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. 14451
    Andrea, Wichita, KS says:

    Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Psalm 105:4 NIV

  2. 14452
    Karen Schambach says:

    Karen S,Garnet Valley, PA, “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23 NIV

  3. 14453
    Sandy, Pensacola Beach says:

    “I am the Way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6 (NIV)

  4. 14454
    Kris, Long Grove, IL says:

    Do not repay evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.

    Romans 12:17 NIV

  5. 14455
    Elaine Flowers Royse City Texas says:

    James 1:19 NIV
    My dear brothers take note of this:
    Everyone should be quick to listen
    slow to speak and
    slow to become angry

  6. 14456
    Marsha says:

    Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22 NIV

  7. 14457
    Evin Fahey says:

    Evin from Fort Worth, Texas

    Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

    2 Corinthians 4:16

  8. 14458
    Evin Fahey says:

    Evin from Fort Worth, Texas

    For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

    2 Corinthians 4:17

  9. 14459
    Jamie says:

    Jamie, Roswell, NM, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perserverence.” James1:2,3, NIV

  10. 14460
    Kathy in Pelham Alabama says:

    Give them wisdom so that they can clearly see and really understand who Christ is and all that He did for them.

    Ephesians 1:16-17 (TLB)

  11. 14461
    Holly says:

    Holly, Pineville,LA, For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an external glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes on not what us seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen us temporary, but what is unseen us eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NIV

  12. 14462
    Lorraine Seguin says:

    Whether you turn to the right or left, your ears will hear
    a voice behind your, saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 NIV

  13. 14463
    Lorraine Seguin says:

    Lorraine,Ontario, Canada
    Whether you turn to the right or left, your ears will hear
    a voice behind your, saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 NIV

  14. 14464
    julie williams says:

    Because when all is said and done, the last word is Immanuel — God-With-Us!
    Is: 8:10b. The Message

  15. 14465
    Esther, Valencia, CA says:

    “What God has planned for people who love him is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard.It has never even entered our minds” 1 Corinthians 2:9

  16. 14466
    Jill Keske says:

    July 15, 2013 – Verse

    Jeremiah 17:7
    But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord whose confidence is in him – NIV

  17. 14467
    Jill Keske says:

    August 30, 2013 Verse

    Proverbs 16:18
    Pride goes before destruction a haughty spirit before a fall – NIV

  18. 14468
    Jill Keske says:

    August 15, 2013 -Verse

    Psalm 119:133

    Direct my steps by your word and let no inequity have dominion over me – NIV

  19. 14469
    Jill Keske says:

    Sept 1, 2013 – Verse

    Job 5:17

    Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty – NIV

  20. 14470
    Sheri says:

    2 tim 3:16
    All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

  21. 14471
    Sarah DePoy in Carmel, Indiana says:

    “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law….Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:22-23,25 NIV

    I just joined the blog, PTL! I will do my best to catch up!! 🙂

  22. 14472
    Savannah Shotts says:

    Savannah, Arkadelphia AR
    Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. Matt 5:1-2, NIV

  23. 14473
    Janet says:

    Janet from Richmond, IN
    “Set a guard, Oh Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3 (NIV)

  24. 14474
    Evin Fahey says:

    Evin from Fort Worth, Texas

    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

    1 John 1:9 NIV

  25. 14475
    Debbie Heaton says:

    Clinton, TN
    HCSB Psalm 37:8
    Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated-it can only bring harm.

  26. 14476
    Debbie Heaton says:

    Clinton, TN
    HCSB Psalm 41:1
    Happy is one who cares for the poor; the Lord will save him in a day of adversity.

  27. 14477
    Lois in Omaha says:

    If only you had paid attention to my commands,
    your peace would have been like a river, your
    righteousness like the waves of the sea.

    Isaiah 48:18

  28. 14478
    Carol (Texas) says:

    “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what (I) need and thank Him for all He has done. Then (I) will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything (I) can understand. His peace will guard (my) heart and mind as (I) live in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7 NLT

  29. 14479
    Carol (Texas) says:

    “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
    (this was my 9/1 verse…..I THINK I forgot to post it…..could have though so this could be a duplicate…..oops either way :))

  30. 14480
    Mary Beth says:

    Lamentations 3:22-24 NIV

    Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
    They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
    I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.”

  31. 14481
    Amie Martin says:

    Amie Martin (Seymour, TN)

    “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” (Ephesians 4:2 – NLT)

  32. 14482
    Carol from Pierre, SD says:

    And the scripture was fulfilled which says “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
    James 2:23-24

  33. 14483
    Janice Pierson says:

    Jan from Peoria, IL

    Ps 125:1 TLB “Those who trust in the Lord are steady as Mount Zion, unmoved by any

  34. 14484
    Gail says:

    Gail Tyler,TX
    And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
    Romans 12:2 NKJV

  35. 14485
    Sandy, Pensacola Beach says:

    “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing…” Isaiah 43:18, part of 19 NIV

  36. 14486
    Jennifer Humphrey says:

    Jen from Round Rock, TX

    Proverbs 27:17 NIV
    As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

  37. 14487
    Alice Swearingen says:

    2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV
    “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

  38. 14488
    Kathy from Pelham Alabama says:

    In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength
    Isaiah 30:15 NIV

  39. 14489
    Carrie Johnson says:

    Be Strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

    Joshua 1:9 NIV

  40. 14490
    Karen Schambach says:

    Karen S, Garnet Valley, PA, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 NIV

  41. 14491
    Karen says:

    Karen, Nampa, ID, ” for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” I Peter 1:16 NIV

  42. 14492
    Andrea says:

    Knoxville. I will remember the deeds of The Lord ; yes, I will remember Your miracles of long ago. Psalms 77:11

  43. 14493
    Donna Bright says:

    Colossians 3:23 NIV

    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.

  44. 14494
    Elaine Flowers, Royse City,Tx says:

    James 1:20 NIV
    For mans anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires

  45. 14495
    Karen Mceathron says:

    Karen,Oconomowoc Wi…..I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead.I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death.(Philippeans 3:10 NLT)

  46. 14496
    Karen Mceathron says:

    Karen( Oconomowoc,Wi). I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him,sharing in His Death..Philippeans 3:10 NLT

  47. 14497
    Kris, Long Grove, IL says:

    If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everybody

    Romans 12:18

  48. 14498
    Andrea, Wichita, KS says:

    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 NIV

  49. 14499
    Frances Tovey, Yonges Island, SC says:

    For thus says the Lord: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken, and the prey of the tyrant rescued, for I will contend with those who contend with you, and I will save your children.” Isaiah 49:25, ESV.

  50. 14500
    Shannon says:

    Shannon (super-late-comer!) Houston, TX

    Jeremiah 17:7
    But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord whose confidence is in him – NIV

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