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. 1501
    Jamie Raborn says:

    Jamie Raborn from Ooltewah, Tennessee

    Psalm 27:1 NKJV

    The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

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    Alison Sparre, Sacramento, CA says:

    25 “And as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
    And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.
    26 “Even after my skin is destroyed,
    Yet from my flesh I shall see God;
    27 Whom I myself shall behold,
    And whom my eyes shall see and not another

    Job 19:25-27 NASB

  3. 1503
    Gretchen Cunningham says:

    Gretchen Cunningham from Dallas TX
    “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
    ‭‭John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  4. 1504
    Cindy Childers says:

    Cindy Childers – Wilton, Wiltshire, UK

    “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”

    Ephesians 1:17 NIV

  5. 1505
    Beth Boldt says:

    Beth, from Raleigh: “Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend;but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Proverbs 27:5-6 KJV

  6. 1506
    Jennifer Malik says:

    Jennifer from Omer Michigan

    The fruit of the righteousness will be peace, the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

  7. 1507
    Kathy says:

    Kathy from Bryant, AR:

    My eyes will watch over them for their good,

    and I will bring them back to this land.

    I will build them up and not tear them down;

    I will plant them and not uproot them. Jeremiah 24:6. NIV

  8. 1508
    Ginger Knowles says:

    Ginger – Canton, GA
    Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” NIV

  9. 1509
    Paula Faulkner says:

    Paula for Fort Madison, Iowa says

    “I sought the Lord
    and He answered me,
    and delivered me from all ml fears.”
    Psalm 34:4 NIV

  10. 1510
    Emily Ciesil says:

    Emily, Arlington Heights, IL

    Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it!
    Luke 11:28 ESV

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    Lisa Jump says:

    Lisa Jump Pleasant Plain, OH
    Matthew 10:27 NASB
    “What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the household.”

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    Susan says:

    Susan, Atlanta, GA
    (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), Ephesians 5:9 ESV

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    Sheri New says:

    Sheri New from Atlanta, TX

    Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

    Psalm 34:8 NKJV

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    Traci Wimer says:

    Traci, OKC ~ “in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:14

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    Carole Tucker says:

    Carole Tucker, Kerrville, Tx. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces if evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12. NIV

  16. 1516
    Shonda Vielbig says:

    Shonda Vielbig, Ventura, CA
    …so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, Phil 1:10 NIV

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    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl from Phoenixville, PA John 14: 13-15 NIV And I will do whatever you ask in my name so that the Son may bring Glory to the Father. Ask for anything in my name and I will do it. If you love me, you will obey what I command.

  18. 1518
    Heather Rocha says:

    Heather Rocha Midland, MI
    “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

    Galatians 1:10 NIV

  19. 1519
    Kristina Howard says:

    Kristina Howard, Harker Heights, Tx
    Isaiah 53:4-5
    Yet it was our weaknesses he carried: it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought his troubles were a
    punishment from God for his own sins! But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed! NLV

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    KIM says:

    Kim from Chatham, Illinois

    if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

    1 Peter 2:3 (ESV)

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    Amy says:

    Amy – Rapid City SD

    Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.

    2 Corinthians 4:1 NIV

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    Nancy says:

    Psalm 8:9 NAS
    Nancy from Ethel, MO

    O Lord our Lord
    How majestic is Your name
    in all the earth!

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    Wanda Young says:

    Osborn, Missouri

    I sought the LORD and He heard me,
    and delivered me from all my fears.
    Psalm 34:4 (NKJV)

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    Claudia says:

    Claudia from Edmond, OK

    Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God, everything is possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NLT)

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    Jill Langella says:

    Jill – Atlanta, GA

    “…to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…”

    Ephesians 4:12 NIV

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    Phyllis Danford says:

    But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20

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    Martha says:

    Martha, Asheville, NC:

    “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
    1 Cor. 1:9 NIV

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    Kerri Eyler says:

    Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. John 20:29 NIV

  29. 1529
    Kay says:

    Kay ~ WV
    8 All you people: Trust in him at all times!
    Pour out your hearts before him!
    God is our refuge!
    Psalm 62:8 (CEB)

  30. 1530
    Kimberly Keech says:

    Kimberly, Fayetteville,NC- Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
    -2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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    Kristin Runyan says:

    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Col 3:12 NIV)

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    Beth Reid says:

    Beth Reid, London, Ontario

    Philippians 2:14-15 NIV

    Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault, though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine like lights in the world.

  33. 1533
    Brigette Brock says:

    Brigette Brock
    One thing I ask of the Lord,
    this is what I seek;
    that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
    to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek Him in His temple.
    Psalm 27:4 NIV84

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    Jeanni Goormastic says:

    Jeanni Goormastic, Westland, MI
    Herein is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. John 15:8 KVJ

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    Bethany Scott says:

    Bethany, Houston,TX
    “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
    1 Corinthians 2:1-2, ESV

  36. 1536
    lisa b says:

    Ephesians 3:17 NIV

    so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you being rooted and established in love,

    Round Rock TX

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    Kelli says:

    Kelli from Dover, AR

    But on the way, Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back to your mothers’ homes. And may the Lord reward you for your kindness to your husbands and to me. Ruth 1:8 NLT

  38. 1538
    Abi K says:

    Abi K — Arvada, CO

    “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart” Psalm 91:4 NIV

  39. 1539
    Carmella Culp says:

    Carmella Culp from Elgin, TX: “Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children,” Titus 2:4 NIV

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    Beth Stoffregen says:

    Beth Stoffregen – Laguna Hills, CA

    If I ascend to Heaven, You are there! if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there. Psalm 139:8, ESV

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    Shelly Storm says:

    Shelly, Rochester, MN

    Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.
    Psalm 31:24 NIV

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    Sharon Macri says:

    Sharon Macri Huntington, West Virginia
    “For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 3:10 (HCSB)

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    Jan Jensen says:

    Jan Jensen from Waterloo, Iowa: “Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care,” 1 Peter 1:10 NIV

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    Victoria says:

    Victoria, Salt Lake City, UT

    “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
    Hebrews 10:23

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    Tajuana says:

    Tajuana – Midland, Texas

    Psalm 46:10a NIV

    He says, “Be still, and know that Iam God;

  46. 1546
    Mabelle Mendez says:

    Mabelle Mendez, Bronx, NY. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” Deuteronomy 6:5, NIV

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    Sandy says:

    Sandy from Ft. Gibson, OK
    That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil. 2:10-11 NIV

  48. 1548
    Caroline Fendley says:

    ***couldn’t find the post on FB to comment***
    Caroline Fendley from Alabama: “We know that the law is good when used correctly.” 1 Timothy 1:8 NLT

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    Joy Simmonds says:

    Joy Simmonds from Venice, Florida: “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
    Matthew 6:28 NIV

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    Amanda B says:

    Better late than never 🙂

    Amanda B. from Valdosta, GA.

    “For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath.” Deuteronomy 4:31 NIV

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