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. 21101
    Michele Evans says:

    Late Entry – Isaiah 41:10…”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.” (NIV)

  2. 21102
    kitty bennett says:

    Kitty Bennett, Bend, Oregon
    Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. (Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭3‬ NLT

  3. 21103
    Sydney says:

    Sydney Merino, cheverly, md.
    I love the Lord because He has heard my appeal for mercy.
    Psalm 116:1 HCSB

  4. 21104
    Peggy Lucas says:

    “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
    Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11 NKJV

  5. 21105
    Traci and Janice says:

    Jeremiah 29:11 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.

  6. 21106
    Leah Harvey says:

    Leah Harvey, Alexandria, VA
    “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)

  7. 21107
    Barbara Tranbarger says:

    Ephesians 3:14 NASB
    For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,

  8. 21108
    melinda says:

    The name of the Lord is his strong tower: The righteous man runneth into it,and is safe. Proverbs 18:10

  9. 21109
    Ginger says:

    “Because He has inclined His ear to me,
    Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.”
    Psalm 116:2


  10. 21110
    Becky Mims says:

    Becky Mims, Midland,Texas

    “As for me,far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right.” 1 Samuel 12:23

  11. 21111
    Sharon Perdue says:

    Sharon Perdue in Vilseck, Germany
    Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!.
    Psalm 143.10 ESV

  12. 21112
    Diane says:

    Psalm 56:4 (KJV)
    In God I will praise His word, in God I have put my trust. I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

  13. 21113
    Ginger says:

    “Because He has inclined His ear to me,
    Therefore i will call upon Him as long as I live.”

    Psalm 116:2


  14. 21114
    Cindy says:

    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful & thankful.
    Colossians 4: 2. New International version

    I need more prayer times my life

  15. 21115
    Kitty bennett says:

    Kitty Bennett, Bend, Oregon…Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭3‬ NLT)

  16. 21116
    Kimber Perrotta says:

    Kimber Perrotta, East Hampton, CT

    This is lofty, but I couldn’t figure out where to cut it off. I want to memorize all of it:

    “You have heard the law that says ‘love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.” ~ Matthew 5:43-47, NLT

  17. 21117
    Laura Hubbard says:

    Laura, Apopka, FL

    Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Psalm 51: 1, NLT

  18. 21118
    Jill Battles says:

    Fayetteville, GA

    Colossians 3:17 NIV

    And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

  19. 21119
    Sherri Gainey says:

    Do all things wthout mumurings and disputings. Philippians 4:14KJV

  20. 21120
    Sarah says:

    Sarah, Brownwood, TX
    Therefore, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Hebrews 12:28

  21. 21121
    Dolly m says:

    Dolly M, Torrington, CT:The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (‭Lamentations‬ ‭3‬:‭22-23‬ ESV)

  22. 21122
    Paula says:

    Paula, Gillett

    Why are thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. Psalm 42:11 KJV

  23. 21123
    Vanessa Peacock says:

    Vanessa Peacock, Augusta, Georgia
    How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
    Psalm 133:1 NIV

  24. 21124
    Sue Jantz says:

    Sue from Broken Arrow, OK
    1 Corinthians 13:4 NAS
    ” Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous. Love does not boast and is not arrogant.”

  25. 21125
    Katie Nash says:

    Katie Nash, San Antonio, TX. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” I Corinthians 13:4, NIV

  26. 21126
    Keri Lucy, Conway, AR says:

    A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
    John 13:34-35. NIV

  27. 21127
    Sheila says:

    Sheila, Cypress
    But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.
    Isaiah 32:8 (NIV)

  28. 21128
    Mariely says:

    Mariely Sanchez, Miami, FL: “No, dear brothers and sisters. I have not achieve it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:13-14 NLT

  29. 21129
    Tiffany Peterson says:

    Tiffany Peterson- Jasper, TX

    And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

    Romans 8:28 NKJV

  30. 21130
    Charlotte says:

    Baton Rouge, LA
    “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold the new has come!”
    2 Corinthians 5:17

  31. 21131
    Betty in Mission Viejo says:

    “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

    Psalm 16:11 NIV

  32. 21132
    Susan Harris says:

    Tyler, TX
    Posted: March 15, 2015, 10:36 pm
    “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.”
    2 Corinthians 2:14 (NIV)

  33. 21133
    Diane Currie says:

    So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, Galatians 3:26 NIV

  34. 21134
    Marlene says:

    Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Psalms 51:12 TLB

  35. 21135
    Lois Lorentzen says:

    1 Corinthians 2:9 “However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”

  36. 21136
    Beulah Aviles says:

    Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. (‭Psalm‬ ‭63‬:‭3-4‬ NIV)

  37. 21137

    Ephesians 6:12New International Version (NIV)

    12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

  38. 21138

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    the hoome buyer, the home seller, or possibly just the agent.

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  39. 21139
    Cathi Lucas says:

    Cathi Lucas, Newark, Ohio “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “. Isaiah 41:10 ESV

  40. 21140
    Jenny says:

    Jenny Manis, Glen Rose, TX “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 ESV

  41. 21141
    Barbara Bucci says:

    3606Collegeville Pa. 2Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

  42. 21142
    Karen says:

    Karen: Souderton

    Romans 8:28 RSV

    WE know that in everything God works for good with those who love Him who are called according to His purpose.

  43. 21143
    Cindy Chambliss Gulfport,MS says:

    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

  44. 21144
    Mona says:

    Mona – Rome, GA
    This will be new & review which is good since I’m getting a late start!

    “For this reason I kneel before the Father,” (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭14‬ NIV)

  45. 21145
    Michelle Williams says:

    Psalm 23:2 KJV
    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:He leadeth beside the still waters.

    • 21145.1
      Steve Sprague says:

      The still waters—being relaxed, speaking with God and being able to not just be, but feel the green pastures with your hands, the sun as it comes down on you on a nice cool day and the relaxation that Christ gives us as we lay there hand in hand in peace with God above. What a remarkable piece this verse is. It’s not that he made me lie down in green pastures, it’s that I desired it so much I lay down in the green pastures on my own and allowed him to lead be beside the still waters. Thanks for that.

  46. 21146
    Danielle S. says:

    Danielle, Garden City, KS
    In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in Heaven.
    Matthew 5:16 NIV

  47. 21147
    Julie Caudle says:

    Julie Caudle, Rosenberg TX
    Romans 13:7-8a, NIV
    “Give to everyone what you owe him: if you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another.”

  48. 21148
    Sandy says:

    Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope;
    even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. Zechariah 9:12 NIV

  49. 21149
    Laurie Jeffrey says:

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4: 13 NKJV

  50. 21150
    Valerie says:

    My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry
    James 1:19 NIV

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