2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 1!


Are you ready, Sisters? Do you hear me cheering?? I have never been more excited about doing this.

I am on the verge of doing about 10 backward flips on my hardwoods. I said on the verge. Not quite doing it. Well, I’m doing it in my heart. That counts for a lot around here.

SO LET’S DO THIS THING! Now, promise me this! Promise me you will read this entire post before you leave a single comment. I know you’re about to burst and I am, too, and, for that reason, I’ll keep it as short as possible. It’s so important that we get our ground rules firmly established so that we’ll have a fabulous experience. Remember, hundreds of our participants this time around are brand new so let’s make sure everybody’s on the same page.

A few things you absolutely MUST KNOW:

*Your comment to this post is your official registration onto the team. Everybody starts at Verse 1 no matter when they begin the process. (Word gets around and we often still have people joining in with us even in March and April. We don’t mind how late they begin as long as they can catch up, memorize their verses, and document each one of them on the proper post as an official participant.) This launch post will remain right here in this January 1st 2013 slot all year long and each new person will need to make her first entry here. This is how we track who signed up when we get to the end of the year and it’s party time.

*Your comment must be strictly limited to the following 5 pieces of information: name, city, verse, reference, translation. I’ll say it slower now for those brand new to the process:

Your name (or first name if you prefer), city. Your verse for that two-week period written all the way out, the reference for it (where it is found in the Bible: Book, chapter, verse) AND the *translation you’ve taken it from.

(*For instance, is the Bible you’ve pulled the passage from a KJV, an NAS, HCSB, NIV or NLT? Or is it The NET Bible, The Message or another similar version? The translation almost always appears on the outside spine of a Bible. If not, you will find it on the first few pages. If you’re looking on line, you’ll get an option to choose a translation. Do so as it speaks most clearly to you. We aren’t fussing over translations here in our memory work. You also do not need to stick with one version throughout.)

Just those 5 pieces of information!  They will comprise every comment to this post. And the moment you start scrolling through all of them, you’ll see why. Page after page after page after page of Scripture and each one telling a reader exactly where to find it. It is the most powerful sight to behold. This invites people who are not participating in the memory work to reap tremendous benefits by just reading the comments and taking strength from verses they may not have known existed. This way it has the potential to bless our whole community or any weary visitor to our blog. I’ve been in crises before and gotten on the comment pages and scrolled from Scripture to Scripture and practically wept with relief and fresh courage or revelation. That’s why it’s best to keep the SSMT comments as succinct as possible. If you’ve got an exclamation in you that you just can’t hold back, you can occasionally make the briefest comment like, “I really need this one!” or “I’m sharing so-and-so’s verse” but, please, no more than that.

Comments other than the verse-entries on the 1st and 15th of each month can’t be approved. I’m so sorry and I hope you’ll understand. Thousands of us will be doing this together so the moderation process is monumental from the administrative side. The verses will be all Lindsee and I can handle in the comments for our two SSMT days per month. Keep in mind: NONE OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS PERTAIN TO THE OTHER BLOG POSTS HERE AT LPM. We will be completely free to do our regular thing on all other posts! The really stringent rules are only for the 1st and 15th of each month in 2013 and in reference to Siesta Scripture Memory Team. I hope that makes sense!

*Your comment may take 24 hours to get moderated (or posted if you’re new to the blog process) and sometimes a bit longer if it falls over a weekend. We try our hardest to stay up with it but on those days when 500+ come in at once, it’s quite a task! But we love it! It just requires a little patience on all sides! Before you assume that your entry somehow vanished and you’re tempted to write it again,  give it one full day and see if it shows up. Keep track of what time you posted it and double check the comments around that same time.  The accidental repeats make it much harder to track participation through the course of the year so always double check. If you don’t find it a day later, by all means, post it again!

