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. 6951
    Brandie Harris says:

    I’m a lil late this time.

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 ESV

  2. 6952
    Barbara says:

    In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭12‬ NIV)

  3. 6953
    Dana, Tyler, TX says:

    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. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

  4. 6954
    Sydney Cavanaugh says:

    Do you see a man who speaks too soon? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
    Proverbs 29:20

  5. 6955
    Valerie says:

    Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
    James 1:2-3

  6. 6956
    Mary Burge says:

    You will keep in perfect peace
    him whose mind is steadfast,
    because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3

  7. 6957
    Jackie Brantley says:

    Jackie Brantley Rockledge, FL
    verse: 1
    “Case all your cares on Him for He careth for you”. 1Peter 5:7 KJ

  8. 6958
    Jackie Brantley says:

    Jackie Brantley – Rockledge, FL
    verse 2:
    “Call to me, and I will answer you. And I will show you great and wonderful things which you do not know”.
    Jeremiah 33:3 NLV

  9. 6959
    Jackie Brantley says:

    Jackie Brantley – Rockledge, FL
    verse 2:
    “Call to me, and I will answer you. And I will show you great and wonderful things which you do not know”.
    Jeremiah 33:3 NLV

  10. 6960
    Jackie Brantley says:

    Jackie Brantley – Rockledge, FL
    Verse 3:

    “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
    Philippians 4:13 KJV

    Yea! I am caught up.

  11. 6961
    Paola says:

    In love, he predestined us for adoption as son through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will , to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:5-6

  12. 6962
    Natalie Anthony says:

    Natalie Anthony, Saucier, MS

    “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of jesus his son cleanses us from all sin.” 1john1:7 ESV

  13. 6963
    Logan Beasley says:

    Logan Beasley Milan TN “keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrew 13:5 NIV

  14. 6964
    Janis Nelson says:

    Janis Nelson, College Station, TX “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right, persevering and steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 Amplified Version

  15. 6965
    Kim Asbrock says:

    Kim, Cincinnati
    Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly adundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto hime be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all generations for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 ASV

  16. 6966
    Olivia Luehrs says:

    Spotsylvania, VA

    2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

    7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

  17. 6967
    Kaitlin Tindall says:

    Manchester, MI

    “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
    John 6:35 (NASB)

  18. 6968
    Sara Sartori says:

    Sara Sartori, Hopedale MA

    We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

    Hebrews 2:1, NIV

  19. 6969
    Autumn says:

    Autumn, Deer Park,WA
    “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”
    Acts 20:24 NIV

  20. 6970

    Romans 5:8 NIV
    But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

  21. 6971
    Gayle Failing says:

    1 John 3: 2 NKJV
    Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when HE is revealed, we shall be like HIM, for we shall see HIM as HE is.

  22. 6972
    Merissa says:

    Merissa, Calgary, Canada
    “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the son chooses to reveal him.” -Luke 10:22 NIV

  23. 6973
    TERRI BAKER says:

    I am SO needing this right now (struggling, struggling):
    He will teach us His ways so that we may walk in His
    paths. Micah 4:2
    Thank you Daddy!!!! <3

  24. 6974
    Aimee Hale says:

    Aimee Hale, Bartlett, TN
    Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us
    Ephesians 3:20 ESV

  25. 6975
    Sarah Hughes says:

    Sarah Hughes, Atlanta

    Lamentations 3:21-26 “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (ESV)

  26. 6976
    Olivia McGowan says:

    Romans 8:26 In the same way the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

  27. 6977
    Glorianna says:

    Glorianna, Holland, MI
    “I waited patiently for the Lord. He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up out of the pit of destruction. Out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.”
    Psalm 40:1-2. ESV

  28. 6978
    Sonia Matson says:

    Houston, Texas
    For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Romans 6:23 NIV

  29. 6979
    Diana Robbins says:

    Diana Robbins, Cincinnati,Ohio. This then us how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts and he knows everything. 1 John 3:19-20 NIV

  30. 6980
    Kim Thompson says:

    Marietta, Georgia

    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

  31. 6981
    Gail - Omaha NE says:

    For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.
    Philippians 2:13 NLT

  32. 6982
    Barbs Taylor says:

    Harare, Zimbabwe.
    Be still and know I am God; I will be exalted in the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
    Psalm 46:10 NIV

  33. 6983
    Cindy Miller says:

    Cindy Miller, Granite City IL

    Isaiah 41:10 NIV
    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.

  34. 6984
    Joanna says:

    Joanna, Los Angeles, California:

    “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.”

    1 John 5:14-15 NIV:

  35. 6985
    Lori says:

    Lori from St. Catharines, ON

    And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. (1 John 4:14, 15 NIV)

  36. 6986
    Tammy says:

    Tammy Holley, Sugar Land, TX
    As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
    Isaiah 55: 10-11 (NIV)

  37. 6987
    Pam Arnold says:

    Isaiah 41:13. For I am The Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you. Woohoo! My God is able!

  38. 6988
    Connie Blaut says:

    Teach me your way, Lord that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11 NIV

  39. 6989
    LPM-KMac says:

    K-Mac, Cypress, TX
    “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.” Prov 18:21 The Message

  40. 6990
    Lori Grundy says:

    Lori Grundy Petal, MS

    Point out in me anything that offends you and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Ps 139:23-24 NLT

  41. 6991
    Vicki Beadle says:

    Vicki, Cobden, IL

    Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. NIV

  42. 6992
    Helen Henderson says:

    Col. 4:6 NAS
    Let your speech always be with grace
    Seasoned as it were with salt,
    so that you may know how you should respond to each person.

  43. 6993
    Diana Johnson says:

    Houston, Texas

    2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)

    For we walk by faith, not by sight.

  44. 6994
    Debbie says:

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

  45. 6995
    Lynda Jones says:

    Lynda, Raleigh, NC

    A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath. Proverbs 15:1 (HCSB)

  46. 6996
    Laura Naiser says:

    Laura Naiser, Georgetown, TX
    “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
    Psalm 46:1, NIV

  47. 6997
    Amy Hartsfield says:

    Amy Hartsfield, Calhoun, GA. “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

  48. 6998
    Trish M says:

    Trish M- St. Louis, MO- Know this, my beloved brothers, let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. James 1:19 (ESV)

  49. 6999

    Janelle Hartsfield, Irving TX

    Blessed is she who believes that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished! Luke 1:45 (NIV)

  50. 7000
    Christelle says:

    Christelle Vermeulen, Hartland, Wisconsin

    “Let all that you do be done in love. ” NIV

    1Corinthians 14:16

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