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. 7001
    Brandi says:

    Brandi, Knoxville, TN
    John 14:21 (NIV) Jesus said, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

  2. 7002
    Sally Denton says:

    Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

  3. 7003
    Heather Whaley says:

    Psalm 37:39-40 NIV
    The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord. He is their stronghold in time of trouble. He helps them and delivers them. He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him.

  4. 7004
    Tina says:

    Tina: H-town, TX

    Eph. 4:26 (HCSB)

    Be angry and do not sin.

  5. 7005
    Rita Brown says:

    Rita Brown
    Midland, TX
    Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vine,
    though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
    though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
    yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior,
    The Sovereign Lord is my strength…
    Habakkuk 3:17-19a NIV

  6. 7006
    Neva Winters says:

    Western NC

    But love your enemies, do good to them and lend to them without expecting anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

    Luke 6:35-36 (NIV)

  7. 7007
    Vivian says:

    Vivian, Person, NC
    “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” NKJV

  8. 7008
    Sharon Hardin says:

    Sharon in Florien LA: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned nor shall the flame scorch you. Isaiah 43:2 (NKJV)

  9. 7009
    Fay Aitcheson says:

    Tonasket, WA
    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 path straight.

    Proverbs 3:5-6

  10. 7010
    Melanie Wight says:

    Melanie Bangkok, Thailand

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding with guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

    Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

  11. 7011
    Joyce Dover says:

    Joyce Dover
    Stigler, OK
    Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path.
    Psalm 119:105

  12. 7012
    Jenny Werth says:

    Jenny Werth, Grand Ledge, MI “I have not departed from the words of His lips, I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my portion of food.”
    -sorry im late-

  13. 7013
    Ronda Beasley says:

    Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.
    1 Corinthians 13:4

  14. 7014
    Sara says:

    Sara, College Station TX // Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (‭John‬ ‭8‬:‭12‬ NLT)

  15. 7015
    Shari Akills says:

    Shari Arkills, Buckeye, AZ – 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

  16. 7016
    Bonnie Del Greco says:

    Psalm 25:5
    “Lead me in your truth and teach me , for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”

  17. 7017
    Ginger O, Michigan says:

    “Do not be conformed of this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 HCSB

  18. 7018
    Amy says:

    Amy, Chesterfield, MO

    James 1:5a TLB

    If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him, and He will gladly tell you.

  19. 7019
    Shelley says:

    Cast your anxiety on Him because He cares for you!
    1 Peter 5:7 NIV

  20. 7020
    Theresa Bradford says:

    Theresa Bradford
    Pace, Florida

    2 Kings 17:33
    They worshipped the LORD but they also served their own gods.

  21. 7021
    Angelina Eger says:

    Angelina Eger, Capistrano Beach, CA
    Matthew 6:19
    Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

  22. 7022
    Theresa Johns says:

    Is there a way to check to see if your #3 scripture was posted without going through all of them?

    • 7022.1
      LPM-KMac says:

      Hi Theresa, It is quite a task finding them isn’t it? Grin. I was able to find your first 2 verses, but not verse 3.
      In the future if you want to see your comment, the best thing to do is note the time you submit it (Central Standard Time) and it will show up in chronological order. Blessings, and welcome to SSMT!

  23. 7023
    Mary Jo W says:

    Mary Jo W
    Whitman, NE

    Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
    1Peter 5:7 NIV

  24. 7024
    Mary Katherine Hemet, CA says:

    All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the powers of any.

  25. 7025
    Amanda says:

    Amanda Miller, Lafayette, LA

    Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds

    James 1:2 NIV

  26. 7026
    Lori says:

    Bangor, Maine

    The Lord’s faithfulness overwhelms the one who trusts in Him.

    Psalm 32:10B (NET)

  27. 7027

    Rose Richardson, Fullerton, CA
    Psalm 19:14 (NASB)
    Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    Be acceptable in Your sight,
    O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

  28. 7028
    Donna Sutherland says:

    Donna Sutherland,
    Waterford, Texas
    Psalm 100:4, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”

  29. 7029
    Lorie says:

    Lorie Houston, TX

    And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (‭Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭9‬ ESV)

  30. 7030
    Layla shingledecker says:

    Layla shingledecker, Fort Worth Texas
    “Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you” psalm 119:11

  31. 7031
    Dametra stevenson says:

    Dametra Stevenson , Fort Worth Texas
    “Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you” psalm 119:11

  32. 7032
    Diann Davis says:

    Diann, Fernandina Beach, FL

    For nothing is impossible with God. Luke1:37 NIV

  33. 7033
    Gwen Beard says:

    Gwen Beard, Edina MN
    Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)
    The Lord your God is with you he is mighty to save.
    He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love,
    He will rejoice over you with singing.

  34. 7034
    Lisa Shirey says:

    Lisa Shirey~New Haven,IN
    Deut. 6:13 Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. NIV

  35. 7035
    Betsy Jolliff, Gaffney, SC says:

    1 John 4:7(NKJV)
    7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

  36. 7036
    Shelly says:

    Shelly Higgins, Pikeville, Tennessee.

    Psalms 48:14
    (KJV) 14 For this God is our God for ever and ever:
    he will be our guide even unto death.

  37. 7037
    Christy Billingsley says:

    Christy Billingsley, Terry, MS

    “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation.”
    Isaiah 12:2 NIV

  38. 7038
    Rita Ford says:

    Rita Ford, The Woodlands, Texas “They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.” Psalm 19:3 NIV

  39. 7039
    Davina Denny says:

    Davina Denny, San Diego, CA

    “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 NIV

  40. 7040
    nat. hawaii. says:

    ps 40:3 NIV
    He has put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.

  41. 7041
    Rebecca says:

    “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35. ESV

  42. 7042
    Theresa Johns says:

    Theresa J.
    Cypress, Tx.

    3John 4 NIV

    I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

  43. 7043
    Peggy Coulter says:

    Gering, NE
    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

  44. 7044
    Sheryl says:

    Sheryl, Golden, MS– “Trust ye in the Lord forever,for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” (KJV)

  45. 7045
    Susan Kalina says:

    Susan Kalina
    Houston, TX

    Proverbs 10:12, “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”

  46. 7046
    Tammy Laffitte says:


    So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (‭Colossians‬ ‭1‬:‭10‬ ESV)

  47. 7047
    Alison Pannell says:

    Alison Pannell

    McComb, MS

    “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.”

    Psalm 62:5 (NIV)

  48. 7048
    Mel Kaulia, Hawaii says:

    Psalm 141 Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.

  49. 7049
    Katie Farley says:

    Katie, Calhoun, GA

    Philippians 4:6 (NLT)

    “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done.”

  50. 7050
    Lorilor Lynn Key, Sugar Valley, GA says:

    “Be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:18b-20 KJV

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