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. 14601
    Carol (Texas) says:

    “Trust in the LORD and do good: dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.”
    Psalm 37:3 (ESV)

  2. 14602
    Carol (Texas) says:

    “Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
    Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

  3. 14603
    Bree says:

    Isaiah 30:21 and whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you: “This is the way. Walk in it.” HCSB

  4. 14604
    Julia (Michigan) says:

    Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
    Psalm 90:12 NIV

  5. 14605
    Carol from Pierre, SD says:

    James 3:5b-6
    See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.

  6. 14606
    Robin Crawford says:

    Robin from Alta Loma, CA
    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 (NIV)

  7. 14607
    Frances Tovey, Yonges Island, SC says:

    Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4:16, ESV.

  8. 14608
    Andrea, Wichita,KS says:

    My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.
    Psalm 139:15-16 NIV

  9. 14609
    Jennifer Humphrey says:

    Jen from Round Rock, TX

    Galatians 6:3, NIV
    If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.

  10. 14610
    Stephanie says:

    My name is Stephanie, I live in Pauls Valley, Ok. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” . John 3:16 NIV

  11. 14611
    Marsha says:

    Therefore if the son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:36 NKJV

  12. 14612
    Kathy from Pelham AL says:

    Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You, who walk in the light of Your presence, O Lord. They rejoice in Your name all day long; they exult in Your righteousness.

    Psalm 89:15-16 NIV

  13. 14613
    Debbie Heaton says:

    Debbie from Clinton, TN
    Psalm 71:17 HCSB
    God, You have taught me from my youth, and I still proclaim Your wonderful works.

  14. 14614
    Debbie Heaton says:

    Debbie from Clinton, TN
    Psalm 119:105
    Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.

  15. 14615
    Marilyn Moore says:

    Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying ” I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”

  16. 14616
    Janice Pierson says:

    Jan from Pekin, IL

    Matt 1:21 NIV “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,
    because he will save his people from their sins.”

  17. 14617
    Donna Bright says:

    Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

    2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV

  18. 14618
    Jennifer says:

    Jen from Round Rock, TX

    Galatians 6:4
    Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.

  19. 14619
    Kathy from Pelham, AL says:

    For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquities and my guilt, for they are great.

    Psalm 25:11 Amplified

  20. 14620
    Diana Mielecki says:

    Isaiah 44: 3-5 NIV 3″For I will pour water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring and my blessing on your descendants. 4 They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing springs. 5 Some will say, ‘I belong to the Lord; others will call themselves by the name of Jacob, still others will write on their hand ‘The Lord’ and will take the name of Israel.”

  21. 14621
    Janet L. Jackson says:

    Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven.
    Daniel 10:12. (NLT)

  22. 14622
    Frances Tovey, Yonges Island, SC says:

    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul, He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23, KJV.

  23. 14623
    Evin Fahey says:

    Evin from Fort Worth, Texas

    Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.

    Proverbs 29:11

  24. 14624
    Evin Fahey says:

    Evin from Fort Worth, Texas

    Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

    Matthew 11:28 NIV

  25. 14625
    Amie Martin says:

    Amie Martin
    Seymour, TN

    “The Lord will work out His plan for my life- for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.”

    Pslam 138:8 (NLT)

  26. 14626
    Carol from Pierre, SD says:

    James 3: 7-8 NKJV
    For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by man kind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

  27. 14627
    Sandy, Pensacola Beach says:

    “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms, He will drive out your enemy before you..” Deuteronomy 33:27 NIV

  28. 14628
    Karen Schambach says:

    Karen S, Garnet Valley, PA, “I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of The Lord.” Psalm 116:17, NIV

  29. 14629
    Carol (Texas) says:

    “Now therefore may it please You to bless the house of Your servant, so that it may continue forever before You. For You, O Lord GOD have spoken and with Your blessing shall the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”
    2 Samuel 7:29 (ESV)

  30. 14630
    Stephanie Arnett says:

    Stephanie, Houston,
    “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.” Psalm 139:1, NIV

  31. 14631
    Melissa says:

    ” Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make ever effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus.” Phillippians 3:12

  32. 14632
    Stacey Emmott says:

    Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the Lord, O’my soul Psalm 103:22 NIV

  33. 14633
    Karol Holifield says:

    “So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it” 2 Cor 5:9/NIV

  34. 14634
    Karen Schambach says:

    Karen S, Garnet Valley, PA, “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34 NIV

  35. 14635
    Janice Pierson says:

    Jan from Pekin, IL

    Luke 2:11 KJV

    “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

  36. 14636
    Jennifer Humphrey says:

    Jen from Round Rock, TX

    Galatians 6:5
    For each one should carry their own load.

  37. 14637
    Sandy says:

    Sandy from Hygiene, CO Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (NIV)
    God bless your Christmas & New Year 2014!

  38. 14638
    Susan From Texas says:

    Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. 2 Corinthians 9:15

  39. 14639
    Carol from Pierre, SD says:

    James 3:9-10 NKJV
    With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

  40. 14640
    Frances, Yonges Island SC says:

    The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14, ESV.

  41. 14641
    Patty Laramore says:

    Patty Laramore, Ada, OK

    For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
    2 Corinthians 4:6-7 NIV

  42. 14642
    Amie Martin says:

    Amie Martin
    Seymour, TN

    “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

    (John 8:12 NLT)

  43. 14643
    Janet L. Jackson says:

    Janet from Richmond, IN:

    “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it.” Psalm 139:14 (NLT)

  44. 14644
    Donna Bright says:

    Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

    2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV

  45. 14645
    Evin Fahey says:

    Evin from Fort Worth, Texas,

    Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

    Matthew 11:29-30 NIV

  46. 14646
    Sandy, Pensacola Beach says:

    “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders, and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

  47. 14647
    Stephanie Moffatt says:

    Stephanie. Hamburg,Ar. Verse 24

  48. 14648
    Beth M - Atlanta, GA says:

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and He will direct your paths.” Prov. 3:5-6

  49. 14649
    Beth M - Atlanta, GA says:

    “The kingdom of god is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy spirit”. Romans 14:17

  50. 14650
    Karen Buchanan says:

    Karen Buchanan, Dover, AR. KJV Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

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