Siesta Scripture Memory Instructions

Hey, Sweet Things! I hope you had the sweetest Christmas day. You guys had such special traditions. I loved picturing many of you yesterday doing the very things you described. Yolanda, I keep thinking about you coming from a sharecropper’s family and getting to pick out anything you wanted from the grocery store at Christmas. That you got the okra and your brother got the cool whip made me so happy. What a culinary pair. I hope so much I’m remembering those details right! If I’m butchering your story, correct me and forgive me.

Our family had such a great day! We stretched from a 22 month-old to two nearly 80 year-olds. We read the Christmas story together, prayed as a family, and tore into presents of all shapes and sizes. I was so whipped by late last night that I almost couldn’t make it to the mattress but the Moores, Jones, and Fitzpatricks had indeed celebrated the birth of Christ and shared much joy and laughter. And food. God lent me the cooking gift for 24 hours and my meal was so stinking good that I kept wanting to high-five my own self. Every time the conversation went to something else, I tried to subtly steer it back to my miraculous kitchen extravaganza and how it all came off at the same time. These are Christmas miracles, people. Not pearls before swine at the Moore house.

I don’t have a single picture to show you right now because I never picked up my cell phone. Melissa took great pictures with an actual camera but those will have to be uploaded. We’ll get them to you soon. So many fun things happened yesterday but I’ll mention the one that still had me tickled when I got into bed last night: Jackson’s first shot at karaoke. I got him a Phineas and Ferb Karaoke Machine and his parents thought it best not to get it out of the box until they got home at a later hour. Amanda videoed his debut last night and texted it to me on my I-phone. I’ve watched it over and over. I sent it to Travis and he had the good sense to love it, too. He thought maybe he noted a worship leader in the making based, I believe, on Jackson’s enthusiasm for the craft rather than his actual pitch. It is so hilarious and endearing that I can hardly stand it. Of course, little Miss is right up in his business but he occasionally acquiesced and put the microphone up to her mouth. She, too, sang with considerable gusto. The two main words of the kids’ song were “born again” (really LOUD) so the karaoke experience was the richer for its fine theology.

OK, I promised myself I wouldn’t do this because I need to stick to the task at hand and keep this post very focused so that we can direct people back to it in the future. SO, on with our important purpose: how to participate in the 2011 Siesta Scripture Memory Team! Here are a few things to know up front:

*For you new comers, “Siesta” is just an endearment for “Sister.” There’s no club to join and no person you need to become. If you’ve trusted Jesus as your personal Savior, you’re a sister in Christ. When we first began the blog several years ago, it never occurred to any of us how much we’d come to love each other. As the community grew closer and closer and the participants more and more familiar with one another, one of you asked what name we should call each another. I tried to say, “I’ll tell you what we are: We’re sistahs!” but spell-check switched it to “siestas.” It stuck and that’s been us ever since. We even liked the thought that its actual meaning is to take a nap. We’ll know we’ve been a place of divine intervention if we’re a respite from the female competition and clatter out there. Only Jesus can give us that kind of relief in this exhausting culture.

*We call this a Scripture memory “team” because that’s exactly what we are. We’re a really long line of women standing shoulder to shoulder with our swords drawn. And we don’t draw our swords to wound people, to convict our family members (God’s job) or to cut off the ears of our hearers. We draw our swords to fight the good fight of faith. While I was helping stuff Siesta Scripture Memory Spirals into envelopes on the 22nd, I said to my coworkers, “JUST THINK, what would happen if 6000+ women really did memorize 24 Scriptures in 2011?? What are the implications of that? What kind of repercussions might that have in our personal lives and our homes?” And we got all riled up. You bet this is a team. Don’t be too cool for it. Remember, God’s Spirit is a fire. If we’re too cool, we can’t help but quench it. If cheesy works around here, we’re not ashamed.

*Very often you will see me refer to SSMT. Just so you’ll know, that is an abbreviation for “Siesta Scripture Memory Team.” I also want the rest of you to keep in mind that we don’t limit the entire blog to our Scripture memory participants. It has a big presence on here because it’s twice a month but we still do lots of other things. Please don’t feel left out or forgotten.

