SSMT Celebration 2016 RECAP

We can’t let too much time escape without recounting all that God did at our recent SSMT Celebration. It was raucous fun! We had 43 states represented, a few Canadian sisters and even a sister from Spain! How is that for some JOY!! We know that many more of you wanted to come but were unable to due to illness, financial challenges and various other reasons. So, here’s a little peek into the weekend…Beth speaking 4842-49

Our Siestas came ready with spirals in hand and the Word of God on their lips. Some of them even donned matching t-shirts, boas and beads.worship 5239-35

Our very own Travis Cottrell was on hand to lead us in worship and Siesta Mama Beth gave a fabulous teaching on the word NEVERTHELESS.   worship 4890-61


If you are hitting yourself…wishing you could hear the message, we have good news! For the first time ever, we taped the message. The teaching will air at a later date on Beth’s new TV show, Living Proof, on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). Keep your eyes open for that in the near future. The Siestas had a blast being part of the live audience and even got to take part in a little game called “Wheel of Favor.” Think “Wheel of Fortune” but Siesta Mama style.  Beth speaking 5077-56

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The weekend culminated on Saturday morning. Everyone recited their memory verses to a partner. As I looked across a sea of women with spirals in hand, I couldn’t help but think about the power of the Word being spoken out loud in those small groups. It was like incense rising to the throne of God. I thought of all the individual tears and struggles and victories won. As they spoke aloud their verses, I wondered what specific promise were proclaimed over challenging situations and the battles won. THESE are the moments this ministry lives for and anticipates with great faith. Over the weekend, we had 228 ladies say ALL 24 verses! AMAZING!

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If you’ve never tried to memorize the Word of God, we encourage you to give it a try. Grab an accountability partner and get ready to see God do something BIG. For those of you that participated with us in 2015, but couldn’t come…we want you to know that you were missed. We pray that you get to CELEBRATE with God in your own special way. Lastly, we do have a few SSMT charms left over from the weekend. If you completed the SSMT in 2015 with us, simply email your name and address to Jenn Hamm ( and she will put your name in the drawing to mail you a little sussy.  **UPDATE: Our drawing is over. Thank you so much for participating!!

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Thanks so much for journeying with us. We consider it the biggest blast to get to serve you. May God blow open the doors wide for His Kingdom in 2016. Keep Memorizing!


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    Fuzzytop says:

    I was SO sad that I couldn’t make it this time… Had planned to go but got sick and just couldn’t manage.

    Thank you Living Proof for this, and I am excited I’ll get to see the “Nevertheless” message!

    Much love and many hugs,

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    Volleyball Ginger says:

    I sure missed being there with everyone but knee replacement recovery is not quick! Hoping to rejoin all of you in the next go around!

    Ginger S. Lowe
    Wetumpka, AL

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    Margie Evitts says:

    This was such a fabulous experience! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve started a little group for my friends to encourage each other through this year when LPL isn’t doing a SSMT. I so enjoyed the time that memorization brought me with our sweet Savior that I just don’t want to give it up myself and I want others to experience it! We’re considering it a practice run for our participation in next year’s LPL SSMT. 🙂
    One thing – what was the website where the pictures from the celebration were posted?
    Thanks again!

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    Jennine says:

    Thank you for the recap! We were so blessed by your gracious hospitality. The message, the worship, the WORD being written on the “mirrors, the new friendships, the renewed friendships, the photos, the fun and laughter, the tears. We love Jesus and His Word is Alive and Active. We are indeed blessed by the Word.

    Thank you for all of you at Living Proof Ministries. You have shown time and love to each of that attended. It’s worth the trip to Houston.

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    Pamela McDonald says:

    Even though I was not able to attend the celebration, I love seeing these pictures. It is so encouraging to watch how God is working in so many lives, and allowing us the privilege to take the challenge of keeping His Word in our hearts and lives.I am hoping to keep memorizing this year as well. It keeps me focused and disciplined.

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    So glad to see these pics from the SSMT celebration! I have never been able to go, but I am excited that it will be on TBN! I will be watching!
    Also, I love the song! Can we share it with non-siesta people? Who is singing it? I guess I missed the credits.

