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. 251
    Kami Dimmick says:

    Kami Dimmick, Randolph Center, Vermont
    And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
    Mark 11:25 NIV

  2. 252
    Wanda Hutchinson says:

    I will offer to Thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call upon the name of the Lord.

    Psalm 116:17


  3. 253
    Leslie Hudson says:

    Leslie Hudson from Corvallis, OR-

    II Tim. 3:17

    God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, and of love and a sound mind.

  4. 254
    Deb Mountsier says:

    Deb Mountsier
    Mason, Ohio
    2 Corinthians 5:9
    So we made it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

  5. 255
    Ann from San Antonio, TX says:

    “and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.”
    ‭‭Philemon‬ ‭1:6 ESV

  6. 256
    Vicki says:

    Vicki – Broken Arrow, OK

    “Be soberminded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
    1 Peter 5:8-10 (ESV)

  7. 257
    Denise says:

    Psalm 37:7 NIV) “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices.”

  8. 258
    Yvonne Janicke says:

    Yvonne Janicke, Lees Summit,Mo. “You, Lord,keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Psalms 18:28 NIV

  9. 259
    Dacia Edmonson says:

    Dacia Edmonson, Bullard, Texas

    “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 91:12 NIV

  10. 260
    Melody says:

    Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Col. 4:6 NIV

  11. 261
    Amy O says:

    Amy from Everett, WA
    Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
    1 Corinthians 13:6 (NIV)

  12. 262
    Erin G Riner says:

    Delaware, OK
    You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
    Psalm 91:8 NIV

  13. 263
    Chris says:

    Chris Robertson from Fort Wayne,IN
    Good and upright is the Lord; there’s He instructs sinners in his ways.
    Psalm 25:8 NIV

  14. 264
    Janet says:

    Janet from Richmond, Texas
    Deuteronomy 11:19 NIV
    Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

  15. 265
    Chris says:

    Chris Robertson from Fort Wayne,IN
    I messed up my previous post!
    Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
    Psalm 25:8 NIV

  16. 266
    Teresa says:

    Teresa, Walla Walla, “Forgive the rebellious sins of my youth; look instead through the eyes of Your unfailing love, for You are merciful, O LORD.” Psalm 25:7 NLT

  17. 267
    phyllis winn says:

    Gilmer, Tx
    NIV John 6:35 “Jesus declared,” I am the bread of life.”

  18. 268
    Ashley says:

    Ashley, Cincinnati: “Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?” James 2:21 NIV

  19. 269
    Brenda K says:

    Brenda from St. Peters, MO:

    “Without faith it is impossible to please Him,
    for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists
    and that He rewards those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6, ESV)

  20. 270
    Susie says:

    Susie from Northville, MI
    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
    Matthew 5:6 NIV

  21. 271
    Gail Niles says:

    Gail from Cary, North Carolina “Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’ Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'”
    John 20:27-29 NIV 1984

  22. 272
    Britt felix says:

    Britt Felix, Tucson
    “When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.”
    ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  23. 273
    Joan says:

    Joan from Richmond, Virginia

    If we are faithless, he remains faithful—
    for he cannot deny himself. 2 Timothy 2:13 ESV

  24. 274
    Valerie says:

    “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:13-14 NIV

  25. 275
    Tracy Fahs says:

    Tracy, Lake Saint Louis, Missouri

    If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

    Psalm 139:8 ESV

  26. 276
    Mary Rue says:

    Mary, Atlanta – Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
    Heb. 12:28-29 NIV

  27. 277
    Emily Fowler says:

    Emily Fowler from Huntsville, AL

    “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.” -Isaiah 58:11 NIV

  28. 278
    Shelly and Sienna says:

    Shelly and Sienna – Colorado Springs, CO
    April 15, 2017

    “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 ESV

  29. 279
    Sandra Mauldin says:

    Sandra, Rock Hill, SC
    2 Cor. 1:3-4 NIV
    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

  30. 280
    Jeanette Dahm says:

    Jeanette Dahm . Lake Oswego, OR . Psalm 111:2 . NIV . Great are the works of the Lord, they are pondered by all who delight in them.

  31. 281
    Mary Ruth Franklin says:

    Mary Ruth Franklin
    Lanexa, VA

    O Lord, our Lord
    how majestic is Your name in all the earth!
    You have set Your glory above the heavens.
    Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
    You have established strength because of Your foes,
    to still the enemy and the avenger.
    Psalm 8: 1-2 (ESV)

  32. 282
    Denise Smith says:

    Denise from Greer, SC: Great is our Lord and abundant in power, His understanding is beyond measure. Psalm 147:5 ESV

  33. 283
    Beth B says:

    Beth B, Pella Iowa

    Isaiah 55:3 (NIV 2011)

    Give ear and come to me; hear me, that you soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, My faithful love promised to David.

  34. 284
    Susan Sarver says:

    Susan Sarver, St. George UT

    “The unassailable fortifications of your walls He will bring down, lay low and cast to the ground, even to the dust.” Isaiah 25;12 NASB

  35. 285
    Mary Beth Ferrara says:

    Mary Beth, St. Louis, MO

    “If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!”

    Psalm 139:8(ESV)

  36. 286
    Karlys says:

    Karlys Fortner, La Place, LA
    and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of GOD. Ephesians 6:17 ESV

  37. 287
    janice bells says:

    Verse#8 Janice Bells Orillia, Ontario, Canada
    II Timothy 4:1,2 NIV
    “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.”

  38. 288
    Vicki culbreth says:

    Vicki culbreth, Winchester VA –
    “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
    Proverbs 19:21

  39. 289
    Andrea Baranick says:

    Andrea from Houston, TX Psalm 27:8 ESV “You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”

  40. 290
    Cheryl Brown says:

    Cheryl from Austin
    I have revealed and saved and proclaimed- I, and not some foreign God among you. You are my witnesses, declares the Lord, that I am God.
    Isaiah 43:12 (ESV)

  41. 291
    Dee Dee says:

    Dee Dee Fernandina Beach, Florida

    “Let me tell you something: Everyone of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.” Matthew 12:36-37 The Message

  42. 292
    Rhonda Rowe says:

    Rhonda Rowe, Kingston, OK

    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 ESV

  43. 293
    Tanya Isley says:

    Raleigh, NC

    fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
    I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
    Isaiah 41:10 ESV

  44. 294
    Stephanie Rafferty says:

    Stephanie, La Habra, CA “Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.” Psalm 25:8 NIV

  45. 295

    Lakeland, TN
    Romans 15:13 NIV
    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  46. 296
    Lark Reynolds says:

    Lark from Greenville, SC. “He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.” 2 Corinthians 5:15, NLT

  47. 297
    Tracey Moyers says:

    Tracey Moyers from Loganville, GA
    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
    2 Cor. 1:3-4 NIV

  48. 298
    Sherri Fowler says:

    Sherri Fowler
    Huntsville, AL

    “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭NASB‬‬

  49. 299
    Katie Melton says:

    Katie Melton from Loganville, GA
    “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;”
    Eph. 6:16 ESV

  50. 300
    Sandra, Ruskin, Florida says:

    Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children.
    Psalm 90:14-16 NIV

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