*Remember that you get to choose your own verse! That’s really important! The ease with which you can memorize a verse is greatly impacted by how much it means to you. The more you need it or want it, the more you’ll absorb it. If you come up dry at times, no problem! You can either share my verse or another in the comment line that really speaks to you.

*PRAY that God will bless you in this endeavor and will enable you to memorize His Word! Ask continually throughout the entire year! When I get stuck and frustrated that I can’t get my words in order, if I’ll stop what I’m doing and ask God to supernaturally infuse me and help me to concentrate, you would not believe how quickly a breakthrough will come.

Are you about to stuff a sock in my mouth?? I’m about 2 seconds from stuffing one in my own mouth. Melissa gave me two new pair of boot socks for Christmas so at least I have fresh choices.

All right, already! Here goes mine! In honor of our process ahead and how willing the Holy Spirit is to help us…

Beth from Houston Texas, But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26 NIV84

Here’s one more alternative if you’ve never memorized it for a new year! I just love it for January 1st:

You crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance.  Psalm 65:11 NIV

May God’s grace abound to you, Sweet Thing. WELCOME! We have such a fabulous challenge ahead of us. GOD, GRANT US YOUR GOOD FAVOR!

So…what are you waiting for??? SIGN IN WITH VERSE ONE!


PS. I thought you guys might find it a bit amusing that I brought in the first 300 comments in the CAR on the way to the airport to catch my Atlanta flight for Passion 2013. Laughing. You keep your blog mama busy. I love you so!




15,411 Responses to “2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 1!”

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  1. 551
    Glenda says:

    Glenda, Maryville, TN: Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thess. 5:16-18

  2. 552
    Kate Kerrigan says:

    Kate K., Lafayette, IN

    “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV2011

  3. 553
    Tim Donnelly says:

    Tim from Virginia
    Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed for His compassion never fails.
    Lam. 3:22 NIV

  4. 554
    MimiRebecca says:

    Rebecca Findlay
    Greenwood, Indiana

    Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
    Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

    Lamentations 3:21-22 NIV

  5. 555
    Sandra says:

    Sandra from White House, TN.

    Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

  6. 556
    Michele Schroeder says:

    Michele Schroeder, Waterford,
    O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. Ps. 139:1 NIV84

  7. 557
    Dawn says:

    Dawn, Raleigh, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NASB

  8. 558
    Cathy says:

    Cathy from Bluffton, “And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment, so that you can determine what really matters and can be pure and blameless in the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” Phil 1: 9-11, CSB

  9. 559
    Ann Davis says:

    Ann Davis Jonesboro AR
    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;His mercies never come to an end;
    Lamentations 3:22

  10. 560
    Kerry says:

    Kerry from NJ. ‘By the way, their reputation as great leaders made no difference to me, for God has no favorites.’ Galatians 2:6a NLT

  11. 561
    Melissa D says:

    Melissa Droegemueller, San Antonio, Texas

    You crown the year with your good blessings, and you leave abundance in your wake.
    Psalm 65:11 NET

  12. 562
    Jill_in_AL says:

    Jill in Trussville, Alabama

    Do not conform 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 (NIV)

  13. 563
    Fran from North Carolina says:

    As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. NASB

  14. 564
    cheryl says:

    Cheryl, North Brunswick “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

  15. 565
    Vicki Koons says:

    Vicki – Surprise, AZ

    For God alone I patiently wait;
    he is the one who delivers me.
    Psalm 62:1 NET

  16. 566
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl from Chadbourn, NC

    “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NKJ

  17. 567
    Susan High says:

    Susan from Inman SC…You crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance. Psalm 65:11 NIV

  18. 568
    Kristen says:

    Kristen from Mount Joy, PA

    Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 (NIV)

  19. 569
    Amelia says:

    Amelia from White Bear Lake, MN

    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

  20. 570
    Richele says:

    Richele from Fort Bragg, North Carolina

    I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

    John 16:33 NIV

  21. 571
    Angie, Overland Park, KS says:

    Philippians 4:6-8, Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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 minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. NIV

  22. 572
    Suzie from Wenona, MD says:

    It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery.

