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!




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  1. 51
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie Shelbyville For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8 NIV

  2. 52
    Lori Schoch says:

    Lori from Syracuse

    “I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
    that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.”

    Psalm 89:2 NIV

  3. 53
    Judy says:

    Judy from Goldston NC
    Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Ps 46:10 NKJV

  4. 54
    Alyssa Mochen says:

    Alyssa from Rio Rancho NM
    2013 Motto:
    Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4 NLT

  5. 55
    Mollyanne says:

    Mollyanne from Athens, GA
    Memorizing Psalm 139 in honor of my baby girl, due in May 2013.
    “You have searched me,Lord, and you know me.” Psalm 139:1 NIV

  6. 56
    d says:

    Loganville, PA
    For nothing will be impossible with God.
    Luke 1:37 ESV

  7. 57
    Lisa Schlenker says:

    Lisa Schlenker from Rineyville, KY “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassion never fail. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.” Lamentation 3:22-23 NASB

  8. 58
    Kay Martin says:

    Kay Martin
    Tupelo, MS

    “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

  9. 59
    Katie West says:

    Katie West, Augusta, Ga: He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 (NASB)

  10. 60
    Diane says:

    Diane form Wedgefield, SC, When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12, NIV1984

  11. 61
    Janae says:

    Janae – Riverside, PA “I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw.”
    Proverbs 24:32 (NIV)

  12. 62
    Stef says:

    Stef from Landrum, SC: Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am. Psalm 39:4 KJV

  13. 63
    Mollie Lieux says:

    Mollie from Northwest Arkansas-
    “You crown the year with your goodness; your ways overflow with plenty.”
    Psalm 65:11HCSB

  14. 64
    Mikala says:

    Mikala from Boston, MA, “O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he had done marvelous things: his right hand and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.” Psalm 98:1 KJV

  15. 65
    Lesley says:

    Lesley Runty from Omaha, NE “Always keep praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Jesus Christ. – I Thessalonians 5: 17-18 TLB

  16. 66
    Lisa Rose says:

    Lisa Rose – Moyock, NC

    And He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in and give us the land that He swore to give to our fathers.

    Deuteronomy 6:23 ESV

  17. 67
    Emily May says:

    Emily from Atlanta; Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. NIV

  18. 68
    Diane says:

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

  19. 69
    Cindy Stump says:

    Cindy from Summersville, WV. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1 NIV

  20. 70
    Adele Spil says:

    Adele from Matthews, NC: “The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58 :11 NLT

  21. 71
    Donna says:

    Donna, Lexington, ky, Isaiah 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up. Do you see it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. NIV

  22. 72
    Carol says:

    Carol from Colorado Springs, CO. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9, NIV

  23. 73
    Jenna says:

    Traverse City, Michigan

    Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your great name lead and guide me.

    Psalm 31:3 NIV

  24. 74

    Paula from Easton, Maine
    So the Lord alone did lead her and there was no strange god with her. Deuteronomy 32:12 KJV
    This is my verse for 2013.

  25. 75
    Kara Nutt says:

    Kara Nutt in Morrisville, NY

    ” We humans keep brainstorming options and plans,

    But GOD’s purpose prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 (Message)

  26. 76

    Kristin P from Broken Arrow, OK. – He is before all things and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 NIV

  27. 77
    Kristin says:

    Kristin from Greenville NC, “Commit everything you do to the Lord . Trust him, and he will help you.” Psalms 37:5 NLT

  28. 78
    flip flops says:

    Lyn Steriti
    Littleton NH
    But the Word is very near you, in your mouth and in your mind and in your heart, so that you can do it.
    Deut. 30:14

  29. 79
    Jeanette Brower says:

    From Springfield, OH
    “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.”
    1 Peter 1:15 NIV

  30. 80
    Cara McKaskle says:

    Cara McKaskle
    Conway, AR

    “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:3, 4 NIV84

  31. 81
    Regina says:

    Warwick, RI
    All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV

  32. 82
    Pam says:

    Pam from Cary NC, Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV

  33. 83
    Megan says:

    Megan, Charlotte NC, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” -2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

  34. 84
    Candice says:

    Candice Eisenhauer from Palatine, Illinois
    Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
    Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV – 1984)

  35. 85
    Conne says:

    Conne from Angel Fire
    “Don’t be afraid, for the Lord will go before you and will be with you; He will not fail nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:8, The Living Bible

  36. 86
    Suzanne says:

    Suzanne, Newnan, GA Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 NIV84

  37. 87
    Laura Reynolds says:

    Laura from Wilder, KY – “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died” 1 Corinthians 5:14 ESV

  38. 88
    Donna Dickert says:

    Donna, Huntersville, NC
    Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
    Proverbs 31:25(KJV)

  39. 89
    Lindsey Cummins says:

    Kosciusko, MS

    “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my Savior, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield and the strength of my salvation, my stronghold.”
    Psalm 18:2, GWT

  40. 90
    ULCARDSFAN says:

    Linda Peel Lexington KY
    Isaiah 43: 18-19
    But the Lord says, “Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago. Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening already-you can see it now! I will make a road through the wilderness and give you streams of water there.” (Good News Translation)

  41. 91
    Alicia Keswani says:

    Alicia Keswani, Orlando, FL – “For all have sinned and falls short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift through the redemption that is on Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiaton by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s rightousness because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins. It was to show his rightousness at the present time so that he might be just and justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:23-26 ESV

  42. 92
    Susan Smith says:

    Susan from Murfreesboro TN, And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His spirit. Ephesians 2:22 NIV

  43. 93
    Janet Jarmula says:

    Janet from Ronkonkoma, NY
    “The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” NIV

  44. 94
    Tara says:

    Tara Hollingsworth Loganville, GA
    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
    Lamentations 3: 22-23 ESV

  45. 95
    Nanci B says:

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

  46. 96
    Mary Rue says:

    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-1984)

  47. 97
    Stacy says:

    Stacy from Birmingham, Alabama, When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 ESV

  48. 98
    Ellen says:

    Ellen from Syracuse, New York,

    “Behold, God is my salvation;
    I will trust, and will not be afraid;
    for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
    and he has become my salvation.”
    — Isaiah 12:2 ESV

  49. 99
    Christy says:

    Christy, Fl, Jeremiah 17:7-8a: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream…” NAS

  50. 100
    Jackie UK says:

    “A thief comes only to steal, and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” John 10 verse 10 Holman Christian Standard Bible 2009.

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