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. 401
    Heather Carpenter says:

    Heather – Concord
    Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
    Proverbs 4:23 NIV

  2. 402
    Sarah says:

    Sarah, from Elkhart, IN
    Mark 10:45 NKJV
    Even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many.

  3. 403
    Patti says:

    Patti Hayes from Tampa, Florida

    For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.

    John 1:16 (AMP)

  4. 404
    Jenn says:

    Jenn, Orlando FL
    Psalm 103:19-22 (NET)
    The Lord has established his throne in heaven; his kingdom extends over everything. Praise the Lord, you angels of his, you powerful warriors who carry out his decrees and obey his orders! Praise the Lord, all you warriors of his, you servants of his carry out his desires! Praise the Lord, all that he has made, in all the regions of his kingdom! Praise the Lord, O my soul!

  5. 405
    Maureen Guilbault says:

    Maureen Guilbault, Pascoag, RI

    If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

    Romans 12:18 NRSV

  6. 406
    Carrie says:

    Carrie from West Lafayette, IN

    “So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”

    I Corinthians 9:26-27 (continuing from vv.24-25 which were last week’s)

  7. 407
    Joan Graham says:

    Joan, Allentown PA So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 NLT

  8. 408
    Frances Reid says:

    Frances Reid. Greer, SC

    • 408.1
      Frances Reid says:

      Frances Reid. Greer, SC. Colossians 3:2 “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” NASB

  9. 409
    Peggy Funk says:

    Peggy, Tucson
    “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love, give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.” Romans 12: 10-13 NAS

  10. 410
    Jen Z. says:

    Jen Z., Athens, GA
    No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
    1 Corinthians 10:13 (RSV)

  11. 411
    Donna says:

    Donna, Norwood, Ma

    “You have traveled around this mountain long enough. Now turn north.” Deuteronomy 2:3 (NLV)

  12. 412
    Dawn Atwood says:

    Dawn from Colleyville, TX
    For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7, NIV

  13. 413
    Erin says:

    Erin, Atlanta,GA

    May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us–yes, establish the work of our hands.
    Psalm 90:17

    NIV 1984

  14. 414
    Tanis says:

    Tanis, Terrace BC

    I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Gal 2:20 NIV

  15. 415
    Dianne Stavropoulos says:

    Atlanta. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called ‘sons’ of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on My account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:7-12 (ESV)

  16. 416
    Lindsay says:

    Lindsay from West Point, NE
    The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteiousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17 NIV

  17. 417
    Rachel says:

    Rachel, Alabama
    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)

  18. 418
    Jaime Turner says:

    Jaime Turner from Nederland, Texas

    “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:7-8 (NIV)

  19. 419
    juliep says:

    Julie Plosz
    Tierra Verde FL
    All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13 ESV

  20. 420
    Tammy from San Antonio says:

    Colossian 3:12 NIV

    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kidness, humility, gentleness and patience.

  21. 421
    Sally Calentine says:

    Sally from Sour Lake, Texas

    Joshua 1:9 (HCSB)
    Haven’t I commanded you; be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord our God is with you wherever you go.

  22. 422
    Nicole says:

    Nicole, Bloomington, IL:
    “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.” Psalm 25:1 ESV

  23. 423

    Candace, TX
    Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
    Matthew 11:28 NASB

  24. 424
    Delaney says:

    Delaney – Plano, TX. “that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.” Luke 1:74-75 ESV

  25. 425
    Hannah says:

    Hannah from Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience…

    Colossians 3:12 ESV

  26. 426
    Heather B. says:

    Warner Robins, GA

    Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20, 21 ESV)

  27. 427
    Leanne says:

    Sallis, MS
    Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.
    2 Samuel 7:29 NKJV

  28. 428
    Kimmygirl says:

    Kim, Columbus, OH

    “As for God, His way is perfect;
    The word of the Lord is proven;
    He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

    II Samuel 22:31 NKJV

  29. 429
    Ariana Blake says:

    Ariana Blake, Niles, MI
    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” -Romans 15:13 (NIV84)

  30. 430
    Tara from Springfield, MO says:

    For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV84

  31. 431
    Torrie says:

    Torrie Chizek
    Grantsburg WI

    “Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” Psalm 16:1-2 NIV

  32. 432

    Terry Kessinger. Carbondale.

    “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11 ESV

  33. 433
    Jill says:

    Jill, Bozeman.
    ” Go walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”
    Genesis 13:17

  34. 434
    Melissa says:

    Psalm 65:11 You crown the year with your bounty, your carts overflow with abundance.
    Colorado Springs, CO
    NIV from bible.cc.com

  35. 435
    Laurie Fryklund says:

    Laurie from Edmond, Oklahoma
    Isaiah 61:3 NIV
    and provide for those who grieve in Zion…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His spendor.

  36. 436
    Lois Solet says:

    Lois, Schriever. “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” 1 John 2:15-17 (NLT)

  37. 437
    Stephanie S. says:

    Stephanie S. from Richardson, TX

    “But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.”
    Psalm 13:5-6 ESV

  38. 438
    Kristin Cho says:

    Kristin Cho: Northville, Michigan

    1 Peter 5:10 NIV

    And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast


  39. 439
    Susan says:

    Susan from Overland Park, Kansas – “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Rms. 12:12 (NIV84)

  40. 440
    sarah ensor says:

    Sarah, Bracknell, UK

    And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
    Philippians 1:9-11 NAS

  41. 441
    linda newberg says:

    Linda, San Luis Obispo, “Did I not say that if you believe you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40

  42. 442
    Kristie Lovely says:

    Kristie Lovely
    Queen City, TX

    “You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.” Psalm 139:2 NKJV

  43. 443
    Amy S. says:

    Amy S. from Saint Cloud, FL:

    “Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged before the king of Assyria or before the large army that is with him, for there are more with us than with him.”

    2 Chronicles 32:7 (HCSB)

  44. 444
    Angie B. says:

    Hartland, WI

    “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 NIV

  45. 445
    Jennifer Pardon says:

    Jennifer from Richmond, Va. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139: 23-24 NLT

  46. 446
    Melissa Bumpers says:

    Melissa from LaGrange, GA: “For the law was given through Moses; Grace and Truth CAME through Jesus Christ” John 1:17 NIV

  47. 447
    Kari Williamson says:

    Kari from Barbourville, KY
    The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for The Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. -Isaiah 61:1 NLT

  48. 448
    Shelly, Frisco, TX says:

    Romans 12:2 NIV

    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.

  49. 449
    Susan Kowalcek says:

    Susan, Tucson, AZ Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights. Proverbs 18:15 MSG

  50. 450

    Jen, Houston

    “For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” – Isaiah 41:13

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