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. 5051
    Rebecca Gordon says:

    Becca Gordon, Glasgow UK.
    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1.9, NIVUK

  2. 5052
    Virginia Rust says:

    Virginia from Elgin, Tx
    For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
    Matt. 2:30 NIV

  3. 5053
    Kay Soderstrom says:

    Kay Soderstrom, Midland, Tx.
    “There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when He judges you.” James 2:13 NLT

  4. 5054
    Diane Linger says:

    Hebrew 10:23
    Let us hold fast the confession of HOPE without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Heb 10:23

  5. 5055
    Diana says:

    Ps. 78:4 “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of our Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done.”

  6. 5056

    YAKIMA WA I commit NUMBERS 6:24-26 24 “The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 the LORD make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 the LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace.”

  7. 5057
    Mary Reid, Houston Texas says:

    “but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away.”

    James 1:10

  8. 5058
    Lisa Rioux says:

    May 15, 2017
    Hebrews 10:31
    It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

  9. 5059
    Mary Ann says:

    Mary Ann from Texas

    For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was His plan from before the beginning of time—to show us His grace through Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:9 NLT

  10. 5060
    Frances McCamey says:

    Frances, Orange, TX

    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
    Psalm 139:14 NIV

  11. 5061
    Joanne Hodges says:

    Joanne, Orange, TX

    For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire together.
    Psalm 71:10 NIV

  12. 5062
    Janet Waid says:

    Isaiah 55:10 “for as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,”

  13. 5063
    Nanci Alton says:

    Nanci from Albuquerque
    Verse #10: 1 Peter 2:10. “Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people, you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” HCSB.

  14. 5064
    Tori says:

    Tori in Elmer, Louisiana
    A man who endures trials is blessed, because when he passes the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12 HCSB

  15. 5065
    Kim Morris says:

    “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” Eph 3:20 (NIV)

  16. 5066
    Jen Redcay says:

    Verse 10 “He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.” Psalm 147:10 nkjv

  17. 5067
    Sarai says:

    Brooklyn, New York: “When I called, you answered me;you made me bold and stout-hearted. Psalm 138:3 NIV

  18. 5068
    Lois Lorentzen says:

    Col. 1:17 (NIV)
    “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together
    hold together.”

  19. 5069
    Jaycee Redcay says:

    Roman’s 12:11.
    Not slothful in business;fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

  20. 5070
    Rebecca Gordon says:

    Becca Gordon, Glasgow UK
    ‘Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIVUK

  21. 5071
    Julie says:

    Pittsburgh, PA

    “How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicker or take the path of sinners or join a group of mockers!” Psalm 1:1 HCSB

  22. 5072
    Esther says:

    Esther in Frisco TX :
    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
    Psalm 139:14 NIV

  23. 5073
    Virginia Rust says:

    Virginia from Elgin, Tx
    Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved-you and your household.
    Acts 16:31 (NIV)

  24. 5074
    Erin G Riner says:

    Delaware, Oklahoma
    For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11 NIV

  25. 5075
    Tori says:

    Tori in Elmer, Louisiana
    Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4 HCSB

  26. 5076
    Frances McCamey says:

    Frances, Orange,TX

    Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done
    1 Chronicles 16:8 NLT

  27. 5077
    Joanne Hodges says:

    Joanne, Orange, TX

    They say, “God has forsaken him; pursue him and seize him, for no one will rescue him.”
    Psalm 71:11 NIV

  28. 5078
    nicole FC,FL says:

    “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!”
    Says your God.
    Isaiah 40:1 NKJV

  29. 5079
    Janet Waid. says:

    Isaiah 55:11 NKJV

    “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in that thing for which I sent it.”

  30. 5080
    Mary Ann says:

    Mary Ann from Texas

    “And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality though the Good News. ” 2 Timothy 1:10 NLT

  31. 5081

    1 “Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.
    2 Blessed are they who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart.
    3 They do nothing wrong; they walk in His ways.”

  32. 5082
    Tammy Skogen says:

    See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
    your walls are ever before me. Isaiah 49:16 NIV

  33. 5083
    Lois Lorentzen says:

    Mark 11:24 (NIV)
    “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

  34. 5084
    Jen Redcay says:

    “The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,In those who hope in his mercy.” Psalm 147:11 nkjv

  35. 5085
    Sarai says:

    Brooklyn, New York: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth”. Acts 1:8 NIV

  36. 5086
    Jennine says:

    Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

    James 3:1 ESV

  37. 5087
    Rebecca Gordon says:

    Becca Gordon, Glasgow UK
    ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.’
    Philippians 4:6 NIVUK

  38. 5088
    Diane Linger says:

    Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 NASB

  39. 5089
    Jody says:

    I commit!
    Jody from Houston, TX:
    Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10 ESV.

  40. 5090
    Janet Waid says:

    Isaiah 55:12. “For you shall go out with Joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shell clap their hands.”

  41. 5091
    Karen Russell says:

    YAKIMA WA, I COMMIT: PSALM 119:4-5 NIV 1984 4 You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. 5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying Your decrees!

  42. 5092
    Karen Cunningham says:

    Karen from Bronson, Texas
    As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
    Psalm 103:12 ESV

  43. 5093
    Lois Lorentzen says:

    Zephaniah 3:9 (NIV)
    “Then will I purify the lips of the people, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder.”

  44. 5094
    Joanne Hodges says:

    Joanne Orange, TX

    Do not be far from me, my God; come quickly, God, to help me.

    Psalm 71:12 NIV

  45. 5095
    Sarai says:

    Brooklyn, New York: “But the king replied to Arauna, “No, I insist on paying for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing”. II Samuel 24:24 NIV

  46. 5096
    Mary Ann says:

    Mary Ann, Magnolia, TX

    “And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.”
    2 Timothy 1:10 NLT

  47. 5097
    Jen Redcay says:

    Verse 12, ” Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!Praise your God,O Zion!” Psalm 147:12.

  48. 5098
    Jen Redcay says:

    Verse 12, ” Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!Praise your God,O Zion!” Psalm 147:12. Nkjv

  49. 5099
    Tori says:

    Tori in Elmer, Louisiana
    “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by your name; you are Mine. Isaiah 43:1b HCSB

  50. 5100
    Cindy says:

    I commit! Cindy, Beaumont TX. 16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. John 3:16-18 ESV.

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