 12058
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn of Kansas City, MO
    “Serve wholeheartedly as if you were serving the Lord, not men.” Ephesians 6:7 NIV

  9. 12059
    Pamela Bobo says:

    Pamela from Belmont, NC

    God’s word is alive and powerful!
    It is sharper than any double-edged sword!
    His word can cut through our spirits and souls,
    and through our joints and marrow, until it discovers the
    desires & thoughts of our heart!

    Hebrews 4:12 CEV

  10. 12060
    Kasie says:

    Kasie from Dallas

    “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

  11. 12061
    Chrissie Ochocki says:

    Chrissie from Aurora, CO
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, with prayer and petition, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
    Philippians 4: 6-7 NIV

  12. 12062
    Robin says:

    Robin from Morehead, Ky. says,

    “For this child I have prayed and the Lord has granted me the desires of my heart.”
    1 Samuel 1:27

  13. 12063
    Sonia says:

    For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. (Psalms 30:5 NIV84)

  14. 12064
    Connie Blaut says:

    Connie from Amarillo, TX says:
    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

  15. 12065
    Christina Acree says:

    Christina Acree, Winter HavenHaven

    Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. – Psalm 62:8


  16. 12066
    Candice says:

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding
    Pro. 3:5 NIV

  17. 12067
    Candice Crespo says:

    Candice Crespo, Covington Louisiana

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding
    Pro. 3:5 NIV

  18. 12068
    Ashley Marquez says:

    Isaiah 66:9 (NIV)

    Do i bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery? says the lord. Do i bring to delivery and close up the womb? says your God.

    Ashley Marquez, Columbus GA (Im Prego found this comforting!)

  19. 12069
    Ashley Marquez says:

    Ashley Marquez Columbus, GA

    “You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins”

    Psalm 85:2

  20. 12070
    Cindy Miller says:

    Cindy Miller from Nashville, Cast all your anxiety on him for he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

  21. 12071
    sharron says:

    Sharron, Spring,

    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

  22. 12072
    Ron says:

    Genesis 3:8-9
    Then the man and his wife heard the sound of The Lord God
    as He was walking in the Garden in the cool of the day,and
    they hid from The Lord God among the trees of the Garden.
    But The Lord God called to the man,”Where are you?”

  23. 12073
    Missie says:

    To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. (1 Corinthians 9:22 NIV)

  24. 12074
    Erin says:

    Erin, Wausau
    The Lord is near to all who call him. To all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18 KJV.

  25. 12075
    Lisa says:

    Finally, brothers, 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

  26. 12076
    Nicki says:

    Nicki, Diriamba, Nicaragua

    16 Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna.
    Juan 3:16 RV

  27. 12077
    crystal says:

    Crystal from Havana.

    And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.Revelation 21:3NIV

  28. 12078
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer from Garner, NC
    I will hear what God The Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people and to His saints;
    But let them not turn back to folly. Psalm 85:8 NKJV

  29. 12079
    Andrea says:

    Andrea from Gainesville, FL
    “This I recall to mind; therefore I have hope. It is of Jehovah’s lovingkindness that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. Lamentations 3:21-22 ASV

  30. 12080
    Michelle says:

    Michelle from Parrish: “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, (20) for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. James 1:19-20 NIV

  31. 12081
    Cindy Brantley says:

    Cindy from New Market,AL
    James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings. James 1:1 NASB

  32. 12082
    Lisa Latham says:

    Lisa, Birmingham, AL

    “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed in you, because he trusts in you.”- Isaiah 26:3 ESV

  33. 12083
    Traci says:

    Traci, Fairfield Township
    Hope in the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.
    Psalm 37:34 NIV

  34. 12084
    Candi Beemer says:

    Candi,South Lyon,MI “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 HCSB

  35. 12085
    Alison says:

    Alison,Richmond, VA
    “One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong,and that you, O Lord, are loving.” Psalm 64:11-12 NIV

  36. 12086
    Janie says:

    Janie,VA “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,” Eph 1:11 NIV

  37. 12087
    Sheila Miller says:

    Sheila Miller, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phillipians 4:13 KJV (my life verse!)

  38. 12088
    Katie says:

    Katie from Kearney, NE
    Humble yourselves before The Lord, and He will lift you up.
    James 4:1

  39. 12089
    Ann Oliphant says:

    Ann; Charlotte NC

    “See, the LORD your God has set the land before you.
    Go up and take possession of it as Yahweh, the God of your fathers has told you, do not be afraid or discouraged.” Deut. 1:21 NIV

  40. 12090
    Wendi Gale says:

    Wendi Gale from Yulee, FL
    They that wait upon The Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles.
    Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

  41. 12091
    Sandi says:

    Sandi; Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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

  42. 12092
    Lori says:

    Lori from Greenbrier, Tn – Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23, NIV 84

  43. 12093
    Delaney says:

    Delaney, Kitchener, ON, Canada
    “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
    2 Corinthians 4:16

  44. 12094
    Leila says:

    Leila from Baton Rouge, LA
    Psalm 33:2-4 (NIV)
    Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the 10-string lyre.
    Sing to him a new song; play skillfully and shout for joy.
    For the work of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.

  45. 12095
    kaci says:

    John 15:12-13
    My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for his friends.
    Kaci from Norman, OK

  46. 12096
    Lyss says:

    Lyss from Ankeny, Ia.
    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

  47. 12097
    Tara says:

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

  48. 12098
    Sharon says:

    Sharon from Selma NC “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16 NKJV

  49. 12099
    Jean says:

    Jean – Waukee, IA
    He is like a tree planted near streams of water, that yields its fruit in season;
    It’s leaves never wither; whatever he does prospers.
    Psalm 1:3 (NAB)

  50. 12100
    Hope says:

    Hope, Chandler OK

    And he will call unto me, you are my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.
    Psalms 89:26 NLT

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