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. 9201
    Sara Jessa says:

    Matthew 6:25 Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

  2. 9202
    Donna Stigler, Ok says:

    “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever.”

    1Chronicles 16:34
    NIV

  3. 9203
    Debbie says:

    Blessed are those whose way is blamelss, who walk in the law of the LORD! Ps 119:1 ESV

  4. 9204
    Natalie Chance says:

    Psalm 62:6 (ESV)
    He only is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

  5. 9205
    Elizabeth Stafford says:

    Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” Matthew 6:31 NKJV

  6. 9206
    Kawana Dobbins says:

    Colossians 2:11-12New King James Version (NKJV)

    11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins[a] of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

  7. 9207
    Kathy Knight says:

    Kathy Knight – Las Vegas

    Always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” Ephesians 5:20

  8. 9208
    Anita says:

    For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 KJV

  9. 9209
    LaVonne Watson says:

    Forrest City, AR

    1 Peter 3:14 (NIV)

    14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”

  10. 9210
    Jan Hair says:

    Deut. 31:6 NASB
    Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

  11. 9211
    LaQuana Guillory-Williams says:

    Denver, CO
    Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

    Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

  12. 9212
    Elizabeth says:

    “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
    James 1:19-20

  13. 9213
    Leslie Dorrough says:

    Be watchful, stand firm in the faith,act like men, be strong 1 cor 16:13 ESV
    Leslie — Longview, Texas

  14. 9214
    Gayla Dean says:

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

  15. 9215
    Michelle Lux says:

    Cedar Park, TX

    Psalms 4:8
    In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

  16. 9216
    Susan Kranz says:

    From Ravendale, CA:
    Joseph said to them “Do not be afraid,
    for am I in the place of God?
    But as for you, you meant evil against me;
    but God meant it for good”…
    Genesis 50:19, 20 NKJV

  17. 9217
    Sandy says:

    New Braunfels, Texas
    “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
    Revelation 7:10b ESV

  18. 9218
    Brittney Sullivan says:

    “So do not throw away your confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” Hebrews 10:35-36 NLT

  19. 9219
    Rachel Jones says:

    The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.

    Psalm 29:11 KJV

  20. 9220
    Sherry says:

    Colossians 4:2
    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

  21. 9221
    Shelley Scott says:

    Shelley Scott, Rio Rancho, NM
    “Do I bring the moment of birth and not give delivery?” says the LORD. “Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?” says your GOD. Isaiah 66:9 NIV

    Any promise, vision, or hope that He has given us, He will bring to fruition. There may be difficult times in the “birthing” process, but He is a God of His word. He will bring the delivery of His promises. Always. Just trust Him.

  22. 9222
    Peggy Bonine says:

    Peggy, Gardner, KS
    Whether you turn to the right or to the
    left, your ears will hear a voice behind you,
    saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
    Isaiah 30:21 NIV

  23. 9223
    Martie Carter says:

    Martie Carter, Belton, TX

    I didn’t see my verse up here. I had posted it, but maybe there was a glitch, so I will repost.

    Therefore this is what the Lord says; “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy not worthless words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to me, but you must not turn to them. I will make you a wall to this people, a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you to rescue and to save you declares the Lord. I will save you from the hand of the wicked and redeem you from the grasp of the cruel. Jeremiah 15:19-21

  24. 9224
    Mande Brightwell says:

    Mande Brightwell. Longview Tx. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 NIV

  25. 9225
    Mande Brightwell says:

    Mande Brightwell. Longview Tx. This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name. Matthew 6:9 NIV

  26. 9226
    Kristi says:

    Kristi, Anchorage, Alaska

    9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

    Philippians 4:9 NIV

  27. 9227
    Yanzhen Pan says:

    Yanzhen Pan , chapel Hill North Carolina

    13When temped , no one should say:” God is tempting me”. For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by ttheir own evil desire and enticed. James 1:13-14

  28. 9228
    Terese Kay says:

    Terese Kay
    Black Earth Wi

    Then Jesus said to them,
    The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.

    Ryrie study bible

  29. 9229
    Sandy Harper says:

    Sandy Harper
    Ringgold, GA

    I Thessalonians 5:17 (ESV)

    . . .”pray without ceasing,”. . .

  30. 9230
    Melissa Dukes says:

    Augusta, GA.

    “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  31. 9231
    Twyla says:

    Twyla from Cortez, CO

    Isaiah 54:10(RSV)

    10 For the mountains may depart
    and the hills be removed,
    but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
    and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,
    says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

  32. 9232
    Kearse George says:

    Kearse George, Denver, CO
    “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own”
    -1 Corinthians 6:19 (NIV)

  33. 9233
    Elizabeth Stafford says:

    For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. Matthew 5:32. NKJV

  34. 9234
    Janene Ford says:

    Janene Ford, Henley, Missouri
    “I don’t want your sacrifices – – I want your love; I don’t want your offerings – – I want you to know me.”
    Hosea 6:6 (TLB)

  35. 9235
    Lisa Mast says:

    Lisa Nast – Fort Wayne, IN
    In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
    John 1:4 ESV

  36. 9236
    Jamie Vukelich says:

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

  37. 9237
    Denise from OK says:

    Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4 NIV

  38. 9238
    Trisha Feitshans says:

    Trisha Feitshans from Greenville, Ohio

    John 16:33 NIV

    “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

  39. 9239
    Donalee says:

    Donalee Cushman, Houston, TX

    “So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”
    Hebrews 9:28 NIV

  40. 9240
    Debbie says:

    Debbie, Wooster, OH
    Jeremiah 31:3 “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. KJV

  41. 9241
    Michelle Lux says:

    Cedar Park, TX
    I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. – Psalm 119:11 NIV

  42. 9242
    Susan Kolb says:

    Susan Kolb
    Slidell, LA

    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God

    Philippians 4:6 NKJV

  43. 9243
    Susan Kranz says:

    From Ravendale, CA:
    We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed;
    perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned,
    struck down, but not destroyed.
    11 Corinthians 4:8,9 NIV

  44. 9244
    Jennifer Perkins says:

    Jennifer Perkins Longview, TX
    “Do not quench the Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19

  45. 9245
    Claudia Teixeira says:

    Claudia Teixeira of Sugar Land, Texas

    This is the confidence we have in God; that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:14

  46. 9246
    Patty Roddy says:

    Patty from Redmond, WA
    Ephesians 3:20 NLT
    Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
    Ephesians 3:20

  47. 9247
    phoebe Holbrook says:

    Phoebe Holbrook in Ky NASB
    Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path

  48. 9248
    Pamela Muncy says:

    Pamela Muncy from Ashland, KY
    ESV
    Ecclesiastes 3:7 a time to tear and a time to sew ; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

  49. 9249
    barb says:

    Col. 3:16-17
    “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

  50. 9250
    Brittney Sullivan says:

    “Now all glory to God, who is able through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20 NLT

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