SSMT 2017: Verse 1!

Hey, Everybody! Drumroll please! Welcome to the 2017 Siesta Scripture Memory Team! The entry of your Verse 1 selection acts as your registration. Please read this brief post before you leave your comment so you’ll know exactly how to do it. We are not legalistic about much around here but I am a drill sergeant about the precise way we accept comments for SSMT verse entries. One perusal through the first several hundred comments and you’ll understand why. It’s such a powerful sight you will almost want to cry. Or shout. Or throw your head back and howl your loudest hallelujah. It just all depends on how you process a fresh glimpse of divine revelation. You’ll have before you a feast spread out lavishly on a huge banqueting table.  Keeping the comments to the bare minimum makes Scripture itself stand out on the page. If we add a lot of other verbiage to the comment, the verse is more likely to get lost in it.

Not only will your soul be fed by the entries of others, you’ll discover verses you didn’t even know existed and get ideas for future selections. Any time you can’t decide what verse to memorize, jump on the comments and see what resonates with you. Any time you feel bone-dry or downcast or distracted or discouraged or just plain directionless, open up the comments on any SSMT post and behold the words of the Lord. It’s so powerful I could slap my desk thinking about it.

OK, this is how the information should appear in your comment:

Name (first is fine), city: verse, reference, Bible translation.

(Don’t forget your translation! People love knowing exactly which translation your selection came from.)

So you’ll have a paradigm for how it looks, here is my entry for Verse 1 and you’ll see at the end of the post where I made a slight little addition to add some soul-deep conviction if you wish:

Beth Moore from Houston Texas: “Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved fellow worker.” Philemon 1 ESV

You get to choose your own verse according to what you need most right now, what resonates with you in your present circumstances or what God just simply seems to land you on. This year I feel like He’s leading me to use my 24 entries to memorize the one-chapter book of Philemon. It contains 25 verses but the last one is easy so I’ll throw it in with my 24th verse as my final entry. I’ve done stacks of spirals full of unrelated Scriptures for my memory work in previous years. Other times I’ve done several different chunks or one solid chapter. There is no wrong way to do it. It just all depends on what the Holy Spirit seems to be energizing us to do. If something about chipping away at one chapter through the course of the year rings your bell, you are so welcome to join me or you can look through the Scriptures and choose a different chapter of similar length. I so loved memorizing Psalm 25 several years ago. I recited it as recently as yesterday. It has 22 verses ready to go if you’d like to consider it. You’d only need to tag on 2 separate verses after you memorized the psalm to fulfill your 24-verse goal. Jude is another one-chapter book I memorized. It contains 25 verses but I will warn you in advance, take that one on only if you like a challenge. It is pretty wordy.

Let’s just add two little words this time to the front of the entry of our first verse: I commit! And go right ahead and add that exclamation mark at the end of it for the sake of some very appropriate enthusiasm. What you’re about to do bears FRUIT. God’s Word does not return empty. He sends it forth with accomplishing power and divine purpose. That’s worth anticipating with excitement. (In fact, Isaiah 55:11 is a fabulous Scripture to memorize if you’re still searching for a great launch verse.) I think we ought to add those two little words because I keep reading how allergic we’re growing culturally to making commitments of almost any kind. I’m sure you’ve read the same thing. But here’s the deal. We will never be mighty servants of Jesus Christ, alive and awake in the Holy Spirit, bringing glory to God the Father all while standing against evil rulers, powers and principalities without commitment.

Ain’t happenin’.

Nothing was tentative to those early New Testament believers about following Jesus. They didn’t fulfill their callings by being scared of commitment. They gave Him their lives. They bore His name. They testified to the death. Let’s do this thing, Sisters. Let’s do it deliberately. We’re not destined to be weak-willed women. We’re called to be stunningly strong willed about God’s will. So, here’s my official entry for verse 1 of the Siesta Scripture Memory Team challenge of 2017!

I commit! Beth Moore from Houston Texas: “Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved fellow worker.” Philemon 1 ESV

Your turn, sisters! Try to make each of your entries within 24-48 hours after the posts go up around the 1st and the 15th of each month. Also remember not to worry if you don’t see your comment posted for a day or so. Wait a while before you post the same verse a second time. We moderate all comments to filter through spam and trash and general nastiness so the process can take a little time. Here we go! I’m beside myself with joy. Thank you for the privilege to store up the very words of God with you. They are life and breath to us. Iron in our blood. Steel in our bones. So much love to you.

