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. 151
    Ann Bertschin says:

    Ann from McDonough, Georgia,”Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18. NIV84

  2. 152
    GJ says:

    Hawkinsville, GA

    Bless the Lord, O my soul;
    And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

    Psalm 103:1

  3. 153
    Janelle Lang says:

    Janelle – West Palm Beach, FL “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].” Psalm 91:1 Amplified

  4. 154
    Kim says:

    Kim, Warrensburg, MO

    1) This letter is from James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. 2) I am writing to the twelve tribes–Jewish believers scattered abroad. Greetings!

    3) Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4) So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:1-4, NLT

  5. 155
    Carol says:

    Carthage, NY

    But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

    John 20:31 NIV 1984

  6. 156
    Sheryl Blake says:

    Sheryl Blake, Niles, MI- ” 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 th Holy Spirit” Romans 15:13 NIV84

  7. 157
    Debbie says:

    Debbie Pinckney Romans 1:12 NLT
    When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.

  8. 158
    Natalie Gibbs says:

    Natalie from Perry, Ga: Whoever 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.” Psalm 91:1-2 NIV

  9. 159
    Sarah says:

    Sarah, Oklahoma City, For nothing is impossible with God, Luke 1:37, NIV

  10. 160
    Karen Watts says:

    Karen from Columbia KY, Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind. Matthew 22:37 NIV

  11. 161
    Janice says:

    Jan from Portsmouth, Ohio “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1 NIV

  12. 162
    Donna says:

    Eldorado, Texas

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; (6)in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
    Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV84)

  13. 163
    Dee says:

    Dee from Alden, NY: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 NIV

  14. 164
    Carol says:

    Matt. 6:33 – But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.


  15. 165
    Angie says:

    Angie G
    Albertville, AL
    John 15:1-2 NASB

    I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.

    I am memorizing John 15 this year, 27 verses. Love y’all LMP!

  16. 166
    NancyS says:

    Nancy from Sanger, Texas
    “And he said to all: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me, for whoever would save his life will lose it but whoever would lose his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he loses or forfeits himself. Luke 9:23-25

  17. 167
    cyndy says:

    Cyndy, from Huntingdon, PA, Praise the Lord, O my soul;all my inmost being , praise His holy name. Psalm 103:1 NIV

  18. 168
    Kimber says:

    Woodberry Forest, VA
    James 3:9-10
    With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth can come praise and cursing. My brother, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?
    James 3:9-11 (NIV)

  19. 169
    Cora, Kennedale says:

    Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders You have done. The things You planned for us no one can recount to You; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. Psalm 40:5 NIV

  20. 170
    Ashley Gauthier says:

    Ashley Gauthier, Orlando, FL

    The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly. John 10:10 (NASB)

  21. 171
    Amy Deugan says:

    Amy in Greenfield, Indiana… Proverbs 4:4-7 NKJV

    He also taught me, and said to me: “Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

  22. 172
    Lisa Wyatt says:

    Lisa, West Des Moines, IA “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 NIV

  23. 173
    Deanna says:

    Ps. 84:11 “For The Lord is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk up rightly.” (NASB)

    1 Cor. 15:10 ” But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.” (NASB)

  24. 174
    Betsy Crawford says:

    Betsy, Chapin, SC
    “In the path of your judgments O LORD, we wait for you; Your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.” Isaiah 26:8 – ESV

  25. 175
    Wendy from Skyesville, MD says:

    The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT

  26. 176
    Sharon Meekins says:

    Sharon Meekins
    Charlotte, NC
    “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested. 1 Chronicles 4:10 NKJV

  27. 177
    Renee says:

    Renee from Wetumpka, Alabama, And we know, that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV

  28. 178
    Vicki, says:

    Vicki, Glasgow, Scotland. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22, 23 NKJV)

  29. 179

    Katie G; Knoxville, TN;

    “Let your eyes look forward; fix your gaze straight ahead. Carefully consider the path for your feet, and all your ways will be established.” Proverbs 4:25-26 (ESV)

  30. 180
    Kim says:

    Kim- Hickory, N.C.
    The Lord will give strength unto(Kim)his people; the Lord will bless(Kim)his people with peace. Psalms 29:11 KJV

  31. 181
    Leigh Ann says:

    Leigh Ann from Midway, Kentucky: This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17 (NIV)

  32. 182
    Tina says:

    Tina, Columbus Ohio,
    For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV1984

  33. 183
    Melissa Newman says:

    Melissa Newman Knoxville, TN 2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”

  34. 184

    Kelley Lawrence from Tucson, AZ. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have OVERCOME the world. John 16:33 NIV.

  35. 185
    Beth Schwartz says:

    Beth from Lititz,PA

    2 Chronicles 20:17 HCSB

    “You do not have to fight this battle. Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. He is with you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Tomorrow, go out to face them, for Yahweh is with you.”

  36. 186
    Ashlee Cribb says:

    Ashlee from Atlanta, Georgia, “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.”, Psalm 119:11, NASB

  37. 187
    Dawn Lamb says:

    And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. Revelation 21:5 KJV

  38. 188
    Megan says:

    Megan, Stow, OH, Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Romans 12:12, NLT

  39. 189
    Nicole says:

    Nicole from Parker, CO

    I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
    Ephesians 1:18 NLT

  40. 190
    Bonnie Jean Faile says:

    Bonnie Jean Faile, Livingston, Alabama
    “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27 ESV

  41. 191
    Mirra says:

    Martha, Clearwater, FL
    “My brothers as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.”
    James 2:1 NIV
    ( I’m trying to memorize James. Will this count for SSMT?)

  42. 192
    Judy says:

    Judy in Oswego, NY

    1 John 4:1 NLT

    ‘Dear Friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. for there are many false prophets in the world.’

  43. 193
    Tammy says:

    Tammy from Binghamton,New York

    Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20 NLT

  44. 194
    Brittany McCullough says:

    Brittany, Griffin. “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV

  45. 195
    Debbie says:

    Debbie from Lawrenceville, GA I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep his love is. Ephesians 3:16-18 NLT

    • 195.1
      Nancy S says:

      Nancy S Eph 20 has been a favorite of mine for many years. I know I’ve read the verses you selected, but today they really spoke to me. Thank you for posting them. Nancy virginia beach, va

  46. 196
    Carolyn S. says:

    Carolyn, Dover
    “Oh, LORD, You have searched me and You know me.”
    Ps 139:1 NIV

  47. 197
    Susie Johnson says:

    Susie from Bloomington, Indiana, Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Psalm 139:23 NIV

  48. 198
    Melissa Glorioso says:

    Melissa Glorioso, Carmel, Indiana.
    “Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.”
    Psalm 60:12 NKJ

  49. 199
    Karen says:

    Karen from Colchester, Vermont
    Jesus looked at them and said ” with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NIV)

  50. 200
    Melisse says:

    Melisse from Slippery Rock, PA. “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all that he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7 NLt

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