2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 3!

Hey, Everybody! Welcome to Verse 3! One month down, only eleven more to go! I say that with a grin because I don’t want it to fly by. There are stressful aspects to what we’re doing here on our team because victory is labor intensive and demands focus and discipline. You can’t really cheat at your memory work. I mean, either we take the time for the constant repetition until it’s embedded underneath that skull of ours or we don’t. But, at the same time, it’s also rejuvenating, don’t you think? And fun? And, admit it, the team aspect of it is glorious.

In fact, I hope God is using this whole process to bring some of you back to life. I’m picturing all of us women like that valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37. Scattered in that broad dell of ours are skeletons of dead-tired, depleted girls from all over the United States and in at least a half dozen other countries. Thousands of us. The breath of God’s words falling on us, rattling our bones, wrapping us with new wine skins, filling our lungs, and beginning to raise us to our feet: a mighty army brandishing Swords. (Eph. 6:17) We use these swords to battle darkness and not one another. We are not Peter who, in an impulsive fury, left poor Malchus with one less ear in John 18:10. There they were, in the most critical moment in human history thus far and Jesus had to stop what He was doing and stick the man’s ear back on the side of his head. (Luke 22:51) Enough of this! Jesus commanded. The people around us who we are called to reach and serve in Christ’s name are not drawn to weapons and shredders but they are indeed drawn to courage and valiance and gracious strength. A well-trained soldier knows who his enemy is and who his enemy is not.

I’m looking forward to your verses! I am starting some memory work out of the one-chapter book of Jude today. I find this verse fascinating because the inspired penman really meant to write his audience about one thing when God sidetracked him to another. These dimensions of divine inspiration make my mind spin. I love thinking about it. Here goes mine:

Beth, Houston. Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. Jude 1:3 (ESV)

Contend for the faith. Lord, show us, teach us, equip us, fill us, and anoint us with holy affection, sound minds and doctrine to contend for the faith. Show us how to fight for our faith without wounding and scarring the people we were called to influence in the process. This can get tricky. Show us how it’s done.

I’m honored to serve you, Sisters, and to draw swords with you in this battle against the blackest darkness. Built up in Christ by the breath of the Spirit, focused and deliberate, we can be a mighty army.

OK, let’s have it. Your names, cities, verses, references, and translations.

Live and love well out there today, you hear?



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  1. 351

    Stephanie from Lynchburg, VA
    “For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.
    He gives us grace and glory.
    The Lord will withhold no good thing
    from those who do what is right.”
    Psalm 84:11 NLT

  2. 352
    Laura says:

    Laura, Minneapolis, “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.” 1 Timothy 4:13, ESV

  3. 353
    Mary Anne says:

    Mary Anne, Osler, Canada “My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.” Jeremiah 24:6-7 NIV

  4. 354
    Angie says:

    Angie, Montgomery. “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24 (NIV)

  5. 355
    Nicole says:

    Nicole, Bloomington, IL:
    “O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.” Psalm 25:2 (ESV)

  6. 356
    Brenda says:

    Brenda – Nashville, TN
    You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in You. Isa 26:3 NIV

  7. 357
    Lakeisha says:

    Lakeisha, Mays Landing, NJ

    When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
    Psalm 94:19 NIV

  8. 358
    Debbie Scherrer says:

    Debbie, Sevierville
    I will have no fear of bad news, my heart is steadfast trusting in the Lord.psalm 112:7

  9. 359
    Jenn says:

    Jenn, Orlando FL
    1 Peter 2:18-21 (NIV84)
    Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.

  10. 360
    Ruth Cherry says:

    Ruth Cherry, Royse City, Texas

    “But we are not of those who shrink back, but of those who believe and are saved.”

    Hebrews 10:39

  11. 361
    Nicole Hudnall says:

    Nicole Hudnall, Lynchburg, VA
    Jeremiah 29:11
    “For I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

  12. 362
    Pat Westmoreland says:

    Pat, Littlefield, Tx…….. “Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea, and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

    Matthew 21:21-22 NIV

  13. 363
    Amy in Chesterfield, VA says:

    It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High,
    to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night. Psalm 92:1-2 NIV

    (6YO) Love is patient, love is kind. 1 Corinthians 13:4a NIV

    (2YO) Love comes from God. 1 John 4:7 NIV

  14. 364
    Connie Capps says:

    Connie Capps
    Pine Level, NC

    Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

    Proverbs 3:3-4

  15. 365
    Joy says:

    Joy, Fayette, AL

    When you pass throught the waters, I will be with you and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you pass through the fire, you will not be burned; the flame will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God.
    Isaiah 43:2-3a NIV

  16. 366
    Whitney Bandermann says:

    Whitney from Cape Girardeau, MO.

