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. 1151
    DeeAnn Coker says:

    I say to myself, The LORD is my portion; therefore I will
    wait for him. Lamentations 3:24 NIV

  2. 1152
    Elizabeth says:

    “Then you will understand what it means to fear The Lord and you will gain the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:5 NLT

  3. 1153
    Marva says:

    “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18 (NIV)

  4. 1154
    Kayla says:

    Kayla from Morgantown, WV

    May God give to you—
    from the dew of the sky
    and from the richness of the land—
    an abundance of grain and new wine.
    Genesis 27:28 HCSB

  5. 1155
    Skylar Robinson says:

    If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 NASB)

  6. 1156
    Teresa says:

    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God.”
    Philippians 4:6 NASB

  7. 1157
    Carolyn says:

    Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. 2Corinthians 4:16 NIV

  8. 1158
    Denise Infield from Germantown, WI says:

    Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23 NIV)

  9. 1159
    Sher, Mansfield says:

    I Peter 1:7
    “These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes, even though refined by fire–may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

  10. 1160
    Darlene says:

    Darlene Fox, Pittsfield, NH

    let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

    James 5:20 (NASB)

  11. 1161
    Leanne says:

    Leanne Anderson, Cloquet, MN

    My heart has heard you say, Come and talk with me,” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psalm 27:8 NLT

  12. 1162
    Stacey from Mandeville, LA says:

    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. Psalms 25: 4-5 NIV

  13. 1163
    Carrie says:

    Carrie from Highlands Ranch,CO

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

  14. 1164
    Logan Kettmann says:

    Not to hijack this thread, but, I’m looking for spanish lessons and I can’t figure out where to look… do you know anything about this event promotion company? Its based out of Delhi, only 15 minutes from my house I can’t find reviews on them — LAVO Event Staffing & Promotional Agency, C-217, Hari Nagar Road New Delhi, Delhi 110064 – 099 99 299799

  15. 1165
    Nancy, Wilmington, DE says:

    Proverbs 3:5 NLT
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.

  16. 1166
    Anita says:

    “He who is slow to anger, is better than the mighty.”. Proverbs 16:32

  17. 1167
    Julie from Colorado Springs says:

    James 1:25 (NIV)
    “But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives FREEDOM, and continues in it- not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it-they will be blessed in what they do.”

  18. 1168
    Sarah Scott says:

    Sarah Scott, Lufkin, TX
    Psalm 42:8, NIV
    By day the Lord directs his love,
    at night his song is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life.

  19. 1169
    Amy Jo Sirianni says:

    “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world,
    but that you protect them from the evil one.”
    John 18:15

  20. 1170
    Marla Blain says:

    Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1 NIV

  21. 1171
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer San Angelo,TX
    Praise to the name of God forever & ever for He alone has all wisdom and power.
    Daniel 2:20. NIV

  22. 1172
    Liz Osborne from Chesapeake Beach, MD says:

    “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:8 NIV

  23. 1173
    Lynn Masterman says:

    Lynn from Alpharetta says …

    Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV)

  24. 1174
    Tiffany from Indianapolis says:

    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

  25. 1175
    Ruth says:

    Ruth from Hamilton, Ohio

    “I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 NIV

  26. 1176
    Shannon Rashke, Cold Lake, AB says:

    Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

    1 Thess. 5:18 (NIV)

  27. 1177
    Sheila wright says:

    ” what good is it my brothers if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? ” James 2:14

  28. 1178
    Opal McDannald says:

    Opal from Odon, IN
    Psalm 86:11 “Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, that I may honor you.”

  29. 1179
    Lisa Gray says:

    I missed the Feb 15 verse, so I am doing two for March 1.

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentlness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

    Galatians 5: 22-23 NIV

    Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

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    Muriel says:

    Muriel, Ontario Ephesians 1:19 (NLT)
    I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him.

  31. 1181
    Elizabeth Feigel says:

    Hebrews 4:16 NIrV

    So let us boldly approach the throne of grace. Then we will receive mercy. We will find grace to help us when we need it.

  32. 1182
    Diane K. Walter says:

    Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you do not fear I will help you

  33. 1183
    Kay says:

    If you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.
    Matthew 10:40 (NLT)

  34. 1184
    karen buchanan says:

    KJV II Corinthians 10:5 “Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

  35. 1185
    Dianne Henderson says:

    Joshua 1: 8-9.

    It’s book of the law shall not depart from your moth, but shall meditate on it day and. Night, so that you be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for the you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

    9: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

    The New American Standard

  36. 1186
    Cindy says:

    Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work with us. Ephenians 3:20

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    Sally Uhl says:

    Habakkuk 3:18
    yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

  38. 1188
    Jessica says:

    “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” John 15:16 ESV

  39. 1189
    Connie Hairston says:

    Connie from Plano, TX Ephesians 4:29 says “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”

  40. 1190
    Amber D. Skidmore W.V. says:

    Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. (Galatians 6:6 NKJV)

  41. 1191
    Judylynn Pencek says:

    Judy Pencek, Foster City, CA
    “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.”
    Luke 10:41-42

  42. 1192
    Laurie Jacobsen says:

    “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

  43. 1193
    Sandee Jasnoski says:

    Sandee Jasnoski, Wichita, KS
    Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him! Isaiah 30:18 NIV

  44. 1194
    Sandee Jasnoski says:

    Sandee Jasnoski, Wichita, KS
    Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

  45. 1195
    Leisa Hale says:

    Leisa from Sheridan, In
    Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith.Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.
    1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NLT

  46. 1196
    Janae Barriuso says:

    1Corinthians 16:14 NIV
    Do everything in love.

  47. 1197
    Rachel howard says:

    Ruston, la
    “Because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires”
    James 1:20 NLT

  48. 1198
    Pam Carrollton, TX says:

    Matthew 11:28 NIV
    Come to me, all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.

  49. 1199
    Patti Cocchi says:

    Patti… San Rafael, Calif.

    PS 119:58 NIV

    ” I have sought Your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according
    to Your promise.”

  50. 1200
    Shana from Weston, MO says:

    “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

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