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. 14951
    Shanthi Dhayananth says:

    Moses said to the people” Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight your battle. You need to be still.
    Exodus 14:13,14

  2. 14952
    Jordyn Merchant says:

    Jordyn Merchant

    Some trust in chariots and some in horses but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
    Psalms 20:7

  3. 14953
    D'Anne Peek says:

    D’Anne Peek
    Williamson, Ga.


    But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

    1 Timothy 6:11

  4. 14954
    Emily G. says:

    “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving”

    Colossians 2:6

  5. 14955
    Deborah Taylor says:

    If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV

  6. 14956
    Chan says:

    Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.

    Palms 6:1

  7. 14957
    Amy Kelly says:

    Amy Kelly
    Burleson, TX

    “He brought me out into a spacious place;
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.”
    Psalm 18:19 NIV

  8. 14958
    Rosemary Duncan says:

    Rosemary Duncan, Baldwin,Florida. I Thess.4:11 NIV Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands just as we told you.

  9. 14959
    Debra Walker says:

    Debra Walker, Fresno CA

    So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. – Hebrews 10:35 NIV

  10. 14960
    Julie says:

    Every day (with its new reasons) will I bless You (affectionately and gratefully praise You); yes, I will praise Your name forever and ever.
    Psalm 145:6 AMP

  11. 14961
    July Casperson says:

    Judy C West Hartford CT- I’m joining you- “But you, oh man of God flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. NKJV

  12. 14962
    Terryj Spokane Wa says:

    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; Phil 4 v6 NKJV

  13. 14963
    Janet Bell says:

    Janet Bell

    Pinson, AL

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Romans 15:13 NIV

  14. 14964
    Emily G. says:

    “Beloved, if God loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.”
    1 John 4:11-12

  15. 14965
    D'Anne Peek says:


    Williamson, Ga.

    He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

    Psalm 91:4 (NAS)

  16. 14966
    Denise B. Christian says:

    Denise from Reliance, Va

    Romans 1:16 NKJV

    “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also the Greek.”

  17. 14967
    Jordyn Merchant says:

    Jordyn Merchant
    Alexandria, Louisiana

    Jesus replied, “Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment.

    Matthew 22:37-38 NIV

  18. 14968
    Julie Stone says:

    Lancaster, PA
    When she opens her mouth, she speaks wisely; on her tongue is loving instruction. Proverbs 31:26 (Complete Jewish Bible- CJB)

  19. 14969
    Donna Houchins says:

    Feb. 18, 2015 NIV Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of our mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

  20. 14970
    Cheryl DeMarre says:

    Cheryl DeMarre
    Lexington, SC
    Above all else, guard your heart; for everything you do flows from it.
    Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

  21. 14971
    Cheryl DeMarre says:

    Cheryl DeMarre
    Lexington, SC
    Neglect not the gift that is in the, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
    1Timothy 4:14

  22. 14972
    Pam says:

    Pam from Jacksonville, FL

    For from His fullness, we have all received grace upon grace
    John 1:16 (ESV)

    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)

  23. 14973
    Christie Kelly says:

    Neosho, Missouri

    Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.

    1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

  24. 14974
    Cathy says:

    Proverbs 4:23 NIV

    Above all else, guard your heart; for everything you do flows from it.

  25. 14975
    Jan G says:

    Philippians 4:5 NIV
    Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

  26. 14976
    Simona Santa Ana , Ca. says:

    John 3:16 NA
    For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that who ever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

  27. 14977
    Lynn Rice says:

    Jan 1, 2015

    Romans 15:13

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  28. 14978
    Teresa Shaw says:

    Teresa Shaw, Goodlettsville TN
    Commit yourselves to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.
    Proverbs 16:3 NIV

  29. 14979
    Janet Bell says:

    Janet Bell

    Pinson, AL

    Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

    Proverbs 4:23 NIV

  30. 14980
    Emily says:

    then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

    Philippians 2:2-4

  31. 14981
    Donna Houchins says:

    March 2 2015 Buda Tx. NIV 1 Peter 3:9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult but with blessing because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

  32. 14982
    Lisa Walker says:

    Lisa, Fort Lauderdale, “Peace I leave with you,my peace I give unto you;not as the world giveth,give I unto you.Let not your heart be troubled,neither let it be afraid.” John14:27 kjv

  33. 14983
    Pam says:

    Pam from Jacksonville, FL
    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
    Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

  34. 14984
    Niekie Bushby says:

    Niekie, Krugersdorp, South Africa. “Want Ek weet watter gedagtes Ek aangaande julle koester, spreek die Here, gedagtes van vrede en nie van onheil nie, om julle ‘n hoopvolle toekoms te gee.” Jeremia 29:11 – 1933/1953 version

  35. 14985
    Pam says:

    Pam from Jacksonville, FL

    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 (ESV)

  36. 14986
    Donna Houchins says:

    March 20, 2015 Phillipians 4:12-13 NIV I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

  37. 14987
    arletta Downing says:

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

  38. 14988
    Debbie Loots says:

    2 Timothy1:7 says: God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and love, and a sound mind. (KJV)

  39. 14989
    Sherri VonHartman says:

    1 John 2:6 if you say you abide in Him then you should walk as Jesus did.

  40. 14990
    Carman Lake says:

    When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
    Proverbs 4:12 NIV

  41. 14991
    Pam from Jacksonville, FL says:

    This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
    Psalm 118:24 (ESV)

  42. 14992
    Jodi Pilot says:

    Psalm 19: 14
    May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

  43. 14993
    Elsie says:

    Jeremiah 29:11.
    For I know your plans says the Lord. Not to harm you but to help you

  44. 14994
    Gracie says:

    Joshua 1:9
    Have I not commanded you?
    “Be strong and of good courage;do not
    do not be afraid,nor be dismayed,
    for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

  45. 14995
    Jennifer Wilbanks says:

    My verse is taken from hearing the Bible Study Sacred Secrets by Beth and I have always known it was good to memorize scripture but a fire has been lit in my soul to start immediately. I thank God for imparting the wisdom He has to me. Anything good I do only comes from Him!He truly is my all in all!! The verse is, and will be the whole Psalm, Psalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

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  47. 14997
    Lori Clark says:

    Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

    Ephesians 6:1 (ESV)

  48. 14998
    Lori Clark says:

    Lori Clark from Bury St Edmunds, England

    I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

    Romans 12:1 (ESV)

  49. 14999
    Jordyn Merchant says:

    Whoever does not bear his own cross, and come after Me, cannot be my disciple.
    Luke 14:27

  50. 15000
    Jordyn Merchant says:

    Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word: and My Father will love him. and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”
    John 14:23

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