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. 1051
    Kelly says:

    Kelly – Orlando, FL

    But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.

    2 Peter 1:9, NLT

  2. 1052
    Casey Hale says:

    Casey Hale, Roanoke, Texas

    “The Lord is good and does the right thing; he teaches sinners which way they should go.”

    Psalm 25:8 – CEB

  3. 1053
    Marie says:

    Marie from Frederick, MD

    Psalm 32:8 NCV
    The Lord says “I will make you wise and show you where to go. I will guide and watch over you.”

  4. 1054
    Kathy says:

    Kathy Baird, Denver, Colorado. “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —–yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4: 14-16 NIV

  5. 1055
    Teresa says:

    Andy why worry about a speck in your friend;s eye when you have a log in your own?

    Matt 7:3

  6. 1056
    Dalene says:

    Dalene, Scottsdale, AZ

    “I will guide you & teach you the way you should go. I will give you good advice and watch over you with love.”
    Psalm 32:8

  7. 1057
    Emily says:

    Emily from Cincinnati
    But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
    Deuteronomy 4:29 NIV

  8. 1058
    Emily Davis says:

    Emily Davis, Loveland, CO. “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forever.” Psalm 16:11 (NASB)

  9. 1059
    Deb Davis says:

    Deb Davis, Loveland, CO. “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we shall always be with the Lord!” I Thessalonians 4:17 (NKJV)

  10. 1060
    Cassia says:

    Cassia from Spring, TX
    I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that my situation has actually turned out to advance the gospel. Phil 1:12 NET

  11. 1061
    Claire Hanssen says:

    Claire in Lexington, KY

    Deuteronomy 6:9 – You shall write them on the doorposts of you house and on your gates.

  12. 1062

    Mary-Katherine, Palm Coast, FL

    Jesus said, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” John 20:15 NRSV

  13. 1063
    Nikki Harrison says:

    Nikki, Franklin, TN, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

  14. 1064
    Mary Saul says:

    Mary Saul
    Houston, TX
    2 Timothy 8; So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or of me His prisoner. Instead, share in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God. (HCSB)

  15. 1065
    Ann S. says:

    Ann, Mapleton, ME

    Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
    Psalm 25:8 NASB

  16. 1066
    madeleine padilla says:

    Madeleine: Corrales: This is a trustworthy saying:If we died with Him,we will also live with Him. If we endure,we will also reign with Him. 2 Tim. 2: 11-12 NIV

  17. 1067
    Margaret Bishop says:

    Margaret, Salem,VA
    “How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”
    Hebrews 9:14 ESV

  18. 1068
    Yael Hernandez says:

    Yael Hernandez, New York, NY

    1 Peter 1:5 NIV
    For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;

  19. 1069
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl from Everett, PA
    “For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.” James 1:11 NASB

  20. 1070
    Diane says:

    Diane from Santa Clarita, CA

    “”Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, And gather you from the west.”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:5‬ ‭NASB‬‬

  21. 1071
    julie ivins says:

    Julie Ivins from Lynchburg, VA
    Colossians 3:13 NASB
    “…bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.”

  22. 1072
    God's not-so-little Dutch girl says:

    Joan Portage, MI

    “The LORD is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exalts, and with my song I give thanks to Him.” Psalms 28:7 ESV

  23. 1073
    Angie Miller says:

    Angie Miller – Macon, MS
    This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:8, NIV

  24. 1074
    Patrice says:

    Patrice in ABQ
    “Don’t assume you know it all. Run TO God! Run FROM evil!”
    Proverbs 3:7 (The Message)

  25. 1075
    Sarah Boyce says:

    Sarah Boyce, Columbia, MO
    13 She seeks wool and flax,
    and works with willing hands.
    14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
    she brings her food from afar.
    15 She rises while it is yet night
    and provides food for her household
    and portions for her maidens.

  26. 1076
    Cheryl Vickers says:

    4/15/17 Cheryl in Fairhope, AL –“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6 NIV)

  27. 1077
    Linda Steinacher says:

    Linda Steinacher, Wichita, KS

    The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
    Luke 17:5 NIV

  28. 1078
    Sandra says:

    Sandra Larrañaga Bowe San Jon NM
    Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
    Psalm 25:8 NIV

  29. 1079
    Susan Adamson says:

    Susan Mahomet, IL – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Given thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

  30. 1080

    Eva, Knoxville, TN – “with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Ephesians 6:18b NIV

  31. 1081
    Gretchen says:

    Gretchen, Prosper, TX
    Romans 8:6 NLT

    So letting your sinful nature control your minds leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

  32. 1082
    Carol says:

    Carol, Bryan, TX “O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly, my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1 NASB

  33. 1083
    Sandy Glienke says:

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

  34. 1084
    Cindy C says:

    Cindy C., San Diego, CA

    My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

    Psalm 63:8 (ESV)

  35. 1085
    Shari Valdez says:

    Shari from Long Beach, California says:
    Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Psalm 34:8 (NKJV)

  36. 1086
    Sue Anderson says:

    Sue Anderson from Waco, Texas
    “He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,” (Luke 24:6 KJV)

  37. 1087
    Janelle says:

    Janelle from La Habra Heights, CA: ”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

  38. 1088
    Tina Huffman says:

    Tina, Zalma MO. We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 (NIV)

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    Sarah LeJeune, Cypress, CA

    “and make it your ambition to lead a quiet life. You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 NIV

  40. 1090

    Diane LeJeune, Fairview, TN

    “and make it your ambition to lead a quiet life. You should mind your own business and work with your heads, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 NIV

  41. 1091
    Belinda Shrader says:

    Belinda Shrader – Grundy, VA

    11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

  42. 1092
    Lizzie Roeser says:

    But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

    1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

  43. 1093
    Fran Scott says:

    Fran Scott, Stafford, TX: Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus. Acts 3:19-20 ESV

  44. 1094
    Grace Kunde says:

    Grace Kunde, Sandy UT

    Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord! Psalm 25:7 ESV

  45. 1095
    Sara Martin says:

    Sara Martin, Humble, TX: “My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
    Psalm 27:8 NIV

  46. 1096
    kelly aylward says:

    Kelly, Missouri City, TX ” Arise , cryout in the night, as the watches of night begin, pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to Him. ”
    Lamentations 2: 19 NIV

  47. 1097
    Gina Lockridge says:

    Gina from Gadsden:

    NKJV Psalm 103:8

    The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

  48. 1098
    Laura says:

    Laura, Minneapolis, MN.
    “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:10‬ (ESV)

  49. 1099
    Rebecca, Birmingham, AL says:

    “I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8 NIV

  50. 1100
    Linda McMorris says:

    Linda, Holts Summit, MO

    Philemon 1:8 NIV

    Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do,

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