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. 1451
    Josephine says:

    Josephine from Hondo, Texas – “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”  (1 Peter 1:6-7 NASB)

  2. 1452
    Beverly White says:

    Beverly, Vicksburg, MS Psalm 32:8 NIV “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go: I will counsel you and watch over you.”

  3. 1453
    Sheila says:

    “Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness. ” Psalm 150:1-2

  4. 1454
    Katie says:

    Katie from Wichita, KS “I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and glory.” Psalm 63:2 NIV

  5. 1455
    Phyllis says:

    Phyllis, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
    1 Peter 2:24 ESV He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

  6. 1456
    Olivia Snodgrass says:

    Olivia — Rogersville, TN
    For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self- control.
    2 Timothy 1:7 ESV

  7. 1457
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl – Aubrey, Tx

    I’m late to the party…

    “-our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.”

  8. 1458
    Shirley Huynh says:

    Shirley, San Diego, CA:
    “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.”
    Hebrews 4:14 NIV

  9. 1459
    Pam Williams says:

    Pam Williams, Olive Branch, MS

    April 1: “My son, the father said, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.” Luke 15:31 NIV

    April 15: My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 NIV

    Thank you, Beth, for encouraging us to start this year’s journey with the words, “I commit!” I’m behind, but not quitting.

  10. 1460
    Nanette Tisdale says:

    Nanette Tisdale, Fredericksburg, TX; “The Lord is compassionate and gracious slow to anger, abounding in love.” Psalm103:8

  11. 1461
    Suzette Stone says:

    Suzette Stone, Fredericksburg, TX; “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” Psalm 145:8 NIV

  12. 1462
    Lucille Goins says:

    Lucille Goins, New Bloomfield Mo.
    Jude 24 NKJV
    Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.

  13. 1463
    Nancy says:

    Nancy, Virginia Beach, VA

    Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
    – Hebrews 12:1 NIV

  14. 1464
    Christy says:

    Christy, Cape Girardeau, MO. Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Philippians 2:12 NIV 1984

  15. 1465
    Debra Bryson says:

    The comment from the newest member of Living Proof Ministries (congratulations) prompted my sharing this scripture. I have had Psalm 106:1 brought to mind many times over just the last few weeks.
    Through illnesses, pain, disappointments, victories, blessing upon blessing, divine appointments and FLAT OUT miracles, “…the Lord keeps proving its relevance to [me] season after season…”
    Psalm 106:1 “Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good for his steadfast love endures forever!”
    — Steadfast Love (ESV)
    — Loving Kindness (NASB)
    — Faithful Love (NLT)
    — Mercy (NKJB)
    — Love (NIV)

  16. 1466
    Gracie says:


    “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭34:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  17. 1467
    Jan P. says:

    Jan-Orlando, FL

    If I go up to the heavens, you are there; If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
    Psalm 139:8 NIV

  18. 1468
    Amber Anderson says:

    Amber anderson
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    John 11:25

    I am the resurrection and the life.

  19. 1469
    Sharon L says:

    Sharon L., Pasadena, CA, “If I go up to the heavens, you are thee; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” Psalm 139:8 (NIV)

  20. 1470
    Kathy Rupp says:

    I Chronicles 29:11 MSG

    borrowing David’s prayer for my sons

    give my “sons” an uncluttered and focused heart so that they can obey what you command, live by your directions and counsel.

    Chattanooga TN

  21. 1471
    Cindy Goss says:

    Cindy Goss from Alva, OK –Ephesians 1:18 (NIV)
    “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope in which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,”

  22. 1472
    Ann says:

    Ann, Pawleys Island, SC

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

    Psalm 139:6 NIV

  23. 1473
    Ann says:

    Ann, Pawleys Island, SC

    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from you Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

    Psalm 139:6-7 NIV

  24. 1474
    Kimberly Walker says:

    Kimberly Walker
    Summerville, SC

    Ephesians 6:8. HCSB

    “Knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord.”

