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. 4451
    Linda Kern says:

    Littleton, Co
    Romans 8:3 (NIV) For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man,”

  2. 4452
    Julie Downs, Westfield, IN says:

    The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
    Exodus 14:14

  3. 4453
    Susi Heath says:

    Behold I aam with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you. Gen 28:15 ESV

    Praise Him for He is good all the time!

  4. 4454
    Ronda says:

    Mtn. Home, AR
    James 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.

  5. 4455
    Skeet says:

    Skeet Shiver from Monroe, GA

    Romans 15:13 (NIV)
    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  6. 4456
    Gina says:

    Gina from Moody,AL
    In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Romans 8:26 NAS

  7. 4457
    Tammy says:

    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.
    Romans 12:12
    Cincinnati, Ohio

  8. 4458
    Michele from Southaven says:

    Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

  9. 4459
    Julia says:

    Julia, Whidbey Island, WA:
    ” Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” Phil 4:8-9 MSG

  10. 4460
    Lauren says:

    Anchorage, Alaska

    Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord, keep watch over the door of my lips.

    Psalm 141:3 NIV

  11. 4461
    Robbie Borders says:

    Robbie Borders, Baker City, Heal me O Lord and I will be healed, save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. Jer 17:14 NKJV

  12. 4462
    Cathy Ritchlin says:

    The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 NAS

  13. 4463
    Sacha says:

    Sacha, Midland, TX
    Psalm 2:8 (ESV)
    “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.”

  14. 4464
    Cindy Broaddus says:

    Cindy from Clute, TX. – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

  15. 4465
    Janelle Lang says:

    Janelle, WPB, FL: But as it is written:What eye did not see and ear did not hear, and what never entered the human mind— God prepared this for those who love Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9 HCSB

  16. 4466
    Tatia Cook says:

    Tatia, Carlisle, PA:

    “We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect mann, able to keep his whole body in check.” James 3:2 (NIV1984)

  17. 4467
    alisha says:

    Alisha Huntington,Wva ” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Proverbs 9:10 KJV

  18. 4468
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn Kearney, Nebraska
    Psalm 37:8 NLT
    Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm.

  19. 4469
    joy says:

    Joy from Iowa “If any of you lacks wisdom, let her ask of God who gives to all liberally and without reproach and it will be given to her. But let her ask in faith, with no doubting, for she who doubts us like a wave of the Yea driven & tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6. NKJ

  20. 4470
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl, Austin, TX
    …for whoever touches you touches the apple of His eye.
    Zechariah 2:8 NIV

  21. 4471
    Johnnie says:

    Johnnie, Wake Forest, NC

    But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22 ESV

  22. 4472
    Janet Shepherd says:

    Teach me Your way, O Lord;I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. I will give thanks to You, O Lord, my God, with all my heart, and will glorify Your name forever. – Psalm 86:11-12 (NAS)

  23. 4473
    Neta Archer Okla. City, Ok. says:

    “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

  24. 4474
    joy says:

    Joy from Iowa “If any of you lacks wisdom, let her ask of God who gives to all liberally and without reproach and it will be given to her. But let her ask in faith, with no doubting, for she who doubts Is like a wave of the sea driven & tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6. NKJ

  25. 4475
    Kaitlyn P. says:

    Kaitlyn, Fort Walton Beach, FL

    Proverbs 14:30 (ESV)
    A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy [or jealousy] makes the bones rot.

    *Sidenote: The Message and AMP translations of this verse are ministering to me as well. It’s becoming an entire study for me, I think.

  26. 4476
    Lezie Steiner, Eagan MN says:

    “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.” Psalm 62:5 (NIV)

  27. 4477
    Sharon Meekins says:

    Sharon Meekins
    Charlotte, NC
    Exodus 14:14 NIV
    “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

  28. 4478
    Monica says:

    Monica – Cashiers, NC
    “Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.” (Matthew 6:26, The Message)

  29. 4479
    Laurin Austin says:

    Laurin, Harrisburg, NC. Teach me your ways, O LORD, and I will walk with your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11 NIV

  30. 4480
    Brittney R says:

    Brittney, St. Louis – Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. John 15:4 (ESV)

  31. 4481
    Theresa E says:

    Theresa E, Oakland Township, MI

    “For he has not despised or scorned
    the suffering of the afflicted one;
    he has not hidden his face from him
    but has listened to his cry for help.”

    Psalm 22:24 (NIV)

  32. 4482
    Susan Money says:

    Susan, Houston, Galatians 1:10 from ESV – For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

  33. 4483
    Kathy says:

    Kathy, Grants Pass. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 NIV

  34. 4484
    Natalie says:

    Natalie Olympia, WA

    Though you have not seen him, you love him; and eve though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

    1 Peter 1:8-9

  35. 4485
    Laurie Giddings says:

    Lake Stevens, WA

    “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

    Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV

  36. 4486
    Karen says:

    Karen, Careml, IN
    Psalm 37:1-2 NIV
    Do not fret because of those who are evil or envious of those who do wrong;
    For like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away

  37. 4487
    Judy says:

    Prov. 1:5
    “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.”

  38. 4488
    Gwen Foreman says:

    from Crowley, LA
    Psalm 40: 3 & 5 (NIV)
    He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.
    Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.

  39. 4489
    Elisca Roller, Alexandria, LA says:

    Proverbs 28:13 (KJV)
    He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whosoever confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

  40. 4490
    Alba; West Palm Beach, FL says:

    “Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with a tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each others faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you so you must forgive others.” Colossians 3 12&13, NLT

  41. 4491
    Diane H says:

    Diane from Pratt, KS

    He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.

    Psalm 40:3 (NLT)

  42. 4492
    Jill Bunn says:

    Jill, Austin, TX
    Colossians 3:12 ESV
    Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.

  43. 4493
    Cathy Blount says:

    Cathy from Monroe Georgia
    Psalm 62:11,12 One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. NIV

  44. 4494
    Doreen Trombley says:

    Menomonee Falls, WI
    I will give you the treasures of darkeness, riches stores in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. Isaiah 45:3 NIV

  45. 4495
    Lisa Stevens says:

    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. this is the first and greatest commandment.” And second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself” Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV)

  46. 4496
    Emily says:

    Emily Ottawa Ontario, Romans 15:13 NIV 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.

  47. 4497
    Cindy says:

    Cindy, Union Grove, WI

    And without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

    Hebrews 11:6, NIV

  48. 4498
    Liz Dunbar says:

    Liz, DuBois PA
    For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5 NLT

  49. 4499
    Sondra says:

    Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O’Lord, my rock and my redeemer

    Psalms 19:14 NAS

  50. 4500
    Heather King says:

    Gloucester, Virginia

    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

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