OK, NOW FOR THE INSTRUCTIONS. You can cut and paste these somewhere if necessary. Here’s how it will go:

1. On the 1st and 15th of every month of 2011, you will find a post by 8:00 in the morning where I will ask for your memory verse and give you mine. This will begin New Year’s Day. You are committing to 24 Scriptures in 12 months. In previous years, I’ve found this to be a very doable pace. If you do much more, you’ll tend to fall behind and not retain. If you do much less, the impact is negligible. You really can do this. So many of you will surprise yourselves with what you’re capable of doing in the power of the Spirit. Yes, it takes work but it’s tremendously fulfilling and the results are nearly immeasurable. Look at it this way: you’re going to be meditating on something: unforgiveness, toxic memories, misery, lust, greed, dissatisfaction, jealousy, competition. Choose Scripture! Christ Himself said as a man thinks, so is he. He also said His words are spirit and life. This is work worth doing, Sweet Thing. Never – NOT ONCE – have I ever known anyone to get to the end of a Scripture memory commitment and say that it didn’t make any real difference. Not a single time.

2.You are to enter the verse you’ve chosen to memorize for that two-week period within twenty-four hours of the post going up. I’ve been asked many times if it’s okay if you’re late supplying your verse and, yes, of course it is, but try to avoid doing it often. The people who make it to the very end of the year are overwhelmingly those who stay up with it month to month. Please know up front that one of the important parts of this process is the exercise of self discipline. This culture is mass producing wimpy narcissists. Year-long commitments like these that require punctuality and focused energy push back on that degenerating trend. All that to say, please don’t drop out if you get behind. I just want you to know that this will be much more successful if you treat it as a real, live commitment you are willing to work hard to keep.

3. When you clock in with your verse those two times a month, keep your comments limited to your name, city, verse and translation. Long comments on SSMT days are no-no’s. It won’t take you long to figure out why we maintain that rule. Wait till you see the powerful sight of hundreds if not thousands of verses flowing down the comment stream. It is a gorgeous sight. When you’re having a bad day, all you have to do is scroll down a few hundred of your sisters’ Scripture selections and I promise you, you’ll get a word. It’s a very powerful thing. Here is a sample comment:

Beth from Houston, Texas: “Forget about what’s happened! Don’t keep going over old history. Be alert! Be present! I’m about to do something brand new. It’s bursting out. Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road in the desert and rivers in the badlands.” Isaiah 43:18-19 The Message

(That was my first Scripture from last year so I wrote it from memory. If you choose that one, you better double check it. It’s at least 95 per cent accurate…I think. Yep. Double check it.) Always add your translation because so many of your sisters will want to know where you found the wording for your entry. One of the great impacts of this process is how much we reap from each other’s selections. Often you’ll see a sister say, “I’m doing the one so-and-so did last time!” (Yes, you can make a comment that brief. Those can be fun. Occasionally you’ll even see someone write, “For the sake of my marriage, I’ve chosen to memorize…” That’s okay, too, but try to keep it very succinct.)

4. As often as possible, choose a verse that means something to you in your present season or circumstance. This is the reason why we don’t all memorize the same Scripture. We’re not all going through the same things. The more you let God lead you to verses that direct you or edify your soul in your present circumstances, the more He will renew your mind toward your challenges. This is a huge part of 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 where we’re told to demolish strongholds and take our thoughts captive to Christ. If you don’t have a verse on your mind or you’re drawing a blank when the 1st or 15th rolls around, you are welcome to share mine. I will always include it in the post. You might also look at a few of the comments and see if one of theirs resonates with you. I say this next part with a grin: try to refrain from memorizing Scriptures that you think your spouse or your children need to learn. Memorize what you need to learn. That means do your best to avoid jotting your verse on a stick note and planting it on your bathroom mirror where your man can see it and repent of his sins. He probably won’t because he’s got your game. I bet you can guess how I know that.

