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. 14851
    Saundra says:

    Saundra from Buda, Texas
    For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Jeremiah 29:11 Amp

  2. 14852
    Melissa says:

    Melissa from Marble, Arkansas

    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.

  3. 14853
    Lucille says:

    Lucille Cookeville,TN. II Samuel 22:10. He parted the Heavens and came down, dark clouds Were under his feet. NIV

  4. 14854
    Alet du Preez says:

    Alet, Auckland, New Zealand
    He will turn his attention to the prayers of those who have been abandoned. He will not despise their prayers. Psalm 102:17 (NOG)

  5. 14855
    Jill says:

    Jill, Newport, Tennessee: Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 NASB

  6. 14856
    Michelle says:

    Michelle Lundgren, Boone, N.C. – “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, Oh Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 NKJV

  7. 14857
    Lynda says:

    Lynda from Dallas, Texas. The steadfast love of the L-RD never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 RSV

  8. 14858
    Jill says:

    For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Ps 91:11 ESV

  9. 14859
    Nikki, Savannah, MO says:

    The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 NIV

  10. 14860
    Ann says:

    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 NIV

  11. 14861
    J says:

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

  12. 14862
    Teri knight says:

    Teri Knight, Clayton, NC
    Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God-what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

  13. 14863
    Pam says:

    Pam from Jacksonville, FL
    You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.
    Psalm 30:11 (ESV)

  14. 14864
    Valerie Enns says:

    Isaiah 43:25 NLT
    I- yes I alone am the one who blots out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.

  15. 14865
    Theresa says:

    “So teach us to number our days. That we may present to you a heart of wisdom. Psalms 90:12 NAS
    Theresa, Cypress, Tx

  16. 14866
    Sabrina Dixon says:

    Joshua 1:8
    This book of thy law shall not depart out of thy mouth
    but thy shall meditate therein day and night :that thou
    mayest observe to do according to all that is written
    therein for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and that thou halt have good success.

  17. 14867
    Jennifer, Sugar Land, TX says:

    May the God who gives endurance and encouragement, give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus…Romans 15:5 NIV

  18. 14868
    Heather says:

    Heather from Harvest, Al
    Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭46‬:‭4‬ NIV)

  19. 14869
    Donna Pippin says:

    Donna Pippin, Wendell NC

    “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV

  20. 14870
    Sandi says:

    Sandi- Cape Coral FL – Colossians 4:6 NIV
    Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

  21. 14871
    Donna Colella says:

    “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord; He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him. (Psalms 91:1-2)

  22. 14872
    Crystal says:

    ” Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.” Proverbs 16:3 MSG

  23. 14873
    Patti Pols says:

    Rockford, Mi. Isaiah 33:6. RSV

     and he will be the stability of your times,
        abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;
        the fear of the Lord is his treasure.

  24. 14874
    Shelby from South Bend, IN says:

    I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 NIV

  25. 14875
    Reagan says:

    “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.” Ephesians 5:22-24

  26. 14876
    Stacy from South Bend, IN says:

    I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 NIV

  27. 14877
    Jean says:

    Jean, Norfolk, VA “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of sound mind.” King James version

  28. 14878
    Lisa Kent says:

    Lisa, Muskogee OK, “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

  29. 14879
    Deana says:

    Deana, Birmingham, AL, 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 ESV

  30. 14880
    Lorraine says:

    Lorraine, Houston, Texas, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

  31. 14881
    Bama says:

    Bama, Tulsa, OK. For I am the Lord your God who will hold your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13(NIV)

  32. 14882
    Tina West says:

    Tina, Pendleton, IN. “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms 46:10 NIV

  33. 14883
    Karen says:

    Karen from Flower Mound, TX

    The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him. LAM 3:25 NIV

  34. 14884
    Jill Shade says:

    Jill from San Antonio, TX
    “Look I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book.” Revelations 22:7 NLT

  35. 14885
    Heather says:

    Heather, Amarillo, TX.

    Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10 KJV

  36. 14886
    Sue from Wis.Rapids, WI says:

    Trust in the Lord with your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.
    Proverbs 3: 5-6

  37. 14887
    Jaclyn says:

    Jaclyn from st.louis

    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.
    Niv. James 1:2-3

  38. 14888
    Theresa from Tampa says:

    “Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make you paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6 NIV

  39. 14889
    Lynn Blosser says:

    Lynn Blosser, St. Petersburg, FL “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.” Psalm 9:1 NLT

  40. 14890
    Dottie Morrow says:

    Dottie Morrow, Mansfield, “The grass withers,the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8 NKJV

  41. 14891
    Nancy says:

    Nancy, Holcomb, MO Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 NKJV

  42. 14892
    Patsy Withers says:

    Patsy Withers, Charlotte, NC, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 KJV

  43. 14893
    Carol Givens says:

    Carol, McAlisterville, PA
    For I am sure of this very thing, that the one who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 NET

  44. 14894
    Lynn Bennett says:

    Lynn Bennett, Stowe,Vt.

    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

  45. 14895
    Janna, Nixa, MO says:

    For I am about to do something new. See, i have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:19 NLT

  46. 14896
    Gayle McQuay says:

    Gayle McQuay, Fredericksburg, Texas, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1 ESV

  47. 14897
    Jessica says:

    Jessica Hill, Pomona California, 2Tim1:7 NIV For the spirit of God does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self discipline.

  48. 14898
    Susan Boylan says:

    Blessed is the man who does not WALK in the counsel of the wicked or STAND in the way of sinners or SIT in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.
    Psalm 1: 1-2 NIV

  49. 14899
    Hope Stagner says:

    401 Edgewood St

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

  50. 14900
    Cami says:

    The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NIV

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