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. 2751
    Kacee says:

    Kacee from Aspermont, Tx
    Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 ESV

  2. 2752
    Leslie says:

    Leslie from Tulsa, OK: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind reguard one another as more important than yourself.” Phillipines 2:3.

  3. 2753
    Cheryl Saylor says:

    Cheryl Saylor from Lewisville, NC
    “Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”

  4. 2754
    Anita says:

    Anita from Jacksonville, NC – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians4:8 KJV

  5. 2755
    Lou A Pennington says:

    Lou Ann from St. Joseph, MI James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. NIV

  6. 2756
    Sonya says:

    Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15 NIV

  7. 2757
    Karen says:

    From Karen, Payson, AZ Philippians 2:6 (ESV) who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,

  8. 2758
    Bette says:

    Bette from Danville,Pa
    Colossians 3:16 (KJV)
    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

  9. 2759
    Cynthia OHara says:

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

  10. 2760
    Corrie says:

    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. – Romans 12:12

  11. 2761
    Mary Ruth says:

    Mary Ruth, Normal, Illinois: “Your word, Lord, is eternal, it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; You established the earth, and it endures.” Psalm 119:89-90

  12. 2762
    Nicole Gaudern says:

    Nicole, Riverton, Wyoming. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 TLB

  13. 2763
    Carolyn Hendricks says:

    1 Corinthians 6:19-20English Standard Version (ESV)

    19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
    20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

  14. 2764
    Susan from Huntsville, AL says:

    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. Psalm 5:11 NIV

  15. 2765
    Brandi says:

    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your Hod is with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9, NKJV

  16. 2766

    Kristy from Louisville, KY:

    “Jesus is the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12

  17. 2767
    Jenifer says:

    1PET1:2 NLT – God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

  18. 2768
    Melodie Shaffer says:

    Philippians 4:6-7 (Message Bible)
    Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

  19. 2769
    Nancy Howard says:

    Nancy Howard, Elmore City, Oklahoma. “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones”. Proverbs 17:22 NASB

  20. 2770
    Leisha Young says:

    Leisha Young, Carlsbad New Mexico
    James 1:14 ERV ” You are tempted by the evil things you want. Your own desire leads you away and traps you.”

    I Corinthians 10:13 ERV “…but when you are tempted God will also give you a way to escape that temptation”.

  21. 2771
    Carrie says:

    From Puyallup, WA. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17b-19 NIV.

  22. 2772
    Betsy Vaughan says:

    Betsy from Clayton, NC “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 ESV

  23. 2773
    Bethany says:

    Psalm 51:6 ESV
    Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

  24. 2774
    noelle 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 hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

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      Glenda says:

      Glenda from Belgrade, MT
      Phil.3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. KJV

  25. 2775
    Dana says:

    Dana Starkville, MS: Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter, we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8 NIV

  26. 2776
    Amanda says:

    “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude” 1 Corintians 12:4

  27. 2777
    Gail Stanghelle says:

    Gail from Lindstrom, MN – I Peter 1:8 – “You love him, even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.” NLT

  28. 2778
    Carrie Murphy says:

    Carrie, Williston, FL “For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things.” Psalm 107:9 ESV

  29. 2779
    Dawn says:

    Kenansville, NC- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

  30. 2780
    Meredith says:

    From Irmo, SC: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

  31. 2781
    Linda Wheatley says:

    And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and request Ephesians 6:18a You Version Holy Bible

  32. 2782
    Alice Honorato says:

    You’re ears will hear a word behind you saying. “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.
    Isaiah 30:21

  33. 2783
    Joyce Williams says:

    Joyce, Marshallville, Ohio
    Isaiah 41:10 NASB
    ‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
    Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
    Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

  34. 2784
    Joyce Williams says:

    Joyce, Marshallvillle, Ohio
    Isaiah 41:10 NASB
    ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
    Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

  35. 2785
    Marina Smit says:

    Marina Smit
    Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
    The LORD bless you and keep you;
    the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.’
    Numbers 6 : 24 – 26 NIV

  36. 2786
    Sevana Saroyan says:

    From Sevana Saroyan in Idaho

    Hebrews 4:12 NLT
    For the word of God is powerful, sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, joint and marrow. It exposes out inner most thoughts and desires.

  37. 2787
    Linda Hundley says:

    Ps.46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
    Ps.46:10a Be still and know that I am God KJV

  38. 2788
    Mary Beth says:

    Mary Beth, TN, James 1:4, NIV “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature & complete, not lacking anything.”

  39. 2789
    Jackie Kyle says:

    “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
    Matthew 6: 34. ESV God has been teaching me that He is in control and I need to trust Him continuously.

  40. 2790
    Oliviao says:

    From The Islands of Guam and Palau. I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob’s descendants,’Seek me in vain.’ I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right.
    -Isaiah 45:19 NIV

  41. 2791
    Linsey Lee says:

    Monroe, NC
    Mark 5:34 NIV
    He said to her “daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

  42. 2792

    Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

    NIV

  43. 2793
    Tammy says:

    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91 NIV

  44. 2794
    Lesli Burson says:

    Lesli Burson from Strong, AR.
    “Stop being angry. Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper- it only leads to harm.”
    Psalm 37:8. NLT.

  45. 2795
    Vicki Wright says:

    Vicki Wright, Fort Worth, Texas
    Psalm 51:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

    10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

  46. 2796
    Erna says:

    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the message of Christ. Colossians 4: 2,3 NIV

  47. 2797
    Laura amadeo says:

    Laurie from Quinton,Va
    But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure, then peace- loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17 NIV

  48. 2798
    Melissa Hernandez says:

    Melissa, Leander TX
    2 Corinthians 5:14 “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died,”

  49. 2799
    Wendy says:

    Wendy, West Monroe
    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

  50. 2800
    Pamela Bingham says:

    Pam from Southgate,MI

    Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James1:1-2 NIV

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