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. 14751
    Linda R, Rockford,Il says:

    “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” ESV Romans8

  2. 14752
    Heather says:

    Heather, Ooltewah, TN. “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.” Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)

  3. 14753
    Martha Blacklock says:

    Martha from Lubbock, Texas

    “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.”

    Jer. 29:11 NIV

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      Jeanne Ainsworth says:

      Jeanne from Morgantown, WV

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

  4. 14754
    Sue says:

    For the Lord is good, His unfailing love endures forever and His faithfulness continues to all generations. ps.100:5

  5. 14755
    joy Wilson says:

    Psalm 145:18 NIV
    The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth

  6. 14756
    Patti, Deer Park, Texas says:

    Psalm 46:10 NIV
    He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

  7. 14757
    Marilyn says:

    “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” Philippines 4:8 NIV

  8. 14758
    Renate (Hap :) Madison says:

    “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” 1Cor 14:33a NIV

  9. 14759
    Kim says:

    “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV

  10. 14760
    Emily says:

    “My God Is my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold , my refuge, and my Savior from violent men you save me” –2 Samuel 22:3 NIV

  11. 14761
    Judy Kunce says:

    Judy Kunce, Hoopeston, Illinois

    “I went to Yahweh for help. He answered me and rescued me from all my fears.”
    Ps. 34:4 The Names of God Bible

  12. 14762
    Jeri Lawrence says:

    Jeri- Seymour, TX
    “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.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

  13. 14763
    Gretchen Sienicki says:

    “But God, who is abundant in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. By grace you are saved!” Ephesians 2:4-5 HCSB

  14. 14764
    lisa says:

    Psalm 145:18 NIV
    The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth

  15. 14765
    Debbie Smith says:

    Westerville Ohio

    John 1:1 EST
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

  16. 14766
    Georgetta Stambaugh says:

    Jeremiah 17: 7-8 (NIV)
    But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.

  17. 14767
    Joan says:

    Ps. 65:11 You crown the year with Your good blessings, and You leave abundance in Your wake. NET

  18. 14768
    Thanh Boyer says:

    Thanh Boyer
    Madison, AL

    “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.”

    Phil 4:6 NLT

  19. 14769
    Sheri Waddell says:

    Sheri from Waverly, Ohio For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NKJV

  20. 14770
    Sandra Goolsby, Conroe,Texas says:

    Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 NIV

  21. 14771
    Jeanie Quintero says:

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

  22. 14772
    Renee says:

    Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3 NIV

  23. 14773
    Roison Williams says:

    Philippians 4:13

    I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

  24. 14774
    Julie Peaden says:

    Julie Peaden, Destin, FL
    In the morning O LORD, you hear my voice: in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3 NIV

  25. 14775
    Stephanie Sloan says:

    Stephanie, Warrior, AL: “The Lord is my strength and song and He has become my salvation; He is my God and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.” Exodus 15:2, NKJ

  26. 14776
    Lindsey Russell says:

    Lindsey from Aledo, IL

    “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” -Romans 12:2 NLT

  27. 14777
    Theresa says:

    Theresa, Cannon Falls, MN: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him,and he will make your paths straight”Proverbs 3: 5-6 NIV

  28. 14778
    Debbie Rissmiller says:

    Debbie Rissmiller, West Lawn PA “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5 ESV

  29. 14779
    Angella Keel says:

    Angella Keel, Chattanooga, TN
    But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭40‬:‭31‬ NIV)

  30. 14780
    Barb Wittmer says:

    Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
    Matthew 6:25. NIV

  31. 14781
    Sharon; Lawton,Ok says:

    3 You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.
    4 Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
    Isaiah 26:3-4 NIV

  32. 14782
    Renea says:

    Renea from Marcus, Iowa says: Jeremiah 29:10b ” I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. v11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 20:10b-11 NLT

  33. 14783
    Nicole Clemons says:

    Clearfield, PA

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

  34. 14784
    Crystal from Winnipeg says:

    Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeing whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:6-8 (NKJV)

  35. 14785
    carolyn williams says:

    God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalms 46, 1

  36. 14786
    Jordyn Merchant says:

    Jordyn Merchant, Alexandria, Louisiana

    “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” Ephesians 2:19 ESV

  37. 14787
    Taryn says:

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

    • 14787.1
      kathleen jackson says:

      Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to the Father for everything in the name of our God Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:17 NIV

  38. 14788
    Paula says:

    Paula from Houston Texas
    Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.
    Mark 11:25 NAS

  39. 14789
    Ann Smith says:

    Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, – Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

  40. 14790
    Nancy Brownlee says:

    Friendswood, Texas. “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” Romans 12:18 NAS

  41. 14791
    shannon says:

    Psalms 34:18 HCSB

    The Lord is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit.

  42. 14792
    Heather Lamp says:

    Heather Lamp, York, SC
    My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.
    Psalm 27:8 NIV

  43. 14793
    Teena McCune says:

    Teena, Houston, TX~Iam crucified with Christ:nevertheless I live; yet not I, buy Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. KJV

  44. 14794
    Cathy says:

    Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

  45. 14795
    Renee, Harrison, TN says:

    Proverbs 3:5-6 Turst in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on his own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

  46. 14796

    Hollie, Winston-Salem, N.C. – Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24 ESV

  47. 14797
    Midge Miller says:

    Midge Miller, Snellville, GA–Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves resets between His shoulders. Deuternomy 33:12 NIV

  48. 14798
    Sherry S says:

    Sherry S, Louisville, KY: “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.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

  49. 14799
    Lisa Eads says:

    Lisa from Plainfield, Indiana
    The they cried out to the Lord in their trouble and he delivered them from their distress. Psalm 107:6. NIV

  50. 14800
    Carol Sullivan says:

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

    • 14800.1
      Carol Sullivan says:

      Appleton Wisconsin

    • 14800.2
      Cindy says:

      Cindy, Rockford, IL. “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 (NIV)

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