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. 851
    Janet Anderson says:

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

  2. 852
    Pam says:

    Pam, Mazie, KY

    He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8 KJV

  3. 853

    Searcy, AR

    “All your children will be taught by the LORD, and they will have much peace.”
    Isaiah 54:13 (NCV)

    Was still seeking a verse and was beautifully slapped right in the face by yours this morning…Thanks!

  4. 854
    Marcia says:

    Marcia – Carmel, IN

    Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
    Isaiah 41:10 NLT

  5. 855
    Judy Campbell says:

    Judy from Marietta says: Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. James 1:17 NLT

  6. 856
    Charolette says:

    Charolette, Justin, TX, Romans 4:20-21 (NIV)Yet he/she did not waiver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his/her faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He promised.

  7. 857
    Cyndi Munson says:

    Cyndi Munson, Oklahoma City, OK

    He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11, NIV

  8. 858
    Michelle Bahret says:

    Michelle, Carver, MA.

    “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

  9. 859
    faith says:

    faith, plano texas

    God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work! 2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV

  10. 860
    Cortni Hoover says:

    Cortni, Mobile, AL, “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:8 NKJV

  11. 861
    Juliedk says:

    Julie dk in Casper, WY

    Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall

    Psalm 55:22 NIV

  12. 862
    Michelle says:

    Michelle, CO-” I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.” Hosea 11:4 (NIV)

  13. 863
    Kailah S says:

    Kailah, Atlanta GA.
    “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1 ESV)

  14. 864
    Kristin says:

    Kristin, Belmont, NC – Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 ESV

  15. 865
    Marie says:

    Orange, TX

    2 Chron. 7:14 (NIV)

    if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

  16. 866
    Jan Ramirez says:

    Jan from Lubbock, TX. “All your sons will be taught by The Lord, and great will be your children’s peace.” Isaiah 54:13 NIV.

  17. 867
    Sandy Malone says:

    Sandy, Macon, MS. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. Eph. 1:3-4 ESV

  18. 868
    lisa w says:

    Lisa, Houston, TX
    Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1, NIV)

  19. 869
    Evon says:

    Evon, houston
    Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
    Matt 7:24-25 NIV

  20. 870
    Audrey Neuschafer says:

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

  21. 871
    Debbie B. says:

    I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1 NLT

  22. 872
    Joanne says:

    Joanne Callahan, FL John 15:7-8 ESV
    “If you abide in me,and my words abide 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.”

  23. 873
    Jennifer says:

    Hebrews 11:1

    New Living Translation (NLT)

    Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

  24. 874
    Kim Smith says:

    Kim Smith-Senatobia, MS
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 ESV

  25. 875
    Laura Hisey says:

    Laura Front Royal, VA

    The hidden things belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things belong to us and our children forever, so that we may follow all the words of this law. Duet 29:29 HCSB

  26. 876
    Christen B says:

    Christen from Denver, Colorado
    Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls, for my yoke is easy and my burden light
    Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

  27. 877
    Trish Price says:

    Paintsville KY

    For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power,and of love, and of a sound mind.
    II Timothy 1:7 KJV

  28. 878
    Amy says:

    Amy Leonardtown, MD
    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)

  29. 879
    Alyson says:

    Alyson, Lansing MI. “Cast ALL your ANXIETY on HIM, because HE CARES FOR YOU.” 1 Peter 5:7 NASB

  30. 880
    KMSmom86 says:

    M.J. from Lovington, NM

    For the Lord God is a sun and a shield; He bestows glory and honor. No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

    Psalm 84:11 NIV

  31. 881
    Theresa says:

    Theresa, Sardis,Alabama
    “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8, ESV

  32. 882
    Valerie Davidson says:

    Valerie, Nashville, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9(NASB)

  33. 883
    Karla Wagner says:

    Karla, Sparta. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7 ASV

  34. 884
    Shickeytha says:

    Shickeytha from Hayesville

    “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.”-Psalm 31:24 KJV

  35. 885
    Terrie Waltrip says:

    Terrie Waltrip
    Greenville, Kentucky

    “I can do everything through him who gives me strength”
    Phillippians 4:13 NIV

  36. 886
    Julia Stevens Hill says:

    Julia Stevens Hill — Anniston, Alabama
    Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.

  37. 887
    Mary says:

    “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husbands will, but born of God.” John 1: 12-13 NIV

  38. 888
    Laura Copenhaver says:

    Laura from Canton MI:
    Psalm 118:14 The Lord is my strength and my song;
    He has become my salvation
    I’m using the Christian Holman Standard Version.

  39. 889
    Adrianne Stavish says:

    Adrianne Stavish, Atlanta
    “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

  40. 890
    Terri says:

    Terri — Staunton, VA

    With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue can break bones. Proverbs 25:15 NRSV

  41. 891
    Marla says:

    Marla from Dixon, IL… The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, Oh God, Thou wilt not despise. Psalm 52:17 (RSV)

  42. 892
    MJ Ferguson says:

    MJ Ferguson, Carver, MA

    “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 (NIV)

  43. 893
    Kasie Lercher says:

    Kasie Lercher, Richland, Missouri: I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:5, NASB

  44. 894
    Kris says:

    Kris Conant, Westbrook, Maine

    If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

    1 Corinthians 13:2 NIV

  45. 895
    Yolanda says:

    Yolanda, Ulysses, KS

    You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit. Job 10:12 NIV

  46. 896
    Jenn Grimm says:

    Jenn Grimm
    Dickinson, ND
    Psalm 103:10-12
    He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities, for as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

  47. 897
    Karen Epifano says:

    Karen Epifano, Greenfield, OH

    Exodus 23:20 NIV

    SEE, I am sending an angel ahead of you
    to guard you along the way
    and to bring you to the place I have prepared.

  48. 898
    Nancy York says:

    Nancy, Lufkin, TX. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

  49. 899
    Lisa Washburn says:

    Lisa- Austin, TX
    Proverbs 19:21 (EXB)
    “People can make all kinds of plans, but only the Lord’s plan will succeed.”

  50. 900
    Kimberly Moore says:

    Kim-Lawrenceburg, KY. “This is my command-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9, NLT

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