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. 15001
    Jordyn Merchant says:

    Whether you turn to the right of to the left your ears will hear a voice behind you saying “this is the way. walk in it.”
    Isaiah 30:21

  2. 15002
    Jordyn Merchant says:

    The Lord will fight for you: you need only to be still.

    Exodus 14:14

  3. 15003
    Jennifer Crisp says:

    “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.”
    Phillipines 4:13 KJV
    Jennifer Crisp
    Lebanon, MO

  4. 15004
    Debbie Nelson says:

    Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

    “For I know the plans I have for you.”says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you . A future and a hope.”

  5. 15005
    Gayla Stephens says:

    I will walk about in FREEDOM, for I have sought out Your precepts. Ps. 119:45NIV

  6. 15006
    Debbie Nelson says:

    August 16, 2015
    Debbie Nelson
    Hot Springs, Arkansas
    Matthew 7:12 So in everything, do unto others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

  7. 15007
    Lauren says:

    Reynoldsburg, OH

    Luke 24:45 “Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” NIV

  8. 15008
    Katie McFarland says:

    Seattle, WA

    Create in me a clean heart oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then I will teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

    Psalms 51:10-13 KJV

  9. 15009
    Julie Andrews says:

    After this the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “do not be afraid Abram, I am your shield and your very great reward.” NIV

  10. 15010
    Amy Smiley says:

    Amy Smiley, Williams, AZ
    “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.” Proverbs 6: 16-19 NIV

  11. 15011
    Kim says:

    Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. John 14:1 KJV

  12. 15012
    Barbara Fuller says:

    Barbara from Pricedale, MS: “Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness 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 unto you.” Psalm 143:8 NKJV

  13. 15013
    Paula West says:

    Paula from Summit,MS “Show me Your ways,Lord,teach me Your paths.
    Guide me in Your truth and teach me,for you are God my Savior,and
    my hope is in You all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5 NIV

  14. 15014
    Kenya Lofton says:

    Kenya from Summit 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

  15. 15015
    Kenya Lofton says:

    Kenya from Summit, MS. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s Will is – His good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Romans 12:1 NIV

  16. 15016
    Connie Livingston says:

    Connie, Salmon, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 KJV

  17. 15017
    Kenya says:

    Kenya from Summit, MS. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and all your strength. The second is this, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 NIV

  18. 15018
    Paula says:

    Paula from Summit,MS:”Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,the Father of compassion and the God all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles,so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

  19. 15019
    Deanne says:

    I can do everything by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.
    Phil. 4:13. NIRV

  20. 15020
    Vicki, El Dorado, AR says:

    I commit! 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

  21. 15021
    Vicki Thornell says:

    Vicki Thornell from Mary Esther, Florida

    “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)

  22. 15022
    Cindy Davis says:

    Cindy Davis from Bryan, TX
    “Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who ask receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
    Matthew 7:7-8 (HCSB)

  23. 15023
    Elizabeth Harris says:

    Elizabeth Harris from Advance NC
    “you turned my wailing into dancing, you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.”
    Psalm 30:11-12 NIV

  24. 15024
    Carol McGinty says:

    Carol from Buda, TX – 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

  25. 15025
    Elizabeth says:

    I commit! Elizabeth from Grant Park, IL, Why art thou cast down O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God for I shall yet praise Him who is the health of my countenance and my God. Psalm 42:11 KJV

  26. 15026
    Dawn Hall says:

    I commit Dawn from Pearland, TX – For God says,“At just the right time, I heard you.On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation 2 Corinthians 6:2 NLT

  27. 15027
    Sammie says:

    I commit! “And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the scriptures.” Luke 24:45 NKJV

  28. 15028
    Linda Bowers says:

    Linda Bowers, Garland, TX: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NIV

  29. 15029
    Brooke says:

    Brooke, French Lick, IN
    But you OH LORD are a mighty shield around me, Your glory holds my head high. I cried out to the LORD and He answered me from His Holy Mountain. Psalm 3:3-4 NLT

  30. 15030
    Merianna Davis says:

    Merianna, Perrysburg, OH

    Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (ESV)

  31. 15031
    Mary Reid says:

    I commit. Mary Reid from Houston Texas-
    Scripture #3 – “knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”
    James 1:3 NKJV

  32. 15032
    Sue Anderson says:

    I commit! Sue Anderson from Waco Texas
    “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV

  33. 15033
    Vicki Thornell says:

    Vicki from Mary Esther, FL
    “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Joel 2:12 (NIV)

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