Anybody Game?

REMINDER: Tomorrow (January 1st) I’ll put up our first post for our first Scripture so don’t forget to get your spiral index cards today if you don’t already have them!! I’m very proud of you, Siestas! And so honored to be your servant. May Christ be greatly exalted and His Word be our double edged Sword!

UPDATE: Siestas, it’s 7:15 PM and we are already well over 500 strong! I am astounded. I have to tell you something. It’s not that terribly often that I just outright feel the unabashed pleasure of God. I certainly feel His love and approval but that’s not what I’m talking about right now. I’m talking about that glorious sense that God is really smiling over something. Maybe even laughing. When He’s really happy about a thing. Much of the time either life, busy-ness, self-condemnation or just plain sin gets in the way. But, Girlfriends, I feel it right this second. HE IS PLEASED WITH THIS. Sit back, take a second and feel His good pleasure. He LOVES this idea. And I guess you know what that means: it was His idea to start with. Which means He’ll also empower it. One last thing. A few of you commented that you want to become a Siesta in 2009. I’m so sorry that it sounds like some kind of club you have to join. Listen, if you are a girl and you are a Christian, you are a Siesta. Way back when we first began the blog, I was trying to call the women on here “sistas” (sisters) and spell check corrected it to Siestas and it stuck. Everybody’s welcome. It’s just an endearment for sister. You’re already loved and welcomed here!

Original Post:

Hey, Siestas? Anybody want to memorize some Scripture together this year? A few days ago my devotional was on making preparations for a visitation from God. It was based on the Old Testament Israelites preparing (actually RE-pairing) the Temple under the reign of King Josiah after the serious neglect of previous generations and restoring it to a place where God would want to dwell. It made me think that if I really want a Jesus-year – and I do – that there are several things I could do to prepare for it. This is one of them.

Scripture memorization has been among the most profoundly effective disciplines of the faith that God has ever given me to practice. Honestly, I think I would’ve lost my mind by now if He had not pasted His Word all over it. Every personal battle we face is won or lost on the playing field of our mind. I’m deeply serious when I tell you that I have some ongoing areas of relational challenge that would absolutely overtake my thought life with anxiety, fear, resentment and bitterness if I didn’t grab my index cards at critical moments and start saying my Scriptures. I did it as recently as yesterday when, concerning a particular situation, I thought to myself, “I cannot take this again.” It calmed me and kept me from acting like I felt. And then I slowly felt better. Scripture memory has long since been a necessity for victory for me. My mind is very prone to obsessive thoughts. I’ve never broken a single stronghold without deliberatly repeating Scriptures more times than my mind could repeat a destructive or unhealthy thought. The Truth finally trumps the lie or comforts the hurt. God prevails and I get the victory. This is the essence of 2 Cor. 10:3-5.

SO, yesterday I was thinking to myself that if I really wanted a Jesus-year, I needed a fresh commitment and plan for Scripture memory for 2009 then wondered to myself who might partner with me. I’ve practiced the discipline for years by myself but the times I’ve been most victorious and consistent with it have been those times when I enlisted accountability. So, who could I get to be my partner, I wondered? Then the thought just popped into my head: SIESTAS! After all, what on earth is a Siesta for if not to stir you up to love and good works and all the more as the Day is drawing near (Heb. 10:24,25)?

SO, anybody want to do this with me? Let me say quickly that there’s no pressure to sign up or condemnation here if you don’t. Many of you have your own accountability groups for various Spiritual disciplines and that’s fantastic. Face-to-face is best of all. Others are up to their eyebrows in commitments already. I certainly do understand that! I’m just making the offer to anybody who wants to. Don’t just do it because you need to. Do it because you want to. We will never sustain a practice based solely on what we need. At the end of the day, each one of us does what we want to.

Don’t worry. This won’t take over the blog or make you feel left out if you don’t sign up. It will just be an additional thing among many that we’re doing on here. That said, here’s what I have in mind so that you can think it over. We’re going to make this really doable.

*Commit to memorize (or seriously meditate on) 2 Scriptures a month. See? Very, very doable! Doesn’t seem like much at first but imagine that, in exactly one year, you’ll have memorized 24 new Scriptures! That, my dear sister, is a feat. The reason why I threw in the parenthetical “or seriously meditate on” part is this: a number of people have told me through the years – especially those in their 50s, 60s, and 70s or those of any age with chronic ADD – that they just can’t memorize. OK, so meditate! Listen, the whole purpose of the process is to take our minds captive to the knowledge of Christ and demolish strongholds or nip potential ones in the proverbial bud. As long as those Scriptures are rolling around in your head, your mind is being held captive to Christ-centered thoughts and led away from destructive or carnal thoughts whether or not you’re getting the words in the exact right order. At least three huge things happen when we memorize: our brains are bathed. Our brains are sharpened. Our ammunition is loaded.

*Sign up on this post with your name and the city where you live. Really give it some serious thought before you jump on here and sign right up. Let’s pull together a group that makes it all the way to next December! Do you really want to do this all year long? Will you commit to hang with it? Then sign up, you darlin’ thing!

