My Fun Little Siesta Surprise!

Hey, Sweet Things! Do some of you remember me telling you that I had a little surprise for you in the works? THIS IS IT!!!!! Our very own Siesta Scripture Memory Team SPIRAL!!!! Inside are 30 blank index cards just begging to be filled with your choice of memory verses. I’m almost having to stand up to type because I am so pumped. For those of you who are new to our community, one of the things we prioritize and love to do around here is memorize Scripture. It is a huge part of calling the mind captive to Christ (2 Cor. 10:3-5) and most of us know from experience that our battles are won or lost in our MINDS. I have been actively memorizing Scripture as a primary Spiritual discipline since my early 30’s. I am thoroughly convinced that God used it to bring immeasurable healing to my mind, my memories, and my thought life. I tend toward obsessive thoughts and fears and unrelenting replays of bad memories and, when I fall away from actively hiding God’s Word in my heart, they come back with a vengeance. Anybody else? There are no words big enough to express the difference Scripture memory has made in my life. God also showed me along the way how much accountability and partnership can enhance the success of the discipline. Two years ago I was trying to decide who I should ask to be my accountability partner for that year and God brought the idea to my mind to make it the whole willing blog community and to offer accountability to them in return. The result was one of the neatest experiences we’ve ever had on this blog. I honestly have never felt the pleasure of God more fully over anything we’ve done here.

We created “The Siesta Scripture Memory Team” and each made it our goal to memorize 24 verses, two a month for that calendar year. We signed in on the first and fifteenth of each month with the present verse God was placing on our hearts. (We didn’t memorize the same one together. It works best if we each get to memorize the verses that most apply to our present lives and circumstances. However, I always offered my verse in case someone else was drawing a blank or felt that it also resonated with them. In those cases, some of us memorized the same thing.) We logged in twice a month with our first names, cities, verses, and translations and held each other accountable to get them hidden in our hearts for keeps. We worked hard and saw victory after victory over the flesh and the kingdom of darkness. We topped off the year with a free event in Houston for those who kept their commitment. The only ticket in was a well-used spiral. We had a BLAST. As long as I live, I’ll never forget what all of you looked like in pairs, saying half of your verses to one another.

Well, the SSMT (Siesta Scripture Memory Team) is BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! We will begin January 1st. Look for very specific instructions next week on how to participate. (Hold off on as many questions as possible until that time because the post will answer so many.) Everyone is welcome! Even those who have never visited our blog before. Anyone who wants some accountability in memorizing Scripture is invited. Let me also quickly say that no one is pressured to participate. You won’t be an outcast here. We still do many other things on this blog. It’s just an offer made in much love to those who would benefit from it in their walk with Christ. Living Proof Ministries exists to encourage women to love the Lord Jesus Christ and walk with Him in His Word. This is one way we hope to accomplish our ongoing goal to the great glory of God.

Again, I will get you all the details within the next week BUT I needed to let you know NOW about our brand new, you-inspired SSMT spirals! Let me tell you a couple of things about them in advance:

*You are by no means required to have one to participate! These are strictly for those of you who want one! It is very easy to go to your neighborhood Walgreen’s, CVS or Target and grab a spiral of index cards. That’s what I’ve done every year up until now. (But, admit it, aren’t these the cutest things ever?? I.LOVE.IT. I am so thankful for Sabrina who jumped on the vision the moment I expressed it to her and for Cheryl Casey who listened carefully to the concept then created this design for it and for our beloved Cathy at Copy Doctor who sped ahead and got them printed. As we always say around here, it takes a village.)

*You are welcome to order one even if you don’t wish to participate in the SSMT. Many of us may not want the added pressure of 2 verses a month but we still like to keep a Scripture memory spiral. By all means! There is no legalism where these are concerned. If you want one, you can have one. If you don’t, you’re free!

*We very much wanted to serve you with this spiral and not attempt to make any profit off of it. We are offering it to you only at our cost plus shipping and handling. This is NOT a way for the ministry to make money. You’ll see that it is $3 plus S/H. Sabrina got the cost as low as possible. I was thrilled with this outcome.

