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. 351
    Lyndsay says:

    Lyndsay, New Castle, IN.
    Psalm 71:20, 22a, NLT
    “You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but You will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. Then I will praise you because You are faithful to Your promises, O my God.”

  2. 352
    Jan Provence says:

    Jan Provence, Huntsville Ontario Canada
    Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the duty of all mankind
    Ecc 12:13 NIV

  3. 353
    Mindy Thompson says:

    Mindy from Austin, TX, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NAS

  4. 354
    Cara Shiu says:

    Cara from Houston,Tx. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Phil 4:8 NABRE

  5. 355
    Katie says:

    Katie from Crawford, Texas “When I am afraid I will trust in You.” Psalm 56:3 (NIV84)

  6. 356
    Rachael M. says:

    Rachael Macht from Ashford, CT, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” ESV

  7. 357
    Missi says:

    Missi: Walker, LA
    The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22, 23 NLT)

  8. 358
    Alesha says:

    Alesha, Charlotte, NC; “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 NLT

  9. 359
    Pam,from Alexander City, Al says:

    I wait for the Lord,my soul waits,and in his word I put my hope. Psalms 130:5 NIV84

  10. 360
    Patty Laramore says:

    Patty Laramore, Ada, OK

    “Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws,
    we wait for you;
    your name and renown
    are the desire of our hearts.”

    Isaiah 28:6 NIV

  11. 361
    Beth says:

    Beth from Omaha, NE

    Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.

    • 361.1
      Beth says:

      Beth from Omaha, NE

      Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. James 4:11 NIV

  12. 362
    Cheryl Frerichs says:

    Cheryl Frerichs, from Kankakee, IL

    The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. Jeremiah 17:9,14 NIV

  13. 363
    Laurie Brinson says:

    Laurie from Callahan, FL “You may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide, how long, how high, how deep is The love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:18,19 NIV

  14. 364
    Stephanie Parrish says:

    Stephanie from Lynchburg, VA

    “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

  15. 365
    Julie from Maylene, AL says:

    Prov 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. NIV

  16. 366
    Suzanne Morton says:

    Suzanne Morton, Decatur,Texas But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26 NIV 84

  17. 367
    Laura Everett says:

    Laura E- Tampa FL – No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. 1Cor2:9 NIV

  18. 368
    Kathi Vodenicker says:

    Kathi Vodenicer Jacksonville, Fl For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

  19. 369
    Kim says:

    Kim from Mansfield, Ohio

    Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
    To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse:
    Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
    Colossians 1:1-2 NIV

  20. 370
    Kimberly, Dallas, TX says:

    Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13b NIV

  21. 371
    Andria Donnelly says:

    Andria from Virginia

    Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice!
    Phil. 4:4 NIV

  22. 372
    Melissa says:

    Isaiah 22:22 I will place on his shoulder the keys to the house of, David, what he opens no one can shut and what he shuts, no one can open.
    NIV, 1984, bible.cc.com (I memorized it but use the online bible.)

  23. 373
    Jackie says:

    Jackie from Wrentham, MA The LORD your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior, He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. Zephaniah 3:17 NASB

  24. 374
    Brenda says:

    Brenda from Santa Rosa Beach , Fl, I asked the Lord for help,and He ansewered me.He saved me from all that I feared. Psalm 34: 4 New Century Version

  25. 375
    Jenni Johnson says:

    Jenni from Murray, KY

    “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 HCSB

  26. 376
    Suzanne in RI says:

    Suzanne Bailey from Harrisville, RI

    “Let us consider how to stimulate on another to love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24 NAS

  27. 377
    Brittany Chafin says:

    Brittany from Brookville, OH

    Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

    Isaiah 43:19 NKJV

  28. 378
    Sharon Meadows says:

    Sharon from Baytown, Texas:  “The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.”  Exodus 15:2  KJV. 

  29. 379
    Deidra says:

    Deidra – Waynesboro, MS Is this not the fast that I have chosen for you; to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?

    Isaiah 58:6 NKJV

  30. 380
    Anne B. says:

    Anne B. from Hot Springs, AR –

    “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. (Deuteronomy 6:4 ESV)

  31. 381
    Laurie Sylvester says:

    Laurie Chester

    Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.

    Psalm 107:1 NIV

  32. 382
    Kellie Plessner says:

    Kellie Plesner from Montville ,Maine.
    And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Exodus 14:13-14, ESV

  33. 383
    Darcy Schott says:

    Darcy, Houston TX, “You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.” James 5:8 NASB

  34. 384
    Terrie Waltrip says:

    Terrie Waltrip, Greenville, Repent then and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19 (NIV)

  35. 385
    Aubrey says:

    Aubrey, Columba, MO

    Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
    Romans 12:2. English standard version

  36. 386
    Jennifer says:

    Jenn from Palm Beach Gardens, FL

    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.

    Is 43:19 NLT

  37. 387
    Vicki Osier says:

    Vicki, from Colleyville,

    “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 NLT

  38. 388
    Sarah says:

    Sarah from Grand Rapids, MI

    No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Jesus Christ, is calling us up to heaven.

    Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)

  39. 389
    Mandy says:

    Mandy from Cottondale, AL: “And give my son Solomon an uncluttered and focused heart so that he can obey what you command, live by your directions and counsel, and carry through with building The Temple for which I have provided” I Chronicles 29:19, The Message

  40. 390
    Marsha R. says:

    Marsha, Lexington Park MD,
    TO BEGIN: You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. Psalm 65:11 NIV
    TO CONTINUE: My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.
    Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. James 2:1-2 NIV

  41. 391
    Laurie Fryklund says:

    Laurie from Edmond, Oklahoma

    You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.

    Psalm 65:11 NIV

  42. 392
    Leanne Stokes says:

    Leanne from Warner Robins, Georgia. “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 NIV

  43. 393
    Wendie Gabbard says:

    Wendie from Lagrange, KY

    Hear O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

    Deuteronomy 6:4-9

  44. 394
    Jodi says:

    Jodi from Oswego, NY
    Deut. 6:5-9 NIV
    Love the Lord your God with all you heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength . These commandements that I give you today are to be upon our hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates!

  45. 395
    Dana Hutto says:

    Dana Hutto from Huffman,TX. John 1:14 NIV84 The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

  46. 396
    Megan says:

    Megan, from Salisbury, MD Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Psalm 25:4-5 NLT

  47. 397
    Jodie Herring says:

    Jodie from NY, NY

    ” Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, O Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.” Isaiah 52:2 NIV

  48. 398
    Amanda Burpo says:

    Amanda from Forney, Texas

    “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.” – Proverbs 16:1. ESV

  49. 399
    Tersia Vivier says:

    Tersia from Caledon, ON, Canada

    He died for everyone so that those who receive His new life will no longer live to please themselves. Instead, they will live to please Christ.

    2 Cor 5:15, NLT

  50. 400
    Emily Jones says:

    Emily Mechanicsville,VA Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of heart. Proverbs 3:3 NIV

    • 400.1
      Anne says:

      Anne from Mansfield, TX

      John 8:31-32 (NIV)
      To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. [32] Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

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