2011 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 2!

Hey, Sweet Things!

You guys are so much fun. Thanks for getting excited with us about the app. I’m just thinking about how this whole technology thing was in the mind of God centuries ago when He inscribed His words on the sacred page through the pens of men. Too much to wrap our minds around, isn’t it? He is the One who knows “the end from the beginning,” and “from ancient times, what is still to come.” He says, “My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” (Isaiah 46:10)

At the moment I’m typing up this post, we have a whopping 9250 entries under Verse 1. Never in my wildest imagination did I picture this. I was pretty blown away by our strong and steady couple of thousand in 2009. Keep in mind that the 9250 is not an exact reflection of participants because there are some replies under comments, like, “I’m copying yours!” and “I’ve never even heard that verse!” I’m not going put a restriction on that because community in Christ is what makes Siestaville work. We do know, however, that way over 8000 are participating because that many women ordered spirals or downloaded the artwork. Others who are participating grabbed their own spirals the easier way from the store. I also want you to picture the many preadolescent girls we have on our team. Don’t you remember loving stickers and pens and school supplies when you were that age? I should have known they’d take to the spirals. Just close your eyes and imagine them reciting some of the verses dearest to your heart. Many of us have lived long enough to know by life experience what they are reciting by faith. It’s such a precious thought to me. They will find Jesus faithful just as we have. Yep, we have junior Siestas but we also have plenty of senior Siestas which delights me just as much. Our joy in standing shoulder-to-shoulder with this mighty band of women is indescribable. I wonder how many football fields we would stretch across. Whew. For just a split second I saw us all in my bright red college drill team uniforms. Scratch that thought.

OK, before I call for your second verses, many of you asked for the exact date of the SSMT celebration next January. I double-checked the weekend with Sabrina and it’s January 20-21, 2012 from Friday evening until Saturday noon. Of course, we’ll get you the proper information starting early next Fall but, if you think you might want to come, put it down on your calendar, start saving your expense money, and plan to memorize your darling little head off. The event itself is our gift to you and your ticket in is your well-used spiral (of either kind).

Are you ready for SSMT Verse 2? I’m giving you a heads-up that I plan to target a lot of James verses this year so, while I’m still going to tell you mine each time, I’ll also suggest a good alternative for those of you who could use an additional idea. Remember! Limit your comments to Name, City, Verse, and Translation. Here’s mine:

Beth, Houston. “My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.” James 2:1 The NET Bible

Here’s an alternative I really love and memorized a couple of years ago. My dear coworker, Diane, is memorizing it right now so it’s washing back over my mind:

Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders You have done. The things You planned for us no one can recount to You; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.” Psalm 40:5 NIV

And that, O Lord, is the gospel truth.

OK, Sisters! Bring on Verse 2!

I pray that Christ is so pleased. I feel in my soul that He is.

Have a great weekend!


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  1. 151
    Valerie says:

    Valerie, Coffee Springs,AL
    1Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will in Christ Jesus. New American Standard

  2. 152
    Vickie says:

    Vickie, Poplar Bluff, MO.:

    Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8 NIV

  3. 153
    Karen says:

    Karen, Birmingham “And now, GOD, do it again–bring rains to our drought-stricken lives. So those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest, So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home lauging, with armloads of blessing.” Psalm 126:4-6 The Message

  4. 154
    Teresa, Kings Mtn says:

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5,6 NASB

  5. 155
    Tammy says:

    Tammy, Grand Rapids, “But I trust in your unfailing love, my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.” Psalm 13:5&6

  6. 156
    Valerie says:

    “May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
    I Thessalonians 5:23 NIV

    Valerie ~ Oklahoma

  7. 157
    Chere from Simsboro says:

    As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 NIV

  8. 158
    Betty Barnard says:

    Betty, Clarksville, TN

    “The LORD will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to His heavenly Kingdom. To Him be Glory for ever and ever. AMEN”

    2 Timothy 4:18

  9. 159
    Beth says:

    Beth, Mullica Hill, NJ

    But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. Jeremiah 17:7

  10. 160
    Mandy says:

    Mandy, Clarksville, TN
    “if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him”. James 1:5 NIV

  11. 161
    Miranda Coker says:

    Miranda, Kirkwood,MO : 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31: 26-27

    I am so excited that my 15 yr old daughter Grayson and my nine yr old son Evan have taken on this journey with me! BYW, they are doing great! Can’t wait for them to get home this am to pick their new verses.