5. I strongly recommend that you stick with only one verse to memorize each time. (This is just a recommendation and not a rule. You’re free to do whatever works for you.) Keep it simple and meaningful. (If I were addressing you live, I’d have you repeat that sentence back to me so just go ahead and say it out loud in order to nail it down. That sentence could be your best friend through this process.) If you do too many verses or get too complicated, you will soon be overwhelmed and want to drop out. Better to do 24 simpler verses over a 12 month period of time than a chapter over the first month then quit. We want this to be a discipline we practice for the rest of our lives. Think marathon. Not sprint.

6. Either shortly before or after making your entry each 1st and 15th in the blog comment, write the verse by hand in your own spiral. (Again, that’s a recommendation and not a rule. I’ve discovered that there’s something about writing it with your own hand and picturing it later in your own handwriting that helps it sink into your memory bank. I’m not entirely sure why.) Take that spiral with you everywhere you go. Read it and read it and read it and read it. Do mental gymnastics with it. Flip that baby over and over. Many women have told me along the way that they’re not good at memorization and I truly understand that. I also beg to offer two responses: First, that may change. Give the Holy Spirit a chance to do something brand new with you. Second, even if you don’t get your verses down word for word, you are still meditating on them as you read and reread them. You still, thereby, accomplish one of the most important goals: captivating the mind to Christ. You just can’t lose on this one. Either way, it has a powerful effect.

OK, I think that’s enough to get us prepared for January 1st. Now, let me tell you well in advance how to qualify for our Siesta Scripture Memory Team Celebration mid-January of 2012. (I’m writing this from my home on Sunday evening and I forget exactly which weekend in January 2012 we scheduled it. I’ll double check and let you know shortly so you can save money for your transportation and hotel. We do not charge for the event. Your entrance fee is your well-used spiral. By the way, Travis is planning to be there again to lead us in worship and my beloved LPM staff and daughters are looking really forward to it, too.) Here’s how you qualify:

*Clock in by first name and city at least 21 out of 24 times. (But please make your goal 24 out of 24!) Let me reiterate that you can be late with your entry on a 1st or 15th of any month but, by the end of the year, there has to be a record in the comment sections of you signing in at least 21 out of 24 times on a SSMT post. Make sense? Please give us 24 hours to post your comment before you assume it got lost. We still moderate all comments and the amount we get on SSMT days necessitates a slower pace. Thank you for your cooperation!

*Bring your spiral to the celebration. Again, that’s your ticket in.

*Be prepared to say any 12 of your 24 memory verses to another Siesta (of your choice) during the designated time at the celebration. (We get in pairs.) Some of you will be tempted to let this be a deal breaker but don’t back out! Siestas are really sweet and patient with each other and we are notorious for giving each other hints. We can even act out charades if necessary. If you’re one of those who genuinely struggles with memorization, just tell your memory buddy up front and she’ll give you all the grace you need.ย  Tell her the gist of the verse as accurately as you possibly can. She’ll be able to tell that you are well acquainted with it and that the goal was accomplished even if you can’t say the verse word-for-word.

*Register for the event when the time comes. (December 1, 2011)

Whew! Have I exhausted you?? I’ve worn myself to a pulp. Sorry this is so wordy! We just want to answer as many of your questions up front as possible.

I want to tell you something before I sign off. You have impacted my walk with Christ. This community has given me encouragement when I was nearly down for the count. I am more disciplined because you are here. You make a difference in my life. You make me think, and laugh, and study. You offer me company when I am lonely. You stir me up to love and good works. You are used of God in my life to make this hard world a better place.

That’s what Siestaville is for. Women walking alongside women on our way Home, stirring up excitement toward that great day. SSMT is just one way we do that. AND IT’S A WHOPPER. Let’s do it, Sisters, starting this coming January 1st! I’ll talk to you again about other things before then but I don’t want the New Year to take you by surprise.

Your blog mama loves you.


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  1. 551

    Can’t wait! Loved doing it in 2009 and am excited to see what 2011 brings.

