Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 1!

WELCOME, EVERYONE, TO THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE 2015 SIESTA SCRIPTURE MEMORY TEAM!

WOOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!

Allow me to introduce myself to you as your fellow sojourner for the next 12 months and your official cheerleader. It will be my pleasure to remind you often that, in Christ Jesus, you most certainly CAN be victorious in this adventure of the faith, this challenge of the mind and this discipline of the Spirit.

Nothing we’ve done on this blog since its inception has seemed to attract more outrageous favor from God. We are convinced that He loves it. God never misses a single individual going to the work of memorizing His Word but imagine His delight when a huge community of tremendously diverse women in age, background, and worship tradition band together in a pilgrimage of faith. You don’t have to stop and wonder if it’s God’s will for His words to abide in you. The Word of God alive, active, and abiding in us speaks to us, shields us, warns us, strengthens us, sanctifies us, equips us in our callings, and directs us in our decision making. It sharpens our insight and improves our discernment. It makes us wiser and, let’s be bold enough to say, even smarter. Our brains were hardwired to flourish across the board when nourished by the Scriptures. Above all else, Scripture abiding and thriving in us builds up our faith, for “faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)  And, Girlfriend, we want to be women of faith. That faith erupts into works that were planned for each of us before the creation of the world. (Ephesians 2:10)

OK. I want to get right to it before I lose some of you so that no one will be unclear about the protocol.

The entry of your first verse is your official registration for SSMT (Siesta Scripture Memory Team). Everybody who joins us needs to start right here in a designated comment to this exact post. Even those who may jump in with us a couple of months late who are willing to work double-time to get it all done will start right here.

For a quick recap of our objective: Remember, we are committing to the memorization of 24 verses in 12 months. Two a month. We each get to select our own verses to align with our personal needs and challenges. Choosing a Scripture that resonates with you is immensely helpful in the memorization process. If you have trouble coming up with one of your own, you can always share mine or look through the other entries for ideas. You’ll find your SSMT posts right here on the blog at 8:00 AM on the 1st and 15th of every month in 2015. [Under the LINKS section listed on the right hand side of our blog home page, you will find all SSMT posts will store together for easy access. See “Scripture Memory Team 2015”.] If you haven’t had a chance to read all the instructions and hear about our end-of-year celebration, please go back and read the informational post then return to this spot. Questions unanswered here are answered there.

One of the most important things for you to know from the top is how to arrange your comment with the verse you’ve selected. We limit each comment to this information: 

Your name, city, verse (written all the way out), reference, and translation. 

SO, here goes mine! I’m obsessed with the Book of Ephesians right now so much of my memory work will probably come from those pages.

Beth Moore, Houston, Texas. “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” Ephesians 2:19 ESV

We’re fellow citizens with the likes of Peter and John and James and Stephen and Paul and Timothy and Barnabas and Joanna and Susanna and Lydia and Tabitha and just try counting all the Marys. We’re fellow citizens and members of the household of Middle Eastern believers confessing Christ in hostile climates, of Chinese believers meeting in house churches, of Eastern European believers finding hope in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have brothers and sisters in Thessaloniki, in Paris, in Belfast, in Riyadh, in Copenhagen, in Calgary, and Rome. We – right here in this community – are sisters to a household of God that stretches across this globe, saved by the blood of Jesus Christ alone. By grace through faith. “It is the gift of God, not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) That’s what makes us family. We, beloved sister, are in gorgeous company. Let’s give our time on this planet as part of this household all we’ve got. Christ is so altogether worthy.

Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait! One last thing before I say Go! Don’t panic or jump the gun and post a second time if you don’t see your verse published soon. I will be moderating all these launch comments by myself because I don’t want my staff to have to work on the holiday so I beg your patience. I’ll be hard at work on it but it will take me a while to get them all posted. As a rule over the next 12 months, only post a second time if it’s been 48 hours since you left the comment and you still don’t see it.

