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. 6101
    Daphne says:

    Daphne, Petal, MS
    “Blessed are those who mourn, because they will be comforted.”
    Matthew 5:4

  2. 6102
    Ann Alexander says:

    My memory verse:
    Psalm 37:7
    Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Do not fret when men succeed in their ways or carry out their evil schemes.

    I have just started doing this memory verse club or group! Very cool – to keep me accountable! Thank you!!

  3. 6103
    Chelsey says:

    Chelsey, Troy, MI

    Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Galatians 3:2, 3 ESV

  4. 6104
    Lantana says:

    Lantana
    Norman, OK
    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 desert and streams in the wasteland.
    -Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

  5. 6105
    Jill says:

    Jill from Murfreesboro, TN

    Why are you in despair, O my soul?
    And why have you become disturbed within me?
    Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence. Psalm 42:5 NASB

  6. 6106
    Amanda Benson says:

    Amanda Benson, Eagle Butte, SD
    2 Peter 1:5-7, NIV
    “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.”

  7. 6107

    Kristin from Suwanee, GA

    Psalm 103:10-11{NIV}
    “…He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him.”

  8. 6108
    Tracy McCutchan says:

    Tracy McCutchan Allison Park, PA

    But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.

    2 Corinthians 2:14 NIV

  9. 6109
    Gail Jones says:

    Gail, Decatur TX
    Psalm 51:3 NIV
    For I know my transgressions and my sin is always before me.

  10. 6110
    Terry Taylor says:

    Terry, Indianapolis, IN
    For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
    I John 5:4-5 ESV

  11. 6111
    Kacee says:

    Kacee, CT
    Romans 8:28 NIV
    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

  12. 6112
    Lawana Gray says:

    Lawana- Fayetteville, AR. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments. (Psalms 119:66 ESV)

  13. 6113
    Anna Scantlan says:

    Anna S,
    Sullivan, MO

    “This is what the Lord says, ‘Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’ ”

    Jeremiah 6:16 (NIV)

  14. 6114
    Dianne says:

    Dianne
    Decatur, AR

    God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
    Therefore we will not fear, (we will be fearless)
    though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
    Psalm 46:1-2, NIV

  15. 6115
    Carrie says:

    Carrie from Cary, NC: “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” I John 3:18 NET

  16. 6116
    Shaina Brainard says:

    Shaina B., Columbus, OH
    “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24 NLT

  17. 6117
    Lisa Ray says:

    Lisa, Simsboro, LA
    “You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.” Psalms 139:3 NIV

  18. 6118
    Christy says:

    Galatians 5:1
    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. NIV
    Edgerton, MN

  19. 6119
    Jill Keske says:

    2 Corinthians 10:5
    “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (NIV)

  20. 6120
    Rosie, Modesto CA says:

    Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10 NKJV)

  21. 6121
    Rene Munyon says:

    Rene, College Station, TX, “…and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,” Luke 1:47 RSV

  22. 6122
    Brittney says:

    Brittney
    Lexington, KY

    Revelation 21:4 (NLT)
    “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

  23. 6123
    Penny says:

    Penny ~ Montgomery, AL
    I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, Who has given me strength, that He considered me faithful, appointing me to His service. 1 Timothy 1:12

  24. 6124
    Angela says:

    Angela

    Romans 12:12 NIV Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

  25. 6125
    Kayla says:

    Kayla from Clinton, MN

    Psalm 51:17 NASB
    “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”

  26. 6126
    Judy - Texas says:

    Isaiah 42:23

    Who will hear these lessons from the past and see the ruin that awaits you in the future.NLT

  27. 6127
    Amy S says:

    Amy, Lawrenceville, GA

    Matthew 11:28 NLT

    Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

  28. 6128
    Misti Wolfe says:

    Misti Wolfe
    Carthage, TX

    Do everything without complaining or arguing.(NIV)
    Philippians 2:14

  29. 6129
    Kimberly says:

    Kimberly – Houston, TX

    “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

  30. 6130
    Jennifer Beasley says:

    Jennifer
    Rockwall

    John 2:17(NIV)

    17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”[a]

  31. 6131
    Kristina Oertli says:

    Kristina
    Ellenton, FL
    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 NIV

  32. 6132
    Kierstan says:

    Kierstan
    Portland, Oregon

    Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].

    The Amplified Bible
    Matthew 16:24

  33. 6133
    Page says:

    Page, Tucson, AZ

    NIV – Psalm 119:11, I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

  34. 6134
    Diana Plyley says:

    Exodus 15:11 ESV “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you – majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?”

  35. 6135
    Kristy Taylor says:

    Kristy from Ajax, Ontario:
    Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  36. 6136
    Miriam Fisk says:

    Miriam
    Granby, CT

    Hebrews 10:23-25 (ESV)
    Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

  37. 6137
    Jeanne says:

    Isaiah 30:18
    therefore the Lord will wait that He may be gracious to you, and therefore He will be exalted that He may have mercy on you, for the Lord is a God of justice, blessed are all those who wait for Him

  38. 6138
    KK Smith says:

    KK Smith
    Burleson, TX

    “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in Honor”
    1 Peter 5:6, NLT

  39. 6139
    Mendy says:

    Mendy, South Charleston, WV

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

  40. 6140
    Shelly Shelnutt, Ooltewah, TN says:

    Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful. Proverbs 16:20 NLT

  41. 6141
    Judy Bouchard says:

    Judy — Houston, TX

    John 11:25 (HCSB)

    25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.

  42. 6142
    Angela says:

    Angela, Houston, TX; Philippians 4:8-9 (ESV) “Finally, brothers, 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 praise worthy, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in Me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

  43. 6143
    Virginia Rust says:

    Virginia from Elgin, Tx:
    “He is your shield and helper
    and your glorious sword.
    Your enemies will cower before you,
    and you will tread on their heights.”
    Deut 33:29 NIV

  44. 6144
    Adara Pikaart says:

    Adara Norcross Ga Psalm 121:1-2 I lift my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord. NIV

    • 6144.1
      Penny Pikaart says:

      Penny Norcross Ga Matthew 6:33-34
      But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. NIV

  45. 6145
    Celeste Monds says:

    Celeste, Land O Lakes, “Blessed is she who has believed tha what the Lord has sail to her will be accomplished. Luke 1:45 NIV.

  46. 6146
    Renee says:

    Renee – Austin
    Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
    Philippiians 4:5

  47. 6147
    Shannon Hicks says:

    Shannon, Birmngham, AL (very late)
    For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.
    1 Thessalonians 2:4 NLT

  48. 6148
    Annette says:

    Annette Reno, NV
    Matthew 6:33 NIV
    “But first seek his kingdom and his righteousness and all things will be given to you as well”

  49. 6149
    Christy says:

    Christy
    Vidor, TX

    Psalm 51:12 (NKJ)

    Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
    And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

  50. 6150
    Mary says:

    Mary, Iowa City

    “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. Be self-controlled and alert.” 1 Peter 5:6-7, NIV

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