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. 14351
    Paris, Pambrun, SK says:

    “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,” (Titus 3:5 NKJV)

    I’m learning this verse for a children’s ministry program called 5-Day Clubs 🙂

  2. 14352
    Robin kranz says:

    “Blessed are those who have not seen and believed.” John 20:29

  3. 14353
    Marin says:

    Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. (Ephesians 3:17 NLT)

  4. 14354
    Yvette La Verne CA says:

    “Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces” Psalm 34:5 NLT

  5. 14355

    Cassandra Cauvel, Clifton Forge, VA

    “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”. Hebrews 13:2 (NIV)

  6. 14356
    Debbie Heaton says:

    Clinton, TN
    Proverbs 3:33 HCSB
    The Lord’s curse is on the household of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.

  7. 14357
    Debbie Heaton says:

    Clinton, TN
    Psalm16:1 HCSB
    Protect me , God, for I take refuge in you.

  8. 14358
    Wendy says:

    Wendy-Longmont CO

    “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

    Psalm 32:7 NIV

  9. 14359
    Benita says:

    Benita from South Africa.
    “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 NIV

  10. 14360
    Kresen Randall says:

    You crown your year with bounty and your carts overflow with abundance. Psalms 65:11. NIV

  11. 14361
    Amie Martin says:

    Amie Martin (Seymour, TN)

    “Unfazed by rumor and gossip, heart ready, trusting in God, Spirit firm, unperturbed, Ever blessed, relaxed among enemies”

    Psalm 112:7-8 (The Message)

  12. 14362
    Jessica Willett says:

    Jessica (Loganville, GA)

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

  13. 14363
    Ivah says:

    Ivah (Sacramento, Ca)
    If God is for us who can be against us? He who did not spare His own son, but gave him up for us all- how will he not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31-32 (NIV)

  14. 14364
    Lisa Neisen says:

    Jude 1
    Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ.

  15. 14365
    Janet says:

    Janet from Richmond, IN

    “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)

  16. 14366
    Amy Rhodes says:

    (Grand Rapids, MI) My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20 (NIV Student Bible)

    I fell in love with this verse during the study of James by Beth Moore! It hit home for me.

  17. 14367
    Patti Gencarelli says:

    Patti from La Porte
    “Praise the Lord.
    I will extol the Lord with all my heart
    in the council of the upright and in the assembly.”
    Psalm 111:1 NIV

  18. 14368
    Wendy says:

    Wendy-Longmont CO

    “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.”

    Psalm 32:8 NIV

  19. 14369
    Jeanna says:

    Jeanna, Powhatan, VA
    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39 ESV)

  20. 14370
    Jan Pierson says:

    Jan from Pekin, IL

    Deut 12:7 NIV

    “There in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you.”

  21. 14371
    Dee - Dallas, TX says:

    For those whose lives are according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, but those whose lives are according to the Spirit, about the things of the Spirit.

    Romans 8:5 HCSB

  22. 14372
    Carol from Pierre, SD says:

    James 2:18 NKJV
    But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

  23. 14373
    karen buchanan says:

    Karen Buchanan, Dover, Ar. KJV
    verse for July 15,2013 Psalms 40:8 “I delight to do thy will O my God, yea, thy law is within my heart.”
    verse for Aug. 2, 2013 Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”

  24. 14374
    Glenda Arnold says:

    Glenda – Royse City, Texas

    1 Corinthians 13:13

    And now these three remain faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. NIV

  25. 14375
    Kathy from Pelham, AL says:

    And now dear children, continue in Him, so that when He appears we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His coming. 1 John 1:28 NIV

  26. 14376
    Kendra says:

    You my brothers were called to be free.But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather,serve one another in love.Galatians 5:13 NIV

  27. 14377
    Lois in Omaha says:

    Devote yourselves to prayer
    being watchful and thankful.

  28. 14378
    Frances Tovey, Yonges Island, SC says:

    But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. II Cor. 2:14,New American Standard

  29. 14379
    Karen Schambach says:

    Karen S,Garnet Valley, PA, “The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.” Isaiah 58:11 NIV

  30. 14380
    Amee says:

    Helpful information. Lucky me I discovered your website accidentally,
    and I am shocked why this coincidence didn’t came about earlier! I bookmarked it.

  31. 14381
    Natasha says:

    Starting late, but here is mine.
    Lamentations 3:25
    The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; (Lamentations 3:2, 25 NIV)

  32. 14382
    Sally says:

    Sally from Baton Rouge
    Psalm 16:8 (NIV)
    I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

  33. 14383
    Donna Bright says:

    Philippians 3:7
    But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ

  34. 14384
    Andrea, Wichita, KS says:

    Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 NIV

  35. 14385
    Jennifer Humphrey says:

    Jen from Round Rock, TX

    2 Peter 1:3 NLT

    By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.

  36. 14386
    Mary Beth says:

    Deut. 6:5 NIV

    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

  37. 14387
    Debbie Summers says:

    Debbie-Royse City-Philippians 4:4-NIV-Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: REJOICE.

  38. 14388
    Heather says:

    Heather from El Paso, Tx, Phillipians 4:19 (NIV) And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus

  39. 14389
    Debbie Heaton says:

    Clinton, TN
    Psalm 17:6 HCSB
    I call on You, God, because you will answer me; listen closely to me; hear what I say.

  40. 14390
    Evin Fahey says:

    Evin from Fort Worth, Texas

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

    Psalm 143:8

  41. 14391
    Robin Crawford says:

    Robin from Alta Loma, CA
    1Thessalonians 5:18 – Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

  42. 14392
    Jane Ann says:

    Sing to The Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day by day.

  43. 14393
    Jane Ann says:

    Jane Ann, Wills Point, TX
    Psalm 96:2 (NIV)
    Sing to The Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day by day.

  44. 14394
    Carrie Johnson says:

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

    Proverbs 1:7 NIV

  45. 14395
    Sara bruening says:

    NIV-Ephesians 4:29
    Do not 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.
    I saw u Beth in SD last weekend! You and Travis were fabulous!!

  46. 14396
    Marsha says:

    Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of Gods mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1

  47. 14397
    Kim says:

    Kim from South Carolina “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;” Hebrews 8:1 KJV

  48. 14398
    Elaine Flowers, Royse City says:

    James 1:17 NIV
    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like sifting shadows

  49. 14399
    Christy Osterkamp says:

    Christy Osterkamp
    Bend, Oregon
    Psalm 139:13
    “For You created my inmost being, You knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

  50. 14400
    Lisa says:

    The one who lives with integrity is righteous; his hildren who come after him will be happy. Proverbs 20:7 NLT

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