SSMT 2017: Verse 8!

Hi SSMT partners! I’m Bailie – the newest and youngest member of the LPM staff.

bailieA few weeks into my time here at LPM, I kept hearing the term “SSMT” being thrown around by my coworkers, and I wondered what on earth are they talking about? And when one of them explained, “Oh, it’s stands for Siesta Scripture Memory Team,” I was even more confused. What’s a Siesta? I thought. Doesn’t that mean “nap” in Spanish? Smile.

So if any of you are new to SSMT, I’m right there with you! Now I couldn’t be more on board with this simple, achievable way to sear God’s Word into our hearts and minds.

Do you have a section of Scripture that you find yourself referring back to all the time? Maybe you leave your little Bible bookmark there or the Lord keeps proving its relevance to you season after season. For me, it’s Hebrews 4:14-16:

 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

These verses have ministered to me for years. They encouraged me through months of living in a foreign country. They motivated me to get back up and fight when temptation overcame me. They showed me how Jesus is so fully human, truly, He can relate to everything I feel. And they reminded me of my God-given dignity and confidence to approach His throne of grace (thank you JESUS!). I’ve read them so many times, I could give you a great paraphrasing, but I decided it was time to commit them to memory.

Stay strong, Siestas!


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  1. 551

    Joni from Port Neches, Tx: “which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing–as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth,” Colossians 1:6

  2. 552
    Jessica Gerber says:

    Jessica Bellefonte, PA
    “But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry, and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.”
    Psalm 86:15 NLT

  3. 553
    Amy says:

    Amy in Liberty Township, Ohio
    “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
    1 John 4:18 ESV

  4. 554
    liz hinze says:

    1 Peter 4:7New International Version (NIV)

    7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.
    liz gladstone or

  5. 555
    Arlene says:

    Arlene Marlboro NJ.
    “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” psalm 34:8

  6. 556
    Dian Helgerud says:

    Dian from Cocoa Beach Fl

    Even before He made the world,
    God loved us and chose us in Christ
    To be holy and without fault in His eyes.

    Ephesians 1:4 (NLT)

  7. 557
    Vivienne B says:

    Vivienne B. Waterloo, Ontario

    14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

    2 Chronicles 7:14-15 (NIVUK)

  8. 558
    Ruth Moore says:

    Ruth Moore – Winston Salem, North Carolina
    Micah 7:7 But as for me I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. ESV

  9. 559
    Jacqui Maudslay says:

    Jacqui, Chester, UK:

    ‘Set a guard over my mouth Lord, keep with over the door of my lips’

    Psalm 141:3

  10. 560
    Rachael Umstead says:

    Rachael from Union, Maine – 15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. Ephesians 1:15-17 NKJV

  11. 561
    Jill says:

    Jill, Plano TX
    “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

    King James Version (KJV)

  12. 562
    Judy Grieve says:

    Judy, Clarks Hill SC

    Psalm 25:6

    Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
    for they have been from of old.(NRSV)

  13. 563
    Miriam says:

    The LORD is gracious and merciful,slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Ps. 145:8 ESV

  14. 564
    Anne says:

    Anne, Parma, Ohio

    Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
    I Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV

  15. 565
    Barb says:

    Barb Wisconsin. “If I ascend to heaven, You are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there!
    Ps 139:8 ESV

  16. 566
    Liz Richmond says:

    Liz Richmond, Midland, Texas

    1 Peter 4:10 ( NIV)
    Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others,
    Faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

  17. 567
    Suzanne says:

    Tenaha, TX

    Psalm 1:2 NIV
    but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.

  18. 568
    Sammie Davenport says:

    Sammie from Sterling Virginia, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalms 84:11 NKJV

  19. 569
    Charlie Carraway says:

    Charlie Carraway- Sopchoppy, FL
    Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, Philippians 2:6 (NASB)

  20. 570
    Sheree D., Iredell, TX says:

    Colossians 1:16B NIV

    All things were created by him and for him.

  21. 571
    Denise Christian says:

    Denise Christian from Reliance, VA

    NKJV Psalm 25:8
    “Good and upright is the Lord;
    Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.”

