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. 14701
    Susan Hall says:

    We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
    2 Corinthians 10:5 NASB

  2. 14702
    martha says:

    Psalms 119:9

    Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee.


  3. 14703
    Natalie says:

    now to him who is able to do in measurably more than all we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20NIV

  4. 14704
    Teresa says:

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV
    Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

  5. 14705
    Theresa says:

    Deuteronomy 28:2
    All These blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:

  6. 14706
    Mary says:

    Psalm 34:15 ESV

    The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.

  7. 14707
    Christa says:

    2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)
    for God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control.

  8. 14708
    Johnie says:

    Johnie from Zebulon North Carolina, I have hidden your words in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11

    My 1st Verse

  9. 14709
    Fay says:

    You crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance. Psalm 65:11 NIV

  10. 14710
    Crista says:

    Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:5,6

  11. 14711
    Christina says:

    2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)
    for God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control.
    Christina, Princeton,in 🙂 second time seeing this verse, and very much on my heart.

  12. 14712
    Malia Roman says:

    Malia from Oceanside, CA
    May your unfailing love be my comfort according to your promise to your sevant
    Psalm 119:76, NIV

  13. 14713
    Susan says:

    Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of all mercies and the God of all comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3 HCSB

  14. 14714
    Jordyn Merchant says:

    Jordyn Merchant
    Alexandria, Louisiana
    You crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance. Psalm 65:11 NIV

  15. 14715
    Kristin says:

    Whoever tries to make his life secure will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
    Luke 17:33 HCSB

  16. 14716
    Lori G 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. NIV

  17. 14717
    Lori G says:

    Sorry, forgot reference first time. 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

  18. 14718
    Colette Cochran says:

    You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. Psalms 65:11

  19. 14719
    Lori McCullough says:

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
    Galatians 5:22-23

  20. 14720
    Shell says:

    Ps. 119:10 : I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands

  21. 14721
    Shannon says:

    Shannon, Norman OK
    Ezekiel 37:4 Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! 6 I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”NLT

  22. 14722
    Kathryn says:

    Psalm 119:66
    Teach me good judgment, wise and right discernment, and knowledge, for I have believed Your commandments. AMP version

  23. 14723
    Megan Watson says:

    Megan from Dothan, AL
    “My goal is that they be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3 NIV

  24. 14724
    Suzanne Holder says:

    Odessa, FL

    Jeremiah 29:11

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” NIV

  25. 14725
    Kelly Rock says:

    Kelly Rock from Huntsville, Alabama: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.” Philippians 4:6 NLT

  26. 14726
    Meredith Jones says:

    Meredith Jones from Montross, VA
    I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much more fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. “John 15:5”. KJV

  27. 14727
    Susie says:

    Susie from Fayetteville, NC
    “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.” Isaiah 44:3 NIV

  28. 14728
    Elaine says:

    Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6 NLT

  29. 14729
    Marty Nunemaker says:

    Marty Nunemaker from Pine Island, MN ” 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. ” Eph. 4:29 NIV

  30. 14730
    Christy Billingsley says:

    Christy Billingsley from Terry, MS “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV

  31. 14731
    Marilyn from Snellville, Ga says:

    2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

  32. 14732
    Patti Knobbe says:

    Patti Knobbe from West Point, NE “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 NIV

  33. 14733
    Shelly says:

    Shelly from Reed City, MI. “O’ Loard, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous thins, thins planned long ago.” Isaiah 25:1 NIV

  34. 14734
    Jeanne Truman says:

    Jeanne from Kennebunkport, ME. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

  35. 14735
    Linda Ney says:

    Linda Ney from Gahanna, Ohio

    Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.

    Psalm 71:18 NIV

  36. 14736
    Naj says:

    Naj Woodstock,GA
    Colossians 3:1 NIV
    Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

  37. 14737
    Jeanne from Kennebunkport, ME says:

    Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

    Proverbs 16:3. NIV

  38. 14738
    D'Anne Peek says:

    Williamson, Georgia

    CSB(R) translation

    Psalm 62:6

    He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken.

  39. 14739
    Rosemary Asheville NC says:

    Psalm 23:1
    The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
    I’m a new Christian and my conviction came from the 23rd Psalm April 3rd 2014.

  40. 14740
    Timarie says:

    Colfax, CA

    Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
    -Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

  41. 14741
    Toni says:

    Psalm 86:11 NIV

    Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name

  42. 14742
    Ava Baker says:

    Philippians 4:4-7 NIV
    4) Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.
    5) Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
    6)Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
    7)And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus!!!!

  43. 14743
    Lori from Molena, Ga says:

    And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
    1 John 4:16

  44. 14744
    Jan says:

    Ephesians 5:2 NASB
    Walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

  45. 14745
    Lorie Torres says:

    Lorie Torres from Ooltewah Tn. Now may the lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every sistuation. 2 Thessalonians 3:16. NLT

  46. 14746
    Kimberlee Puhrmann says:

    Newell, IA

    “Be joyful always; Pray continually; Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will in Christ Jesus.

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

  47. 14747
    Patti Fulks says:

    Trust that God’s plans will always be better than your own!
    Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)

  48. 14748
    Lanise says:

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

  49. 14749
    Dana says:

    Dana, Mesa, AZ “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” NIV

  50. 14750
    Ingrid johnson says:

    “And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace” RSV

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