My Fun Little Siesta Surprise!

Hey, Sweet Things! Do some of you remember me telling you that I had a little surprise for you in the works? THIS IS IT!!!!! Our very own Siesta Scripture Memory Team SPIRAL!!!! Inside are 30 blank index cards just begging to be filled with your choice of memory verses. I’m almost having to stand up to type because I am so pumped. For those of you who are new to our community, one of the things we prioritize and love to do around here is memorize Scripture. It is a huge part of calling the mind captive to Christ (2 Cor. 10:3-5) and most of us know from experience that our battles are won or lost in our MINDS. I have been actively memorizing Scripture as a primary Spiritual discipline since my early 30’s. I am thoroughly convinced that God used it to bring immeasurable healing to my mind, my memories, and my thought life. I tend toward obsessive thoughts and fears and unrelenting replays of bad memories and, when I fall away from actively hiding God’s Word in my heart, they come back with a vengeance. Anybody else? There are no words big enough to express the difference Scripture memory has made in my life. God also showed me along the way how much accountability and partnership can enhance the success of the discipline. Two years ago I was trying to decide who I should ask to be my accountability partner for that year and God brought the idea to my mind to make it the whole willing blog community and to offer accountability to them in return. The result was one of the neatest experiences we’ve ever had on this blog. I honestly have never felt the pleasure of God more fully over anything we’ve done here.

We created “The Siesta Scripture Memory Team” and each made it our goal to memorize 24 verses, two a month for that calendar year. We signed in on the first and fifteenth of each month with the present verse God was placing on our hearts. (We didn’t memorize the same one together. It works best if we each get to memorize the verses that most apply to our present lives and circumstances. However, I always offered my verse in case someone else was drawing a blank or felt that it also resonated with them. In those cases, some of us memorized the same thing.) We logged in twice a month with our first names, cities, verses, and translations and held each other accountable to get them hidden in our hearts for keeps. We worked hard and saw victory after victory over the flesh and the kingdom of darkness. We topped off the year with a free event in Houston for those who kept their commitment. The only ticket in was a well-used spiral. We had a BLAST. As long as I live, I’ll never forget what all of you looked like in pairs, saying half of your verses to one another.

Well, the SSMT (Siesta Scripture Memory Team) is BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! We will begin January 1st. Look for very specific instructions next week on how to participate. (Hold off on as many questions as possible until that time because the post will answer so many.) Everyone is welcome! Even those who have never visited our blog before. Anyone who wants some accountability in memorizing Scripture is invited. Let me also quickly say that no one is pressured to participate. You won’t be an outcast here. We still do many other things on this blog. It’s just an offer made in much love to those who would benefit from it in their walk with Christ. Living Proof Ministries exists to encourage women to love the Lord Jesus Christ and walk with Him in His Word. This is one way we hope to accomplish our ongoing goal to the great glory of God.

Again, I will get you all the details within the next week BUT I needed to let you know NOW about our brand new, you-inspired SSMT spirals! Let me tell you a couple of things about them in advance:

*You are by no means required to have one to participate! These are strictly for those of you who want one! It is very easy to go to your neighborhood Walgreen’s, CVS or Target and grab a spiral of index cards. That’s what I’ve done every year up until now. (But, admit it, aren’t these the cutest things ever?? I.LOVE.IT. I am so thankful for Sabrina who jumped on the vision the moment I expressed it to her and for Cheryl Casey who listened carefully to the concept then created this design for it and for our beloved Cathy at Copy Doctor who sped ahead and got them printed. As we always say around here, it takes a village.)

*You are welcome to order one even if you don’t wish to participate in the SSMT. Many of us may not want the added pressure of 2 verses a month but we still like to keep a Scripture memory spiral. By all means! There is no legalism where these are concerned. If you want one, you can have one. If you don’t, you’re free!

*We very much wanted to serve you with this spiral and not attempt to make any profit off of it. We are offering it to you only at our cost plus shipping and handling. This is NOT a way for the ministry to make money. You’ll see that it is $3 plus S/H. Sabrina got the cost as low as possible. I was thrilled with this outcome.

