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. 4751
    stephanie aasness says:

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will shower you the right way.”
    Proverbs 3:5,6

  2. 4752
    Sandra Harper says:

    Sandy Harper from Ringgold, Georgia

    Psalm 92:14-15 HCSB

    “They will still bear fruit in old age, healthy and green,
    to declare: ‘The Lord is just; He is my rock, and there is no
    righteousness in Him.’ “

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      Sandra Harper says:

      Sandy Harper from Ringgold, Georgia
      Psalm 92:14-15 HCSB

      “They will still bear fruit in old age, healthy and green,
      to declare: ‘The Lord is just; He is my rock, and there
      is no unrighteousness in Him.’ “

  3. 4753
    Sherry says:

    Matt. 6:20-21

    But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

  4. 4754
    Joybird says:

    I commit! Joy, Altadena, CA “And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.’ ” Exodus 14:13-14 ESV

  5. 4755
    Mary Ann says:

    Mary Ann from Texas: “I am writing to Timothy, my dear son. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.” 2 Timothy 1:2 NLT

  6. 4756
    Arlene C. says:

    Arlene C. from Georgetown, TX: HE who calls you is FAITHFUL, HE will do it! 1 Thess. 5:24. HCSB

  7. 4757
    Tarra says:

    Tarra – Cascade, Idaho
    Show me your ways O Lord, Teach me your paths;
    Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5 NLT

  8. 4758
    Shannon says:

    I commit! Shannon from Elsmere, KY Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers. Psalm 1:1 ESV

  9. 4759
    Amy Miller says:

    I commit: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of you mind. Then you will be able to know what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Romans 12:2, NIV

  10. 4760
    Melissa says:

    I COMMIT!!

    This letter is from James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am writing to the “twelve tribes”-Jewish believers scattered abroad. Greetings! James 1:1 NLT

  11. 4761
    Nancy Griffin says:

    Nancy Griffin from Drew, Ms says: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1. NASB

  12. 4762

    Starting late! I decided to memorize Psalm 31 this year. I commit, now from San Antonio, TX! We moved Jan 14th.
    Psalm 31:1, NIV
    “In you, LORD, I have taken refuge;
    let me never be put to shame;
    deliver me in your righteousness.”

  13. 4763
    Joan Heffner says:

    II Cor. 4:17 NIV

    ” For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

  14. 4764
    Carolyn Dodge Forest OH says:

    I trust in you my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. Psalm 25:2 NLT

  15. 4765
    Sarai says:

    Brooklyn New York: 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 and perfect will”. Romans 12:2 NIV

  16. 4766
    Sarai says:

    Brooklyn New York:”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 and perfect will”. Romans 12:2 NIV

  17. 4767
    Linda says:

    February 1
    It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.
    2 Samuel 22:33

  18. 4768
    Linda Smith says:

    Linda Smith from Little Rock, AR “Do not let your heart be troubled, believe in God, believe also in me.” John 14:1 NASB

  19. 4769
    Wanda says:

    Wanda from Macon, Ga

    ” I am the vine, you are the branches, He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” Jn 15:5 NKJV

  20. 4770
    Linda says:

    Linda
    I commit!
    Gaylord, MI
    John 15:17 This is my command: Love each other. NIV

  21. 4771
    Linda Lauland says:

    I commit!

    Matthew 22:37 NIV

    Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

  22. 4772
    Jodi says:

    Jodi from Houston. “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Cor 9:8 (NIV)

  23. 4773
    Debra Vining says:

    Debra Vining Jacksonville FL “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:13‬ ‭NASB‬‬

  24. 4774
    Rachelle Koehnke says:

    Rachelle – Findlay, Ohio
    ” His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3 NIV

  25. 4775
    Cindy says:

    Psalms 32:5 you are my hiding place, you protect me from my troubles and fill me with songs of salvation. ncv

  26. 4776
    Jill oklahoma says:

    Jill Sperry Oklahoma
    Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:13 NIV

  27. 4777
    Jenny says:

    Jenny – Midland,TX
    I commit! “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:25-26 ESV

  28. 4778
    Lori Dimicelli says:

    Lori from Seguin, Texas
    To the man who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness.
    Ecc 2:26

  29. 4779
    Sharleen Copp says:

    Fear of the Lord gives life, security and protection from harm.
    Proverbs 19:23 NLT

  30. 4780
    Lois Lorentzen says:

    Romans 11:29 (NIV)
    “for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable”

  31. 4781
    Becca Gordon says:

    Rebecca Gordon, Glasgow UK.
    Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. (jeremiah 17: 7-8)

  32. 4782
    Becca Gordon says:

    Rebecca Gordon, Glasgow UK.
    Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. (jeremiah 17: 7-8 NIV)

  33. 4783
    Margaret Harris says:

    Margaret Harris from Wyandotte Michigan, I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my Fortress, my God in whom I trust”. Psalm 91NIV

  34. 4784
    Samantha Wille says:

    “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭139:13-14

  35. 4785
    Angela says:

    Angela from Rivervale, NJ
    The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in darkness like those long dead. Psalm 143:3 NIV

  36. 4786
    Kim says:

    Kim Laurel Mississippi
    Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22NIV

  37. 4787
    Jaye Hammon says:

    Jaye H
    Decatur, Al

    I commit! Isaiah 55:11New Living Translation (NLT)

    11 It is the same with my word.
    I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
    It will accomplish all I want it to,
    and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

  38. 4788
    Debbie Harper says:

    Micah 6:8

    He has told you, O mortal what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and walk humbly with your God. Bible Gateway

  39. 4789

    Pamela Nicholson, Cumming, GA
    So I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” Nehemiah 6:3 NIV

  40. 4790
    Kristin Malejan says:

    Kristin from Houston, TX
    “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 NIV

  41. 4791
    Linda Nelson says:

    Linda Nelson, Harvest, AL. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV

  42. 4792
    Katie says:

    And I will give them one heart, [a new heart] and I will put a new spirit within them; I will take the stony [unnaturally hardened] heart out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, [sensitive and responsive to the touch of their God] Ezekiel 11:19 AMPC

  43. 4793
    Tracy Havner, Thornton, TX says:

    I commit! Psalm 91:11-12 (NASB)
    For He will give His angels charge concerning you,
    To guard you in all your ways.
    They will bear you up in their hands,
    That you do not strike your foot against a stone.

  44. 4794
    Cindy Bridges says:

    Cindy Bridges, Shelby, NC

    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NIV

  45. 4795
    Nanci Alton says:

    “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive them and heal their land.” 2 Chronic 7:14 (ESV)

  46. 4796
    Molly Hotchkiss says:

    Molly Hotchkiss, Cypress, TX

    Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. I Peter 4:9 NIV

  47. 4797
    Chaundel Holladay says:

    I commit!! Chaundel Holladay
    Lake Forest, CA

    “O Lord, You have searched me and known me.”
    Psalm 139:1 (NASB)

  48. 4798
    Delora Scaggs says:

    Delora Scaggs, Jefferson City, MO–“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  49. 4799
    Bethany Sutherlin says:

    I commit!
    Bethany Sutherlin, Stillwater, OK

    The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him.
    Psalm 37:23 AMP

  50. 4800
    Brenttia Clayton says:

    I commit Brenttia, Little Rock, AR
    “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.” John 10:9 NIV

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