*Now, listen to this part carefully. Once you place your order, we will turn them around as quickly as humanly possible. Please keep in mind that our staff is small but very willing to serve! We also have Christmas holidays to celebrate so the ministry will be closed part of the time. Many of you who order right away may have your spirals by January 1st but if we end up with several thousand orders (we have no idea what to expect), yours may not get to you until the second week or so of the new year. Please know that we’re going to get them to you as fast as we are physically able. Just write your first couple of verses on temporary index cards until you receive your order then write them again permanently in your spiral when you receive it. Sound good?

And, because I know someone’s going to demand to know now: yes, we are going to have another SSMT celebration (in mid-January 2012) for those who keep their commitments in 2011 but no one – let me say that again – NO ONE will be scorned for not showing up with this cool spiral. I mean that. I am also laughing out loud at the ridiculousness of it. I am acting like a nine year old.

OK, if you want one, here’s what you do. Copy and paste this link into your browser and it will take you straight to the order page:

Listen, even if you don’t care one iota about a spiral of blank index cards, please know that we at Living Proof Ministries so desire to serve you and cheer you on in your walk with Christ Jesus. He is everything to us around here. May He be thrilled to spend 2011 with us!

I love you,



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  1. 351
    Tracy L. says:

    I just ordered 3. One for me and Dailey Rae and then a surprise for one of the Siesta’s!


    Merry Christmas from Eric, Tracy, Dailey Rae and Jack Leary.

    Richlands, NC

  2. 352
    Janice says:

    “I’m divin’ in; I’m goin’ deep; in over my head I wanna be! Caught in the rush; lost in the flow; in over my head I wanna go! The river’s deep! The river’s wide! The river’s water is ALIVE! So sink or swim I’m divin’ in!”
    I love that song….Dive by Steven Curtis Chapman
    It just seem to fit!

  3. 353
    Lana says:

    I ordered one for myself and 5 of my friends! I can’t wait!

  4. 354
    Molly says:

    I am at home today, sick as a dog, but when I saw this, I perked up like you wouldn’t believe! Scripture memory has been HUGE for me the past 2 years, even doing it by myself w/o any accountability! I can’t wait to join the SSMT for 2011!!!

  5. 355
    annette says:

    I will be memorizing Scripture along again with you and so look forward to planting seeds of His Word in my heart You are my accountability partners! I ran across a website that helps you memorize Scripture last year when I was doing this called Scripture Typer–I think it was Holly who suggested it. It’s a great tool along with the notebooks to practice memorizing each verse and reviewing them when you’re on the computer. Looking forward to 2011 already!

  6. 356
    Denise says:

    This will be my first year participating and I’m so pumped!!!!

  7. 357
    Sandra says:

    What a great idea Beth. God Bless you and your family.:)

  8. 358
    Sharon Moffett says:

    I am so pumped to get back into the accountability of memorizing every 2 weeks together!! Yippee! Thanks, Beth! The spirals are so cute….great idea! πŸ™‚

  9. 359
    Sharon Moffett says:

    Just got a great idea….I think I will do the scripture memory with my 12 year old twin daughters. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Something we can do together each night & hold each other accountable. They will LOVE the cute spiral & they can take it to school as a witnessing tool!

  10. 360
    Kristi says:

    I didn’t start following this blog until late in 2009, so I didn’t know about the SSMT or the celebration. Now, I’m so excited to participate… And about the celebration??? I’m clearing my Jan. 2012 calendar now!! And just this week I was adding a spiral index cards to my shopping list. Well, guess where I’m getting it now?!!

  11. 361
    Vickie says:

    Well, dang it….I’m having to order more spirals….WooHoo!!! In Jesus name, I pray we ALL stay with this in 2011. Seriously, it’s 2 verses a month. I’m miffed at myself for being so selfish to not participate in 2009. Look at the cross….look at 2 verses….look at the cross…look at 2 verses….

