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. 1101
    Heather says:

    Heather from Sherwood, OR
    “Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.””
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:3-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  2. 1102
    Jamie says:

    Jamie, Dallas, TX. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits; Who forgives all your iniquity; Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit; Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy; Who satisfies you with good So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:2-5 NKJV

  3. 1103
    Lora Tiano says:

    Lora – Kernersville, NC – “If it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is Leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:8 NIV

  4. 1104
    Lorrie Moudy says:

    Lorrie Moudy, El Dorado, Arkansas, “God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.” 1 Corinthians 1:9

  5. 1105
    Anna says:

    Anna from Ontario, Canada

    Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down on the right hand of the throne of God.
    Hebrews 12:2 NIV

  6. 1106
    Kori says:

    Kori, Duluth MN: The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body. Proverbs 18:8 ESV

  7. 1107
    Marilyn Korver says:

    Marilyn, Alton, IA “Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.” Psalm 25:8 NIV

  8. 1108
    Sarah Schoolcraft says:

    Sarah Schoolcraft from Kingwood, TX
    “Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel,”
    ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  9. 1109
    Rae Anne Randolph says:

    Rae Anne, Brandon, MS

    “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 NIV

  10. 1110
    Sue says:

    Sue in Kalamazoo, MI
    “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Ephesians 4:1

  11. 1111
    Mary Annis Witt says:

    Mary Annis, Jacksonville, TX
    “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 (KJV)

  12. 1112
    Jo says:

    Jo, Columbia, Missouri
    Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:37-39 NIV

  13. 1113
    LeAnn says:

    LeAnn, Spring, TX
    2 Peter‬ ‭3:9‬ ‭(NIV)
    “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

  14. 1114
    Terry Holcombe says:

    Terry , Odessa, FL
    “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
    Matthew 6:10, NIV

  15. 1115
    Kim Emmerich says:

    Kim Emmerich
    Dickinson, ND

    Psalm 145:7 ESV

    They shall pour forth the fame of Your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.

  16. 1116
    Angie says:

    Acts 5:38-39Amplified Bible (AMP)

    38 So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men [merely human in origin], it will fail and be destroyed; 39 but if it is of God [and it appears that it is], you will not be able to stop them; or else you may even be found fighting against God!”
    Buffalo, NY

  17. 1117
    Jenny Smith says:

    Jenny Smith, Lewisville, TX

    let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

    Hebrews 12:1b-2 (ESV)

  18. 1118
    Cheri B, Fresno, CA says:

    “When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished,” and bowed his head and dismissed his spirit.” (John 19:30 TLB)

  19. 1119
    Julie Davis says:

    Julie Davis, Blairsville, PA

    Do not Lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices

    Colossians 3:9 ESV

  20. 1120
    Darcy says:

    Darcy Hicks, Pace, Fl:

    The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love.
    Psalm 103:8 NIV

  21. 1121
    Carolyn Crowley says:

    Carolyn from South Bucks,UK
    Remember Lord your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
    Psalm 25:6 NIV

  22. 1122
    Sue Price says:

    Hebrews 11:8 – “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”

  23. 1123
    Whitney says:

    Whitney from Russellville, TN
    Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
    Col 3:2. ESV

  24. 1124
    Liz Scherer says:

    Liz Scherer
    Fort Worth, TX
    “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭42:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  25. 1125
    Devi says:

    Devi, Singapore

    For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin.

    Hebrews 4:15

  26. 1126
    Jeanne Sutton says:

    April 17, 2017
    Jeanne Sutton of Sacramento CA

    I will say of the Lord,
    “He is my Refuge and my Fortress,
    my God, in whom I will trust.”

    Psalm 91:2 NIV

  27. 1127
    Kelly Scholl says:

    Kelly from Delaware, OH
    “For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.”
    John 12:47 NIV

  28. 1128
    Gigi Parisi says:

    Gigi Parisi
    Mullica Hill NJ
    “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NIV

  29. 1129
    Dina says:

    Dina Emery Grand Rapids,MI
    “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
    ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  30. 1130
    Danielle Walker, Charleston SC says:

    “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

  31. 1131
    Tracy says:

    Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8

  32. 1132
    Vicki Morton says:

    And we have beheld and bear witness that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

    I John 4:14

  33. 1133
    Christi Bruecher says:

    Christi Bruecher from Houston, TX
    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
    Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

  34. 1134
    Susanna says:

    Susanna, Ross, CA

    That you may know the exceeding greatness of His power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead.
    Ephesians 1:18-20 NKJV

  35. 1135
    Lori Ledoux says:

    Beaumont, Texas

    If I ascend to the heavens, you are there;
    if I lie down in Sheol, you are there too.

    Psalm 139:8 NAB

  36. 1136
    Pam Nelson says:

    Pam, Brighton, CO

    Philippians 1:9(NLT)
    I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.

  37. 1137
    Cindy Webb, Cisco, TX says:

    Joshua 1:8 (NIV)
    “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

  38. 1138
    Lisa Walden says:

    Lisa Walden – Arlington Tx

    Exodus 20:17 NIV
    [17] “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

  39. 1139
    Judy Lawson says:

    Judy Lawson Galion, OH
    Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

    Philippians 4:9 NIV 1984

  40. 1140
    Lynda Rickey says:

    Lynda from Ocala, FL: (NIV) Psalm 139:8 – If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

  41. 1141
    Becky says:

    Becky, St. Augustine, Florida.
    Then you will go on your way in safety,
    and your foot will not stumble;
    when you lie down, you will not be afraid;
    when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:23-24 NIV

  42. 1142
    Brenda L Loyd says:

    Brenda Loyd,Talala, Ok. 1st Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape that ye may be able to bear it. KJV

  43. 1143
    Natalie Malec says:

    Natalie Malec, Grand Prairie, TX
    “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  44. 1144
    Megan Loscher says:

    Megan Loscher
    Quincy, IL

    Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me, and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
    Psalm 139:23-24

  45. 1145
    Heather in Austin says:

    My flesh and my heart may fail,
    But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
    Psalm 73:26 (NASB)

  46. 1146
    Linda Howard, Frankenmuth MI says:

    Linda Howard, Frankenmuth Jesus, who makes people holy, and all those who are made holy have the same Father. That is why Jesu isn’t ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. Hebrews 2:11 (GWT)

  47. 1147
    Katie says:

    Katie from Easley, SC

    “There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you–who are you to judge your neighbor?” -James 4:12 (NIV)

  48. 1148
    Molly Norwood says:

    Molly Norwood Longview, Tx Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for me hope is in him. Psalm 62:5 NLT

  49. 1149
    Andrea Porter says:

    Andrea Porter, Pottstown, PA
    Psalm 105:4 NIV
    Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.

  50. 1150
    Diane Lawrence says:

    Ephesians 6:16

    In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

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