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. 801
    Jennifer Jones says:

    Jennifer Jones
    Huntington Beach, CA

    Proverbs 2:6

    For the Lord gives wisdom;from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

  2. 802
    Sara Garringer says:

    Sara, Indiana

    ….. if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;
    Romans 12:7 (ESV)

  3. 803
    Tammy Holtvluwer says:

    Tammy Holtvluwer, Traverse City MI
    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding”; Proverbs 3:5 NIV

  4. 804
    Susan Fisher says:

    Susan from Texas
    Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He instructs sinners in His ways.
    Psalm 25:8 NIV

  5. 805
    Karen Watson says:

    Karen Watson, Nashville, Tn. “I said to myself,’I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.'” Ps. 39:1-2, NLT

  6. 806
    Linda Nelson says:

    Linda Nelson, Harvest, Alabama

    Is 45:3 (NIV)
    “I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”

  7. 807
    Beth Kaiser says:

    Beth, Dyersburg, Tn
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
    1 Peter1:3 ESV

  8. 808
    Julie Copp says:

    Julie, Gresham, OR

    “And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.”

    Mark 15:37-38 (ESV)

  9. 809
    Lisa Barber says:

    Lisa B. Taylorsville NC Colossians 3:17. KJV

    And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

  10. 810
    Mary T says:

    Mary Thomas
    Lexington, KY

    Matthew 6:20-21 NIV84
    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.

  11. 811
    Beth Kaiser says:

    Beth, Dyersburg, TN “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” 1 Peter1:3 ESV

  12. 812
    Jennifer Williams says:

    Jennifer, Chattanooga, TN
    When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sin, Colossians 2:13 NIV

  13. 813
    Lou Ann Smith says:

    Lou Ann Smith, McAllen, TX
    Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance, the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1 ESV

  14. 814
    Laura Hubble says:

    Laura from Christiansburg, VA

    “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭24:35‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  15. 815
    Crystal Peaks says:

    Crystal from Durham, NC

    “The voice said to me, “Son of man, eat what I am giving you—eat this scroll! Then go and give its message to the people of Israel.””
    ‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  16. 816
    Kathi says:

    Kathi, Vancouver Wa

    I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods, with singing lips my mouth will praise You. On my bed I remember You; I think of You through the watches of the night. Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings.

    Ps. 63:5-7 NIV

  17. 817
    karen says:

    karen, Warsaw, IN
    My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock. My refuge is in God.
    Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him.
    God is our refuge.
    Psalm 62:7,8 HCSB

  18. 818
    Kay Soderstrom says:

    Kay Soderstrom , Midland, Tx. Galatians 4:3 (NLT) “Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.”

  19. 819
    Doreen Morris says:

    “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

  20. 820
    Cathy Smiley says:

    Cathy Smiley from Westminster, CO

    Psalm 121:3 (HCSB)
    He will not allow your foot to slip;
    Your Protector will not slumber.

  21. 821
    Tiffany says:

    Tiffany from Greensboro, North Carolina:
    “Good and upright is the Lord;
    Therefore he instructs sinners
    in his ways.”
    -Psalm 25:8 NIV

  22. 822
    Cassi says:

    Cassi from Clermont, FL “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” John 15:8 ESV

  23. 823
    Mary Cavalier says:

    Mary Cavalier, Old River-Winfree, TX

    Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
    Philippians 4:8 NASB

  24. 824
    Amy Carter says:

    Amy Carter, Charleston, S.C. Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. Psalm 25:8 NKJV

  25. 825
    Charlotte Ortega says:

    Charlotte Ortega From Saugus CA

    The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD. Proverbs 16:33 NIV

  26. 826
    Kristen Johnstone says:

    Kristen Johnstone, Boulder, CO Philippians 4:9 ESV
    9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

  27. 827
    Lynne says:

    Dear Children, Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.


  28. 828
    Amy says:

    Amy Baltimore, MD
    Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 NAB

  29. 829
    Sandy says:

    Psalm 116:1-2 (NIV)
    I love the LORD for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live.
    Sandy Hartley ~ Clatskanie, OR

  30. 830
    Diane Kuhn says:

    Prov 31:17 (NKJV) “She girds herself with strength and strengthens her arms”.

  31. 831
    Jacqueline says:

    Jacqueline, Calhoun LA
    “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭23:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  32. 832
    Nikola says:

    Nikola, Langley, BC, Canada
    “Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out ‘Abba, Father’. So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4:6-8 NIV

  33. 833
    Martie Carter says:

    Martie Carter Belton, Texas

    Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV)

    But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be give to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

  34. 834
    Sarah Marion says:

    Sarah, Christina, Esther May and Janie Marion: Wenatchee WA

    “So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.”

    II Timothy 1:8 NIV

  35. 835
    Tracy Klensch says:

    Tracy Klensch
    Edgewood, Kentucky

    I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Roman’s 15:13 (NLT)

  36. 836
    Mickey Galbraith says:

    Mickey, Gilbert AZ

    “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
    ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  37. 837
    Debbie May says:

    Debbie from Fort Worth, TX
    “If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!”
    Psalm 139: 8 ESV

  38. 838
    Vicki saul says:

    Vicki from Des Arc, Arkansas. I commit! “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
    Psalms 34:18 NIV

  39. 839
    Joyce Grimes says:

    Joyce Grimes, Pace, FL

    For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
    Ephesians 5:8 NKJV

  40. 840
    Becky Brown says:

    Becky from Vicksburg, MS

    Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. Daniel 10:12 (NAS).

  41. 841
    Karen Anderson says:

    Karen Anderson Minot ND Jesus told them,”This is the only work God wants from you:Believe in the one He sent.” John 6:29 NLT

  42. 842
    Deena Sellars says:

    Deena from Amarillo, Texas

    “God is able to do whatever he promises.” Romans 4:21b NLT

  43. 843
    Margot Martinez says:

    Margot from Round Rock, TX
    This is why it is said:”Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14 (NIV)

  44. 844
    Emily Miceli says:

    Emily, Porter, TX
    “God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” Acts 2:24 ESV

  45. 845
    Julie Cranford says:

    Julie Cranford from Granbury, TX

    Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14, ESV

  46. 846
    Shelby says:

    Shelby from Spring, TX:

    “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”
    ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:10‬ ‭NIV

  47. 847
    Andrea says:

    Andrea, Berkeley Springs, WV
    Colossians 1:13 NIV

    For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.

  48. 848
    Paula Newberg says:

    Paula Newberg from Vancouver WA

    “Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices” Colossians 3:9 ESV

  49. 849
    Ann Lacker says:

    “Sing to the LORD; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭96:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  50. 850
    Sam caruso says:

    Sam Caruso, Frisco Texas

    “And being found in appearance as a man,
    being humbled himself and being obedient
    to death-even death on a cross!”
    Philippians 2:8

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