Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 3!

Hey, you Scripture memory fiends! I am so proud of you guys for keeping your numbers up with your second verses! There can be a really big drop out between the hype surrounding the first verse and the discipline that starts kicking in with the second verse. Stay at it, you guys. Not one of you will be sorry you did. No one is going to get to the finish line next December 15th and say it wasn’t worth the work. God is far more faithful than that. He rewards those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6) and diligently uses His Word to equip us in our callings (2 Timothy 3:16-17). He uses His Word to make us wiser, more aware of His will, more fortified against temptation, and more alive in His Spirit. He uses His Word to make us less gullible when our hearts are trying to deceive us, when someone we love is trying to mislead us or when Satan himself is trying to seduce us. Be encouraged. Not one ounce of your effort is wasted.

Here is the biggest key to accomplishing this task: throughout the entire process, continually ask God to enable you to memorize. In John 14:26, Christ tells His followers that the Holy Spirit is the one who will “bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” Proactively taking Him up on this assurance has been strategic through the years I’ve memorized Scripture. Over and over I convey to God that I know only He can empower those inspired words on the page to find a permanent place in my memory and a home in the marrow of my bones. I call upon His Spirit in Jesus’ Name to stir up those verses in me and remind me of every word and phrase.

When you’re able to say your verse with any accuracy at all, start thanking Him. Do it right then. Completely engage in the relational side of your memory work. That will be by far the biggest success in this endeavor. God is after your heart, not just your mind. He’s not just looking for your discipline. He wants to be your desire. His aim is relationship. Ask Him to help you then thank Him when He does it. When you’re working on a beautiful verse, tell Him you think it’s beautiful. When you keep stumbling over one particular word, ask Him right then to help you get that phrase straight. His Word is God speaking to you so speak back. Use it as an invitation to dialogue. Is the verse really hard? Say to Him, “This verse is killing me here, Lord. I can’t seem to get it. Grant it to me. Help me with it.” Get what I’m saying? This way He gets all the glory in every success and we get immeasurable gain.

This I promise you: God’s objective for you and me in 2015 is not for us to memorize 24 verses. It’s for us to draw nearer and nearer to Him, love Him more, know Him more, trust Him more, and believe Him more. To let His Word go down deep where He wants it. To invite it fervently and proactively to abide in us and bring vivacious life to us. To meditate on His words and to prize them more than our daily bread. Job said it this way: “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my portion of food.” (Job 23:12b) That’s what these 24 verses are about. So, let’s engage with Jesus throughout the entire process. THAT, at the end of our journey, is what will determine our success.

I think I just changed my mind on what I want to present you for my 3rd verse. I am doing memory work out of the Book of Ephesians right now but I don’t happen to be on a verse that stands alone in a comprehensive enough way to offer it to someone to share. Mentioning Job in the previous paragraph stirred up in my memory how much I love that 23rd chapter. Savor the gorgeousness of verses 8-12. (ESV)
8       “Behold, I go forward, but He is not there,
and backward, but I do not perceive Him;
9       on the left hand when He is working, I do not behold Him;
He turns to the right hand, but I do not see Him.
10       But He knows the way that I take;
when He has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
11       My foot has held fast to his steps;
I have kept his way and have not turned aside.
12       I have not departed from the commandment of his lips;
I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.

Translation of verses 8-10??? I may not know where God is right now in my situation but of this I’m sure: He knows where I am. Isn’t that powerful? Then, behold the faith and steadfastness of Job in that 10th verse: because God is at work and is at the helm, “I will come forth as gold” (NIV).  (If you get a chance, glance at how perfectly that concept corresponds with 1 Peter 1:7.) I believe Job 23:10 is the exact verse I want to choose this time around and I think I’ll use the NIV. So here goes:


Beth Moore, Houston, Texas. But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. Job 23:10 NIV


Hit it, Girls.

So honored to study and memorize Scripture with you. Much, much love to you.





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  1. 6451
    Becky says:


    But he said to me,”my grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”

    2corinthians 12:9

  2. 6452
    Loren says:

    Loren from Spring, TX

    “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)

  3. 6453
    Jan Perley says:

    Jan P (Orlando, Florida)
    Ephesians 6:16 (NIV)

    Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”

  4. 6454
    Linda Haggerty says:

    Lamentations 3:26

    It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

  5. 6455
    Mara says:

    Mara, Milton, FL

    So I always take great pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.

    Acts 24:16 ESV

  6. 6456
    Liisa Kephart Chesapeake, VA says:

    1. Cor. 13:8 (NIV)
    Love is patient, love is kind.
    It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

  7. 6457
    Angela says:

    Angela Scott Lexington, Tennessee
    In returning to Me and resting in Me you shall be saved; in quietness and in trusting confidence shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:15 AMP

  8. 6458
    Diane Crocker says:

    Diane, Durham, NC

    Jeremiah 29:11-13

    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 a hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

  9. 6459
    Darla McNamara says:

    Darla McNamara, Longview, TX Matt 8:2 & 3 NIV “A man with leprosy came and knelt before him (Jesus) and said, “Lord, if you are willing you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I AM willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.

