2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 2!

We’re off and running, Sweet Things! And 11,000 strong!!! Oh, how I pray that God will grant us the divine favor and indwelling power to keep it up month after month and finish 2013 in the multiple thousands. What joy He and we would have! For now, we take it step by step, one verse at a time. Don’t get caught up wondering how in the world you’re going to memorize 24 verses when you’re having a hard time memorizing the first one. That will sink your Scripture memory boat for sure.

I make you this promise based on my experience and the experience of many others: the more you memorize, the more you’ll get the hang of it. I was going to say that the more you memorize, the easier it gets but it’s not easy and that’s part of what makes it such a victory to celebrate with Jesus. I do believe I can tell you with confidence, however, that your tenth verse will very likely be easier to memorize than your first one. By that time, you’ve quit letting your nay-whining old nature tell you that you can’t do it and you shouldn’t have even tried. A big part of the battle in the first month is simply telling that self-destructive echo in our heads to shut its mouth. It’s replacing “I knew I couldn’t do it” with “Oh, yes I can. I can do all things through Christ.”

Persevere! Let’s not be quitters! God would rather us make it to the end of the year still stumbling over some words than throwing our hands up and quitting at the first imperfect recitation. Even if we don’t get our verses down perfectly, the pursuit itself is the very art of meditation. Nothing about it is a waste of time. Just think of how it helps to break the mental loop of rehearsed offenses. We’re going to be fixated on something. That’s how our minds often work. But we get to choose what.

So, right now say verse 1 out loud the very best you can.

Tremendous job. Now, let’s add our second one to it.

I totally love my verse this time around! It came up in my Scripture reading during my quiet time early Sunday morning. Here it goes:

Beth, Houston. All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13 ESV

Isn’t that fabulous? I’m choosing this verse specifically so that I can turn it into intercessory prayer. Mind you, I’m not “claiming” it like I’d be apt to do with a promise more clearly obvious under the New Covenant. I’m reluctant to claim the fulfillment of a promise made straight to Israel for myself or people in my world unless I know that we have a coinciding New Covenant promise.  I’d have to see consistency to pray it as one fervently counting on it. Isaiah 54:13 carries obvious elements that are very consistent with the promises of Christ to us. He promised that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and He blatantly gave us His peace but where I’m asking God to do an Isaiah 54:13 work in my family is the emphasis on ALL my children. I want every single one of them to be students of Christ Jesus, to love His Word and His ways with a passion beyond the natural realm, and for His peace to be great upon them and contagious. If you’ll look in the Scripture’s context in Isaiah 54, especially in verses 11-17, you’ll see that V.13 is within the promises God made specifically to Israel and scheduled for fulfillment in a time yet to come. So, no, I’m not claiming it, so to speak, BUT, I am indeed asking for it. That’s fair game.

God is not obligated to say yes to promises like those in Isaiah 54 this side of His Kingdom’s full revelation but, as I persevere in prayer and faith, He will indeed hear me and I believe be pleased that I had the boldness to pray it. He is not blessed by our small, vision-bare petitions anyway. I’ve thought for a long time that God would rather hear His children voice outrageously large prayers of faith even if He has to say no on occasion than hear our pale, timid, tepid requests for things He’s already given us anyway. For instance, if we belong to Him in Christ, He is indeed going to “bless us” and “keep us.” So, I’m adding Isaiah 54:13 to my spiral and planning to reword it often into a request. I’m going to take the risk that He may indeed perform generational miracles with a family tree sprouted from the soil of disease and brokenness. Make us oaks of righteousness, Lord,  for the display of Your splendor. (Isaiah 61:3)

This I know for sure: we often have not because we ask not. (James 4:2)

I love something else about Isaiah 54:13. I love that the word translated peace in English is the word “shalom” in Hebrew. The Hebrew word blows the doors off of our usual concept of peace. When I ask God for great peace to be upon my children, I have no interest in a trance-like state of passionless nirvana. I want God’s brand of peace: lively, vivacious. Here’s what the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament has to say about it:

“The general meaning behind the root š-l-m is of completion and fulfillment—of entering into a state of wholeness and unity, a restored relationship.”