  2. 552
    Mary says:

    Count me in!

  3. 553
    Tami says:

    count me in ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Andrea says:

    I can’t wait to get started! I made my 2011 SSMT Acrostic with twenty-four and a half scriptures. It’s posted at my blog and the title of it is “HEAR GOD”. Acrostics really help me to be able to recall a lot of scripture. That’s what I like about them. If anyone would like to see it and/or memorize these scriptures in acrostic form you’re welcome to. I’ll still be logging in every two weeks with my scripture but just thought some people might like to see my 2011 scripture acrostic.

  5. 555
    Cosmina says:

    Hi Beth!

    I’m Cosmina, from Romania! And I would like to join this scripture memory team, if it’s ok. I will learn the verses in romanian, but I will post them in English, or maybe both. Is this ok? I really love what you are doing here. Unfortunately in Romania, we don’t have many books written by you, so my only connection with you is this blog! I reallywanted to be a part of the study So long Insecurity, but we don’t have it in Romania, but still I watched your posts from that book on facebook, and it really helped me! God bless you. I hope it’s ok I have written this here. I didn’t know where else. The idea is that I really want to participate at this scripture memory team even if I’m not from The United States. Exuce my english ๐Ÿ™‚ blessings, cos

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      KMac says:

      Of course, Cosmina! Welcome! Welcome!

      • Karene says:

        Hi Cosmina, How exciting to hear from a sister in Romania! And your English is excellent. I’ll be looking forward to seeing your verses. (There will be hundreds, but yours will stand out if you include the Romanian version!)
        Blessing to you, Karene

  6. 556
    Noelle says:

    I’m so excited about this challenge and have gathered a group of people to join in as well. I’m using my own blog as a platform for gathering a community together and for promoting this great challenge.

  7. 557
    bev says:

    I am in !! Can not wait to see how God transforms me!

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    Charne says:

    Excellent!!! This is the best way to stay in scripture, can not wait!!

  9. 559
    Siesta Stephanie says:

    Well, I attempted this the first year and failed to complete. But I am committed to comlete this task this year. I strongly feel if I will be obedient to God with this and some other aspects in my life that they thing I struggle with will fall into place. I will pray for my fellow siesta sisters and me to be obedient and succeed with this. Love Siesta STepahnie

  10. 560
    Stephanie says:

    Mama Beth, I did this with ya’ll in 2009 and loved it! The Word is so powerfull! Can’t wait to start again, thanks so much for all you do for us.

  11. 561
    Stephanie says:

    I forgot to say that I got the SSMT Spiral love love love it!

  12. 562
    Carrie Ann says:

    Is it too late to commit to the Scripture memory?

  13. 563
    Georganne says:

    My vacuum shows a red or orange light when there is dirt, so I vacuum longer in that spot. Yesterday I was vacuuming and reviewing some verses at the same time. Good for the carpet, good for my the renewing of my mind. I have started on my January verse as I am 68 and I find memorization to be harder than when I was younger. Still, if you aim for nothing, you will hit it. So–I am aiming for 24 verses or more in 2011.

  14. 564
    Jenny says:

    I’m very excited to do this in 2011! My husband and I are expecting our first child in July and I’m hoping to use the memory times before then to prepare. What verses would you recommend?

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    Tara says:

    Just checking the blog after a December that has gotten away from me! I would like to be part of the Scripture Memory team this year.

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    Karla says:

    Count me in!

  17. 567
    Carly says:

    I am so excited! I have been waiting all year to start this fresh in 2011. Where do we order the spiral or do we use our own?

  18. 568
    Melissa says:

    Melissa, Spokane, WA
    I can’t wait! Looking forward to memorizing scripture with all of you in 2011!

  19. 569
    Karen says:

    This will be my first time joining you, and I’m looking forward to what God is going to do as we memorize His Word together as siestas!

