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. 301
    Linda says:

    “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.”

    Isaiah 7:9a
    Linda Ft. Collins, CO

    Memorizing God’s word has been difficult in this season, but He has taught me to persevere and not give up because of the victory it accomplishes in me and in the unseen world. Praise Him!

  2. 302
    Nancy says:

    Nancy -Versailles, KY
    This week is brought to you by the letter N –

    “Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Cor 3:17 NIV

    Memorizing God’s word this year has provided me with comfort during times of stress, guidance during times of provocation, and assurance during times of doubt.

  3. 303
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer – Lansing, MI

    “I see that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.” Acts 2:24 N.L.T

  4. 304
    Viola Dodd says:

    Viola, Lubbock TX. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. Hebrews 12:4 NIV. Memorizing God’s Word this year has renewed my soul!!

  5. 305
    Linda says:

    Linda, Bartelso, IL And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful. Colossians 3:15 HSCB Memorizing God’s word this year has been a real blessing and so offen they come to mind when I need that word.

  6. 306
    Becky says:

    “My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!” Psalm 57:7 NLT

    Memorizing God’s word this year has given me the peace and strength to get through the tough days after losing my Poppie to lung cancer. God has brought to mind so many of the verses He’s helped me hide away in my heart.

    Murfreesboro, TN

  7. 307
    Nicole says:

    Nicole Bloomington, IL:
    “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.” 1 Cor 13:4 ESV

  8. 308
    Carolina Cheesehead says:

    Trudy, NC

    The Lord is my source of security. I have determined to follow your instructions. Psm 119:57 NET

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has changed my prayer life…His Words come to mind as I pray more often and He puts things much better than I can:)

  9. 309
    Shelli Hodges says:

    Shelli, Richmond, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come”
    (Proverbs 31:25 NIV)
    Memorizing scripture this year has renewed my faith, helped me through difficulties, drawn me closer to God and His Word and given me opportunities to share His Word and His love with others.

  10. 310
    Denise says:

    Denise, Ocean Springs,MS – …I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20b NIV. Memorizing Scripture this year has drawn me closer to God & given me confidence in what I can accomplish thru the Holy Spirit.

  11. 311
    NurseRae says:

    Rachel ~ Athens, GA
    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:10 (NKJV)

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has been a challenge and a blessing. I am going though some healing, but what a balm God’s Word is! Thank you Jesus!

  12. 312
    Lynn Fruin says:

    Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you”.
    Isaiah 35:4 NKJV

  13. 313
    Amy says:

    Amy, Tyler,TX
    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs.
    Ephesians 4:29
    Memorizing scripture has helped me to keep my mind where it belongs and is helping me to break free from some sinful recurring thought patterns-Praise the LORD!

  14. 314
    Rachel says:

    Rachel, Billings Isaiah 55:9 NIV
    “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has been challenging, but oh so useful when trying to encourage others and park my mind on truth.

  15. 315
    Colleen says:

    Colleen, Mae Sot, Thailand
    When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. Psalm 94:19 NIV
    Memorizing God’s word this year has helped me bring to mind later what God has been speaking to me about in my personal devotions.

  16. 316
    Diane says:

    Diane, Littleton, CO

    Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

    Deuteronomy 6:8-9 NIV

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has helped me to keep my thoughts on God as I am spending many hours rocking and feeding my newborn baby, instead of having a pity party for myself and getting angry over lost sleep.

  17. 317
    HulaHeart says:

    Paula, Brownwood, Tx

    For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
    Psalm 57:10 NLT

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has fulfilled His promises by giving me comfort and peace and guidance in trying and difficult and joyous times. Hallelujah!!

  18. 318
    Kristi B. says:

    Kristi, Georgia. “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 NIV. Memorizing God’s word this year has been a constant reminder of His amazing words.