*Watch for posts on the 1st and 15th of every month where I’ll ask you to turn in the Scripture you’re feeling led to memorize. (You’ll write it all the way out in the version of your choice and put the reference with it because one of your Siestas might read it and want to memorize it next.) This is an important part of our process! We’re NOT going to memorize the same Scriptures. I’ve learned through the years that we have the most victory with the verses that we each need most. Ask God to give you what He wants to prioritize for you this year then listen carefully through your quiet times, your Bible studies and your pastor’s sermons for verses that really resonate with you or that you know you really need. He’ll highlight one of those in your heart. Choose it with confidence. You’ll most easily memorize what means most to you.

*Buy a brand new set of index cards with a spiral that is only for this Scripture memory plan. (Most grocery stores and pharmacies have them. Easy to find.) You’ll need to have it by New Year’s Day so that you can write your first verse in it. Keep it with you A LOT. The car is a really great place to practice your Scriptures. Also be sure to get them out and say them every time you’re feeling tempted to obsessive thoughts. You will be amazed at the impact God’s Word will have on your thoughts. This right here, Girlfriends, is how we learn to wield the Sword of the Spirit.

*Watch your prayer life change. Check out John 15:7-8. The more God’s Word abides in us, the more the mind of Christ is developed in us. The end result will be that we will pray more and more of God’s will and get more and more of what we’ve asked. Do not think for a moment that praying in the will of God narrows your requests. It blows them wide open! Ask Him in this Jesus-year to explode your effectiveness in prayer then watch it happen.

*Have fun with it! Scripture memory is some work but it’s also really fun. Especially if we do it together!! Anybody game?



266 Responses to “Anybody Game?”

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  1. 101
    Jennifer says:

    Well, it's July 2nd and I just found the blog and saw the scripture memory challenge last week. I want to go ahead and join, please. It's really a God-thing, because during the first week of the year I really felt God impressed me that my next step with Him was to memorize Scripture this year. And so I have been trying to memorize Scripture since January. There are some that I have memorized really well and others that I haven't done too well with. But I am marching forward! When I saw the challenge and the January 2010 retreat I thought what a great reward God had just handed me! I'll be attending by myself but that's okay, because I figure that surely I'll make friends at the retreat, that someone or someone's will take me into their group.
    My first Scriptures to post are these: Philippians 4:4-7 & Philippians 4:8-9 & Philippians 4:13

  2. 102
    Missy @ It's Almost Naptime says:

    I am joining halfway through and I have a lot of catching up to do…better late than never, right?


  3. 103
    Lindy says:

    I hope it's not too late for me to join! God has really been growing a love for His word in me over the past year, and as I've prayed about this over the last several days I've felt more and more like it's something He really wants me to do. I'm excited!
    Lindy in Willow Springs, NC

  4. 104
    Nicole says:

    Nicole Hudson
    Sugar Land Texas

  5. 105
    Cortni says:

    Cortni – Watauga, Texas

  6. 106
    nikkiower says:

    An answer to prayer…have already started to memorize…will catch up to the group. I am thankful to the Lord for the opportunity.

    Nikki from Santa Rosa, CA

  7. 107
    Molly L says:

    Molly L Gainesville GA

  8. 108
    Anonymous says:

    Count me in. Houston here I come.

  9. 109
    Anonymous says:

    The old saying, "Its better late than never" applies here.

    I plan to catch up and celebrate in Houston will all of you.

    Slidell, La.

  10. 110
    Rebecca says:

    Better late than never at all!
    Bring it!!

    Becky Roode – Norfolk, Virginia

  11. 111
    Kristl says:

    Kristl from Hagerstown, MD

  12. 112
    brenda shelby says:

    We are "Stepping Up" this summer and have had a Word Walk every Thurs. We pick up the Psalm to memorize and walk with a friend from Bible Study. We have memorized Ps. 121, 46, 103, 8. The local coffee shop keeps the Psalm of the week on cards by the cash register and they said people pick them up all week. Strewing scripture all over our town!

  13. 113
    Beth@Not a Bow in Sight says:

    I've been doing this from the beginning but don't think I ever signed up officially. It's been a fun year so far!

    houston, tx

  14. 114
    My Household Junk says:

    Better late than never! Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

  15. 115
    Joy says:

    Oh my goodness, I love this! Scripture meditation/memory has been a practice for me ever since "Breaking Free" years ago, but I've had a hard time finding women to do it WITH. I've prayed for women to journey with in devouring Scripture…I think this is part of His answer! Thank you so much for your obedience Beth, I'm in! (It's August 1st, but I'm in!)

