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. 14501
    Marsha says:

    The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. Zeph. 3:17 NIV

  2. 14502
    Karen Buchanan says:

    Karen Buchanan, Dover, AR. KJV Psalms 91:11 “For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”

  3. 14503
    Sara Arnett says:

    Sara from Jackson Michigan, 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

  4. 14504
    Lorraine Seguin says:

    Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you! Isaiah 60:1 NIV

  5. 14505
    Marilyn Moore says:

    The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Numbers 6:25-26 NKJV

  6. 14506
    Gina says:

    Gina, Edmond, OK But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33 NIV)

  7. 14507
    Derek says:

    Derek, Edmond, OK, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1 NIV)

  8. 14508
    Carol (Texas) says:

    10/1 Verse — a little early
    “When the cares of my heart are many, Your consolations cheer my soul” Psalm 94:19 (ESV)
    ….memorizing in ESV but also love the NLT, “When doubts filled my mind, Your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.”

  9. 14509
    Ruth says:

    Ruth, Odin, IL
    “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
    -Romans 8:1 (NIV84)

  10. 14510
    Becca says:

    “Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers. For thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
    Hebrews 13:1-2, ESV

  11. 14511
    Leslie Tatum says:

    NIV “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love hi, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

  12. 14512
    Diana Mielecki says:

    Exodus 23:25 “And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and Heshall bless they bread, and they water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.” KJV

  13. 14513
    Karen Schambach says:

    Karen S, Garent Valley, PA, “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” 1Peter 3:9 NIV

  14. 14514
    Lois in Omaha says:

    It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm,
    then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again
    by a yoke of slavery.
    Gal. 5:1

  15. 14515
    Jan Pierson says:

    from Jan in Pekin, IL

    Heb 11:1 NIV

    “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

  16. 14516
    Janet says:

    Janet from Richmond, IN

    But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. 1 Corinthians 6:17 (NLT)

  17. 14517
    Evin Fahey says:

    Evin from Fort Worth, Texas

    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.

    Isaiah 55:8

  18. 14518
    Anita Ray says:

    Amarillo, Texas

    Blessed are those who are persecuted because of
    righteousness, for their’s is the kingdom
    of heaven.

    Matthew 5:10

  19. 14519
    Amie Martin says:

    Amie Martin (Seymour, TN)

    “O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety.”
    Psalm 61:1-3 NLT

  20. 14520
    Carol from Pierre, SD says:

    Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
    James 2:25-26 NKJV

  21. 14521
    Frances Tovey, Yonges Island, SC says:

    And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:12, ESV.

  22. 14522
    Morgan Shook says:

    Morgan, Commerce TX
    We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love Him. They are the people called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 international children’s Bible

  23. 14523
    Lucette Juillette says:

    Lucette from Thunder Bay, Ontario :
    Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thess. 5: 16-17 NKJV)

  24. 14524
    Tiffany says:

    Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. NKJV 1 Thess 5: 16-17

  25. 14525
    Kathy, Pelham AL says:

    Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.

    Ps 116:7 NIV

  26. 14526
    Angela Marshall says:

    The spirit of the sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release of darkness for the prisoners. Isaiah 61:1 NIV

  27. 14527
    Selina says:

    Selina from Aberdeen, Ohio. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 NKJV

  28. 14528
    Marilyn Moore says:

    The LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Numbers 6:25-26

  29. 14529
    Carrie Johnson says:

    He must be greater, I must become less. John 3:30 NIV

  30. 14530
    Nicole Gear says:

    Nikki Gear, Odessa, MO
    A sound heart is life to the body,
    But envy is rottenness to the bones.
    Proverbs 14:30 NKJV

  31. 14531
    Marsha says:

    The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deut.33:27 NKJV

  32. 14532
    Diane Wadsworth says:

    Diane Wadsworth, Pleasant Grove, Alabama
    For September 15, 2013
    Hebrews 10:23, NLT
    “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.”

  33. 14533
    Diane Wadsworth says:

    Diane Wadsworth, Pleasant Grove, Alabama
    For October 1, 2013

    Psalm 34:7, NASB
    “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him and rescues them.”

  34. 14534
    Darci says:

    Chattanooga, TN God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Ps 46:1 KJV

  35. 14535
    Kim, San Angelo says:

    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 NIV

  36. 14536
    Cherry from Philly says:

    And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. (1 Kings 19:11, 12 ESV)

  37. 14537
    Emilie Anne says:

    Emilie from France,
    “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:2-3 NKJV

  38. 14538
    Shari says:

    And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; my horn is exulted in the Lord. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation.”
    1 Samuel 2:1 ESV

  39. 14539
    Shari says:

    “There is none holy like The Lord: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.
    1 Samuel 2:2 ESV

  40. 14540
    Shari says:

    “Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
    1 Samuel 2:3 ESV

  41. 14541
    Shari says:

    “The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength.
    1 Samuel 2:4 ESV

  42. 14542
    Shari says:

    “Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn.
    1 Samuel 2:5 ESV

  43. 14543
    Nesha says:

    Nesha Vest, Mechanicsville VA

    ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.’ John 14:1 NIV

  44. 14544
    Debbie Heaton says:

    HCSB Psalm 42:1
    As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, God.

  45. 14545
    Debbie Heaton says:

    HCSB Psalm 60:1
    God, you have rejected us; You have broken out against us; You have been angry. Restore us!

  46. 14546
    Emilie says:

    Emilie Eaton, IN
    Proverbs 25:19 NIV
    Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.

  47. 14547
    Marilyn Moore says:

    Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

  48. 14548
    Patty Lockstedt says:

    James 4:7-8, Submit yourselves therefore to God.Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God , and he will draw nigh to you.Cleanse your hands,ye sinners;and purify your hearts, ye double minded.KJV ,Life Application Study Bible.

  49. 14549
    Diana Mielecki says:

    Joshua 1:9 NRSV The Lord said to Joshua, “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismagyed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

  50. 14550
    J.J. Ehr says:

    J.J. Ehr, Longmont, CO
    Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
    12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

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