Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2013 Instructions!

Hey Siestas!  We’re two weeks out from our big launch and, based on the number of people who got Siesta spirals -not to mention those grabbing their own – we should have one titanic team!  May God get much glory! (If you’re interested in a spiral and have yet to purchase one, click here for the details.) Numbers are nothing if they don’t translate into fruit displayed in our lives but if we truly decide to live out the words that are going to live in us, remarkable things are in store for the Kingdom of Christ among us.

Here is everything you  need to know about how to participate in the 2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team!

First, a few things up front since many people joining us have no previous interaction here:

*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. If you don’t know Him, we’d love for you to stick around and get to know us and see if anything around here draws you. Everyone is welcome. Here’s a bit of our back-story on the weird name: When we first began the blog, 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. (For you newcomers, Ephesians 6 calls the Word of God the “Sword of the Spirit.”) 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 saw stacks and stacks of Siesta Scripture Memory Spirals being stuffed into envelopes for shipping, it hit me with fresh impact. What if thousands of women really did memorize 24 Scriptures in 2013?? What are the implications of that? What kind of repercussions might that have in our personal lives and our homes? That’s worth getting riled up over. SO, 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. Just throw in a can of jalapenos and grab a tortilla chip.

*Very often you will see me refer to SSMT. Just so nobody’s confused from the start, that is an abbreviation for “Siesta Scripture Memory Team.” If you’re not participating in SSMT, please know 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 2013, 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 2013. 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: “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 ESV

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. THIS ONE IS KEY! 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 on January 17-18, 2014 which is the biggest blast ever. I’m telling you about it now so that you can have it for a little extra incentive. Our main incentive is the will and good pleasure of God, of course, but He Himself authored great celebrations in His Name so feel free to be excited at the thought. Also, I want you to have plenty of time to start saving your money for your transportation and hotel. We do not charge for the event. Your entrance fee is your well-used spiral. By the way, we hope to have Travis back again to lead us in worship and Amanda, Melissa, my whole LPM staff and volunteer team will be there  to serve you.  Here’s how you qualify throughout the year:

*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, 2013)

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. I may sound like a broken record but you have to let me say it again as we embark on this wild journey together. 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. 501
    Kathy Penner says:

    1. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God, and the Word was God. 2.He was with God in the beginning. 3. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4. In him was life, and that life was the light of men.

  2. 502
    Monica Jones says:

    Monica Jones – Highlands Ranch, Co

    “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
    Hebrews 10:24 NIV

  3. 503
    Rosanne says:

    Rosanne; Lima, Ohio “The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places. Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me. I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hadn there are pleasures forever.” Psalms 16: 5-11, NASB

  4. 504
    Kathy, Gainesville VA says:

    For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

    Colosians 1:19-29 NIV

  5. 505
    Jimmieann says:

    Count me in!

  6. 506
    Elizabeth Forrest says:

    My child, listen to me and treasure my instruction. Proverbs 2:1 NLT

  7. 507
    Jimmieann from Evans GA 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

  8. 508
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer in Canfield, OH. My 8-year-old and I are slowly memorizing Colossians 3:12-14 verse 12 reads: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 1984 NIV

  9. 509
    Selena says:

    Selena from Highlands, Texas

    Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

  10. 510
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer from Allendale, MI “You crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance.” ~Psalm 65:11 NIV

  11. 511
    Jennifer McGuire says:

    “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs withoug fear of the future.
    When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness” Proverbs 25-26 NLT

  12. 512
    Lurlene Allen says:

    You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! Psalms 139:16-17 Tyndale translation

    On the days life seem good, its easy to say this. But when tragedy strikes, we wonder; Is this the story you have intended to write for my life, or was there some terrible mistake?
    The WORD is truth so we can believe!!!

  13. 513
    joy curbow says:

    “I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me”

    Philippians 4:13
    God be with us in 2013!

