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. 551
    Robin Byrd says:

    I Commit! Robin Byrd, Columbia, SC:
    ” I am not ashamed, because I know the One I have believed in
    and I am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted
    to me until that day”. 2 Timothy 1:12 HCSB

  2. 552
    Teresa Coleman says:

    Teresa Coleman, Mobile, al -do not be anxious for anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. ESV

  3. 553
    Laura says:

    Laura, Charlevoix, MI: Philippians 4:8 (ESV) Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

    • 553.1
      Laura says:

      I commit!

    • 553.2
      Ashley Lester says:

      I am committed.

      Ashley Lester, Fayetteville, AR: Philippians 4:8 (ESV) Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

  4. 554
    Holly J Barnes says:

    Reading thru instructions one more time. I didn’t include my city. Fairfax, Missouri! I hope this is all I am supposed to do!

  5. 555

    I commit! Jennifer from Chicago, Il
    “In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.” Psalm 25:1 NIV

  6. 556
    Marie says:

    I commit. Marie in Jacksonville FL – “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
    Philippians 1:6 (NASB)

  7. 557
    Mary Tomaselli says:

    Mary Tomaselli, Humble, Tx. I will hurry, without lingering, to obey Your commands. Ps. 119:60 NLT

  8. 558
    Kelly Scholl says:

    Kelly Scholl from Delaware, Ohio. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

  9. 559
    Margie Hughes says:

    Margie Hughes from Santa Ana, CA “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

  10. 560

    I commit! Alicia from Shoreview, Minnesota: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 NKJV.

  11. 561
    Melisa Schelvan says:

    Melisa in Missoula, MT. “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ”. Romans 10:17 NIV

  12. 562
    Kellie says:

    I commit – Kellie Whitsett, Fremont, Nebraska ““Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you. You will no longer remember the shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood.”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭54:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  13. 563
    Stephanie Ivy says:

    Stephanie Ivy, Bossier City, La. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

  14. 564
    tricia Christenson says:

    tricia Christenson, Campbell, CA “Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 HCSB

  15. 565
    Jessica says:

    I committ! Jessica from Lynchburg, Virginia
    “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.”–Exodus 14:14 (NIV)

  16. 566
    Deborah Osbeck says:

    Deborah Osbeck, Glasgow, Scotland “Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten and everything is new.” 2 Cornithians 5:17 (CEV)

  17. 567
    Carol Hartley says:

    Carol Hartley Montgomery Al

    no weapon forged against you will prevail,
    and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
    This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
    and this is their vindication from me,”
    declares the Lord.

    Isaiah 54:17

  18. 568
    Leah says:

    Leah, currently living in Lacey, Washington. I commit! Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold onto you with My righteous right hand. (HCSB)

  19. 569
    Kori says:

    I commit! Kori from Duluth, MN: Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. Proverbs 18:1 ESV

  20. 570
    Jenny Sheffield says:

    The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom,
    and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33 (ESV)

  21. 571
    Shelley Edwards says:

    Shelley Edwards from Fairfax, Virginia “Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.” Acts 13:41 NIV

  22. 572
    Lisa Houser says:

    Lisa Houser, Las Vegas NV “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

  23. 573
    Liz Holliday says:

    Liz Holliday, Edmond, OK
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding: In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

  24. 574
    Kelly says:

    Kelly Burke, California:
    I am doing the Psalms this year-
    1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
    Psalm 1: 1-3

  25. 575
    Carolyn Guittar says:

    Carolyn Guittar, Pleasant Hill, OH
    Psalm 17:15 (NASB) “As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake.”

  26. 576
    Lois Pepple says:

    I’m in. Hope to faithfully participate weekly.

  27. 577
    Sherri Baktuit says:

    13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. Philippians 3:13

  28. 578
    Robin Crabtree says:

    Robin C, Circleville, Ohio, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love” 1 Corinthians 16: 13-14 (NIV)

  29. 579
    Rebekah Farmer says:

    Rebekah Farmer from Coeurd’Alene ID.

    Daniel 2:20 NKJV
    Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
    For wisdom and might are His.
    Daniel 2:20 NKJV

  30. 580
    Maria Hennings says:

    Maria Hennings from West Des Moines Iowa:
    Seek the kingdom of God above all else and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 NLT

  31. 581
    Cindy Stai says:

    Cindy Stai
    Lancaster OH
    “Seek Adonai while He may be found, call on Him while He is near.”
    Isaiah 55:6

  32. 582
    Sue O'Banion says:

    Sue O. from Midland, TX says: “Blesses are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 NIV

  33. 583
    Meghan O'Banion says:

    Meghan O. from Midland, TX says: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 NIV

  34. 584
    Darbi French says:

    3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverence; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5

    • 584.1
      Darbi French says:

      Darbi F.- Mount Vernon, Ohio

      3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverence; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5 (NIV)

  35. 585
    Deb Hillier says:

    “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” James 1:2-3 NLT

  36. 586
    Paula West says:

    Paula West Olney, IL
    Mark 1:35 (NIV) Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

    Jesus took the first of the day to pray, so should I.

  37. 587
    Elizabeth Peck says:

    Elizabeth Peck, Oak Ridge, TN: Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV 1984

  38. 588
    Leslie Threadgill , Madison, MS says:

    I commit! “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measures you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-2, NIV

  39. 589
    Claudia says:

    Claudia from Edmond, OK
    “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 3:3 (NIV)

  40. 590
    Richella Stawski says:

    Isaiah 43:18 -19 (NIV)
    “Forget the former things do not dwell in 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.”

    Praise God. 2016 is over. In fact the last few years have been so challenging that when the Lord spoke this to me yet again this morning through my Devotional I could do nothing but merely bow my head and appreciate His total perfectness. I’m sure beyond any doubt somehow this will be the year I will finally accept and walk in this Annual Word He has for me.

    I hope I did this right. I’m new to SSMT but am desperately seeking to get back to adeeper level with the Lord.

  41. 591
    Liz Richmond says:

    Liz Richmond, Midland, TX: John 10:10 (NIV):
    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
    I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

  42. 592
    Vickie Biggs says:

    I commit: Vickie Biggs from Farmington, New Mexico: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Psalms 51:1. KJV

  43. 593
    Shelley Andrews says:

    I commit! Shelley Andrews from Lynchburg, VA: “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 2-3, NIV

  44. 594
    G.A.M. says:

    G.A.M.from VA: “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Ephesians 3:17-20, KJV

  45. 595
    Nancy English says:

    Nancy English, Laramie Wyoming
    “She is clothed in strength and dignity and laughs at the future without fear.” Proverbs 31:25

  46. 596
    Elizabeth Hughes says:

    I am committed! Elizabeth, Berrien springs, MI, “But my eyes are toward you, O God my Lord: in you I seek refuge, leave me not defenseless! ” (Psalm 141:8ESV).

  47. 597
    Chris Berry says:

    I commit! Chris Berry VA Beach, VA.

    I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. NIV

  48. 598
    Sally Hughes says:

    I comitt! Sally. Berries Springs,Mi
    But my eyes are toward you, O God my Lord: in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless.
    Ps. 141:8

  49. 599
    Pam says:

    I commit! Pam, Clinton, TN My son, if you will receive My
    my words and treasure my commandments within you NASB

  50. 600
    Joy says:

    Ps. 5:11-12- But let all rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them. Let those also who love your name~be joyful in You. For You O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor you will surround him(her) as with a shield.