For several years Beth Moore/Living Proof Ministries have hosted the Siesta Scripture Memory Team (SSMT). For more information, please CLICK HERE. Essentially the goal is to support each other as you commit to learning scripture (twice monthly) together. This year has been remarkable at her site with well over 18,000 women “clocking in”/commenting with their verses on Day 1.
If you are not already registered there, you can join by CLICKING ON THIS LINK and commenting with your first verse. I would encourage you to join there, as well as here.
There are fewer limitations to the comments here. And this being a subgroup, it is also much easier to find and reply to each other’s comments on this site. Here we can get to know one another and discuss the scriptures as we support each other in our memorization.
We are also not limited to women; so men, this is open to you too!!
On the 1st and 15th of each month we will “clock in” here with our verse. (Same days as the SSMT, so you can be sure to clock your verse in at both places if you choose to sign up there as well.) I will try to have the post up by 8:00 a.m. EST.
Don’t panic if you do not see your comment post right away. I will moderate these, and will try to do so as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, this is necessary to make sure only those who honestly want to be involved are involved. There are several options to log in (i.e. WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Email). Please choose the same method/same email, etc., each time, as this makes the moderation process much quicker.
(Also, for future reference, you will find all of the posts from throughout the year for our personal “Scripture Memory Team” bundled under that name in the categories section in the sidebar.)
Suggestions (from Beth Moore’s site) for choosing, sharing and memorizing your verse:
I strongly recommend that you stick with only one verse to memorize each time. (This is just a recommendation and not a rule. You’re free to do whatever works for you.) Keep it simple and meaningful.
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. The more you let God lead you to verses that direct you or edify your soul in your present circumstances, the more He will renew your mind toward your challenges. This is a huge part of 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 where we’re told to demolish strongholds and take our thoughts captive to Christ. If you don’t have a verse on your mind or you’re drawing a blank when the 1st or 15th rolls around, you are more than welcome to share the selection offered by others in the comments and see if one of theirs resonates with you.
Always add your translation because so many others will want to know where you found the wording for your entry. One of the great impacts of this process is how much we reap from each other’s selections.
Either shortly before or after making your entry each 1st and 15th in the blog comment, write the verse by hand. (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.)
You should try to enter the verse you’ve chosen to memorize for that two-week period within twenty-four hours of the post going up. I’ve been asked many times if it’s okay if you’re late supplying your verse and, yes, of course it is, but try to avoid doing it often. The people who make it to the very end of the year are overwhelmingly those who stay up with it month to month. Please know up front that one of the important parts of this process is the exercise of self-discipline.
I know that may seem like a lot to take in, but really it is not complicated at all. You will catch on quickly.
Here is a quick re-cap of the steps for commenting:
- If you do not see the comment box below this post, scroll back to the top of the post and click on “Leave a Comment” (to the right of the post title).
- Login using your preference from the options.
- Add your verse in the comment box. (Don’t forget to add the reference and the translation. And feel free to tell us why you chose your verse, or to reply to others’ comments.)
So is everyone excited!?! Then let’s get started.