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. 14651
    Shari says:

    He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail.
    1Samuel 2:9

  2. 14652
    Shari says:

    The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.
    I Samuel 2:10

  3. 14653
    Marsha says:

    I will praise you as long as I live and in your name I will lift up my hands. Psalm 63:4 NIV

  4. 14654
    Liz says:

    Liz Nashua, NH
    Hebrews 10:22 NIV
    “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscious and having or bodies washed with pure water.”

  5. 14655
    Mary Beth FLoyd says:

    Mary Beth from Bristol, TN: “Get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to–the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, and you must put on the new self, which is created in God’s likeness.” Ephesians 4:22-24 GNT

  6. 14656
    Ramona says:

    Ramona, Great Falls, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God” John 1:1 NET

  7. 14657
    Cindy Jones says:

    Cindy, Independence MO NKJV Psalm 30:11-12
    “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
    You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
    12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever”.

  8. 14658
    Debbie Heaton says:

    Clinton, TN
    HCSB Psalm133:1
    How good and pleasant it is when brothers can live together!

  9. 14659
    Debbie Heaton says:

    Clinton, TN
    HCSB Psalm140:1
    Rescue me Lord, from evil men. Keep me safe from violent men.

  10. 14660
    Sara G says:

    Sara G., Plymouth, IN

    Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.

    Psalm 119:18 (NIV)

  11. 14661
    Nancy Garringer says:

    Nancy, Redkey, IN

    I delight greatly in the Lord my soul rejoices in my God for he clothes me with garments of salvation and arrays me in a robe of righteousness as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest and as the bride adorns herself with her jewels.

    Isaiah 61:10 (NIV)

  12. 14662
    Stephanie Knight says:

    Stephanie Knight
    Waynesboro, MS

    “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift” Eph 2:8 HCSB

  13. 14663
    Joey says:

    Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God, believe also
    In Me. In my Fathers house are many mansions. If it were
    Not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you,
    and if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and
    Receive you unto myself that where I am ye may be also.

    John 14:1-3

  14. 14664
    Amie Martin says:

    Amie Martin (Seymour, TN)

    “See, I am doing a new thing!” Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert & streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)

  15. 14665
    Debbie says:

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV

  16. 14666
    Carol says:

    “Dear children let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence whenever our hearts condemn us. FOR GOD IS GREATER THAN OUR HEARTS, AND HE KNOWS EVERYTHING.”
    I John 3:18-20

  17. 14667
    Kaitlin says:

    “You have not seen Christ, but you still love him. You cannot see him now, but you believe in Him. So, are filled with a joy that cannot be explained, a joy full of glory.” 1 Peter 1:1-8

  18. 14668
    Dawn says:


    Spokane WA

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

  19. 14669

    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. (Lamentations 3:22, 23 NIV)

  20. 14670
    Brandie says:

    Hattiesburg, Mississippi
    “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34 ESV)

  21. 14671
    Rachel says:

    For no word from God will ever fail. Luke 1:37 NIV

  22. 14672
    Rachel says:

    Ponchatoula, LA

  23. 14673
    Morgan whobrey says:

    But He answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” Matthew 4:4

  24. 14674
    Irene Gonzalez says:

    I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust”

    Psalm 91:2 NIV

  25. 14675
    Kerri says:

    Ephesians 3:16-19 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge -that you may be filled to the measure of all fullness of God.

  26. 14676
    Trena says:

    Trena says;

    Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy- to the only
    God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and aurhority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages now and forevermore! Amen

    Jude 1_24-25 NIV

  27. 14677
    Trena says:

    Trena of Plano Texas says:

    Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy- to the only
    God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and aurhority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages now and forevermore! Amen

    Jude 1: 24-25 NIV

  28. 14678
    Michelle says:

    Michelle -Vicksburg, MS
    You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3 NIV

  29. 14679
    Ashly Black says:

    “For I know the plans I have for you, ” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give your a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

  30. 14680
    Annette says:

    Fort Wayne. 1 Thess. 5:16 (NIV) “Rejoice always,”

  31. 14681
    Shilo says:

    So do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
    Matthew 6; 34 NASB

  32. 14682
    Wanda says:

    Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.

    Psalms 91:14 NASB

  33. 14683
    sarah says:

    Psalm 55:22 cast your burden on the Lord and
    He will sustain you.he will never
    Permit the righteous to be moved.

  34. 14684
    angela says:

    Romans 8:28 niv
    And we know that in all things God works for th good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose

  35. 14685
    Crystal says:

    Psalms 6:2-3 NIV
    Be merciful to me O Lord for I am faint
    O Lord heal me for my bones are in agony my soul in anguish
    how long O Lord how long?

  36. 14686
    Melina says:

    Melina from Sydney, Australia.

    “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it. I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.”

    Jeremiah 33:6 NIV

  37. 14687
    Tiffany says:

    Tiffany from Oceanside,ca
    Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV

    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

  38. 14688
    Tammy White of Orange Park, Fl says:

    Turn to freedom our captivity and restore our fortunes, O Lord, as the streams in the South (the Negeb) [are restored by the torrents].

    Psalm 126:4 AMP

  39. 14689
    Lauren says:

    And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 NIV

  40. 14690
    Kristi Rice of Orange Park, Florida says:

    “So do not fear, for I am with you;do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
    Isaiah 41:10 NIV

  41. 14691
    monica says:

    Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gifts of God,which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

    2 Timothy 1:6 kjv

  42. 14692
    courtney says:

    Courtney, Greencastle PA, Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
    The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you, he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

  43. 14693
    Charlene, sydney, Australia says:

    The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14 NIV

  44. 14694
    Amber Meyer says:

    I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust”

    Psalm 91:2 NIV

  45. 14695
    Season says:

    Season Cromwell from Maryland
    1st Peter 5:10 New King James Version But may the God of all Grace who called us to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while perfect establish strengthen and settle you

  46. 14696
    Mireya says:

    Neat blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog stand out.

    Please let me know where you got your theme. Bless you

  47. 14697
    sherry says:

    For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (cowardice of craven and ccringing and fawning fear, but he has given us a spirit of power of love and of a calm and well balanced mind and discipline and self control. 2 timothy 1:7 Amp

  48. 14698

    Deborah, from Hiddenite, NC.

    If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be giveth him.

    James 1: 5. KJV.

  49. 14699
    Kathy Porter says:

    Kathy, from Las Cruces, NM

    “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. ” – – Psalm 139:14, NIV

  50. 14700
    Wendy Hodges says:

    Wendy, from Davenport, Iowa
    “I saw the Lord always before me, because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body will also live in hope. Because you will not abandon me to the grave or let your holy one see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.” Acts 2:25-28, NIV

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