    Briefly, I may have missed this discussion, so pardon if I did. But, I just love the lil unique quilt pieces out beside our names. The symbols may represent something else but thats what it represents to me. It brings back a rare happy childhood memory. In the winter time, we would all help Mom by cutting quilt pieces out of some of the clothes we had outgrown. It made the quilts she’d hand sew even more special. I still have one of those quilts. Thanks for the detail of your blog.
    I love you guys.


  12. 362
    Donna says:

    I received my Siesta Scripture notebooks yesterday and they are just so cute! I will use one and give one to a friend. I hope she can post her scriptures on my computer because she doesn’t have one. Thanks Beth & team for creating such a neat item…love to all and a very Merry & Blessed Christmas season, remembering the Reason for the Season.

  13. 363
    Ginger says:

    Excited to renew my commitment of scripture memory along side this wonderful blog community! 2011 is going to be the best!!!

  14. 364
    jan says:

    Love it! You are great!

  15. 365
    April Nicole says:

    great idea! can’t wait.

  16. 366
    carla says:

    I ordered one for me and one for a dear friend so we could do this together. Christmas blessings to you and your family

  17. 367
    Penny says:

    I have ordered one for myself and 9 for my Bible study buddies. Can’t wait. Wishing you & your family a Merry Christmas!!!

  18. 368
    Jess says:

    I am pretty much brand new to this blog- I have only been following the blog for a few months now- I think! I had no idea about the SSMT- but I am VERY excited now! Thank you so much- and I placed my order today for a few. I love this community!!!

  19. 369
    Lisa the PW says:

    I have a sick love for all things stationery so you have no idea how I can not wait to get my hands on my darlin’ little notebooks! I only ordered 2 up front and am already regretting not ordering 20 for Christmas gifts.

    And Congratulations on the Melissa news! πŸ™‚

  20. 370
    Cindy says:

    So excited to do this again. I NEED the accountability. Thank you my sweet siestas…ALL OF YOU…so thankful for you. XOXO

  21. 371
    Siesta Stephanie says:

    I ordered one for me and one for my mom. And and also just booked my room for Louisville Deeper STill event in June. Can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Siesta STeph

  22. 372
    Christy says:

    I’ve really been looking forward to the new year of siesta memory verses. I can’t wait! And I love, love the cute SSMT spirals. Had to get me one and I think I’ll go back and order a couple more for some friends.

  23. 373
    Nancy says:

    Thanks so much for such a fun addition to such a great idea. I can’t wait to get started- and to see what the Lord will do with this during the year.
    God Bless you and I pray a wondrous and glorious Christmas for you and your family.

    Love you back

  24. 374
    Patti Harris says:

    I just love your studies. My sister does them with the teachers she works with and I have been doing them at my church. I have been moved and challenged by each one. Not wanting to put you on a pedestal and I know you don’t want me to, I believe God has gifted you with a unique and down to earth way to reach women. I am leading some of your Bible studies. We just finished Esther, love the way you told her story and how you emphasized that there were problems and it was not a fairytale with a happily ever after ending. We will start a new one in February and am praying that God will let me know which one will benefit this group of ladies. They loved your study and it has excited them to study the Bible. I hope to be at your conference in April in Little Rock, AR. Thank you for your ministry

    Patti Harris

  25. 375

    I love this and can’t wait for January 1st!!!


  26. 376
    Robin says:

    Right now I am praying in Jesus’ lavish Name that He will appoint some spontaneous moments like these for you and your family or friends. I am well aware that life is hard and all of us could use some reminders that God has not forsaken us – and never will – and that He is only good and never malicious or unfeeling toward us. My next memory verse is James 1:17 β€œEvery generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.” (James 1:17 HCS)

    Oh, thank You, Lord. You never change. You never turn Your back on us.

    You will never know how much I needed to read those words today! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I wish I could give you a hug! I love you and your ministry so very much!

