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:


1. Beginning January 1st 2017 – and the 1st and 15th of every month of 2017.  At 9am, you will find a blog post (also on Facebook ) asking for your memory verse. A suggested verse will be included just in case you need a little help.

Note:  Please give us 24 hours to post your blog comment before you assume it got lost. We still moderate all blog comments and the amount we get on SSMT days necessitates a slower pace. Thank you for your cooperation!

2. You are to comment:

  • with the verse you’ve chosen to memorize for that two-week period
  • within twenty-four hours of the post going up
  • name, city, verse and translation

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.

3. 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.

4. Write the verse by hand in your spiral either shortly before or after making your entry. 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).

About your SSMT spiral!

2 Options for you!

1. Print your SSMT 2017 cover from home.
(I took this picture with my phone standing on the shore of Galveston Bay, mesmerized by that sky. You can find a lot prettier beaches but I’m not sure our wide-open Texas sunsets can easily be surpassed.)

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:



2. Or, Order the spiral from LPM.

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

*Clock in by first name and city at least 20 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 20 out of 24 times on a SSMT post. Make sense?

*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. (September 15, 2017)

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.




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  1. 451
    Jacquie says:

    This is for me!

  2. 452
    Connie Kempf says:

    Connie from Eugene, OR
    “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the word of life-“NKJV I John 1:1

    As I am out of service 1/1/17, I am turning my verse in today; I hope this is ok

  3. 453
    Rebecca says:

    Excited to do this.

  4. 454
    Crystal Baggett says:

    Looking forward to having more of God’s Word firmly planted in my heart!!

  5. 455

    Excited! Love memorizing scriptures and way more fun with other sisters.

  6. 456
    Lisa Black says:

    I started last year trying to memorize Scripture and it did not last. I hope to try this year with this being more if an accountability group for me. 24 in ’17!

  7. 457
    Sybil Rainey says:

    Got my spiral notebook the other day. So I am ready. This is my second try I didn’t quite get 24 verse memorized but did memorize several. I hope to I look forward to this challenge again

  8. 458
    Tammy Taylor says:

    I am excited to be a part of this team! I look forward to what God has in store for me in 2017 as I dig deeper into His Word! He does not call the equipped; He equips the called.

  9. 459
    Gotina Epps says:

    I am in!

  10. 460
    Rachel Baldwin says:

    Can’t wait

  11. 461
    Emma Baldwin says:

    Can’t wait

  12. 462
    Valarie Pemberon says:

    I’m joining in, never been very good at memorizing stuff but want to give it a try because I feel like it’s what I need to take the next step in my growth in Christ. Thanks for the support!

    • 462.1
      Cynthia Evans says:

      Hey Valarie–

      You CAN do this!!!! Think about how many song lyrics you know– Press into the TRUTH — you are capable and GOD wants you to do it 🙂

      Together on the journey!

  13. 463
    Janet says:

    Excited to try this. I

  14. 464
    Kathy Payne says:

    So excited to do this with you all!!!

  15. 465
    Cassandra Slayton says:

    I want to join!

  16. 466
    Karissa Slayton says:

    I want to join!

  17. 467
    Kameryn Slayton says:

    I want to join!

  18. 468
    Lyndi Bracamontes says:

    Excited to participate

  19. 469
    Courtney Baker says:

    I am so excited to join with you all!! ☺

  20. 470
    Kay says:

    This is my first venture into SSMT …
    Excited and Terrified …

  21. 471
    Dawn T. says:

    I am joining in. I’ve done this before with the Siesta Sisters and so thankful foe the encouragement and accountability in memorizing the truths of God’s word.

  22. 472
    Gineff McKinney says:

    So excited to be a new Siesta Sister!!

  23. 473
    Jennifer Swindell says:

    I will give you a new ❤️ heart, I will put a new spirit within you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart & I will replace it with a tender, responsive ❤️ heart. Ezekiel 36:26 NLT I am choosing this verse as I need to be reminded

  24. 474
    Marsha says:

    I need this!

  25. 475
    Paula Burger says:

    I want to try this year to memorize scripture to combat the enemy and be victorious to glorifying God in everything I do in 2017.

  26. 476
    Cathy A Scott says:

    San Bernardino Ca.
    I can’t wait to start enjoyed year before last…

  27. 477
    Paula West says:

    Love this!!

  28. 478
    Whitney says:

    I saw this on FB tonight and knew that God was speaking to me. I have not been active in a church in a while and I know that He wants me back. I am giving this to God and hope to meet some amazing dynamic women in the process who can support me and I support them.

  29. 479
    Judy Frederick says:

    Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
    NIV 2 Corinthians 4:16

  30. 480
    Cara says:

    Cara Richards Melbourne, Australia.
    “And the King granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me” Nehemiah 2v8b NKJV

  31. 481
    Sylvie Nicol Hiebert says:

    Sylvie Nicol Hiebert, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada❤

    Philippians 1:6 (ESV)

    And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

  32. 482
    Rachael Roy says:

    I need this! Can’t wait to grow in 2017 with a bunch of Siestas!

  33. 483
    Cindy says:

    I want to join.

  34. 484
    Vicky Martin says:

    I am looking forward to this!

  35. 485
    Margie Misciascio says:

    I would like to join too!

  36. 486
    Carole Wheeler says:

    I’m ready to go!

  37. 487
    Teonaka Daye says:

    So glad that I saw your Periscope this morning talking about SSMT. I am totally in and I look forward to doing this with everyone! Thank you Ms. Beth!

  38. 488
    Githa says:

    Would love to join this team!

  39. 489
    Christy Chapman says:

    My Siesta Denise is such a blessing to me and I thank her and God for bringing this opportunity to learn scripture!
    #feelingblessed #SSMT2017letsgo

  40. 490
    Cealia Fleming says:

    I am excited and am looking forward to reading the scriptures and memorising my two scriptures monthly

  41. 491
    Linda Selenski says:

    Can’t wait to get started!

  42. 492
    Deborah says:

    So excited I saw this! I love hiding God’s
    Word in my heart. And I love sharing in
    fellowship with other sisters in Christ.

  43. 493
    Sandie Powell says:

    Sandie Powell
    Albuquerque, NM
    Psalm 34:1
    “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” KJV

  44. 494
    Julie Fawcett says:

    Julie Fawcett from Round Rock, Tx
    “Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭131:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  45. 495
    Gwyn Dugdale Jackson says:

    I want to join

  46. 496
    Kathy Msnzella says:

    Kathy in Milledgeville GA will join this group

  47. 497
    Gabriela says:

    Happy New Year from the deserts of Dubai – this is my first time joining and Im feeling challenged
    And excited!

  48. 498
    Lisa Houser says:

    I’m in!

  49. 499
    Linda says:

    I would like to try this with you.

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    denise borders says:

    I want to join