2011 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 12!

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**January 20-21, 2012**

Hear bells and whistles and lots of music, maybe even a few beginning bars of the Hallelujah chorus: YOU MADE IT EXACTLY HALFWAY!!!! You are officially over the hump after you get this entry behind you.

Way to go, Sisters. Way to go! It’s a pretty good feeling, isn’t it? Don’t think for a second that the enemy didn’t try to steal away your focus and commitment. If you made it this far, you fought with him and won. This is a big victory. Celebrate it with your very faithful God.

I want to brag on you for being so fastidious about limiting your comments to the memory verses. Even when I’ve taunted you with extra conversation, you’ve held steadfastly to the rule. You are the best group ever. To look down the comment stream and see nothing but verses is immensely powerful. My faith explodes in my chest every single time. The sight of it and the effect it was having on my own personal life led me to invite anybody on Twitter who could use a fresh brainwashing to come and peruse it. I pray that numbers were blessed and that some took the challenge and decided to start memorizing Scripture.

All that said, this time, since we’re at the halfway point, I’m going to open your comments up to one extra line for the sake of personal testimony. After you’ve documented all your usual information (First name, city, verse, and translation), finish this sentence: Memorizing God’s Word this year has…

Get as specific as you can!

So you’ll have an example to go by, here’s my entry this time around with the completion of the added sentence:

Beth, Houston. “Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed, teaching the message of truth accurately.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (The NET Bible) Memorizing God’s Word this year has caused me to have a redirected mind in a situation that could have bred fear and discontentment.

Get the idea? OK, now it’s your turn.

P.S. Here’s some really great news! Android and Blackberry SSMT apps are up, running and available. AND, plans toward our January celebration are already in full swing! We can hardly wait to host you here, Sisters.

I love you like crazy.


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  1. 2651
    Laura says:

    Laura, Houston:

    “We love each other as a result of him loving us first.” 1 John:19

    Memorizing scripture has kept me accountable and in the Word.

  2. 2652
    Yvonne says:

    Louisville, KY

    Psalm 119:10 (NIV)
    I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.

    Mom’s verse

    Nicholasville, KY

    Psalm 46:1 (HCSB)
    God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.

  3. 2653
    Linda in Austin says:

    Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more. Hebrews 10:17

  4. 2654
    Paige Watson says:

    Paige, Atlanta, II Cor. 1:3-4 NLT

    God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.

    Memorizing Scripture this year has reminded me of who God is and kept me putting one foot in front of the other when I havn’t known how I would make it.

  5. 2655
    Gayle says:

    Gayle, Dodgeville: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

    Memorizing God’s Word has helped me see the truth when my mind has been clouded by lies & distractions.

  6. 2656
    Valerie says:

    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Eph 6:12, NIV

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has proven to me that I CAN do it. I’ve struggled for years to get verses to stick but this time it’s really working! All glory to God!

  7. 2657
    Brenda says:

    Brenda, Denton, Tx: “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.” Psalm 84:5 NIV

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has given a biblical perspective to daily life.

  8. 2658
    Trae Kendrick says:

    onehappychic, Crawford, TX: “Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold. For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it.” Proverbs 8:10–11 NLT

  9. 2659
    Pat S. says:

    Pat S.
    Lago Vista, TX

    Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed, teaching the message of truth accurately. 2 Timothy 2:15

  10. 2660
    kerry says:

    Cape Coral, FL
    John 10:10 KJV

    The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I come that they might have life; and that they might have it abundantly.

    Memorizing God’s scripture this year has kept me focused on Him, especially during the trials and fears I’m facing right now. I know he has a plan for me and Satan is trying to discourage me! Thank you for keeping me in the WORD

  11. 2661
    Julie says:

    Julie from KS
    1 John 2:1
    My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

  12. 2662
    Tanya says:

    Tanya R.
    Sierra Vista, AZ

    “And when you stand praying, if you have a grievance against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you the wrongs you have done” Mark 11:25 (NEB)

  13. 2663
    Ann says:

    Ann from Sugar Land, TX

    May the God who gives you endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Romans 15: 5-6

    Memorizing Scripture this year has helped focus my mind on the power of God and His word. It has strengthened my mind to become “the mind of Christ”. Thank you Beth for your awesome love for Jesus and inspiring and guiding us on this path.

  14. 2664
    Jeantelle says:

    Jeantelle, Lafayette La

    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

    Psalm 118:29 NIV

  15. 2665
    Chrissy says:

    Chrissy from Lawrence, KS

    “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)

  16. 2666
    Jennifer Tricarico says:

    It’s your birthday, Beth!? Birthday blessings if it is!! Would have had my little crew sing “on the day Miss Beth was born… the angels sang and they blew their horns…” It’s a classic performance when my kids are all dancing around looney. We love you so much and are so very, very glad He planned your earthly journey for such a time as this.

  17. 2667
    Dyane Bell says:

    Dyane, Edmond, OK “The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:14 NLT

  18. 2668

    Meghan in Round Rock, TX

    Colossians 3:12 NIV “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

  19. 2669
    bethany says:

    Bethany Silva
    Modesto, Ca.

    Psalm 3:3
    But you, O LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

    I’ve not been diligent at memorizing this year but am plugging along with just meditating on scripture and it has helped me keep focused as I tackle the big job of renewing my mind.

  20. 2670
    sr. jane says:

    sr. jane, clyde, mo
    You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which trhough us produces thanksgiving to God. 2 Cor. 9:11 New American Bible

  21. 2671
    Becky, Arkansas says:

    “As for me I will call upon God and the Lord shall save me.” Ps 55:16

    Memorizing scripture has given me ammunition to use against the enemy.

