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. 3601
    Cheryl Searcy says:

    Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 NIV

  2. 3602
    Casey says:

    Isaiah 54;13 “All my son’s will be taught of the Lord , and great will be my children’s peace.”

    Casey
    Michigan

  3. 3603
    Rennia Blakeney says:

    Rennia B. Bogue Chitto,MS
    I can do all things thru Christ which strengtheneth me.
    Philippians 4:13
    First learned years ago as a teenager doing bible drills.

  4. 3604
    Paula says:

    Paula from Monroe,La
    And my God shall supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (NAS)

  5. 3605
    Anita Olson says:

    Anita Olson
    Crookston, NE

    Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”

    New Living Translation

  6. 3606
    Anna Koistinen says:

    Anna, Sugar Land, TX.
    My Sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never parish, no one can snatch them out of my hand.
    John 10:27-28 NIV

  7. 3607
    Amanda Vinton, VA says:

    Psalm 66:16 ESV “Come and hear, all you who fear God and I will tell what he has done for my soul”

  8. 3608
    Kim Mikelson, Las Vegas says:

    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

  9. 3609
    Jennifer P says:

    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

    John 10:10 (NIV)

  10. 3610
    Hope says:

    Hope from Lakewood, WA
    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.”

  11. 3611
    Laura Harris says:

    Montgomery, AL

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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. Phillipians 4:6-7. NIV

  12. 3612
    Bailey Mustain says:

    Bailey Mustain
    Benton, Ar
    James 1:3-4 NIV
    3 “because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

  13. 3613
    Ann Chastang says:

    Ann Chastang Temple, Texas: “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Cor 5:20 NASB

  14. 3614
    Julie Richardson says:

    Julie Richardson from Grand Rapids, MI:

    “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.”

    Ephesians 3:20 NIV

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    Terra Carney says:

    Rock Hill, SC. Jer. 29:11 NKJV- For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

  16. 3616
    Barb says:

    Barb, springboro, oh, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19, NIV

  17. 3617
    Megan says:

    Megan, Illinois
    Romans 12:2
    “Don’t copy the behavior & customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good & pleasing & perfect.” NLT

    I want to always portray the importance of this to my daughters & live by it daily! What better way to start a new year.

  18. 3618
    Debbie says:

    Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. KJV

  19. 3619
    Susan Brixey says:

    For you are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth. Psalm 71:5 NKJV

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    Cathy Jones, Amarillo, TX says:

    I am excited to start learning His word. I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray. Psalm 17:6, NLT

  21. 3621
    Mary 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.

    NIV

  22. 3622
    Jolene Kirchner says:

    Jolene Kirchner
    Mendota Heights, MN

    Isaiah 61:1 (NIV) “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners”

  23. 3623
    Heather says:

    Colossians 3:1 NIV

    Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

  24. 3624
    Kenda says:

    Proverbs3:5-6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.

  25. 3625
    Lisa Cruse says:

    And being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. PHILLIPIANS 6:1 NIV

    Knowing that I may not be where I want to be but He is still doing a work in my life!

  26. 3626
    Dottie Harris says:

    Stedman, NC

    “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in The Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Habakkuk 3:17-18. NIV

  27. 3627
    Amanda Porter says:

    Amanda Porter – Statesville, NC

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

  28. 3628
    Ann says:

    Iowa
    Proverbs 2:8
    for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. NIV

  29. 3629
    Brenda B, Ironton, Ohio says:

    2 Chronicles 7:14
    If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; them will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (KJV)

  30. 3630
    Jennifer Hernandez says:

    Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)
    “When you go through deep waters and great trouble,I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not droqn. When you walk through the fires of oppression,you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

  31. 3631
    Amy says:

    Show me your ways, Lord,
    Teach me your paths.

  32. 3632
    Christy says:

    If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7 NIV

  33. 3633
    Laura Johnson says:

    Laura , Keller, texas
    Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
    “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”.

  34. 3634
    Julie says:

    Julie
    Gal 4:15 NLT
    “But if you are always biting and devouring one another one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.”

  35. 3635
    Yessica Monarrez says:

    Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God Hebrews 12:2

  36. 3636
    Tracy Decker says:

    Tracy
    Reedley, CA
    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 NIV

  37. 3637
    Joanne says:

    This has touched your lips. Your guilt has been taken away and your sin forgiven.
    Isaiah 6:7. GW

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    Kris DeGraaf says:

    his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in;indeed I cannot.
    Jeremiah 20:9b. NIv

  39. 3639
    Susan says:

    Susan from Huntsville, TX: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

  40. 3640
    Debbie says:

    Jacksonville, FL Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men if is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. KJV

  41. 3641
    Courtney Bouillon says:

    Courtney Bouillon from Benton, La says:
    “Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭30‬:‭7-9‬ NIV)

  42. 3642
    Laurie Munden says:

    Matthew 6:33New International Version (NIV)

    33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

  43. 3643
    Mallory says:

    Mallory, Woodbridge, Virginia

    2 Corinthians 1:11 CEV
    Please help us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks for the blessings we receive in answer to all these prayers

  44. 3644
    Stephanie says:

    Jeremiah 29:
    11 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.

  45. 3645
    Brenda Bolan says:

    For in that he himself has suffered, being tempted, he is able to aid those who are tempted.
    Hebrews 3:18 NKJV.

  46. 3646
    Kathy from Metamora Mi says:

    Romans 8:31 Amplified translation
    What then shall we say to all this? If God is for us, who can be against us? Who can be ou foe if God is on our side.

  47. 3647
    Debbie Emberson says:

    May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141: 2-3

  48. 3648
    Katy Ehemann says:

    Isaiah 52:10 NASB

    The Lord has bared His holy arm
    In the sight of all the nations,
    That all the ends of the earth may see
    The salvation of our God.

  49. 3649
    Marsha Truett says:

    Marsha, Jupiter Florida
    This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thy shalt have good success.
    Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua1:8-9 KJV

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    Jill Denise says:

    Garland, Texas

    This God- his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
    2 Samuel 22:31 ESV

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