Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015 Instructions and Spiral Information!

HEADS UP, SCRIPTURE MEMORY PARTICIPANTS!!! IF YOU’RE ON THIS POST TO READ THE INSTRUCTIONS, YOU ARE IN EXACTLY THE RIGHT PLACE SO PROCEED WITH CONFIDENCE! ****BUT!!! IF YOU ARE REGISTERING AND MAKING YOUR FIRST 2015 ENTRY WITH VERSE 1, PLEASE GO TO THE JANUARY 1ST OFFICIAL LAUNCH POST! THAT’S WHERE VERSE 1 GOES! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR COOPERATION WITH THE DETAILS INVOLVED. SO MUCH LOVE TO YOU!

 

Hey Everybody!

We are revving up around here for SSMT 2015! The Scripture memory team we host and support every other year is the most extensive thing we do around here on the LPM blog so you can know that you are the size of an airbus on our ministry radar right now. We are elated about the year we have ahead and believe with all our hearts that God finds tremendous delight in this group of diverse women banding together to memorize His Word. Here is everything you need to know about how to participate in the 2015 Siesta Scripture Memory Team! Please be sure you make it all the way to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the information about our matching spirals.

First, a few things up front since many people joining us have no previous interaction here:

*For you new comers, an explanation of the name is in order. “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 cheer each other on, hold each other accountable, and urge one another to make it to the goal – 24 verses systematically memorized in 12 months – through a process that requires significant practice.

*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.

*Why 24 verses? In previous years, we’ve found this to be a very doable pace: 1 verse every 2 weeks. 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: we’re going to be meditating on something: unforgiveness, toxic memories, misery, lust, greed, dissatisfaction, jealousy, competition. Let’s choose Scripture instead! Christ Himself said as a man thinks, so is he. He also said His words are spirit and life. This is work worth doing, Beloved. 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.

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 2015 starting on New Year’s Day, you will find a post by 8:00 in the morning asking for your memory verse, suggesting one if you’re drawing a blank, and encouraging you in your process. In past years I’ve written all the posts myself but I thought maybe this year we needed to do something to shake it up a bit and make it extra-fun. I’ll still do all the posts on the 1st but the entries on the 15th will be written by a cross section of women from this community who’ve been asked to guest post. That means that, over the course of the year, you’ll hear from 12 of them. They’ll tell you a little bit about themselves, share the verse they’ve selected for that round, and why they chose it. We’ve also asked them to supply us with a picture so you can have a face to go with each name.

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 self-indulgent 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 (first only if you prefer), 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 Moore from Houston, Texas: “May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.” Colossians 1:11 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 others’ 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 more than welcome to share the selection offered in the post. That’s one reason it’s there. 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 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.

 

NOW, about that spiral! In years past, we’ve created them here at Living Proof and shipped them to those who ordered them. But, to our slack-jawed surprise, last time we did it, 10,000 women signed up and nearly all of them ordered spirals. My beloved (SMALL!!!) staff and hardworking volunteers filled every one of those orders over about a 10-day mad-dash and, though they never lost their smiles, it flat-out nearly killed them! We are just too small a staff to handle that many orders. HOWEVER!!! We MUST have matching spirals! So, here is the perfect solution. Watch this tutorial and you’ll see how quick and easy it will be to prepare your spiral:

 

 

There are two sizes to choose between for your spirals.  Click on the size cover you would like to print for yourself then adhere it using any of the methods we suggested. You can certainly use regular printer paper but cardstock works perfectly:

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5×3
6×4

 

OK, I think that’s more than enough to get us prepared for January 1st but I so hope you’ll go ahead and get our huge wrap-up celebration on your radar because we want you to know how to qualify and plan to be there! It is the biggest blast ever.

Our Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015 Celebration will on January 16, 2016. 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 will 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 to attend the celebration:

*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.

*If you’re planning to come to the celebration, be prepared to say any 10 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, 2015)

Whew! Have I exhausted you?? I’ve worn myself out. Sorry this is so wordy! We just want to answer as many of your questions up front as possible.

