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. 251
    Jennifer Colbaugh says:

    Jennifer, Monroe, GA
    How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! Hebrews 9:14 NIV

  2. 252
    Karyn from Lombard says:

    For we know brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. 1 Thessalonians 2:3-4 NIV

  3. 253

    Jessica from Westminster, MD

    “Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the Lord has punished her twice over for all her sins.” – Isaiah 40:1-2, NLT

  4. 254
    Ann says:

    Ft Lauderdale, FL: “I shall delight in Your statues; I shall not forget Your Word.” Psalm 119:6 NASB

  5. 255
    Christena says:

    Christena from Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada. And we know God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. Romans 8:28 NLT

  6. 256

    Tempa from Palm Bay, Florida
    “Do everything without complaining or arguing, So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.” Philippians 2:14,15 NIV

  7. 257
    Mia Callahan says:

    Mia from Burlington, VT
    “Praise the Lord, O my soul,and forget not all His benefits-
    who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,”
    Psalm 103:2-3 NIV

  8. 258
    Lakeisha Bing says:

    Lakeisha, Mays Landing

    I will remember the deeds of The Lord, yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. Psalm 77:11 NIV

  9. 259
    Lisa says:

    Tunkhannock, He is your constant source of stability; He abundantly provides safety and great wisdom; He gives all this to those who fear Him. Is. 33:6 NIV

  10. 260
    Mary Smissen says:

    Mary, from Forest, VA
    There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 NKJV

  11. 261
    Sarah Martin says:

    Sarah Martin
    Sheridan, IN
    Psalm 51:12 NIV
    Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

  12. 262
    Susan from Shelbyville, KY says:

    But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.
    Matthew 6:33 ESV

  13. 263

    [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly]…. Philippians 3:10a (AMP)

  14. 264

    Zenobia from Virginia Beach, VA – ‘The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.’ Isaiah 50:4NKJV

  15. 265
    Katrina from Tahlequah, OK says:

    Our hope comes from God.May he fill you with joy and peace because of your trust in HIm. May your hope grow stronger by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NLV )

  16. 266
    Sarah says:

    Sarah from Elkhart, Indiana. Every good gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows. James 1:17, NIV

  17. 267
    Jessica says:

    Jessica from College Station, TX

    “But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.” Psalm 13:5-6 ESV

  18. 268
    Debi says:

    Debi,Alva, FL – Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matt 11:28 NKJV

  19. 269
    Monica Pribe says:

    Monica Pribe from Blacklick, Ohio. “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of The Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of The Lord and to inquire in his temple.” Psalm 27:4. ESV

  20. 270
    Sandra Chisum says:

    Wichita Falls, TX

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

  21. 271
    Karen says:

    Karen from Chillicothe, IL Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. Psalm 51:12-13 ESV

  22. 272
    Torrie Chizek says:

    Torrie Chizek, Grantsburg WI, “”He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions,” (Deuteronomy 32:10, 11 ESV)

  23. 273
    Margo says:

    Margo, Burlington Ontario,”Therefore,as God’s chosen people,holy and dearly loved,clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12 NIV

  24. 274
    Kathy from Ivins, Utah says:

    This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun. 2Corinthians 5:17 NLT

  25. 275
    Ganise says:

    Ganise from Ottawa Ontario,
    ‘It is good for me
    to be near you.
    I choose you as my protector,
    and I will tell about
    your wonderful deeds..’ Psalms 73:28 CEV

  26. 276
    sharon bowie says:

    Sharon from St. Louis, MO If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 NIV

  27. 277
    Erika says:

    Erika from McKinney, TX…”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 a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

  28. 278
    Amber Arnold says:

    Amber from Fort Worth, Texas

    Let the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (ESV)

  29. 279
    Jenn G. says:

    Jenn from Washington, DC. 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.

  30. 280
    Pat Carpenter says:

    Pat Carpenter S Burlington,VT “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know him better.”. Ephesians 1:17 NIV84

  31. 281
    Liz says:

    Liz from Prescott,WI

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


  32. 282
    Kerry Jo Newton says:

    Kerry Jo from Keller Texas, Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 NKJV

  33. 283
    Puzzlepiecesista-Angela Larson says:

    Angela-Monroe, Wa. – It is a land the LORD your God cares for; the eyes of the LORD your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.
    Deut. 11:12 NIV

  34. 284
    Alyson says:

    Alyson from Lansing Michigan, Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NASB 95

  35. 285
    Jennifer Lynn says:

    Jennifer Lynn, Tahlequah, OK: A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22 NLT

  36. 286
    Shawna Latham says:

    Shawna from Stephenville Texas Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4 ESV

  37. 287
    Meg Ebba says:

    Meg Ebba, New Hampshire
    “O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like an evergreen cypress; from me comes your fruit.” Hosea 14:8 ESV

  38. 288
    Nancy Scott says:

    Nancy, St. Petersburg Fl
    And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
    Colossians 1:10 NIV

  39. 289
    M'Lissa says:

    M’Lissa from Keller, TX

    Job 23:12 (ESV)
    I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my portion of food.

  40. 290
    Natalie Curp says:

    Natalie Curp from Blue Springs Missouri, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about the things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8, NLT

  41. 291
    Amy says:

    Jackson, TN

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

  42. 292
    Katie Euken says:

    Katie Euken from Muscatine, Iowa, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 ESV

  43. 293
    Hannah McGee says:

    Hannah from Mt. Holly, NC
    Isaiah 25:1, NIV: “Lord, you are my God, I will exalt you and praise your name,
    For in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things; things planned long ago.”

  44. 294
    Becky Jackson says:

    Becky from Seminole, FL You crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance. Psalm 65:11 NIV <3

  45. 295
    Pam-Pflugerville, TX says:

    I sought the Lord and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4 NIV 84

  46. 296
    Brandy says:

    Brandy, Ashland City, TN Romans 12:12 HCSB – Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.

  47. 297
    Alecia Hagberg says:

    Alecia from Resaca, GA. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6. NKJ

  48. 298
    Kathy Land says:

    Kathy Land, Shattuck, OK
    Psalm 139:1
    “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.”

  49. 299
    Katie says:

    Katie from Madison, WI – “YOU crown the year with bountiful harvest – even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.” Psalm 65:11 NLT

  50. 300
    Kari says:

    Kari, Charlottesville, VA, “You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.” Psalm 65:11, TNIV

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