2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 2!

We’re off and running, Sweet Things! And 11,000 strong!!! Oh, how I pray that God will grant us the divine favor and indwelling power to keep it up month after month and finish 2013 in the multiple thousands. What joy He and we would have! For now, we take it step by step, one verse at a time. Don’t get caught up wondering how in the world you’re going to memorize 24 verses when you’re having a hard time memorizing the first one. That will sink your Scripture memory boat for sure.

I make you this promise based on my experience and the experience of many others: the more you memorize, the more you’ll get the hang of it. I was going to say that the more you memorize, the easier it gets but it’s not easy and that’s part of what makes it such a victory to celebrate with Jesus. I do believe I can tell you with confidence, however, that your tenth verse will very likely be easier to memorize than your first one. By that time, you’ve quit letting your nay-whining old nature tell you that you can’t do it and you shouldn’t have even tried. A big part of the battle in the first month is simply telling that self-destructive echo in our heads to shut its mouth. It’s replacing “I knew I couldn’t do it” with “Oh, yes I can. I can do all things through Christ.”

Persevere! Let’s not be quitters! God would rather us make it to the end of the year still stumbling over some words than throwing our hands up and quitting at the first imperfect recitation. Even if we don’t get our verses down perfectly, the pursuit itself is the very art of meditation. Nothing about it is a waste of time. Just think of how it helps to break the mental loop of rehearsed offenses. We’re going to be fixated on something. That’s how our minds often work. But we get to choose what.

So, right now say verse 1 out loud the very best you can.

Tremendous job. Now, let’s add our second one to it.

I totally love my verse this time around! It came up in my Scripture reading during my quiet time early Sunday morning. Here it goes:

Beth, Houston. All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13 ESV

Isn’t that fabulous? I’m choosing this verse specifically so that I can turn it into intercessory prayer. Mind you, I’m not “claiming” it like I’d be apt to do with a promise more clearly obvious under the New Covenant. I’m reluctant to claim the fulfillment of a promise made straight to Israel for myself or people in my world unless I know that we have a coinciding New Covenant promise.  I’d have to see consistency to pray it as one fervently counting on it. Isaiah 54:13 carries obvious elements that are very consistent with the promises of Christ to us. He promised that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and He blatantly gave us His peace but where I’m asking God to do an Isaiah 54:13 work in my family is the emphasis on ALL my children. I want every single one of them to be students of Christ Jesus, to love His Word and His ways with a passion beyond the natural realm, and for His peace to be great upon them and contagious. If you’ll look in the Scripture’s context in Isaiah 54, especially in verses 11-17, you’ll see that V.13 is within the promises God made specifically to Israel and scheduled for fulfillment in a time yet to come. So, no, I’m not claiming it, so to speak, BUT, I am indeed asking for it. That’s fair game.

God is not obligated to say yes to promises like those in Isaiah 54 this side of His Kingdom’s full revelation but, as I persevere in prayer and faith, He will indeed hear me and I believe be pleased that I had the boldness to pray it. He is not blessed by our small, vision-bare petitions anyway. I’ve thought for a long time that God would rather hear His children voice outrageously large prayers of faith even if He has to say no on occasion than hear our pale, timid, tepid requests for things He’s already given us anyway. For instance, if we belong to Him in Christ, He is indeed going to “bless us” and “keep us.” So, I’m adding Isaiah 54:13 to my spiral and planning to reword it often into a request. I’m going to take the risk that He may indeed perform generational miracles with a family tree sprouted from the soil of disease and brokenness. Make us oaks of righteousness, Lord,  for the display of Your splendor. (Isaiah 61:3)

This I know for sure: we often have not because we ask not. (James 4:2)

I love something else about Isaiah 54:13. I love that the word translated peace in English is the word “shalom” in Hebrew. The Hebrew word blows the doors off of our usual concept of peace. When I ask God for great peace to be upon my children, I have no interest in a trance-like state of passionless nirvana. I want God’s brand of peace: lively, vivacious. Here’s what the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament has to say about it:

“The general meaning behind the root š-l-m is of completion and fulfillment—of entering into a state of wholeness and unity, a restored relationship.”

