2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 3!

Hey, Everybody! Welcome to Verse 3! One month down, only eleven more to go! I say that with a grin because I don’t want it to fly by. There are stressful aspects to what we’re doing here on our team because victory is labor intensive and demands focus and discipline. You can’t really cheat at your memory work. I mean, either we take the time for the constant repetition until it’s embedded underneath that skull of ours or we don’t. But, at the same time, it’s also rejuvenating, don’t you think? And fun? And, admit it, the team aspect of it is glorious.

In fact, I hope God is using this whole process to bring some of you back to life. I’m picturing all of us women like that valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37. Scattered in that broad dell of ours are skeletons of dead-tired, depleted girls from all over the United States and in at least a half dozen other countries. Thousands of us. The breath of God’s words falling on us, rattling our bones, wrapping us with new wine skins, filling our lungs, and beginning to raise us to our feet: a mighty army brandishing Swords. (Eph. 6:17) We use these swords to battle darkness and not one another. We are not Peter who, in an impulsive fury, left poor Malchus with one less ear in John 18:10. There they were, in the most critical moment in human history thus far and Jesus had to stop what He was doing and stick the man’s ear back on the side of his head. (Luke 22:51) Enough of this! Jesus commanded. The people around us who we are called to reach and serve in Christ’s name are not drawn to weapons and shredders but they are indeed drawn to courage and valiance and gracious strength. A well-trained soldier knows who his enemy is and who his enemy is not.

I’m looking forward to your verses! I am starting some memory work out of the one-chapter book of Jude today. I find this verse fascinating because the inspired penman really meant to write his audience about one thing when God sidetracked him to another. These dimensions of divine inspiration make my mind spin. I love thinking about it. Here goes mine:

Beth, Houston. Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. Jude 1:3 (ESV)

Contend for the faith. Lord, show us, teach us, equip us, fill us, and anoint us with holy affection, sound minds and doctrine to contend for the faith. Show us how to fight for our faith without wounding and scarring the people we were called to influence in the process. This can get tricky. Show us how it’s done.

I’m honored to serve you, Sisters, and to draw swords with you in this battle against the blackest darkness. Built up in Christ by the breath of the Spirit, focused and deliberate, we can be a mighty army.

OK, let’s have it. Your names, cities, verses, references, and translations.

Live and love well out there today, you hear?

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  1. 6001
    Johanna says:

    Johanna in Carlsbad, CA
    James 1:23-25 NIV

    “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard but doing it — he will be blessed in what he does.”

  2. 6002
    Aimee says:

    Aimee, Houston, TX
    “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and so worhip God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29 NIV

  3. 6003
    Robin P. says:

    Robin P., Morehead City, NC

    Rev. 21:4 (NIV)

    “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

  4. 6004
    Michele McCullough says:

    Eph 4: 5-6 NLT

    5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.
    Michele McCullough
    Roanoke, IL

  5. 6005
    Annette says:

    Annette from San Diego
    Jeremiah 17:5-8 (NIV)

    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. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.

    “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.
    It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

  6. 6006
    Alicia says:

    Alicia Ft.Wayne,IN “The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer”. Psalm 6:9 NLT

  7. 6007
    Laura Prater says:

    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Psalm 91:4 NIV
    He will cover me with his feathers, and under his wings I will find refuge; his faithfulness will be my shield and rampart.

  8. 6008
    Kristen says:

    Kristen
    Round Rock, Tx.
    I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8 NIV

  9. 6009
    Kristina Gallarzo says:

    Kristina, Glendale AZ: “So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son.” Ruth 4:13, ESV

  10. 6010
    Sam says:

    Sam, Rowley, IA.
    2 Corinthians 9:7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. NKJV

  11. 6011
    Shaci says:

    Shaci- Aztec, New Mexico

    “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.” Luke 1:45 NIV

    Sorry its late!!!!

  12. 6012
    Jenn says:

    Jenn, Frederick, CO

    He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber;
    indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:3-4 NIV

  13. 6013
    Lacie says:

    Lacie | Seattle

    Find rest O my soul, in God alone: my hope comes from Him. He alone is my salvation. He is my fortress. I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:5 NIV

  14. 6014
    Norrell Robertson says:

    Psalm 37:4-8
    ESV

    Delight yourself in The Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.
    Commit your way to the Lord;
    Trust in Him and He will act.
    He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
    And your justice as the noonday.
    Be still before the Lord,
    And wait patiently for Him

  15. 6015
    Deborah says:

    Deborah from Lincoln, Ne. Rom 5:3-4. “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” NIV1984

  16. 6016
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl from Brisbane, Australia

    “Cast your burden on the Lord , and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved”. (Psalms 55:22 ESV)

  17. 6017
    Danyelle says:

    Danyelle, Dayton, Ohio
    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
    Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

  18. 6018
    Danielle says:

    Danielle, OKC
    Galatians 6:9 NRSV
    So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.