****I noticed that some of you posted verses earlier than this post was published and they came up on the SSMT informational comments.  I should have doubly emphasized what time the posts will go up each round: 8:00 AM, each 1st and 15th. So sorry if I did not make that clear enough! If you submit your verse earlier than that, it unfortunately appears under the wrong post and, the way blog moderating works, there’s no way for us to transfer the comments over. If you left your 1st verse under any other post than this one, please add it here as well. This is the official registration post.  I know it’s a bit complicated at first! Hang with it! So sorry for your extra trouble!

Hey, I am so glad you’re doing this with us. So much love to you.

OK, GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. 14049
    Shonda Vielbig says:

    Shonda Vielbig, Ventura, CA But he said to me, “My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2Cor 12:9, NIV

  2. 14050
    Stephanie Smith says:

    Stephanie Smith, Sioux Falls, SD
    For I am about to do something new.
    See I have already begun! Do you not see it?
    I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
    I will create rivers in a dry wasteland.
    Isaiah 43:19 NLT

  3. 14051
    Pam Isler says:

    Pam, Slocomb, Alabama
    Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires James 1:19-20 (NLT)

  4. 14052
    Jennine Lawson says:

    Jennine Lawson, Littleton, NH

    Psalms 51:10 (KJV)

    Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

  5. 14053
    Valerie Bynum says:

    Valerie Bynum, Valrico, FL, But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 NIV

  6. 14054
    Javi - Raleigh NC says:

    Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV)

    “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

    Ephesians 4:31-32

  7. 14055
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl, Harleysville, PA
    I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. Philippians 1:20, NIV

  8. 14056
    Jayla Penick says:

    Jayla Penick, Springfield, MO

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

  9. 14057
    Jenn says:

    Jenn
    Monroe, WA
    Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)
    Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying “This is the way walk in it.”

  10. 14058
    whitney says:

    I posted last night, but it looks like i commented to the wrong post. 😉 so reposting.

    Whitney, Anna TX

    Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105 NIV

  11. 14059
    Nikki Hurtado says:

    Nikki Hurtado, Houston, TX

    Cause me to hear your lovingkindness in the morning,
    For in You do I trust;
    Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
    For I lift up my soul to You.

    Psalm 143:8 NKJV

  12. 14060
    MaLori says:

    MaLori, Fort Worth TX, Isaiah 43:19 KJV: “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

  13. 14061
    Julie Lavers says:

    Julie Lavers – Beaverton, OR
    Proverbs 3:5–6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

    Proverbs 3:5–6 NIV

  14. 14062
    Sherry JohnsonMiller says:

    SherryJMiller, Hendersonville, NC
    “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3John 4 ESV

  15. 14063
    Bethany Massey says:

    Bethany Massey, Nashville, TN
    Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
    1 John 3:2 (ESV)

  16. 14064
    Anna says:

    Anna McKenna Redford, MI
    May mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. (‭Jude‬ ‭1‬:‭2‬ NIV)

  17. 14065
    Donna M Allen says:

    Donna M Allen Panama City, FL
    Proverbs 3:5
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart And lean not on your own understanding.

  18. 14066
    Bettie Salzwedel says:

    As far as the East is from the West , so far hath he removed our transgression from us. Psalm 103:12

    Go out and stand in your yard and look to the East and then to the West. Look at all that stands and block our way. He helps around all of this in our path but he forgives us of our sin All of them. The love that He must have for me.

