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. 14551
    Lois in Omaha says:

    And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
    And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

  2. 14552
    Janet L. Jackson says:

    Janet from Richmond, IN
    “Cry out for insight and ask for understanding… then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord.” Proverbs 2:3,5 (NLT)

  3. 14553
    Karen Wood says:

    Karen, Nampa, ID, “That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!” Ephesians 1: 15-19 The Message

  4. 14554
    Jan Pierson says:

    Jan from Pekin, IL

    Rom 12:12 TLB

    “Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and prayerful always.”

  5. 14555
    Kathy, Pelham, AL says:

    1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV

    Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

  6. 14556
    Karen Schambach says:

    Karen S, Garnet Valley, PA, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” NIV

  7. 14557
    Andrea, Wichita, KS says:

    She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26 NIV

  8. 14558
    Donna Bright says:

    Proverbs 16:9 NIV

    In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.

  9. 14559
    Evin Fahey says:

    Evin From Fort Worth, Texas

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

  10. 14560
    Joan - Redkey says:

    A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches,
    and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

    Proverbs 22:1 KJ

  11. 14561
    Carol from Pierre, SD says:

    My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

  12. 14562
    Sandy, Pensacola Beach says:

    “He must become greater, I must become less” John 3:30 NIV

  13. 14563
    Carrie Johnson says:

    But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who see what is done in secret, will reward you.

    Matthew 6:3-4

  14. 14564
    Amie Martin says:

    Amie Martin (Seymour, TN)

    “You were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.”

    I Corinthians 6:20 (NIV)

  15. 14565
    Carol (Texas) says:

    “And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”
    Romans 8:27 NIV

  16. 14566
    Johnine Adomitis says:

    Johnine from Murfreesboro, TN
    Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. II Corinthians 9:6 NIV

  17. 14567
    Jennifer Humphrey says:

    Jen from Round Rock, TX

    Galatians 6:1 NIV
    Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.

  18. 14568
    Whitney says:

    Whitney; Russellville, TN; All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace. Isaiah 54:13. TNIV

  19. 14569
    Michelle Jones says:

    Michelle Jones, Jacksonville, FL

    Matthew 6:30 KJV

    Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

  20. 14570
    Shari says:

    The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
    1 Samuel 2:6 ESV

  21. 14571
    Elaine Flowers, Royse City,Tx says:

    James 1:21 NIV
    Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you which can save you

  22. 14572
    Shannon says:

    Shannon from Misawa, Japan

    Hebrews 4:16

    Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

  23. 14573
    Rachel Roy says:

    Rachel from Woodstock, GA

    But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 NASB

  24. 14574
    Lois in Omaha says:

    For it is by grace you have been saved,
    through faith–and this not from yourselves,
    it is a gift of God.
    Eph, 2:8

  25. 14575
    Andrea, Wichita, KS says:

    Do not let 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. Ephesians 4:29 NIV

  26. 14576
    Janice Pierson says:

    Jan from Pekin, IL

    Zechariah 4:6b NIV

    Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty.

  27. 14577
    Kathy from Pelham, AL says:

    Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!
    1 Chronicles 16:8 ESV

  28. 14578
    Carol from Pierre, SD says:

    James 3:3-5 NKJV

    Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boosts great things.

  29. 14579
    Donna Bright says:

    Proverbs 8:35 NIV

    For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord.

  30. 14580
    Janet L. Jackson says:

    Janet from Richmond, IN
    “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT)

  31. 14581
    Karen Schambach says:

    Karen S, Garnet Valley, PA, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 NIV

  32. 14582
    Evin Fahey says:

    Evin From Fort Worth, Texas

    But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

    Micah 7:7

  33. 14583
    Jennifer Humphrey says:

    Jen from Round Rock, TX

    Galatians 6:2 NIV
    Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

  34. 14584
    Amie Martin says:

    Amie Martin (Seymour, TN)

    “But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength.”
    2 Timothy 4:17a (NLT)

  35. 14585
    Frances Tovey, Yonges Island says:

    This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5, ESV.

  36. 14586
    Sandy, Pensacola Beach says:

    “I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2 NIV

  37. 14587
    Sharon Hardin says:

    Sharon in Florien, LA: Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)

  38. 14588
    Mary hall says:

    Psalms 73:26
    My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart,
    my portion forever.

  39. 14589
    Marilyn Moore says:

    Psalm 68:19 Praise be th the Lord, to God our Savior who daily bears our burdens.

    Psalm 68:19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.

  40. 14590
    Karen Wood says:

    Karen, Nampa, ID “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

  41. 14591
    Jan Pierson says:

    Jan from Pekin, IL

    Ps 92:2 Living Bible

    Every morning tell Him, “Thank you for your kindness”, and every evening rejoice in all His faithfulness.

  42. 14592
    Sandy Maeda says:

    Sandy from Hygiene Colorado. Psalm 107:1 “Give thanks to the LORD for He is good; His love endures forever.” (NIV)

  43. 14593
    Lois in Omaha says:

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

  44. 14594
    Rachel Roy says:

    Rachel from Woodstock, GA

    In peace I will lie down and sleep,for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8


  45. 14595
    Frances Tovey, Yonges Island, SC says:

    Then He said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel:”Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts. Zech 4:6, ESV.

  46. 14596
    Sandy, Pensacola Beach says:

    “..the Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b (NIV)

  47. 14597
    Donna Bright says:

    Hebrews 11:1 NIV
    Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

  48. 14598
    Karen Schambach says:

    Karen S, Garnet Valley, PA, “And everyone who calls on the name of The Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:21 NIV

  49. 14599
    Lee says:

    Lee from IN, ESV, Psalm 116:1 I love the Lord for He heard my voice, He heard my cry for mercy.

  50. 14600
    Leigh says:

    “I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2 NIV


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