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  1. 5001
    Jodi says:

    “Be strong, take courage, don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you.” Deut 31:6 MSG

  2. 5002
    Patricia Clevenger says:

    “And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
    Galatians 6:9 KJV

  3. 5003
    Tori says:

    Tori in Elmer, Louisiana
    I will instruct you and show you the way to go;
    with My eye on you, I will give counsel. Psalm 32:8 HCSB

  4. 5004
    Mary Ann says:

    Mary Ann from Texas

    “This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.” 2 Timothy 1:6 NLT

  5. 5005
    Bethany Sutherlin says:

    Bethany Sutherlin- Stillwater, OK

    2 Peter 3:9 ESV
    “The Lord is not slow to fullfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should reach repentance.”

  6. 5006
    Erin Ruddell says:

    Erin in Denver, CO

    “And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal body to life through His Spirit who lives in you.”

    Romans 8:12 HCSB

  7. 5007
    Debbie Harper says:

    Anna, Texas

    Prooverbs 10:10 (RSV)

    He who winks the eye causes trouble, but he who boldly reproves makes peace.

  8. 5008

    Sarah Caldwell, North Richland Hills, TX: (NET)

    Psalm 84:11

    For the LORD GOD is our soveriegn protector. The LORD bestows favor and honor; He withholds no good thing from those who have integrity.

  9. 5009
    April, Bossier City, LA says:

    For God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

  10. 5010
    Kate says:

    Kate
    Fort Smith, AR
    “A wise heart accepts commands, but foolish lips will be destroyed.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭10:8‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

  11. 5011
    Liz says:

    Liz
    Fort Smith, AR
    “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.”
    ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:21‬ ‭HCSB

  12. 5012
    Michaela says:

    Michaela
    Fort Smith, AR
    In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.
    Psalms 25:1 (NIV)

  13. 5013
    Tammy Skogen says:

    This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16 NIV

  14. 5014
    Bella says:

    Bella
    Fort Smith, AR
    “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer.”
    Psalm 18:2 NIV

  15. 5015
    Lydia Thrift says:

    Lydia Thrift, Gadsden, Alabama

    “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

    Ephesians 4:2 NIV 1984

  16. 5016
    Emily Jordan says:

    Emily Virginia Beach Va
    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His love endures forever
    Psalm 107:1 NIV

  17. 5017
    Jackie Jones says:

    Jackie,Pensacola, Fl. “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” ESV Job 42:2

  18. 5018
    Jen Redcay says:

    Verse 8. “Who covers the heavens with clouds, who prepares the rain for the earth, who makes grass to grow on the mountains.” Psalm 147:8 nkjv

  19. 5019
    Janet Waid says:

    Isaiah 55:8 NKJV “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are My ways your ways, says the Lord.”

  20. 5020
    April, Bossier City, LA says:

    We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

    Romans 8:28

  21. 5021
    Sarai says:

    Brooklyn, New York: “I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” Revelation 3:8 NIV

  22. 5022
    Elizabeth says:

    Now we exhort you brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.

    Elizabeth Hernandez-Forrest
    Borger, Tx
    I Thess 5:12 (NIV)

  23. 5023
    Lois Lorentzen says:

    Psalm 19:12 (NIV)
    “Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.”

  24. 5024
    Lisa Rioux says:

    April 1, 2017

    Psalm 91:11

    For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.

    • 5024.1
      Lisa Rioux says:

      I had already posted that verse change it to this one…
      April 1, 2017

      Deuteronomy 20:4
      For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.

  25. 5025
    Lisa Rioux says:

    April 15, 2017

    Amos 4:13

    For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind,
    and declares to man what is his thought,
    who makes the morning darkness,
    and treads on the heights of the earth—
    the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name!

  26. 5026
    Tori Mays says:

    Tori Elmer, Louisiana
    Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Romans 12:12 HCSB

  27. 5027
    Tammy Skogen says:

    Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
    and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
    Though she may forget,
    I will not forget you! Isaiah 49:15 NIV

  28. 5028
    KAREN RUSSELL says:

    Yakima WA, I Commit: ISAIAH 40:30 NIV 1984 “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;”

  29. 5029
    Jewelene Hightower says:

    Jewelene from Granby, MO
    “being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭ASV‬‬

  30. 5030
    Mary Ann says:

    Mary Ann from Texas

    “For God has never given you a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

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