*Now, listen to this part carefully. Once you place your order, we will turn them around as quickly as humanly possible. Please keep in mind that our staff is small but very willing to serve! We also have Christmas holidays to celebrate so the ministry will be closed part of the time. Many of you who order right away may have your spirals by January 1st but if we end up with several thousand orders (we have no idea what to expect), yours may not get to you until the second week or so of the new year. Please know that we’re going to get them to you as fast as we are physically able. Just write your first couple of verses on temporary index cards until you receive your order then write them again permanently in your spiral when you receive it. Sound good?

And, because I know someone’s going to demand to know now: yes, we are going to have another SSMT celebration (in mid-January 2012) for those who keep their commitments in 2011 but no one – let me say that again – NO ONE will be scorned for not showing up with this cool spiral. I mean that. I am also laughing out loud at the ridiculousness of it. I am acting like a nine year old.

OK, if you want one, here’s what you do. Copy and paste this link into your browser and it will take you straight to the order page:

http://www.lproof.org/store/product.asp?itemid=2011SMTspiral

Listen, even if you don’t care one iota about a spiral of blank index cards, please know that we at Living Proof Ministries so desire to serve you and cheer you on in your walk with Christ Jesus. He is everything to us around here. May He be thrilled to spend 2011 with us!

I love you,

Beth

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  1. 301
    Carolyn says:

    Count me in and I ordered a Spiral. They are adorable and I look forward to writing and memorizing my verses for 2011. Also to attending the SSMT celebration in 2012. You’re the BEST Mama Beth. A very Merry Christmas to you, your family and LPM.

    Carolyn
    Oceanside,Ca

  2. 302
    Ruth from North Idaho says:

    Yea! So glad we’re doing this again. I’ve continued this year, but it’s very encouraging to be doing it with the Siestas! Loved seeing y’all in Spokane, Beth and team!

  3. 303
    Chrystal says:

    YAY! YAY! YAY! YAY!
    I have been going on and on and on about the scripture memory verse. I have been telling ALL kinds of people about it and how I have literally seen the hand of God through memorizing those verses.

    I’m SOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 304

    I am so very pumped over this! I totally missed out on the first one, but you bet I am going to do this one and have already ordered my spiral binder!! Now here’s the thing….my 13 year old daughter wants to do it too, but wants an accountability partner her age….any of you have a daughter who would be willing to do this? She wants someone who would be going to Texas next Jan so they could meet in person as well. If you have a daughter interested, email me at blarsen94@gmail.com and we can chat!! So very excited!!!

  5. 305
    Becky says:

    This is fun! Thanks! Love you guys!

  6. 306
    Leann says:

    Beth, thanks so much for the spiral idea! I’m a big fan of colored markers, highlighters, etc…so this is right up my alley!

    May God shower His blessings over you and your family this Christmas Season:-)

    Leann (Alabama)

  7. 307
    Gigi says:

    This is so great!! Looks much better than the one from Walgreens I purchased ๐Ÿ™‚ I am going to order it today, can’t wait to start memorizing scriptures with this adorable spiral….

  8. 308
    Barbara says:

    Awesome! Thank you so much. This is the best Christmas gift I will get this year! I have been so blessed by the scriptures I memorized that year! I can’t wait!

  9. 309
    Laura says:

    I LOVE the spiral design! I ordered me one yesterday. I look forward into joining in this year for the Scripture Memorizing. Thank you!

  10. 310
    Alicia says:

    The little spiral is adorable. I am so excited! This is my first year with the SSMT. My best gal pal and I are doing this together and sharing our verses and why we chose those with each other. Thanks for such wonderful encouragement in Him.

  11. 311
    Stephanie W says:

    Count it all joy my siesta’s.

    God has got His gardening gloves on and is gonna be PULLIN’ WEEDS OUT and PLANTING THE GOOD SEED OF HIS WORD in 2011!