  27. 377
    CJ says:

    It just dawned on me that we need a picture of Melissa with “blond” hair to confirm what Beth says she saw!! πŸ˜‰

  28. 378
    Renee Swope says:

    Thank Beth and LP team!! I’m so agree that there is no way to describe the power of memorizing God’s word to transform the way we think, feel and then live! I’ve never done the SSMT but I am going to in 2011. I want/need the accountability and encouragement to stay consistent. One thing I love to do is walk or jog in the morning with my spiral and pray the scripture I am memorizing out loud. It’s the best way for me to get it engraved on my heart and mind. Now I’ll have a cute spiral! Just ordered 2 – one for me and one for my best friend!

    • 378.1
      Kristen Stuart says:

      A friend emailed the link for this blog today—it had been awhile since I have read. I am so excited to have some accountability and encouragement to pursue this again. Love the Spiral!!!

  29. 379
    Chel says:

    I’ll tell you one thing FOR CERTAIN!!!…Being a SIESTA is NO snooze!!! LOL!You are great! Merry Christmas to you and your entire family!


  30. 380
    Judi says:

    I’ve ordered my spiral and a few extras to use as enticements for some of my Bible study girlfriends who I’m hoping will join me.
    I cannot wait for SMT2011!!!!!
    Orillia, Canada
    where there is lots of snow πŸ™‚

  31. 381
    Cindy Holt says:

    I’m having trouble trying to order my Siesta spirals, can I get them at Lifeway Stores?


    Cindy Holt

    • 381.1
      Cindy Holt says:

      Yay! Just placed my order. I have three daughters so I order one for each of us. My youngest is just 9 1/2 it’s never to early to plant the word of God into a child’s heart! πŸ™‚ May God hold you all in His loving arms and bless you in 2011.

    • 381.2
      KMac says:

      No, sister. We just have them at Living Proof. Give us a call Tuesday morning if you are still having trouble ordering online: 1-888-700-1999.

  32. 382
    Connie says:

    I am excited about the idea of the spirals. I keep my memory verses in a file on my ipod, so I have them and a Bible with me wherever I go, but I plan to participate. Came from Michigan to South Dakota to go to my first conference with my friend Laura and it was so special to experience it together.
    Everyone have a Merry Christmas and whatever your sturggles, may the new year be brighter.

  33. 383

    I hold my spirals close to my heart that I learned from you to do from the beginnings of my bible studies with you! Way back in 2003-2004 πŸ™‚ Great idea AND I carry my Praying Gods Word with me every where, its my BIG Spiral! Love it!

  34. 384
    Allison says:

    I remembered how much it meant so much to me to do the memory work with special verses that meant so much to me in 2009. So glad you are doing this again! An excellent thing….Love to you Beth, Allison

  35. 385

    I am SO excited!!! My hubby just shook his head at me and smiled (I think wondering if he would have to have me committed, as I started jumping up and down at my computer)

    I ordered 2 just in case I can get a friend to join me on the Siesta Scripture Memory this year, to have some local accountability. And maybe a travel partner come next year.

    This year I did do 1st and 15th scripture memory and kept a spiral, but it was much harder, and if I were pressed, I don’t think I could tell you what very many of the verses were, or get them from memory. It was good, and they were needed at the time for those weeks. I could see God working in leading me to the verses I needed. But it was hard for me to keep up and truly get them memorized all the way. A few stuck with me though.

    Hope to see you in January 2012!!! πŸ™‚

    Thank you so much for these spirals, they are so perfect!!!!

    God bless to you and all of your behind-the-scenes hard workers! May God bless you this year!
    Mosinee, WI

  36. 386
    ValerieGail says:

    I am just so excited about the spiral notebook AND that SSMT is back!! YAY!!

