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. 14301
    Karen says:

    Oh Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up, even though I am far away. Psalm 139, NLT

  2. 14302
    Amanda Keith says:

    Amanda from Platte City, MO

    Second June Memory Verse:

    Psalm 71:17 (NIV)
    Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.

    First July Memory Verse:

    Psalm 71:18 (NIV)
    Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.

  3. 14303
    Christine Eckersley says:

    Christine from Cork, Ireland. From one man He made every nation of men that they should inhabit the whole earth. And He determined the times set for them and the exact places they should live. Acts 17:26 NIV

  4. 14304
    Jeanie says:

    I want you to show love not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6 NLT

  5. 14305
    Judy says:

    Judy from Collinston, LA
    Matthew 11:28-30
    “Come to me, all you who are weary
    and burdened,
    and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NIV)

  6. 14306
    Carol from Pierre, SD says:

    James 2:11-13 NKJV

    For He who said “do not commit adultery”, also said “Do not murder”. Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgement is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgement.

  7. 14307
    Kelly says:

    Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how fathomless his ways. Romans 11:33

  8. 14308
    LINDA Ann says:

    Linda Ann says

    I called out of my distress to the Lord and he answered me-
    I cried for help from the depth of Sheol
    You heard my voice

    Jonah 2:2-3 NAS

  9. 14309
    Linda Ann says:

    If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels but do not have Love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal

    1 Corinthians 13:1 NAS

  10. 14310
    Linda Ann says:

    For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though He was rich yet for your sake He was poor so that you through His poverty might become rich

    2 Corinthians 8:9

  11. 14311
    Linda Ann says:

    Linda Ann says


    Galatians 3:6 NAS

  12. 14312
    Amber says:

    Amber from Perth, Western Australia
    Philippians 1:6 (AMP) “And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.”

  13. 14313
    Chris says:

    Chris from Marysville, WA
    Isaiah 43:18-19 But forget all that, it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. 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 dry wasteland.

  14. 14314
    Chrystal says:

    do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Phil 4:6 ESV

  15. 14315
    Chrystine says:

    Psalm 51:6-Behold, Thou dost desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part Thou wilt make me know wisdom.

  16. 14316
    Karen Buchanan says:

    Karen Buchanan, Dover, AR. NIV. II Corinthians 9:8 ” And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

  17. 14317
    Amie Martin says:

    Amie Martin (Seymour, TN)

    “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.”

    (Psalm 16;8 NLT)

  18. 14318
    Glenda Arnold says:

    July 15, 2013
    Matthew 6:33 NIV
    But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.

  19. 14319
    Jill says:

    Jill from Oak Ridge, TN

    Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God.” John 11:40

  20. 14320
    Marissa says:

    Marissa from Hudson, Wisconsin:

    “He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds”
    Psalm 147:3 (NLT)

  21. 14321
    Karen Schambach says:

    Karen S, Garnet Valley, PA, “They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings-and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” Revelation 17:14, NIV

  22. 14322
    Elaine Flowers, Royse City,Tx says:

    James 1:16 NIV
    Don’t be deceived my dear bothers.

  23. 14323
    Paulette Thompson says:

    Paulette, Ramstein
    Rejoice always, pray without ceasing 1Thess 5:16-17 NKJV

  24. 14324
    Janet says:

    Janet from Richmond, IN

    Now all glory to God who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more that we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever. Amen!

    Ephesians 3:21-21 (NLT)

  25. 14325
    Debbie Summers says:

    Debbie – Royse City, Tx, Numbers 6:24 NIV The Lord bless you and keep you.

  26. 14326
    Donna Bright says:

    KJV Romans 10:13
    For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

  27. 14327
    Brytanie says:

    Brytanie- London: Ephesians 1:11God also decided ahead of time to choose us through Christ according to his plan, which makes everything work the way he intends. NIV.

  28. 14328
    Donna says:

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

  29. 14329
    Kim Logue says:

    Kim, West Fork, Arkansas
    For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV

  30. 14330
    Carol from Pierre, SD says:

    James 2:14-17
    What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has the faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things that are needed for the body, what does that profit? Thus also, faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

  31. 14331
    Jan Pierson says:

    Jan from Pekin, IL

    Ps 145:4 NLT ~~ Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.

  32. 14332
    Shari says:

    Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might.
    Daniel 2:20-23 ESV

  33. 14333
    Shari says:

    He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;
    Daniel 2:21 ESV

  34. 14334
    Shari says:

    he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.
    Daniel 2:22 ESV

  35. 14335
    Shari says:

    To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter.”
    Daniel 2:23 ESV

  36. 14336
    Mary Beth says:

    He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

    Ps 147:3


  37. 14337
    Sandy, Pensacola Beach says:

    “Love the Lord your God, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” Mark 12:30 (NIV)

  38. 14338
    Evin Fahey says:

    Evin from Fort Worth, Texas

    A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 NIV

  39. 14339
    Nancy Redkey says:

    But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
    While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    Romans 5:8 NIV

  40. 14340
    Jen says:

    Jen from Round Rock, TX

    1 Cor. 10:23 NIV
    “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.

  41. 14341
    Andrea, Wichita, KS says:

    For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
    Matthew 12:34

  42. 14342

    Pensacola, Florida Psalm 30:10

    Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!


  43. 14343
    Sandy says:

    I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 ESV

  44. 14344
    Marsha says:

    Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgressions. Ps. 19:18 NIV

  45. 14345
    Kathy, Pelham AL says:

    The LORD says, “I will make you wise and show you where to go. I will guide you and watch over you.
    So don’t be like a horse or donkey, that doesn’t understand.

    Psalm 32:8-9a New Century Bible

  46. 14346
    Kathy, Pelham AL says:

    And the disciples were continually filled (throughout their souls)with joy and the Holy Spirit.

    Acts 13:52 Amplified

  47. 14347
    Karol Holifield/Gulf Breeze, FL says:

    “I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.” 1Cor 2:3/NIV

  48. 14348
    Susan Morrison says:

    Susan from Innisfil, ON, Canada
    “..5 for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.”
    1 Tim 4:5 (continuation of July 1 verse)

  49. 14349
    Robin Crawford says:

    Robin, Alta Loma, CA

    I lift my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)

  50. 14350
    Melissa from Miami, FL says:

    “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12 NIV

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