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. 8801
    L'Tonya says:

    Proverbs 4:23 above all else guard your heart for our of it flows the wellspring of life.

  2. 8802
    Lorraine says:

    “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.”
    Gelatians 5:22 NIV

  3. 8803
    Lori says:

    Lori from Riverside: “For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (NLT)

  4. 8804
    Sandra says:

    Round Rock, TX “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 (ESV)

  5. 8805
    Sherry F says:

    Sherry, Murray, KY
    I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace.
    Isaiah 54:13 NLT

  6. 8806
    Lori says:

    Lori, Richmond, VA

    “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 NIV

  7. 8807
    Bailey says:

    He will have no fear of bad news, his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. NIV Psalms 112:7

  8. 8808
    Monica Dobbins says:

    Monica, Okinawa

    Micah 7:18 (GNBDK)
    There is no other god like you, O Lord ; you forgive the sins of your people who have survived. You do not stay angry for ever, but you take pleasure in showing us your constant love.

  9. 8809
    Achara says:

    Achara, Jacksonville “This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a child-like “What’s next Papa?” Romans 8:15 MSG

  10. 8810
    Kim says:

    Kim from Georgetown, KY
    Psalm 52:9 NKJV
    I will praise you forever,
    Because you have done it;
    And in the presence of Your saints
    I will wait on your name, for it is good.

  11. 8811
    Saun says:

    “Those who answer a matter before they hear it, it is folly and shame to him.”

    ~Proverbs 18:13 NKJV

  12. 8812
    Tonya B says:

    Tonya B Daphne AL “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” Matthew 12:34b NIV

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    Paola says:

    But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:27

  14. 8814
    Sue says:

    Psalm 145:3
    Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise
    His greatness no one can fathom.
    Psalm 145:4

  15. 8815
    Kristin says:

    Columbia, MO

    I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

    Ephesians 3:16-17

  16. 8816
    Karen says:

    Rejoice always, pray continually, continue in the work of the Lord. For this is my good and perfect will for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

  17. 8817
    Jo Ann Paylor says:

    1 John 2:6

    Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

  18. 8818
    Katie Davis says:

    Katie, Nottingham UK.
    ‘And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.’ Colossians 1:17

  19. 8819
    Christina says:

    Christina – Edgewood, KY

    Psalm 32:8 ESV

    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

  20. 8820
    Joy says:

    Joy S, Springfield (OH)

    Col 1:5-8
    5 the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel
    6 that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.
    7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
    8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

  21. 8821
    Rachel A. says:

    Rachel A; Lander, WY
    “Delight yourself in The Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
    Psalm 37:4

  22. 8822
    Hellena says:

    Hellena, Pittsburgh, pa

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

    To me this really hits home. I tend to rely on myself, and not lean on Jesus FIRST. If I do not ask Him for what I need from Him and tell Him what I am thankful for. How do I expect for Him to listen and BLESS me with it??

  23. 8823
    Tammy Goodwin says:

    Tammy from Fort Myers, Florida: Proverbs 1:7 HCSB “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

  24. 8824
    Kathy says:

    Carrollton, Al

    Psalm 51:1 NIV

    Create in me a pure heart o God and renew a steadfast spirit in me.

  25. 8825
    Jo Marie says:

    Jo Marie

    Isaiah 55:6
    Seek The Lord while He can be found
    Call upon Him while He is near

  26. 8826
    Erin says:

    Erin, Charlotte, NC
    Hebrews 12:2,3 NIV “Let us fix our eyes on 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.

  27. 8827
    Kim says:

    Kim from Redlands, CA

    Phillipians 4:8 NIV

    Finally brothers, 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.

  28. 8828
    Kristy, Gloucester Ma says:

    Timothy 1:15

    Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance- Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of who I am the worst


  29. 8829
    Tara Kutner says:

    Tara from Fort Worth, Texas

    What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ears, shout from the housetops for all to hear! – Matthew 10:27

  30. 8830
    Martha Speight, Richmond VA says:

    ‘I prayed to the Lord and he answered me, freeing me from all my fears.’ Psalm 34:4

  31. 8831
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer from Texas
    James 1:12 NIV
    Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life The Lord promises to those who love him.

  32. 8832
    Suzanne says:

    Suzanne from Hoover, AL

    James 1:19 – 20 (NIV)
    Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

  33. 8833
    Christin Carroll says:

    Christin Carroll from Olive Branch

    This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10 NIV

  34. 8834
    Kody says:

    Kody from Charlotte, NC
    “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you ass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you”
    Isaiah 43:1-2

  35. 8835
    Karen Cooper says:

    Karen from Indianapolis: Isaiah 59:21 “As for me this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, will not depart from your mouth or from the mouths of your children or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.

  36. 8836
    Steph, Irvine, CA says:

    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 minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6-7, NIV

  37. 8837
    Laura Caldwell says:

    Laura from Green Cove Springs, FL

    When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.

    Psalm 126: 1-3

  38. 8838
    Marilyn says:

    Marilyn from Missouri: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1 NKJV

  39. 8839
    Kristen ulin says:

    Kristen Canton, Mi. “May the God of hope fill you with all jog 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

  40. 8840
    Kristen ulin says:

    Kristen Canton, Mi. “We always thank God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you.” Colossians 1:3 NIV

  41. 8841
    Lori Grundy says:

    Lori from Vivian, LA

    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

    Psalm 23:1 NKJV

  42. 8842
    Karol Holifield/Gulf Breeze, FL says:

    “I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them.” Jer 32:39/NIV

  43. 8843
    Felicia says:

    Felicia from Port St. Lucie FL
    Create in me a clean heart O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalms 51:10 KJV

  44. 8844
    Suzannne says:

    Suzanne.Loveland CO,I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given Me, for they are Yours. John 17:9 NIV

  45. 8845
    Cricket-Flower Mound,Texas says:

    Proverbs 8:35. (NASB)-For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from The Lord.

  46. 8846
    Rhondelle says:

    Rhondelle, Galsveston.
    All your sons will be taught by thevLord, and great will be your children ‘s peace.
    Isiah 54:13 NIV

  47. 8847
    Peggy Buchanan says:

    For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only begotten son. That whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

    JOHN 3:16. Life Application NIV

  48. 8848
    Beth from Center, Tx says:

    Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
    Psalm 105:4 NIV

  49. 8849
    Kristi says:

    Kristi,Bartlesville: “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)

  50. 8850
    Casey says:

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

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