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. 3001
    Tonya says:

    Tonya, Apex, NC “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

  2. 3002
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl from Missouri City, TX: “You are the Lord my God. Help me to love You, to listen to Your voice, and to hold fast to You. For You, Lord, are my life.” Duet 30:20

  3. 3003
    Heidi Fyten says:

    Elk River, Minnesota

    Answer me when I call you,
    O God who declares me innocent.
    Free me from my troubles.
    Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

    Psalm 4:1 NLT

  4. 3004
    Jennie S. says:

    Jennie S. from Scottsdale, AZ

    Finally, brothers (or Siestas), 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. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Phil. 4:8,9 ESV

  5. 3005
    Denese says:

    Denese from Shawnee Oklahoma “I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus.” 1 John 2:12 NLT

  6. 3006
    Teena says:

    “To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” ~ Ephesians 3:19 NKJV

  7. 3007
    Kay says:

    Kay Bates Chambers in Gulf Shores, AL
    “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:1-3 NIV

  8. 3008
    Shauni Ross says:

    Shauni from Wilbur, WA
    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
    Colossians 3:16a

  9. 3009
    Judy J says:

    Judy J from Colorado Springs

    Because I really struggle with negative thoughts:

    Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

    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 those things.

  10. 3010
    Melissa says:

    Melissa; from Los Lunas, New Mexico

    “She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction]. Proverbs 31:26

  11. 3011
    Gaye Owens says:

    Philippians 3:12 NLT
    I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward the day that I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be.

  12. 3012
    Polly Jones says:

    Polly Jones, Corinth, MS, Proverbs 13:20, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” NIV

  13. 3013

    Joan Robertson from La Vernia, Texas:
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
    Philippians 4:6 NIV

  14. 3014
    Crystal Hall says:

    Crystal, West Hartford, CT

    Isaiah 55:11
    So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (AMP)

  15. 3015
    Joy Couch says:

    Joy C. from Corbin, Kentucky.
    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is new creation. The old has passed away, behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

  16. 3016
    Elizabeth Kinsey says:

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

    Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT

  17. 3017
    Shelia Kistler says:

    Shelia Cheyenne, Wyoming “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (NIV, Joshua 1:9).

  18. 3018
    Dorea says:

    Romans 5:1

    “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

  19. 3019
    Sherilan from Missouri City, TX says:

    “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23 (NLT)

  20. 3020
    Tracy says:

    Tracy, Kountze, Tx.
    Praise The Lord! Oh give thanks to The Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
    Psalm 106:1 NASB

  21. 3021
    Ty Bjorklund says:

    “for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.” 1 John 3:20 ESV

  22. 3022
    Keely Pettijohn says:

    Keely Pettijohn from Hermann, MO, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT

  23. 3023
    Erica says:

    5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
    6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
    Proverbs 3:5-6

  24. 3024
    Sherilan from Missouri City, TX says:

    “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23 NLT

  25. 3025
    Cherish Cuthbertson says:

    Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. (‭Psalm‬ ‭68‬:‭19‬ NIV)

  26. 3026
    Shannon Demastus says:

    DesMoines, IA
    Jeremiah 17:7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. ”
    NIV

  27. 3027
    Mary Ann Chase says:

    Count it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various temptations; knowing that the testing of your faiih produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts Is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. James 1: 2-6 NAS

  28. 3028
    Angie Dick says:

    I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me. Psalms 13:6

    Angie D. Woodsfield, Ohio

  29. 3029
    Sylvia says:

    Sylvia San Antonio TX

    Isiah 54:17 NIV

    No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgement you shall show condemn. This is the hertiage of the servants of the lord and the rigthteous is from me says the lord.

  30. 3030
    Lisa Dodd/Oklahoma says:

    For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
    Romans 1:16

  31. 3031
    Ginny Jordano from Henderson, NV says:

    “The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays his handiwork.”
    Psalm 19:1 NET

  32. 3032
    Shirley B says:

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 KJV

  33. 3033
    Kari Clements says:

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

  34. 3034
    Jessica Baker says:

    Jessica Baker-North Augusta

    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

    Psalm 143:8

  35. 3035
    Jan Joaquin says:

    Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12)

  36. 3036
    robin myers says:

    Robin, Salem, IN 2 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. NIV

  37. 3037
    Doris Hoskins says:

    Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: KJV

  38. 3038
    Allison Wooten says:

    Allison, Wilmington, NC

    Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom He gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. Colossians 3:16, NLT

  39. 3039
    Peggy Coulter says:

    Gering, NE
    Philippians 4:6-7 NIV Do not be anxioius about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  40. 3040
    Jan says:

    Jan, Newport, Oregon John 14:1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. NIV

  41. 3041
    Cherie Snyder says:

    “Cherie, Bluffton, SC “for whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4 NKJV

  42. 3042
    Mechelle Thomas says:

    You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
    Isaiah 26:3

  43. 3043
    Debi Lee says:

    Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:3).

  44. 3044
    Amy Self says:

    Amy Self; Georgetown, GA
    Do not be anxious about anything, {including trying to memorize this}, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your request to God.
    Philippians 4:6(NIV) (7 will follow!)

  45. 3045
    samitra smith says:

    “Do not be anxious about anything. But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7 ESV

  46. 3046
    Kammi hooper says:

    phil 4: 6-7, do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

    Kammi from Jupiter, Florida

  47. 3047
    Kathy Seitz says:

    Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands you sinners and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8 NIV

  48. 3048
    Cassandra says:

    “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all of Gods armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.”

    Ephesians 6:10 (NLT)

    Preparing for a battle!

    Much Love.

  49. 3049
    Linda says:

    For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity,but of love and self-discipline. II Timothy 1:7

  50. 3050
    Sherry says:

    Sherry, from West Monroe, La.
    ESV
    Ps145:17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His works.

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