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. 1401
    Leisa Hale says:

    Leisa from Sheridan, In says:

    1 Timothy 4:12 NLT
    Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the beleivers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

  2. 1402
    Leisa Hale says:

    Leisa from Sheridan, In says:

    Isaiah 30:15 NIV
    This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
    “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would not have any of it.”

  3. 1403
    Leisa Hale says:

    Correction to last line-

    but you would have none of it

  4. 1404
    Rita says:

    Rita, Bristol TN
    My God will supply all you needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 HCSB

  5. 1405
    Elizabeth says:

    For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will fill you with joy. Proverbs 2: 10. NLT

  6. 1406
    Kathy from Pelham Alabama says:

    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.”
    Isaiah 41:13 NIV

  7. 1407
    Kathy from Pelham Alabama says:

    For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
    Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV

  8. 1408
    Opal McDannald says:

    Opal from Odon, IN

    Psalm 146:2 “I will praise the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God even with my dying breath.”

  9. 1409
    Amber D. Skidmore says:

    Washington, WV
    Failed to post these at the correct times but here are both of my May verses:

    Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1, 2 NKJV)

  10. 1410
    Alisa Brown says:

    Blessed are those who mourn, for the will be comforted Matthew 5:4 NIV

  11. 1411
    Sandee Jasnoski says:

    Sandee Jasnoski, Wichita KS

    But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

  12. 1412
    Robin Crawford says:

    Robin Crawford, Alta Loma, CA

    James 1:2-4 (NIV) Consider it pure joy my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

  13. 1413
    Cindy says:

    If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

    Galatians 5:25

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    karen buchanan says:

    Karen Buchanan, Dover AR, KJV Isaiah 1:18 “Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

  15. 1415
    Lorraine says:

    Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
    Matthew 5:8

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    Ruth says:

    From Hamilton, Ohio

    “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

  17. 1417
    Marilyn Moore says:

    Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10 NASB

  18. 1418
    rosa deloatch says:

    Ilift up my eyes to the hils-where does my help comes from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2. NIV


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    Cindi Martin says:

    Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

  20. 1420
    Sally Ann says:

    I just stumbled upon the Siesta group and am super interested in participating…WHAT FUN and what a GREAT CHALLENGE…especially for me…the girl who always says something to the effect of “you know, the verse that says something like…” !!! Is it too late? I would still have time to memorize 12 verses! xoxoxo, Sally Ann

  21. 1421
    Marilyn Moore says:

    Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You, who walk in the light of Your presence, O Lord. Psalm 89:15

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    K.C. Brockman says:

    But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prespared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. 1Peter 3:15 NIV

  23. 1423
    K.C. Brockman says:

    But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prespared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. 1Peter 3:15 NIV

  24. 1424
    Rachel Roy says:

    Rachel from Woodstock, GA

    The Spirit of God has made me; and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

    Job 33:4 NAS

  25. 1425
    Emma says:

    9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

  26. 1426
    Connie M. says:

    I with you Beth on this one!

    O Lord, You are great, mighty, majestic, magnificent, glorious, and sovereign over all the sky and earth! You have dominion and exalt Yourself as the ruler of all.
    1 Chronicles 29:11 The NET Bible

  27. 1427
    kim morris says:

    Kim, Richmomd, TX, “Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” Dt 32:2

  28. 1428
    Kim Morris says:

    Kim, Richmond, TX, “Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” Dt 32:2 NIV

  29. 1429
    Misti says:

    Misti Lubbock,Tx
    We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9 NLT

  30. 1430
    Denise Infield Germantown,WI says:

    Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24 NIV)

  31. 1431
    Sarah Scott says:

    Sarah, Lufkin, TX
    Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. (Ephesians 4:2 NLT)

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    Marla Kemp says:

    Bolivar, MO
    And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
    Colossians 3:17

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    Natalie Bennighof says:

    From the 15th of last month (I was overseas so it was hard to post):
    In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,
    1 Peter 1:6, esv

    This month:
    so that the tested genuineness of your faith-more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire-may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
    1 Peter 1:7, esv

  34. 1434
    Carrie Johnson says:

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

  35. 1435
    Diane says:

    Diane, Houston (NIV)
    If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
    Psalm 139:9-10

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    Lorraine says:

    Lorraine, Ontario, Canada;
    My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. James 1:19

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    Sally Uhl says:

    Philippians 4:6

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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    cathy in SC says:

    and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Ephesians6:15

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    retha pierce says:

    ROMANS 12:21 NIV
    Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

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    Leisa Hale says:

    Leisa from Sheridan, In:

    2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
    For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.

    Lamentations 3:21-24 NIV
    Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 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. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.”

    2 Timothy 2:21-22 NIV
    If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

  41. 1441
    Sandee Jasnoski says:

    Sandee Jasnoski, Wichita, KS
    “Teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children.” Titus 2:3-4 (NLT)

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    Opal McDannald says:

    Opal from Odon, IN

    John 3:30 “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” NIV

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    Amber Skidmore-Washington, WV says:

    Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:11 NKJV)

  44. 1444
    Cindy says:

    This is the day that the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.

    Psalm 118:24

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    Ruth says:

    From Hamilton, Ohio

    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

    Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV)

  46. 1446
    Rebecca Walker says:

    Rebecca, Charleston, SC

    Be joyful always

    1 Thessalonians 5:16

  47. 1447
    Rebecca says:

    pray continually

    1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV

  48. 1448
    Rebecca says:

    South Carolina

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

    1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

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    Marva says:

    You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)

  50. 1450
    Meryl Mailloux says:

    Trying to catch up…sorry!

    May 1, 2013
    1 John 3:2 NIV
    “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. Be we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”

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