    Love you so muchly!
    Stephanie W in Milwaukie, Oregon

  12. 312
    Kim says:

    Yay! I started this last time but didn’t keep with it. No excuses but with a 4 year old, and nursing school it’s hard to keep up!
    I am convinced I am going to keep up with it this year. I ordered two spirals, one for a friend as well. She doesn’t get on here and blog but loves memorizing scripture, so we can do it together as well. I might even end up getting her on here..well see. Either way I am so excited to start, I had to start early. Short but so ever sweet…Prov. 18:10- “The name of the Lord is a Strongtower, the righteous run to it and are safe” For safety, when fearful.
    Blessings~
    Kim

  13. 313
    Sheree G. says:

    I am excited, and a little intimidated, but therein lies my first verse, I’ll keep it to myself until 1/15/11; and Houston is close enough that I can actually attend in January ’12, woo hoo. I’m a single-mom in a rural area and fellowship, other than church, is sometimes difficult, but now I have you guys!! Can’t wait!

    • 313.1
      Yanna says:

      I am so excited you are doing this Sheree G. You do have “us guys” we will be here for you to fellowship with in a God Awesome way! Your name caught my eye as I am Yanna Sheree. ๐Ÿ™‚ my sister is Manya Dee birthed in Ky and TN if that gives you a clue Sandra Dee, Sarah Lee….have mercy on me!! hee hee can’t wait to see what my heaven name will be. I can rap.

  14. 314
    Melanie says:

    I haven’t particpated in this but plan to this year! My prayer has been for my mind to be transformed and when I read this post I was thrilled! What a great way to His Word in our hearts! Looking forward to it!

  15. 315
    Mary Anne says:

    This will be my first time participating but I am so excited to be part of it!!! Love to you Beth and everyone in this blog community!!!

    Mary Anne

  16. 316
    Donna Benjamin says:

    Thank you for sharing the AGAPE love of Christ through your big Texas heart! I ordered 2 spirals, (wanted to order more to give as gifts, but didn’t want to seem greedy, and thought about all the other Siestas on here who might want one too!) Feel so blessed to be part of such an inspiring group of women.
    Have fun during this season of Advent! =D

  17. 317
    Pamela says:

    Oh Beth-it is so adorable but not big enough for me!!! Two years of memorizing scripture and I plan to memorize a verse a week for 2011. It has become my life line in this chaotic world. I will order one and then use the back sides of the cards also-that should work, right???? I also hope to be at the end-of-the year event in 2012. Maybe I will order several and give them away-what great “stocking stuffers” for friends.

    Thank you so much!! Have a blessed CHRISTmas!!

    Believing Him~Pamela

  18. 318
    apurefire says:

    Yay! I just ordered mine and a few for some friends. I so need the accountability the blog offers. I didn’t do so well this past year and was so encouraged to read that other siestas had trouble too – whew – I wasn’t the only one ;o)

    I was so blessed to go to Houston last time and am planning on attending in 2012. Thank you so much for starting the team back up again!! Have a wonderful Christmas.

  19. 319
    NCMom27577 says:

    Back in the 1980’s my neighbors were in the Navigators. They had the neatest little cards they had gotten somewhere, the idea was to read the topic, then the verse, the reference, and the little card packs were not expensive. I put a silver key chain loop through the blue plastic sleeve and hung it on the refrigerator. The cards have been passed on to my adult son now but Scripture memory from their sharing that method with me has brought me through the valley on many days.
    The Holy Spirit has you speaking directly to me on “Wednesdays with Beth” on “Life Today” with James and Betty Robison. Being alone here 1200 miles from home meeting with you every Wednesday is such a blessing. Merry Christmas sweet Siesta!

  20. 320
    Michelle says:

    I just ordered mine, too! Along with Debbie William’s Personal Prayer Journal from Hill Country Ministries. LOVE that thing!

  21. 321
    Joni says:

    I ordered mine! Can’t wait to fill it up. I was so excited explaining to my husband about the spiral, but he just didn’t get it! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a “siesta” thang!

  22. 322
    Anna McKenna says:

    I am so excited! I was not able to fully participate last time and now I am so excited to be able to participate this time. And I just order the so cute spiral book. i can hardly contain my girl giddyness. Thank you and I am really looking forward to 2011.

  23. 323
    Jennifer says:

    Just ordered my spiral!!!

    I did not do this the first time, but I am so excited to do this and to have the accountability of the siestas!!!!!