  19. 319
    Redeemed says:

    Owasso OK
    “When I said, “My foot is slipping, your love, O LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”
    Psalm 94: 18-19 NIV
    Memorizing God’s Word this year has helped me battle a decade long stronghold of anxiety. I’m not in the clear yet, but Jesus and I are fighting it together.

  20. 320
    Mary, Nova Scotia says:

    “Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit … Repent and live!”
    — Ezekiel 18:31-32 (NIV)

    Memorizing God’s word this year has helped me to minister to an unbeliever . . . with gentleness and respect.

  21. 321
    Stacyjo says:

    Spokane, WA
    Isaiah 43:10 NIV
    “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may KNOW and BELIEVE me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.

  22. 322
    Susan says:

    Susan, Dalton, GA:
    “Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (NET)

    God has brought certain verses I’ve learned to the front of my mind at the exact time I needed his words – o, how he loves us!

  23. 323
    Sharon says:

    Sharon, Hamburg, NY

    1 Chronicles 29:11 “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O LORD, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.” (NLV)

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has caused me to renew my passion for Him and has strengthened my prayer life.

  24. 324
    Patty M. says:

    Patty – Glendora, CA
    “For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:8 NLT

    This year memorizing scripture has brought His word to the front of my mind in every situation. When my thoughts are bad, this can be very annoying…lol

  25. 325
    Betty M says:

    Ps 30:10-11 NLT
    Betty M ND
    The Lord rules over the flood waters.
    The Lord gives His people stregnth.
    The Lord blesses them with peace.
    Oh. Lord, ruler of the waters that threaten to engulf us,reign ever in our lives and give us Your everlasting peace.
    Memorization has reaffirmed my faith,reassured me of His presence, and redirected my focus.
    Blessed be His Name.

    • 325.1
      Betty M says:

      How can anyone mess something up so badly!!! Not only did I misspell so many words, I left out half the verse!
      PS 30:10-11 NLT
      The Lord rules over the flood waters.
      The Lord reigns as king forever.
      The Lord gives His people strength.
      The Lord blesses them with peace.

  26. 326
    Amy says:

    Amy, Houston Tx

    “The Lord your God is with you, a mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love and rejoice over you with loud singing”
    Zephania 3:17 NIV

    Memorizing God’s word this year has renewed my mind in a circumstance that is causing me to wait–but I now wait with hope and expectation in the Lord instead of discouragement! Praise Him

  27. 327
    Shiffra says:

    Shiffra, Vicksburg, MI

    “Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do G-d’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised.” Hebrews 10:36 (NLT)

    Memorizing G-d’s word this year has given me His words to fight off the enemies lies, encourage others, and given me a deeper understanding of His word.

  28. 328
    Beverly Hudson says:

    Beverly, Pearland, TX
    “I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them.” Jeremiah 32:39 TNIV
    Memorizing God’s Word this year has given me the strength and focus to live beyond myself.

  29. 329
    Priscilla says:

    Priscilla, Denton, TX. “Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.” Psalm 27:12 NIV

    Memorizing scripture this year has given me more hope and made my mind a prettier place.

  30. 330
    Meredith says:

    Meredith, Valdosta, GA

    2 Chronicles 36:15-16 NASB
    15 The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them again and again by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place;
    16 but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy.

    Memorizing Scripture this year has given me verses to minister to others when they were in the midst of challenges.

  31. 331
    Shannon says:

    Shannon, Birmingham, AL
    For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.
    Ephesians 2:10 NLT
    Memorizing God’s word has given me awareness of utilizing his word more frequently through my daily living.

  32. 332
    Carol says:

    Carol, Hartley, IA
    I John 4:18
    There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. NIV

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has helped me to trust Him more in situations where I see no answer.

  33. 333
    Danna says:

    For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Heb.4:12 NIV

    Every scripture I have memorized has been given by His Spirit to help me to know His word and believe Him for every situation that has come up so far this year.It has strengthened me spiritually!

