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. 15251
    Sarah Hunsberger says:

    Sarah Hunsberger, Muncie, IL. “But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭25‬ NIV)

  2. 15252
    Diana Mitchell says:

    Diana Mitchell, Keswick, Ontario, Canada

    Psalm 141:3 “Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.

  3. 15253
    Meagan Andes says:

    Meagan Andes, Hope Mills, NC
    “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
    1 Corinthians 13:13 (ESV)

  4. 15254
    Ina says:

    Ina from Lancaster, PA

    Ah, Lord God. It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
    Jeremiah 32:17

  5. 15255
    Xiomara Beltre says:

    Xiomara Beltre. Valley stream, NY
    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 … For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9,10b (NIV)

  6. 15256
    Charity Rodgers says:

    Charity Rodgers, Danville, IN.
    “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.” Ecclesiastes 7:9 (NIV)

  7. 15257
    Amanda Edmonds says:

    Amanda Edmonds from Manhattan, New York: “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.” Habakkuk 2:1 NIV

  8. 15258
    Valerie says:

    Valerie Wray
    Buffalo, OH

    The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.-Zephaniah‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬ (ESV)

  9. 15259
    Kelly Duncan says:

    Deuteronomy 33:12
    Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders. Hayden, Alabama

  10. 15260
    Leslie Jordan says:

    Leslie Jordan from Rochester, MN

    “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

    James 4:7 NIV

  11. 15261
    Pam Hart says:

    And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength. The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. No other commandment is greater than these. Mark 12:30-31

  12. 15262
    Faylee, Charles Town, WV says:

    Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 New King James

  13. 15263
    Amy Mason says:

    Amy-St. Pete, FL

    John 14:5-6 (NRSV) “Thomas said to Him,’Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to Him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”

  14. 15264
    Sue H. says:

    Sue H. Chicago. Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience…. Colossians 3:12 (NET) God opened the doors to place me in ministry to His children who are homeless and dealing with addiction and mental illness. Last year I felt that He spoke the word ‘meek’ to me. He still hasn’t lifted it. So my scriptures reflect this journey. Bless you all, siestas.

  15. 15265
    Lori Gonzalez says:

    Lori Gonzalez, Bakersfield, CA

    Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    1 Corinthians 1:7

  16. 15266
    Sarah from Chicago says:

    Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

    Philippians 13:13-14

  17. 15267
    Veronica says:

    Veronica Leguire, Findlay, OH “Behold, the former things have come to pass,and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”-Isaiah 42:9 ESV

  18. 15268
    Donna Wegner Asheville, NC says:

    John 3:3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again NIV

  19. 15269
    Nancy Terwilliger says:

    Lebanon, TN

    Isaiah 43:1 – Now this is what the Lord says,the One who created you, Jacob, and the One who formed you, Israel, DO NOT FEAR FOR I HAVE REDEEMED YOU, I HAVE

  20. 15270
    Linda says:

    1 Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;”

  21. 15271
    Dana Meade says:

    Dana Meade, Oxford, PA:
    “His divine power has given us everything required for life and Godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3

  22. 15272
    Judy Smith says:

    Judy from Prairie Grove, AR “He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me.” Psalm 55:18 NAS

  23. 15273
    Marilyn says:

    Alton, IA
    But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge, I will tell of all your deeds. Psalm 73:23 (NIV)

  24. 15274
    Terri H says:

    Terri, Springdale AR
    I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Ephesians 3:16. NLT

  25. 15275
    Mary Keith says:

    Mary Keith, Westminster, Colorado

    Jeremiah 29:11New Century Version (NCV)

    ” I say this because I know what I am planning for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future.”

  26. 15276
    Dee Winston says:

    “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”
    Isaiah 43:1 NIV

  27. 15277
    Stephanie says:

    Just joining today

  28. 15278
    Marie says:

    Marie, Harrison, Arkansas; “May you be strengthened wth all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.” Col. 1:11 ESV

  29. 15279
    Kelly says:

    Kelly P
    Tomball, Texas

    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.”

  30. 15280
    Carrie O. says:

    Carrie Olsen Nairobi Kenya “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG

  31. 15281
    Judi Gray says:

    Judi G, Red Deer, AB, Canada

    “Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61: 1,2 (NAS)

  32. 15282
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer Fairmont, WV. He must become greater, I must become less. John 3:30

  33. 15283
    Leslie says:

    Leslie from Encinitas, CA.
    “For the word of God is living 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

  34. 15284

    Turn my heart to Your decrees and not to material gain. Turn my eyes from looking at what is worthless; give me life in Your ways. Psalm 119:36-37 HCV

  35. 15285
    Natalie says:

    Natalie, Houston
    Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.Psalm119:05 ESV
    ι νουν λύχνος τοῖς ποσίν μου ὁ λόγος σου καὶ φῶς ταῖς τρίβοις μου

  36. 15286
    Susan S, Maryland says:

    Start with God- the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. Proverbs 1:7 MSG

  37. 15287
    Karen, Fruit Heights, Utah says:

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Phil 4:6 NIV

  38. 15288
    Lori says:

    Lori, Michigan

    Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
    Psalm 105:4
    (trans unknown – from Jesus Calling devotional)

  39. 15289
    Kim LaValley says:

    Kim LaValley, Elk City, OK
    Colossians 3:17 NIV …and whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name if The Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him

  40. 15290
    Ellen says:

    Ellen,Houston,TX For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NAS)

  41. 15291
    Sue H. says:

    Sue H. Chicago. Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience…. Colossians 3:12 (NET)

  42. 15292
    Kelley Mann says:

    Kelley Mann, Chino, Ca. Psalms 119:15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. ESV

  43. 15293
    Noelle says:

    Noelle Bass- Raleigh, NC

    John 15:14-17
    14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

  44. 15294
    Sybil says:

    Sybil from Newnan, Georgia
    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,as for working for the Lord,not for human masters
    Colossians 3:23. NIV

  45. 15295
    Stephanie Ford says:

    Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
    Psalm 119:105 NKJ

  46. 15296
    Noelle says:

    Noelle Bass- Raleigh, NC

    John 15:14-17 (NIV)
    14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

  47. 15297
    Chelle Brown says:

    “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)

    Chelle Brown, Longview, Tx

  48. 15298
    Julie Sexton says:

    Julie Sexton, Atsugi, Japan, “He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive. Prov 17: 27-28 NIV

  49. 15299
    Brittany W. says:

    Brittany, LA, CA

    Hebrews 6:19 (first half): We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. (NIV)

  50. 15300
    Melinda Abston says:

    From Ruskin,FL.

    “Restore to me the joy of your salvation,and uphold me with a willing Spirit.” Psalms 51:12 ESV

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