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. 7401
    Emily Byrd says:

    Emily Byrd from Monroe, LA:
    Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things he has done for you.
    1 Samuel 12:24 NASB

  2. 7402
    Janet Cazares says:

    Her husband can trust her and she will greatly enrich his life. Proverbs 31:11

  3. 7403
    Heather Dutton says:

    Heather Dutton League City, Tx
    We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)

  4. 7404
    Shirley McCoy says:

    This I declare about the Lord. He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God and I trust him. Psalm 91:2 NLT Shirley McCoy Belton, TX

  5. 7405
    Kelley Guetz says:

    Kelley, Fort Collins, CO

    Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat well, drink a good glass of wine, and enjoy their work- whatever they do under the sun- for however long God lets them live.

    Eccl 5:18 NLT

  6. 7406
    Lori Kirkpatrick says:

    Lori K., Leander, TX “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” James 4:8 NIV

  7. 7407
    Olivia S says:

    olivia, East Tennessee
    Psalm 16:7-9 niv
    I will praise the Lord who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand I will not be shaken.

  8. 7408
    Arlene C. says:

    Arlene C. from Georgetown, Texas: For I am the Lord, I do not change; that is why you, O sons of Jacob are not consumed. Malachi 3:6 AMP

  9. 7409
    Ashley says:

    Ashley from San Antonio, TX

    For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

    Philippians 2:13, NLT

  10. 7410
    Joyce LaForte says:

    Joyce LaForte, Lee’s Summit, MO
    “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16 NASB

  11. 7411
    Kathy French says:

    Kathy French, Austin, Texas
    “Yet I am always with You; You hold me by my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me into glory.
    Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”Psalm 73:23-26 NIV

  12. 7412
    Connie says:

    But he who treasures His Word truly in him the love of God and the love for God has been perfected, completed. By this we may know that we are in Him.
    I John 2:5 Amplified Bible

  13. 7413
    Natalie Chance says:

    “but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4 ESV

  14. 7414
    Susan Bostaph says:

    Susan Bostaph Buffalo NY

    Psalm 56:13 (ESV)
    For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling,
    That I may walk before God in the light of life

  15. 7415
    Kandace Blowey says:

    Kandace Blowey – Houston, TX

    Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. – Hebrews 12:12-13

  16. 7416
    Paula M. Southaven,MS says:

    And take up the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.

    Ephesians 6: 17. NASV

  17. 7417
    Lisa Jensen says:

    Lisa Jensen
    Lyman, WY

    The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:3 (NIV)

  18. 7418
    Leslie Dorroiugh says:

    Leslie Dorrough , Longview,Tx.
    And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of The Lord and may please him in every way:bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God..
    Colossians 1:10

  19. 7419
    Zara says:

    Zara, Seoul, South Korea
    “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

  20. 7420
    Deb Nance says:

    Deb Nance
    Merced, CA

    Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!
    Luke 5b-6a

  21. 7421
    mindyinindy says:

    “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.””
    ‭‭John‬ ‭12:32‬ ‭NASB‬‬

  22. 7422
    Aimee Adams says:

    Aimee Adams – Highland, IN – “Do not repay evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. …live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:17, 18b

  23. 7423
    Arlene says:

    “I am the Lord your God. I teach you what is best for you. I direct you in the way you should go.
    Isaiah 48:17 NIrV

  24. 7424
    Allison says:

    “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self discipline. ” 2Timothy 1:7

  25. 7425
    Jen Ferguson says:

    Have you never heard?
    Have you never understood?
    The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of all the earth.
    He never grows weak or weary.
    No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
    He gives power to the weak
    and strength to the powerless.
    Isaiah 40: 28-29

  26. 7426
    Julie Myers says:

    Julie Myers
    Rutledge, TN
    Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.
    Psalm 16:1 (NIV)

  27. 7427
    Sarah Grant says:

    Sarah Grant – Durham, Ontario, Canada

    Psalm 91:1-4 (NLT)
    “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
    This I declare about the Lord:
    He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
    For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
    He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.”

  28. 7428
    Carrie Hammons says:

    Carrie Hammons – Arlington, TX – “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

  29. 7429
    Leah Kasparek says:

    “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

  30. 7430
    Paula M. Southaven, MS says:

    Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139: 23-24. NKJ

  31. 7431
    Stacy Barnes says:

    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

  32. 7432
    Louise Shytle says:

    let him know, that he who converteth a sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall cover a multitude if sins.

    ASV James 5: 20

  33. 7433
    Allison Bayles says:

    Allison Bayles, Katy, TX
    Hebrews 4:13 (niv)
    Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

  34. 7434
    Connie Coalwell. Whidbey Island, WA says:

    John 15:4. “Dwell in me and I will dwell in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in being vitally united to the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.”
    Amplified Bible

  35. 7435
    Natalie Chance says:

    “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
    Romans 15:5-6 ESV

  36. 7436
    Sandy LaMantia says:

    Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
    -1 Thessalonians 5:18

  37. 7437
    Inez Barnes says:

    Inez Barnes
    Hamburg AR

    Proverbs 13:3. NLT

    Those who control their tongue will have a long life opening your mouth can ruin everything

  38. 7438
    Deana Stackpole says:

    Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
    Proverbs 31:11 NIV

  39. 7439
    Becky Montague says:

    Colossians 3:3 “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” NASV

  40. 7440
    Joan Ford says:

    Springfield VA

    Uncover my eyes so that I may see the miraculous things in Your teachings
    Psalm 119:18 GW

  41. 7441
    Groovewoman says:

    “He said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” ~2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

    Granbury, TX

  42. 7442
    Carolyn Knowlton says:

    PSALM 90:12
    So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. NKJV

  43. 7443
    Katie Nash says:

    Katie Nash
    San Antonio, TX

    Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

    I Corinthians 13:6 NIV

  44. 7444
    Emily says:

    Emily Kingsbury, Elkins, AR “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23 (NRSV)

  45. 7445
    Julie Myers says:

    Julie Myers
    Rutledge, Tn

    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
    Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

  46. 7446
    Patti Knobbe says:

    Patti Knobbe from West Point, NE
    “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggle with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.” Colossians 1:28-29

  47. 7447
    Patricia Clevenger says:

    Patricia Clevenger, Midland TX

    “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    Matthew 11: (KJV)

  48. 7448
    Patricia Clevenger says:

    Patricia Clevenger, Midland TX

    “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”

    Psalm 73:26(KJV

  49. 7449
    Renee, Alabama says:

    I lift my eyes unto the hills. Where will my help come from? Psalm 121:1 NIV

  50. 7450
    Toni says:

    Toni Cassidy from Toney, AL

    “Commit your works to the Lord And your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3 NASB

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