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. 101
    Adrienne, Chesterfield says:

    And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto yoou, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto the mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Matthew 17:20 KJV

  2. 102
    Kristen says:

    Kristen S
    Indianapolis, IN

    Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds
    ~ Deuteronomy 11:18a NIV

  3. 103
    Natalie Deviez says:

    Natalie from Canton, Georgia “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image”
    2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT

  4. 104
    Lynette Dykhuizen says:

    Lynette, Nashville, TN
    “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 ESV

  5. 105
    linda warren says:

    linda warren – tyler, tx
    This is what The Lord says to you: Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance The Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and The Lord will be with you.
    2 Chron. 20: 15b, 17 NIV84

  6. 106
    Keturah says:

    Keturah in Wilson, NC

    Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
    Point out anything in me that offends you,
    and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

    Psalm.. 139:23-24. NLT

  7. 107
    Dorinda Peyton says:

    Dorinda Peyton from O’Fallon, MO- For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 1 Corinthians 2:2-3 NIV

  8. 108
    Becky P. says:

    Becky, Roswell GA
    “In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and He answered me by setting me free.”
    Psalm 118:5, NIV84

  9. 109
    Erin says:

    Erin from Centerville, GA Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple. Psalms 65:4, ESV

  10. 110
    Leslie from Wilmington, DE says:

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

  11. 111
    Dawn says:

    Dawn, Chesterfield, SC, “So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.” Colossians 3:1-2 (The Message)

  12. 112
    Robyn Wright says:

    Robyn Wright of Washington, Indiana

    “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves who you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 (NIV)

  13. 113
    Elaine says:

    Elaine ~ Powder Springs, GA ~ O Lord, you have searched me and known me! Psalm 139:1 (ESV)

  14. 114
    Carol Bruntlett says:

    Carol Bruntlett
    Albuquerque NM

    Isaiah 61:1
    The Spirit of the Soverreign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor zhe has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.

  15. 115
    Lori Pruett says:

    Lori from Atlanta, Georgia. “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (Romans 8:26 ESV)

  16. 116

    Jourdan from West Africa. “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.” Psalm 4:7 ESV

  17. 117
    Valerie McFarland says:

    Valerie from Clinton Maine: I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
    Ephesians 1:18-19a NIV

  18. 118
    Lesley Hawley says:

    Lesley Hawley, Cypress, “There is no fear on love; instead perfect love drives put fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love.” 1 John 4:18, HCSB

  19. 119
    Jennifer says:

    Woodstock, CT

    I make known the end from the beginning,
    from ancient times, what is still to come.
    I say: My purpose will stand,
    and I will do all that I please.

    Isaiah 46:10 (NIV)

  20. 120
    Jane says:

    Jane, Cuba, MO
    Ps.66:20 NIV
    Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me.

  21. 121
    Sharon from North Plainfield, NJ says:

    “And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”. Romans 12:2 NKJ

  22. 122
    Jenni Young says:

    Jenni Young,Spartanburg,SC “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 NIV

  23. 123
    Giovanna says:

    Giovanna Holbrook,New York: Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

  24. 124
    Laura says:

    Habakkuk 3:18 NIV84

    Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior.

    Laura, Englewood, Co

  25. 125
    Jayne says:

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

  26. 126
    Lindsay McDonald says:

    Lindsay McDonald from Albion, IL “”I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,” (Isaiah 42:6 NIV)

  27. 127
    Melissa says:

    Melissa, Perry, GA

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

    🙂 <3 !!!

  28. 128
    Kelley Wood says:

    Kelley, San Diego, Ca
    But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25 (NKJV)

  29. 129
    Jeanifer Bartlett says:

    Jeanifer from Port Neches, TX
    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Galations 5:22-23a NIV

  30. 130
    Naomi says:

    Naomi from Waynesboro, MS “But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are his.” Job 12:13 NLT

  31. 131

    Lexington , Ky

    James 4:1-2. NIV84
    What causes fights and quarrels among you?
    Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?
    You want something but don’t get it.
    You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want.
    You quarrel and fight.
    You do not have, because you do not ask God.

  32. 132
    Ruth Foote says:

    Ruth, Sanger, TX Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things, Who, O God, is like you? Psalm 71:19 NIV

  33. 133
    Helen Demsko says:

    v A land which the Lord thy God careth for: the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even untothe end of the year Deuteronomy 11:12 KJV

  34. 134
    Dori Fraser says:

    Dori from Meridian, ID:
    May the God of hope fill you with much joy and peace while you trust in Him, then your heart will overflow by the power of the Holy Spirit.
    Romans 15:13 KJV

  35. 135
    Tammy Andrea says:

    Tammy from Pottsboro Tx, This is the day the Lord has made;let us rejoice and be glad in it.Psalm 118:24 NIV

  36. 136
    Suzanne Greeley says:

    Suzanne Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

  37. 137
    Jane Inman says:

    Jane, Kokomo, IN – “And He shall be the stability of your times, a wealth of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.” Isaiah 33:6

  38. 138
    Melissa says:

    Melissa, Augusta, GA, Yet you are near, O Lord, and all your commands are true. Psalm 119:151 NIV

  39. 139
    Christy Jones says:

    Christy from Summit, MS “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us” Psalm 67:1 NIV

  40. 140
    Holly says:

    Holly, Carrollton, GA. “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29 KJV

  41. 141
    Kim says:

    Kim , Loveland, Co
    I have set Jehovah always before me: Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Psalm 16:8 ASV

  42. 142
    Jane Inman says:

    Oops… forgot the translation. Isaiah 33:6 NAS

  43. 143
    Jeana Graves says:

    Jeana, Kenova, WV; “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26, NKJV

  44. 144
    Doris says:

    Doris, Whiteville
    Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time,, because the days are evil.
    Ephesians 5:24 ESV

  45. 145
    Amy in MN says:

    Amy from Becker, MN

    “Keep your heart with all vigilance,
    for from it flow the springs of life.”

    Proverbs 4:23 ESV

  46. 146
    Sandi from Asheville, NC says:

    “I lift up my eyes to the hills–where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord,the maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2. NIV

  47. 147
    Elizabeth says:

    Elizabeth from Chesterfield, VA: “When I was prosperous I said, “Nothing can stop me now!” Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain. Then you turned away from me and I was shattered.” Psalm 30:6-7 (NLT)

  48. 148
    Jordan Walters says:

    Jordan from Columbia, Missouri, “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” Romans 11:34 NIV

  49. 149
    Bethany Kennell says:

    Bethany from Boerne, TX “the thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 KJV

  50. 150
    Denise says:

    “Three things will last forever ~
    Faith, Hope and Love ~ and the greatest of these is LOVE.”
    1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT)

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