It means to be intact, healthy, sound. It means wellness of soul. It conveys the idea of God prospering His child. He describes His peace like a river: moving and running. His peace is no pond. I read the verse first out of The NET Bible that sits open on my desk at home. Isaiah 54:13 is worded this way on its pages: “All your children will be followers of the LORD, and your children will enjoy great prosperity.” Right that moment I jotted the verse down in my journal and, under it, asked the Lord (with enough zeal to imprint it on the next page) to prosper my children and their children and their children and their children in the way that really matters: grant them lives that bear much fruit – I said MUCH FRUIT –  for THIS is to our Father’s great glory. May they blatantly show themselves to be Christ’s disciples. (That’s John 15:8 and, if you haven’t memorized it yet, it is a must! Prioritize it early on in your year if God causes it to leap off the page with you.)  With all my heart, I want God to use this lineage He is redeeming to prosper His Kingdom.

So I am really fired up about my verse for our next two weeks and hope to still be saying it and praying it for the next generations of this family line when I’m about to see Jesus. If you don’t already have a verse selected, you are welcome to share it and make it your own with Jesus. Choose any verse that He’s using to speak to you right now. Remember, that’s what will make it stick to your ribs. It needs to mean something to you!

Hit it, Girls! Remember! Only your names, cities, verses, references, and translations! You are stellar, Sisters. I love you so much.

Edited to add: Information on how to download your Android or iPhone application!

I know many of you have been asking if we are going to have an app this year for your smart phones, and we have both good news and bad news. The good news is YES, we ARE! We have created an app for both Android and iPhones. The bad news is, the Android app is ready for you, but if you would be so patient with us, we’ll have the iPhone app ready for you in about five or six days. Does that sound good?

So, excuse me while I get technical for just a minute!

For those of you that still have the old application on your phone (and this goes for both Android and iPhone users), you would most likely have received a notification about the availability of this new one, but if not, and you are currently using an android, simply click here to download the app. (This link is for Android users only.) Android users, if you’re having issues with this link (and it’s currently working fine on this end), you can search “Living Proof Ministries – Scripture Memory Team – 2013” in your phone under applications. (I have very little knowledge about Android phones, so forgive me if my wording is wrong.)

When the iPhone app is ready, I’ll update this post for those of you who would like to download it with all the instructions you’ll need. However, I do know upfront you’ll be able to find the app in the iTunes store via your phone or computer.

Once you have the application, it is very user friendly. You’ll be notified the 1st and 15th of every month with the new blog post that will land in your application (you will only be notified if you have turned on notifications for this specific app), you can share the post, and then you can also store your memory work in there. It will also act like your spiral. You may want to use both your spiral and the app to have on hand in case you lose one or the other!

I hope that helps! Doesn’t this make it so much more fun?



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  1. 501
    Kathy says:

    Whom I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
    Psalm 73:25-26 ESV

  2. 502
    Joanna S. says:

    Joanna, Elkhart, IN
    Psalm 103:2 ESV
    Bless the LORD, O my should, and forget not all his benefits,

  3. 503
    Linda Smith says:

    Linda from Little Rock, AR But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. 1 Tim 6:11 NASBU

  4. 504
    Southern Gal says:

    Renee, Camden
    I Peter 3:8-9
    Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

  5. 505
    Sharon, Lincoln Park, Mi. says:

    I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
    Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14 NIV 84

  6. 506
    Cathy says:

    Cathy from Bluffton, “So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to will and to act for His good purpose. Philippians 2: 12-13, CSB

  7. 507
    Adelyn says:

    May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. NLT

  8. 508

    Sydney, Arlington, VA.
    “fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
    I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
    Isaiah 41:10, ESV

  9. 509
    Laurie says:

    Laurie from Oklahoma City, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, and repays to their face those who hate him, by deestroying them. He will not be slack with the one who hates him. He will repay him to his face.” Deut. 7:9-10 ESV

  10. 510
    Deborah says:

    Deborah from Port St. Joe, FL
    Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5 NIV

  11. 511
    Elizabeth Allison says:

    Elizabeth, Pittsburgh, Romans 12:1-2 (NIV):

    Therefore, I urge you, brother, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but by transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.