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    Betty M says:

    Oh Beth!
    It was such a whirlwind weekend. Fri I did Galveston Is and had a wonderful seafood meal on the Boardwalk, then did NASA Johnson Space Ctr. Yes I did all 87 steps up! Fri eve was great but the most thrilling part was sharing those few fleeting moments with you how Jesus has touched my life and reawakened me through years of depression and mood swings, terrible betrayal and even jail time on crazy charges. It was somewhere in the middle of the Daniel study years ago now something clicked and I have never been the same again!
    I will ALWAYS have a special spot in my heart of hearts for you. BTW I hope you can enjoy Dakota Tex Mex. If you just can not please say you did anyway!
    Til who knows when the next time may be…
    Love forever,
    Betty M

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    Yvonne Gearing says:

    What a wonderful experience and blessing the entire experience has been. I’m still reciting my 24 verses whenever I’m driving my car. I’ve been doing it for a year and don’t know what else to do when I’m driving now ❤️

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    Paula Williamson says:

    This was my 3rd Siesta celebration and I loved every minute of it! Beth was at her best teaching “Nevertheless” and Travis and the worship team just kept us pumped up! I came away feeling renewed, full of joy, and with a song in my heart. I am grateful I was able to attend and just can’t wait for the next one! This year I’m going to review my spirals from 2011 and 2013 and review those precious scriptures and re-commit them to memory. To all my siesta sisters, I love you!!!!

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    Andrea Cox says:

    Wow! 228 of us knew all 24 verses?! That is too cool. I hope that number goes up even more next time around.

    This was my first year to do SSMT and I really enjoyed it. My friend Amanda invited me, because she didn’t want to do it alone. I am so grateful she asked me! God has impacted my life in fresh ways this past year, and this is the first time since I was a kid that I’ve been able to memorize Scripture. I couldn’t be happier about digging in to it!

    Amanda and I have decided to memorize more verses this year (about ten or twelve instead of the full 24), and we’re planning on participating in Beth’s SSMT again next year. So excited to see where this year’s verses take me!

    Hugs to all my Siestas! You all did it!

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    Andrea Cox says:

    Oh, where may we get a copy of our pictures from the weekend celebration?

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    Lori Clark says:

    Hello. I found out about SSMT a little too late last year. Are you doing it again this year? If so, when will it begin?!!!

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      LPM-KMac says:

      Hi Lori, We typically host SSMT every other year, so there will not be any posts this year about it. We so encourage you to do memorization on your own, or grab a friend and do it together!

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    MarlaMae Beyer says:

    Thank you so much for affording the opportunity to be part of such a beautiful contingent of Siesta Christ-Followers and for hosting that wonderful Celebration! My husband drove me down to Houston from Northern Indiana and said he loved the JOY on my face when I came back to the hotel after each session! I will be carrying my spiral with me for a long time to come, and have my DVR set for each of the TV spots! The three I’ve seen have been inspiring to say the least! “Lights Shine Bright”!!!

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    Kim Hampton says:

    A small group of friends of mine committed to SSMT this past year. I was so encouraged each time we learned a new verse, committed it to memory, and heard those verses used in other places, like on the radio, in a sermon, etc. It was a gentle encouragement to my heart every time. I could say, “I know that verse!” Woohoo! This year, I have taken the idea to our church. On the first and third Sundays, we are getting a Bible verse to memorize. Everyone has a little notebook to write the Bible verse. January’s verses are Philippians 4:6-7. Even my three year old granddaughter can say it. God is so good and faithful. Thank you, Beth!

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    Julie Behnke says:

    Friday night at our Celebration was awesome!!!! I was three rows from the front and as I waited for everything to begin, I couldn’t believe I was going to see BETH MOORE live, in person!!! And, there she was just feet away from me and just as beautiful, energetic, funny, captivating, and living and breathing the Word of God. Then, there was the music of Travis Cotrell. I could totally feel that the Holy Spirit was there with us. I was on my feet singing with tears streaming down my face. On Saturday, I said my 24 verses, probably better than I have ever recited them; I know that was the Holy Spirit, too. Thank you to everyone at Living Proof Ministries!!!!

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    Christy says:

    I didn’t attend the SSMT Celebration, but I was so blessed (and changed) by the year of Scripture memory. I’m memorizing this year too!

    Thank you to Beth and everyone at LPM for blessing us through your service to the Lord!

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    Carolyn says:

    Thank you for sharing! I loved getting a little taste of this. Traveling from Northern Idaho in January can be a bit tricky, so I haven’t attended the celebration. But oh my, a Siesta from Spain attended! Wow!
    I began memorizing scripture in the fall of 2012, and I joined SSMT in 2013 and continued in 2015. I love reading posts and have been blessed by this fellowship of believers. Blessings on all of you! Thank you Living Proof for all you give in His Name!

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    Sharon Cox says:

    How can we have access to the pictures that we took with Beth?

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    BETH & KMac & all the lovely servants at LPM:


    Thank you so much! I am soooooooooooooo happy this is going to be on the new LPM TV on TBN.

