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. 2601
    Dunia says:

    May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NLT

  2. 2602
    Nina says:

    Rev. 21:1-5a Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

  3. 2603
    Pat haun says:

    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
    Roman 12:12 NIV

  4. 2604
    Denise Flamma says:

    Denise from Fullerton, Ca
    Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3 NLT

  5. 2605
    Marjorie Burdette, Rock Hill, South Carolina says:

    “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.”- Psalm 136:1

  6. 2606
    Marie says:

    Thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto you and thine house. Deut.26:11a, kjv

  7. 2607
    Carri says:

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5 ESV)

  8. 2608
    Summer says:

    With my whole heart I seek You; let me not wander from your commandments!
    Psalm 119:10 — ESV

  9. 2609
    Michelle Edwards says:

    Michelle Edwards-Winnsboro, Texas
    Psalm 139:23 (NIV)
    Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.

  10. 2610
    Tammy Gutierrez says:

    Tammy Gutierrez Forest, Virginia

    Ephesians 3:20 NASB
    Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think,
    according to the power that works within us.

  11. 2611
    Melody W says:

    “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11 NIV

  12. 2612
    Adrienne says:

    Adrienne from High Point, NC.
    Ephesians 1:7-8 (The Voice)
    “We are forgiven our sinful ways by the richness of His grace, which He has poured all over us.

  13. 2613
    Rebecca Brown says:

    However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”-but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. 1Corinthians 2:9-10 NIV

  14. 2614
    Alisa Phillips says:

    Alisa Phillips living in Doha, Qatar (Middle East)
    “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen” Ephesians 3:20-21 NASB

  15. 2615
    Merel Magill says:

    Merel Magill, El Monte, CA
    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭28‬ NIV)

  16. 2616
    Jamie Vukelich says:

    Jamie, Scottsdale AZ
    Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  17. 2617
    Danielle Pleasant says:

    Danielle-Pinewood, SC
    “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.(NKJV)
    John 15:5

    • 2617.1
      Beth says:

      Hey girlie — so proud of you for doing this! Your verse is a great reminder to remember WHO the vine is! Praying for great fruit in 2015! 😉

  18. 2618
    Melissa Hamor says:

    Melissa from Fort Worth, TX
    “We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He planned in Him for the administration of the days of fulfillment — to bring everything together in the Messiah, both things in heaven and things on earth in Him.” Ephesians 1:7-10 HCSB

  19. 2619
    Cherene Patty says:

    Cherene from Coppell, Texas “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 NIV

  20. 2620
    Ashley Adams says:

    Ashley from Abingdon, VA
    “Just think—you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that.”
    I Cor 1:7-9 Message

  21. 2621
    shirley pumphrey says:

    Shirley Pumphrey, Green,Oh.

    Do not be anxious about anything,butt in every situation, by prayer an petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (NIV)

  22. 2622
    Traci says:

    Traci Rodriguez, Tracy CA

    Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.
    Psalm 42:11 NKJV

  23. 2623
    Sherry Yost says:

    For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil to give you a future and a hope.
    Jeremiah 29:11(ESV)

  24. 2624
    Christina says:

    I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
    I will be glad and rejoice in you;
    I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

    Psalm 9: 1-2

  25. 2625
    Cindy from Brownsboro, TX says:

    Deuteronomy 31:6 KJV
    “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

  26. 2626
    Denise Brown says:

    Denise from Hillsboro, KS
    “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” I Thess. 3: 12 (NIV)

  27. 2627
    Shelley Wilson says:

    Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight.
    Proverbs 3:5-6

  28. 2628
    Abby Bailey says:

    Abby in Shelbyville, TN
    The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11 NIV

  29. 2629
    Ana says:

    Isaiah 40:12 “who has measured the waters in the hallow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?” ESV

  30. 2630
    Heather Holloway says:

    Heather Holloway, Owasso, OK. Romans 15:13 “Fill me with all joy and peace as I trust in You, so that I may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

  31. 2631
    Paige (Amarillo, TX) says:

    “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
    Psalm 27:13 NIV

  32. 2632
    Jackie says:

    Jackie, Berthoud, CO
    Philippians 4-6 New International Version
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

  33. 2633
    Carol Brandt says:

    Carol-League City, TX
    ALL things work together for good to them that love God.
    Romans 8:28 (NKJ)

  34. 2634
    Linda says:

    James 4:12 (KJV)
    “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou to judgest another?”

  35. 2635
    Heidi says:

    Heidi from Ridgecrest, Ca. “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua1:8, NIV

  36. 2636
    kathy blanco says:

    Psalms 91:1 He that dwellers in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty

  37. 2637
    Lynn Hertzberg says:

    I tell you whoever acknowledges me before men, I will acknowledge before the angels of God. But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God.
    Luke 12:8,9 NIV

  38. 2638
    Merideth P. from Jackson, MO says:

    Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the patterns 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.” NIV

  39. 2639
    Mechelle Crenshaw says:

    Beloved, if God loved us so (very much), we also ought to love one another.
    1 John 4:11

  40. 2640
    Jennifer Bauer from Loveland, CO says:

    Isaiah 49:16 See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands your walls are ever before me. (NIV)

  41. 2641
    Holly Novak says:

    Holly from Amarillo TX
    “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7 NIV

  42. 2642
    Becky -Cincinnati,OH says:

    “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.” Psalm 37:4-5 NIV

  43. 2643
    Jenny Edwards says:

    Jenny from NY: Philipians 4:6
    6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7

  44. 2644
    Klista Storts says:

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

  45. 2645
    Diana says:

    Diana Edwards, Maxwell AFB AL 2 Thes 5;24 ESV

    HE WHO CALLS YOU IS FAITHFUL; HE WILL SURELY DO IT.

    Going to the Mission field in the fall of 2015 and this is my missions verse!

  46. 2646
    Bethany Todd says:

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

  47. 2647
    polly huber says:

    The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9

  48. 2648
    Jennifer Fleming says:

    Jennifer Fleming- Heath, Tx
    “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

  49. 2649
    Beth says:

    Beth – Frisco, TX

    Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭1‬ NASB)

  50. 2650
    Norma says:

    Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

    2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB

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