I want to say something to you before I wrap up this diatribe: this community means something to me. I love it because I love you. I think about you on an ongoing basis. So does my staff. You are a huge part of this ministry. Thank you for the privilege to serve you and to embark on another wild journey with you. May Christ find such delight here that He astonishes us with His presence, favor, and power.

So, welcome to Siestaville: women walking alongside women on our way Home, stirring up excitement toward that great day. SSMT is 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.

I love you.

Beth

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  1. 8701
    Jamie Vukelich says:

    Matthew 5:3 ►

    New International Version
    “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

  2. 8702
    Lisa Mast says:

    Lisa Mast – Fort Wayne, IN
    Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
    Hebrews 11:1. ESV

  3. 8703
    Melissa Sullivan says:

    Melissa Sullivan
    Mendenhall MS
    For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

  4. 8704
    Amanda Lee Broadhead says:

    Amanda Lee Broadhead
    Mendenhall, MS

    2 Timothy 2:13
    “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”

  5. 8705
    Tigi says:

    Tigi Montgomery Village, MD

    Ephesians 6:11 NIV
    Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s
    schemes.

  6. 8706
    Maranda G. says:

    Anna, TX

    Let me experience Your faithful love in the morning, for I trust in You. Reveal to me the way I should go, because I long for You. Psalm 142:8 HCSB

  7. 8707
    Heather Sirotek says:

    Heather Sirotek from Reno, NV:
    “I’ve never quit loving you, and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!” Jeremiah 31:3 MSG2

  8. 8708
    Kawana Dobbins says:

    Enterprise, AL

    Colossians 1:7-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

    7 as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, 8 who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

  9. 8709
    Jennifer Perkins says:

    Jennifer Perkins Longview, TX Colossians 3:14 “but above all these things put on love which is the bond of perfection.” NKJV

  10. 8710
    Sally Boyd Davis says:

    2383 Juanita Drive
    Denison, Texas 75020

    Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord, he is God; it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates, with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endureth to all generations.

    Psalm 100:1-4 (KJV)

  11. 8711
    Sharon Gorchynski says:

    Sharon Gorchynski
    Winkler, Manitoba, Canada

    until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
    Ephesians 4:13

  12. 8712
    LaQuana Guillory-Williams says:

    Denver, CO

    Psalms 37:25 NKJV

    I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.

  13. 8713
    Donna Brassfield says:

    Donna Brassfield, Claremore, OK

    Psalm 5:11
    But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. (NIV)

  14. 8714
    Trisha says:

    “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
    (Psalm 16:11, NIV)

  15. 8715
    Lynn Vander Laan says:

    Ada, MI

    1 John 4:11-12 (NIV)

    Dear Friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.

  16. 8716
    Joan Colby says:

    Joan Colby, Richland WA

    fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
    Hebrews 12:2 NASB

  17. 8717
    Debbie F says:

    Debbie from OH
    Romans 12:12 “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing diligently in prayer”. KJV

  18. 8718
    Kearse George says:

    Kearse George, Denver, CO
    “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s
    schemes.” -Ephesians 6:11 (NIV)

  19. 8719
    cheryl says:

    Psalm 73:26 NIV
    The word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any 2 edged sword/

  20. 8720
    Kim W. From St. Louis says:

    “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation…” 2 Cor 5:18 (NIV)

  21. 8721
    Jess Bucher says:

    Jess from Valparaiso, IN
    “If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
    1 John 3:20 NIV

  22. 8722
    Onda Jenks says:

    Onda Jenks, Morgantown, WV- “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.”
    2 Cor. 10:4 (ESV)

  23. 8723
    Gina says:

    “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” Psalm 37:5 (ESV)

  24. 8724
    Brittney Sullivan says:

    “Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God” 1 Chronicles 22:19 NIV

  25. 8725
    Kelli Holland says:

    Psalm 19.14 NIV
    May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

  26. 8726
    Sherry says:

    Psalm 42:5 NASB

    Why are you cast down, o my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?hope in God, for I shall yet praise Himfor the help of His countenance.

