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. 1051
    Nancy, Wilmington, DE says:

    Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

    Hebrews 11:1 NIV

  2. 1052
    McKayla from Grant, AL says:

    Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
    -Psalm 23:6

  3. 1053
    McKayla from Grant, AL says:

    Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
    -Psalm 23:6 NIV

  4. 1054
    Susan from Southside, Alabama says:

    What you have learned and received, and heard and seen in me–practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9 ESV

  5. 1055
    Sarah Scott says:

    Sarah Scott, Lufkin, TX

    Matthew 22:37-39
    New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
    37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

  6. 1056
    Rachel Roy says:

    Rachel from Woodstock, GA

    God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

    Numbers 23:19 NIV

  7. 1057
    Gayle Garretson says:

    Gayle from Kansas
    Ephesians 6:10 KJV

    Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

  8. 1058
    Cynthia in Seaford says:

    This I declare about the Lord: 
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
   He is my God, and I trust him.

    Ps. 91:2 NLT

  9. 1059
    Denise from Germantown,WI says:

    ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ (Jeremiah 33:3 NIV)

  10. 1060
    Elizabeth Feigel says:

    Psalm 73:26 NIV
    My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

  11. 1061
    Sonie Suttles says:

    Colossians 3:23 NLT “Work hard and cheerfully at what ever you do,as though you are working for the Lord rather than for people”.

  12. 1062
    Ashley Garcia says:

    Ashley, foley, AL.
    NIV psalm 139:23
    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.

  13. 1063
    Skylar Robinson says:

    “Thus says the L ord who made the earth, the L ord who formed it to establish it, the L ord is His name, ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ (Jeremiah 33:2, 3 NASB)

  14. 1064
    Amber Skidmore says:

    West Virginia-
    ” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?” (James 2:4 NKJV)

  15. 1065
    Jessica says:

    “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:16

  16. 1066
    Grace Bridges says:

    There are three things that faith,hope,and love- and the greatest of these is love.
    1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT

  17. 1067
    Martha, Apex, NC says:

    Isa 43:2(NAS)

    When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.

  18. 1068
    Pam Carrollton, TX says:

    Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.
    Ephesians 3:19 MSG

  19. 1069
    Katie Breitenbach says:

    “Let all that you do be done in love.”
    1 Corinthians 16:14

  20. 1070
    Connie hairston says:

    Connie from Plano,TX. Colossians 3:23-24 says: “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” New American Standard Bible

  21. 1071
    Diane Drown says:

    Philippians 4:11
    I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.

  22. 1072
    Julie from Colorado Springs says:

    Philippians 4:9 (NIV)
    “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

  23. 1073
    Liz Osborne from Chesapeake Beach, MD says:

    “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24 NIV

  24. 1074
    Linda Nowotny says:

    Linda from Boerne, Tx

    “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”.
    Ephesians 2:10. NIV

  25. 1075
    Jeannine Iovan says:

    “Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of Gods Mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
    Romans 12:1-2a NIV

  26. 1076
    Judy Kaiser says:

    Romans 12:9-13 NIV
    Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people in need. Practice hospitality.

  27. 1077
    Lindsey says:

    Lindsey, Grapevine, Texas

    “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do:forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead…”

    Philippians 3:13

  28. 1078
    Kristi Canada says:

    Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, WITH THANKSGIVING, present your request to God. Phil.4:6 NIV

  29. 1079
    Cathy Bartel; Hudson, WI says:

    Joshua 1:9 NIV
    Have I not commanded you? Be strong anc courageous, for the Lord yur God will e with you wherever you go.

  30. 1080
    Pam says:

    1 Cor. 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind.It doesn’t envy, it doesn’t boast. It is not proud, It does not dishonor other. It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered. It keeps no records of wrongs. Love doesn’t delight in evil, but rejooices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts and always perserves.

  31. 1081
    Teresa says:

    Teresa, Platte City, MO

    “Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.”
    Philippians 4:5 NASB

  32. 1082
    Dee Ann says:

    They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
    Lamentations 3:23 NIV

  33. 1083
    Sue Nutter says:

    Sue, Standish, ME

    You were made free from the power of sin. Being right with God has power over you now.

    Romans 6:18 (NLV)

  34. 1084
    Andrea Zimmerman says:

    Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. NIV

  35. 1085
    Andrea Zimmerman says:

    Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.” NIV

  36. 1086
    Cindy says:

    Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32

  37. 1087
    Gillian Bickerstaffe says:

    Gill from Lancaster UK
    Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
    Hebrews Ch 11 v 1 (NKJV)

  38. 1088
    Stacey from Mandeville 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 direct your paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6 (NIV)

  39. 1089
    LaShay says:

    Job 42:5

    I had heard of You [only] by the hearing of the ear, but now my [spiritual] eyes see you.


  40. 1090
    Brandi Plummer says:

    2 Timothy 2:22-26 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. NIV

  41. 1091
    Anita says:

    Colossians 3:23. NLT

    Work willingly at whatever you do, as thou you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

  42. 1092
    Janae says:

    1 Thes 5:23 (The Message)

    May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together-spirit, soul, and body- and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ.

  43. 1093
    Teri, Leander TX says:

    Finally, brothers, 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.

    Philipains 4:8 NIV

  44. 1094
    Teri, Leander TX says:

    Just as a person’s body that does not have a spirit is dead, so faith that does nothing is dead.

    James 2:26 NCV

  45. 1095
    Teri, Leander TX says:

    Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exhalted in the earth!

    Psalms 46:10 NKJV

  46. 1096
    Kay says:

    Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. Rms 12:18 (TEV)

  47. 1097
    Ruth says:

    Ruth from Hamilton, Ohio

    “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

  48. 1098
    Dianne Henderson says:

    Psalm:118:1. give thanks to The Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.

  49. 1099
    Alison Gromer says:

    The Message Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go. He’s the one who will keep you on track.

  50. 1100
    Brooke says:

    Brooke, Bartlesville

    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 ESV)

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