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.  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. 901
    Kelly, CA says:

    You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36 NIV

  2. 902
    Suzie says:

    “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

  3. 903
    Shelley says:

    Shelley from McKinney, TX:

    “Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little. To Him be the dominion forever. Amen.”

    1 Peter 5:10-11 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

  4. 904
    Shannon from Anchorage, AK says:

    His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to his own glory and excellence.
    2 Peter 1:3 – ESV

  5. 905
    Kristi Parks says:

    2 Cor 12:10 “Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” NLT

  6. 906

    “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
    Ephesians 4:29 NIV

    Oklahoma City, OK

  7. 907
    Yvette in Oregon says:

    Psalm 115:1 (NIV)

    Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.

  8. 908
    Sheila says:

    Wake Forest, NC

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
    Philippians 4:6

  9. 909
    Shanna in Wisconsin says:

    Acts 20: 24 But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.~ New Living Translation

  10. 910
    Ellen Morton says:

    Ellen, Laconia, And above all things have fervent love for one another,for love will cover a multitude of sins. NKJ

  11. 911
    ellie says:

    I love this. I need this. Thanks for providing it. I’ll begin on the 15th…

  12. 912
    Susan says:

    Susan, Lititz
    “Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!” Philippians 4:4-5 (The Message)

  13. 913
    Jen says:

    Jen Boaz, AL
    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
    Romans 8:28

  14. 914
    Melanie F. says:

    Heb. 4:12: For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. NIV (Oops! Forgot the reference!)

  15. 915
    Rhonda Curran says:

    Rhonda, Tampa FL Psalms 139:17

    How precious to me are your thoughts,God! How vast is the sum of them! NIV

  16. 916
    Susie says:

    From Columbia, SC: Acts 13:36, “David served God’s purpose in his generation, then he died.” NIV

  17. 917
    Wendy says:

    Wendy, Oshkosh, WI Psalm 63:3-4 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. ESV

  18. 918
    Hillary says:

    Hillary, West Baden Springs, IN. 1 Cor 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” NIV

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    Tina says:

    Tina, Russellville, unlinking the chain that bounds me starting with:Heb. 10:22 “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. KJV

  20. 920
    r says:

    shelia, MO~

    Psalm 65:11

    You crown the year with Your good blessings, and You leave abundance in Your wake. The NET Bible

  21. 921
    Beth Plemons says:

    As I’m completing my radiation treatment for breast cancer I cling to this scripture:
    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

  22. 922
    Janice R says:

    John 1:14 NIV

  23. 923
    Marilyn says:

    “Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8 (NIV)

  24. 924
    Missy says:

    Missy from Houston “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

  25. 925
    Tricia says:

    God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II Tim 1:7

  26. 926
    Lucy says:

    Lucy from Port Arthur, TX:

    Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
    in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your path’s straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

  27. 927
    Colleen says:

    Even to old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
    Isaiah 46:4 NIV

  28. 928
    Cindy says:

    I LOVED and was SO ENCOURAGED by your blog today Beth even though I was reading from December…. The Siesta Challenge sounds so do able I want to try!!!! So encouraged Thank you!!

  29. 929
    Niesa says:

    Niesa Glenewinkel, Tomball, TX

    For I am the LORD your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
    and says to you, “Do not fear”

    Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

  30. 930
    Lisa says:

    Proverbs 15:1 NIV
    A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.

  31. 931
    Margie from Columbia, SC says:

    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

  32. 932
    Melissa says:

    Melissa, Mobile, Psm 143:8 ” Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way i should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” NIV

  33. 933
    Gaye says:

    Gaye,Denver “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,”plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

  34. 934
    Kim H. says:

    Kim H from Austin TX
    2 Corinthians 5:7
    We live by faith not by sight. NIV

  35. 935
    Sharonda, from Dallas says:

    Save me, For I am YOURS!!! (Psalm 119:94)

  36. 936
    Kathy Dula says:

    Put on the full armor of GOD so that you can take your
    stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11 NIV

  37. 937
    Rachel in Arizona says:

    Jumping on here late to say that I’m so excited to be doing the SSMT this year. I was going to do it by myself and really wanted to go to the celebration next Jan, but I know me and I would end up chickening out going by myself. Since I moved to another state this summer I don’t know anyone to ask to do this with me. I decided to ask some other military wives and longtime friends to join me and we can use the January event to meet up. They agreed and the 3 of us are now in it for the long haul.

    These two ladies are a couple of my closest friends,even with distance separating us for years at a time. Our story is a little unique too. I knew each of these ladies individually from different times in my husband’s military career. I had shared stories about each of them to the other through the years. When their husbands got transferred to the same city I shared with them how neat it would be if we could all be together. We all longed for good Christian ladies to bond with. As only God would have it, they happened to run into each other while in the checkout line at Kohl’s. Their kids started playing and they started to talk. They each thought the other looked familiar but couldn’t figure out how they knew one another. Finally, they came up with the common link…..ME! They had seen each others christmas pictures on my fridge at different points in life. They exchanged numbers and are great friends now. When we get together next January it will be the first time the 3 of us have been together since they met.


  38. 938
    Debra Pryor says:

    ” I sought the Lord, He heard me and delivered me from all my fears”. Ps 34:4 NKJV

  39. 939
    Krista Howard says:

    Krista from Corbin, Ky “Therefore since we are surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders & the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perserverance the race marked our for us.” Hebrews 12:1

  40. 940
    cynthia says:

    Sao Paulo, Brazil

    All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name. Psalm 66:4 NIV

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    Barbara says:

    Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
    in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your path’s straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

  42. 942
    Tomi from Texas says:

    Ephesians 4:29 (The Message)

    29Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.

  43. 943
    Stacey says:

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippans 4:6 NIV

  44. 944
    Jamey Reyes says:

    “For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile and he did not restrain them.” I Samuel 3:13

    This was a good reminder to me as a parent to make sure that I am addressing my children’s iniquities and to not turn my eyes away from them, as so many parents do now a days!!

  45. 945
    Ammie Doggett says:

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” In those days when you pray, I will listen. Jer 29:11-12

  46. 946
    Teri says:

    Teri, Dallas, By the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.
    John 1:16 NIV

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    Leslie Veronee says:

    Ok I just got on and am up to date. Sorry I’m so late but I really want to join in. Thank you.

    Memphis, TN

    Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

  48. 948
    Bobbi in Orange, TX says:

    Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders You have done. The things You have planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. Psalm 40:5 Amplified Bible

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      Bobbi in Orange, TX says:

      YaY!!!! I finally got my verse to post. Tried last night and for some reason it didn’t work. Blessings to all y’all!

  49. 949
    Jarilyn says:

    Jarilyn from Washington, DC

    10″Cease striving and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”
    (Psalm 46:10 (New American Standard Bible)

  50. 950
    Debbie Schindehette says:

    Debbie from Westerville, OH
    I’m late, but I want to join in the SSMT, too!
    Jeremiah 29:11 NIV “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future.”

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