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. 9001
    Natalie B. Robertson says:

    Natalie, Frisco, TX

    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

    James 1:17 NIV

  2. 9002
    Jennifer Golden says:

    For nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37

  3. 9003
    Abi Moore from Apopka, FL says:

    “All your children will be taught by the Lord,and great will be their peace.” Isiah 54:13

  4. 9004
    Catrina says:

    Catrina, Clarksville. “Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.” James 1:20 (NLT)

  5. 9005
    Rebecca says:

    Wiggins, MS
    Be still and know that I am God!
    I will be honored by every nation
    I will be honored throughout the world.
    Psalms 46:10 (NLT)

  6. 9006
    Evelyn Delgado says:

    Evelyn from Peoria, AZ
    For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit of joints and of marrow and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 ( ESV)

  7. 9007
    Becky Mechelse says:

    Becky, Vineland, Ontario

    The name of the Lord is a strong fortress, the godly run to him and are safe.
    Proverbs 18:10

  8. 9008
    Rachel says:

    Rachel, Vineland

    For nothing is impossible with God Luke 1:37

  9. 9009
    Emily McLean says:

    Maryville, MO

    “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

    Psalm 27:13-14

  10. 9010
    Ally Wiersma says:

    Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. The you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

  11. 9011
    Marel Nelson says:

    May integrity and honesty protect me for I put my hope in you. Psalm 25:21 NLT

  12. 9012
    Jami Holland says:

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but in ALL your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

  13. 9013
    Sarah Martell says:

    2 Timothy 1:7
    For the spirit of god gave us not the spirit of fear but gives us power love and self-control

  14. 9014
    Andrea Zimmerman says:

    For nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37 NIV

  15. 9015
    Brigette Brock says:

    Brigette Brock
    Morehead, KY

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

  16. 9016
    Regina OBrien says:

    Regina Birmingham, AL
    The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen His glroy, the glory of the One and Only, who came fromt he Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NIV

  17. 9017
    Jennifer Henry says:

    I have two verses this time, becuase I forgot to post at all for February! Wah! Hope these still count.

    Romans 10:4: “Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”

    Psalm 48:8: “As we have heard, so have we seen. In the city of the Lord Almighty, in the city of our God: God makes her secure forever.”

  18. 9018
    Michelle V. says:

    Michelle V – Durham, NC
    You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Psalm 139:16. NLT

  19. 9019
    Abby says:

    Abby- St. Louis

    The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5 NIV)

  20. 9020
    Jodie Evans says:

    Jodie Evans
    Rock Port, MO

    Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. (James 1:14, 15 NLT)

  21. 9021
    Shirley; Fair Oaks, CA says:

    who satisfies your mouth with good things,
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.
    the Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
    He made known His ways to Moses.
    His acts to the children of Israel. Psalm 103:5-7, NKJV

  22. 9022
    Devon says:

    You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)

  23. 9023
    Suzette says:

    Suzette from Fredericksburg, Tx says:
    Do everything without complaining or arguing Philippians 2:12 NIV

  24. 9024
    karen hughes says:

    karen. ont,canada “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” john 1 vs5 NIV

  25. 9025
    Pam Pruijs says:

    I will praise you. Lord, with all my heart and tell about the wonders you have worked.
    Psal, 9:! (CEV)

  26. 9026
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl from Katy, TX

    “For not all have faith. But the LORD is faithful, and He will stengthen and protect you from the evil one.”

    2 Thessalonians 3.2b-3 NASB

  27. 9027
    Elaine says:

    Ps 51:1 NLT
    Have mercy on me O God, because if your unfailing love.
    Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sin.

  28. 9028
    Karen Brown says:

    Karen, Aurora, MO, All your children will be taught by The Lord, and great will be their peace. Isaiah 54:13, NIV

  29. 9029
    Alison Gromer says:

    Alison from Overland Park, KS
    Ps. 63:7-8 ESV
    For you have been my HELP, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for JOY! My soul clings to you, your right hand upholds me.

  30. 9030
    Elizabeth Kinlaw says:

    Elizabeth from Raleigh, NC
    “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” I Peter 5:8-9 NKJV

  31. 9031
    Beccy, Abilene says:

    For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as a people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.
    1 Peter 2:15-16 ESV

  32. 9032
    Nici Richardson says:

    Nici, Fort Worth TX. “A person plans his course, but The Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (NET)

  33. 9033
    Nancy says:

    Hebrews 10:36 NIV
    You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God you will receive what He has promised.

  34. 9034
    Sharon says:

    Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV84)
    But blessed is the man who trusts in The Lord whose confidence is in Him. He is like a tree planted by the stream of water that sends out its roots by stream. It does not fear When heat comes. It’s leaves are always green. It does not worry in a year of drought and always will bear fruit.

  35. 9035
    Sheri Brady says:

    Sheri from Roseburg, OR
    “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
    Matthew 5:6 NKJV

  36. 9036
    Courtney Cooper says:

    Psalm 23:4-6; NKJV: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of The Lord forever.” (Tulsa, OK)

  37. 9037
    Laurie Jacobsen says:

    ” We put our hope in the LORD. He is our help and our shield.”
    Psalm 33:20. NIV

  38. 9038
    Laurie Jacobsen says:

    “In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name.”
    Psalm 33:21

  39. 9039
    Laurie Jacobsen says:

    “Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone.”
    Psalm 33:22

  40. 9040
    Laurie Jacobsen says:

    “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

  41. 9041
    Lorraine says:

    And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13.

  42. 9042
    Amy says:

    Amy from Buda, TX: “Cast your cares upon the Lord, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)

  43. 9043
    Sheena Snyder says:

    Sheena, Virginia Beach,

    And Jesus said to him “‘If I can!’ All things are possible for him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24 ESV

  44. 9044
    Laura Griffiths says:

    Laura. Auburn. 2 Corinthians 10:5. We destroy arguments ans every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God. And take every thought captive to obey Christ.

  45. 9045
    Scarlett says:

    Scarlett, Round Rock, TX
    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” Matthew 5:4, NIV

  46. 9046
    Jane says:

    Philippians 4:11-13
    “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in want and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who strengthens me.”

  47. 9047
    Beth Galliano says:

    Beth G., Denham Springs, LA,
    Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wonderous works., 1 Chronicles 16:9, KJV.

  48. 9048
    Kim Mobley says:

    Kim from Redlands, CA

    Galations 5:22-23 NIV

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against such things there is no law.

  49. 9049
    Carmen says:

    Carmen Greenville MI Delight yourself in The Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Ps 37:4. NIV

  50. 9050
    Wendy Zahller says:

    Psalm 25:21 NAS Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,For I wait for You.

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