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. 3551
    Aubreah Horan says:

    Teach me to do your will for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. Psalms 143:10 NLT

  2. 3552
    Cindy Smith says:

    Cindy Smith, La Junta, Colorado

    “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” Mark 9:23 NLT

  3. 3553
    Dale Renee says:

    Dale Wilson ~ Fairhope, AL
    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

  4. 3554
    Steph, KS says:

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

  5. 3555
    Carol says:

    Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good rupute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.
    Philippians 4:8 NASB

  6. 3556
    Brenda Stewart says:

    Brenda Stewart, St. Paul, MN

    He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot.
    You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19 ESV

  7. 3557
    Sondra Hays says:

    Sondra Hays, Ashland, Ohio:
    But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 41:31 NIV

  8. 3558
    Mindy says:

    Jeremiah 29:11 (GNB)

    I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.

  9. 3559
    Donna Kovacs says:

    Donna Ephesians 3:20 NIV
    Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.

  10. 3560
    Lucia Byron says:

    Lucia
    Port Lions, Alaska

    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their need, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephsians 4:29 NIV)

  11. 3561
    Charlotte Rye says:

    Let us then with confidence draw close to the throne of grace,That we may receive mercy and find grace to help in a time of need.
    Hebrews 4:16 ESV

  12. 3562
    Tammi says:

    Tammi, New Carlisle, OH

    Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

    Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

  13. 3563
    Kris P says:

    Kris, Huntington, IN Psalm 37:4-5 “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.” (NIV)

  14. 3564
    Angela says:

    Angela, Thornton, IA, Ephesians 5:20 NLT – and give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  15. 3565
    Pamela Pierce says:

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
    2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

  16. 3566
    Sheila Burke says:

    If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples. And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. John 8:31,32

  17. 3567
    Angela, San Tan Valley, Az says:

    Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24 ESV

  18. 3568
    Casey Gaines says:

    Casey
    Springfield, MO

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

    Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

  19. 3569
    Kc Rose says:

    Kc Rose from Sherwood, AR

    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

  20. 3570
    Ali Shepherd says:

    Ali Shepherd
    Santa Monica, CA
    Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
    Romans 12:12

  21. 3571
    Jill says:

    Jill Phelps from Peoria, IL
    James 1:2-8 (HCSB)
    2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.
    5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways.

  22. 3572
    connie palme says:

    Who do I have in heaven but you? And there is none upon the earth that I desire besides you.

  23. 3573
    Cindy Magby says:

    Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
    Psalms 55:22 NIV

  24. 3574
    Val McLean says:

    Val McLean
    McKinney, TX

    Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

    Proverbs 16:3 NIV

  25. 3575
    Robin Carlson says:

    Robin, WA: “Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.” Romans 12:16

    New job, reconnecting with community.

  26. 3576
    Sharon says:

    Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 ESV

  27. 3577
    Sharron Skipper says:

    Sharron says…..So I sent messangers to them,saying,”I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you ?” Nehemiah 6:3

  28. 3578
    Wanda says:

    Romans 3:23-24 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. NIV

  29. 3579
    Jane Huckaby says:

    Jane Huckaby from Denver, CO. “But God shows his love for us in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us.” (ESV)

  30. 3580
    Renee Terry says:

    Renee Terry from Merced, CA: “But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them.” 2 Tim. 3:14 NKJ

  31. 3581
    Kelly says:

    Philippians 4:13 ESV
    I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.

  32. 3582
    Jessi Gonzalez says:

    Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

    Proverbs 3:5

  33. 3583
    Suzy Zumbro says:

    Suzy Zumbro. Anchorage, AK
    Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me and lead me in the way everlasting!

    Psalms 139: 23-24 (ESV)

  34. 3584
    Darlene says:

    Darlene from Illinois For you are my hope, O Lord God; You are my confidence from my youth. Psalms 71:5 NASB

  35. 3585
    Janet Tucker says:

    1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

  36. 3586
    Melanie says:

    Melanie, St. Louis, MO

    Phil. 4:8 NIV

    “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

  37. 3587
    Judi Mills says:

    He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4

  38. 3588
    Terrie says:

    Terrie From Morrilton, Arkansas
    When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 NIV

  39. 3589
    Linda Dreher says:

    would like to join

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      Sherry McClure says:

      Dear Linda,
      We would love for you to join! You will want to comment right here on the 1st and 15th of every month with your name, city, and verse that you are memorizing! Blessings to you!

  40. 3590
    Candace says:

    Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭1‬ HCSB)

  41. 3591
    Jenny says:

    Psalm 27:7-8
    Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; Be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, “seek my face.” My heart says to you, “your face Lord, do I seek.”

    This is my theme for this year.

  42. 3592
    Brittany says:

    Colossians 3:15
    Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to
    peace. And be thankful. (NIV)

  43. 3593
    Sharon says:

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

  44. 3594
    Mandy Hale says:

    Mandy Hale, Bolivar Mo
    “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist, return to me, for I have redeemed you. ”
    Isaiah 44:7
    NIV

  45. 3595
    Wanda Martin says:

    WANDA MARTIN
    Alta Loma, Ca
    John 15:1 NKJV
    15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.”

  46. 3596
    Tina Crouch says:

    Tina, Waxahachie, Texas

    Psalm 25:4 NIV
    Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.

  47. 3597
    Brandy says:

    Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭1‬ KJV)

  48. 3598
    Sherry says:

    Sherry Psalm 37: 3-5 Amplified
    Trust in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.
    Delight yourself also in the Lord and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
    Commit your way to the Lord; trust also in Him and He will bring it to pass.

  49. 3599
    Tracy says:

    Tracy
    Harlan, my
    01/01/15
    May the Lord answer you when you are in distress, may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
    Psalm 20:1. NIV

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    Liz Duhame says:

    Let us them fearlessly, confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in good time for every need. Hebrews 4:16 (AMO)

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