Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015 Instructions and Spiral Information!



Hey Everybody!

We are revving up around here for SSMT 2015! 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. 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 2015 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. On the 1st and 15th of every month of 2015 starting on New Year’s Day, you will find a post by 8:00 in the morning asking for your memory verse, suggesting one if you’re drawing a blank, and encouraging you in your process. In past years I’ve written all the posts myself but I thought maybe this year we needed to do something to shake it up a bit and make it extra-fun. I’ll still do all the posts on the 1st but the entries on the 15th will be written by a cross section of women from this community who’ve been asked to guest post. That means that, over the course of the year, you’ll hear from 12 of them. They’ll tell you a little bit about themselves, share the verse they’ve selected for that round, and why they chose it. We’ve also asked them to supply us with a picture so you can have a face to go with each name.

2.You are 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. This culture is mass producing self-indulgent narcissists. Year-long commitments like these that require punctuality and focused energy push back on that degenerating trend. All that to say, please don’t drop out if you get behind. I just want you to know that this will be much more successful if you treat it as a real, live commitment you are willing to work hard to keep.

3. When you clock in with your verse those two times a month, keep your comments limited to your name (first only if you prefer), city, verse and translation. Long comments on SSMT days are no-no’s. It won’t take you long to figure out why we maintain that rule. Wait till you see the powerful sight of hundreds if not thousands of verses flowing down the comment stream. It is a gorgeous sight. When you’re having a bad day, all you have to do is scroll down a few hundred of your sisters’ Scripture selections and I promise you, you’ll get a word. It’s a very powerful thing. 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. One of the great impacts of this process is how much we reap from each others’ selections. Often you’ll see a sister say, “I’m doing the one so-and-so did last time!” (Yes, you can make a comment that brief. Those can be fun. Occasionally you’ll even see someone write, “For the sake of my marriage, I’ve chosen to memorize…” That’s okay, too, but try to keep it very succinct.)

4. 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 in the post. That’s one reason it’s there. You might also look at a few of the comments and see if one of theirs resonates with you. I say this next part with a grin: try to refrain from memorizing Scriptures that you think your spouse or your children need to learn. Memorize what you need to learn. That means do your best to avoid jotting your verse on a stick note and planting it on your bathroom mirror where your man can see it and repent of his sins. He probably won’t because he’s got your game. I bet you can guess how I know that.

5. 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. (If I were addressing you live, I’d have you repeat that sentence back to me so just go ahead and say it out loud in order to nail it down. That sentence could be your best friend through this process.) If you do too many verses or get too complicated, you will soon be overwhelmed and want to drop out. Better to do 24 simpler verses over a 12 month period of time than a chapter over the first month then quit. We want this to be a discipline we practice for the rest of our lives. Think marathon. Not sprint.

6. Either shortly before or after making your entry each 1st and 15th in the blog comment, write the verse by hand in your spiral. (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.) Take that spiral with you everywhere you go. Read it and read it and read it and read it. Do mental gymnastics with it. Flip that baby over and over. Many women have told me along the way that they’re not good at memorization and I truly understand that. I also beg to offer two responses: First, that may change. Give the Holy Spirit a chance to do something brand new with you. Second, even if you don’t get your verses down word for word, you are still meditating on them as you read and reread them. You still, thereby, accomplish one of the most important goals: captivating the mind to Christ. You just can’t lose on this one. Either way, it has a powerful effect.


NOW, about that spiral! In years past, we’ve created them here at Living Proof and shipped them to those who ordered them. But, to our slack-jawed surprise, last time we did it, 10,000 women signed up and nearly all of them ordered spirals. My beloved (SMALL!!!) staff and hardworking volunteers filled every one of those orders over about a 10-day mad-dash and, though they never lost their smiles, it flat-out nearly killed them! We are just too small a staff to handle that many orders. HOWEVER!!! We MUST have matching spirals! So, here is the perfect solution. Watch this tutorial and you’ll see how quick and easy it will be to prepare your spiral:



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:




OK, I think that’s more than enough to get us prepared for January 1st but I so hope you’ll go ahead and get our huge wrap-up celebration on your radar because we want you to know how to qualify and plan to be there! It is the biggest blast ever.

Our Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015 Celebration will on January 16, 2016. 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. By the way, we will have Travis back again to lead us in worship and Amanda, Melissa, my whole LPM staff and volunteer team will be there to serve you.  Here’s how you qualify to attend the celebration:

*Clock in by first name and city at least 21 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 21 out of 24 times on a SSMT post. Make sense? Please give us 24 hours to post your comment before you assume it got lost. We still moderate all comments and the amount we get on SSMT days necessitates a slower pace. Thank you for your cooperation!

*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. (December 1, 2015)

Whew! Have I exhausted you?? I’ve worn myself out. Sorry this is so wordy! 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.



9,764 Responses to “Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015 Instructions and Spiral Information!”

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  1. 9351
    Phoebe Holbrook says:

    Phoebe Holbrook from KY NKJV Isaiah 40:8
    The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.

