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. 1901
    Valerie Griffin says:

    Pflugerville, TX

    We continually remember before our God and Father
    your work produced by faith,
    your labor prompted by love,
    and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
    1 Thess.1:3, NIV

  2. 1902
    Brianna says:

    Brianna – Huntsville, AL

    Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (NKJV)

  3. 1903
    Gwyn Tidwell says:

    Gwyn Tidwell, Fort Worth, Texas…And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV84)

  4. 1904
    melissa says:

    Melissa T.
    Wichita KS
    Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Gods will is-His good, pleasing, and perfect will.
    Romans 12:2 NIV84

  5. 1905
    Shawna Ervin says:

    Shawna Ervin, Denver, CO
    2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
    For God has not given you a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.

  6. 1906
    Kaye Davis says:

    “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Romans 8: 38-39

  7. 1907
    Rachel, Seattle WA says:

    The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
    1 Timothy 1:5 (NIV)

  8. 1908
    Denise says:

    And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    Philippians 4:7


  9. 1909
    Elizabeth Feigel says:

    Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefor honor God with your body.
    1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV

  10. 1910
    Wendy from Sedley, Virginia says:

    10 But Moses pleaded with the LORD, “O Lord, I’m just not a good speaker. I never have been, and I’m not now, even after you have spoken to me. I’m clumsy with words.”
    11″Who makes mouths?” the LORD asked him. “Who makes people so they can speak or not speak, hear or not hear, see or not see? Is it not I, the LORD? 12 Now go, and do as I have told you. I will help you speak well, and I will tell you what to say.” Exodus 4:10-12 New Living Translation

  11. 1911
    Selena says:

    Selena- Cordele, GA
    My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples. John 15:8, HCSB

  12. 1912
    Nancy says:

    Nancy from Roswell, GA
    Psalm 52: 8-9 (The Message)
    And I’m an olive tree, growing green in God’s house.
    I trusted in the generous mercy of God then and now.
    I thank you always that you went into action.
    And Ill stay right here, your good name my hope, in company with your faithful friends.

  13. 1913
    Michele Tompkins says:

    Michele; Rockmart, GA

    If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25 NKJV

  14. 1914
    Jacquelyn B says:

    Jacquelyn B. Aliso Viejo. All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13 ESV

  15. 1915
    Kathy says:

    Kathy, SCF WI NIV Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight.”

  16. 1916
    Linda says:

    Linda Prater, Clarksville, TN

    “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

  17. 1917
    Imogene says:

    Imogene, Austin,TX
    “All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace.”
    Isaiah 54:13 NIV

  18. 1918
    Kelly Neuendorf says:

    Kelly from Denver: He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip. Proverbs 20:19 NASB

  19. 1919
    Michelle says:

    Michelle-Greenville, TX

    But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise: God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Cor. 1:27 NIV

  20. 1920
    Debbie says:

    Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (NKJV)

  21. 1921
    Gabriella Thomas; Ft Lauderdale FL says:

    Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16

  22. 1922
    Katie says:

    Katie- Cypress, TX

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

  23. 1923
    Lisa Schlenker says:

    Rineyville, KY
    For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29; 11 – 13 NASB

  24. 1924
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie – Imperial Beach, CA

    I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

    Philippians 3:14 NLT

  25. 1925
    Emily McAnear says:

    Emily McAnear
    Corona, California
    2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)
    For we live by faith, not by sight.

  26. 1926
    Poorna Diaz says:

    “Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.”

    -Ezekiel 37:4 – 5 (NIV)

    Poorna Diaz
    Arlington, VA

  27. 1927
    Molly Hotchkiss says:

    Molly- Cypress,TX

    Colossians 3:12-14, NIV 1984
    “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

  28. 1928
    Marla Kula says:

    Marla, Highlands Ranch, CO
    “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 NIV

  29. 1929
    Anna says:

    New Palestine, IN

    “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:14 ESV

  30. 1930
    Chris Floyd says:

    Chris Floyd, Kokomo, IN

    My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

    2 Corinthians 12:9-10

  31. 1931
    Julie Passman says:

    McKinney, TX
    Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good. A stronghold in the day of trouble. He knows those who take refuge in Him. NASB

  32. 1932
    Debbie Miller says:

    Debbie Miller in Muskogee, Oklahoma

    “Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.”
    Romans 12:12 HCSB

  33. 1933
    Debbie Torkelson says:

    Debbie Torkelson, Annandale, VA
    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
    Colossians 4:2, NIV

  34. 1934
    Kim Dent says:

    Kim Dent, Corrales, New Mexico “I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” Psalm 91:2 NIV

  35. 1935
    Karen O says:

    Karen O, Cottonwood, CA
    “Since my youth, O God, You have taught me, and to this day I declare Your marvelous deeds.”
    Psalm 71:17 (NIV)

  36. 1936
    Lauren says:

    Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:1-4 NIV Lauren, Dallas

  37. 1937
    Marsha says:

    Marsha Fort Smith

    In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

    II Thes 5:18 NAB

  38. 1938
    Holly Nagy says:

    Holly Nagy
    Fort Wayne, IN
    “Forget the former things. Do not dwell on the past. 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 wastelands.”
    Isaiah 43:18-19. (NIV)

  39. 1939
    Maggie Tawil says:

    Maggie T. – Tulsa

    “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly.” Proverbs 2:6-7 NKJV

  40. 1940
    Rebecca says:

    Rebecca, Chattanooga, TN

    Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

    Psalm 1 ESV

  41. 1941
    Jennifer Murray says:

    Jennifer, Wichita, Kansas

    “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

  42. 1942
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie Shelbyville Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27 NIV

  43. 1943
    Marilyn Dale says:

    Marilyn Dale, Fort Pierce, FL, Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us[b]? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:‘God opposes the proud
    but shows favour to the humble.’ Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

  44. 1944
    Paula Ellis says:

    Gladewater, Tx, Titus 2:7 (NIV)
    In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity and seriousness..

  45. 1945
    Jan Horne says:

    Jan Horne, Bossier City, LA

    James 5:16 (NIV)

    Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

  46. 1946
    Kassidy Dillard says:

    Kassidy Dillard Dubois, PA

    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

  47. 1947
    Robbie Board says:

    Robbie Board, Royal Oak, MI

    For The Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee; Fear not; I will help thee.
    Isaiah 41:13 KJV

  48. 1948
    amanda burpo says:

    Amanda Burpo, Forney, TX

    Psalm 139:14 NKJV

    I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

  49. 1949
    Gabriella Thomas; Ft Lauderdale FL says:

    Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16 (ESV)

  50. 1950
    Lisa says:

    Lisa, Mauldin,
    If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.
    Daniel 3: 17-18 NIV

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