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. 1251
    Heather Morgan says:

    Heather Morgan from Waxahachie, TX

    Romans 8:1 NLT
    So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ

  2. 1252
    Nedra Gordon Hoover says:

    Nedra Gordon Hoover, Blue Springs, MO “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NASB

  3. 1253
    Kathy says:

    Kathy Leamington Ontario Canada

    “Be very careful then how you live
    not as unwise but as wise
    making the most of every opportunity
    because the days are evil.”

    Eph 5:15 NIV

  4. 1254
    Allyaggie says:

    League City TX
    Psalm 86:8 ESV
    There is none like You among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like Yours.

  5. 1255
    Beverly Reeder says:

    Beverly Reeder, Columbus,Ms.
    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

  6. 1256
    Debbie Whitman says:

    Debbie W. from Prattville, AL

    Come everyone! Clap your hands! Shout to God with joyful praise!

    Psalm 47:1

  7. 1257
    Beth Holcomb says:

    Beth H. from Anderson, IN: “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6 NIV

  8. 1258
    Julee Hammond says:

    This is the day that the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it. Psalms 118:24

  9. 1259
    Lisa Bodach says:

    Lisa from Wakarusa, IN: 2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”
    ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  10. 1260
    Rachael Davis says:

    Rachael D.
    Perrysburg, OH

    Isaiah 40: 16-17 NIV

    Lebanon is not sufficient for alter fires, nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.

    Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.

  11. 1261
    Rachel says:

    Rachel H., North Alabama,

    For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
    John 1:16, ESV

  12. 1262
    Ursula Hawkins says:

    Ursula Hawkins, St. Leonard, MD: Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2. Tim. 2:15 NIV

  13. 1263
    Sharon says:

    Sharon from the United States

    The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.
    (Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV)

  14. 1264
    Dawn says:

    Dawn from Silver Spring, MD
    Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. (Psalm 46:8)

  15. 1265
    Michelle Flowers says:

    Michelle Logan, NM
    Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23 ESV

  16. 1266
    Betsy Langmade says:

    Betsy Langmade Nashville, TN
    “For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit; and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want.”
    Galatians 5:17 HCSB

  17. 1267
    Patricia Egbert says:

    Patti Egbert, Brush Prairie, WA
    “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten-” Joel 2:25a (NIV)

  18. 1268
    Carol Hartley says:

    Carol Hartley Montgomery, Al

    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

    I Corinthians 13:4 NIV

  19. 1269
    Cindie Zelhart says:

    Cindie from Maroa, IL

    Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.
    Remember me in the light of your unfailing love,
    for you are merciful, O Lord. Psalm 25: 7 NLT

  20. 1270
    Alyssa says:

    Alyssa, Sealy TX: Romans 12:17, The Voice- “Do not retaliate with evil, regardless of the evil brought against you. Try to do what is good and right and honorable as agreed upon by all people.”

  21. 1271
    Jenn M says:

    Jenn M (Cincinnati, OH)- “The Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14 (ESV).
    *Sorry it’s a few days late!! 🙂

  22. 1272
    Sarah Boyd says:

    Psalm 102:27-28 NIV

    But you remain the same, and your years will never end.
    The children of your servants will live in your presence;
    their descendants will be established before you.

  23. 1273
    Simone says:

    Simone, Birmingham, AL

    And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Cor. 9:8

  24. 1274
    Janis Nelson says:

    Janis, Bryan/College Station, TX
    Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
    I Corinthians 13:8

  25. 1275
    Regina Coleman says:

    Regina Coleman, Salado, TX

    Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 (NIV)

  26. 1276
    Michelle Kulcharyk says:

    Michelle K, New Baltimore, MI
    Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
    John 8:12

  27. 1277
    Kim says:

    Kim from Pittsburg, MO
    “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. 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. 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 4:14-16 NIV

  28. 1278
    Diana Wallace says:

    Norman, OK

    And to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
    Ephesians 3:19 NKJV

  29. 1279
    Janine Lingner says:

    Janine – Corona, CA
    “Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the Word and does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror, and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.”
    James 1:22-25 (NIV)

  30. 1280
    Mandy Korey says:

    Mandy Korey Lexington SC
    2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV

    “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

  31. 1281
    Mandy Korey says:

    Mandy Korey Lexington SC

    2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV
    “And we all, with unveiled faces, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this is from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

  32. 1282
    Erika Archie says:

    Erika Archie from Gatesville, TX
    Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
    Ephesians 6:13 NKJV

  33. 1283
    Reesa Roberts says:

    Reesa Roberts, Wilmington NC
    Isaiah 60:22b(CEB) == “I am the Lord; at the right moment, I will hurry it along.”

  34. 1284
    Becky Bell says:

    Becky Bell Westerville, Ohio
    Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Let your good Spirit lead me into a level country and into the land of uprightness. Psalm 143:10. Ampl.

  35. 1285
    Debbie Hernandez says:

    Debbie Hernandez, Atascocita, TX
    The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 NIV

  36. 1286
    Reann Jaminet says:

    Reann, Sioux City, IA

    2 Timothy 1:7(ESV)

    For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

  37. 1287
    Joanne Myette says:

    Joanne Myette from Carver, MA Psalm 139:8

    ” If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. NIV

  38. 1288
    Cynthia says:

    II Timothy 4:6 (NIV) For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time for my departure is close.

  39. 1289
    Rita Harrison says:

    Rita Harrison, Cantonment, FL

    “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

    Hebrews 4:14-16 NASB

  40. 1290
    Laura says:

    Laura, Littleton, Colorado

    Proverbs 11:25 (ESV)

    Whoever brings blessing with be blessed, and one who waters will himself be watered.

  41. 1291
    Anne Greski says:

    Anne Greski, Roswell, GA

    “I have set the LORD always before me.
    Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
    Psalm 16:8 (NIV)

  42. 1292
    Melissa says:

    Melissa, Vicksburg, MS “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Revelation 5:12 NIV

  43. 1293
    Bonnie Mancuso says:

    Bonnie Mancuso, Cypress, TX

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

  44. 1294
    Lynnette says:

    Lynnette from Spring, TX

    Welcome, Bailie!!!

    So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

    1 Corinthians 3:7 NIV

  45. 1295
    Karen says:

    Fairfield, Ca.
    In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
    1 John 4:10 (NIV)

  46. 1296
    Pam says:

    Pam, North Carolina

    “No one can come to me unless the father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up on the last day.”

    John 6:44 NIC

  47. 1297
    Barbara says:

    Barbara Q, West Point, GA
    Isaiah 58:11 NIV
    “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”

  48. 1298
    Allie Love says:

    Allie L, Fairway, Kansas

    Psalm 96:1-2 NIV
    “Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God;”

  49. 1299
    Bobbie Jo says:

    Bobbie Jo
    San Angelo, TX

    “But God shows his great love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still sinners.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NCV‬‬

  50. 1300
    Jeri Cook says:

    Jeri Cook of Missouri City, TX

    Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)

    But He was wounded for our transgressions,
    He was bruised for our iniquities;
    The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
    And by His stripes we are healed.

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