  14. 514
    Alyse Tucker says:

    Alyse from Woodstock, GA

    “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
    Psalm 139:13 NIV

    • 514.1
      Lori says:

      “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

  15. 515
    Marie e says:

    Sing to Him,sing praises to Him, tell of His wonderous works! Psalm105:2

  16. 516
    Monique Bryan says:

    “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.
    Psalm 139:23-24 NIV

  17. 517
    Becky says:

    Becky from Lawrence, Ks

    Hebrews 13:6 (ESV)

    “So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

  18. 518
    Nancy, Wilmington, DE says:

    “For even the son of man came not to be served but to serve, and ransom his life for many.” Mark 10:45 ESV

  19. 519
    Angela says:

    Angela from Jupiter, FL

    Philippians 4:8
    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. NIV

  20. 520
    Linda Harrelson says:

    Linda, Longview:
    “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

  21. 521
    Dianne says:

    “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Pnillipians 4:4-7 NIV

    Cowpens, SC

  22. 522
    Tracy from Austin says:

    “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV)

  23. 523
    Jackie from Kathleen, GA says:

    Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:12 (NIV)

  24. 524
    Lisa Gray says:

    Lisa from Odon, IN “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 NIV

    • 524.1
      Opal McDannald says:

      Hi there Lisa, So glad to see you are participating in scripture memorization. Just thought I would tell you that your scripture this time is the verse that I am going to do for my second one for the month. Yeah!!! We are learning God’s word together:)

  25. 525
    Karen (Kansas City, MO) says:

    Proverbs 10:16 (KJV)
    The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.

  26. 526
    Giovanna Kerr says:

    HELP! I am new to the Siesta Scripture blog, and behind the eight ball in technology. I sent my scripture verse on January first through this comment box..It was Matthew 11:28-30, but I think i did it wrong. Where am I supposed to send my entries.

    Giovanna Kerr, Holbrook Come to me all you wo are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take your yoke upon me and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and I will give you rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

  27. 527
    Joy says:

    Not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled.
    Joshua 23:14 NIV

  28. 528
    Sarah from Jacksonville, FL says:

    “For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight.”
    Ephesians 1:4 NIV

  29. 529
    Sandra says:

    Sandee from Wichita, Kansas: “Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.” Deuteronomy 8:15 NLT

  30. 530
    Melissa says:

    Melissa from Fairfax,VA

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

  31. 531
    Jenn Martin says:

    “The fruit of that righteousness is peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. ~Isaiah 32:17

  32. 532
    Kim Kortegast says:

    Though i walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me. You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies and Your right hand will save me. (Psalms 138:7 NKJV)

  33. 533
    Cindy says:

    I just found this today after watching you streaming from Passion. I loved every second of it! This memorization is also great! My word for the year is INTENTIONAL so this is perfect; I will intentionally plant God’s word in my heart! Blessings < 🙂

  34. 534
    Shirley says:

    Shirley, Rockwall, Texas,
    “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 NKJV

  35. 535
    Julie says:

    Julie from Greenville, TX

    Galatians 5:7,8 ESV. You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls you.

  36. 536
    Kristin Williams says:

    Kristin Williams, Spokane Valley WA
    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for The Lord, not for men.
    Colossians 3:23 NIV

  37. 537
    Wynne says:


    Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
    ROmans 12:2

  38. 538
    Nancy from Whitehalll, LA says:

    Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path. Proverbs 3:56 (NKJV)

  39. 539
    Shanna says:

    Shanna, Knoxville, TN
    “Turn my eyes away from worthless things, preserve my life according to your word.” Psalm 119:37 (NIV)

  40. 540
    Katie Frisbie says:

    Katie Frisbie from Littleton, Colorado
    “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong , firm and steadfast.”
    1 Peter 5:10 NIV

  41. 541
    Lauren says:

    Lauren from Washington, IL

    Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

    Psalms 105:4

  42. 542
    Daphne says:

    4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:4. NIV

  43. 543
    Leslie Adams says:

    Leslie from Highlands Ranch, CO: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
    Romans 12:12 ESV

  44. 544
    Heather from Lemoore, CA says:

    “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift”
    2 Corinthians 9:15 NIV

  45. 545
    Iwona Schneckloth says:

    Iwona from Spokane, WA

    “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”

    Ezekiel 36:26-27

  46. 546
    Tammy Johnson says:

    “Whatever God has promised, gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus”.
    2 Corinthians 1:20

  47. 547
    Diane says:

    Diane from Houston, TX
    “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.”
    Psalm 139:1 NIV

  48. 548
    Jennifer from Washington,IN says:

    The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. Isaiah 61:1 NLT

  49. 549
    Sue says:

    “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10 NIV

  50. 550
    Lindsay says:

    so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:10 ESV

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