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. 701
    Patrice says:

    Patrice, Crestwood KY
    I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 NIV

  2. 702
    Cindy Kircher says:

    Cindy from Franklin TN. “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  3. 703
    Glynna Penney says:

    I commit! Glynna Penney from Plainview, Tx:
    “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
    James 1:19-20 NIV

  4. 704
    Julie Rainey says:

    Julie Rainey from Tallahassee, Florida: Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness. Titus 1:1 NASB

  5. 705
    Rebecca says:

    Rebecca from Lubbock, TX
    “A patient person shows great understanding, but a quick-tempered one promotes foolishness.”
    Proverbs 14:29, HCSB

  6. 706
    Keri Barrett says:

    “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

  7. 707
    Sharon Lee says:

    I commit! Sharon, Riverside, Ca.

    But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul.
    Joshua 22:5 NIV

  8. 708
    Steph Aasness says:

    Stephanie Aasness–Evansville, MN
    “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”
    Hebrews 12:14

  9. 709
    Laurie Robinson says:

    I commit!! Laurie in Leander, Texas. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25-26

  10. 710
    Alisa Glover says:

    I commit. Alisa Glover from Phenix City, Alabama
    ‘When am afraid I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3 NLT

  11. 711
    Terri Williams says:

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5,6 Terri Williams, Austin, TX

  12. 712
    Ansley says:

    Ansley from Franklin, Tennessee.
    “But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.”
    Psalms 3:3 NKJV

  13. 713
    Christine R. says:

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here.
    2 Corinthians 17 NIV

  14. 714
    Tara Phillips says:

    Tara Phillips, Purcell,OK– psalm 118:14 The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. I commit!

  15. 715
    Beth A Pershinske says:

    Beth from Engadine, Michigan “Let us then approach Godʼs throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
    Hebrews 4:16 NIV

  16. 716
    Tera Sellers says:

    Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My Name, He may give it you. John 15:16 KJV

  17. 717
    Alexia Gossett says:

    I commit! Alexia- Champaign, IL.
    Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
    Hebrews 10:24 NLT

  18. 718
    Chelsea, Houston, TX says:

    I commit!
    “Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go till I had brought him to my mother’s house, to the room of the one who conceived me.”
    Song of Solomon 3:4 NIV

  19. 719
    Dana says:

    Proverbs 31:25-26 “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.”

  20. 720
    Shana Purnell says:

    Shana Purnell Lubbock Texas “Create in me a clean heart, Oh God and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 NIV

  21. 721
    Debi says:

    Debi from Lumberton, NJ.
    But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33.

  22. 722
    Stephanie Newman says:

    Stephanie from Church Hill TN,
    Finally, brothers, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
    Phil. 4:8 King James 2000 Bible

  23. 723
    Lori Senter says:

    Lori Senter from San Antonio: “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3 NIV

  24. 724
    Racjelle McKay says:

    I commit! Starting with my favorite verse!
    Genesis 50:20
    “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives”

  25. 725
    Alyssa Porter says:

    I commit! Alyssa Porter from Oklahoma City, OK. “Have mercy on me, O
    God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my inquity and cleanse me from my sin!”
    Psalm 51:1-2 ESV

  26. 726
    Lindi Bridges says:

    Lindi Bridges from Odessa, TX

    “I love you, O Lord, my strength.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭18:1ESV

  27. 727
    Janice Wyatt, Jena, La says:

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. Philippians 4:6 NIV

  28. 728
    Amy says:

    I commit! Amy- Charleston, SC
    “And I will give to you and your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.” Genesis 17:8

  29. 729
    Becky Cox says:

    Becky from Pensacola,FL…Psalm 13:5-6(NIV) But I will trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me.

  30. 730
    Sherry Steele says:

    When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
    Psalms 56:3 ESV

  31. 731
    Jennifer Wellesley says:

    Jennifer Wellesley from Neosho, Missouri
    Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us
    Ephesians 3:20

  32. 732
    Katie says:

    I commit! Katie from Langley, BC: “…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10: 22-23 NIV

  33. 733
    Andrea R says:

    Andrea Reese Cordova, TN
    And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
    2 Corinthians 12:9 (NASB)

  34. 734
    Suzie Kyler says:

    Suzie Kyler from Mesa, Arizona
    “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13 NIV

  35. 735
    Gerri Thorsgard says:

    Psalm 90:12English Standard Version (ESV)

    12 So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom.

  36. 736
    Jewelene says:

    From Granby Missouri
    For everyone who ask receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks the door will be open. Matthew 7:8 HCSB

  37. 737
    Teresa Karnes says:

    Jan. 1, 2017 6:32 pm

    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 KJV

  38. 738
    Tami Boehle-Satterfield says:

    I commit! Tami from Boulder, CO, “Whenever you shepherd, know the faces of your sheep, and set your heart upon your flock.” Proverbs 27:23 Aramaic Bible in Plain English

  39. 739
    Mary Hooker says:

    Mary Hooker from Adams, NY
    “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 ESV

  40. 740
    Ashley Dill says:

    I Commit!!!

    The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 (NIV)
    Ashley Dill, Dripping Springs, TX

  41. 741
    Jeanette says:

    I commit! Jeanette from Springfield, OH: 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

  42. 742
    Christine R. says:

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here.
    2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

  43. 743
    Kathy McLoughlin says:

    Kathy McLoughlin from Richmond Texas
    “For it is by grace you have been saved, -through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9. NIV

  44. 744
    Ērika Young says:

    I commit! Ērika from Mechanicsville, VA.
    Then He said to them all, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. Luke 9:23 HCSB

  45. 745
    Terrie Cash says:

    Terrie Cash, Pensacola, Fl.~~Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV)

    The Lord your God is in your midst,
    a mighty one who will save;
    he will rejoice over you with gladness;
    he will quiet you by his love;
    he will exult over you with loud singing.

  46. 746
    Tammy Waters says:

    “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:24-25‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    This is the first verse I will memorize for 2017.

  47. 747
    Linda says:

    “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”

  48. 748
    Donna says:

    Wait for the Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord. Ps 27:14 NAS

  49. 749
    Quinn says:

    “So is my word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 NIV

  50. 750
    Siabhon Richards says:

    “Commit to the LORD whatever you do,and he will establish your plans.”
    Proverbs 16:3 NIV