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. 14901
    Wendy Houston says:

    Wendy Houston, Rocklin CA

    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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

    Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV

  2. 14902
    Jill Hoekstra says:

    Jill, Scottsdale, AZ — 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)

  3. 14903
    Doris from Boyds says:

    But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. So we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 ESV

  4. 14904
    Nina Cooper says:

    January12, 2015
    Nina, Nashville,TN For I know the thoughts That I think toward you, says the Lord, thiughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

  5. 14905
    Christy George says:

    Christy, Perry,GA-Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)

  6. 14906
    Donna Douglas says:

    Donna Douglas from Tucson, AZ
    Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV

  7. 14907
    Tammy says:

    Tammy from Nederland, Texas

    Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.

  8. 14908
    Rita Echelle says:

    Rita, Stigler, OK
    So teach us to number our days that we may present to you a heart of wisdom. Psalms 10:12 NAS

  9. 14909
    Andrea N says:

    Dallas, TX (previous post)
    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but the fools depise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 NIV

  10. 14910
    Grace Block says:

    Grace, Comstock Park, MI
    One thing I ask from the Lord, is only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to graze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4

  11. 14911
    Jo Ann says:

    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

  12. 14912
    Teresa W. says:

    Oh,Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning.
    Psalm 5:1 NLT

  13. 14913
    Debi Detroyer says:

    Debi, Emmett, MI

    “Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near” Isaiah 55:6 NASB

  14. 14914
    Cathy says:

    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

  15. 14915
    Jenna says:

    Arise, shine, for you rlight has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1

  16. 14916
    Dana Klinger says:

    Dana K
    Waynesville NC
    So with you; Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy,
    John 16:22

  17. 14917
    Atina Monken says:

    “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand 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

  18. 14918
    Susanne D. says:

    Susanne, Ontario Canada

    Commit your works to the Lord and your thoughts will be established. Proverbs 16:3

  19. 14919
    Rahbin Rae says:

    Rahbin, San Clemente, CA
    And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.
    Phil 4:7 (NIV)

    • 14919.1
      Rahbin Rae says:

      I’m learning that just memorizing the words isn’t enough, I need to learn to put the words into action. Please pray for me that I can use these verses to feel safe!

  20. 14920
    Mary Beth Gasser says:

    Mary Beth from Scottsdale, AZ

    Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

    Psalm 37:4 NIV

  21. 14921
    Emily G says:

    “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer”

    Psalm 19:14 NIV

  22. 14922
    Cathy McCoy says:

    Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight. O Lord my rock and my Redeemer
    Psalm 19:14 NAS

  23. 14923
    danielle says:

    Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and He knows everything. John 3:20 NLT

  24. 14924
    Karen Peelman says:

    Karen Peelman, Flower Mound, TX

    ROMANS 8:28
    We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

  25. 14925
    Robin Byrd says:

    Robin Columbia SC Philppians 4:6
    Do not be Anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and
    Petition with Thanksgiving present your reqo
    To God. NIV

  26. 14926
    Shirley, Wasilla, Alaska says:

    I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.
    Wait for the Lord.
    Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
    Psalm 27:13-14 NIV

  27. 14927
    Robin Byrd says:

    Robin columbia SC
    “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”
    Galatians 2:20 NIV

  28. 14928
    Jordyn Merchant says:

    I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he shall bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 ESV

  29. 14929
    Peg Mix says:

    Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 1 Thessaloniki 4:9 NIV

  30. 14930
    mindyinindy says:

    Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you.
    GNB Jeremiah 29:12

  31. 14931
    Corene Hawes says:

    Proverbs 3: 24-25 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 25 have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, 26 for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared. NIV

  32. 14932
    Renee says:

    Vermilion, Ohio
    Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. So I will bless You while I live, I will lift my hands in Your name. Ps 63:3-4 Amp

  33. 14933
    Vickie Carroll says:

    Vickie Carroll, Olive Branch, MS “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

  34. 14934
    Patty Bynum says:

    Greenville SC

    Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 ESV

  35. 14935
    Shelley Miller says:

    Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me- watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn how to live freely and lightly. Matthew 11:28-30 Message

  36. 14936
    Pam says:

    Pam from Jacksonville, FL
    He must increase, but I must decrease.
    John 3:30 (KJV)

  37. 14937
    Star says:

    Just heard about this and want to join! Star from Duvall, WA
    “A Generous man will prosper: he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25 NIV

  38. 14938
    Crystal says:

    Winnipeg, MB
    For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
    Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV)

  39. 14939
    Lewis says:

    Lewis from Winnipeg, MB
    “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
    Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

  40. 14940
    McKaegan Gregory says:

    McKaegan, Binger, OK
    O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. Psalm 51:15 ESV

  41. 14941
    Kathy says:

    Kathy, Queen City, TX. “Ezra determined in his heart to study the word of the Lord, obey it and teach it’s statues and ordinances in Israel.”. Ezra 7:10 HCS

  42. 14942
    Sandy Harper says:

    My first memory verses are Proverbs 3:5-6.

    • 14942.1
      Sandy Harper says:

      I forgot to type my verses:

      “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” KJV

  43. 14943
    Jean Grow says:

    Psalm 27:1 KJV: The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

  44. 14944
    Mary Jean says:

    You will seek me and find me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29.13 NIV

  45. 14945
    Mary Jean says:

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

  46. 14946
    Michele Brown says:

    Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so we ,a receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

  47. 14947
    TerryJ Spokane Wa says:

    Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Roms 8 v 37 NKJV

  48. 14948
    TerryJ Spokane Wa says:

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4 v 13 NKJV

  49. 14949
    Debbie Stovall says:

    Debbie Stovall from Gardendale, AL

    “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. Daniel 2:20-21 NIV

  50. 14950
    Teresa Taylor says:

    Teresa Taylor, Copper Canyon TX “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16 NIV

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