2011 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 24!

[tminus t=”20-01-2012 19:00:00″ style=”carbonite”/] **Siesta Celebration is January 20-21, 2012**

WE MADE IT!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!! To the glory of God, we made it, Siestas! If I could hug your neck, I’d purely squeeze you in two! Please picture me (in a long skirt) doing copious cheerleader jumps! I cannot wait to celebrate with as many of you as possible in January. I wish with all my heart that every single one of you were coming. This girl right here is ready to party. Even one of you missing is too many but I know that it’s hard to manage the time away and the travel expenses are also just too high for many. I’d pay every one of your ways if I could.

Okay, you darling things. I didn’t even have to think twice about the verse I wanted to memorize this last time around in 2011 because it’s about you. With your understanding, I’ll use “sister” instead of “brother.” Here goes:

Beth, Houston. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my [sister], because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.” Philemon 7 ESV

Oh, gracious. That is the truth.

Now, since this is a very special occasion, we’re going to break protocol. This time I’m not going to limit you to your usual 1st and 15th Scripture-only entries. As we wrap up our year, you are welcome to also write a brief paragraph about what this journey with Christ has meant to you and why.  No pressure. The invitation is simply there is you want to testify.

You are so incredibly dear to me, Siestas. I am at a loss for words. What a ride.

Lord Jesus, thank You, thank You, thank You, thank You! We cannot do anything to Your good pleasure that You do not first initiate and then enable. To You be all credit, honor, and praise. Please cause us to retain “the implanted word, which is able to save [our] souls.” (James 1:21) Make us wiser and make our hearts larger. You are our delight. We want so much to be Yours, too. You are our everything.




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  1. 1401
    Hollie says:

    Hollie, Mount Vernon

    “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.”

    Philemon 7, NIV

    I can’t believe that I made it. I am amazed by what God has been able to do through His scripture to me, for me, etc. So thankful for this journey! I have loved digging into my Bible more and having more pieces of it, solid in my heart and mind. My spiral is a little worn, though. 🙂 Thank you for your encouragement and faithfulness!

  2. 1402
    Nikki says:

    Nikki, Wichita KS

    ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10 NASV

    I’m sorry I am so late, I have been trying to think of what I could possibly say in one paragraph about what this has meant to me this past year. I have been battling advanced cancer for a very long time. When you first posted the idea, I was too weak to even read and understand the instructions. I wanted so badly to be a part of it, and God led me to my first verse. That verse turned out to be a lifeline to me, when my situation changed mid-January and it looked like I was dying. But my verse was Exodus 14:13, and I clung to that for several months while my husband cried and gave up. Now, I am so much better and have great hope. I wasn’t able to keep up perfectly, but I will forever make memorizing scripture a precious part of my life, and pass the gift on to everyone I get the chance to share and teach the same. As soon as I get a chance, I will write and tell you more. We don’t have the money to make the trip, my therapy has completely destroyed our finances. But I have gained a closeness to the Lord that I wouldn’t trade for all the money in the world. Much love to you Beth, you are such a blessing.

  3. 1403
    Kathy says:

    Kathy, West Milton
    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
    Colossians 4:2 NIV
    This year was my first year to be apart of memory scripture. It was amazing how the Lord used each verse to be so important in my life. There were alot of changes for me this year and these verses got me through some rough times. I want to do this next year. I am so thankful to you Beth, you will never know how much you mean to me. I thank the Lord for you and I will pray for you and your ministry. Thank you Beth.

  4. 1404
    Andrea S. says:

    Andrea, Roscoe, IL
    You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing. Psalm 16:2 NIV
    Thank you Beth for doing this, otherwise I would not be memorizing verses. And, this time I was successful in keeping up and doing it. I think it is the little binder I bought from Living Proof! Please do it again, when I tried with my own purchased from the store, I just didn’t keep up. Memorizing these verses has impacted my life in a huge way. Thanks again for hosting this and having the memory binder!

  5. 1405
    Beth Collins, Lake Jackson, TX says:

    And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding that we may know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, In His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5:20 NKJV)

  6. 1406
    Rosa says:

    John 14:6
    Jesus saith unto him “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.

  7. 1407
    Marcia says:

    Marcia, Salem IN

    Those who know your name trust in you, for you , Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10 NIV

    Reading through some of the replies there is one existing theme-all of our lives have troubles and hills and valleys. But we all know the one sustainer to see us through all of this-and memorizing scripture helps keep us closer to that one sustainer-thanks to the SSMT and LPM blog for providing an outlet for that purpose.
    Merry Christmas to all!

  8. 1408
    Didaskala says:

    Liz, Washington D.C.,
    “For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called, wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, prince of peace.” Is. 9:6 ESV

    THANK YOU for this journey. Not only has this strengthened my faith, but it gave me some wonderful accountability to keep working on scripture memory. I have long desired someone to memorize scripture with and I am so thankful for the technology that allows us to do that together. Looking forward to seeing you next month!
    Liz Taylor

  9. 1409
    Tammy says:

    Tammy, Hendersonville,TN
    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV

  10. 1410
    Debi says:

    Debi, ALVA, FL
    James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

  11. 1411
    Mimi G-Marianna, FL says:

    Mark 11:24 ESV

    Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

  12. 1412
    Becky says:

    Becky, Scottsdale, AZ:
    Sorry to be SO late with this one!

