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. 5101
    Karen Russell says:

    Yakima WA, I COMMIT: PSALM 119:6-8 NIV 1984 6 Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all Your commands. 7 I will praise You with an upright heart as I learn Your righteous laws. 8 I will obey Your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.

  2. 5102
    Tori says:

    Tori Elmer, Louisana
    Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14 ESV

  3. 5103
    Lois Lorentzen says:

    Galatians 5:1 (NIV)
    ‘It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

  4. 5104
    Janet Waid says:

    Isaiah 55:13 NKJV. ” Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree. And it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

  5. 5105
    Karen Cunningham says:

    Karen from Bronson, Texas
    As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
    Psalms 103:13 ESV

  6. 5106
    April says:

    2 TIMOTHY 1:7 (ASV)

  7. 5107
    Mary Ann says:

    Mary Ann from Texas

    “And God chose me to be a preacher,, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News.” 2 Timothy1:11 NLT

  8. 5108
    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

  9. 5109
    Jen Redcay says:

    Verse 13..” For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you.” Psalm 147:13 NKJV

  10. 5110
    Jaycee Redcay says:

    Verse 11&12 “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation;continuing instant prayer.” “Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” Romans 12:12-13 KJV

  11. 5111
    Virginia Rust says:

    Virginia from Elgin, TX
    Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh.
    Jonah 3:3 NIV

  12. 5112
    Tori says:

    Tori Elmer Louisiana
    Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:6 NLT

  13. 5113
    Karen Russell says:

    Yakima WA, I COMMIT: PSALM 119:9-11 NIV 1984 9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your word. 10 I seek You with all my heart; do not let me stray from Your commands. 11 I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.

  14. 5114
    Janet Waid. says:

    Oh sing to the Lord a new song, sing to the Lord all the earth.

    Psalm 96:1

  15. 5115
    Mary Ann says:

    Mary Ann from Texas

    “That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until the day of His return.” 2 Timothy 1:12 NLT

  16. 5116
    Sarai says:

    Brooklyn, New York: For the LORD God is a sun and shield.The LORD bestonows favor and honor;No good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless”. Psalm 84:11 NIV

  17. 5117
    Lois Lorentzen says:

    Col. 4:6 (NIV)
    “Let your conversations be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

  18. 5118
    Diane Linger says:

    From Diane, Columbus, OH, two extra verses to be catch up in July – Galations 5:13 You were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. NASB

    Ps 119:133 Establish my footsteps in Thy word, and do not let any iniquity have dominion over me. NASB

    Gal. 6:9 And let us not lose heart in doing good,for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. NASB

  19. 5119
    April says:

    PSALM 46:10 (NIV)

  20. 5120
    Tammy Skogen says:

    Saul said to him, “You are blessed my son, David. You will certainly do great things and will also prevail.” Then David went on his way on Saul returned home. 1 Samuel 26:25 HCSB

  21. 5121
    Jen Redcay says:

    Verse 14….”He makes peace in your borders, and fills you with the finest wheat.” Psalm 147:14 nkjv

  22. 5122
    Rona Howard says:

    Rona Howard, Fort Worth, TX
    Do not conform 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)

    If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
    John 8:31-32 (NIV)

  23. 5123
    Janet Waid says:

    Psalm 96:2 “Sing to the Lord, bless his name; proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.”. NKJV

  24. 5124
    Lois Lorentzen says:

    Isaiah 43:1 (NIV)
    But now this is what the Lord says – he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:
    “Do not fear for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”

  25. 5125
    Jen Redcay says:

    Verse 15…”He sends out His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.” Psalm 147:15 NKJV

  26. 5126
    Tori says:

    Tori in Elmer Louisiana
    And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. Matthew 21:22 ESV

  27. 5127
    Sarai says:

    Brooklyn, New York; “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”. Isaiah 43:19 NIV

  28. 5128
    April says:

    A gentle answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger. (NIV)

  29. 5129
    Tammy says:

    Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
    for in you I take refuge.
    I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
    until the disaster has passed. Psalm 57:1 NIV

  30. 5130
    Jaycee Redcay says:

    Roman’s 12:13-14
    Distributing to the necessity of saints given to hospitality.
    Bless them which persecute you; bless and curse not.KJV

  31. 5131
    Jaycee Redcay says:

    Roman’s 12:15-16
    Rejoice with them that do Rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
    Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not whose in your own conceits. KJV

  32. 5132
    Jaycee Redcay says:

    Roman’s 12:11
    Not spothful in business; fervent in spirit;serving the Lord; KJV

  33. 5133
    April says:


    • 5133.1
      Diane Linger says:


      This verse changed my life several years ago and continues to be used by the Holy Spirit to keep my thoughts on the right track. Phil. 4:8 continues to be one of the verses I share often with other women. Be watchful to see what changes God will bring into your life as you meditate on these truths.
      Diane from Columbus, Ohio

  34. 5134
    Janet Waid says:

    Psalm 19:1-2 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; Night after night they display knowledge.” NIV

  35. 5135
    Karen Russell says:

    YAKIMA WA, I COMMIT PSALM 29:11 NIV84 “May the Lord give strength to His people! May the Lord bless His people with peace!”

  36. 5136
    Tori says:

    Tori from Elmer, Louisiana
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2

  37. 5137
    Joanne Hodges says:

    Joanne from Orange, TX
    Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come. Psalm 71:18 NIV

  38. 5138
    Tammy Skogen says:

    Because they disregarded the righteousness from God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted themselves to God’s righteousness. Romans 10:3 HCSB

  39. 5139
    Sarai says:

    Brooklyn, New York: “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Revelation 16:15 NIV

  40. 5140
    Mary Ann says:

    “Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me…a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy1:13 NLT

  41. 5141

    Bev Brandon, Austin Texas

    “As for you, you meant evil against me. but, God meant it for good.” Genesis 50:20 ESV

  42. 5142
    Lois Lorentzen says:

    Psalm 32:7 (NIV)
    “You are my hiding place;
    you will protect me from trouble
    and surround me with songs of

  43. 5143
    Tori says:

    Tori in Elmer Louisiana
    No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11 HCSB

  44. 5144
    Karen Russell says:

    YAKIMA WA, I COMMIT: ISAIAH 26:3 NIV84: “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.”

  45. 5145
    Lois Lorentzen says:

    2 Chronicles 16:9
    “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

  46. 5146
    Sarai says:

    Brooklyn, New York: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV

  47. 5147
    Joni says:

    Joni, Port Neches, Tx: “if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.” Colossians 1:23, ESV

  48. 5148
    Diane Linger says:

    Diane from Columbus, Ohio Galatians 6:9 And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. Gal.6:9 NASB

    This is a make up verse, I am behind 3 verses

    Galatians 6:10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. Gal6:10 NASB

  49. 5149
    Rona Howard says:

    Rona Howard, Fort Worth
    Taste and see that the Lord is good;blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
    Psalm 34:8

  50. 5150
    Rebecca Gordon says:

    Becca Gordon, Glasgow UK.
    ‘My flesh and my heart may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.’ Psalm 73.26 NIV

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