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. 351
    La Chiel says:

    Hard to believe that in a few hours we will be celebrating the beginning of another year and my first time logging in with the Siesta team! I can’t wait…God is so good.

  2. 352
    Sherri from Spotsylvania VA says:

    This is my first time and I can’t wait!

  3. 353
    Alisha Scott says:

    Hello! I pray all is well with you. Do we have to create a log-in to be apart of the 2013 Siesta Memorizing scriptures?

  4. 354
    Dawn says:

    What a way to start the New Year! First time doing this have one question can we use our own spiral notebook or do we have to have SSMT book?

  5. 355
    Peg Suveg says:

    My sister and I attended the last Siesta gathering. This year, we decided to invite sisters, sisters-in-laws, daughters-in-laws and friends. Oh my, if everyone who says they like the idea and follow through, we will need our own hotel!!

  6. 356
    Peggy Magers says:

    I am very excited to get started on this journey. 2 of sister’s in law’s…and i will add very dear friends, embarked on this journey and completed it successfully ending up with a trip to Houston. They are doing their best to pass this exciting adventure on to other “siesta’s” because of how blessed they were by this. So….i can’t wait to get started! i will type my verse in tomorrow!
    peg magers

  7. 357
    Peggy Magers says:

    OOPS! i’m so excited i didn’t write things correctly above….i guess i’m just excited!

  8. 358
    Debbie, Jacksonville FL says:

    Where is the celebration going to be (what city)?

  9. 359
    Cathy Carder says:

    Hi Everyone,
    I’m so excited about this practical, fun and accountable way to drive God’s word deep into my heart and mind. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Blessings!!

  10. 360
    Cindy Hall says:

    So, basically all I have to do to join in is come to this blog and paste my verse on the 1st and 15th of each month?

  11. 361
    Susie Hoffmann says:

    I hope to do better this time. I know it will make a difference in my life.

  12. 362
    Kelley says:

    This sounds amazing! I can’t wait to do it with girlfriends.

  13. 363
    Sandy Fry says:

    Excited to try this — what a wonderful idea!

  14. 364
    Renee Kelley says:

    Is this only for adult sisters or can teenage sisters in Christ do it too if they would like?


  15. 365
    debra pryor says:

    Above all else guard your heart it affects all you do. Proverbs 4:23 NLT
    Brethren, this one thing I do, forget the past those things that are behind, reach-strain forward to those things ahead and press toward the goal-mark prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ. Phillipians 3:13-14 KJV/NLT this will be my 2 January verse; blessings

  16. 366
    Saundra, From Katy says:

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

  17. 367
    Sallye says:

    Sallye San Angelo TX

    The LORD will perfect that which concerns me;
    Your mercy O God endures forever;
    Do not forsake the work of your hands.

    Psalm 138: NKJV

  18. 368
    Samantha says:

    I’m so excited to be a part of SSMT this year. I made a wonderful friend through the Bible study hosted here last year and since then we’ve completed another study and have decided to take part in this challenge! So grateful for the love that the Lord has placed into my life.

  19. 369
    Laura Hoffman says:

    Laura – Terrell, NC
    Blessed is she who has believed that what the LORD has said to her will be accomplished. Luke 1:45 (NIV)

  20. 370
    Lisha says:

    I am so looking forward to this year and memorizing scripture with my best friend!

  21. 371
    Barb Brown says:

    Looking forward to being renewed!

  22. 372
    Teresa says:

    Teresa, Austin, TX
    Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
    Colossians 4:6 NIV

  23. 373
    Teressa says:

    Philippians 4:13
    I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. KJV

  24. 374
    Julie Downs says:

    Julie, Westfield, Indiana: Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands you sinners and purify your hearts you double minded. James 4:8 NIV

  25. 375
    patti cocchi says:

    Patti San Rafael,Calif.

    And I will raise up for Myself a faithul priest, who shall fo according to what is in my heart and in my mind.
    1Sam 2:35 ESV

    • 375.1
      patti cocchi says:

      Why have I not receive an email about starting memorizing scriptures? I want to be part of this….thanks

  26. 376
    Sherry says:

    Sherry, Moore, OK .acts 27:17 cev

  27. 377
    Brenda Adams says:

    For some reason I don’t receive your emails until 24 hours after you post them. I am then 1 day late on posting my scripture. If you’ll please check on this,k as I didn’t receive my first one today, Jan. 1, 2013 so didn’t know where to post my scripture. Thanks and anxious to start my new year.

  28. 378
    Jodie Dye says:

    Jodie Dye from Perrysburg,OH:”You crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance”. Psalm 65:11 NIV I am new at this, I hope I am posting on the right page for SSMT.

  29. 379
    Kathi from Turner, ME says:

    Verse 1
    Jeremiah 32:17 KJV
    “Ah Lord God! Behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and outstretched arm and there is nothing too hard for Thee”

  30. 380
    Kristina Gallarzo says:

    Kristina Gallarzo in Glendale, Arizona

    “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.” Psalm 139:23-24 NIV

  31. 381
    Rachel says:

    Rachel from Woodstock, Georgia: But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel. “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!” Isaiah 43:1 (NAS)

  32. 382
    M'LISA says:

    M’Lisa- Mtn Home, AR

    I can do all things thru Him who gives me strength . Phil 4:13 NIV

  33. 383
    Annie says:

    “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”. Proverbs 3:5. Annie from Colorado

  34. 384
    Valerie says:

    Philippians 4:8 Finally, my 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.

    Valerie From Denver, CO

  35. 385
    Cindy Shaw says:

    Praise be to the Lord for he has heard my cry for mercy.
    Psalm 28:6

  36. 386
    Cathy Carder says:

    Colossians 2:7 (Amplified Bible)
    Have the roots of your being firmly and deeply planted in Him, fixed and founded in Him, being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, jut as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving!

  37. 387
    Laney Larsen says:

    “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, [h]he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (NASB)
    2 Corinthians 5:17
    Laney from Tulsa, OK

  38. 388
    Alice Dewson says:

    There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit.Romans8:1 KJV

  39. 389
    Jessie Irwin says:

    “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV

  40. 390
    Chris says:

    “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with mine eye.” Psalm 32:8 KJV

  41. 391
    Lindy says:

    Lindy from Auburn, AL
    1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; because he careth for you.

  42. 392
    J.J. Ehr says:

    “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 NIV

  43. 393
    Evie says:

    “Therefore, having been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2

  44. 394
    Sandy says:

    Sandy from Flatwoods, KY

    Trust in The Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and He will show you which paths tontake. Proverbs 3:5-6. NLT.

  45. 395
    Patricia says:

    I haven’t received any e-mails about posting verses or anything related to this scripture memory. I’m confused.

    It is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. Phil 2:13

  46. 396
    Laura says:

    Laura from Kendallville, Indiana

    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. Phillipians 4:6 NASB

  47. 397
    Dawn says:

    Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

  48. 398
    Shirley says:

    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
    Grant, Alabama

  49. 399
    Tracy says:

    Tracy from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania..”If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commandments I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.” Deuteronomy 28:1 , NIV 94,03

  50. 400
    Heather Fleming says:

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
    2 Corinthians 5:17

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