  27. 8727
    Karla Kincade says:

    Karla Kincade
    Indianapolis, IN

    “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
    James 1:17
    NIV

  28. 8728
    Pam Walling says:

    The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.
    He will take great delight in you,
    He will quiet you with His love,
    He will rejoice over you with singing.
    Zephaniah 3:17 (from “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young)

  29. 8729
    Marilyn Gillis says:

    Marilyn Gillis, Florence, AL
    2 Corinthians 5:19 NIV
    that God was reconciling the
    world to Himself in Christ,
    Not counting men’s sins
    against them. And He has
    Committed to us the message
    of reconciliation.

  30. 8730
    Marilyn Gillis says:

    Marilyn Gillis, Florence, AL
    2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV
    WE ARE THEREFORE CHRIST’S
    AMBASSADORS, AS THOUGH GOD
    WERE MAKING HIS APPEAL THROUGH
    US. WE IMPLORE YOU ON CHRIST’S
    BEHALF: BE RECONCILED TO GOD.

  31. 8731
    Donna Verschoot says:

    Donna Verschoot. Columbia, SC

    Isiah 55:8 NIV

    For my thoughts are not your thoughts; neither are your ways my ways

  32. 8732
    Sara says:

    This is my command-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

  33. 8733
    Karine Backer says:

    Memory Verse
    Romans 8:26
    Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (ESV)

  34. 8734
    Kristi says:

    Kristi, Anchorage, Alaska
    Proverbs 23:19 NIV
    19 Listen, my son, and be wise,
    and set your heart on the right path:

  35. 8735
    Kathy Knight says:

    Kathy, Las Vegas,

    Proverbs 27:17
    “As Iron sharpens Iron, so one man (sister friend) sharpens another”

  36. 8736
    Candra Brasel says:

    Candra Brasel – Huntsville, AR

    “But if you do not forgive neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” Mark 11:26 NKJV

  37. 8737
    Pat Johnson Licking Mo says:

    Proverbs 10-12 NIV. Hatred stirs up conflict but love covers all wrongs

  38. 8738
    Leeta says:

    Leeta
    Bay City, TX
    2)”Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me 5) He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! Psalm 103:2&5 (NLT)

  39. 8739
    Rachel L Jones says:

    If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5 NIV

  40. 8740
    Debbie Symbalisty says:

    Calgary, Alberta Canada

    Do not be frightened,and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you may go. Joshua 1:9 (ESV)

  41. 8741
    Yanzhen Pan says:

    Yanzhen , chapel Hill, NC

    Share with the Lord’s people who are in need, practice hospitality. Rm 12:13 NIV

  42. 8742
    Danielle says:

    Philippians 4:13 ESV

    I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

  43. 8743
    Debbie Tuggle says:

    Debbie Tuggle from Spanish Fort, AL: “Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Cor 16:14 ESV

  44. 8744
    Kim Campbell says:

    Verse for July 1: “Pray then in this way … Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10, NIV
    Verse for July 15: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16, NIV

  45. 8745
    Lisa Harlow says:

    The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name.
    Psalm 23:1-3 (NLT)

  46. 8746
    Danielle says:

    Acts 10:43 (ESV)

    To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

  47. 8747
    Sandy Harper says:

    Sandy Harper
    Ringgold, GA

    Romans 8:28 (KJV)
    “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

  48. 8748
    Wanda from Vero Beach, FL says:

    “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12 ( ESV)

  49. 8749
    Natalie Chance says:

    “From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.” – Galatians 6:17 ESV

  50. 8750
    kitty bennett says:

    Kitty from Bend, Oregon
    But the LORD has been my stronghold, And my God the rock of my refuge. Psalms‬ ‭94‬:‭22‬ NASB

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