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. 15001
    Sandra Chisum says:

    Wichita Falls, TX

    for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. (‭Luke‬ ‭1‬:‭49‬ ESV)

  2. 15002
    Rebekah Giannatala says:

    Rebekah Giannatala, Wichita, Kansas. “A gentile tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4 ESV

  3. 15003
    Mary Lail says:

    Mary Lail, Hickory, NC
    “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
    Found this gem after Casting Crowns came out with their “Voice of Truth” song. Soon after, my preacher used this scripture during one of his sermons. How awesome is God?!! He’s singing over me!

  4. 15004
    Hayley says:

    Hayley, Dallas, TX
    “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 ESV

  5. 15005
    Angela Dhans says:

    Angela Dhans from Brooksville, Fl.
    Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perishes, And no man takes it to heart; Merciful men are taken away, from evil.

  6. 15006
    Sandy says:

    “When the Cheif Spedherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” I Peter 5:4 GW

  7. 15007
    Rachel says:

    Rachel, Mechanicsville, VA
    “To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;”
    1 Peter 3:8 ASV

  8. 15008
    June says:

    June, Soddy Daisy, TN
    Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105 KJV

  9. 15009
    Deana says:

    Deana Cummins, Williamstown, KY
    “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:2 NIV

  10. 15010
    Jennifer Hutton says:

    Jennifer Hutton, North Richland Hills, TX
    “When you pass through the water, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
    Isaiah 43:2 NIV

  11. 15011
    Paula says:

    O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirst for you; my flesh faints for you as in a dry and weary land where there is not water. Psalm 63:1

  12. 15012
    Adriann Goodridge says:

    Adriann Goodridge, Oklahoma City, OK
    “No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening — it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” Hebrews 12:11

  13. 15013
    Amber Hess says:

    Amber Hess, North Fairfield, OH “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 NIV

  14. 15014
    Dawn Berreth says:

    Dawn Berreth, Lewiston, Idaho
    “Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.” Luke 17:4 NLT

  15. 15015
    Beth H says:

    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 be faint
    Isaiah 40:31

  16. 15016
    Kristin Cho says:

    Kristin Cho; Northville, Michigan

    “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.” ~Amen

    Exodus 34:6b-7 NIV

  17. 15017
    Michelle Ballinger says:

    I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 NLT)

  18. 15018
    Christine says:

    2Cor 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you abound in every good work.(ESV/NIV)

  19. 15019
    Richelle says:

    “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3

  20. 15020
    Sabrina Scelsi, Vestal, NY says:

    Psalms 32:8(NIV)
    “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you and watch over you.”

  21. 15021
    Lendy Nicholson says:

    Lendy Nicholson Fort Worth, Texas

    “Now to HIm who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”

    Eph. 3:20-21 NASB

  22. 15022
    Jennifer Shuler says:

    Jennifer Shuler, Coeur d’Alene, ID
    “The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.” Proverbs 12:16 ESV

  23. 15023
    Teresa says:

    Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test a approve of what God’s will is, His good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

  24. 15024
    Martha Olmes says:

    I don’t think that I have all the info that I need. Could you please tell where I go to to be part of the group? Is there a list of the scriptures that are to be learned?

  25. 15025
    Sylvia Done says:

    Sylvia Done, Roseville CA
    “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15

  26. 15026
    Cindy says:

    Cindy Coombes, Villa Grove, Illinois. “He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes the oil of gladness instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. “. Isaiah 61: 1,3 NIV

  27. 15027
    Sarah Porter says:

    Sarah Porter
    Martin, 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

  28. 15028
    Ann, Granite Bay, CA says:

    “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Col. 3:15 NIV

  29. 15029
    Cathy Woodson says:

    Lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
    Matthew 28:20

  30. 15030
    Laura, Okc says:

    Now to Him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, Ephesians 3:20 (will finish the 15th) NIV

  31. 15031
    Tracy W says:

    For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
    The LORD will give grace and glory;
    No good thing will He withhold
    From those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts,
    Blessed is the man who trusts in You!
    Psalm 84:11-12

  32. 15032
    Stacey says:

    “You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.” I Thessalonians 5:5-6 NIV

  33. 15033
    Bernadette Jones says:

    “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19 (KJV)

  34. 15034
    Becky Richter says:

    Becky Richter, Oak Harbor, WA
    “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.” Psalm 9:10 (NLT)

  35. 15035
    Janet says:

    This letter is from Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James. I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ. (‭Jude‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬ NLT)

  36. 15036
    Theresa C says:

    “When I tried to understand all of this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God, the I understood their final destiny.” Psalm 73:16-17 NIV

  37. 15037
    Valerie Metzler - Lititz, PA says:

    “I lift my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip — he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you — the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The Lord will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121 (NIV)

  38. 15038
    Amanda Iles says:

    Amanda Iles, Woodworth, Louisiana

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

  39. 15039
    Nihla Roberts says:

    Nihla, Amarillo, Tx
    2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)
    But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

  40. 15040
    Kim Witman says:

    Kim Witman, Greencastle, PA “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 NIV

  41. 15041
    Mandy Blocker says:

    Mandy Blocker, Oklahoma

    “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21

  42. 15042
    Jamie says:

    Jamie Engstrom, Peoria, AZ, “Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV 1984

  43. 15043
    Mary Arancibia says:

    Mary Arancibia, Garden Grove, CA. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 NIV

  44. 15044
    Jennifer F. says:

    “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 NIV

  45. 15045
    Kristy says:

    “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.” Jer. 29:11 (NIV)

  46. 15046
    Andrea Roebuck says:

    Andrea Roebuck, Nashville TN

    “Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. Proverbs 3:25-26 NIV

  47. 15047
    Rebecca Baker says:

    Rebecca – Las Vegas, NV “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
    James 1:2-3 NIV

  48. 15048
    Mary Lou Hinz says:

    A familiar verse and one that I need to recommit to memory is: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is not longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.”
    Galations 2:20 NAS

  49. 15049
    Chris says:

    Canton, NC

    For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
    The LORD bestows favor and honor;
    no good thing will He withhold
    from those whose walk is blameless.
    LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in You!

    Psalm 84:11-12 NIV

  50. 15050
    Glenda says:

    Glenda, Pasco, WA “YOU have made known to me the paths of life; YOU will fill me with joy in YOUR presence, with eternal pleasures at YOUR right hand.” Psalm 16:11 NIV

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