  19. 14067
    Victoria M says:

    Victoria Milam, Greenbrier AR

    But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.
    Micah 7:7 ESV

  20. 14068
    Kibbie says:

    Kibbie Grovetown, GA

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

  21. 14069
    Rachele says:

    Rachele, Houston, TX

    Isaiah 43:19 NKJV

    “Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

  22. 14070
    Debby says:

    Debby, Hilliard , Ohio

    Create in me a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.
    Psalm 51:10 AMP

  23. 14071
    Krystal says:

    Krystal Holt, NLR, AR
    Deuteronomy 2;3 – New American Standard
    “You have circled this mountain long enough, now turn North”

  24. 14072
    Monica Williams says:

    Monica Williams, Phoenix AZ- Then he told me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:

    ‘You will not succeed by your own strength or by your own power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord All-Powerful. Zechariah 4:6 NCV

  25. 14073
    Stacey Lanning says:

    Stacey, Ellijay, GA
    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 pet 2:9-10

  26. 14074
    Kate Lott says:

    Kate Lott
    Orlando, FL

    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord
    Plans to give you hope and a future.

    Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

  27. 14075
    Trina says:

    Trina
    Marquette Heights, Il
    i know whom I have believed and am convinced He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.. 2Timothy 1:12 NIV

  28. 14076
    Shelly Green says:

    Shelly, Greenwich, OH.
    And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
    Ephesians 6:18 NIV

  29. 14077
    Gail Niles, Cary, North Carolina says:

    “Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
    See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”
    Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV

  30. 14078
    Erin says:

    Erin, Charlotte, NC
    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 NIV

  31. 14079
    Taylor Techau says:

    Taylor Techau, Lexington, KY
    The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
    Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV

  32. 14080
    Janet says:

    Phil. 1:27 – Whatever happens, conduct yourself in a manner that glorifies the word of God.

  33. 14081
    Shan Copeland says:

    Shan Copeland, Salina, KS
    I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. Jeremiah 31:25 NIV
    Taken from Beth Moore’s Breaking Free Day by Day devo.

  34. 14082
    Diane Miller says:

    Diane Miller, Cypress, TX
    “Hatred stirs up dissention, but love covers over all wrongs.” Prov. 10:12 NIV

  35. 14083
    Carrie Whatley says:

    Carrie Whatley, Orting, WA: In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Rom. 8:26 NIV

  36. 14084
    Sharon Watson says:

    Houston, Texas
    1Peter 3:15 But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.

  37. 14085

    Marie Griffith, Moulton, AL For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Job 33:4. NLT

  38. 14086
    Rachel says:

    Rachel from Atlanta, GA

    “You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave our sins.”

    Colossians 2:13 (NLT)

  39. 14087
    Vicky Wilson says:

    Vicky, Winter Garden, FL
    Because this year is going to be one of great changes for me and I don’t exactly know what they are going to look like.

    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

  40. 14088
    Kelli Furgason says:

    Kelli Furgason, DeWitt, MI
    “Finally, brethern, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” Philippians 4:8 NASB

  41. 14089
    Lori Arce says:

    Lori Arce, Boca Raton, FL
    “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2

  42. 14090
    Connie says:

    Connie from Woodstock, GA
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 NLT

  43. 14091
    Judy says:

    Judy from Forty Fort PA
    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;old things have passed away;
    behold, all things have become new.

    2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

  44. 14092
    Dolly says:

    Dolly, Alexander City, AL
    He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
    Isaiah 40:29 NIV

  45. 14093
    Johanne Riva Cambrin says:

    Johanne Riva Cambrin, Calgary, AB, Canada
    “I pray that He may grant you according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit,” Ephesians 3:16 HCSB

  46. 14094
    Kendra says:

    Kendra, New York, NY

    “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:3-4 (NIV)

  47. 14095
    Michelle says:

    Michelle, Chadds Ford, PA
    Behold, I am doing a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
    I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.
    Isaiah 43:19 ESV

  48. 14096
    Allison Love says:

    Allison Love, Minneola, FL

    For the Lord God is a sun and shield. The Lord gives grace and glory; He does not withhold the good from those who live with integrity. Psalm 84:11 HCSB

  49. 14097
    Joni Johnson says:

    Psalm 19:14- let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

  50. 14098
    Judy Turnbow says:

    Judy Turnbow, Pearl, MS
    Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of all who seek Him
    Hebrews 11:6 NASB

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