It means to be intact, healthy, sound. It means wellness of soul. It conveys the idea of God prospering His child. He describes His peace like a river: moving and running. His peace is no pond. I read the verse first out of The NET Bible that sits open on my desk at home. Isaiah 54:13 is worded this way on its pages: “All your children will be followers of the LORD, and your children will enjoy great prosperity.” Right that moment I jotted the verse down in my journal and, under it, asked the Lord (with enough zeal to imprint it on the next page) to prosper my children and their children and their children and their children in the way that really matters: grant them lives that bear much fruit – I said MUCH FRUIT –  for THIS is to our Father’s great glory. May they blatantly show themselves to be Christ’s disciples. (That’s John 15:8 and, if you haven’t memorized it yet, it is a must! Prioritize it early on in your year if God causes it to leap off the page with you.)  With all my heart, I want God to use this lineage He is redeeming to prosper His Kingdom.

So I am really fired up about my verse for our next two weeks and hope to still be saying it and praying it for the next generations of this family line when I’m about to see Jesus. If you don’t already have a verse selected, you are welcome to share it and make it your own with Jesus. Choose any verse that He’s using to speak to you right now. Remember, that’s what will make it stick to your ribs. It needs to mean something to you!

Hit it, Girls! Remember! Only your names, cities, verses, references, and translations! You are stellar, Sisters. I love you so much.

Edited to add: Information on how to download your Android or iPhone application!

I know many of you have been asking if we are going to have an app this year for your smart phones, and we have both good news and bad news. The good news is YES, we ARE! We have created an app for both Android and iPhones. The bad news is, the Android app is ready for you, but if you would be so patient with us, we’ll have the iPhone app ready for you in about five or six days. Does that sound good?

So, excuse me while I get technical for just a minute!

For those of you that still have the old application on your phone (and this goes for both Android and iPhone users), you would most likely have received a notification about the availability of this new one, but if not, and you are currently using an android, simply click here to download the app. (This link is for Android users only.) Android users, if you’re having issues with this link (and it’s currently working fine on this end), you can search “Living Proof Ministries – Scripture Memory Team – 2013″ in your phone under applications. (I have very little knowledge about Android phones, so forgive me if my wording is wrong.)

When the iPhone app is ready, I’ll update this post for those of you who would like to download it with all the instructions you’ll need. However, I do know upfront you’ll be able to find the app in the iTunes store via your phone or computer.

Once you have the application, it is very user friendly. You’ll be notified the 1st and 15th of every month with the new blog post that will land in your application (you will only be notified if you have turned on notifications for this specific app), you can share the post, and then you can also store your memory work in there. It will also act like your spiral. You may want to use both your spiral and the app to have on hand in case you lose one or the other!

I hope that helps! Doesn’t this make it so much more fun?

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  1. 7951
    heather g says:

    I will fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith.
    heb 12:2
    heather g
    charlotte nc

  2. 7952
    Jenna DeTemple says:

    Jenna, Charleston, WV

    ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

    John 1:1 (NIV)

  3. 7953
    Leigh's says:

    Leigha, White Oak, TX, “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)

  4. 7954
    Melinda Elledge says:

    Melinda N Wilkesboro, NC “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”Heb 10:23(ESV)

  5. 7955
    Jaime says:

    Jaime, Scottsdale, Arizona

    Philippians 4:6 NIV Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgving, present your requests to God.

  6. 7956
    Carrie Jones says:

    Carrie
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    ” He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.”
    Psalms 91:1 NASB

  7. 7957
    Vanessa says:

    Vanessa, Bremen, GA
    1 Peter 3:15 (HCSB)
    …but set apart the Messiah as Lord in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.

  8. 7958
    Amanda says:

    Amanda, Nashville, TN
    “I am the true vine, and my father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”
    John 15:1-2

  9. 7959
    Jan says:

    Jan, Albuquerque. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders, and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1 NIV

  10. 7960
    Tiffany A. says:

    My dear brothers and sisters take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20

  11. 7961
    Lesli Arrington says:

    Genesis 50:20 (ESV): As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

  12. 7962
    Nichol says:

    Nichol from Houston, Texas
    “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 NIV

  13. 7963
    Anna says:

    Anna, Kilgore, TX

    “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19, NIV

  14. 7964
    Margie says:

    They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness (lLamentations 3:23 AMP)

  15. 7965
    Terri Sasse says:

    Terri, Vancouver, WA
    Luke 18:27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible for men is possible with God.”

