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. 1001
    Debbi says:

    Debbi from Clovis, CA…New to Siestas and just off of a son’s New Years Eve Wedding with all the finery… 🙂

    “Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NLT)

  2. 1002
    diane cathey says:

    Psalm 32:8 NIV says “i will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, i wll counsel you and watch over you”

    new to

  3. 1003
    Angela & Kimmie Towler says:

    For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do good things he planned for us long ago.
    Ephesians 2:10 New Living Translation

  4. 1004
    Angela & Kimmie Towler says:

    For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
    Ephesians 2:10 (New Living Translation)

  5. 1005
    Judy says:

    I want to sign up! I am a Psychiatrist in private practice and in ministry. At this point in my life, I am losing more of my vision to Retinitis Pigmentosa, and I am getting more training from the division of blind services. What an appropriate time this is to determine to see more of God’s vision. Thank you for the challenge and the opportunity to grow closer to our Lord for Whom there are no coincidences.

    • 1005.1
      Angie says:

      I just came across your post and hope that you have joined us by now. Its never too late to get started. I am praying for you & your vision condition. May the God bless you today!

  6. 1006
    Hannah says:

    Hannah from McNaughton, WI ” Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12:24-26 (NIV)

  7. 1007
    L Diane says:

    Diane, Indianapolis- Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11 (NIV)

  8. 1008
    Sherry says:

    of Friendsville,TN
    Psalm 71:17,18 reminds me that “Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray,(keep me alive-Amp.) do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, Your might to all who are to come.” NIV

  9. 1009
    Karollyn says:

    Matt 11:30: For my yoke is light and my burden is easy. …

  10. 1010
    jeanetta says:

    Jeanetta from Tyler Psalm 143:8 Let me experience Your faithful love in the morning, for I trust in You. Reveal to me the way I should go, because I long for You.

  11. 1011
    pam says:

    Pam from Birmingham, AL
    I Cor 6:19-20 ESV
    Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

  12. 1012
    Lisa says:

    Lisa Macomb, MI love this one..your right Beth. Great start to the new year!

    “You crown the year with your good blessings and you leave abundance in your wake”
    Psalm 65:11 NET

    • 1012.1
      Lisa says:

      P.S. This is my second time around and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. The event was an amazing experience and I’m hoping it’s in Gods plan to allow me to go again next year!

  13. 1013
    Jana Dalke says:

    Seek the kingdom of God, above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33, New Living Translation Jana – Hillsboro, KS

  14. 1014
    Sandy says:

    1 Timothy 2: 5-6

    “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.”

  15. 1015
    cheryl says:

    Cheryl; Ponder,TX;
    Ezekiel 1:28 The way a rainbow springs out of the sky on a rainy day-that’s what it was like. It turned out to be the Glory of God! When I saw all this, I fell to my knees, my face to the ground. Then I heard a voice.

  16. 1016
    Kim says:

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

  17. 1017
    Debbie says:

    Debbie from San Antonio, TX.
    To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21

  18. 1018
    Carey says:

    My dear friends, with our tongues we speake both praises and curses. We praise our Lord and Father, and we curse people we were created to be like God, and this isn’t right.

    James 3, 9-10
    Contemporary English Version

  19. 1019
    Julie says:

    Julie, Waco- I’m jumping in a few days late…grateful for friends who invited me to join them in this!!

    “The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” -Psalm 119:130 NASB

  20. 1020
    Belinda Clark says:

    James 1:17 NIV
    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

  21. 1021
    Belinda Clark says:

    James 1:17 NIV
    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

  22. 1022
    Melissa Brown says:

    Houston, TX-
    Habakkuk 2:3 (NIV) For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.
    Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.

  23. 1023
    Becky says:

    Becky Houston,Tx. Psalm 119:37 (new living) Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.

  24. 1024
    Julie says:

    Julie from Sheffield, UK “Let us not grow weary from doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” Galatians 6:9 NKJV

  25. 1025
    Lara Keene says:

    “For since the beginning of the world
    Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear,
    Nor has the eye seen any God besides You,
    Who acts for the one who waits for Him.” Isaiah 64:4 nkjv

  26. 1026
    Carrie Miles says:

    “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is
    temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” 2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV

  27. 1027
    Katie 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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

    Jeremiah 29:11-12

  28. 1028
    Sheila says:

    For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession. Deut 14:2 – NLT

  29. 1029

    Hi Siesta, I’m new to the blog.

    James 1:2-4
    Consider it all joy, my brethern, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

  30. 1030
    Cheryl Dillistone says:

    Cheryl from Hattiesburg, MS Deut 1:31 and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place. NKJ

  31. 1031
    Carrie from Milwaukee says:

    New (and late, sorry) to SSMT and feeling the need to reinvigorate my relationship with my Lord

    Deuteronomy 1:31 (Today’s New International Version, ©2005)
    31 and in the wilderness. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

  32. 1032
    Rebecca Von Gonten says:

    “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

    Philippians 4:19

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    Lynn says:

    Proverbs 3:24 NKJV
    When you lie down you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.

  34. 1034

    I keep praying that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. NIV

    Sorry so late. I am a new Siesta Sister! Thanks!

  35. 1035
    Patrice from Midland, TX says:

    “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8

  36. 1036
    Connie says:

    I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray. Psalm 17:6 NLT

  37. 1037

    Liberty Lake, WA

    Psalms 27:12 NIV

    Wait for the Lord; Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

  38. 1038
    Sarah, Frankfort says:

    I am new this year and will be on time from here on out.

    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

  39. 1039
    Meredith says:

    from South Carolina –
    “Everything is permissible”-but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible” – but not everything is constructive. 1 Corinthians 10:23.

  40. 1040
    Emily Christians from Westerville Ohio says:

    For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by His power and everything is for His glory. Romans 11:36 LB

  41. 1041
    Rebecca Drake says:

    Just came across this blog via Ann Voskamp @

    Becky, Siloam Springs, AR- For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans 15:4 (NIV ©2010)

  42. 1042
    lori says:

    A year verse, turned life verse…
    “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17

    Committed….and free 🙂

  43. 1043
    SandyT/kc says:

    I am excited about this commitment and opportunity!! I have challenged my “Sunday Girls” (SS class), my daughters, grandkids,and some friends and so there is a little sub-SSMT group here in KCMO!! We are encouraging and challenging each other, and sharing….blessings to you at LPM and all our SSMT friends too!!!…sandyT/kc

  44. 1044
    Dolly Victoria says:

    Sylmar, CA

    Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;honor him, for he is your Lord.

    Psalms 45:11

  45. 1045
    Susie, from Roland AR says:

    For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do good things he planned for us long ago.
    Ephesians 2:10 New Living Translation

  46. 1046
    Debbie from Orlando, FL says:

    Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 NIV

  47. 1047
    Kirsten says:

    From Kirsten in Roswell, GA- new to the Siestas- hope to be in time from now on 🙂 :
    “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
    to God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ:
    Grace and peace to you from God our Father. Colossians 1:1-2 NIV

  48. 1048
    Carol says:

    Carol, Birmingham, AL “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Phil.4:8 KJV

  49. 1049
    Audra Broughton from Palestine, Texas says:

    I don’t my sisters’ posts or my own from January 1 🙁 Here it is again.

    Colossians 3:5-6
    “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, immorality, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming.”

  50. 1050
    Leah Vintila from Palestine, Texas says:

    Colossians 3:5-6
    “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, immorality, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming.”

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