    “Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being….” Philippians 3:6-7 NLT

    Thank you, Beth & ALL of you Siestas, for the encouragement to keep going with memorizing scripture this year. It has been a year of growing through tough trials for me personally and I don’t know where I would have been without God’s promises anchored to my mind and heart on a daily and sometimes hour by hour basis.
    Merry Christmas and may the Lord richly bless you all!

  13. 1413
    Mali LeDoux Richard says:

    Mali, Shreveport LA: “Forget about what’s happened! Don’t keep going over old history. Be alert! Be present! I’m about to do something brand new. It’s bursting out. Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road in the desert and rivers in the badlands.” Isaiah 43:18-19 The Message

  14. 1414
    Carla F. says:

    For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    2 Pet. l:8 (NIV)

  15. 1415
    Teri says:

    This scripture time has been precious to me! God’s word is alive and active!

    Teri in Tampa

    For we know that ALL THINGS God works for the good of those that love him and are called according to his purpose.
    Romans 8:28

  16. 1416
    Christi says:

    I made it! This has been a great motivation and help for 2011!! So much so, that I intend on working these verses over again next year, and perhaps the next! What a way to really burn something on your heart!

    “Lord, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power.” 2 Chronicles 14:11

    Praise our Mighty God! Merry Christmas, Siestas!

  17. 1417
    Christi says:

    Ooops! That is the KJV of 2 Chronicles 14:11

  18. 1418
    Tina says:

    How can I get a copy of all the scriptures shared? I have gone through so much and did not participate as often as I would have liked. I have read many posts and would like to go back to the beginning to get the older scripture’s.
    The beauty and love of CHRIST was evident, what a blessing you all are!! Merry Christmas, Blessed New Year!!

  19. 1419
    Brandy Harris says:

    Brandy, Burleson, TX

    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

    I have no idea how I am so late!!

  20. 1420
    Tracey Knight says:

    Tracey Knight ~ Arkadelphia AR
    (oops – forgot to post on the 15th) i love this way to get the Word in my head, heart & hopefully my LIFE!!! i fully expect to have a few verses where i say the reference & then have to go “what’s the date?” b/c i know what was going on at the time in my life! thank you JESUS that your Word is true & it gets us through!!! so here’s my last one… (see you girls in houston!!! yay!)

    I AM the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. ~Revelation 22:13 NIV

  21. 1421
    Alison says:

    He remembered us in our weakness. His faithful love endures forever. Ps 136:23 NLT

  22. 1422
    Carmen says:

    “Do everything in love.”

    1 Corinthians 16:14 NIV

  23. 1423
    Natalie Derrick says:

    Natalie, Indialantic Florida

    For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my sister, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. Philemon 7 ESV

    Cannot wait to celebrate our year together in Texas! Thank you for motivating me to become closer to God’s word. God bless you Beth and the LPM team!! Wish I could work with you all! 🙂

  24. 1424
    Md says:

    Dear Beth,
    I saw your post on Weds w/ Beth about “your arms being filled with more treasures than the enemy stole from you”

    Right now, my arms feel empty, my heart heavy. My children are not walking with the Lord and choosing wrong paths. I am battle weary; like King David’s men that one time. I could really use some Christian sisters (siestas) to lift my family up this Christmas. I pray with the new year to come that my kids’ hearts will be redeemed and restored to Him. What joy would fill my heart to hear that they are walking with the Lord.
    Thanking in advance for those who will pray as I am also praying for others.
    Merry Christmas!
    Isaiah 43:5-6 “Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather the from the west; I will say to the north, give up; and to the south, keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth.”

  25. 1425
    Bunnie says:

    Bunnie, Hume,CA
    “For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light.” Ephesians 5:8

  26. 1426
    Mindy says:

    Mindy Rowley,IA
    Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”Chase NKJV

  27. 1427
    Mandy Sposato says:

    Mandy, Grove City, PA

    James 1:5-6 (NIV)

    “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. 6 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.”

  28. 1428
    Carol Allison says:

    Carol, Grove City, PA

    Psalm 38:15 (NIV)

    “I will wait for you, O LORD;
    you will answer, O LORD my God.”

  29. 1429
    Jean Storey says:

    Well we just finished the Revelation study. My sister, Sharron Skinner, and I remembered when you said you did not like Read the Bible Through plans because you were reading about the 4 Horsemen at Christmas. Well, thanks to this wonderful study through you by the Holy Spirit, we studied about the tree of life with its monthly fruits, a more wonderful tree than anyone’s Christmas one. Merry Christmas, Beth, to you and all your sweet family. We pray that the Lord will continue to bless us with the James study.

  30. 1430
    Vicki says:

    Vicki, San Angelo

    Psalm 62:5 NIV

    “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.”

  31. 1431
    Shelley says:

    Shelley, San Angelo

    Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
    my hope comes from him.