    Galatians 5:1 NASB

  23. 573
    Kelly Neuendorf says:

    Kelly from Denver: “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 NASB

  24. 574
    Mindy says:

    Isaiah 33:2 NIV. Oh Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.

  25. 575
    melanie thrasher says:

    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way that I should go for to you I lift up my soul.

    Psalm 143:8 NIV

  26. 576
    Marie Thompson says:

    Marie, Easley, SC
    Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
    1 Thess. 5:16-18 NKJ

  27. 577
    Dawn Stevens says:

    Dawn from Maryland ” The Grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” 1 Timothy 1:14 NIV

  28. 578
    Johnnie says:

    Johnnie from Hammond, LA

    Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
    Because His compassions fail not.
    They are new every morning;
    GREAT is Your Faithfulness!!!!
    Lamentations 3:22-23. NKJV

  29. 579
    Kiki says:

    Kiki – West Palm Beach, FL
    For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
    Is 43:19 NLT

  30. 580
    Mary from Birmingham, AL says:

    ‘This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming – it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time.” Habakkuk 2:3 The Message

  31. 581
    Laura says:

    Laura from Boynton Beach, FL;

    “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” Joshua 1:8 NLT

  32. 582
    Kimberly Mason says:

    Kimberly Mason, Tuscaloosa, Alabama:

    “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
    Proverbs 18:21 NIV84

  33. 583
    Marsha C says:

    Marsha C from Kannapolis, NC

    Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. James 4:7-8a ESV

  34. 584
    Linda R. says:

    Linda R. Springfield ~ May my spoken words and unspoken thoughts be pleasing even to you, O LORD my Rock and Redeemer ~ Psalms 19:14 ~ Living Bible

  35. 585
    Barb N. says:

    Barb from Philadelphia: “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9 ESV)

  36. 586
    Kristin says:

    Kristin from Belmont, Michigan

    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.

    1 Peter 5:10 NIV

  37. 587
    Ashley Nabors says:

    Ashley from Statesboro, GA (soon to be Durban, SA)
    “God is not man that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” Numbers 23:19, ESV

  38. 588
    Yolanda says:

    Yolanda, Ulysses, Ks.

    Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

    Ephesians 4:32 ESV

  39. 589
    Maria says:

    Maria from Macomb, Michigan

    Zechariah 2:13 NKJV

    Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!”

  40. 590
    Kristin Steele says:

    May the favor of the Lord rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:17

  41. 591
    Lindsay says:

    Lindsay, Wenatchee
    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)

  42. 592
    Lindy White says:

    Lindy White from Oklahoma City, OK.
    See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
    Colossians 2:8, NIV.

  43. 593
    Susan Mullinax, Clanton AL says:

    My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mothehr’s teaching. Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck. Proverbs 6:20-21 NIV

  44. 594
    Janet says:

    Janet from Tulsa, OK

    “For my thought are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts greater than your thoughts.”

    Isa 55:8,9 (ESV)

  45. 595
    Linda G from Billings, MT says:

    Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Isaiah 43:18-19a NIV84

  46. 596
    Marla says:

    Marla from Yakima, WA
    Commit to The Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.
    Proverbs 16:3 NIV

  47. 597
    Megan says:

    Megan from Middlebury, Connecticut, “You crown the year with your bounty;your wagon tracks woverflow with abundance.” Psalm 65:11 ESV

  48. 598
    Shari says:

    Shari, Lawrenceville, GA

    “O Lord, You have searched me and know me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up.”

    Psalm 139:1-2 NASB

  49. 599
    Keena Swafford says:

    Keena from Festus, Mo.

    Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
    Proverbs 21:23 NKJV

  50. 600

    Jennifer from Cypress, Texas, “The Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.” -Deuteronomy 1:31 NKJV

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