Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 1!



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. 14251
    Cyndy Durham says:

    Cyndy Durham

    To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding

    Proverbs 1:2 KJV

  2. 14252
    Tack says:

    Lisa Tackett, Bethany OK
    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. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

  3. 14253
    Lora Leftwich says:

    Deuteronomy 32:2-4
    “2 Let my teaching fall like rain and my word settle (condense, distill) like dew,
    like gentle rain on new grass and showers on tender plants.
    3 For I will proclaim Yahweh’s name (ADONAI, LORD). Declare the greatness of our God!
    4 The Rock—His work is perfect, all His ways are entirely just.
    A faithful God, without prejudice (injustice), He is righteous and true.(HCSB) with emphasis added from CJV and NKJV

  4. 14254
    Christie Roberts says:

    Christie from Greeley, Colorado Matthew 9:36 “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like a sheep without a shepherd.” (NIV)

  5. 14255
    Vicki Clark says:

    I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
    Philippians 4:13 NIV

  6. 14256
    Amanda says:

    Amanda White from Somerville, TN
    Psalm 112:7 (NIV) They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD

  7. 14257
    Robyn Nestvogel says:

    Robyn Nestvogel. Rock Hill, SC. “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 grow faint.”
    Isaiah 40:31. NIV

  8. 14258
    Naomi Josephson says:

    Naomi Josephson
    Red Rock, Texas

    Colossians 3:2-3

    Set your minds on things above, not on things of this earth. For you died, and your life is hidden in Christ in God. (NKJV)

  9. 14259
    Karen Hunter says:

    I Corinthians 10:31 Whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, you must do all for the glory of God(ESV)

  10. 14260
    Heather says:

    Heather of Saint Cloud, Minnesota:
    Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;keep watch over the door of my lips.Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies.
    Psalm 141:3-4 NIV

  11. 14261
    Miranda says:

    Miranda Marsh from Claremore, OK

    From the ESV: Isaiah 43:19

    “Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth do you no perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

  12. 14262
    Sheila says:

    Sheila, Sugar Land, TX
    Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8 ESV

  13. 14263
    Carolyn Kyker says:

    Carolyn – Anna, TX
    Matthew 9:22

    Jesus turned & saw her, “Take heart, daughter” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.

  14. 14264
    Nini Dungan says:

    Nini Dungan, Kansas City, Mo. 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

  15. 14265
    Jeanne says:

    Jeanne Newberry, Cordova, TN. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭2‬ NLT)

  16. 14266
    Johanna says:

    Johanna, Johnstown CO, Romans 8:1-2 ESV:
    There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

  17. 14267
    Tina Thunell says:

    Tina Thunell, Olympia, WA
    It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭1‬ NASB)

  18. 14268
    Melanie Perry says:

    Melanie Perry Independence, Ohio
    Joshua 1:9
    *BBE* Have I not given you your orders? Take heart and be strong; have no fear and do not be troubled; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

  19. 14269
    Pam Cottrell says:

    “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 NIV

  20. 14270
    Katherine W says:

    Matthew 25:35 – “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

  21. 14271
    Norma K says:

    Norma K.
    Lima Ohio
    2 TImothy 1:7
    For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. NIV

  22. 14272
    Jennifer Williams says:

    Jennifer Williams, Janesville WI
    Psalm 27:4 The one thing I ask of the Lord–the thing I seek most–is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. (NLT)

  23. 14273
    Tammy says:

    Tammy Wingo, KY “Depend on the Lord in whatever you do and you will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3 NCV

  24. 14274
    Kelleen Little says:

    Ps 92:12-15

    Kelleen Little, Spokane, WA Ps 92:12-15 ESV
    12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree
    and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
    13 They are planted in the house of the Lord;
    they flourish in the courts of our God.
    14 They still bear fruit in old age;
    they are ever full of sap and green,
    15 to declare that the Lord is upright;
    he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

  25. 14275
    Karen says:

    Karen, Bellingham, WA
    Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
    “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? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

  26. 14276
    Kimberly Kleimann says:

    Kimberly from Chico, CA

    But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Psalm 1:2

  27. 14277
    Rebecca Hill says:

    Rebecca – Apex, NC
    Proverbs 16:1-4
    The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, but the Lord weighs the motives. Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established. The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil.
    New American Standard Bible (NASB)

  28. 14278
    Terri O says:

    Terri O, Fountain Valley, CA

    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)

  29. 14279
    Kay Handy says:

    Kay Handy, Pasadena, TX
    If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NASV

  30. 14280
    Marcene Saxman says:

    Marcene Saxman, Watsonville, CA “Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.” 1 John 1:5 (HCSB)

  31. 14281
    Daura Crawley says:

    Daura Crawley, Conway, AR
    Colossians 3:16
    Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

  32. 14282
    Janet says:

    Janet, Columbus, Georgia: “We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.” Proverbs 16:33, NLT

  33. 14283
    Kelly Green says:

    Kelly Green, Quincy, IL
    Ah, Lord God! Behold you have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You! Jeremiah 32:17 NASB

  34. 14284
    Jennifer G. says:

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

  35. 14285
    Diane M Barney says:

    Luke 6:40 A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.

  36. 14286
    Sharon says:

    Sharon from Van, TX
    “Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.”
    Psalm 119:1 NIV

  37. 14287
    Amy B says:

    Hebrews 4:16
    So let us come boldly to the thrown of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

  38. 14288
    Duretta Lorang says:

    For I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

  39. 14289
    Diana Edgar says:

    Diana, Lewis Center, Ohio

    Romans 16:20, NIV

    The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.

  40. 14290
    Christina Drewry says:

    Decatur, TX 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

    (16)Be joyful always; (17)pray continually; (18)give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Chris Jesus. (NIV)

  41. 14291
    Teresa says:

    But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love, wherewith he loved us, Eph. 2:4 KJV

  42. 14292
    Liz Ward says:

    Liz, Montoursville PA

    I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

    Phillipians 4:11 NIV

  43. 14293
    Alanna Jeffcoat says:

    “Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the Love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
    Romane 8:39 (NLV)

  44. 14294
    Cynthia H. says:

    Dallas, TX James 4:7-8 (ESV)

    Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded

  45. 14295
    Catherine says:

    Catherine, Bowling Green, KY

    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 RSV

  46. 14296
    Cheryl Anderson says:

    Cheryl Anderson, Maumelle, AR
    Isaiah 43:19 NLT
    For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness for my people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert!

  47. 14297
    Allie Martin says:

    I Cor. 10:13 (NKJV)

    No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

  48. 14298
    Trish says:

    Trish Friona, TX
    “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

  49. 14299
    Betsy Warren says:

    Betsy & Lydia Warren, Flower Mound, TX
    “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth I desire besides you.” Psalm 73:25 ESV

  50. 14300
    Stephanie Sims says:

    Stephanie–Frankfort, KY: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV)

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