  22. 572
    Terra Brown says:

    Terra Brown, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

    Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

    Psalm 90:14 ESV

  23. 573
    Ana Kempfer says:

    Ana from Dayton, TX
    “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God,”. II Timothy 1:8 ESV

  24. 574
    Cindy Matter says:

    Cindy, North Potomac, MD: “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” Ezekiel 36:26 NLT

  25. 575
    Dawn Atwood says:

    Dawn Atwood, McKinney, TX
    “God will save you from the hunter’s trap and from deadly sickness.”
    Psalms 91:3 CEB

  26. 576
    Judith says:

    Judith, Tri-Cities area,TN

    “My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.”

    Psalm 119:28 NIV

  27. 577
    Jeannie Williams says:

    Jeannie Williams, Rock Hill, SC
    Good and upright is the Lord;
    Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
    Psalm 25:8 NASB

  28. 578
    Isabelle Mercado says:

    Isabelle Mercado from Rolling Meadows, IL: …maybe able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:18-19 NKJV

  29. 579
    Deana says:

    Deana from Leesville La: Then said he unto me, fear not Daniel: for from the first day that you didst set thine heart to understand, and to Chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard and I am come for the words. Daniel 10:12 KJV

  30. 580
    Kathy Krimsky says:

    Kathy, Houston, Texas

    Matthew 28:6 (NIV)

    He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

  31. 581
    Lisa Wyatt says:

    Lisa, West Des Moines, IA: “But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7 (ESV)

  32. 582
    Judy Rowland says:

    Judy from Louisville, KY Jeremiah 32:27 NIV
    “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”

  33. 583
    Sharon Riddle says:

    For we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestines before the ages for our glory. I Cor. 2:7 NASB
    New Braunfels, TX

  34. 584
    Michelle Stockberger says:

    Michelle, Angola, IN

    Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!
    Psalm 66:20 NIV

  35. 585
    Sherry says:

    Sherry, Indianapolis

    “Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
    Psalm 34:8 Niv

  36. 586
    Cindi Latson says:

    Cindi Latson,, Madison, MS
    “So, let’s pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” Romans 14:19 (ESV)

  37. 587
    Betty Mullaney says:

    Betty, Brown City, MI Heb. 12:11 “We don’t enjoy being disciplined. It always seems to cause more pain than joy. But later on those who learn from that discipline have peace that comes from doing what is right.” God’s Word Translation

  38. 588
    Lyn Brewer says:

    Lyn Brewer, Spartanburg, SC
    “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
    2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV

  39. 589
    Alice Hinckley says:

    Alice Hinckley, Dallas, TX: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

  40. 590
    Naomi says:

    Naomi – Colorado Springs: “Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way” Psalms 25:8, ESV

  41. 591

    Cara Gabrielse, Parker, CO – “Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.” Philippians 2:6, NLT

  42. 592
    Deb Cochran says:

    Deb Cochran Milan, MI

    1 Thessalonians 5:16 NLT
    Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all
    circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to
    Christ Jesus.

  43. 593
    Sarah Whitt says:

    Sarah Whitt, Fort Worth, TX
    “Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for God’s wrath is coming on the disobedient because of these things.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

  44. 594
    Susan Knowles says:

    Susan Knowles, Bradenton, FL

    Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity,
    each of you should, in humility, be motivated to treat one another as more important than yourself.
    Phil. 2:3 NET

  45. 595
    Elizabeth says:

    Elizabeth Hughes, Berrien Springs, MI, “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exalt over you with loud singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17ESV).

  46. 596
    Amy S. says:

    Amy S. from Saint Cloud, FL

    Psalm 121:4 (NIV)

    “indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”

  47. 597
    Johannah says:

    Johannah, Alexandria, LA

    “You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”
    ‭‭James‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  48. 598
    Deena says:

    St Louis, Missouri
    Though the mountains move and the hills shake,
    My love will not be removed from you and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,
    says your compassionate Lord.
    Isaiah 54:10 HCSB

  49. 599
    Suey Caldwell says:

    Houston,Texas. Gal 5:22 NIV
    the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
    kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
    and self control,

  50. 600
    Phyllis says:

    Phyllis, Irvine, CA: “Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice,” Psalms 141:2 (ESV)

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