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. 551
    Juanita Perry says:

    Ephesians 1:5-6 ESV
    In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

  2. 552
    Laura Moore says:

    Laura from Indianapolis, IN — 1 Peter 2:9 ESV
    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness and into his marvelous light.

  3. 553
    Rachel says:

    Rachel, Surprise, AZ

    “Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.” ~Psalm 86:4 (NIV)

  4. 554
    Tillie says:

    Tillie, Spring Branch, TX

    “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth!
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before Him with joyful songs.”

    Psalm 100:1-2 (NIV)

  5. 555
    Doris says:

    Doris, Whiteville, NC
    continuing the passage I started last time…
    Ephesians 5:17 NIV
    “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

  6. 556
    Carin Stewart says:

    Carin Stewart, Greenville, KY So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NIV

  7. 557
    Susan Hale says:

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

  8. 558
    Heidi Jones says:

    Heidi, Chicago

    “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.” Galatians 5:16 NLT

  9. 559
    Kelley Cherry says:

    Kelley – Frisco, TX
    Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)
    Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

  10. 560
    Yolanda says:

    Yolanda, Lumberton, NJ – I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 (NIV)

  11. 561
    LaDonna Trigo says:

    Tickfaw, LA

    Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NET

  12. 562
    Hannah says:

    Hannah Chico, TX
    Psalm 65:11 NIV “You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.”

  13. 563

    Emmeline from Philippines (:
    Isaiah 61:1-4 KJV
    The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
    2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
    3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
    4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

  14. 564
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Guntersville, AL, I am the vine and you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me and my words in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. John 15:5-8 ESV

  15. 565
    Mary R says:

    Reading, PA
    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)

  16. 566
    Jeannette says:

    Jeannette, Land O Lakes, FL
    When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 NIV

  17. 567
    carla says:

    Lake Park, Ia

    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.

  18. 568
    Paddy says:

    Paddy Plattsburgh, NY

    You crown the year with a bountiful harvest;
    even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.

    Psalm 65:11 NLT

  19. 569
    Tiffany says:

    Tiffany, Texas City
    As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more & more.
    Psalm 71:14 NIV

  20. 570
    Tina says:

    Tina, Waconia, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:5,6 NIV

  21. 571
    Cindy says:

    Panama City, Panama
    “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”
    Ps. 126:3, NIV

  22. 572
    Kaitlyn says:

    Kaitlyn: Cincinnati, OH

    “You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.”
    -James 4:2 (NKJV)

  23. 573
    Dawn Kaser says:

    Dawn,Parma Heights. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5 (NIV)

  24. 574
    Paula says:

    Paula, Moorefield WV

    Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

    John 13:7 NIV

  25. 575
    Tara Davis says:

    Tara Lexington, KY
    9 I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, “You are my servant; I have chosen you and have not rejected you 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:9-10 NIV

  26. 576
    Maren says:

    Maren from Dallas, TX

    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16 ESV)

  27. 577
    Debbie Nicholson says:

    Debbie Nicholson, Gulfport, MS

    “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

    Joshua 1:8 NIV

  28. 578
    Lawana Gray says:

    I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalms 139:14 ESV) – Fayetteville, AR

  29. 579
    Charmaine, San Angelo, TX says:

    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12, NIV

  30. 580
    Sandy W. says:

    Simpsonville, SC

    Psalm 4:8

    New King James Version (NKJV)

    8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
    For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

  31. 581
    boomama says:

    Sophie – Birmingham, AL – “Instead, he said to him, ‘Go to your home and to your people and tell them what the Lord has done for you, that he had mercy on you.’” – Mark 5:19b, NET

  32. 582
    Ericka says:

    Ericka, Tampa, FL: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8 NKJV)

  33. 583
    kristin says:

    Kristin, Carlsbad, CA “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16 (NIV)

  34. 584
    Beth Kaiser says:

    Beth, Dyersburg, Tennessee
    Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1Peter 5:7 NIV

  35. 585
    Billie says:

    *Billie- Batesville, MS* Romans 12:10 (NIV) Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

  36. 586
    Beth says:

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

  37. 587
    Kitty Yates says:

    Kitty Yates – Humble, TX

    Romans 12:11 (NIV)
    Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor serving the Lord.

  38. 588
    Shelby Flowe says:

    Shelby from Lilburn, GA: “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT

  39. 589
    Regina Jones says:

    Regina Jones
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    John 1:16 NLT
    From His abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.

  40. 590
    Laura says:

    Laura, Clay Center, KS

    John 15:8 (NIV)

    This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

  41. 591
    Erin Boling says:

    Erin- Denison, TX
    “Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!”
    Jude 1:2 (MSG)

  42. 592
    Janice Hilt says:

    Janice, Arcanum, OH
    “In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. Ephesians 1:8b – 10 NASB

  43. 593
    Brooke says:

    Brooke – Sevierville, TN

    Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
    Ephesians 4:32 NIV

  44. 594
    Cindy Rader says:

    Cindy, Roanoke, TX

    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

    Joshua 1:9 ESV

  45. 595
    Danielle Spataro says:

    Danielle, Cedar Park, TX
    Deep calls to deep in the roar of Your waterfalls; all Your breakers and Your billows have swept over me. The Lord will send his faithful love by day; His song will be with me in the night – a prayer to the God of my life.
    Psalms 42:7-8 (HCSB)

  46. 596
    Jeannie says:

    Jeannie, Atlanta, IN “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:6-8 ESV

  47. 597
    Caitlin says:

    Caitlin, Cincinnati
    “Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God, whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.”
    1 Peter 4:11 (NRSV)

  48. 598
    Kristi H. says:

    Kristi H. Blair, WI

    “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Romans 12:9-10” NLT

  49. 599
    Jaime from Baton Rouge, LA says:

    2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

  50. 600
    Delanie Thompson says:

    Delanie, from Spring Hill Tn. Col 3:9-10 NIV
    Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

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