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. 401
    Megan says:

    Megan from Fairborn, OH: “The Lord your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.” Deuteronomy 7:22 NIV

  2. 402
    Linda, Thompsons Station, TN says:

    “Even so, consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11 (NASB)

  3. 403
    Anne from KC says:

    But one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion which will not be taken away from her. Luke 10:48 Holman

  4. 404
    Darlene says:

    Darlene, Pittsfield, New Hampshire

    And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith, and do not doubt, you shall not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it sahll happen.
    And everything you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” Matthew 21:21-22 NASB

  5. 405
    Vivian Moore says:

    Vivian Moore Greenville, SC
    Psalms 147:3 KJV

    “He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.”

  6. 406
    Kayla says:

    Kayla from Honolulu, HI
    “For I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11

  7. 407
    Brenda says:

    Brenda from Fairfield, Ca

    Remember that you were at that time speedster from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Isreal, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world
    Eph 2:12 NASB

  8. 408
    Julie says:

    “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
    Romans 12:2 NIV

  9. 409
    Megan says:

    Megan from San Diego

    “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ezekiel 36:26-27 NIV

  10. 410
    Beth - Fairhope Alabama says:

    I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7:15 NIV

  11. 411
    Mary says:

    Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in The Lord. Psalm 31:24 (NKJV)

  12. 412
    Natalie Bennighof says:

    For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
    Hebrews 4:15, ESV

  13. 413
    Cathy says:

    Cathy from Walton, IN

    “God is our ever refuge and strength, and ever present help in trouble.” Ps 46:1 (NIV)

  14. 414
    Sally says:

    Psalms 62:8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

  15. 415
    Morgan Chatham-Jackson says:

    “You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it.” Matthew 6:27 NCV
    Hayden, Alabama

  16. 416
    Robin W says:

    Robin from Springdale,Arkansas
    Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phillippians 1:6, NIV

  17. 417
    Kami P. says:

    “May God Himself, the God of Peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless until the coming of our LORD Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.”
    1 Thes. 5:23-24

  18. 418
    kim says:

    Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us

  19. 419
    Lynne from Olathe, KS says:

    Joining with friend from New Orleans…. our verse is Deuteronomy 31:8 – The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

  20. 420
    Alicia S. says:

    This is the day The Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)

  21. 421
    Faye says:

    Looking forward to joining in on this amazing venture!

  22. 422
    Beth Dunn says:

    Beth Dunn, Davenport, Iowa, English Standard Version, John 1:16 For from his fullness we have received Grace upon Grace

  23. 423
    Jessica says:

    “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” ~Isaiah 55:9 ESV

  24. 424
    Patricia says:

    For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.
    They are plans for good and not for evil, to
    give you a future and a hope.
    Jeremiah 29:11
    Living Bible

    Gives personal assurance to begin a new year!

  25. 425
    carolyn says:

    carolyn,kansas city, mo. Philippians 4:13 NIV I can do everything through him who gives me strentgh.

  26. 426
    Cynda says:

    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” Romans 15:13 NIV

    Cynda from Oklahoma City, OK

  27. 427
    Virginia says:

    Phil 2:14 nasb “Do all things without grumbling or disputing.”

  28. 428
    Angie Dallas, Texas says:

    #1 “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10 NIV

  29. 429
    Gwen says:

    Gwen from Texas

    Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your
    Hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8 NIV

  30. 430
    Julie Haschel says:

    Isiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand.

    Julie- Flower Mound, TX

  31. 431
    Joan pomerenke says:

    Joan from Sioux City, Iowa…Micah 6:8. He has told you, o man, what is good; And what does The Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? (NAS)

  32. 432
    Kathleen says:

    “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37 NIV

  33. 433
    Christine says:

    Christine from Tempe, AZ: “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” ESV

  34. 434
    Sherri says:

    11 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

  35. 435
    Riki-Leigh Harnish says:

    Riki-Leigh, Myrtle Beach SC

    “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

    Galations 2:20 NKJV

  36. 436
    Kim Morris says:

    Kim, Richmond, Tx, “Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.” Prov 20:15

  37. 437
    Cassi Castilleja says:

    Cassi, from Fort Worth, TX: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” (Psalms 19:14) NKJV

  38. 438
    Linda says:

    For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
    1 John 3:20 NIV

  39. 439
    Julie says:

    From WV:)
    Jeremiah 29:11
    “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.”

    Thank u Jesus and thank you BETH for this challenge<3

  40. 440
    Gwen says:

    “Search me, O God and know my heart;try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me and lead me in the everlasting way.”
    Psalm 139:23-24 NASB

  41. 441
    Ashley B says:

    Psalm 119:10-11 ESV
    With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

  42. 442
    Kari Michelsen - Morrison, CO says:

    “I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. ”

    Psalm 16:8-9 ESV

  43. 443
    Kimmy Shelby T.W.P MI says:

    Create in me a pure heart, God and make my spirit right again.

    Psalm 51:10 NCV

  44. 444
    Pamela, Shelby Twp MI says:

    I can do all things through Christ, because He gives me strength. Phil 4:13 NCV

  45. 445
    Allison says:

    Allison Stephens, Yukon OK

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

  46. 446
    ownerofageneralstore says:

    Allison from Albuquerque, NM

    “For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;”

    Colossians 1:9-10 (NAS)

  47. 447
    Bonnie Pinkston says:

    Bonnie from Marietta, GA

    I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Ps. 119:11 ESV

  48. 448
    Kelly says:

    Kelly from Houston, TX
    “Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8:1

  49. 449
    Brittany says:

    Do you know where the SSMT celebration will be in 2014?

  50. 450
    Tammy says:

    Philippians 4:6

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

    Out of the NIV

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