  37. 387
    Deb K. says:

    Beth-Beth-Beth my dear sister! I have not been on the blog in a month and boy how much I realize how much this blog community and your inspiring words mean to me and my personal walk with Jesus and my Father. I am for sure joining in for the first time with the SMV and so excited about doing so, BUT I just want to tell you something: as I read this blog I realized a key thing I have learned from you over the years – you have the most beautiful and real way of not placing GUILT on us. We are so guilt stricken in all areas of life and you reflect God’s heart perfectly in that area. I know I could get 1000’s of amens to that. So thank you for your way of doing that and as a small group leader I bring that same freedom to my women. Freedom brings love and desires to do things we normally would rebel against. I love being FREE and have it in part because of your teaching in Bible studies and the blog. Thank you Beth and Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family. God Bless! and yes, those “spirals” are the coolest thing since sliced bread. I am all in. Deb from snowy and cold Michingan.

  38. 388
    Julie West says:

    Haven’t visited the blog in a while and look what I found!
    Some sisters to memorize Scripture with this year. I loved doing it together before and missed everyone this last year. Can’t wait to start. Will probably use my Walgreen’s sprial as you sound at bit overwhelmed with getting spirals out. What wonderful predicament.

  39. 389
    Donna says:

    I am in and excited about it!

  40. 390
    Shelly Elston says:

    I am so excited! I just ordered 2…one for my sister and one for myself. How fun this will be! What a great idea!!!! xoxo Bless you!

  41. 391
    Linda says:

    Since the spirals are back ordered the website won’t let me order one. Will that change once the shipments comes in?
    This will be my first year for scripture memorization on a regular basis.

  42. 392
    Linda says:

    I thought I would just forgo the spiral because I didn’t want to be a problem. However, I have decided just to ask and see what you think. Is it possible to order by check through snail mail? We have “orders from on high” in this household not to order on-line.
    I’m sure you are already overwhelmed with orders and this is asking a bit much. I will just use the one I have my other verses on from last time if it isn’t possible.
    Love you Beth. Have a joyous, blessed Christmas!

  43. 393
    Susan says:

    I’m SO excited that the Scripture Memory will be back! I had to drop out two years ago and I really felt bad about that. But I’m SO pumped for this year!

    Susan from Chicago

  44. 394
    Summer says:

    I haven’t been on the blog in a couple of weeks and I sure missed out! I really enjoyed the scripture memory during 2009 and sad we didn’t do it this past year. REALLY looking forward to this in 2011!! Been struggling lately and know this will help and keep me accountable.
    Do you take debit and will the order form open back up in the next couple weeks?

  45. 395
    Shari says:

    I am excited about starting here with y’all! I feel soooo alone in my walk with the Lord and just reading these posts have encouraged me so!!!


  46. 396
    Kim Safina says:

    What a wonderful Christmas blessing!!
    Just got online while my apple/cranberry casserole is cooking in oven for tomorrow and saw the exciting news for 2011!!!!

    Count ME IN!!!!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours,
    Jingling in California!!!

  47. 397

    I live only about ten minutes away from the LPM office, so I was wondering if I could just stop by the office to pick up a spiral. Or would it be best just to order it online?

    • 397.1
      Beth says:

      Definitely call the ministry and ask, Leslie, because they might be really happy for you to just pick one up. I just want you to make sure they have the new shipment in first. The office is open Tuesday and Wednesday this week so call then.

  48. 398
    Eleanor says:

    It looks like because of the back order that we can’t order any. Is this true? I wanted to order some, even if I have to wait. I am so looking forward to this again! Hoping to get some Bible Study buddies to join me this year!

    I still quote my 2009 verses every morning on the way to work…:)

    Memphis, TN

  49. 399
    Rachel says:

    I was talking with my friend about memorizing scripture and we were talking about doing it together. I told her about this blog and the challenge of memorizing scripture together through this blog and the post man delivered my spiral as we were talking about it! I was so excited and she said she was going to order a spiral as well. I’m excited to get started πŸ™‚ Thanks for this outlet to do such wonderful things!

  50. 400
    Kayce says:

    Wow! Just scrolled down to this post after reading the 2011 Scripture Team instructions. Back ordered already! They sure are cute πŸ™‚

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