Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 1!

WELCOME, EVERYONE, TO THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE 2015 SIESTA SCRIPTURE MEMORY TEAM!

WOOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!

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. 20801
    Deb Normandin says:

    Deb Normandin, Anchorage, Alaska
    Hebrews 12:1 NIV
    Therefore since we are surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, annd let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

  2. 20802
    Stacey Mendro says:

    Stacey, Williston, ND
    Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)
    Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

  3. 20803
    Ruth Campos says:

    Ruth Campos, Belleville, IL “Confortarà mi alma; Me guiarà por sendas de justicia por amor de su nombre.” Salmo 23:3 Version Reina-Valera 1960

  4. 20804
    Karen says:

    Naknek, Alaska
    He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Matt 8:26

  5. 20805
    Willa says:

    Willa, Rock Springs, WY. “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it…’ Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:15, 18 NIV

  6. 20806
    Angela Fitzgerald says:

    Angela Fitzgerald
    Midlothian, Texas

    Do not be anxious in anything. In prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present all your requests to God.
    Phil 4:6

  7. 20807
    Wendy Griffin says:

    Wendy, Charlotte, NC. “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11 ESV

  8. 20808
    Linda L says:

    Habakkuk 3:19

    The Sovereign Lord is my strength. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.

  9. 20809
    Becky Mims says:

    Becky Mims, Midland, Texas
    “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” Colossians 3:17 NASB

  10. 20810
    Tanya Atwood says:

    Tanya Atwood, Tyler, Texas,
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 NIV

  11. 20811
    Audrey Enloe says:

    Isaiah 43:1 ESV

    But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you O Israel: ” Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”

  12. 20812
    Christi Brotherton says:

    Sorry so late – just found this post. I posted on 1-15 on the blog and 2-1 on the Facebook page.
    Christi Brotherton, Fallbrook, Ca. “I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.” Ps. 119:30 NIV

  13. 20813
    Heather says:

    Heather, Moscow Mills, Mo

    “The wicked borrow and do not replay, but the righteous give generously:

    Psalm 37:21 NIV

  14. 20814
    Elizabeth Shaddinger says:

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬ NKJV)

    –Praierieville Louisiana

  15. 20815
    Cindy says:

    Cindy, Clinton, MS
    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8 (NIV)

  16. 20816
    Kim says:

    Kim. Batesville, Ms. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Ephesians 4:31 NLT

  17. 20817
    Sara McPeek says:

    Romans 12:3 NIV

    For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

  18. 20818
    Sue Jantz says:

    Sue, Broken Arrow, OK
    1 Corinthians 13:1
    ” If I speak with the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.”

  19. 20819
    Sue Jantz says:

    Sue, Broken Arrow, OK

    NAS I Corinthians 13:1 ” If I speak with the tongues of men and angels but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.”

  20. 20820
    Julie says:

    Search me, O God , and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
    See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting
    Psalm 139:23,24
    NIV

  21. 20821
    Cindy Martino says:

    February 2, 2015 at 6:14
    “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.

    John 14:1
    NLT

  22. 20822
    Gabrielle Wray says:

    Gabrielle Wray, Wake Forest NC
    “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

    Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

  23. 20823
    Shanna Roldan says:

    Shanna Roldan,Pueblo,Co
    And Moses built an alter,and called the name of it Jehova-nissi.EXODUS 17:15 (KJV)

  24. 20824
    Debi, San Ramon CA says:

    Isaiah 66:1-2 (NASB)

    Thus says the LORD,
    “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
    Where then is a house you could build for Me?
    And where is a place that I may rest?

    “For My hand made all these things,
    Thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD.
    “But to this one I will look,
    To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”

  25. 20825
    Carolyn Dotts says:

    Carolyn Dotts
    Spruce pine, NC

    Lamentations 3:25 MSG

    God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks.

  26. 20826
    Cindy Bowman says:

    Cindy Bowman, Boones Mill VA

    “Remember that you were slaves in Egypt. That is why I command you to do this.”

    Deuteronomy 24:22 NIV

  27. 20827
    Gay says:

    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself. Philippians 2:3 (NIV)

  28. 20828
    Kearse George says:

    Kearse, Denver CO
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 NIV

  29. 20829
    Teri says:

    Teri Ware, Monroe Ga. “Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. The Scriptures give us patience and encouragement so that we can have hope.” Romans 15:4 NCV

  30. 20830
    Jaden Bowman says:

    Jaden Bowman, Virginia

    So God created man,
    In His own image,
    In the image of God
    He created him;Male
    and female He created
    them.
    Genesis 1:27 NIV

  31. 20831
    Sara Swan says:

    Sara Swan, Valdosta GA
    “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30 ESV

  32. 20832
    Lisa says:

    Lisa
    Hendersonville, TN

    As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    So are my ways higher than your ways
    And my thoughts than your thoughts.
    Isaiah 55:9

  33. 20833
    Carol Hosaflook says:

    Carol Hosaflook, Abilene, TX FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED. Romans 10:13 (KJV)

  34. 20834
    kayley says:

    Kayley Hibbert Camp Point,IL
    It is for freedom Christ has set you free, stand firm then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 NIV

  35. 20835
    Koko Perry says:

    “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17 NIV

  36. 20836
    Stacy Powell from St. Augustine, FL says:

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”
    Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

  37. 20837
    Liz Wellington says:

    1 Corinthians 3:16, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” (NIV)

  38. 20838
    Maegan says:

    Maegan, San Gabriel CA

    “He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in Him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! Trust in the Lord always, for in the Lord, Jehovah, is your everlasting strength.”

    Isaiah 26:3-4 TLB

  39. 20839
    Jill Barker says:

    Jill, Winchester, VA
    “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 (NIV)

  40. 20840
    Teresa Shaw says:

    Teresa Shaw, Hendersonville, TN.

    Do not be anxious in anything. In prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present all your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

  41. 20841
    Kim says:

    “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
    He maketh me lie down in green pastures,
    He leadeth me besides the still waters.
    He restoreth my soul:
    He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil, for thou art with me;
    thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
    Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
    Thou anoints my head with oil;
    my cup runneth over.
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
    and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
    Psalm 23 KJV

  42. 20842
    Carol Hernandez says:

    “delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart” Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

  43. 20843
    Alison LAS says:

    The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him. Lamentations 3:25 NIV

  44. 20844
    Karly Fris says:

    “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name.”

    Psalm 86:11 (NIV)

  45. 20845
    Malisa Grantham says:

    Malisa Grantham, Tucson, AZ
    I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. KJV

  46. 20846
    Ginger Stephenson says:

    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

  47. 20847
    Jane Gill says:

    Jane Gill, Shreveport, LA
    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

  48. 20848
    Christy McCreight says:

    Christy McCreight, Arlington Tx, John 16:33 NIV. 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.

  49. 20849
    Jane Kuhn, Hemingford, NE says:

    Ephesians 6:10
    I am strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

  50. 20850
    Anna says:

    Anna
    Auburn, AL
    Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭32‬ ESV)

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