  10. 6460
    Jannie van Opstal says:

    Micha 7 vers 18a

    Wie is een God als U, die schuld vergeeft en aan zonde voorbij gaat

  11. 6461
    Teri says:

    Teri Campobello,SC “There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. 1 Samuel 2:2 NIV

  12. 6462
    Johnna Conatser says:

    “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
    1 Peter 5:8 NIV

  13. 6463
    Kaydee J says:

    Kaydee J, Colorado Springs “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” NIV

  14. 6464
    Kaydee J says:


    Philippians 4:13

  15. 6465
    Jayla Fry in Caldwell, TX says:

    James 3:17-18

    17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

  16. 6466
    Debra P. says:

    Debra P., Kingwood, TX, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

  17. 6467
    valerie says:

    Lubbock, TX
    I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Is. 49:15b-16 (NIV)

  18. 6468
    Stacy Fountain says:

    Stacy Fountain
    Kate Fountain
    Mary Dean Fountain
    Bess Fountain

    Dothan, Alabama

    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.
    Romans 12:2, NLT

  19. 6469
    Mary Beth Wilson says:

    *Sorry this is late. I am away and have had difficulty getting online. Before leaving home, I chose my next verse*

    Mary Beth, Fredericton, NB (Canada):

    “I would have despaired unless I had believed I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”.
    Psalm 27:13 (NASB)

  20. 6470
    Linda Belkholm says:

    Mora, MN

    Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days. Let me know how fleeting is my life. Psalm 39:4

  21. 6471

    We are warriors. Victors. More than overcomers. Bloody and bruised, we still get back up. Lip busted, we open back up our mouths – this time the louder – and call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised and so shall we be saved from our enemies. (Psalm 18:3)

  22. 6472
    Mary Ann Davis says:

    Mary Ann Davis

    Clarksdale, MS

    For the Word of the Lord is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

    Psalm 33:4-5

  23. 6473
    Hannah Strawderman says:

    Proverbs 18:7 A fools mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

  24. 6474
    Sarah clancy says:

    Sarah Clancy, Pineville, La
    13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.NIV

  25. 6475
    Lauren says:

    Lauren Wells, Loveland, OH. “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5:11-12 ESV

  26. 6476
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie Hayslip, Fort Worth, TX.
    “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11, ESV

  27. 6477
    Holly says:

    Holly Davis, Prairie City, Iowa
    John 15:5 NKJV
    “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

  28. 6478
    Donna says:

    Donna, Plano, TX:
    The law of the LORD is perfect restroing the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. Ps 19:7

  29. 6479
    Janice Lowery says:

    Janice, Springville, AL

    Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2 ESV.

  30. 6480
    Melissa Martin says:

    Melissa Martin, Orlando, FL

    No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

    And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

    No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Romans 8:37-39 NLT

  31. 6481
    Susan says:

    Susan, Springfield, VA: Psalm 34:5, “Those who look to Him are radiant with Joy.” HCSB

  32. 6482
    Michelle Buhl says:

    Psalm 101:5-8 NIV
    Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him I will put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him I will not endure. My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he whose walk is blameless will minister to me. No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house. no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence. Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evil doer from the city of the Lord.

  33. 6483
    Brenda says:

    Brenda, Ottawa, Canada
    Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in splendour, doing wonders? Exodus 15:11 NRSV

  34. 6484
    Brianna says:

    Brianna from Jonesboro, AR

    “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” -Psalm 105:4 (NIV)

  35. 6485
    Valerie Fernandez says:

    Valerie Fernandez, Houston, TX: “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 NIV

  36. 6486
    Stacey Flynn says:

    Stacey Flynn from Charleston, SC
    One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4 NIV

  37. 6487
    Deb Rowzee says:

    Deb Rowzee , Brandon, MS
    “He who finds a wife finds a good thing. ”
    Proverbs 18:22 NKJV

  38. 6488
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Norfolk, VA

    Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25 (NIV)

  39. 6489
    Beth says:

    Beth, Pleasant Plains, Il
    Do not conform any longer 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

  40. 6490
    Amelia says:

    White Bear Lake, MN
    “Let us then approach God’s throne of Grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

    Hebrews 4:16 NIV

  41. 6491
    Vickie Heerema says:

    Vickie, Pella, Iowa

    Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 NIV

  42. 6492
    Naomi Josephson says:

    Naomi Josephson
    Red Rock, Texas

    James 1:22-25 NKJV

    (22)But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.(23)For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;(24)for he observes himself, goes away and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.(25)But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

  43. 6493
    Kelli Organ says:

    Aack! One of these times I am GOING to be on time.
    Kelli, Spokane, WA
    Hebrews 13:8
    Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

  44. 6494
    Ann says:

    Ann, Clifton Park, NY. Jesus, replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” Luke 18:27 NIV

  45. 6495
    Elizabeth Clevenger says:

    Elizabeth Clevenger, Midland

    Col. 4:2 ESV

    Col. 4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

  46. 6496
    Linda from Austin says:

    I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. Leviticus 26:12 NIV

  47. 6497
    Terry Bremer says:

    Terry Bremer, Fanhoes, Portugal. “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3 NIV

  48. 6498
    Paula says:

    Paula, OKC, OK: Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13 NIV

  49. 6499
    Karen - High Point, NC says:

    Oh, that we might know the LORD! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.

    Hosea 6:3 NLT

  50. 6500
    Karin says:

    Karin, Medina, MN
    “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me void, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
    Isaiah 55:11

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