  12. 512
    Lorene says:

    Lorene, Lafayette, LA
    Let us fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2-3 NIV

  13. 513
    Dori Cook says:

    Dori Cook
    Spring Hill, TN

    “Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV84

  14. 514
    danae says:

    danae | lafayette, in

    I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. these are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. — isaiah 42:16 [niv]

  15. 515
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Dallas
    “Now The Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of The Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from The Lord, who is the Spirit.”
    – 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

  16. 516
    Sarah says:

    Sarah from Marion, KS

    We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV

  17. 517
    Sue Magee says:

    Sue Magee, Hazel Green, AL
    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. John 1:14 NIV

  18. 518
    Jenna says:

    Jenna, Michigan
    The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still.
    Ex 14:14 NIV

  19. 519
    Candace says:

    Candace, Colorado Springs, CO

    “I will sing to the Lord, for HE has been good to me.”
    Psalm 13:6 NIV

  20. 520
    Jennifer Londeree says:

    Jennifer Londeree
    Huntington, WV

    “Instead be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
    Eph. 4:31-32 NLT

  21. 521
    Sarah says:

    Sarah Gibbs Bowling Green, KY -And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3: 14-15 ESV

  22. 522
    Susan C. says:

    Susan C.
    Longwood, Florida

    Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
    Colossians 3:2-3
    New Living Translation

  23. 523
    Sherry Smith says:

    Sherry Smith from Marietta GA

    SSMT #2

    “Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?”
    Proverbs 17:16 NIV84

  24. 524
    Cindy says:

    Arvada, CO

    John 15:8
    This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples

  25. 525
    Judylynn Pencek says:

    Judylynn Pencek, Foster City, CA
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
    Philippians 4:6-7

  26. 526
    Nicola says:

    Nicola in Calgary

    But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous, considerate, gentle. It is willing to yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering and insincerity. And the harvest of righteousness (of conformity to God’s will in thought and deed) is the fruit of the seed sown in peace by those who work for and make peace in themselves and others, that peace which means concord, agreement and harmony between individuals, with undisturbedness, in a peaceful mind (free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts). James 3:17-18 AMP

  27. 527
    Rachel says:

    Rachel, Fort Smith, AR
    “As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.” (Psalms 119:143 NLT)

  28. 528
    Andrea says:

    Andrea, Nashville
    But now thus says the LORD,
    he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
    “Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
    When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
    when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
    (Isaiah 43:1-2 ESV)

  29. 529
    Ali Contois says:

    Ali C.,Pleasanton, CA- and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, 1 Peter 1:4 (NIV84)

  30. 530
    elaine says:

    elaine – brea, ca

    Psalm 100:3 (ESV)
    Know that the LORD, He is God.
    It is He who made us, and we are His;
    We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.

  31. 531
    Terry Taylor says:

    Terry, Indianapolis. Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until He comes and showers His righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12 ESV

  32. 532
    Carina says:

    Weatherford, OK

    The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in EVERY DETAIL of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.

    Psalm 37:23-24

  33. 533
    Anna Williams says:

    Anna, Grapevine, Texas, “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in Your name I will life up my hands.” Psalm 63:3-4 NIV

  34. 534
    Gay Ellis says:

    Gay from Round Rock, Tx

    For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Romans 8:38-39 NIV

  35. 535
    Jane says:

    Philippians 2:14-16 ESV

    “Do everything without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I may not run in vain or labor in vain.”

  36. 536
    Terri says:

    Terri – Little Elm,TX
    The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18 NIV)

  37. 537
    Jackie says:

    Jackie, Wrentham MA Psalm 16:11 (NASB) You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

  38. 538
    Casey says:

    Casey – Centerville, OH

    “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1 (NIV)

  39. 539
    Deidra says:

    Deidra – Waynesboro
    Isaiah 58:7 NKJV – Is it not to share your bread with the hungry? And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?

  40. 540
    Bobbie Lutz says:

    Bobbie, College Station
    “All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13 ESV

  41. 541
    Lindsay McDonald says:

    Lindsay M. Albion, IL “to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” (Isaiah 42:7 NIV)

  42. 542
    Katy says:

    “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. ” – 1 Chronicles 16:34 (NIV)

  43. 543
    Shelby says:

    Shelby Egan. San Antonio, TX. “Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.  So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:8, 9 NLT

  44. 544
    Jenae says:

    Jenae, Hawesville, Ky

    This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:8 NIV)

  45. 545
    Jill says:

    Plano, TX
    2 Corinthians 4:17
    New International Version (NIV)

    For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all

  46. 546
    Kathy Bryson says:

    Kathy Bryson, Albuquerque, NM

    Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
    Matthew 7:7-11 NIV 84

  47. 547
    Tammy says:

    Tammy for Binghamton,New York

    And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8 (EVS)

  48. 548
    Crystal says:

    Crystal, Phoenix:
    Prov. 15:2,4 (NIV)
    The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly…the tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

  49. 549
    Betsy Crawford says:

    “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:11 (ESV) Betsy Crawford, Chapin, SC

  50. 550
    Deanna Elliott says:

    Deanna, Mansfield, TX Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV84

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