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. 351
    Kim says:

    Count me in. I need this 🙂
    Kim
    St. Charles, IL

  2. 352
    Donna says:

    This will be my first participating.

  3. 353
    Beth Lewis says:

    Can’t wait! So enjoyed doing this in 2013! Woohoo!!

  4. 354
    Emily says:

    So exciting! Looking forward to doing this. I am really in need of growth in my spiritual life.

  5. 355
    Deborah Mott says:

    This opportunity is such a motivator and is in an accountable loving community. Thank you for offering this! I am praying about working with Youth for Christ teens to do this. If they finish faithfully completing the SSMT year, I would love to bring them to Texas. by a road trip, from Florida for the Jan 2016 celebration! Wouldn’t that be grand to see teens learning God’s Word and prayerfully being transformed by GOD’s WORD implanted in their hearts…Psalm 119 us LORD! I have only one youth so far interested but have only asked one. SO that is a good start. God does not despise small beginnings. Excited over 2015 and all GOD will do! Is there an age restriction in this? Please lmk. Thanks. Thank you LPM and Beth. Happy Holy 2015. A prayer for you and yours….3 John 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

    3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. ( SO perfect for LPM and a verse for SSMT and “YFC team”)

    4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. (All those you minister to are “your disciples”/children in a sense. I pray many will show you they are walking in the truth. I pray this for my birth children and those I have mentored and all believers younger really!) Thanks again. HAPPY, HOLY SPIRIT HARVEST-full 2015. Thriving IN THE LORD…

    • 355.1
      Sherry McClure says:

      Dear Deborah,
      We are so blessed that you will join us! There is not an age restriction! I am praying for may of your teens to join in with you!
      Love,
      Sherry

  6. 356
    julie says:

    I am in. “I can do all things through Him who Strengthens me”. Phil 4:14

  7. 357
    Melodie says:

    I’m in! Nervous about the commitment, but excited to stick with it!

  8. 358
    Cassie Roth says:

    My spiral is made, my heart is open, my mind is ready! Let’s do this!! Lord guide me to the verses I need and help me with my memorization!!

  9. 359
    Kari Schmier says:

    I’m committing to the team this year! I am looking forward to memorizing and being part of the SSMT group:) From Jackson, Ca

  10. 360
    Lori Raymie says:

    Third time at the SSMT! Greetings from Knoxville, IA!

  11. 361
    Jean Everett says:

    So excited to be involved with SSMT 2015. I participated in 2013 for the first time, and it was life changing!

  12. 362
    Kimberly Mason says:

    Hey Beth!

    Looking forward to it! I think my 12 year old daughter is going to memorize scripture with us. Do you know yet if there will be a age restriction for those attending the SSMT Celebration? Just curious!

    Thanks and God bless!
    Kimberly

  13. 363
    Jenny says:

    So excited to begin this journey in the new year!

  14. 364
    Traci Highfill says:

    I’m so excited to be a part of this year’s SSMT! I look forward to seeing how God will be glorified!:)

  15. 365
    Angela says:

    Looking forward to my first year participating!!

  16. 366
    Donna says:

    So grateful to my sweet daughter-in-law for telling me about SSMT. Excited to see how God works in us this year!

  17. 367
    Haven says:

    I am in! So excited!

  18. 368
    Angela says:

    This is my first time and I am excited to get started!!

  19. 369
    Jennifer says:

    I would like to join please. Do I need to subscribe to the blog, or is this comment enough to register to receive the posts? Thank you!

  20. 370
    Joni says:

    Excited to be a part of this!

  21. 371
    Becky Simpson says:

    Excited and nervous..my daughter does a great job with reciting Bible verses for school…now it is my turn to walk the talk….so glad I saw this pits and prayerfully happy to join!

  22. 372
    Karen says:

    I AM IN! And bringing a few of my Bible study sisters with me. 🙂 Philippians 4:13…ALL things, including memorization which I’m terrible at. Can’t wait to see what’s in store!

  23. 373
    Stacy says:

    I’m in. 1st time. Looking forward to it.

  24. 374
    Bonnie says:

    I want in! I’m going to make my spiral today!

  25. 375
    Lesa says:

    I am so excited to be a part of Siesta Scripture Memory Team! My friends, Vicki and Jane, blazed this trail last year! Thank you for your inspiration!

  26. 376
    vickie says:

    Vickie from Gloucester ma..so excited for accountability the Lord has been putting on my heart need to memorize…what a fun way to be part of a Community doing it together glad I stumbled upon this blog.

  27. 377
    Heather Lopez says:

    Im in! Going to get my spiral ready today! So excited!

  28. 378

    I participated in the very first SSMT and have not since. I am looking forward to joining in this next year during 2015. As a cops wife 2014 has been such a difficult year full of hurt, hate and fear. My goal in 2015 is to keep my focus on Jesus and not give the enemy any room to move.

  29. 379
    donna robbins says:

    Looking forward to this challenge.

  30. 380

    I’m in 100% Maybe there are some ladies from South Africa taking part in order for us to have our own mini celebration in Jan 2016?

  31. 381
    Beverly says:

    We are in

  32. 382
    Michele Duffy says:

    I am in! Looking forward to growing closer to the Lord through His words in 2015!

  33. 383
  34. 384
    Brandi Conrad says:

    I am very excited to be part of this team! Memorizing God’s Word is an amazing blessing!!

  35. 385
    Hannah says:

    Yes I am in!!! So excited:)

  36. 386
    Megan Passarella says:

    Let’s do this thing!

  37. 387
    Kathleen Crocker says:

    How do we register/sign-up for SSMT 2015?? Or do we need to? So excited for this opportunity (of course, you can tell I’m a “newbie”… I wanna be sure I’m on board!!! :o)

    • 387.1
      Sherry McClure says:

      Dear Kathleen,
      We are so glad you are going to join us! You will just comment on the 1st and 15th of each month with your name, location and verse! Blessings to you!
      Love,
      sherry

  38. 388
    Joy Jones says:

    This will be my first year. I have my instructions and I’m looking forward to this journey with you all!

  39. 389
    Georgia Smith says:

    Count me in!

  40. 390
    Rhonda says:

    I’m in!

  41. 391
    Brenda Lenz says:

    I am really looking forward to this! Never heard of it before and it sounds like an awesome way to get some scripture memorized.

  42. 392
    Melonie says:

    I am so excited it is a Siesta year! God has good things in store as we hide His word in our hearts!

  43. 393
    Lori says:

    I’m in! So excited! 1st timer 🙂

  44. 394
    cjohnson1290 says:

    I’m looking forward to this!

  45. 395
    Jessica says:

    I would like to participate, this is just what I need!

  46. 396
    Rebekah says:

    My nature is so hesitant to commit to this but my heart has been longing for a way to motivate me to stay in the word consistently. Im going to get a spiral today!
    Thanks Beth for loving ladies and spurring us on to Gods Word!

  47. 397

    Hi . . . I’m in. 2015 will be my first time to the SSMT – looking forward to it.

  48. 398
    Melissa says:

    I’m in for 2015 and cannot wait to what the Lord has in store for me!!!

  49. 399
    Savanna Brown says:

    I am so excited to begin this journey!

  50. 400
    Kimberly Kleimann says:

    I’m excited and can’t wait. I’m new to this and love the challenge as memorizing is hard for me but look forward to what the Lord will teach me. Have my spiral but I cut the front page a little too short. Will try again.

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