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. 20751
    Becky, Indiana says:

    He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress,
    and for his children it will be a refuge. Prov. 14:26 NIV

  2. 20752
    Maureen from Goodyear says:

    “May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, our glorious Father, give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” Ephesians 1:17

  3. 20753
    Barbara Smith says:

    Barbara. Deer Lodge

    “Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. Exodus 23:20 (ESV)

  4. 20754
    Beverly Price says:

    February 2. 2015

    Beverly Price from Conway, AR

    “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 (NKJV)

  5. 20755
    Debbie says:

    Please pray for a very sick grand baby and unsaved mother.

    Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. John 17:24

  6. 20756
    Kim Daniell says:

    Kim Daniell, Villa Rica, GA

    I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭24‬:‭7‬ NIV)

  7. 20757
    Judy Gentry says:

    Judy Gentry, Stigler, OK Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46:10-11 ESV

  8. 20758
    Terry Colomba says:

    Terry Colomba Hardy, VA
    Ephesians 2:10
    For we are God’s masterpiece. He created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

  9. 20759
    Lauren McCreight says:

    Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and blameless to God: this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you will be able to determine what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2

  10. 20760

    Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. Isaiah 64:4 (NIV)

  11. 20761
    Jennifer Shoalmire says:

    Jennifer, Houston
    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29 NIV

  12. 20762
    Judy from Bayport NY says:

    Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

    For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil,
    to give you a future and a hope.

  13. 20763
    Jackie says:

    “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

  14. 20764
    Alaina Picou says:

    Grand Lake, LA- I am Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed. Malachi 3:6 NKJV

  15. 20765
    Carol Stainbrook says:

    Carol Stainbrook, Kimberling City, MO
    “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11 NIV

  16. 20766
    maggie turnbull says:

    Ps 20:7,8 (CEB)
    Some people trust in chariots, others in horses; but we praise the Lord’s name. … we will stand straight and strong.

  17. 20767
    Kelly Sonderby says:

    Kelly Sonderby, San Clemente, CA “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

  18. 20768
    Alycia Johnson says:

    Alycia. Granada,MN.
    Psalms 9:10 NIV.
    Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

  19. 20769
    Teresa Rangel says:

    Galatians 6:9 NIV
    Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

  20. 20770
    Toni Martin says:

    He cuts off every branch in me that does not bear fruit while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. John 15:2 NIV

  21. 20771
    Teri Bartus says:

    How do I join scripture memory group? Thanks

  22. 20772
    Teri says:

    Teri, Campobello, S.C. ” His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden.” Habakkuk 3:4 NIV

  23. 20773
    Angela Godwin says:

    Angie Godwin, Bartow, Florida
    Romans 15:13
    I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

  24. 20774
    Tamra Lowry says:

    Hebrews 13:5-6 NIV

    Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

  25. 20775
    Kimberly says:

    Kimbely from Perrysburg, Ohio Ephesians 1:18-19 KJV “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the Saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.”

  26. 20776
    Rachel Burgess says:

    Farmington, MO, You need to stick out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion. Hebrews 10:36 MSG

  27. 20777
    Karla Hauk says:

    Psalm 46:10
    He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (NIV)

  28. 20778
    Tammy says:

    Tammy-Grand Junction, CO – “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You”. Psalm 119:11

  29. 20779
    Morgan Cosby says:

    Morgan from Arlington, VA, Ephesians 4:29, NIV “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

  30. 20780
    CindyHelen says:

    CindyHelen from Ashland, Ohio

    “Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:20 ESV

  31. 20781
    Misty says:

    Misty, Calhoun, GA

    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 and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 NIV

  32. 20782
    Dee Dee from Rural Hall, NC says:

    “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man/woman of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

    2 Timothy 3:16 (HCSB)

  33. 20783
    Melissa Franks Fort Jones, Ca says:

    Luke 8:15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

  34. 20784
    Jennifer G, Anna, Tx says:

    Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

    Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

  35. 20785
    Libby Martin says:

    “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:26 NKJV

  36. 20786
    Susan Becker says:

    Susan, Lahaina, HI

    “But I am poor and needy;
    Yet the Lord thinks upon me.
    You are my help and my deliverer;
    Do not delay, O my God.” Psalm 40:17(NKJV)

  37. 20787
    Bethany says:

    “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6

  38. 20788
    Erryn Moore says:

    Erryn, Ridgecrest CA
    Philippians 4:13 NLT

    “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

  39. 20789
    Tracy M says:

    Tracy, Marion, IL

    “God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.” NIV

  40. 20790
    Leia Brown says:

    Leia Brown from Las Vegas, Nevada

    Romans 12:2 NIV
    “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

  41. 20791
    Ginger sample says:

    “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full.”
    John 15:11. NKJV

  42. 20792
    Janice Fitzgerald says:

    Wilmore, KY

    My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your saving acts all day long, though I know not how to relate them.
    Psalm 71:15

  43. 20793
    Tina says:

    Tina, Montgomery,AL
    Romans12:2 NLT
    Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

  44. 20794
    Tina says:

    Tina, Montgomery, AL
    Romans 12:3 NLT
    Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by he faith God has given us.

  45. 20795
    Allison says:

    Allison, Austin
    “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.”
    Phil 4:6-7

  46. 20796
    Raven Williams says:

    Conroe, Texas
    “2. A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot. 3. A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build up.”
    Ecclesiastes 3: 2-3 NIV

  47. 20797
    cheri says:

    Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him; Proverbs 30:5

  48. 20798
    Teri says:

    Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
    For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18

  49. 20799
    Linda Grantham says:

    Linda.Grantham from Raymind, MS
    James 3:17 ESV
    But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

  50. 20800
    Susan M. Hall says:

    Susan Hall, Sevierville TN

    She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

    Prov. 31:25 NLT

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