  16. 116
    Joy says:

    Oops – I forgot to say where I'm from:

    Joy – Oceanside, California

  17. 117
    Rachel says:

    I am so glad the LORD showed me this! I am so excited to join the group=)


  18. 118
    Michele says:

    Michele Denman
    Racine, WI

  19. 119
    Rachel says:

    I also forgot to say where I am from =) Sacramento, California

    Rachel Najera

  20. 120
    Al's Girl says:

    I'm arriving late! But I'm still arriving!! :o)

    Melinda from Jackson, MS

  21. 121
    Heather says:

    Way way late and my apologies and I am quite embarrassed I didn't jump on board back in January!

    Heather – Cypress, TX

  22. 122
    Selynda says:

    So excited! A few friends and I are starting late, but the accountability is so encouraging. We are going to try to do one a week and catch up!
    Selynda in OK

  23. 123
    emilee says:

    I know I'm starting pretty late, but I just started reading about this. This is such a great idea and I'm so excited to start it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Greenville, SC

  24. 124
    Lisa in Georgia - wanting HIM more says:

    I know I'm probably the last one on earth to finally get Internet where I live, but finally finding the blog, I feel with Him, all things are possible – would love to join….I'm in Folkston, Georgia!!

  25. 125
    Kristen says:

    I'm in!
    Kristen- Fort Oglethorpe, Ga

  26. 126
    Summer says:

    I'm 8 months late, but I need this! I'm all in!
    Summer, Peoria, AZ

  27. 127
    Goose Hill Farm says:

    I know I'm a little late, but please count me in. Better late than never! :> )

    Laura – Luray, VA

  28. 128
    Jackie says:

    Wow- I'm late but I can still do it!!

    Jackie, Quanah, TX

  29. 129
    Jackie says:

    Count me in!

    Jackie, Quanah,TX

  30. 130
    Kate says:

    I love you, Beth! This is a wonderful idea! I probably won't catch up, but I'm starting on September 1st and I'll be ready for 2010! I'm Kate in Magna, UT

  31. 131
    Kim says:

    Okay…I'm late but I'm in!

    Kim – Edmonds, WA

  32. 132
    Julie Arnold says:

    I'm in!

  33. 133
    Belinda says:

    I am late about starting this but how could you go wrong studying the word.

    Childress, TX

  34. 134
    Anonymous says:

    Just came home from Friday night of the Simulcast and came to the blog (1st time) to get the sheet cake recipe (since I am "quitting" sugar on Monday I have to make it this weekend). I found the link to the memorization group. After hearing Beth speak about the importance of having God's Word in my heart and mind, I can only believe that it is His divine providence that led me here. Woo Hoo!! I am excited to get going!!!

  35. 135
    Anonymous says:

    Better late than never…right?

    Katherine from Nipomo, CA

  36. 136
    Elizabeth says:

    I'm IN! Day 1 of the simulcast from Mansfield Texas and YES! I want the desires of God's heart and I want to have scriptural weapons at the ready!

  37. 137
    Debglad says:

    Got home from the simulcast at 5th Avenue Baptist in St. Petersburg, FL (those ladies put on a wonderful event; so loving, hospitable, welcoming) and was determined to 'shut up' and listen and also to stop sitting and go out and do good. I haven't been on the site or blogs in awhile, so I came home and logged on to see about registering for the live event in Tampa next year and then I saw this feed. I really connected with what Beth said about verse memorization, so count me in.

  38. 138
    Beth says:

    Count me in! Even if the year is almost halfway over. I can do this!!

    Lufkin, Texas

  39. 139
    Julianne says:

    I'm in and can't wait to meditate and memorize God's word with all of you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I'm Julianne from Clarkston, Michigan!

  40. 140
    beeinstitches says:

    Karen from Hobe Sound, FL
    Count me in. Better late than NEVER!!! I hope to catch up a bit.
    After this weekend's simulcast, I should have Ps 37:4 down. It was a great event! Thanks Beth and everyone who made it possible.

  41. 141
    Becky says:

    I just discovered this!!!!

    Becky – Indianapolis, IN

  42. 142
    Anonymous says:

    I just found this. Way late, but Way in! I need this and appreciate the help and prompting.

    Karen – Derry, NH

  43. 143
    ~A says:

    I am also "way late but WAY in" like siesta above me stated!

    Lorton, VA
    (and Woodstock, VT)

  44. 144
    tammie216 says:

    Game on!

  45. 145
    Anonymous says:

    I found this late (after the simulcast this weekend) but I want to join in. Thank you, Beth, for encouraging us to hide God's word in our hearts!
    Gail – Fort Worth TX

  46. 146
    JHW says:

    Count me in as of today! Never too late to begin this vital discipline afresh with other siestas! Thanks!

    Pittman Center, TN
    Hope :o)

  47. 147
    Regina says:

    It's September, and I'm reading this at home on a sick day. Apparently Simulcast hosting takes a LOT out of me, and the construction in my office led to a cold.

    Anyhow. I'm going to start this, but I REALLY want to do it next year.

  48. 148
    Ruth says:

    Ruth from Beeville, TX

  49. 149
    simplySarah says:

    Moravian Falls, Nc

    I'm bursting!

  50. 150
    Kathy says:

    This is awesome! Count me in!

    Kathy from Nicholasville, KY

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