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. 14751
    Cyndy Rocco says:

    Cyndy Rocco Patchogue New York

    I,therefore,the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in the manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love. Ephesians 4: 1-2 NAS

  2. 14752
    Susan Thomson says:

    Susan Thomson, Crockett, TX

    “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also.” Matt 6:21 NLT

  3. 14753
    Ashley Collier says:

    Ashley Collier, Walker, Louisiana

    “Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭35, 37‬ NLT)

  4. 14754
    emily says:

    Emily Stewart Bartlett, TN
    Psalm 19:14 NIV May these words of mouth and this meditation of heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

  5. 14755
    Peg Mix says:

    When anyone is joined in Christ, he is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 GNSB

  6. 14756
    Michelle Buhl says:

    Michelle Buhl, Olathe, KS
    Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, Worship the Lord with gladness, come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his’ we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfullness continues through all generations. Psalm 100 1-5 NIV

  7. 14757
    Sandy says:

    Sandy, San Antonio, TX
    “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NIV)

  8. 14758
    Deneen says:

    Deneen W., Sterlington, LA
    “Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” Psalms 143:8 ESV

  9. 14759
    Saralyn says:

    Saralyn // Lakeland, FL

    He has given us the privilege, since we have been rescued from our enemies’ clutches, to serve Him without fear in holiness and righteousness in His presence all our days. (‭Luke‬ ‭1‬:‭73-75‬ HCSB)

  10. 14760
    Kathy says:

    Kathy, Clarkesville, GA

    “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13 (NAS)

  11. 14761
    Theresa Burwick says:

    Theresa Burwick, Alexandria, KY “Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.” Heb 12:12,13. ESV

  12. 14762
    Ellen says:

    DO not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer or petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God and the peace which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minders in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6,7. NIV

  13. 14763
    Jackie Schumacher says:

    Psalms 37:4
    Delight yourself in The Lord and he
    Will give you the desires of your heart.

  14. 14764
    Cheri F says:

    Hutchinson, KS; You will keep in perfect peace, all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isa 26:3

  15. 14765
    Becky says:

    Becky Mixson, Chattanooga, TN
    “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 ESV

  16. 14766
    Linda Steinacher says:

    Linda Steinacher
    Wichita, KS
    Ez. 11:19A (NIV)
    “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them.”

  17. 14767
    Scarlett says:

    Scarlett – Richmond Hill, GA
    But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

  18. 14768
    Marie Mackey says:

    From Orlando
    Psalm 16:11
    You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

  19. 14769
    Kabrina Ethington says:

    Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭6-7‬ NLT)

    Because I need to put all my trust in the Lord and not let anxiety and worry rob me of what God has planned for me.

  20. 14770
    Brooke says:

    Brooke from Grand Junction CO

    Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. (Ish 43:18 Msg)

  21. 14771
    Kelly Otwell says:

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

  22. 14772
    Cheyene Marsh, Kirksville MO says:

    “For the highway of the upright avoids evil, he who guards his way preserves his life”.
    Proverbs 16:17 ESV

  23. 14773
    Beth Burrell says:

    Beth Burrell Greer,SC
    You are my Lord , my Holy One, my Creator, my King. You are the One who made a way through the sea, a path through mighty waters
    Isaiah 43:15-16

  24. 14774
    Janna, New Braunfels says:

    “Can a woman forget her nursing child
    And have no compassion on the son of her womb?
    Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.”
    Isaiah 49:15 NASB

  25. 14775
    Angie S., Wadsworth, OH says:

    Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

  26. 14776
    Peggy says:

    And you will seek Me and find me when you search for Me
    with all of your heart. Jeremiah 29:14 NKJ
    Peggy, Billings,MT

  27. 14777
    Renee Peace says:

    Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

  28. 14778
    Nancy Shippy says:

    Nancy Shippy, Tempe, AZ – Colossians 1:9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. ESV

  29. 14779
    Mary J. Snell says:

    Mary J. Snell, GA – “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.” NIV

  30. 14780
    Kabrina Ethington says:

    Kabrina Ethington
    Chandler, Arizona
    Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭6-7‬ NLT)

    Because I need to put all my trust in the Lord and not let anxiety and worry rob me of what God has planned for me.

  31. 14781
    Layne Hall says:

    Layne Hall, Columbus, MS. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

  32. 14782
    Patty Vandaveer says:

    Patty Vandaveer; Lake Jackson, TX

    “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” Galatians 6:1 ESV

  33. 14783

    Angela Rowland, Shawnee, OK “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” – Colossians 3:1 ESV

  34. 14784
    Sue says:

    Sue – Maine

    The Lord is my shepherd;
    I shall not want.
    He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
    He leads me beside the still waters.
    *He restores my soul;*

    Psalm 23:1-3

  35. 14785
    Maaike Veerbeek says:

    Maaike Veerbeek, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, “Mijn plan met jullie staat vast – spreekt de HEER. Ik heb jullie geluk voor ogen, niet jullie ongeluk: ik zal je een hoopvolle toekomst geven.” Jer29:11 NBG

  36. 14786
    Lori Fisk says:

    Lori Fisk, Springdale, AR– “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 wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV

  37. 14787
    Bert McKinney says:

    Bert from Rio Rancho, NM O Lord, you have searched me and know me! Psalm 139:1.

  38. 14788
    alison says:

    Alison Las Vegas
    The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear?
    Psalm 27:1 NIV

  39. 14789
    Jamie Hunt says:

    Day 2…Jamie Hunt from Saint James, Mo. Proverbs 12:4 A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.

  40. 14790
    Marsha Johnson says:

    Marsha, Pikeville,TN, “Now, O Lord God, the word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house, establish it forever and do as You have said.” 2 Samuel 7:25 NKJV

  41. 14791
    Diana says:

    Diana, East Peoria, IL
    When I pray, you answer me; You encourage me by giving me the strength I need. Psalm 138:3 NLT

  42. 14792

    Sheri Swift, Woodlawn, VA I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NKJV

  43. 14793
    Leah Ward says:

    1John 2:24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. (NIV)

  44. 14794
    Julie Sims says:

    Houston, TX
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 4:6-7)

  45. 14795
    Nicole Powell says:

    Nicole Powell, Plains, TX – For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14 ESV)

  46. 14796
    Shelley Orsi says:

    Shelley, Rogers, AR
    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 NIV

  47. 14797
    Amanda says:

    Amanda Greer, Trussville, AL
    “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 NIV

  48. 14798
    Vicki Rancilio says:

    Vicki, Overland Park, KS – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT
    Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

    Laid off and searching for a job in his will

  49. 14799
    Anne Malone says:

    Anne Malone, Plano, IL. “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.” Matthew 6:20, NASB

  50. 14800
    Victoria Ethington says:

    Victoria Ethington, Chandler, Arizona
    Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. (‭Psalms‬ ‭143‬:‭8‬ NLT)

    Praying to see where the Lord is leading me this year.

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