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. 1351
    Karin van Marken says:

    Karin from Toronto, Canada

    “He who covers an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”

    Prov 17:4 NIV

  2. 1352
    Toni Sidler says:

    Toni Sidler, Argyle, TX
    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

  3. 1353
    Jen Beisel says:

    Jen B, Santa Maria, CA: 2 Tim 2:19 – Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.” (NASB)

  4. 1354
    Kelley Guza says:

    Kelley, Bad Axe, MI
    “Indeed the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.”
    Heb 4:12 NAB

  5. 1355
    Marjorie Helen says:

    Marjorie Helen, Lampasas, TX

    Ephesians 6:16 NIV

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

  6. 1356

    Jennifer from Cumming, GA

    “He will not let your foot slip — he who watches over you will not slumber.”

    Psalm 121:3 (NIV)

  7. 1357
    Connie Salmen says:

    Connie Salmen, Longmont, CO

    And though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.

    1 Peter 1:8 (NASB)

  8. 1358
    Karen says:

    Karen, Clarksville, “Let Your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in You alone.”
    Psalm 33:22 NLT

  9. 1359
    Amy Miller says:

    Amy from Hanscom AFB

    “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hears be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV

  10. 1360
    Kay Tucker says:

    Kay Tucker, Elyria, Ohio

    “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption:” I Cor. 1:30, KJV

  11. 1361
    Dana Goodwin says:

    Dana from Ashland, KY

    I know the One I have believed in and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been ENTRUSTED to me until that day.”

    1 Timothy 1:12b HCSB

  12. 1362
    Lisa says:

    Lisa from Pennsylvania

    Psalm 139:6

    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

  13. 1363
    Peg Suveg says:

    Peg Suveg, Naperville, IL

    “that He lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,” Ephesians 1:8 (NIV)

  14. 1364
    Lydia says:

    Lydia from Middletown, OH (Oops! I was distracted by Easter!) 🙂

    Isaiah 43:4, NKJV
    “Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you; Therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life.”

  15. 1365
    Beth Belflower says:

    Beth Belflower
    Caddo Mills, Texas

    James 5:12-But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. ESV

  16. 1366
    Kelei Liggett says:

    Kelei Liggett. Iowa Park, Texas
    Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime; it is the Lord who makes the storm clouds. He gives Showers of rain to men, and plants to the field to everyone. Zachariah 10 1 NIV

  17. 1367
    Kim Walters says:

    Kim in Arvada CO

    I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly. Psalm 40:10 (NIV)

  18. 1368
    Debbie Peters, Bassett, Virginia says:

    Isaiah 43:2 NIV
    When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; When you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you a blazed.

  19. 1369
    Laura Beatie says:

    Laura in Aurora, MO

    For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for 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 has compassion on his children, so the Lord
    has compassion on those who fear him.

    Psalm 103:11-13 (NIV)

  20. 1370
    Julie says:

    “For every child of God defeats the evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.” (1 John 5:4-5)
    NLT – Julie from Lexington, KY

  21. 1371
    Lyli says:

    Lyli, Fort Lauderdale

    They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.
    Psalm 34:5 NKJV

  22. 1372
    Tia Young, Maryland Heights, MO says:

    “Deliver me from all my transgressions; Make me not the reproach of the foolish.” Ps 39:8 NASB

  23. 1373
    Jody Bowhay says:

    Jody B. in Huntsvile, AL NIV
    Psalm 63:6
    “On my bed I remember You; I think of You through the watches of the night.”

  24. 1374
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie from Houston, TX: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12 (NIV)

  25. 1375
    Teresa Ator says:

    Teresa from Tyler, TX
    “And if you love and obey the LORD, you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

  26. 1376
    Debbie says:

    Debbie, New Lenox, IL
    “You will keep in perfect peace the mind that is dependent on You, for it is trusting in You.” Isaiah 26:3 HCSB

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    Arlene C. says:

    Arlene C. From Georgetown Tx :

    All my children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their PEACE. Isaiah 54:13 (NIV)

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    Kathy Bryson says:

    Kathy, Albuquerque, NM

    2 Peter 1:11 HCSB
    For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you.

  29. 1379
    Brooklyn says:

    Brooklyn from Arvada, CO

    “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” – Hebrews 6:10 (NIV).

  30. 1380
    Michelle Mason says:

    Michelle Mason from Lehigh Acres, Fl “So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News.”
    ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  31. 1381
    Vicki Knott says:

    Vicki H. Knott, Greenwood, SC
    “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:6 (ESV)

  32. 1382
    Kathy Brand says:

    Kathy from Gahanna, OH

    Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)
    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

  33. 1383
    Shannon Vasquez says:

    Shannon Vasquez from Littleton, CO:

    He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. ~2 Samuel, 22:17, NLT

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    Kathy Rowland says:

    Kathy Rowland
    Fort Wayne, IN

    Remember Your mercy, O Lord,
    and Your steadfast love,
    for they have been from of old.
    Psalm 25:6 (ESV)

  35. 1385
    Dana Qualls says:

    Dana, Avon, Indiana

    I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Gal. 2:20 KJV

  36. 1386
    Peggy says:

    Peggy, Santa Ana, CA
    Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you. Mark 11:24 (NASB)

  37. 1387
    Jennie Marie Knoll says:

    Jennie Marie Knoll – DeWitt, AR
    Genesis 50:20a (NIV) But as for you? You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good.

  38. 1388
    Julia Eisiminger says:

    Julia Eisiminger, Ortonville, Michigan “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5 (ESV)

  39. 1389
    Tami L Canterbury says:

    Tami, Clearwater, FL

    Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight.

  40. 1390
    Debra says:

    Debra – Illinois

    I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are
    walking in truth. 3 John 4 ESV

  41. 1391
    Sheri Thomas says:

    Georgetown, TX
    “For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake but my lovingkindness will not be removed from you. And my covenant of peace will not be shaken,” says the Lord who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10 (NASB)

  42. 1392
    Summer S says:

    Summer Summers in Castle Rock, CO, “Your beauty should be that of your inner self. The unfailing beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit which is of great worth in Gods sight.” 1 Peter 3:4

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    georgia - Richmond,Va. says:

    Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” NIV

  44. 1394
    Bonnie Bonem says:

    Bonnie from Bellaire, TX says ‘Turn my eyes away from worthless things, preserve my life according to your word.’ Psalm 119:37 NIV84

  45. 1395
    Nora Cardona says:

    Nora Cardona, Lexington, KY: Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13 NIV

  46. 1396
    Stacy says:

    Stacy, Ruston, LA
    “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”
    ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭NASB‬‬

  47. 1397
    Janet McDonald, Simpsonville,SC says:

    Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O LORD. Psalm 25:7 NKJV

  48. 1398
    Mary McGuire says:

    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  49. 1399
    Lynnet Asselta says:

    Lynnet Asselta from Flower Mound, TX: “For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.” John 17:8 NIV

  50. 1400
    Cindy Dowden says:

    Cindy Dowden, La Grande, Oregon

    Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
    James 4:8 NKJ

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