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. 501
    Janice MacNealy says:

    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

  2. 502
    Judy Taylor says:

    I want to join

  3. 503
    Cealia Fleming says:

    Nottingham U.K

    Lamentations 3:22-23

    It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed,because his compassion fails not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

  4. 504
    Dianne Richardson says:

    I would like to participate and join please….and pray for God to help me in this

  5. 505
    Jeanette says:

    So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
    Ephesians 1:6-8 NLT

  6. 506
    Jessica Wittmayer says:

    Jessica Wittmayer
    Lucedale, MS
    “12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[d] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (Philippians 3:12-14 NLT)

  7. 507
    Ann Lacker says:

    Let the godly sing with joy to the Lord, for it is fitting to praise Him. Ps. 33:1, NLT

  8. 508
    Lisa Kershaw says:

    Looking forward to memorizing scripture!

  9. 509
    Diana Scott says:

    Diana Scott, Romulus, MI
    “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12 NLT

  10. 510
    August Crosby says:

    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Isaiah 43:19 NIV
    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.

  11. 511
    Marsha Truett says:

    So looking forward to joining SSMT again. I did it a couple years ago and I must say I’ve missed the encouragement and fellowship that I received when I was doing SSMT. Happy.

  12. 512
    Kristin Mitchell says:

    Kristin Mitchell from Dunmor, Ky John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

    English Standard Version (ESV)

  13. 513
    Lori Morgan says:

    Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
    Joshua 1:8‭-‬9 NIV

  14. 514
    Dawn T. says:

    Dawn from Orland Park, IL “The Lord is my strength and my shield, my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.” Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

  15. 515
    Lisa Matthews says:

    Lisa Matthews

    Scottsmoor, FL

    “The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

    Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV)

  16. 516
    Jamie Thacker says:

    Jamie Thacker
    Cumming, Ga
    Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things , things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1 NIV

  17. 517
    Joy Kellum says:

    Be filled with the knowledge of His will in all understanding so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:9b-10

  18. 518
    Gayle Failing says:

    Gayle Failing from Ludington, Mi. John 15: 1,2 I am the true vine, and my father is the gardener.He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. NIV

  19. 519
    Lynn says:

    Looking forward !

  20. 520
    Kathy Springer says:

    Kathy Springer, Baton Rouge, LA

    “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
    Romans 5:8 NLT

  21. 521
    Tamara Parker says:

    Tamara Parker Cleveland, OH: John 15:7 If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you can ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. NIV

  22. 522
    Lesley says:

    Lesley, Steamboat Springs, CO
    2 Timothy 1:14 (NIV) Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you – guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

  23. 523
    Kelly Haas says:

    “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”

    Kelly Haas, Fond Du Lac, WI, Isaiah 43:18. NIV

  24. 524
    Kim Miles says:

    Kim Miles from Pageland SC
    And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel as it seemed good to the potter to make. Jeremiah 18:4 NKJV

  25. 525
    Angie stark says:

    Angie Stark from from Pekin,Illinois :
    Let us then approach God’s throne of grace
    With confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 NIV

  26. 526
    Tracee McFarland says:

    Tracee, Morristown, TN

    Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.

    Isaiah 40:4 KJV

  27. 527
    Laura McClintock says:

    Laura, McIntosh, FL
    John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

  28. 528
    Michaele Lockard says:

    I commit! Michaele Lockard, Grand Rapids, MI: John 15:7 If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you can ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. NIV

  29. 529
    Ann Cremar says:

    Toledo Ohio

    To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. Psalm 25 : 1 NKJV

  30. 530
    Cori says:

    I commit! Cori from Lock Haven PA. What then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 NIV

  31. 531
    Rhonda says:

    Rhonda Edmunds from Milton, WV
    ” I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” Philippians 3:10 NIV

  32. 532
    Sheila Davisson says:

    Philippians 2:12-13 The Voice

    12 So now, my beloved, obey as you have always done, not only when I am with you, but even more so when I can’t be. Continue to work out your salvation, with great fear and trembling, 13 because God is energizing you so that you will desire and do what always pleases Him.

    Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada

  33. 533
    Rachael says:

    Rachael from San Marcos, Texas

    I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who lives but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

  34. 534
    Kim Anderson says:

    I Commit! Kim from Wisconsin “O LORD, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced. Save me, for you do what is right. Psalm 31:1 NLT

  35. 535
    Sherry McCurrie says:

    Sherry McCurrie: Russellville, AR

    I am the LORD, your Holy One, The Creator of Israel, your King.
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:15‬ ‭NASB‬‬

  36. 536
    Donna B. says:

    I Commit!
    ” A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out. in faithfulness He will bring forth justice.” Isaiah 42:3 NIV

  37. 537
    Amy Libdan says:

    Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots some trust in horses but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. NIV
    Amy Libdan, Gettysburg,PA

  38. 538
    Tammy Causey says:

    Tammy Causey, Humboldt, TN
    Heb 4:16 Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time. HCSB

  39. 539
    Elaine says:

    Elaine ~ Powder Springs , GA ~ Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness.
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭115:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  40. 540
    Rebecca Holmes says:

    Rebecca from McCalla, Alabama

    “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:1-2‬ ‭ NIV

  41. 541
    Debbie says:

    “”Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. 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 ‭43:18-19‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  42. 542
    Sherry Lieberz says:

    I am excited too. Growing with sisters.

  43. 543
    Kathy Freshwater says:

    Revelation 5:1-2 (NIV)

    Then I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”

    Kathy Freshwater
    Vonore, TN

  44. 544
    Deborah says:

    Deborah from BENTONVILLE AR

    “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  45. 545
    Sharon says:

    Sharon Radigan Northport Al: Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being , praise his holy name. Psalm 103:1 NIV

  46. 546
    Tonya Hardy says:

    Tonya Hardy, Istanbul Turkey

    “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

  47. 547
    Robyn Wong says:

    Robyn Wong, Roswell, GA

    “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who, for the JOY set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 NASB

  48. 548
    Dottie Morrow says:

    Dottie Morrow, Mansfield, TX

    “Length of days is in her right hand. in her left hand riches and honor.”

    Proverbs 3:16 NKJV

  49. 549
    Annette Webb says:

    I commit! Annette Webb, Cuyahoga Falls, OH: “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” Isaiah 40:1-2 ESV

  50. 550
    Holly J Barnes says:

    Hi. I hope I am doing this correctly. My verses for this go around are: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:14 – 15 NKJV These are our verses we are teaching the kiddos at Sunday School this morning!!!