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. 201
    Kathy says:

    Kathy, Jonesboro, AR. “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:14 NLT

  2. 202
    Deneen says:

    Deneen – Pittsburgh, PA
    “I will instruct you and teach you in the way in which you should go;I will counsel you with My eye upon you”
    Psalm 32:8 NASB

  3. 203
    Carol says:

    SSMT. Carol from Kansas City

    Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me will never go hungry, and the one who believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35 NET)

  4. 204
    Karen Hitchcox says:

    Karen Hitchcox, Conway Arkansas – 13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14 New American Standard 😎

  5. 205
    Kim says:

    Kim from Guntersville, AL, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart;do not depend on your own understanding.Seek his will in all you do,and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6, NLT

  6. 206
    Amy says:

    Amy, Lynchburg, Va. “a person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls” Proverbs 25:28 NLT

  7. 207
    Dianne Walters says:

    Dianne – Hartselle, AL
    “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
    Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV

  8. 208
    Jenna says:

    Jenna, Kansas City, MO, For He will give his angels (especial) charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways (of obedience and service) they shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. Psalm 91:11-12; AMP

  9. 209
    Tshaka says:

    Tshaka; Fort Knox; You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done. Psalm 92:4, NLT

  10. 210
    Deanna says:

    Deanna – Frisco,TX – Isaiah 12:2 (NIV)
    Surely God is my salvation;
    I will trust and not be afraid.
    The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense;
    He has become my salvation.”

  11. 211
    shelley says:

    Shelley, OK, “The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.” Psalm 28:7 NLT

  12. 212
    Pam says:

    Pam ~ Moss Bluff, LA

    “God — You’re my God!
    I can’t get enough of You!
    I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God,
    traveling across dry and weary deserts.”

    Psalm 63:1 (MSG)

  13. 213
    Paige Edwards says:

    Paige from Waynesboro, VA – So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life-your sleeping, eating, going to work, and walking around life- and place it before God as an offering. Romans 12:1 The Message

  14. 214
    Amanda Tracy says:

    Amanda from Durham, NC “The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip.” Psalm 37:31 NIV84

  15. 215
    Melissa Ens says:

    Piura, Perú

    “Tú cambiaste mi duelo en alegre danza; me quitaste la ropa de luto y me vestiste de alegría, para que yo te cante alabanzas y no me quede callado. Oh Señor, mi Dios, ¡por siempre te daré gracias!”

    Salmo 30:11-12 Nueva Traducción Viviente

  16. 216
    Kristin says:

    Kristin, Belmont, NC – Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 ESV

  17. 217
    Penny G says:

    Penny G from Coweta, OK. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV84)

  18. 218
    SandyT/kc says:

    “Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you–guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.”

    2 Timothy 1:14 NIV

  19. 219

    Elizabeth Ann Dains, Houston, Texas “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” Job 23:10 NIV

  20. 220
    Teresa says:

    Teresa from Livingston, TN
    John 14:26 NIV
    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.

  21. 221
    Tracy says:

    Tracy from Kentucky, Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? Romans 2:4 ESV

  22. 222
    Ann says:

    Ann from Glenrock, Wyoming

    Evil men will bow down in the presence of the good,
    and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

    Proverbs 14:19 NIV

  23. 223
    Pam says:

    Pam.. Campbellsburg, In.

    You crown the year with Your goodness and Your paths drip with abundance…Psalm 65:11 NSFL..KJ

    Had this picked out for a month !!! 🙂

  24. 224
    Ellie says:

    Ellie from Maryville, TN, Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit 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

  25. 225
    Haylee Scott says:

    Haylee from Atlanta, GA. “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11 ESV).

  26. 226
    Katy says:

    Katy Angle
    Mount Juliet, TN

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

  27. 227
    Rachel says:

    Rachel from Rochester, NY, “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.” Proverbs 29:11 (NIV 1984)

  28. 228
    Evelyn Morris says:

    Evelyn M.

    Watertown, MA

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

  29. 229
    Cindy Ivey says:

    Cindy – Charleston, SC – Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8, ESV

  30. 230
    Rachel says:

    Rachel, Surprise, Arizona

    “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” ~Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

  31. 231
    Stephanie King says:

    Stephanie King from Richardson, Texas – And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name.” Luke 1:46-49 NIV

  32. 232
    Kristin Kemp says:

    Kristin Kemp from North Augusta, SC. “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6 NIV)

  33. 233
    Brooke says:

    Brooke from Waco,TX – You crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance. Psalm 65:11 NIV

  34. 234
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Shelbyville, KY – “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we may be saved.” Acts 4:12 NIV

  35. 235
    Kelly says:

    Kelly: Corona, CA “You crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance” Psalm 65:11 NIV

  36. 236
    Lesley says:

    12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.
    13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve;
    14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.
    Lesley, Lincoln Univ., PA

  37. 237
    Sooz says:

    Sooz, Springfield, Virginia. My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant. (Luke 1:46-48a, Book of Common Prayer.)

  38. 238
    Kristin says:

    Kristin from Springfield, Missouri, For we are God’s masterpiece. He created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
    Ephesians 2:10 NLT

  39. 239
    Rebekah says:

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

    2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV


  40. 240
    Susan B. says:

    Susan B., Chapin, SC – Romans 12:2 NLT
    Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

  41. 241
    Sara H Fowler says:

    Sara, Greenville, SC: “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NLT)

  42. 242
    Micha Clark says:

    Micha from Flower Mound, Texas, Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy & peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

  43. 243
    Jacquelyn says:

    Jacquelyn from Savannah Georgia, What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived – the things God has prepared for those who love Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV

  44. 244
    Rachel says:

    Rachel from Sedley, Virginia. “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.” Hebrews 13:14, NLT

  45. 245
    Dawn Terpstra says:

    Dawn from Orland Park, IL. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” II Corinthians 4:18 NIV

  46. 246
    Katherine says:

    Owensboro, Kentucky

    “So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD.
    His going foth is as certain as the dawn,
    Ae He will come to us like the rain,
    Like the spring rain watering the earth.
    Hosea 6:3 NASB

  47. 247
    Carla says:

    Carla from Wesley Chapel, FL, All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 NIV

  48. 248
    Dee Dee Walkker says:

    Dee Dee Walker, Smyrna GA – “Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way In which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8 NASB

  49. 249
    DeAnna Morris says:

    James 4:4-6 NIV
    DeAnna Morris- Greenville SC (I am finishing book of James for now)

    You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
    “God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”

  50. 250
    Joan from Indianapollis says:

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

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