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. 1301
    Connie Harper says:

    Connie Harper, Tyler, Tx
    “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,” Hebrews 10:24 ESV

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    Debra Ellsworth says:

    Debra Ellsworth, Florence Arizona
    Romans 15:13— May the God of Hope fill you with joy and peace so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit

  3. 1303
    Wendy says:

    Wendy, Erie CO: “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” Ephesians 1:7,8 (NIV)

  4. 1304
    Rene' Pingel says:

    Rene’ Pingel, Cape Girardeau, Missouri

    “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31 NIV

  5. 1305
    Sherie says:

    The Woodlands, TX
    “The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy.” Psalm 126:3 NIV

  6. 1306
    Rita says:

    Rita, Splendora, Tx

    Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He
    Teaches sinners in the way

    Psalm 25:8

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    Leisa Hale says:

    For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. Psalm 103:11-13 NKJV

  8. 1308
    Marla Brown says:

    Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!

    Hebrews 12:9 NIV

  9. 1309
    Wendy Bashor says:

    Wendy Bashor, Lone Butte, BC: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10 NIV

  10. 1310
    Kathryn says:

    Kathryn, Oceanside CA, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Psalm 119:18 ESV

  11. 1311
    Debbie says:

    Debbie from St. Paul, MN

    May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you. Psalm 25:21 NIV

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    Terry Bobbitt says:

    Terry from Jasper, Georgia
    Colossians 1:13-14 (NET) He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

  13. 1313
    Carolyn Dodge, Forest, OH says:

    Remember, O Lord, your compassion & unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past. Psalm 25:6 NLT

  14. 1314
    Terry says:

    Terry ~ Louisa, VA

    Jeremiah 15:16 NIV
    When Your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear Your name, Lord God Almighty.

  15. 1315
    Andrea Gallagher says:

    Andrea from Pensacola Florida, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3

  16. 1316
    Ann says:

    Ann Haltom City, Texas

    Psalm 16:8 ESV

    I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand I shall not be shaken.

  17. 1317
    Teresa Nelson/Martinez, CA says:

    15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
    Matthew 16:15-18

    He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

    Matthew 16:13-18New King James Version (NKJV)

  18. 1318
    Ashley Schroeder says:

    Ashley Schroeder, Georgetown, TX

    You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.

    1 Peter 1:8 NLT

  19. 1319
    Teresa Nelson/Martinez, CA says:

    just posted my scripture for the 15th, but somehow I posted it twice. It should be Matthew 16:15-18

  20. 1320
    Jana Wright says:

    Jana Wright from Bennington Vermont
    Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

  21. 1321

    Carole from Knoxville, Tennessee
    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
    Ephesians 4.29 NIV This completes 4.29-5.2!

  22. 1322
    Cindy Forman, Barboursville, WV says:

    And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Jesus Christ.
    Philippians 4:19 (NRSV)

  23. 1323
    rhonda says:


    Jude 8 (NKJV)

    Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries.

  24. 1324
    Caroline says:

    Caroline from Spring, TX

    A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35 NIV

  25. 1325
    Lynn Wagoner, Cumming, GA says:

    “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 KJV

  26. 1326
    Sheila says:

    Sheila from Chicago:
    “The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10 (NASB)

  27. 1327
    Karen says:

    Karen, Trenton, OH

    “Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, But the one who gathers by labor increases it.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭13:11‬ ‭NASB‬‬

  28. 1328
    Mary Ahlefeld says:

    Mary Ahlefeld from Hurst, TX

    “that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding”

    Ephesians 1:8 NIV

  29. 1329
    Diane E. says:

    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 the glory of God in the face of Christ.

    2 Cor. 4:6 NIV

  30. 1330
    Dawn Edgell says:

    Dawn, from Pottsville, AR…Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

  31. 1331
    Morgan says:

    “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 ESV

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    Ashley Taylor says:

    Ashley Lawrenceville, GA

    Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.
    1 John 3:19‭-‬20 NLT

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    Syneva Mullins says:

    Syneva, Topeka, KS
    Psalm 139:8- “If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!” ESV

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    Donna Talasek says:

    Donna Talasek – Angleton, Texas

    Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they been from of old.

    Psalm 25:6 ESV

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    Cindy S Walker says:

    Cindy S Walker, Houston, TX

    “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”

    Ephesians 4:15-16 NIV 1984

  36. 1336
    Karen says:

    Karen from Hen derson, NV. Romans 5:1-5. NIV Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.Romans 5:1-5

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    Marie Skipper says:

    Marie Skipper of Granger, Tx says from the Bible-
    “The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.” James 1:9 NIV

  38. 1338
    Elizabeth L. Johnston says:

    Elizabeth Johnston
    Dallas, TX

    But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

    James 1:22-25 (ESV)

  39. 1339
    Kristi says:

    Kristi ~ Clovis, CA
    You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart ❤️
    Jeremiah 29:13

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    Lisa Snyder says:

    Lisa S. in Montgomery, TX
    Romans 12:8New Living Translation (NLT)

    8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

  41. 1341
    Paula Fletcher says:

    Paula from Russell, KY
    “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14 NIV

  42. 1342
    Ginni Bartlett says:

    Ginni Bartlett, Winter Park,

    “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:32‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  43. 1343
    Rachael Ornelas says:

    Rachael Ornelas San Marcos TX
    For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.
    Ephesians 6:12 AMP

  44. 1344
    Nancy Kenney says:

    Nancy Kenney, Abingdon, MD: We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (NIV-Isaiah 53:6)

  45. 1345
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer M., from Rockwall, Tx
    So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:19 ( NIV)

  46. 1346
    Brenda says:

    Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth.He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. Psalm 46:8-9 NIV

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    Donna Babbitt says:

    Donna Babbitt from Gales Ferry, Ct.: “And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give live to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who lives in you.” Romans 8:11 NIV

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    Marlena Cantrell says:

    Marlena Cantrell, Alabaster, AL

    “He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.”
    Psalm 25:9 ESV

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    Kimberlie Kaltenbach says:

    Kim, Kernersville, NC “My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63:8 ESV

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    Pam Marshall says:

    Pam Marshall (Mason, Ohio)
    “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this. Now he is exalted to the place of highest honor in Heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us…” Acts 2:32-33 (NLT)

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