  16. 7966
    Christi says:

    Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
    Matthew 6:34

  17. 7967

    Isaiah 54:13 (NET) “All your children will be followers of the LORD, and your children will enjoy great prosperity.”

  18. 7968
    Betty says:

    Betty, Houston:
    “I cam that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
    John 10:10b (ESV)

  19. 7969
    Mikah Alge says:

    Mikah, Charleston, SC

    I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is who bears much fruit. For apart from me, you can do nothing. John 15:5 -ESV

  20. 7970
    Katie B. says:

    Katie Yuxi, China

    “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:10-12 NIV

  21. 7971
    Sheila, Thetford England says:

    Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:4 NIV

  22. 7972
    Kendra Schwartz says:

    Kendra, Sturgis, MI
    “All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13 ESV

  23. 7973
    Christy says:

    Christy, FL – “and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green. And it will not be anxious in a year of drought, nor cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8b

  24. 7974
    Marilyn says:

    Marilyn, Van Buren, MO

    You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

    Psalms 91: 5-8

  25. 7975
    tracy maxwell says:

    Tracy-Ontario, Canada. “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT

  26. 7976
    Kat says:

    Kat, Clarkesville, Ga.

    “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 (NKJ)

  27. 7977
    Tonia says:

    Tonia from Minnesota. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

  28. 7978
    Lousia says:

    Louisa, London
    “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.”
    Psalm 57:2 ESV

  29. 7979
    Kathleen Gunter says:

    Kathleen Gunter, Wylie Texas

    Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
    The Lord is the 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

  30. 7980
    Lise Sullivan Ode says:

    Lise, Cumming, GA – This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; James 1:19, New American Standard Version

  31. 7981

    Cassie, Jackson, TN
    “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.” Psalm 52:8

  32. 7982
    April Nielsen says:

    April Nielsen, New Orleans, La

    “I know that you can do all things; no plan can be thwarted.” Job 42:2 NIV

  33. 7983
    Marla says:

    Marla, Morden, Manitoba, Canada: Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. Proverbs 16:24, NLT

  34. 7984
    Jen S. , Granbury TX says:

    For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Ps 33:21 (ESV)

  35. 7985
    Susan Flowers says:

    Susan, Newport News, VA
    Colossians 3:15 – “Let the peace of Christ be in control in your heart (for you were in fact called as one body to this peace), and be thankful.” NET

  36. 7986
    Traci Hamilton says:

    Traci, Acworth GA
    God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling.
    Psalm 46:1-3 NKJV

  37. 7987
    Lynn, Pittsburgh PA says:

    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11 NAS

  38. 7988
    Kristi Walker says:

    Kristi
    Inman, SC

    Proverbs 10:19 NIV

    “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.”

  39. 7989
    Stephanie Staggers says:

    Stephanie/ West Haven, CT

    “For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.” 2Tim 1:7

  40. 7990
    Rae Deal says:

    Rae from Greenwood, AR
    “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere Him.” Psalm 33:8 NIV

  41. 7991
    Laura Lang says:

    Laura, Gastoia NC
    James 1:19-20 “Let Every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” ESV

  42. 7992
    Sallie from Houston says:

    It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 NIV

  43. 7993
    Gina says:

    All your children shall be taught by The Lord and great will be the peace of your children. Isaiah 54:13

  44. 7994
    Lynn says:

    Lynn, Goldfield, Iowa: Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10 NIV

  45. 7995
    Heather says:

    Memphis, TN

    “And His mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation.” Luke 1:50 KJV

  46. 7996
    Martha Speight, Richmond VA says:

    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
    Eph 4;29, NIV

  47. 7997
    Camille graybeal says:

    Camille, San Antonio, tx
    2 Thessalonians 1:11
    “To this end we pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling, and may fulfil every resolve for good, and every work of faith by His power.”

  48. 7998
    Heather says:

    Heather, Lufkin, TX
    “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
    1 Thess 5:16-18, NLT

  49. 7999
    Regina benefield Fultondale ALA says:

    Ps139:2 (NIV)
    You know when I sit and I rise you perceived my thoughts from afar

  50. 8000
    Sally H. says:

    Sturgis, MI

    For the mountains may move
    and the hills disappear,
    but even then my faithful love for you will remain.
    My covenant of blessing will never be broken,”
    says the Lord, who has mercy on you. Isaiah 54:10 (NLT)

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