  20. 570
    Tracey Motz says:

    One of my friends told me about this last year. This year, I’m in! Beth, your studies keep me accountable to study the word. I’ve grown so much in my relationship with Jesus because of your obedience to him in writing. I’m a southerner, and love your cute personality. I went to the Deeper Still conference in Birmingham, and it was wonderful. I promise to keep my comments short from now on! :o)

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    Jodi says:

    I have been wanting to do this so in my own life but I have fallen through everytime. I am in. I am hopeful to attain the 24 verses. This is my first time doing this, thanks for providing this Beth. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. 572

    My Mom and I have already started. We live far apart so we were doing it together on the phone.

    We kept getting so tongue tied today. We laughed so hard and smiled so much that my face cramped up.

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    Yvonne says:

    So excited to do this again. AND my 85 year old momma may be doing it with me. If it’s ok, I will have to post her verses because she does not have a computer.

    Thanks for ALL you do for us and the kindgom.


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    ConnieH says:

    I did the Bible Study with the blog community this past summer and loved it. Looking forward to the scripture memorization challenge of 2011, though I will say, picking that first scripture has been challenging. I figure the first one sets the tone for the year. I’m looking forwad to it!

  25. 575

    I want to join the Siesta Scripture Memory! I’ll be ready tomorrow morning in the new year. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. 576
    Laura says:

    Excited to get started!

  27. 577
    Stacey says:

    I’m going to go for it! I need to focus on love. Loving people the way the Lord has commaded me. I hope to be a more loving person by this time next year!

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    Cindy says:

    I’m in !! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Beth Cunningham says:

    3rd times a charm I received an error again. I am sorry but I am not going to let Satan win. There is nothing more powerful then God’s word and I am looking forward to committing to the memorization of His word.

  30. 580
    Jane E. says:

    I just heard about this today, and I am very excited to participate. Looking forward to this growth opportunity!

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    Andrea Roberts says:

    I am looking forward to this and can’t wait to go to Houston next year!!!

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    Caren says:

    The challenge is on, making more room in my heart for God’s word !!! Yippeee ! Love to all !

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    Trina says:

    Looking forward to this!

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    Sepik-Meri Katie says:

    Yay!!!!! I can’t wait!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Laura says:

    Hello, y’all! I’ve been reading this blog since the very beginning and I don’t think I’ve ever posted… and I’m joining everyone for the scripture memory challenge. I am excited! Woohoo! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. 586
    Michelle, Alaira, & Shaylee says:

    Posting test in prep for SSMT.

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    Susan Rogers says:

    Count me in! Looking forward to what God is going to do in our lives as we seek to engraft HIS word into our lives.

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    Vickie Logan says:

    I want to join! I’m looking forward to this commitment. I’ve subscribed to the feed do I need to do anything else to sign up?

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    Amy says:

    Looking forward to victory through God’s Word in 2011!!!

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    Peg Suveg says:

    I am ready!!

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    Angie says:

    Count me in!

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    Tia says:

    I am excited to join. I have my first verse in mind.

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    Melanie says:

    Since the spirals are sold out, I’m just going to make my own. ๐Ÿ™‚ looking forward to this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. 594
    Nancy says:

    “Isaiah 9:6
    For unto us a child is born to us a son is given
    and the government will be on his shoulders
    And he will be called

  45. 595
    jan says:

    Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year. Thinking about you tonight.

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    Beth says:

    Okay, I did not do well the last time, but I’m going to try it again for 2011!


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    Julie Lake says:

    Just wanted to post to say I’ll be participating in the Scripture Memory this year. I gave the spirals to my two teenage daughters and we’ll be doing it together. Looking forward to delving into God’s Word and hiding it in our hearts!

    Julie, Owensboro, KY

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    Katie says:

    Your spiral notebook was my mom’s new year’s gift to my sister and me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I really look forward to doing this during 2011!


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    Gina says:

    My “Ruth’s” from Bible study this summer and I are all in! I ordered the spirals for everyone and now find that I need to give tutorials on ‘blog-posting’! ๐Ÿ™‚ Very excited to see the Lord bless us all in/through/with His Word!

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    Naomi says:

    I’m in!

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