  22. 2672
    T. Cooper says:

    T. Cooper from Amarillo, Texas.

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 NIV

    Memorizing God’s word this year has help me grow closer to our Lord thru his word.

  23. 2673
    T. Cooper says:

    T. Cooper from Amarillo, Texas.

    Sorry the first one I submitted was the verse from last time, here is the correct verse:

    In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6 NIV

  24. 2674
    Cindy says:

    Cindy Indianapolis, IN

    “Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed, teaching the message of truth accurately.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (The NET Bible)

    Corban (age 6)
    I Trust God`Psalm 56:4

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has kept my mind focused on absolute truth in many situations, it takes the guess work out of it! I have also enjoyed watching my autistic 6 year old son get excited over knowing scriptures.

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has

  25. 2675
    Rena' Brent says:

    Song of Solomon 2:4b NIV
    His banner over me is love.

  26. 2676
    Chelsea Wilson - Valley Center, KS says:

    “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:9-19 NIV

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has helped me use the power of God’s word, hidden in my heart, to do battle against the enemy of this world.

  27. 2677
    Amy Hopper says:

    Amy Hopper Ardmore, Oklahoma

    “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
    1 Peter 5:10 ESV

  28. 2678
    Dawn, Pottsville says:

    Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8, NIV

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has made me a better person.

  29. 2679
    Marceil says:

    Marceil – Cedar Rapids, Iowa Colossians 1:16 For in Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisiable, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him. NASV Memorizing God’s Word this year has shown me there is power in calling upon the Word that God had me memorize for reasons I didn’t understand at the time.

  30. 2680
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie – Tampa, FL
    Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:19 NIV

    Memorizing God’s Word has helped me turn my thoughts toward God in challenging situations. It has kept me closer to God this year. I love how relevant these verses are to my life on a daily basis and they pop into my head at the best times.

  31. 2681
    Melody says:

    Melody, Ocean Springs, Deuteronomy 30:14 (ESV)
    But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.

  32. 2682
    Kaye Davis says:

    Kaye from Arkansas says, “No weapon formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgement you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their vindication is from Me, declares the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17 NAS

  33. 2683
    Carol from Farmers Branch says:

    I Peter 4:7 (NKJV)

    But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.

    Memorizing Scripture this year is a way to focus my mind on “things above” and “not on things on the earth” and that refocusing is the source of joy, peace, and triumph in trials. Thank You, LORD!

  34. 2684
    Melonie, Denver says:

    No longer will they call you Desereted, or name your land desolate. But you will be called Hepzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married. Is. 62:4, NIV

    Scripture memory has awakened and deepend the Truth in my heart, mind and soul. It has given me ready tools to beat down the voice of the accuser and walk victoriously in the spirit. It has also connected me to a treasured community as well. Thank you so much for your encouragemet and inspiration! To God be the glory!

  35. 2685
    Erica says:

    Erica, Houston
    Psalm 139:5
    You hem me in—behind and before;
    you have laid your hand upon me.

    Memorizing Scripture this year has helped me recall how personal God is towards His children.

  36. 2686
    Cacey Grimes says:

    Cacey G. from Livonia, MI

    “Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friends springs from sweet advice.”
    Proverbs 27:9 NIV

  37. 2687
    Kate says:

    Kate, Arvada. “So let’s not get tired of doing good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 NLT

  38. 2688
    Kat says:

    Kat Clarkesville, Georgia

    “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”

    I Thess. 5:24 (NASB)

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has continued to remind me where my hope is.

  39. 2689
    Kristy says:

    Kristy from Port Angeles, WA

    “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

    Proverbs 22:6

  40. 2690
    Kathy says:

    Kathy, Delaware, OH

    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head
    with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm23:5 NIV

  41. 2691
    Linda says:

    Linda, Cypress,TX

    “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”

    Jeremiah 32:17

    Memorizing scripture is something I’ve always planned to do but never did faithfully.

  42. 2692
    Maribeth Gibson says:

    Maribeth – Jackson, MS

    For You Lord, have NEVER forsaken those who seek You.
    Psalm 9:106 NIV

  43. 2693
    Amber Case says:

    Sulphur, LA
    Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
    Colossians 3:23 NLT

  44. 2694
    Tammy Reidy says:

    Tammy Reidy-Grand Prairie, TX

    “Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 NIV
    Memorizing Gods Word this year has helped me stay focused on submitting to Him on a daily basis.

  45. 2695
    Carrie says:

    Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. (KJV)

    Genesis 19:27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: (KJV)

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has really let me chronicle the year, showing me what God has pressed on my heart during that specific time period. I LOVE IT!

  46. 2696
    Tasha Runyon says:

    Tasha, Mission, TX, John 3:17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” NIV
    These verses are at a time that God is really wanting me to stop and focus on HIS truth.

  47. 2697
    Nelly Cruz says:

    Nelly, Mission, TX, John 3:17 NIV, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

  48. 2698
    Miranda M. says:

    Miranda M.
    Bellevue, NE

    “Take delight 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 do this:” Psalm 37:4-5

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has gotten me through moving to a new church and saying goodbye to family and friends, having FAITH stronger than I would have not had without it.

  49. 2699
    Colette says:

    Happy Birthday to you!
    Happy Birthday to youu!
    Happy Birthday dear Beth!
    Happy Birthday to youuuuuuu!!!
    I hope you had a terrific day
    celebrating YOU!!
    We love you and Jesus does too!!

  50. 2700
    Bettye says:

    He says, “Be still,
    and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

    Psalm 46:10 NIV

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has given me more scripture to hid in my heart for praise, for times of need, and for sharing with others.

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