    Not sure if I’ll be able to make the SMTT in 2012 from SW Florida, but would love to; where is it going to be?

  24. 324
    Amy Storms says:

    HOW FUN IS THIS?! Houston was fantastic last year…can’t wait to do it again, siestas!!

  25. 325
    Heather says:

    I SO need this motivation and encouragement right now! After being part of a wonderful, alive church in Katy, we moved back to Oklahoma and the churches here are…well, lacking. Ironic for the so-called Bible belt. Not that I should depend on the church for my daily walk and scripture memorization but the encouragement from fellow Christ followers can help so much. SO thankful for all you do.

    I’ll be ordering one, Merry Christmas to me!

    Heather

  26. 326
    Church Lady says:

    I ordered 2!! I can’t wait to start. Our women’s DT class is going through Breaking Free. I know that it is crucial to place God’s word in your heart. Pray for me…my memory is not very good anymore. This will take the Lord!

  27. 327
    Jennifer Pipes says:

    Yay! Yay! Yay! I’m so excited I can hardly wait! I’ve been talking it up to others in my area so they can participate too! Last year’s SSMT was one of the highlights of my year. It was such a blessing and so much fun! And the event in Houston was fun too! I can’t wait to come again in 2012! Can’t wait to get my SSMT spiral! Thank you!

  28. 328
    Pat says:

    Got it ordered!!

  29. 329
    Kellie Watson says:

    OMG! I am new to this blog and I need this so badly!! COUNT ME IN!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. 330
    Judy in Oswego says:

    Yea! Thank you so much, Beth, for doing this again. I was in on the first one and still carry the notebook with me even today. Can’t tell you how many times those verses have been used. This time I’m inviting my whole bible study class to join in the fun.

    Have a very merry Christmas!

  31. 331
    Robin says:

    I participated in memorizing with a spiral index last time, and I’ve kept it up ever since. It’s such a great way to get God’s Word into your heart. I keep my spiral in my bag so whenever I want to I can pull it out and meditate on a verse or two. Thanks for doing this again! This blog is such a blessing! I’m still deep into reading some of those great Christian biographies readers suggested awhile back. Love all the different topics covered here!

  32. 332
    Esabelle says:

    I am so excited that we are doing this again. I learned all my verses last time and was all set to come to Houston and say all of them and then didn’t get to come at the last minute due to health issues. But, even though I was disappointed the real payoff was hiding those scriptures in my heart and the deeper connection with Jesus. Maybe I’ll make it to Houston this time. Can’t wait to get started again. Oh, not that I stopped memorizing scripture but I wasn’t as faithful this year and am glad for the accountability again. Thanks, Beth.

  33. 333
    Bethany says:

    I am so in!!!! I have very fond memories of my year memorizing scripture in 2009 and again of the SSMT Celebration this past January. I can’t wait to do this again. I need it in a bad way right now…things are not so good. All prayers are appreciated. I have some major garbage to deal with this year that has raised to the surface this month. I am very scared but in God’s goodness and great plan (nothing is coincidental with Him) I will be filling my mind with truth while my thoughts will be visiting painful memories that run deep into the past. Getting one of those sweet spirals!

    • 333.1
      Laura says:

      Bethany, I’m putting a sticky note with your name on it on my computer to remind me to pray for you. Whatever it is you know God has your back.
      And you can do all things with Him who gives you the strength.
      Read Zephaniah 3:17 and remember who loves you, who cheers for you, who knows you inside and out.
      Okay and we love you too. Laura

      Email me if you want.

      • Bethany says:

        Laura you are so sweet! Thank you for remembering me in prayer. I definately need it and yes I would like to email you however, I can’t find a way to see your profile. Could not click on your name. I hope that you check back and see this. If so please send me your email ๐Ÿ™‚
        Love and blessings to you siesta sister!

  34. 334
    Brandy says:

    What a wonderful Christmas gift…thank you so much for having these made for us!! You are the best Siesta Mom!!! I actually was looking for my new spiral cards today and just wasn’t happy with the plain ones that I’ve been using….I wanted something cute….and now I have found it!!

