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. 651
    Robyn Serez says:

    Robyn, from Kitchener, Ontario: “For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.” NLT

  2. 652
    Patti cocchi says:

    Patti, from San Rafael California:

    “And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the

    ground”. I Sam 3:19 ESV

  3. 653
    Kim Little says:

    Kim from Trenton, Texas:
    Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous, not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
    1 Peter 3:8-9 NKJV

  4. 654
    Judy Maddox says:

    Judy, from Naples, Italy

    Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

  5. 655
    Donna Patterson says:

    Donna Patterson, Southside AL

    God will always give what is right to his people who cry out to him night and day, and he will not be slow to answer them. Luke 18:7, NCV

  6. 656
    Peggy Blazek says:

    This is a repost from 1/6 @ 5:53 pm.
    Peggy, Indianapolis
    Psalm 65:11 NET
    “You crown the year with your blessings, and you leave abundance in your wake”

  7. 657
    lorry hartley says:

    You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
    Psalm 32:7 NIV

  8. 658
    lorry hartley says:

    You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
    Psalm 32:7 NIV

  9. 659
    Rachel Howard says:

    Rachel Howard, Ruston, la
    Ecclesiastes 11:4 NLT
    Whoever watches the wind will not plant, whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.

  10. 660
    Kay Edwards says:

    In Christ, we who are many form one body, & each member belongs to all the others.
    Rms. 12:4 (NIV)

  11. 661
    Ali Sowles says:

    Ali from Grapevine, Texas
    Proverbs 17:22 “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

  12. 662
    Stacey thomas says:

    Stacey, McKinney, TX “Because the sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. therefore, I have set my face like a stone determined to do his will. And I know that ai will not be put to shame.” Isaiah 50:7

  13. 663
    Alysia from IL says:

    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

  14. 664
    Amy says:

    Amy from Greensboro, NC

    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 NIV

  15. 665
    Shana from Weston, MO says:

    “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived all that God has prepared for those that love Him.” 1Corinthians 2:9 NIV

  16. 666
    Deborah Chapman says:

    This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

  17. 667
    Brittany Lowry says:

    Brittany from Carrollton, TX: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” Romans 15:13 NIV

  18. 668
    Kristy Roberts says:

    Kristy, Newkirk, Oklahoma
    O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1 NASB

  19. 669
    Tammy from Eastx says:

    For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13 NKJV

  20. 670
    Teresa Gutshall says:

    Teresa, from Platte City, Missouri

    “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
    Psalm 37:4 NASB

  21. 671
    Krystal P says:

    Krystal P, Pelham,AL
    “And ye are complete in him,which is the head of all principality and power”
    Colossians 2:10 (KJV)

  22. 672
    debbie tenopir says:

    debbie from Lincoln, NE

    Romans 5:1-2. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” woo hoo! NIV

  23. 673
    Krista Chacko says:

    Chicago, IL

    For the mountains may move and the hills disappear but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken. Isaiah 54:10 NLT

  24. 674
    Leanne Anderson says:

    Leanne Anderson, Cloquet, MN

    “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

    (Proverbs 4:23 NIV)

  25. 675
    Nancy Bradshaw says:

    nancy from Melbourne, Florida
    Lamentations 1:22-23
    Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;great is your faithfulness NIV

  26. 676
    Mary Schneck says:

    And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:15 NKJV

  27. 677
    Paula from Tyler, Tx says:

    I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart. I will tell all the miracles you have done. I will be happy because of you , God, Most High, I will sing praises to your name.
    Psalm 9:1 NCV

  28. 678
    Alana says:

    Memory Verse 2:
    All beautiful you are, my darling;there is no flaw in you. Song of Solomon 4:7 TNIV

  29. 679
    Patricia says:

    “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage,
    and he shall strengthen thine heart.”
    Psalm 27:14

  30. 680
    Ashley Smith (Key) says:

    Work with enthusiasm as though working for the Lord, rather than for man. Ephesians 6:7

  31. 681
    Nina Bourque says:

    “And He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in and give us the land that He swore to give to our fathers”. Deuteronomy 6:23 ESV.

    My Bible study is doing Deuteronomy “Lessons in Love”
    Great study!

  32. 682
    Christine watts says:

    Christine Branchland west va.

    James 1:13 James the servant of God and The Lord Jesus and to the 12 tribes that are scattered abroad; Greetings
    My brethren count all your joy when ye fall in the divers tempting
    Knowing this that the trying of your faith growth patience.
    James 1:1-3 KJV studying mercy

  33. 683
    Jan Haqq says:

    NIV Proverbs 11:2

    When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

  34. 684
    Elizabeth says:

    ” Tune your ears to wisdom and concentrate on understanding.” Proverbs 2:2

  35. 685
    Denise from Germantown, WI says:

    . Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. ” (Matthew 17:20 NIV)

  36. 686
    Pamela Slifco says:

    Pamela from Shelby Township MI

    Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and teach me; for You are God my savior, and my hope is in You all day long.
    Psalm 25:4-5 NIV

  37. 687
    Kim says:

    Kim C.
    Murfreesboro TN

    Proverbs 4:23
    New Living Translation (NLT)
    23 Guard your heart above all else,
    for it determines the course of your life

  38. 688
    Cindi Martin says:

    Cindi from Amanda, Oh
    Joshua 1:9 NIV
    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

  39. 689
    karen buchanan says:

    Karen Buchanan, Dover, Arkansas. Ephesians 4:32, KJV “Be ye kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another even as God for Christ’s, sake hath forgiven you.”

  40. 690
    Linda G says:

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

  41. 691
    Courtnie Wagner says:

    Proverbs 19:8 “The one whogets wisdom loves life; the one cherishes understanding will soon prosper.”

  42. 692
    Natalie Bennighof says:

    “I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.”
    (Psalm 9:1, ESV)

  43. 693
    Stacey from Mandeville Louisiana says:

    Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
    1 John 5:14 NIV

  44. 694
    Saundra from Katy says:

    Proverbs 1:33 NLT
    But all who listen to me will live in peace,
    untroubled by fear of harm.” Jan 15

    Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
    For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.
    “They are plans for good and not for disaster,
    to give you a future and a hope. Jan 1

    this was my offering that never was published but worth trying to get it publish now!

  45. 695
    DaWanna Landry says:

    DaWanna Landry
    Orange, Texas

    Psalm 56:3 “But when I’m afraid I will put my trust in you.”

  46. 696
    Linda says:

    Carrollton, TX

    Praise the Lord,my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Psalm 103:1 NIV

  47. 697
    rosa says:

    Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Eph. 4:32 NIV


  48. 698
    Shirley says:

    A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 NIV

  49. 699
    Angela from Pflugerville says:

    Proverbs 3:6 (TNIV) – in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight

  50. 700
    Ann Pederson says:

    “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV
    Ann from Colorado

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