    I had to miss SSMT because I couldn’t get off work AGAIN because the week prior I was on the…


    Woohoo – the Wheel of Fortune episode my friend and I taped will air on Wednesday evening, February 10th.

    Let me tell you – the Word of God sustained me while I was on Wheel of Fortune, and I’ll take Beth’s Wheel of Favor ANY OLD DAY over the other temporary wheel.

    My prayer while in California was from 2 Timothy 1:7:

    “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind!”

    NO FEAR – He was with me!
    POWER – Spin that Wheel
    LOVE – Be a light for Jesus to everyone I met!
    SOUND MIND – Solve those puzzles!

    I love y’all so much!

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    KimDotJoy says:

    Thanks for the recap and the drawing. I so hated to miss the event but will be looking forward to seeing it in the future.

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    Thank you for the fun weekend! I kept wondering what it was like for the Father and for Jesus hear all the words of as they came out of our minds and hearts, whether in Houston or in homes across the world.

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    Susan Jezek says:

    A most blessed and annointed experience, indeed! So glad I was able to go and meet my dear friend Shonda Vielbig there, who ended up on the stage for Wheel of Favor. 🙂 Where can we view/download our group photos with our Siesta Mama?

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    Donna Motta says:

    So very interested in becoming a 2016 Siesta!! Please publish necessary registration when able! Or maybe someone could just direct me in the way to go!
    Thank you! !
    Looking forward to growing in the Word with all of you!

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      LPM-KMac says:

      Hi Donna, We typically host SSMT every other year, so there will not be any posts this year about it. We so encourage you to do memorization on your own, or grab a friend and do it together! And if you read the LPM Blog, you’re a Siesta! (See the right hand side of our Blog home page “What’s A Siesta”)

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    Donna Motta says:

    God bless you richly!!

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    Paula says:

    Paula from Summit,MS “I lift my eyes to the hills–where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 NIV

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    Barbara Fuller says:

    Barbara from Pricedale, MS

    Jeremiah 32:27 NAS –“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh, is anything too difficult for me?”

    Be sure and watch “Living Proof” on TBN –Wednesdays at 9 PM central time! Beth is AWESOME — I am so enjoying this new program on TBN! Way to go, Beth –and TBN!

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    I so appreciate you, Mama Beth, and your team at Living Proof. This was my 3rd time participating in the SSMT challenge and my 2nd time attending the event. (The first time I was pregnant with our 3rd child and extremely sick so I didn’t get to attend.) I had such fun reconnecting with 3 other women whom I had met the previous time and I loved the word you brought to us. And of course, Travis and his team were ah-mazing, as usual. Thank you for being faithful and for being an encouragement to all of us women! Can’t wait till the next one! (Oh, and I’m loving your show on TBN! I dvr it ever week!)

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    MargiebytheSea says:

    You were all in my prayers as you gathered for the celebration!
    Beth, I am so blessed that you encouraged me to begin memorizing Scripture in 2009. Thank you for this gift!

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    Looks like a ton of fun! Would have loved to have been there, but crazy changes at the end of 2015 rerouted plans. Love to see sisters in the Lord enjoying his presence. Maybe next time.

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    Janice MacNealy says:

    So sorry I didn’t make it, maybe next year I can do this, I enjoyed memorizing the verses and power in the word.

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    Since I couldn’t attend the celebration because I was out of town, I had my daughter tape me reciting my verses! Thank you LPM for encouraging me to work hard and memorize scripture! I will continue this on my own next year!

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    Deborah Mott says:

    Beth thank you for teaching on the word NEVERTHELESS. It was very excellent, anointed and wonderful. The truth and power of God =present. Treasured time. Thank you all LPM staff for a great weekend with our LORD in fellowship and worship. Thank you Travis esp for Jesus Blood Speaks to Me song! Healing Truths!