  19. 6019
    Melody P. says:

    Melody in Clinton, NC
    Romans 12:3 ESV
    For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

  20. 6020
    Rebekah Ross says:

    Fort Worth
    Col. 1:10 ESV
    So as to walk in a manner worth of the Lord fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

  21. 6021
    Christy says:

    Christy from Omaha:

    “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.”

    Psalm 34:18-19 NIV

  22. 6022
    Kaziah says:

    Kaziah, Prairieville, La
    “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV)

  23. 6023
    Lisa Thompson says:

    Lisa, Richmond, BC

    Titus 1:8 (NIV)

    “Rather, ‘she’ must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.”

  24. 6024
    Carol Lawrence says:

    Carol. Poplar Bluff, Missouri
    Daniel 2:22 NIV
    He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.

  25. 6025
    Kelly Brooks says:

    Kelly Brooks, Long Beach, MS

    Ezekiel 36:26-27

    And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.

  26. 6026
    Rebecca says:

    Rebecca knoxville NLT O L ord , I give my life to you. (Psalms 25:1 NLT)

  27. 6027
    Cheney says:

    Cheney, Lawrenceburg TN

    “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his footsteps.”
    1 Peter 2:21
    (LEB)

  28. 6028
    Mary Grace says:

    Mary Grace, Bolivar MO

    And he tool bread, gave thanks and broke it, saying,”This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
    Luke 2:19 NIV

  29. 6029
    Rachel says:

    Rachel~Las Vegas
    “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 ESV

  30. 6030
    Michelle says:

    Michelle, Alberta, Canada
    “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
    Luke 1:45 NIV

  31. 6031
    Lindsey Pilgreen says:

    Lindsey – Kingwood, TX
    “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17 (NIV)

  32. 6032
    Robin F says:

    Robin, Tracy CA

    Romans 4:21 NIV

    “…being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.”

  33. 6033
    Becky James says:

    Becky, Pasco, WA

  34. 6034
    Becky James says:

    Becky, Pasco WA Habakkuk 3:2 Lord, I have heard of you fame, I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.

  35. 6035
    Michelle Wright says:

    Michelle, Louisville, KY
    Psalm 116:7-9 NCV
    I said to myself, “Relax, because the Lord takes care of you.” Lord, you saved me from death. You stopped my eyes from crying; you kept me from being defeated.So I will walk with the Lord in the land of the living.

  36. 6036
    Angie Edwards says:

    Angie
    Severance, CO

    Romans 5:2-4
    …And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. (NIV)

  37. 6037
    Mallory Bayles says:

    Mallory B. From Lawrence, KS. Genesis 28:15 ESV. “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

  38. 6038
    Becky says:

    Becky
    Waddell, AZ

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

  39. 6039
    Michelle Dyck says:

    Michelle, Oklahoma City, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” Hebrews 12:2 NIV

  40. 6040
    Terri Sasse says:

    Terri
    Vancouver,WA

    1 Cor 10:23
    “Everything is permissible” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible” but not everything is constructive. (NIV)

  41. 6041
    Christina says:

    Christina, Coppell, TX Psalm 46:10 “He says, ‘Be still and know that I am God; I will exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.” NIV

  42. 6042
    Andrea says:

    Andrea from Spring Branch, Texas

    1 Peter 2:9 ESV
    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

  43. 6043
    Dana Strake says:

    Nahum 1:7
    “The Lord is good, a refuge in time of trouble. He cares for those that trust in Him.” (NIV)

  44. 6044
    Sheila says:

    Sheila Cameron,Ok

    Examine me, LORD; put me to the test! Purify my mind and my heart. Psalm 26:2

  45. 6045
    Dina says:

    Dina, DFW TX

    Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us

    Ephesians 3:20 NKJ

  46. 6046
    Sara says:

    Sara, Bellingham. Philippians 2:4-5
    Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility, count others as more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. (ESV)

  47. 6047
    rebecca mcallister says:

    1 Samuel 1:27-28
    “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.”

    taken from a friends blog who gave birth to a still born little boy this past week. for her!

  48. 6048
    Sarah says:

    Sarah, Eureka, CA, II Corinthians 10:5 (NASB)

    We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

  49. 6049
    Cathy says:

    Cathy, Virginia Beach
    Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peacethose whose minds are steadfast,because they trust in you. (NIV)

  50. 6050
    Ann Chami says:

    Ann from Little Rock, AR

    Romans 13:14
    “Rather clothe yourself with The Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” NIV

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