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. 21251
    Ginger sample says:

    “You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.”

    I Thes 5:5
    Ginger, amarillo, tx

  2. 21252
    Kelli Holland says:

    NIV Ephesians 6.11-12
    Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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.

  3. 21253

    Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:14-16

  4. 21254
    Stacy Barnes says:

    If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7

  5. 21255
    Becky Mims says:

    Becky Mims , Midland, Texas
    “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”
    Isaiah 12:2 NIV

  6. 21256
    Lerato Thelejane says:

    Lerato Thelejane , Johannesburg
    Mark 4:39 KJV
    And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm

  7. 21257
    Lisa Martin says:

    Lisa Martin – Chesterfield, MO

    Proverbs 13:3 AMP
    He who guards his mouth keeps his life, but he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

    Sometimes the best and righteous thing to do is to say nothing at all.

  8. 21258
    Sandy Hutchinson says:

    “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.”
    Deut 33:12 NIV

  9. 21259
    Karen Benkert says:

    Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV)

    3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

    • 21259.1
      Karen Benkert says:

      April 15, 2015 Payson, AZ

      Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV)

      3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known

  10. 21260
    Leah Harvey says:

    Leah Harvey, Alexandria, VA
    “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

  11. 21261
    Sheila says:

    Sheila, Cypress

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

  12. 21262
    Ruth Garmon says:

    Ruth Garmon
    Kaufman TX
    For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:17 KJV

  13. 21263
    Elizabeth Shaddinger says:

    Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (‭James‬ ‭4‬:‭8‬ NKJV)

  14. 21264
    Marlene says:

    Marlene Indianapolis, Indiana
    I am holding you by your right hand – I, the Lord your God – and I say to you, Don’t be afraid; I am here to help you. Isaiah 41:13 TLB

  15. 21265
    Ronda from Madison, WI says:

    “On the contrary: If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” Romans 12:20-21 (NIV)

  16. 21266
    Peggy Lucas says:

    “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breast-plate of righteousness.” Eph 6:14 NKJV

    “and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” Eph 6:15 NKJV

  17. 21267
    Linda says:

    Linda. Jacksonville, FL
    Psalm 27:3-4
    Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear. Though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
    One thing have I desired of the Lord. That will I seek after. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.

  18. 21268
    Carol DePriest says:

    Ephesians 1:18 NIV

    I pray that also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints,

  19. 21269
    Kimber Perrotta says:

    Kimber Perrotta
    East Hampton, CT

    “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” ~ Romans 8:28, NLT

  20. 21270
    Marla Svedeman says:

    Marla Svedeman
    San Antonio, Texas
    NIV James 4:8

    Come near to God and he will come near to you.

  21. 21271
    Teresa Shaw says:

    Teresa Shaw Goodlettsville Tn

    If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 NIV

  22. 21272
    Diane, Emporia, KS says:

    Nahum 1:7 (DLB/Daily living Bible)
    The Lord is good, a haven in a day of distress. He acknowledges those who take refuge in Him.

  23. 21273
    Kim says:

    Batesville, Ms

    “With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.”
    2 Chronicles 32:8 NKJV

  24. 21274
    Tammy Skogen says:

    I have missed the last two posts but have been memorizing.
    Tammy Skogen, Greeley, CO
    Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest who has [already] ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith in Him].
    Hebrews 4:14 AMP

  25. 21275
    Jacqueline Bailey says:

    Jacqueline Bailey, Denver, CO God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Cor 1:9 ESV

  26. 21276
    Kathryn Anderson says:

    Kathryn Anderson, Jacksonville,Florida: “Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in yo him and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 NASB

  27. 21277
    Robin Shackleford says:

    Robin Shackleford, Hendersonville, TN
    “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. “. ESV

  28. 21278

    Be kind and compassionate to one another forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you Ephesians 4:32 NIV

  29. 21279
    Shannon Vasquez says:

    Shannon Vasquez, Littleton, CO

    You have armed me with strength for the battle; you have subdued my enemies under my feet. ~Psalm 18:39, NLT

  30. 21280
    maggie turnbull says:

    Hebrews 8:10 (CEB)
    This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will place my laws in their minds,and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

  31. 21281
    Erin Denny says:

    Carrollton, TX “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” ~Galatians 5:22-23

  32. 21282
    Regina Nations says:

    Lancaster, CA
    Psalm 29:11 NIV
    The Lord gives strength to his people
    The Lord blesses his people with peace

  33. 21283
    melinda says:

    Proverbs 3:6 In all ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.

  34. 21284
    Rebecca Craig says:

    Rebecca Craig, Brandon, FL

    For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give hope in your final outcome.
    Jeremiah 29:11 AMP

  35. 21285
    Kim says:

    “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. “. ESV

  36. 21286
    Deb Normandin says:

    Deb N. Anchorage, Alaska

    Romans 8:6 NIV
    The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the spirit is life and peace.

  37. 21287
    Tess Snyder says:

    Isaiah 26:4 (NASB)

    “Trust in the Lord forever, for in God we have an everlasting rock.”

  38. 21288
    Donna Houchins says:

    Buda Tx. April 22, 2015NIV Eph. 5:1 Be imitators of God, therefore as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

  39. 21289
    Jessica Ruff says:

    Jessica, Vicksburg, MS, “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” Ps. 105:4 (NIV)

  40. 21290
    Peggy Hodge says:

    Peggy Hodge, Monroe, LA – “Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 106:1 (NKJV)

  41. 21291
    Dolly m says:

    Dolly M, Torrington, CT: If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭15-16‬ NIV)

  42. 21292
    Emily says:

    Emily Kingsbury, Elkins, Arkansas “for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.” (NRSV)

  43. 21293
    Jackie Jenkins says:

    Jackie Jenkins, Youngstown Ohio (doing this for Grannie) 🙂 April 15, 2015 Scripture
    Ephesian 2: 8-9 NKJV, For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

  44. 21294
    Jackie Jenkins says:

    Jackie Jenkins, Youngstown Ohio April 15, 2015 Scripture
    Ephesian 2: 8-9 NKJV, For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

  45. 21295
    Becky Orin says:

    February 1, 2015, Becky Orin, I made an error, it should be Psalm 118:24 not Psalm 24:18
    Psalm 24:18 ESV, see above for correct verse
    “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” 🙂

  46. 21296
    Becky Orin says:

    Becky Orin, Sugar Land, Texas, April 15, 2014
    Ephesians 2:8-9, For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

  47. 21297
    Hope Shukers says:

    Be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to each other, in the same way God forgave you in Christ.
    Ephesians 4:32 CEB

  48. 21298
    Wava says:

    Wava, Oldsmar, “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]. Philippians 4:13, Amplified

  49. 21299
    Anita Hayes says:

    Isaiah 32:8
    But the noble man devises noble plans; and by noble plans he stands.
    Isaiah 32:8

  50. 21300
    Peggy Lucas says:

    Eph 6:16 “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

    Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; ” NKJV

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