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. 701
    Davina Owens says:

    Davina from Stoughton, MA

    Psalm 1:6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

  2. 702
    Jamie Schiller says:

    Sioux Falls SD

    ” know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” James 1:19-21 ESV

  3. 703
    Caprice Coop says:

    Caprice, Kokomo

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

  4. 704
    Charlotte Bankson says:

    Charlotte Bankson from Gadsden, Alabama.

    “I want to know Christ, yes to know the power of His resurrection and participation of His sufferings, becoming like Him unto death.” Philippians 3:10 (NIV)

  5. 705

    “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

  6. 706
    Cari Brenek says:

    Luke 9:23

    New International Version (NIV)

    23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

  7. 707
    Angie Cobb says:

    Angie from Odenville Alabama, Commit your future to the Lord! Trust in Him and He will act on your behalf.
    Psalms 37:5

  8. 708
    Sally says:

    Psalms 46:10a Be still, and know that I am God.

  9. 709
    Darcie, Summerville SC says:

    Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
    Matthew 11:29 NKV

  10. 710
    Rita says:

    Rita Bristol TN NIV 2 Peter 1:4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

  11. 711
    Cindy says:

    Verse #1: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jer. 29:11 Annotated Study Bible

    Chatham, LA

  12. 712
    Cyndi Tiede says:

    Cyndi from Fairhope AL,
    For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
    Galatians 5:13-14

  13. 713
    Diane Wadsworth says:

    Diane Wadsworth, Birmingham
    “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16, NLT

  14. 714
    Jennifer McGuire says:

    1 Timothy 4:8
    Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come. NLV

  15. 715
    Mary Beth Austin says:

    Hab 19:17-19a. Though the fig tree does no blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive fails and the fields produce no food, Though the flock be cut off from the fold and there is no cattle in the stall Yet I will exult the LORD and rejoice in the God of my Salvation. The Lord God is my strength. NAS

  16. 716
    Rachel says:

    Rachel-Appleton, WI; Psalm 51:12 NLT “Restore the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.”

  17. 717
    Susan from Shelbyville, KY says:

    Proverbs 3:6 ESV
    In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

  18. 718
    Amanda Jacinto says:

    I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be you~ Mark 11:24, NLT

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    Miriam Becker says:

    My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18. KJV

  20. 720
    Annette Radvansky says:

    Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
    Phil 4:4 NIV

  21. 721
    Alyse Tucker says:

    Alyse Tucker – Woodstock, Georgia

    NIV “…And provide for those who grieve in Zion—
    to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
    the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
    and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
    They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor” Isaiah 61:3

  22. 722
    Rachel Roy says:

    Rachel Roy from Woodstock, GA.

    ….”Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.”
    Ezekiel 37:9

  23. 723
    Kiersten Sinko, Lisa Grady and Marisa Bagnanno says:

    “We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain.”
    Hebrews 6:19

  24. 724
    Jennifer Ruttan says:

    Jennifer from Fishers, Indiana

    Submit to one another out of reverence to Christ. Ephesians 5:21 NIV

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      Tracy Whitaker says:

      “He gives power to those who are tired and worn out;He offers strength to those who are weak.” Isaiah 40:29

  25. 725
    Cathy from Fort Mill, SC says:

    I will lie down and sleep in peace,
    for you alone O Lord,
    make me dwell in safety. Psalm4:8 NIV

  26. 726
    Maria Dinverno says:

    Maria from Detroit, MI

    Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,

    1 Corinthians 6:19 (NLT)

  27. 727
    Cindy says:

    Port Neches, TX
    “Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.” 2 Timothy 2:25-26 (NLT)

  28. 728
    Kathy - Weston, MO says:

    So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 NLT

  29. 729
    Meredith Parker says:

    “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness!” Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

  30. 730
    Sanna says:

    Chicago, IL
    The Lord will fight for you and you have only to be silent.
    Exodus 14:14

  31. 731
    Rayellen English says:

    Dallas, TX
    “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
    Romans 8:6 (ESV)

  32. 732
    Linda says:

    Tallahassee, FL
    Psalms 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

  33. 733
    Erin DeWitt says:

    Erin from Detroit, MI
    “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
    Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV)

  34. 734
    Dee Ann says:

    Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
    Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for
    his compassion never fails. Lamentations 3:21-22

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    Stephanie K. says:

    Stephanie from Chesapeake, VA

    Philippians 4:19
    Amplified Bible (AMP)
    19 And my God will liberally supply ([a]fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

  36. 736
    Gretchen Allnutt says:

    Camp Lejeune, NC
    I Thessalonians 5: 16-18
    Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

  37. 737
    Amy of Huntingburg, Indiana says:

    Declare His glory to the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples. 1 Chronicles 16:24 NIV

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    Pat - El Paso, Texas says:

    Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me,bless His holy name.
    Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits;
    Who pardons all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases;
    Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion;
    Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
    Psalm 103:1-5

  39. 739
    Andrea Bradford says:

    Andrea Bradford Crowley, TX

    1 John 2:4 The one who says, ” I have come to know Him, yet does not keep his commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him.


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    Kim Kortegast says:

    With promises like this to pull us on, dear friends, let’s make a clean break with everything that defiles or distracts us, both within and without. Let’s make our entire lives fit and holy temples for the worship of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1 MSG)

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    Karen Swaine says:

    Karen– Webb City, MO
    Rise up and help us; redeem us because of your unfailing love. Psalm 44:26

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    Diane says:

    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
    John 14:27

  43. 743
    Tricia says:

    St. Louis, Missouri
    “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.”

    When you are in the darkest moments of your life God is there, take a leap of faith, dust yourself off and shine. Shine by finding ways to use the light you can find to hold onto (maybe helping someone else in a small way) to push out the dark. You will feel it grow and you will begin to find your glow, you will begin to regain your strength through God’s love and grace.

  44. 744
    Pat from Hickory, NC says:

    Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
    “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

  45. 745
    Kathy Besedich says:

    Kathy from Farmington,WV
    Jesus gave them power heal all manners of sickness and all manner of disease. Matthew10:1 KJV

  46. 746
    Linda says:

    “Let your face shine an Your servant, save me in your unfailing love.” Psalm 31:16

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    Tasha Springfield Mo, says:

    If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11 NIV

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    Julie Parrish says:

    Julie in Lynchburg
    Luke 14:11 English Standard Version
    “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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    Mary-Ohio says:

    Luke 6:37

  50. 750
    Tammy Minnick says:

    18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
    Ephesians 1:18 (NLT)
    Praying for open eyes and hearts.

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