  34. 334
    Mary Calvin says:

    Mary, Austin,Tx

    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. Psalm 110:10

  35. 335
    Deb Weaver says:

    Deb, Pelzer, SC
    Psalm 119:92 “If Your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.”

    Memorizing God’s Word has helped me persevere through a difficult season and protected me from Satan’s schemes for it.

  36. 336
    Lyli says:

    Lyli, Fort Lauderdale:

    “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2, NIV).

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has helped me to be a better disciple — more introspective, more in tune with the Holy Spirit, more prayerful, more in love with Him. It’s given me focus.

    God has opened up a door of ministry for me in the last week — it’s amazing and totally unexpected. Please pray for the ladies I will be serving as we study the Word together. So excited about what He is doing. 🙂

  37. 337
    Dena davis says:

    Dena’ Davis, Hindman, Ky ” Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”. Colossians 4:6 NIV

    • 337.1
      Dena' Davis says:

      Memorizing Scripture has helped me in my daily walk to be more aware of my response to conflicts that arise and how my words and actions should be His words and His way of responding!

  38. 338
    Jeanette Dahm says:

    Jeanette, Tualatin, Psalm 69:30

    I will praise God’s name with song and exalt Him with thanksgiving.
    Memorizing God’s word this year has helped me to renew my mind when negative thoughts, lies or temptations came into my mind. Satan’s spiral is losing some of it’s strength over me.

  39. 339
    Carol Bruntlett says:

    Albuquerque N.M.

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

    God word has changed my life and has renewed my mind and retrained my thought life
    God word is a drink of fresh water to my soul

  40. 340
    Emily says:

    Emily, Ida Grove, IA
    Romans 12:12
    Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. ESV

  41. 341
    Ann says:

    Psalm 9:10 NLT

    Those who know your name trust in You, for You, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.

    When I do my memory verses I feel God’s life in my being, it feels like food would feel to my body.

    Ann from Indiana

  42. 342
    Tami says:

    Tami, Palm Coast. You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north. Deuteronomy 2:3 (NASB)

    Scripture memory has helped me realized I CAN do something I did not think I could do…Memorize!! Ü Additionally and most importantly, it has helped me immensely in the renewing of my mind and in the purging of old messages and agreements from my thought life. Praise God!

  43. 343
    Sherri says:

    “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.”
    1 Peter 4:9 KJV
    Memorizing God’s Word this year has given me the strength to get through the passing of my Dad.

  44. 344
    Church Lady says:

    Sparta, TN
    “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” Psalms 94:19(NIV)

    Memorizing God’s word has helped me to know the truth when Satan attacks me with his lies.

  45. 345
    Diana says:

    Diana, Seekonk, MA
    Proverbs 27:2 NIV
    “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips. ”

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has helped me keep my focus on God and not the situation.

  46. 346
    Sister Lynn says:

    Sister Lynn
    Tucson AZ

    The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing

    Zephaniah 3:17 (RSV)

  47. 347
    Summer says:

    Summer, Royse City, Texas

    1 Peter 4:11 (NIV) “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

    Memorizing God’s word this year has helped me make big changes in my life, and has kept me focused on God at a time when it would have been easy to let my relationship with God suffer. Thank you Beth for doing this for all of us! You are an inspiration to me.

  48. 348
    Carrie Klein says:

    “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 Cor. 2:14 NIV
    Memorizing God’s word this year has kept me on the path He wants me to follow.

  49. 349
    Poorna Diaz says:

    Poorna, Indianapolis: “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…” ~2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV). Memorizing God’s Word this year has reminded me of God’s promises and His expectations of me as a servant in His kingdom, when under *grueling* attacks by the enemy.

  50. 350
    all shall be well says:

    karen, cheney, wa

    “God is faithful, by Whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
    – I Corinthians 1:9 – (KJV)

    Memorizing God’s Word this year has helped me when I wake up in the middle of the night with anxiety thick in the pit of my stomach to remember He is always with me and it will be all right. 🙂

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