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. 14801
    paulette smith says:

    I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14. NIV.

  2. 14802
    Cheryl McGee says:

    Cheryl from Greenfield, Ohio
    “And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 (NLT)

    • 14802.1
      Ann Smith says:

      Ann from Christiansburg Virginia: And whatever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, givivg thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17

  3. 14803
    Regina says:

    Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans NIV Proverbs 16:3

  4. 14804
    Regina says:

    Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans NIV Proverbs 16:3

  5. 14805
    Sandy says:

    Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you NIV 2 Cor 13

  6. 14806
    Janice says:

    “Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and keep oneself from being polluted by the world” james 1:27 NIV

  7. 14807
    Helen Reas says:

    Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 NIV

  8. 14808
    Ruby Lewis says:

    For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

    2 Timothy 1:7 NKJ

  9. 14809
    Marion Sullivan says:

    Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Psalms 51:7 NIV

  10. 14810
    Betty Koolhaas says:

    Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans. NIV Proverbs 16:3

  11. 14811
    Ellie says:

    ellie, windsor, co; “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
    I Thessalonians 5:18 ESV

  12. 14812
    Tiffany Jones says:

    Tiffany, Portola CA,
    “So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.” Genesis 6:22 NLT

  13. 14813
    Sharon Oaks says:

    Sharon Oaks, Orange Park, Florida

    “Cause me to hear Your loving kindness in the morning,
    For in You do I trust;
    Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
    For I lift up my soul to you.”
    Psalms 143:8 (New King James Version)

  14. 14814
    Judith Chesla says:

    Judy, Lino Lakes, Minnesota.
    Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
    Colossians 3:17 NAS

  15. 14815
    Martha says:

    Martha from Pasadena, Texas, Finally brothers, 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. Philippians 4:8 NIV

  16. 14816
    Cindy Johnson says:

    Cindy from Mooorhead, MN
    ” I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.
    Phillipians 4:13. NIV

  17. 14817
    Jill Mlakar says:

    Jill from Bainbridge Twp, Ohio, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

  18. 14818
    Shirley, Wasilla, Alaska says:

    The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
    The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?
    Psalm 27:1 NIV

  19. 14819
    kim says:

    Zechariah 4:6 (NCV) You will not succeed by your own power, but by my spirit, says the Lord All-powerful.
    Kim-Huntington Beach, CA

  20. 14820
    Karen Ramsey says:

    Karen Ramsey, Varina, Virgina – Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 NIV

  21. 14821
    Kathy from Columbus, OH says:

    “Give thanks to The Lord, for he is good; his
    love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

  22. 14822
    Marcia B Jackson says:

    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. Jeremiah 29:11. NIV.

  23. 14823
    Lesa Price says:

    Lesa Price from Pensacola, Florida “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:5 NAS

  24. 14824
    Rahbin Rae says:

    Rahbin Rae, San Clemente, CA
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Phil 4:6 (NIV)

  25. 14825
    Nanette Bevers says:

    Nanette, San Antonio, TX – The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. Psalm 28:7 NLT

  26. 14826
    Loretta says:

    Loretta from Stanchfield, Minnesota

    For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

    2 Timothy 1:7 NKJ

  27. 14827
    Cherie Thomas says:

    Cherie Thomas,Port Charlotte, Fl.- “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 (NIV)

  28. 14828
    Hannah Minjeur says:

    Hannah. Richland MI

    Isaiah 40:31 NIV

    “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.”

  29. 14829
    Kathy says:

    Give thanks to The Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV

  30. 14830
    Misty Moon says:

    Misty, Tuscaloosa, AL “You crown your year with bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance.” Psalm 65:11 NIV

  31. 14831
    Morgan Watson says:

    I would like to join!

  32. 14832
    Rebekah says:

    Neh 6:3 So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and come down to you?” HCSB

  33. 14833
    Sandra Mills says:

    Sandra Mills from DeBary, FL: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT. God has a purpose for me!

  34. 14834
    Betty Suber says:

    Betty Suber from DeBary, FL: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone. The new is here.” Corinthians 5:17 NIV.

  35. 14835
    Bethany says:

    Terre Haute, Indiana. “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.” Psalm 84:5, NIV

  36. 14836
    Sharon Hanson says:

    In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Eph 4:26

  37. 14837
    Elizabeth Oehler says:

    Elizabeth Oehler from Kerrville, Texas “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

  38. 14838
    Carol Winkles says:

    Carol Winkles, Sharpsburg, GA Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” NKJV

  39. 14839
    Debra Walker says:

    Fresno, Ca.
    “Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh,….”
    Jonah 3:1-2 ESV

  40. 14840
    Larraine Reeves says:

    Larraine Reeves, Amarillo, TX – “Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.” Philippians 4:8. NIV

  41. 14841
    Debie says:

    Debie San Jose, CA

    Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    And do not lean on your own understanding.
    In all your ways acknowledge Him,
    And He will make your paths straight.

  42. 14842
    Susan Moreno says:

    Isaiah 61:3

  43. 14843
    Renee Rider says:

    PSALM 119:10 AMP
    With my whole heart have I sought You, inquiring for and of You and yearning for You; Oh, let me not wander or step aside [either in ignorance or willfully] from Your commandments. [II Chron. 15:15.]

  44. 14844
    Vee Ann Prevo says:

    Vee Ann Prevo from Aurora, MO –
    “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3 (NIV)

  45. 14845
    Pam says:

    Pam from Thomaston, GA: “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV)

  46. 14846
    Janet Duerksen says:

    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 descendents. Isaiah 44:3 (NIV)

  47. 14847
    Rachel says:

    Rachel; Rocky Ford, Colorado
    “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.”
    Proverbs 30:5. NKJV

  48. 14848
    Nancy sanders says:

    This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel says: in repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength. Isaiah 30:15 Hcsb

  49. 14849
    Kelli says:

    Kelli, Bowling Green, KY
    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8

  50. 14850
    Polly Snyder says:

    Polly Snyder from Mission Viejo, Ca. “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

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