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. 1051
    Andrea Sims 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.”

  2. 1052
    Audra Broughton 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.”

  3. 1053

    Cath from Mpls

    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”

  4. 1054
    Sandra (Houston, TX) says:

    “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” Jer 33:3

  5. 1055
    Maritza says:

    San Diego, CA

    Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of God been revealed

    Isaiah 53:1

  6. 1056

    Proverbs 3:5-6 (Amplified Bible)

    5Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

    6In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

  7. 1057
    Tracy from Jackson, MS says:

    “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Eph 4:31-32 (NASB)

  8. 1058
    Diane says:

    Diane from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.
    The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zeph.3:17

  9. 1059
    Christina says:

    Christina, Boston, “Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confessions in presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12 NIV

  10. 1060
    Kristy Hunt says:

    Deuteronomy 6:5 NASB “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

  11. 1061
    Katy Whiteside says:

    Katy from Round Rock, Texas
    “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Phil 4:9 NIV

  12. 1062
    Tisha says:

    Tisha, Illinois…”Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Phillipians 2:3 NIV

  13. 1063
    Cathie says:

    Cathie from Grove City, OH.
    Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Ps. 37:4

  14. 1064
    Kathryn Champion says:

    I am just now finding out about this. Don’t know how I missed it but I am going to jump in with both feet! I will have to finish reading the “instructions” when I get home from work but I’m very excited about it.

    It will definitely be a challenge for me because I am always saying “I can’t remember scripture” but GOD says I CAN!

    I’m going to give it my best shot!

  15. 1065

    Psalm 65:11 ~ Message Bible
    Snow-crown the peaks with splendor, scatter rose petals down your path.
    Teresa : Washington State

  16. 1066
    Sue says:

    Sue of CO. “But forget all that – it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
    For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
    I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
    I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
    Isaiah 43:18-19 NLT

  17. 1067
    KAREN says:

    Karen, San Antonio, Texas – “Be still, and know I am God.” Psalm 46:10 NIV

  18. 1068
    Courtney says:

    I am wondering if we can still get a spiral. I have several that would be similar, but do we need the LPM spiral?

  19. 1069
    Kimberly Stoll says:

    kimberly from Birmingham, Michigan

    But the angel said to him, Do not be afraid Zechariah, your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. luke 1:13 NIV

  20. 1070
    Lindsay says:

    Lindsay, Asia: “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Psalm 37:7a NLT

  21. 1071
    Cindy Horner says:

    Scripture memorization is so hard for me. With the help of the Holy Spirit I am committed to do this. Thank you, Beth for your loving encouragement.

    “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ Jesus has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31,32

  22. 1072
    Becca says:

    Columbus, Ohio
    Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
    Isaiah 1:18 KJV

  23. 1073
    Emily says:

    “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Eph 4:31-32

  24. 1074
    Traci says:

    Traci, Boyd, Tx- “For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

  25. 1075
    Leigh Ann says:

    Leigh Ann from Carmichael, CA
    Matt.6:33 NASB
    “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”

  26. 1076
    Anne says:

    Anne of Iowa

    The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zeph.3:17

  27. 1077
    Karen ~ Sulphur, LA says:

    No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
    Hebrews 12:11

  28. 1078

    Set a Guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.
    Psalm 141:3

  29. 1079
    Lena says:

    Lena: Pennsylvania

    “I am the vine;you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5, NIV

  30. 1080
    Pearl Price says:

    “But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.” Galatians 5:18, NLT 2004

  31. 1081
    Dianne from Mt. Pleasant, NC says:

    With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You. Psalm 119:10-11 (NIV)

  32. 1082
    Mandy says:

    I’m a little late, but I’m joining!

    You’re blessed when you stay on course, steadily walking on the road revealed by God. You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find Him.

    Psalm 119:1-2 (The Message)

  33. 1083
    Bonnie says:

    Bonnie, Yukon, OK – Matt.25:29 NLT – “To those who use well what they are given even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who are unfaithful even what little they have will be taken away.”

  34. 1084
    Sharon says:

    Sharon, Henderson,

    But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is His footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
    Matthew 5:34,35 ESV

  35. 1085
    Donna from GA says:

    Proverbs 3:5 (Amplified Bible)

    Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

  36. 1086
    Sue Christiansen says:

    Sue – Minneapolis

    Psalm 46:10, NIV

    “Be still, and know that I am God”.

  37. 1087
    Pam Leslie says:

    Pam, White City, Alabama — Let us throw off anything that hinders, the sin that entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked for us. Hebrews 12:1

  38. 1088
    Tonya from Texas says:

    “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you Lord my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (Holman)

  39. 1089
    TCobb, Houston says:

    Count me in!

    Joyful are people of integrity,
    who follow the instructions of the LORD.
    Joyful are those who obey His laws
    and search for him with all their hearts.

    Psalm 119:1-2 NLT

  40. 1090
    Tina Cooper says:

    Tina Cooper
    “My grace is sufficient for you,for my power is made perfect in weakness” 2Cor 12:9 NIV

  41. 1091
    Kathy Huskinson says:

    Kathy from OKC–How blessed are those whose way is blameless, Who walk in the Law of the Lord. How blessed are those who observe His testimonies Who seek Him with all their heart. They also do no unrighteousness, they walk in His Ways. You have ordained Your precepts, That we sould keep them diligently. Psalm 119:1-4 NASB

  42. 1092
    Wendi says:

    “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland” Isaiah 43:18 & 19 NIV

  43. 1093
    catherine bethlehem, pa says:

    May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your site o lord, my rock and redeemer. psalm 19:14

  44. 1094
    Melanie Johnson says:

    Melanie in Georgetown, Tx says, “I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11 NIV

  45. 1095
    Katie Coggins says:

    Katie of Menasha, Wisconsin
    How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:7 ESV

  46. 1096
    Patty Saltarelli says:

    This is the written account of Adam’s family line.

    When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God

    Genesis 5:1 NIV

  47. 1097
    Jean from Birmingham, AL says:

    Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

    James 4:8

  48. 1098
    Jami says:

    Let no debt remain outstanding except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8 NIV

  49. 1099
    Kathy from Wasilla, Alaska says:

    John 7:18 NIV 2010
    “Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.”

  50. 1100
    Kelly Davis says:

    Kelly from Roby, TX: Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. 1 Thess. 4:6 (KJV)

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