2017 SSMT Instructions! Join us for the biggest Scripture Memory Team under heaven!

***NOTE: If you are looking to register your verse 1, go ahead and comment with your selected Scripture on the “SSMT 2017: Verse 1!” post.***

 

Hey Everybody!

We are revving up around here for SSMT 2017! 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.  siesta_1_revised

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 2017 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:

Instructions
About your SSMT spiral!

Our Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2017 Celebration will be in January 2018. 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. More information still to come.

How you qualify to attend the 2018 Celebration

Whew! Have I exhausted you?? I’ve worn myself out. 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. 801
    Regina Coke Dallas, TX says:

    Philippians 1:9. ESV

    And it is my prayer that your love may
    abound more and more. with knowledge
    and all discernment,

  2. 802
    Corinne Lake says:

    James 3:17-18 ESV
    But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

  3. 803
    Carole Lane Palser says:

    I commit! Carole L. Palser, Franklin, TN. Romans 15:13- May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (ESV)

  4. 804
    Stephanie Abrahim says:

    Stephanie Abrahim Upland, CA
    Psalm 121: 3-4 “He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber; Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” NKJV

  5. 805
    Leah Loiseau says:

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

  6. 806
    Tonya says:

    I Commit Tonya from Troy Missouri.

    “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” Romans 8:6 NIV

  7. 807
    Marla Franklin says:

    Marla Franklin from San Ramon, California: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 NIV

  8. 808
    Maria Franklin says:

    Maria, Franklin NC
    Isaiah 58:11 The Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your soul in drought,
    And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden,And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. New Spirit Filled Life Bible

  9. 809
    Karin says:

    I’m in! Karin from Westborough, MA. For God did not give us a spirit of
    timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

  10. 810
    Thabiso says:

    I commit! Thabiso, McAllen, Tx. Psalm 25:1 NIV
    In you Lord, my God, I put my trust.

  11. 811
    Linda says:

    Linda from Canton OH. “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” Proverbs 16:24 ESV

  12. 812
    Mary Ruth says:

    I commit! Mary Ruth from Normal, IL: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:10-11 NIV

  13. 813
    Stefanie Acuff says:

    “Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come.” Proverbs 31:25. NKJ

  14. 814

    Michelle Discavage, Lubbock, TX

    Isaiah 41:10
    So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

  15. 815
    Rachel says:

    I commit! Rachel from Winter Park, FL. “But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Psalm 33:11 NIV

  16. 816
    Kristi Watkins says:

    Psalm 19:14
    May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you O Lord, my rock and redeemer.

  17. 817
    Lisa Kershaw says:

    Eph. 4:29 (NIV) “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.”

  18. 818
    Lori says:

    I commit! Lori from Reynoldsburg Ohio. When the son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne, Matthew 25:31. ESV

  19. 819
    Beth Edge says:

    Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 NIV

  20. 820
    JulieP says:

    JulieP Tierra Verde FL

    “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭25:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