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. 301
    Caty says:

    Caty from Stockbridge, For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven is named, That he would grant you according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man: Ephesians 3:14-16, KJV

  2. 302
    Janice Calfee says:

    Janice, Birmingham, AL, 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 43:19 (NIV)

    • 302.1
      Cheryl Wright says:

      Thank you Janice for reminding me of this verse. I will be praying for you as I memorize this verse.

  3. 303
    Rana Smith says:

    Rana Smith from Whitehouse, Tx, You crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance.  Psalm 65:11 NIV

  4. 304
    Fynette says:

    Fynette,Cape Coral

    The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

    Zephaniah 3:17 NIV,1984

  5. 305
    Chyrll Vollmer says:

    Chyrll from Memphis, TN

    “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.” -John15:1 NASB

  6. 306
    Kristen Keeling says:

    Kristen Keeling from Covington, Georgia

    “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” 2 Chronicles 28:9 NIV84

    • 306.1
      Kasie says:

      Dear sister, I saw this verse when the first blog was published and it is one of my favorites. I then noticed your last name is the same as my maiden name (and it’s not a real common one, at least in Missouri)! Even though I don’t know you, I plan to pray for you in the coming weeks!

      • Kasie says:

        Dear Moderator: so sorry for my last post in reply to a scripture. I am blog illiterate and thought my reply would go just to the person who posted and not to the whole blog. So sorry and I know you will need to omit it (and this one)!

  7. 307
    Peggy Davis says:

    Peggy from Corpus Christi, Texas

    “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers,and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
    1 Peter 1:24-25 ESV

  8. 308
    Ro says:

    Corpus Christi, Texas

    “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

  9. 309
    Kathleen Stinson says:

    Kathleen from Emporia, KS

    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

    • 309.1
      Ellen says:

      Ellen, from Moneta VA.

      Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as for working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will recieve an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
      -Colossians 3:23-24(NIV 1984)

    • 309.2
      Amanda from Port Arthur, TX says:

      Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my KING and my GOD, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. NIV

    • 309.3
      Amanda M. says:

      This was the verse that God put on my heart last year on New Years Day too! What a glorious God we serve that fills us with joy and peace as we trust Him! Many blessings in the new year. ~Amanda Moffitt

    • 309.4
      Kat Merger says:

      Round Rock, TX

      There are “friends” who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 LIV

  10. 310
    Susan Hill says:

    Susan- Nashville, TN
    Jude 1:24-25, NIV

    “To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy- to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power, and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”

  11. 311
    Katie says:

    Katie, Jackson MS:
    Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for
    Our God is a consuming fire. -Heb 12:28-29 NLT

  12. 312
    Jody Heiman says:

    Jody, Evansville,IN

    “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NLT

  13. 313
    Heidi McClure says:

    Heidi McClure :: Locust Grove, GA
    “Set a guard, O Lord , over my mouth;
    keep watch over the door of my lips!”
    Psalms 141:3 ESV

  14. 314
    Volleyball Ginger says:

    I have treasured Your Word in my heart so that I may not sin against you.
    Ps. 119:11 HCSB

    Wetumpka, AL

  15. 315
    Erin says:

    Erin from Murfreesboro, TN
    It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
    Psalm 18:32 NIV

  16. 316
    Vanessa Hersey says:

    Vanessa, Victoria, Texas
    “Rejoice in The Lord always. I will say it again; Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:4-5 NIV

  17. 317
    Kristi Lowe says:

    But thanks be to God, who always puts us on display in Christ and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To some we are an aroma of death leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life. And who is competent for this? (2 Corinthians 2:14-16 HCSB)

  18. 318
    Brandy Brown says:

    Brandy M Brown, DeFuniak Springs, Florida

    Proverbs 3:5-7 NIV

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths!

  19. 319
    Margo says:

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

  20. 320
    Laurie O'Connor says:

    Laurie from Milton, Georgia, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 NIV

  21. 321
    Nancy Michl says:

    For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do Not Fear I Will Help You. Isaiah 41:13 NIV

  22. 322
    Wendy from Sedley, Virginia says:

    For this world is not our permanent home, we are looking forward to our home yet to come. Hebrew 13:14 NLT

  23. 323
    Hannah says:

    Danville, VA

    These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.