  12. 162
    Jessi says:

    Jessica-Statham, Georgia: Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.- James 1:2-4 Message

  13. 163
    Trish says:

    Trish in Stevens Point,Wisconsin

    Psalm 30:2, O,Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. NIV

  14. 164
    Kathy King says:

    Kathy – Atlanta, GA
    The LORD appeared to him from far way. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Jer31:3 ESV

  15. 165

    Cassie, Mansfield, TX: “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 God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

  16. 166
    Eva Simcox says:

    Eva, Colfax NC “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how HIS ways will really satisfy you.” Romans 12:2 The Living Bible

  17. 167
    Jenny Earl says:

    Jenny, Elida “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3 (NIV)

    Grace, Elida “What you say affects how you live. You will be rewarded by how you speak.” Proverbs 18:20 (ICB)

  18. 168
    Leslie Nobles says:

    Leslie Nobles, Currie, NC Isaiah 40:28,29 NIV
    Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increaseth strength.

  19. 169
    Ruth from North Idaho says:

    Ruth, Coeur d Alene, Idaho

    For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whoses hearts are fully committed to Him.

    2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV

  20. 170
    Sarah Wall says:

    Sarah ~ Cochran, Georgia
    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

  21. 171
    Penney says:

    Thank you for the app! This is the kind of Scripture memory tool I’ve been looking for and hadn’t been able to find! What a treat!

  22. 172
    Michelle says:

    Michelle, West Des Moines, IA

    “May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip [us] with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21

  23. 173
    Connielynn says:

    Trout, LA

    If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
    James 1:5-6 NIV

  24. 174
    Julie dk says:

    Julie in Casper, WY

    Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

    John 14:27 NIV

  25. 175
    Traci says:

    Traci, Decatur: If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7 ESV

  26. 176
    Lori says:

    Lori, Lexington, KY
    “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
    2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

  27. 177
    Belinda says:

    Belinda, Jackson, LA
    Because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

    Romans 14:18 NKJV

  28. 178
    Stephanie Mann says:

    Stephanie, Mount Carmel, TN, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almight. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in who I trust.”

  29. 179
    Katie says:

    Katie, Flowery Branch, Ga

    And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1Pet 5:10

  30. 180
    Joyce says:

    Joyce Wahpeton ND
    The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk, not stand still in terror, but to walk, and make spiritual progress upon my high places of trouble, suffering or responsibility.
    Habakkuk 3:19 Amplified

    • 180.1
      Patti says:

      Joyce, this is one of my life verses and one to which I am clinging during this season. Thanks for the reminder.

  31. 181
    Christy says:

    Beavercreek, Ohio
    “Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” Psalm 86:11 (ESV)

  32. 182
    Valerie says:

    Valerie, Farmington MN
    For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 NIV
    For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23 NIV

  33. 183
    Kay Kay says:

    from Lexington, Ky

    Ephesians 1: 11-12 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.

  34. 184
    eunice says:

    Eunice, Montreal: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” Ephesians 3:20

  35. 185
    Brandy says:

    Brandy, Bangor
    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

    Zoie, Bangor (3 years old)
    “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1 (NIV)

  36. 186
    Volleyball Ginger says:

    Wetumpka, AL

    Who among the gods is like you O LORD? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? Exodus 15:11 NIV

  37. 187
    Ash says:

    Ashley, Auburn: James 1:27 – “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.”

  38. 188
    Erin VT says:

    Erin, Chippewa Falls WI

    “There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you – who are you to judge your neighbor?”

    James 4:12 NIV

  39. 189
    Sandy says:

    Psalm 27:13-14 NIV
    I am still confident of this. I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
    Waupun, WI

  40. 190
    Becky says:

    Becky, Charlotte. “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.”.
    II Cor. 10:5, NIV

  41. 191
    Bridgette Jencks says:

    Bridgette Jencks, Panama City Beach, FL
    God has been putting this one in my face all week:

    Ps. 37:4 (NIV) – Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

    to go along with it:
    Prov. 16:3 (NIV) – Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.

  42. 192
    Leanne says:

    Leanne, Georgetown: “to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,the oil of joy instead of mourning,and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD, for the display of his splendor.” (Isaiah 61:3 NIV)

  43. 193
    Suzan says:

    Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
    1 Peter 1:13 NASB

    I want to be ready and obey Him.

  44. 194
    Julia Hamilton says:

    Julia Hamilton, from Beaufort, NC

    But those whose hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like an eagle; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not grow faint. ~ Isaiah 40:31 NIV

  45. 195
    Ashley Bonner says:

    Ashley, Nashville, TN

    “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4 Today’s NIV

  46. 196
    Stacey in Midlothian,VA says:

    ROMANS 5: 3-4 (ESV)
    More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.

  47. 197
    Gina says:

    Gina, Atlanta, “I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10b NIV

  48. 198
    Lauren says:

    Lauren, South Africa “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, 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.” Phillipians 4:8 (ESV)

  49. 199
    Renee Ford says:

    Isaiah 49:16 (NIV)
    See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

  50. 200
    Zela says:

    Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

    Joshua 1:9

    Powerful promise!!!

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