  25. 1475
    Kim, New Castle, PA says:

    Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands. Psalm 119:73 NIV

  26. 1476
    Laura Jungeblut says:

    Laura, Katy, Tx
    2 Cor. 4:7
    But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing the power is from God and not from us. NIV

  27. 1477
    Soozi says:

    Soozi::Fishers,IN::Ephesians 5:1-2(NIV) “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

  28. 1478
    Michelle says:

    I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John1:4 (NIV)

  29. 1479
    Melissa Eaton says:

    Anna, Tx

    Many say about me, “there is no help for him in God.”

    Psalm 3:2

  30. 1480
    Donna Ellis says:

    Donna Ellis, Marietta GA

    NIV Psalm 46:10 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

  31. 1481
    Melanie Anderson says:

    Melanie from Groesbeck, TX
    A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
    Proverbs 19:11 NIV (1984)

  32. 1482
    Linda L. says:

    And they shall know that I am the Lord when I break the bars of their yoke and deliver them from the hand of those who enslaved them. Ezekiel 34:27(b)

  33. 1483
    Courtney says:

    Courtney, Houma, LA

    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 firm. Ephesians 6:13 (ESV)

  34. 1484
    Susan says:

    Susan Johnson from Beverly, MA

    I konw the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. Psalm 16:8 NLT

  35. 1485
    Lisa says:


    2 Timothy 1:6

    Therefore, I remind you to keep ablaze the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands.

  36. 1486
    Laura K in SD says:

    Laura K, Spearfish, SD

    “Now He is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to Him.” Luke 20:38 ESV

  37. 1487
    Heather says:

    Heather- Ellendale, ND

    1 Peter 3:2 AMP
    When they observe the pure and modest way in which you conduct yourselves, together with your reverence [for your husbands; you are to feel for him all that reverence includes: to respect, defer to, revere him- to honor, esteem, appreciate, prize, and, in the human sense, to adore him, that is, to admire, praise, be devoted to, deeply love, and enjoy your husband].

  38. 1488
    Tami says:

    Tami from Franklin, TN
    Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

  39. 1489
    Mildred says:

    Mildred from Montserrat.

    He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me. 2 Samuel 22:18 (KJV)

  40. 1490
    Emily Lawyer says:

    Arlington, VA

    I say, my purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.

    Is. 46:11

  41. 1491
    Elsie Coyle says:

    Elsie : Verona, Kentucky

    “An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.”
    -Proverbs 24:26

  42. 1492
    marjorie davis says:

    Margie Davis – Beaverton, Oregon
    Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the Armies of Israel, whom you have defied. ”
    NKJV 1 Samuel 17:45

  43. 1493
    Linda says:

    Linda, Fort Collins, CO
    They will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and restore the places long devastated;
    they will renew the ruined cities
    that have been devastated for generations.
    Aliens will shepherd your flocks;
    foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
    Isaiah 61:4-5 NIV

  44. 1494
    Becky says:

    Becky from Ky

    Ephesians 3:18 (ESV)
    …may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth…

  45. 1495
    Angie Husbenet from N. Richland Hills says:

    “He will have no fear of bad news; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”
    Psalm 112:7 NIV

  46. 1496
    Mary Gray says:

    Mary Gray, Fieldale, VA,
    “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” Psalms 119: 114 NIV

  47. 1497
    Joyce Kortze says:

    Joyce from Rockford IL –
    Verse #7 – “Jesus called out in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the graveclothes and let him go.'” ~John 11:43-44 NIV

    Verse #8 – “Your ancient ruins will be rebuilt, you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach; the restorer of streets to dwell in.” ~Isaiah 58:12

  48. 1498
    Carol says:


    Carthage, NY

    11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

    12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

    Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV)

  49. 1499
    Rita Quinlan says:

    Rita – Alva, Florida

    “But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.”

    James 3:17 – NLT

  50. 1500
    Judi says:

    Judi from Alberta, Canada.
    “For YOU have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling:”

    Psalm 116:8 ESV

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