    John 16:33, NASB

  24. 324
    Lindsay says:

    Lindsay from Boston, MA: “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:37-38, NIV

  25. 325
    Christy says:

    Christy from Hahira, GA…
    The one who wants to love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit (1Peter 3:10 – NET).

  26. 326
    Debbie B says:

    Debbie B
    Hickory NC
    Psalm 107:28
    “LORD HELP” they cried in their trouble,
    and he saved them from their distress.

  27. 327
    Kristi Lowe says:

    Kristi from Lubbock, TX
    “But thanks be to God, who always puts us on display in Christ and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To some we are an aroma of death leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life. And who is competent for this?” (2 Corinthians 2:14-16 HCSB)

  28. 328
    Tracy Fowler says:

    Tracy Fowler from Euless, TX via Atlanta GA today:

    Ephesians 6:19-20
    New International Version (NIV)

    19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

  29. 329
    Heather says:

    Heather from Nashville, TN: The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever – do not abandon the works of your hands. Psalm 138:8 (NIV)

  30. 330
    Beth says:

    Beth from Center, Tx

    I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

    Psalm 119:11 NIV

  31. 331
    Cheryl Roberts says:

    Cheryl Roberts , Midlothian, Va
    Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it
    Proverbs 22:6 NIV

  32. 332
    Rachel Ravellette says:

    Rachel R. from Lafayette, Indiana: Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. – Psalm 31:5, ESV

  33. 333
    Erika says:

    Erika, Gadsden, Al “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 NIV84)

  34. 334
    Janet Reeves says:

    Janet – Columbus, GA: “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” -John 10:27, NIV

  35. 335
    Kim says:

    Kim from Parkesburg, PA

    1 Corinthians 6:12 (the message)
    Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to my whims.

  36. 336
    AnnaKristinaKY says:

    Anna Kristina from Wilmore
    Psalm 90:12 ESV
    So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom.

  37. 337
    Ami says:

    “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 NIV84

  38. 338
    Jeni Michener says:

    Jeni Michener from Trophy Club, Texas.
    Who caused this to happen? Who has controlled history since the beginning? I, The Lord, am the one. I was here at the beginning, and I will be here when all things are finished. Isaiah 41:4 NCV

  39. 339
    Kyna Saul says:

    Kyna from Woodway, TX- I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of mud and mire; he gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:1-2 (NIV84)

  40. 340
    Kelly Hall says:

    Kelly from Avon Park, FL

    “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

    2 Corinthians 10:17-18 NIV

  41. 341
    M. M. says:

    Round Rock, TX., Jesus said “Come to me, all you who are wearing and burdened and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 , NIV

  42. 342
    Laura says:

    Laura Desrosiers, from Clay Center, KS

    Romans 15:13 (NIV)

    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.

  43. 343
    Kim Kauffman says:

    Kim from Salem, Oregon

    Rom. 16:20 NET
    The God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet.

  44. 344
    Laura says:

    Laura from Isle of Palms, South Carolina:
    Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
    —Hebrews 12:3 NIV84

  45. 345
    Cheryl Hinerman says:

    Cheryl from Huntington, In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 ESV

  46. 346
    Jenny Parbs says:

    Jenny from Milwaukee WI
    “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 NIV

  47. 347
    Rachel says:

    Rachel from San Diego, CA: Above all guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life. Pro 4:23 NIV

  48. 348
    Danielle W says:

    Danielle from Evansville, IN

    “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through Him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the Glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 NIV

  49. 349
    Shannon says:

    Shannon from Rogers, AR “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.” Proverbs 11:3 NIV

  50. 350
    Jenni says:

    Jenni from Irmo, SC

    O Lord, I call to you; come quickly to me.
    Hear my voice when I call to you.
    May my prayer be set before you like incense;
    may the lifting up of my hands be like the
    evening sacrifice.

    Psalm 141:1-2 NIV

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