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. 1751

    Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be Joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:11-12 NIV

  2. 1752
    Barb Tanz says:

    Psm. 125:1, NIV. Those that trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion which cannot be shaken but endues forever.

  3. 1753
    Barb Tanz says:

    Ish. 30:15b. in quietness and trust is your strength.

  4. 1754
    Heidi, West Chester, OH says:

    2.Psalm 91:4
    He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
    Psalm 91:3-5 (in Context) Psalm 91 (Whole Chapter)

  5. 1755
    Kim, Martinsburg, WV says:

    Ps. 27:1 the Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid. NIV

  6. 1756
    Sharon Powell says:

    Psalma 40:8
    I delight to do your will, O my God, your law is within my heart.

  7. 1757
    Susan says:

    Susan in Round Rock, TX

    How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth!

    Psalm 119:103 (NIV)

  8. 1758
    Dee Dee McGrew says:

    Dee Dee in Rosenberg, TX

    In your heart set apart Christ as Lord, always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have, but do this with gentleness and respect.

    1Peter 3:15 (NIV)

  9. 1759

    Dear Beth~ I am a missionary in Mexico, I cannot get to a meeting in December, there is no way I could afford it. Can I be a part of this great thing via the internet? I just did the Breaking Free (the new one) because a dear friend flew to Mexico to be with me and brought the material. (She knew I needed it so badly after some tragedies hit our family and I was in despair~what a sister eh?) It was wonderful~ so needed things to get under my feet. I just found your site and honestly as a missionary~ we need more safe places like this where we can get refreshed and healed. It is so easy for us as missionaries to really get hit hard and just give up… I know, I did. Thank you for the fresh perspectives, Thank you for your obedience to God and sharing the Word with us, to help us on the path. He is sooo good. I am blessed… but I just want to DO this as well. Please??? Grateful, Stasia

  10. 1760
    Darlene Webb says:

    I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Is 61:10

  11. 1761
    Keli Grubisa says:

    Keli from Yukon, Oklahoma
    “Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord will stand.” Proverbs 19:21 NASV

  12. 1762
    Elaine M says:

    Finally brothers,wahtever is true,whatever is noble,whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Eph.4:8

  13. 1763
    Pam, Elgin, TX says:

    “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalms 139:23-24 NLT

  14. 1764
    Lisa, says:

    Lisa, Mauldin, SC “The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him. Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” Luke 22:61 (NIV)

  15. 1765
    Lynette Crocker says:

    Psalm 66:20 (NIV) Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!

  16. 1766
    Terri says:

    Amp She girds herself with strength(spiritual,mental,and physical fitness to her God given task) and makes her arms strong and firm. Proverbs 31:17

  17. 1767
    Teresa Berry says:

    Teresa Granite Falls, NC
    And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. Isaiah 58:11 KJV

  18. 1768
    Jill says:

    Jill, Crystal Springs, MS
    John 14:3 New International Version
    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

  19. 1769
    Debbie Webb says:

    Debbie, Crystal Springs, MS
    John 14:3 New International Version
    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

  20. 1770
    Lauren Ballard says:

    James 3:5-6,8(NIV)
    “Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell, but no man can tame the tongue. It is restless evil, full of deadly poison.

  21. 1771
    Leslie Knox - Fairhope, Alabama says:

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)NIV

  22. 1772
    Barb Meadows says:

    Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

    I Cor. 10:31 KJV

  23. 1773
    Anne from KC says:

    Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my life and my portion forever. Ps 73:25-26

  24. 1774
    Yescenia says:

    Mark 10:7-9 For this reason a man will leave his father & mother and be united to his wife, and the 2 will become one flesh so they are no longer two but one. Therefore what God has joined together , let man lot separate. NIV

  25. 1775
    Kim H.- Austin TX says:

    Let not your heart be troubled, trust in God and also in me. John 14:1 NIV

  26. 1776
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Tacoma, Wa:
    Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding: ins all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make you paths straight. – Prov 3:5-6 NIV

  27. 1777
    lorry McDonald says:

    Is 66:2 All these things my hand has made,
    and so all these things came to be,
    declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look:he who is humble and contrite in spirit
    and trembles at my word.

  28. 1778
    Angie from Queen City, Tx says:

    “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her.” Luke 1:45 NLT

  29. 1779
    Debbie Allen says:

    “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgement:a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” Deut. 32:4 KJV

  30. 1780
    Barb Tanz says:

    James 1:2, NIV, Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may mature, and complete, not lacking in anything.

    • 1780.1
      Ashley Foster says:

      From Evans, GA: “Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” Luke 1:45 NAS

  31. 1781
    Melanie Johnson says:

    My lips with shout for joy when I sing praise to You- I, whom You have redeemed. Psalm 71:23

  32. 1782
    Jen says:

    Round Rock, TX

    Proverbs 29:25, NIV
    Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
    but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.

  33. 1783
    Deb from Ohio says:

    Yet she did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in her faith and gave glory to God. Romans 4:20 NIV

  34. 1784
    Claire from Laconia, NH says:

    April 1 Ecclesiastes 7:14 (NASB)

    In the day of prosperity be happy, but in the day of adversity consider — God has made the one as well as the other.

  35. 1785
    Tanzy says:

    Tanzy Coweta, Ok
    If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
    I John 1:9 NKJV

  36. 1786
    Mandy says:

    (out of town this weekend…that’s why i’m late)

    My sheep know my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
    John 10:27 (TNIV)

  37. 1787
    Tracey Hawthorne says:

    Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8

  38. 1788
    Kathy Huskinson says:

    Kathy OKC Psalms 119:10 With all my heart I have sought You;
    Do not let me Wander from Your commandments.

  39. 1789
    Bella says:

    Bella of Rochester, Michigan

    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. PHIL 4.8 NIV

  40. 1790
    Leslie Daniel Monroe says:

    Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. Psalm 62:5 NLT

  41. 1791
    Julie Williams says:

    “Yes Lord, walking in the way of Your truth we wait eagerly for You, for Your name and renown are the desire of our souls.”
    Isaiah 26:8

  42. 1792
    Melba says:

    Melba Bailey
    Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me,and lead me in the way everlasting.

  43. 1793
    Susan says:

    Round Rock, Texas

    Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

    Psalm 51:10 (NIV)

  44. 1794
    Kerry says:

    Finally brothers and sisters,whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Philippians 4:8

  45. 1795
    Angela from Round Rock says:

    Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (New International Version, ©2011)
    6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

  46. 1796
    june says:


    Gadsden, Alabama
    Proverbs 3:5-6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight. NIV

  47. 1797
    barb Tanz says:

    James 1:2,NIV, Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.Perseverance must finish it’s work so you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything.

  48. 1798
    Cindy says:

    Galation 5:1 (NASB)
    It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

  49. 1799
    Keli Grubisa says:

    Keli from Yukon, Oklahoma

    “Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually.” 1 Chronicles 16:11 NASV

  50. 1800
    Susan from Waterford says:

    “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1 NKJ

    This verse is special for these two weeks as I sing in my church’s Passion Play. The finale song is titled “Arise”.

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