    Things that most stood out to me: FAVOR OF GOD! Favor comes because of CHRIST alone. All grace earned by Christ. He is our Hope! Beth used “wheel of favor”. Fun, great learning tool. God can be trusted. Basic but needed reminder at this time in my life When two things in Word seem to contradict they are both correct. I loved Beth used the two colored ropes and the nevertheless knot to tie them together. Great visuals. Trust God to show us His nevertheless ties.
    God is my reward, my shield, my prize. I will see Him…
    Like Jacob I may wrestle with the Lord and He gave me a new name. I need to embrace Him and hold onto Him for dear life. Wrestling and embracing is its own kind of intimacy. I feel I am in this process… Wrestling for Truth and w Truth perhaps and embracing God with all I have for survival of my faith and life. How God delights in me, I am His Portion and He is my Portion, is an amazement to me. Then in worship the Lord showed me that even though loved ones may be/ are doing evil I still love them and delight in them as ones I love, not for what they do. It causes me to want to do right and to obey out of love for the Lord and to please Him compelling me! How Long O Lord phrase repeated … Even in my rebellion/disobedience God is faithful. When I cry to Him, He hears and responds and has mercy on our distress. I loved her talk on Jonah. His calling in the depths of the big fish and guggling on water perhaps as he did so. We don’t deserve mercy but nevertheless God is merciful. God is Great!
    (I thought of Jonah, how he did not want to give God’s message because He knew God would be merciful and people would repent. I thought of my call and how I want all to repent but I wonder if I do not have Jonah’s faith or is it that I see like in the days of Lot that America is so much like Sodom and Gorrorrah that it is due for judgment and I could offend God in expecting mercy? I do have faith that the Judge of all the earth will do what is right.)
    I loved her teaching on how we row harder and harder to save people but sometimes they need removed from the boat so the rest in the boat survive. Often they refuse to leave the boat and demand you throw them in! Interesting. There is a time to let people go. Only God can save them and sometimes he brings that fish that swallows them and they are saved by God. May we all hear You like Jonah did and beleive in Your MERCY for ourselves and others and finish well. Wrote this the night of teaching.

    Thank you all again for the incredible times we shared IN HIS PRESENCE! God Bless you all!

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    Valerie Schaffner says:

    1st SSMT Celebration for me to attend but my heart had wanted to go since my first SSMT which was 2011. I praise God for opening that door!!! He blessed my socks off and then some!!! Every aspect of the Celebration and weekend filled my heart, soul, spirit and body with His Goodness!!! Thank-you LPM team for all your work to make the weekend sooo extremely special and memorable. It was a joy to meet some of you in person. Thank-you for the group pictures!!!Thank-you Beth for bringing our Father’s Word to us ..Nevertheless(by way of ‘Wheel of Favor’) and ‘Never The Less.” Thank you Travis and Praise team who made the trip and led us into the Presence of our Awesome God!!! Your new song “amazing love , how can it be, the blood of Jesus speaks for me!” Brought me to tears——-really ministered to me! Thank you to the Siestas who made the trip–I can only imagine Heaven—because I felt like I was meeting ‘family’–siesta sisters and having a reunion!!!! Finally a thank-you to one of my lifelong closest friends who made the trip possible by wanting to come to the celebration together !!! We made memories eating wonderful Mexican, Barbeque and local pizza, meeting up with an old friend, visiting,worshipping and receiving a good word(Curtis) from Bayou City Fellowship at Spring Branch, then heading to Galveston and the beautiful sight and sound of God’s Gulf!!!
    I look forward with great anticipation to the privilege of coming again in 2018—if my Lord wills!!! Till then, prayers for LPL team in each city that you minister . See you in Youngstown, Ohio!!!
    Btw—I’m glad I will get to see the teaching times again on TBN!!!! It’s the only program that is DVR’d on a weekly schedule. :).
    Ohhhh, and Beth—thanks for the morning hug after my coffee!!! Ha!

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    Andrea Porter says:

    When Friday night started with that wonderful video and one of my favorite songs from Toby Macs’ new album, I knew God was in the house cheering us all on, being delighted with His creation and very proud of each Siesta that took the challenge of hiding God’s word in each of our hearts. Amazing weekend, THANK YOU to every single LPM staff member, Travis and the worship team and Miss Beth. See you all in 2018!!!!!
    Kind regards and oodles of blessing to you all.

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    Nancy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing about the weekend, would have loved to have been there celebrating!! Can’t wait to hear Beth’s Nevertheless message! Love to all at LPM and rich blessings on you all in this new year!!!

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    Cheri B says:

    My friends and I have wanted to come to this for 3 years now – financial issues have kept us away. I think we’re going to start a little “fly to Texas” fund now, so we can do this in 2017!!!

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    Laura Proctor says:

    I just wanted to say thank you so much for my little sussy!
    I so wish I had been able to attend this year. I’m still memorizing and am looking forward to the next one.
    May the Lord bless each of you today!

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    Dana says:

    Thank you for the lovely charm. Y’all are precious…..

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    Barbara H. Fuller says:

    Matthew 7:7 NKV
    “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.”

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    Sheree Campbell says:

    Sheree Campbell, Phoenix, AZ
    “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results” James 5:16 NIV

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    Mary Ann Roach says:

    Is it possible to get a copy of the “commissioning” that we said at the end of the weekend? I’ve looked on the blog and haven’t seen it.

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