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. 6801
    Cindy says:

    Cedar Hill, TX

    Seek the Lord and His strength;
    Seek His face evermore.
    Psalm 105:4 (NKJV)

  2. 6802
    Rachel says:

    Rachel: Cape Girardeau, MO
    “Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress:I shall not be shaken”
    Psalm 62:6(NIV)

  3. 6803
    Pam says:

    Pam Bayless, Castaic, Ca. 2 Timothy 1:7
    “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

  4. 6804
    Liz Klein says:

    Liz Klein, Costa Mesa, CA
    “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Romans 12:1 NAS

  5. 6805
    Soozi says:

    Soozi; Lexington, KY: May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy. (‭Colossians‬ ‭1‬:‭11‬ ESV)

  6. 6806
    Modesty says:

    Modesty Brantley, Myrtle Beach, SC “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”– Esther 4:14b, ESV

  7. 6807
    Chris says:

    Chris, Simpsonville, SC
    Isaiah 26:3-4 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock.

  8. 6808
    Esther says:

    Esther. Jonesborough TN. Exodus 14:15 ESV. The LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.”

  9. 6809
    Amanda Steed says:

    Amanda, Rockwood, TN, – “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer” Romans 12:12 nkjv

  10. 6810
    Bonnie says:

    I am late but I am still here! Thank you so much Beth for sharing that wonderful word up there!! What an awesome God we serve!

    Bonnie Tolson, Outer Banks, NC. “Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23,24

  11. 6811
    Karen says:

    Karen – Crossville, TN
    Joshua 1:9. NIV
    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

  12. 6812
    Megan says:

    Megan, Sydney, Australia

    Acts 1:8 HCSB

    You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in
    Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

  13. 6813
    Lisa Veach says:

    Lisa Veach, The Woodlands, TX
    But He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me I will come forth as gold. Job 23:10

  14. 6814
    Leanne says:

    KJV 1Peter 4:8 “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves. for charity shall cover a multitude of sins.”

  15. 6815
    Becky says:

    Becky, Chattanooga, TN
    “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.”
    Philippians 2:13 NIV

  16. 6816
    Janice Meyer says:

    Janice Meyer
    Euless, Texas
    Sorry I am late I have been out of pocket. But I have not been idle with memory time.
    My verse is:
    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

  17. 6817
    SHERRY, Sealy Tx says:


  18. 6818
    Kris says:

    I too am late but so excited to have found this exquisite way to memorize and share! Now, to catch up 🙂
    Kris Covington, Lehi, Utah
    the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
    Numbers 6: 26 – NIV

  19. 6819
    Cindy Moses says:

    But as for me, I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more.
    ‭Psalms‬ ‭71‬:‭14‬ NASB

    Cindy, Henrietta, TX

  20. 6820
    Dana Walters says:

    Dana Walters- Covington, LA”Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18

  21. 6821
    Bekah says:

    Bekah, Minneapolis, MN
    But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. Job 23:10

  22. 6822
    Bethany says:

    Modesto, Ca.

    1 Thessalonians 3:12 (HCSB)

    And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we also do for you.

  23. 6823
    Karen says:

    Karen, Amarillo, TX: Ephesians 6:12: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. ESV

  24. 6824
    Pam Heath says:

    Pam Heath, Flint, TX 10. But He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. 11. My feet have closely followed His steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside. Job 23: 10-11

  25. 6825
    TBraswell says:

    Proverbs 30:8 KJV Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches, feed me with food convenient for me.

  26. 6826
    Jan says:

    Jan, Olney, Texas

    “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”
    Isaiah 54:10 NIV

  27. 6827
    Carrie says:

    Prior Lake, MN

    Proverbs 29:11 NIV

    A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.

  28. 6828
    Patti Walker says:

    Patti, Shalimar,FL, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.” Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)

  29. 6829
    Becky Wilks says:

    Proverbs 15:3 NIV The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

  30. 6830
    Lisa Hill says:

    Greenville, SC

    1 Thessalonians 5:5

    You are children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

  31. 6831
    Emily Hardesty says:

    Emily Hardesty
    Plano, TX
    “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24 (NIV)

  32. 6832
    Tanya Rathmann says:

    Tanya Rathmann, Sierra Vista, AZ

    “God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline” 2 Timothy 1:7

  33. 6833
    Casey says:

    Casey, San Antonio, TX. “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear and will trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:3 NASB

  34. 6834
    Susan Stevens says:

    Susan Stevens, Huntsville, AR “In the same way let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 NIV

  35. 6835
    Beth P says:

    Beth P, Roswell, GA

    “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
    His faithful love endures forever.”

    Psalm 118:1 NLT

  36. 6836
    Cynthia Leverett says:

    Cynthia Leverett, Brooklyn Park, MN

    “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..”

    Isaiah 30:15a NIV

  37. 6837
    Renee Roth says:

    Renee Roth, Cathedral City, CA
    Phl 4:11 NIV
    I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

  38. 6838
    Robin says:

    Robin, Chaska, MN

    And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

    Hewbrews 10:24 NIV

  39. 6839
    Peggy White says:

    Peggy White, Orange City IA

    Psalm 16:3 ESV
    As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.

    Just getting started now, but will get caught up!

  40. 6840
    Natalie says:

    Natalie, Taylors, SC

    “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)

  41. 6841
    Lonnie Hall says:

    Lonnie Hall – Brunswick, GA

    James 3:3-4
    3 Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. 4 Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.

  42. 6842
    Kathy says:

    Kathy, High Point, NC
    Joshua 1:9 NLT
    This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

  43. 6843
    Lottie Long says:

    Late with my 3rd verse…

    “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:34 (KJV)

  44. 6844
    Denise (Van Alstyne) says:

    “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.” John 16:33 (NIV)

  45. 6845
    Tiffany says:

    Tiffany Tolbert Tulsa, Oklahoma

    “No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11 NIV

  46. 6846
    Hannah Marks says:

    Thank you so much precious Ms Beth for your words of encouragement. I love that even though I am so far away from all of you all we are doing this together; the family of God is so beautiful! And sorry this is so late!!

    Hannah Marks, Harare, Zimbabwe!
    Hosea 2:14-15a ESV
    “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. And there I will give her vineyards and make the valley of Achor (Trouble) a door of hope.”

  47. 6847
    Leah says:

    Leah, Westerville, OH

    “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
    1 Timothy 4:12 NIV

  48. 6848
    Lynn Brentwood, Tn says:

    “And God said, ‘Let there be light ‘ and there was light.” Genesis 1:3 (NIV)

  49. 6849
    Tami S Fite says:

    Platte, South Dakota

    “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.”

    Isaiah 30:15 NIV

  50. 6850
    Cath M. says:

    Cath, Knox, PA

    “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” @ Tim 1:7 ESV

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