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. 14401
    Sandy, Pensacola Beach says:

    “Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually” Psalm 105:3

  2. 14402
    Marilyn Moore says:

    The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace. Psalm 29:11

  3. 14403
    Lorraine says:

    Lorraine, Ontario, Canada;

    For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love,and of self-disipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

  4. 14404
    Sandy says:

    “The person who knows my commandments and keeps them, that’s who loves me. And the person who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and make myself plain to him.” (John 14:21 MSG)

  5. 14405
    Mary Beth says:

    NIV Jeremiah 29:13

    You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

  6. 14406
    Elaine Flowers, Royse City, Tx says:

    James 1:18 NIV
    He chose to give us birth through the word of truth that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created

  7. 14407
    Jennifer says:

    Jen from Round Rock, TX

    1 Cor. 10:24 NIV
    No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.

  8. 14408
    Kathy from Pelham, AL says:

    Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.
    Psalm 62:8 NIV

  9. 14409
    Alicia says:

    Alicia, Fort Lauderdale

    You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
    Jeremiah 29:13.

  10. 14410
    Janet says:

    Janet from Richmond, IN
    “And when you are brought to trial in the synagogues and before rulers and authorities, don’t worry about how to defend yourself or what to say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what needs to be said. ” Luke 12:11-12. (NLT)

  11. 14411
    Carol from Pierre, SD says:

    James 2:19-20 NKJV
    You believe there is one God. You do well. Even the demonds believe–and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith with out works is dead?

  12. 14412
    Lois in Omaha says:

    Evening, morning and noon I cry out
    in distress and He hears my voice.
    Psalm 55:17

  13. 14413
    Amie Martin says:

    Amie Martin (Seymour, TN)

    “The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He maes my feet like hind’s feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!

    Habakkuk 3:19 (amplified)

  14. 14414
    Kendra Martellaro says:

    Be kind to one another,tender hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 NIV

  15. 14415
    Carol (Texas) says:

    “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy and with my song I praise Him.”
    Psalm 28:7 NIV

  16. 14416
    Jan Pierson says:

    Jan from Pekin, IL ~~

    Ex 15:2 NLT

    “The Lord is my strength and my song; He has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise Him – my father’s God, and I will exalt Him!

  17. 14417
    Leanne says:

    Psalms 84:10 KJV

    For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

  18. 14418
    Carrie Johnson says:

    The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does. Psalm 145:13b

  19. 14419
    Liz Connolly says:

    Liz Pleasanton, CA. Ecclesiastes 7:10 NLT
    Don’t long for “the good old days.” This is not wise.

  20. 14420
    Kris, Long Grove, IL says:

    “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” Romans 12:16 NIV

  21. 14421
    Robin Crawford says:

    Psalms 46:1 (ESV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

  22. 14422
    Robin Crawford says:

    Robin from Alta Loma, CA
    Psalms 46:1 (ESV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

  23. 14423
    Susan Morrison says:

    Hi – I missed Aug 1 so will post two verses for Aug 15

    Susan Morrison (Innisfil, ON ,Canada)
    Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
    Romans 12: 1,2 NASB

  24. 14424
    Sandy, Pensacola Beach says:

    “..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. What you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8,9 NIV

  25. 14425
    Frances Tovey, Yonges Island says:

    Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-10,ESV.

  26. 14426
    Frances Tovey, Yonges Island says:

    I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. Philippians 4:13, NIV.

  27. 14427
    Karen Schambach says:

    Karen S, Garnet Valley, PA, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place , where he prayed.” Mark 1:35 NIV

  28. 14428
    Andrea, Wichita, KS says:

    Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

  29. 14429
    Debbie Summers says:

    Debbie-Royse City- Colossians 3:2 NIV Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.

  30. 14430
    Brandy Sermons says:

    Lynchburg, VA.
    Joshua 1:9 (English Standard Version)
    9Have I not commanded you?(A) Be strong and courageous.(B) Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

  31. 14431
    Linda Ann says:

    Linda Ann from SC says

    The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift up his countenance before you and give you grace

    Numbers 6; 24-26 NRSV

  32. 14432
    Linda Ann says:

    Linda Ann from SC says

    My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you , Then you will discern the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God

    Proverbs 2: 1,5

  33. 14433
    Marilyn Moore says:

    In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3

  34. 14434
    Marsha says:

    Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God I will strengthen you. Isiah 41:10 NKJV

  35. 14435
    Debbie Heaton says:

    Clinton, TN
    Psalm24:1 HCSB
    The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants belong to the Lord.

  36. 14436
    Patrice Sharbutt says:

    Patrice, Abilene TX
    All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. Psalm 25:10 ESV

  37. 14437
    Charlie says:

    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

  38. 14438
    Brittany says:

    Mehoopany, Pennsylvania

    Psalm 112:7-8 NIV with a little change Beth Moore added in her So Long, Insecurity book
    (S)He will have no fear of bad news;
    his(her) heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
    His(Her) heart is secure, (s)he will have no fear;
    In the end (s)he will look in triumph on his(her) foes.

  39. 14439
    Käte says:

    Wichita, KS

    “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and this let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12.28-29 ESV)

  40. 14440
    Donna Bright says:

    Philippians 4:13

    I can do everything through him who gives me strenth.

  41. 14441
    Mary Beth says:

    James 4:7 NIV

    Submit yourselves then to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.

  42. 14442
    Lois in Omaha says:

    I am the light of the world whoever
    follows me will not walk in darkness,
    but will have the light of life.
    John 8:12

  43. 14443
    Jan Pierson says:

    Jan from Pekin, IL

    Ps 145:13b NIV

    “The Lord is trustworthy in ALL He promises and faithful in ALL He does.”

  44. 14444
    Jennifer Humphrey says:

    Jen from Round Rock, TX
    Romans 12:15 NIV
    Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

  45. 14445
    Janet says:

    Janet from Richmond, IN

    “We do however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age, who are coming to nothing.” 1 Corinthians 2:6 (NIV)

  46. 14446
    Katresha Taylor,Fishers says:

    Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

    1 Chronicles 16:11 NRSV

  47. 14447
    Amie Martin says:

    Amie Martin (Seymour, TN)

    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

    II Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

  48. 14448
    Frances Tovey, Yonges Island, SC says:

    Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Rev. 3:20, KJV.

  49. 14449
    Lorraine Seguin says:


    I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life. John 8:12 NIV

  50. 14450
    Carol from Pierre, SD says:

    Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the alter? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
    James 2:21-22; NKJV

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