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. 8951
    Kelly McCargar says:

    Walnut Creek, CA

    “In your anger, do not sin, do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV)

  2. 8952
    Donna says:

    Trust in Himat all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.

    Psalm 62:8 NKJV

  3. 8953
    Sandy Harper says:

    Sandy Harper
    Ringgold, GA

    Ephesians 6:11 (ESV)
    “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

  4. 8954
    Michelle Lux says:

    Cedar Park, TX

    Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Chronicles 16:11 NIV

  5. 8955
    Cheryl Hart says:

    Proverbs 18:21
    Death and Life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

  6. 8956
    Lisa Jones says:

    Lisa Jones, St. Louis, Mo.

    I will trust and not be afraid…

    Isaiah 12:2

  7. 8957
    Jaime says:

    Am I to late to join with yall

  8. 8958
    Denise from OK says:

    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Phil. 4:8 ESV

  9. 8959
    Sher says:

    I Thessalonians 2:7 “But we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her children.”

  10. 8960
    LaQuana Guillory-Williams says:

    Denver, CO

    Psalm 55:22 NKJV

    Cast your burden on the Lord , And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

  11. 8961
    Cathy R. Bishop says:

    Siesta Scripture Memory Verse for September 1st, 2015

    “If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My Face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2Chronicles 7:14 NIV

  12. 8962
    Joan Colby says:

    So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬ HCSB)

    Joan Colby, Richland Wa

  13. 8963
    pamela muncy says:

    Pamela Muncy from Ashland, KY ESV Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

  14. 8964
    Phoebe Holbrook says:

    Phoebe Holbrook from KY
    NKJV 139:16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
    And in Your book they all were written,
    The days fashioned for me,
    When as yet there were none of them.

  15. 8965
    Brenda Riley says:

    September 15,2015

    Psalm 103:1. KJV

    Bless the Lord, o my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.

  16. 8966
    Joan Heffner says:

    Psalm 18:18 NIV

    They confronted me in the day of my disaster but the Lord was my support.

  17. 8967
    Louise shytle says:

    Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is this tat you were called—that you might inherit a blessing.

    I Peter 3: 9

  18. 8968
    Carolyn, Forest, OH says:

    IThessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. NIV

    Revelation 2:4 yet I hold this against you; you have forsaken your first love. NIV

  19. 8969
    Leanna Reynolds says:

    Leanna Reynolds, Southlake, TX I will give you thanks with all my heart. Psalms 138:1 NASB

  20. 8970
    Debbie Hughes says:

    For just as rain and snow fall from heaven, and do not return there without saturating the earth, and making it germinate and sprout and providing seed to sew and food to eat, so my Word that comes from my mouth will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and will prosper in what I send it to do. Isiah 55:10-11 ESV

  21. 8971
    Natalie Chance says:

    “The Spirit and the Bride say “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water or life without price.” Revelation 22:17 ESV

  22. 8972
    Sally B. Davis says:

    Denison, Texas

    Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

    Matthew 24:35-36 (KJV)

  23. 8973
    Connie says:

    Connie from Woodstock, GA
    “Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NLT

  24. 8974
    Nancy says:

    “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart”. Jer. 1:5 (NIV)

  25. 8975
    Jess Bucher says:

    Jess Bucher from Valparaiso, IN
    “Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭102:25-27‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  26. 8976
    Melanie says:

    Melanie from Cape Girardeau, MO

    James 1:2-3 NIV “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

  27. 8977
    Kearse George says:

    Kearse George, Denver, CO
    “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart”. Jer. 1:5 (NIV)

  28. 8978
    Susan Kolb says:

    Susan Kolb, Slidell, LA

    The Lord your God in your midst,
    The Mighty One, will save;
    He will rejoice over you with gladness,
    He will quiet you in His love,
    He will rejoice over you with singing.

    Zephaniah 3:17

  29. 8979
    Lisa Mast says:

    Lisa Mast – Fort Wayne, Indiana
    Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
    Romans 12:12 ESV

  30. 8980
    Trisha Feitshans says:

    Trisha Feitshans, Greenville, OH

    Psalm 36:7 (NIV)

    How priceless is your unfailing love, both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

  31. 8981
    Susan Kranz says:

    From Ravendale, Calif:
    I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.
    Mark 10:15. NLT

  32. 8982
    Donna Verschoot says:

    Columbia, SC
    Proverbs 16:3 NIV. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, & he will establish your place.

  33. 8983
    Renae says:

    Hendersonville, TN
    The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble;
    and he knoweth them that trust in him.
    Nahum 1:7 KJV

  34. 8984
    Sherry says:

    Psalm 32:7
    You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

  35. 8985
    Kathy Knight says:

    Kathy Knight – Las Vegas
    Roman 12:1 NIV
    Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship

  36. 8986
    Donna Miller OR says:

    Pro 3:5-6; ESV
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    And do not lean on your own understanding,
    In all your ways acknowledge Him,
    And He will make straight your paths.

  37. 8987
    Jennie says:

    Walk in love, as Christ has loved us.

    Eph 5:2. NKJV

  38. 8988
    LINDA says:

    Ephesians 1:17-19
    I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ the glorious Father would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe according to the working of His vast strength.

  39. 8989
    Samantha Barrack says:

    Samantha from SC says, “But he was priced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (NIV) Hebrews 53:5.

  40. 8990
    Brittney Sullivan says:

    A person is not justified by works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ – Galatians 2:16 NIV

  41. 8991
    Donna says:

    Stigler, Ok

    Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, oh Lord, in the light of your countenance.

    Psalm 89:11
    NKJV

  42. 8992
    Allison Bayles says:

    Katy, tx
    Galatians 5:16, niv
    So I say, walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

  43. 8993
    Jennifer Perkins says:

    Jennifer Perkins Longview, TX “I advice you to obey only the Holy Spirit’s instructions. He will tell you where to go and what to do, and then you won’t always be doing the wrong things your evil nature wants you to do.” Galatians 5:16 Living Bible

  44. 8994
    Twyla says:

    Twyla from Cortez, CO

    Hebrews 4:12 (ASV)

    12 For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.

  45. 8995
    Emily Johnson says:

    rom.8.26.niv
    In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

    Oakdale, ca

  46. 8996
    Gina from MO says:

    “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. Romans 8:26-27 (NIV)

  47. 8997
    Jamie Vukelich says:

    Romans 8:18New International Version (NIV)

    18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

  48. 8998
    Karla Kincade says:

    Karla Kincade
    Indianapolis, IN

    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
    Colossians 3:12 NIV

  49. 8999
    Cathy R. Bishop says:

    Siesta Scripture Memory Verse for September 15, 2015

    “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35. NIV And this is JESUS speaking!!!!

  50. 9000
    Anita says:

    But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. James 4:6 KJV

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