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. 1001
    Anna Bryant says:


    But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
    Jeremiah 17:7-8

  2. 1002
    Angie says:

    Angie G.
    Albertville AL

    “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” John 15:3 NASB

  3. 1003
    Jo Anne Melton says:

    Jo Anne Chicago, IL

    “The Lord is my light and my salvation–
    whom shall I fear”
    The Lord is the stronghold of my life–
    of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 NIV

  4. 1004
    Marina from Canyon Country says:

    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

  5. 1005
    Megan Baker says:

    Megan, from Salisbury, MD: Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. Hebrews 12:14-15 NLT

  6. 1006

    Lindsey Turley
    Bowling Green, KY

    For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
    Romans 8:15 (ESV)

  7. 1007
    Michelle Halbrook says:

    Michelle, St.Louis, MO
    May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope. (Romans 15:13 AMP)

  8. 1008
    Pam Davis says:

    Pam, Columbus, GA. All your children shall be taught by The Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. Isaiah 54:13 ESV

  9. 1009
    Magan Lakeway says:

    Magan of Lakeway, TX
    “I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 (HCSB)

  10. 1010
    Erin says:

    Littleton, CO

    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

  11. 1011
    Sharon Cox says:

    Sharon from Van, TX

    My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice!

    Psalm 34:2 NIV

  12. 1012
    Lydia says:

    Lydia; Houston
    2 Cor. 1:20 NIV
    For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

  13. 1013
    April says:

    April, Magnolia

    “But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing” I Thessalonians 4:10b – 12. NKJV

  14. 1014
    Sue says:

    Sue. Groveport, OH. Ps. 91:1, NIV

    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

  15. 1015
    Jennifer Cooper says:

    Jennifer Cooper; Greenville, TX

    Joshua 1:8 (ESV)
    This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

  16. 1016
    Katie Smith says:

    Katie, Keller Tx

    “You turned my wailing into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.” Psalm 30:11-12 NIV

  17. 1017
    Nicole says:

    Nicole, Polkton, NC
    All your children will be disciples of the Lord-I will make peace abound for your children.
    Isaiah 54:13 CEB (Common English Bible)

  18. 1018
    Mary Saul says:

    Mary, Houston, TX And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; Job 19:26 NIV

  19. 1019
    Mary G from St. Paul, MN says:

    Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He sheilds him all day long and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.
    Deuteronomy 33:12 NIV

  20. 1020
    Susan Hill says:

    Susan- Nashville, TN
    Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV

    “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirm his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.”

  21. 1021
    Kelly Ottaway says:

    Kelly, Petrolia, ON: “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”
    John 6:27, NASB

  22. 1022
    Jessica B says:

    Jessica B, Chapel Hill, NC
    “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NIV

  23. 1023
    Shawna says:

    Shawna – Boise, Idaho
    Psalm 56:34 HCSB
    When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

  24. 1024
    Amy Pitre says:

    Amy in Greenwell Springs, La
    “The troubles of my heart are multiplied; bring me out of my distresses. Behold my affliction and my pain and forgive all my sins. [of thinking and doing].”
    Psalm 25:17,18 AMP

  25. 1025
    Claire Knubley says:

    Claire. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

  26. 1026
    Cathy says:

    Cathy, San Bernardino, CA

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

  27. 1027
    Connie says:

    Connie, Pickerington, OH “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

  28. 1028
    Patty from Naperville says:

    “Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate when people say unkind things about you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God wants you to do, and he will bless you for it.” 1 Peter 3:9

  29. 1029
    Erin, Lexington, Ky says:

    “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”
    Mark 11:24. (NIV)

  30. 1030
    Evelyn Morris says:


    Watertown, MA

    “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7; KJV)

  31. 1031
    Amanda says:

    Amanda, Albuquerque, NM
    “may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.” Hebrews 13:21 NLT

  32. 1032
    Debbie B says:

    Norman, OK
    For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT)

  33. 1033
    Ashley says:

    Ashley, Petersburg
    The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
    Zephaniah 3:17, NIV

  34. 1034
    Lynne Amos says:

    Lynne Amos, Wray, Colorado “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV

  35. 1035
    Kylie says:

    Kylie, Wichita,KS: “The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)

  36. 1036
    Anna Gibbs says:

    Anna Gibbs, Camden, AL: “I repeat, be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic, for I, The Lord your God, am with you in all that you do.” Joshua 1:9

  37. 1037
    Pam Houston says:

    Pam Houston, Buena Park, CA
    “You know when I sit down and rise up. You understand my thought from afar.” Psalms 139:2 (NASB)

  38. 1038
    brie. says:

    Brie, London, UK: But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. James 3:17 ESV

  39. 1039
    Melisse says:

    Melisse from Slippery Rock

    Isaiah 45:5-6 NLT

    I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no other God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is no other

  40. 1040
    Dianne says:

    Dianne, Florida

    “You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.” Psalm 65:11 (ESV)

  41. 1041
    Kami says:

    Kami, Houston TX “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” Ephesians 1:3 NIV

  42. 1042
    Lyn Brewer says:

    Lyn from Spartanburg, SC
    If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
    even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
    Psalms 139:9-10 NIV

  43. 1043
    Debbie B says:

    Norman, OK
    For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT)
    This is not a duplicate.

  44. 1044
    Andrea says:

    Andrea, Louisville
    Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
    Isaiah 54:10 NIV

  45. 1045
    Allison says:

    Allison Ferris- Jackson, MS.

    “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” Romans 12:12, ESV.

  46. 1046
    Phyllis says:

    Phyllis – Amarillo, TX
    The righteous cry out, and The Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
    Psalm 34:17-18 NIV 1984

  47. 1047
    Susan Sarver says:

    Susan, St. George,Utah
    “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift-not from works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 HCSB

  48. 1048
    Barbara Fenn says:

    Barb, Medina, Oh
    Clothe yourselves,all of you,with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you.
    1Pet5:5b-6 ESV

  49. 1049
    Laurie from Littleton, CO says:

    Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power. Psalm 145:4 (NLT)

  50. 1050
    Mary says:

    Mary Berg, Marshfield WI
    “The end of a matter is better than its beginning and patience is better than pride.”

    Ecclesiastes 7:8 NIV

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