    Psalm 62:5 NIV

  32. 1432
    Kelly Swisher says:

    Kelly, Lees Summit MO
    “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.”
    Rev 22:21 NIV

    Well…after 12 years of Lyme disease and being bed and house-bound often, God healed me this year! He also brought me through 2 knee replacement surgeries so that I will hopefully be able to walk again on my own soon. Based on the direction He has been giving me in His Word, through this Scripture process, He has greatly encouraged me and I have a hope of His goodness that lies ahead.

  33. 1433
    wa says:

    Waylene–Loma Linda: By embracing death, taking it into Himself, He destroyed the devil’s hold on death, and freed all who cower through life scared to death of death. Heb. 2:15 Message

    2010 brought personal events that shook me to my core, and as I began 2011, I purposed in my heart to hide 24 scriptures in my heart. Unfortunately, 2011 is ending with me feeling broken, condemned, and yet, I am so thankful for the 24 Promises that are hidden in my heart, treasures because I know I can trust God’s Words, that they have power, that He is able to keep the promises. All praise to His Holy Name.

  34. 1434
    Loribeth says:

    Loribeth, Houston, TX

    My eyes are ever toward the LORD,
    for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
    Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    for I am lonely and afflicted.
    The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
    bring me out of my distresses.
    (Psalm 25:15-17 ESV)

    Praise the Lord! I made it! There were certainly some late entries (including this one!), but I have successfully memorized 24 verses, and I will certainly be doing it next year! Thank you for the opportunity to learn together! Obeying the Lord through memorizing His word has made me more aware of His presence in my life and I have been able to combat the devil with His Word! Merry Christmas!

  35. 1435
    Andrea says:

    Woodstock, Ga
    I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
    “Be joyful always; pray continually;
    give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

  36. 1436
    Emily Brewer Miceli says:

    Emily, Abu Dhabi

    “Set a guard over my mouth, LORD;
    keep watch over the door of my lips.” Ps 141:3 NIV

    When we moved to Abu Dhabi in April, two things happened. 1. Beth prayed the most awesome prayer on this site sending us out (& God has really used us — especially my hubby)and 2. Because of misinformation, I didn’t bring my nifty multi-colored spiral that I bought especially for this. As a result, I’ve used “Sticky Notes” on my work laptop and personal laptop. I cannot tell you what a blessing it has been, especially on difficult days, to look at my desktop filled with Scripture sticky notes and snack on the Word of God in the day. They have literally been my salvation on some days! Others have seen them, too, so they make quite a conversation piece!

    I won’t be at the celebration but, Beth & Co., please know how grateful to God I am for you and for my amazing siestas out there!!!

  37. 1437
    emilee hall says:

    Ephesians 4:29
    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

    The scripture memory for 2011 has been wonderful. God used many of my verses to help get me through a difficult season in life and for that I am very thankful! 🙂

  38. 1438
    Dana says:

    Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

    Luke 2:11 NIV
    Boerne, TX

  39. 1439
    Catherine says:

    Catherine, Montgomery.
    The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
    John 1:14 NIV

  40. 1440
    Karen says:

    Karen, Dallas, TX:

    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door or our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
    Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
    Colossians 4:2-6 (NIV 1984)

  41. 1441
    Crystal, Liberty, SC says:

    You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.
    (Hebrews 10:36)

    Beth, thank you for giving me this challenge the past year, as it has turned out to be a real spiritual life saver. I’ve had many health problems which left me homebound for most of the year.Spending time in God’s Word has truly been medicine to my soul. My memory verses look like a road map asking for wisdom, then flickers’s of surrender through praise, and then the beginnings of recognizing God’s always in control.

    Due to a brain injury I have a very difficult time with memorization. I’ve plastered my home with the Word’s of God so that I can read it throughout the day. Even though I can’t wait to close the curtains on 2011, I’ll always remember how God used this ministry in my time of need to strengthen my faith by helping me see His Word in a new light.

  42. 1442
    Janice says:

    “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” Isa 61:2

  43. 1443
    Darcy says:

    Darcy, Lenoir

    Psalm 39:5 NIV You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
    Everyone is but a breath,
    even those who seem secure.

  44. 1444
    Darien says:

    Darien, Lenoir
    Psalm 39:5
    NIV You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
    Everyone is but a breath,
    even those who seem secure.

  45. 1445
    Jae says:

    Jae, Lenoir
    Psalm 39:5
    NIV You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
    Everyone is but a breath,
    even those who seem secure.

  46. 1446
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie, Austin, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romand 8:18 NIV

  47. 1447
    Jan, Olney Texas says:

    “For a child is born, to us a Savior is given, and the government will be on His shoulders, and He will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlansting Father, Prince of Peace.”
    Isaiah 9:6 NIV

  48. 1448
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Garland, TX

    because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. Gal.6:8 HCSB

  49. 1449
    Tiffany Pugh says:

    Tiffany, Chesterfield:
    Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21, NASB.

  50. 1450
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie – Tampa, FL

    Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.
    Luke 2:11 NIV

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