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. 900
    Lisa Curtis says:

    Lisa Curtis
    You establish the mountains by Your Power, robed with strength. Psalm 65:6HSCB

  2. 901
    Beth says:

    Beth, Madison WI. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4 NIV.

  3. 902
    Denise Cothran says:

    Denise, Piedmont, SC. “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband. But she who shames him is like rottenness (cancer) in his bones.”

  4. 903
    Cathy says:

    Cathy from Kokomo
    Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    Be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 New King James

  5. 904
    Amanda White says:

    Amanda, Lexington, KY

    “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be 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.” Romans 12:2 NIV

  6. 905
    Fran Harris says:

    Fran, Stedman, NC
    “Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” I Peter 2:17 NKJV

  7. 906
    Amy Alderman says:

    Amy from Charleston, SC

    “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” -Jeremiah 29:12-13, NIV

  8. 907
    Carmen says:

    Carmen, Fergus Falls, MN

    “I am the LORD,” he says, “and there is no other. I publicly proclaim bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner so no one can understand what I mean. And I did not tell the people of Israel to ask me for something I did not plan to give. I, the LORD, speak only what is true and right.” Isaiah 45:19 NLT

  9. 908
    Sarah says:

    Sarah, Oklahoma City, 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

  10. 909
    Caroline Brewer says:

    “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” NIV, Colossians 3:23

  11. 910
    Rhonda Pattersoon says:

    Rhonda, Niles, MI “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 NIV

    • 910.1
      Sarah says:

      Sarah, Sheridan, IN “See, I will do a new thing. It will begin happening now. Will you not know about it? I will even make a road in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” NLV Isaiah 43:19

  12. 911
    Corrie says:

    I will sing to the Lord, for He has dealt bountifully with me.

    Psalm 13:6

  13. 912
    Lindsay says:

    Lindsay from Boston, MA: “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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 4:4-7 (NIV)

  14. 913
    Bethany says:

    Bethany, Chandler, TX
    2 Corinthians 10:5, Complete Jewish Bible
    “We demolish arguments and every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah.”

  15. 914
    Amanda says:

    Romans 8:6 (ESV)

    For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

  16. 915
    Terry says:


    I will extol the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.
    My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
    Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt His name together.
    ~Psalm 34:1-3 NIV

  17. 916
    Shelly Elston says:

    Shelly, Portland, OR

    “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
    Psalm 45:1 (ESV)

  18. 917
    Michelle says:

    Michelle, Fort Worth, The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8, NIV84

  19. 918
    Gretchen from Mesquite says:

    1 Thess. 5:11 – Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

  20. 919
    Jean says:

    Princeton, Maine

    And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
    1 John 5:20

  21. 920
    Kelley says:

    Kelley from Houston

    “But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.”

    Psalm 3:3 (ESV)

  22. 921
    Jane says:

    Jane, Bakersfield, California

    “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”

    Psalm 28:7 NIV

  23. 922
    Sharon van der Walde says:

    Ann Arbor, Mi

    So I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?”

    Nehemiah 6:3

  24. 923
    Abigail Reeves says:

    Abigail from Charleston, SC

    “but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.” -Psalms 1:2

  25. 924
    Jan Provence says:

    Isa 43:2
    When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
    and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
    When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.

  26. 925
    Amy Nelson says:

    Amy Nelson from Frisco, Texas

    God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

    Psalms 46:1 NLT

  27. 926
    Donna Pineau says:

    Donna from Bartlett, TN

    The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

    1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT

  28. 927
    Julia says:

    Julia, Morehead KY. “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV

  29. 928
    Shauna Moody says:

    Shauna from Nebraska
    “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

  30. 929

    Melissa Irwin; Franklin, TN

    “You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you. But remember the root command: love one another.”

    John 15:16-17 The Message Bible

  31. 930
    Meanie Meeks says:

    Melanie from Griffin, Georgia

    Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah

    Psalms 32:7 KJV

  32. 931
    Lisha Adam says:

    Lisha, Wetumpka, Alabama

    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

  33. 932
    Shannon says:

    Shannon, Rogers, AR “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:8 NIV

  34. 933
    Carey Dunlop says:

    Carey D, Bartlesville OK – Proverbs 3:5(NLT) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding.

  35. 934
    Eleanor says:

    Memphis, TN

    Col. 3:16-17 ESV
    16) 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. 17) And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

  36. 935
    Lynda Harkins says:

    Lynda, Monterey
    “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
    Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

  37. 936
    Sherry says:

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

  38. 937
    Heather Au says:

    Heather from Hayden, Al: The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalms 27:1 NKJV

  39. 938
    WendyC says:

    Wendy – Cheyenne, WY.

    If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

    1 Corinthians 13:2, The Message

  40. 939
    TCobb says:

    TCobb, Houston

    John 15:3-4, NLT
    You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

  41. 940
    Kira says:

    Ray, MI
    A soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.
    Proverbs 15:1 ESV

  42. 941
    Ginny, Denver says:

    For everyone who asks, receives;
    And he who seeks, finds;
    And to him who knocks;
    it shall be opened.
    Luke 11:20 NASB

  43. 942
    Ashley Maxwell says:

    “Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”
    -Psalm 34:5

  44. 943
    Darcy says:

    Darcy-Edwardsvile, IL
    “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.” -Hebrew 12:2 (NIV)

  45. 944
    Shannon says:

    Shannon from Cold Lake,AB

    The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

    1 Thess. 5:24

  46. 945
    Diana says:

    Fountain, CO
    “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 NIV 84

  47. 946
    Sara Wheeler says:

    Sara, Edmond,OK “The Lord within her is righteous; he does no wrong. Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail, yet the unrighteous know no shame.” Zephaniah 3:5 NIV

  48. 947
    Juddy says:

    Judy from Torrance, CA
    “We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.” Psalm 33:20 (NIV)

  49. 948
    Amanda from Waynesboro, MS says:

    So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now, rather we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
    II Corinthians 4:18 NLT

  50. 949
    Tracey Nave says:

    Tracey Nave
    Seminole, TX

    Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

    Colossians 3:15

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