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. 8101
    Audli Yeakel says:

    Audli, Bloomington, IL

    Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Phil 6 & 7 MSSG

  2. 8102
    Dinah says:

    Huntingtown,MD

    If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. James 1:26, NIV

  3. 8103
    Molly says:

    Molly, Chicago 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 NIV

    “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.

  4. 8104
    Melissa says:

    Melissa – Richmond, IN

    Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!

    2 Corinthians 9:15 NLT

  5. 8105
    Meg Hughes says:

    Meg from Shelbyville. “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:12 (NIV)

  6. 8106
    Barbara Wyne says:

    Ps 19:14 (ESV) May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, my Rock and my Redeemer.

  7. 8107
    Brenda B. says:

    Brenda-Hudsonville,MI

    Isaiah 54:13 NLT

    I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace.

  8. 8108
    Ashlie H says:

    Ashlie H. from Cary, NC
    Psalm 63:3-5 (NIV)
    Because your love is greater than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live and in your name, I will lift up my hands.

    My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips, my mouth will praise you.

  9. 8109
    Myrvin says:

    Myrvin from Donalsonville GA
    Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. John 14:1 NIV

  10. 8110
    MarcieSpencer says:

    MarcieSpencer from SouthCarolina~~One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.. They shall speakof the might of your awesome deeds, and will declare your greatness…They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. (Psalm 145:4, 6-7, 11-12 ESV)

  11. 8111
    Amy Perruso says:

    Amy from Brandon, MS

    Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:5, 6 HCSB)

  12. 8112
    Rena says:

    Rena, Tulsa. “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:2 NIV (1984)

  13. 8113
    KC in Kansas City says:

    You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” — Galatians 5:13-14, NIV.

  14. 8114
    Deborah says:

    Deborah, Pinewood, TN
    “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NIV

  15. 8115
    Sheila Reed says:

    Ecclesiastes 4:12
    English Standard Version (ESV)
    “And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

  16. 8116
    Dawn says:

    Dawn, Franklin,TN
    For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19 NIV

  17. 8117
    Stacey says:

    How can I be a part of the memeroy verse fun/accountability? My friend told me I can register, but I don’t see where.

  18. 8118
    Hannah says:

    Hannah from Lima, Peru
    This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord… “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. Jeremiah 17:5,7 (NIV 84)

  19. 8119
    Katy says:

    Katy, Murfreesboro, TN

    Then He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones; hear the word of the Lord.” Ezekiel 37:4 ESV

  20. 8120
    Amanda H. says:

    Amanda H.- Houston, TX
    “Rejoice 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

  21. 8121
    Melinda says:

    Melinda, Cheney

    I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints. Psalm 52:9(NIV)

  22. 8122
    Cheryl'n Staggers says:

    West Haven, CT

    A wise man controls his temper, he knows that anger cause mistakes.
    Prov. 14:29 LBT

  23. 8123
    JoElle says:

    JoElle~Glenville, NY

    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)

  24. 8124
    Shawn says:

    Shawn Mayer, AZ

    And all thy children shall be taught of the [Lord];
    and great shall be the peace of thy children.
    Isaiah 54:13 (KJV)

  25. 8125
    Lisa Ballew says:

    Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
    Philippians 4:8 ESV

  26. 8126
    Caroline says:

    Caroline – Greenville, SC

    “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, As the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14

  27. 8127
    Wanda says:

    Wanda
    North Canton, Ohio
    I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust”. Psalm 91:2 NIV

  28. 8128
    Shelley says:

    Shelley, Birmingham, AL “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope, without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 NKJV

  29. 8129
    Judy T says:

    To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening , even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. Mark 4:25 NIV

  30. 8130
    Julie says:

    Julie ~ Waco
    “Our citizenship is in Heaven & we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform these humble bodies of ours into the likeness of His glorious body.”
    Phil. 3:20-21 (NET)

  31. 8131
    debra cowan says:

    debra | dallas, texas

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

  32. 8132
    Sarah says:

    Sarah
    Fredericksburg VA

    Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.

    Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV

  33. 8133

    Trae Kendrick, Crawford, TX: “God said, ‘My presence will go with you. I’ll see the journey to the end.’” Exodus 33:14 MSG

  34. 8134
    gloria ibrahim says:

    gloria
    shreveport,LA
    Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He pronounced.
    I Chronicles 16:11&12
    NIV

  35. 8135
    Robin Nieman says:

    Robin, Land o Lakes, FL
    I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakeable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart, I’ve conquered the world. John 16:33 MSG

  36. 8136
    letsroll says:

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

  37. 8137
    Kathy Parker says:

    Your Word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You. Ps 119:11, NASB

  38. 8138
    Lori Boughner says:

    Lori Boughner

    Pensacola, FL

    “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

    Matthew 6:43-44 KJV

  39. 8139
    Sue from Wisconsin says:

    And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way…
    Colossians 1:10 NIV

  40. 8140
    MIschia says:

    Mischia, Morganton, NC
    For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Cor 4:17 (NIV)

  41. 8141
    Jill says:

    Jill
    Springdale AR

    Most of all. love each other as if you life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything
    1 Peter 4:8 (MSG)

  42. 8142
    Wendy M. says:

    Wendy, Columbus, Ohio, “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.” Deuteronomy 33:12, NIV

  43. 8143
    Julie Crow says:

    Webb City, MO
    The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable,gentle,
    reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. James 3:17 NASB

  44. 8144
    Marilyn Brown says:

    May Your ubfailing love rest upon us,O Lord, even as we put our hope in You.
    Psalm 33:22 NIV

  45. 8145
    Angela Fine says:

    Angela Fine
    Platte City, MO

    For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but (He gave us a spirit) of power, of love, of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 AMP

  46. 8146
    Michelle Etzkorn says:

    Michelle Etzkorn, Elida, OH

    Anyone who is patient has great understanding. But anyone who gets angry quickly shows how foolish he is.
    Proverbs 14:29 NIrV

  47. 8147
    Jan says:

    Jan Parker, Louisville, KY

    “So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your GOD.
    I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
    Isaiah 41:10 NIV

  48. 8148
    Nancy says:

    Nancy, Powder Springs, GA

    PS 62:8

    Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.

    ESV

  49. 8149
    Andrea says:

    1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (NIV 84)

  50. 8150
    Amber Hiurst says:

    Van Buren, AR
    Abide in me & I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit unless it abidesin the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
    John 15:4 ESV

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