  35. 335
    Billsgirl says:

    Count me in… I am going to send this out to our group of 20 or so women who have done scripture memory faithfully for 2010.

    With Honor & Appreciation,
    Mary Ann, Woodbury, MN

  36. 336
    Sandra says:

    I had to order the spiral. That is just too fun. I continued to memorize this year and missed your posts Beth. I look forward to memorizing with everyone again. So looking forward to the celebration in Jan ’12. May we all thirst for God’s Word in 2011.

  37. 337
    Kelly Fields says:

    Beth,

    Thank you SO much! I am SO excited about the SSMT! I have been in dire need of an accountability partner for not only my scripture memorizing, but also my quiet time-who knew I would get an entire community! Thank you for being a constant role model for me and all of our sisters in Christ. Here’s to 2011 and all my newly found Siestaville sisters in Christ!

    Love in Christ,

    Kelly

  38. 338
    Katie says:

    i am excited to order and was just curious if the design on the cover was inspired by the shirt you are wearing in the photo??? ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. 339
    Nikkia says:

    I’ve never done something like this before…and like many others here, I am horrible when it comes to scripture memorization and having the motivation for it. But I keep reading this post and I keep asking myself if I should join in.

  40. 340
    Rochelle says:

    Beth,
    I read your blog on occasion but have rarely had a chance to comment, but I just had to on this one! It’s such a FAB idea!!! What a blessing. I hope to participate! Thanks for all that you do, and what a nifty spiral idea, whoop! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Blessings & Merry Christmas!!

  41. 341
    Ginny says:

    I started reading this blog when the last memorization year was ending, so I missed out. I was sad to hear that you weren’t doing it in 2010, but am THRILLED you’re starting up again in 2011. I NEED to hide Scripture in my heart.

    Hope to see everyone in Houston in 2012!!

  42. 342
    Cindy E says:

    I NEED this!! Going to get my daughter and I our spirals so we can join you.

  43. 343
    Tara says:

    Ms. Beth,
    I’m so excited to get started with ya’ll this year! I watched from afar last year and can’t wait to join in! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  44. 344
    Kathleen says:

    Can’t wait! I just got done ordering my spiral. I did not do this the first time because I did not find the blog until half way through but i’m going to do it in 2011! Very cute notebook. Thank you Beth and team for all you do for us siseta’s. Merry Christmas to all of you at LMP

  45. 345
    MrsRitz says:

    I can’t tell you how excited I am to get in on the SSMT from the get go this time. I wanted to join last time, but I have this weird thing about jumping into something that is already in progress and I didn’t find out about it until it had already be going on for a few months. This time, NO EXCUSES, AND I’ll have my official SSMT notecards to keep me on track! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks. Much love!

  46. 346
    Debbie in Indiana says:

    Ordered spirial…am so excited to see what God will do in these next 12 months through His Word. Did it last time and it was my saving grace and I need the accountability. Much love to Living Proof Ministries, thanks for all your hard work, and your example of how you love Him.

  47. 347
    Pam Houston says:

    Yea! My SSMT spiral is on it’s way. By God’s grace I will endeavor to memorize Psalms 139 this year, and hopefully by His ability in me “earn” a place at the Houston celebration of memorizing Siestas. I’m a Houston, coming to Houston, by faith! (And yes, my husband is related to Sam Houston through a brother of Sam Houston. That means that the famous son of Texas is a Great-great-great Uncle of my husband!)
    Love you so~
    Pam Houston
    Buena Park, CA

  48. 348
    tolkienfan says:

    What an awesome idea! I’ve ordered my spiral and am so looking forward to another year of SSMT!

    Lori
    Pine Island, MN

  49. 349
    AnnaRuth says:

    Awesome!!!! I’ve been looking forward to this starting back! I am going to be ordering a spiral for myself and one for my daughter, who will be turning 7 next year. She LOVES your teachings, Beth, and she will be so tickled if we’re able to attend the celebration next January! I’m also going to share this with my new sister-in-law and see if it’s something she’d like to do with us!

  50. 350
    Dawn says:

    Just ordered one for me and one for my mom, so we can be accountable to each other on this – thanks Beth! and Yes, they are super cute!

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