  2. 9352
    Pamela Muncy says:

    Pamela Muncy from Ashland, KY ESV Ephesians 3:21
    to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

  3. 9353
    Sherry says:

    Psalm 9:10

    Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

  4. 9354
    Brittney Sullivan says:

    “Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.” Proverbs 29:25 NLT

  5. 9355
    Bobbie Head says:

    Bobbie, Radium Springs NM
    Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
    Psalm 119:11 NKJV

  6. 9356
    Kim Hernandez says:

    Kim Hernandez,Roswell , Ga Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path . Psalm 119:105 NLT

  7. 9357
    Gina from MO says:

    “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15 (NIV)

  8. 9358
    Allison Bayles says:

    Katy, TX
    Colossians 3:15(niv)
    Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

  9. 9359
    Beth Fordham says:

    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men -Colossians 3:23

  10. 9360
    Nancy says:

    “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other”. (1 Corth. 12:7 NLT)

  11. 9361
    Emily Johnson says:

    But I hold not my life of any account as dear unto myself, so that I may accomplish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

    Oakdale, CA

  12. 9362
    Carolyn Dodge, Forest, Oh says:

    Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. NIV

    Psalm 95:1&2 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. NIV

  13. 9363
    Karla Kincade says:

    Karla Kincade
    Indianapolis, IN

    It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
    1 Corinthians 13:7 NIV

  14. 9364
    Lynn Vander Laan says:

    Ada, MI

    Revelation 22:16 (NIV)

    I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and descendant of David, THE BRIGHT MORNING STAR.

  15. 9365
    Kelly McCargar says:

    Walnut Creek, CA

    Isaiah 30:21
    Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” (NIV)

    2 Corinthians 4:16 (ICB)
    So we do not give up. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new everyday.

  16. 9366
    Yanzhen Pan says:

    Yanzhen Pan, Chapel Hill, NC
    Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9 NIV

  17. 9367
    Lois Lorentzen says:

    Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

  18. 9368
    Kimberlee Ball says:

    I did not understand that we had to record our verses here every 2 weeks. In the beginning I did a few of them and my sisters, aunts, mother and I have shared various verses throughout the year on facebook messages. But I am not several versus behind and need to get caught up.
    Jeremiah 29- 12 “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.” NAS

    John 3:17 “For God sent not the son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him” NAS

  19. 9369
    Kimberlee Ball says:

    1 Thessalonians 5:14 “And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, encourage the faint hearted, support the weak, be long suffering toward all” NAS

    Titus 2: 4-5 “Old women will teach: that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be soberminded, chaste, workers at home, kind, being in subjection to their husbands, that the word of god be not blasphemed.”

  20. 9370
    Kimberlee Ball says:

    Hebrews 4;16 “Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us in time of need.” NAS

    Matthew 6:34 NIV “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

    Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

  21. 9371
    Kimberlee Ball says:

    Hebrews 11:1- “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” KJ
    Hebrews 13: 1-2 “Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” KJ
    James 4:12 “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who art thou to judgest another?” KJ
    Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” KJ

  22. 9372
    Kimberlee Ball says:

    Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” KJ
    Romans 10:12 “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” KJ
    Romans 12:9 “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” KJ
    Romans 12:12 “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer.” KJ

  23. 9373
    Kimberlee Ball says:

    Romans 14:19 “Let us therefore follow after the things that make for peace, and thing wherewith one may edify another.” KJ
    Romans 14:8 “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live, therefore or die, we are the Lord’s.” KJ
    I Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” KJ
    I Corinthians 10:32 “Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.” KJ

  24. 9374
    Kimberlee Ball says:

    II Corinthians 9;16 “But this I say, he which soweth sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall also reap bountifully.” KJ

    II Corinthinians 9:7 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful; giver.” KJ

  25. 9375
    Kathy Knight says:

    Kathy in Las Vegas
    2 Corinthians 10:5 “…. take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” NIV

  26. 9376
    Sandy says:

    New Braunfels, Texas
    Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10. ESV

  27. 9377
    Kathy Petty says:

    I hope to attend the SSMT conference!

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    Kathy Petty says:

    Kathy, Granada, Spain

    By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

    John 13:35 NKJV

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    Pamela Muncy says:

    I am so excited! God has allowed me to overcome cash flow issues, health issues, car issues to the place that I think I am going to be at the event! I am so praying and hoping I get to actually meet Beth Moore face to face. I am not sure why but it is a strong desire of my heart. This year has been an amazing year and the verses God gave me in amazing ways to memorize have sustained me through a lot of life issues. Beth has been an amazing friend, teacher, encourager and sister in Christ, Jesus over the last 20 years to me in a very real way. You know those people who come in and out of your life at just the right times and you just pick up where you left off? I know that is how it would be with her. I think I just want her to have my face in her mind so when we get to Heaven we can pick up where we left off and have one major conversation about how amazing our God is! I love the Jesus I see in her so much.

  30. 9380
    Sandy says:

    New Braunfels, Texas
    Philliipians 4:19
    And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

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    Carolyn Dodge, Forest, OH says:

    Rejoice in hope; Be patient in affliction; Be persistent in prayer. Romans 12:12 HCSB
    Look to the Lord & His strength; seek His face always. 1Chronicles 16:11 NIV
    For nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37 NIV
    Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 NIV
    I will instruct you & teach you in the way you should go.;I will counsel you & watch over you. Psalm 32:8 NIV

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