    Praise be to the name of God forever and ever! Wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons, He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. Daniel 2:20-21, NIV

    **Beth I’m doing the Daniel study and you challenged us to memorize this! Woohoo!

  17. 367
    Lisa S. says:

    Lisa S.
    Kinston, NC
    Psalm 73:26 KJV
    My flesh and my heart faileth;
    but God is the strength of
    my heart, and my portion forever.

  18. 368
    Tracey says:

    Tracey, Columbia, MO.
    “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21. (ESV)

  19. 369
    Kay says:

    Kay from Deer Park, TX

    Ephesians 2:14 NIV
    14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,

  20. 370
    Marcia Jordon says:

    Marcia Jordon; Fulton, Mo

    Psalm 13:5,6 (MSG)
    “I’ve thrown myself headlong into Your arms — I’m celebrating Your rescue. I’m singing at the top of my lungs, I’m so full of answered prayers.”

  21. 371
    Barb says:

    Barb, Kentwood MI

    Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you.

    1 Cor 15:58a NIV

  22. 372
    Cindy says:

    Cindy, Lakeland. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 NET

  23. 373
    Kimberly Orr says:

    Kimberly Orr
    Zionsville, Indiana

    All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
    2 Corinthians 5:18-19 ESV

  24. 374
    Jill says:

    “May the words from my mouth and the thoughts from my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my Rock and my Defender”

    Psalm 19:14, Gods Word Translation

  25. 375
    Jennifer Craven says:

    Winston-Salem, NC

    “Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds, binds them as a sign on your hands, and let them be a symbol on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
    Deuteronomy 11: 18-20

  26. 376
    Mary, Nova Scotia says:

    “Whoever asks shouldn’t hesitate. They should ask in faith, without doubting. Whoever doubts is like the surf of the sea, tossed and turned by the wind.”

    ~ James 1:6 Common English Bible (CEB)

  27. 377
    Sharice Latham says:

    Sharice, Shelby, NC “Like a city whose walls are broken through is a man who lacks self-control.” Proverbs 25:28 (NIV)

  28. 378
    Paige says:

    Paige from Woodville, AL
    “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
    Colossians 3:23 NIV

  29. 379
    susan blackman says:

    Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again Rjoice
    Phillipians 4:4
    Susan B Huffman Tx

  30. 380
    judy says:

    Judy, snow covered Oswego, NY

    Psalm 46:1-2a, 11 ESV

    ‘God is my refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
    Therefore, I will not fear though the earth gives way…
    The Lord of hosts is with me,
    The God of Jacob is my fortress.’

  31. 381
    Delaney says:

    Delaney, Plano, TX – “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” John 15:8 (ESV)

  32. 382
    Kimberly Orr says:

    Kimberly Orr
    Zionsville, Indiana

    All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation that is; in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
    2 Corinthians 5:18-19 ESV

  33. 383
    Carrie P says:

    Carrie from Zeeland
    I sought the Lord , and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalms 34:4 ESV)

  34. 384
    Danielle says:

    Danielle Birmingham, AL
    1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV)
    Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

  35. 385
    Heather Narvaez says:

    Heather, Fort Washington, MD

    I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

    Matthew 12:36-37 ESV

  36. 386
    Hilary says:

    Hilary, Columbus, GA

    “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

    Luke 6: 37 NIV

  37. 387
    Janice, Birmingham, AL says:

    When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Is. 43:2 (ESV)

  38. 388
    Holly Smith says:

    Holly Smith
    Monument, CO

    Ecclesiastes 3:5-6 ESV

    a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

    a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

    a time to seek, and a time to lose;

    a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

  39. 389
    Rosie says:

    Rosie, Tacoma WA
    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

  40. 390
    Courtney Eastman says:

    Courtney Eastman, Kingsport TN: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

  41. 391
    Audrey Davidson says:

    Audrey from Fayetteville, AR

    Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

    James 1:2-4 NIV

  42. 392
    Gail says:

    Gail, Dublin, NC. “Always be full of joy in the Lord, I say it again — Rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.” Philippians 4:4, NLT

  43. 393
    Dee says:

    Dee from Portland, Oregon
    But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you (sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully); for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in (your) weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! 2 Corinthians 12:9 amp
    Wordy? Yes! But so explanatory! Love the image of a tent pitched over me!

  44. 394
    Stephanie Giesbrecht says:

    Stephanie from St. Catharines, ON

    But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

    James 3:17

  45. 395
    Ann says:

    Ann, Bonner Springs,KS
    Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the Lord that one gets justice. (Proverbs 29:26 NIV)

  46. 396
    Sally says:

    Sally, Muskogee, OK. “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.” Psalm 119:114 (KJV)

  47. 397
    Nicole Powell says:

    Nicole from Tahoka, Texas
    Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough?
    1 Corinthians 5:6 NIV

  48. 398
    Donna says:

    Donna H. Lexington, KY

    1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.NIV

  49. 399
    Louise says:

    Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you. Psalm 63:3 NIV

  50. 400
    Cathy Bartrum says:

    Walton, In

    So, do not fear, for I am with you, do not be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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