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.



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  1. 1

    BEYOND excited!!! Printing out my spiral coverS now … I make multiple and keep them in my purse, car, bathroom (only place in this house where I (sometimes) get to be alone – AMEN?), Bible …

    Thank you sooooo much for this! WOOO HOOOO!

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    Michelle Baylerian says:

    Beyond excited to start this journey again with all my Siesta friends. May the words we memorize be life transforming!!

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    Deb Mott says:

    It is helpful to have this overview. Thank you for taking the time to do it. I plan to send it to many people so that they too can be blessed by this tool that God has raised up in the body to organize us and make us accountable to learn and memorize His Word. It’s a treasure. Thank you! Love In CHRIST, Deb

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    My sweet mama lives in Houston. I can’t think of a better reason to visit than to celebrate our memorization of 24 verses in 2015!!!!

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    Alyssa says:

    I cannot over-emphasize HOW BLESSED I was by SSMT 2013!! God did a mighty work in my life over the year by giving me verses to hide in my heart. Then He would bring them back to me when I so desperately needed them. I am a mom of 4 kids and I work full time– was it hard to keep up with? Yeah, sometimes. Was I late a few times? Yeah. Would I do it again? OHH YESSS!!! YOU CAN DO THIS! GOD WILL BLESS YOU! And the celebration in the end is SO sweet! Thank you, LPM, for your faithfulness to God in this endeavor. His word does not return void. 🙂

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    Julie Reynolds says:

    Oh my Word!! I can’t wait to do this again!! Just the thoughts of seeing all my siesta’s again at the celebration makes me smile! Printing my covers and gearing up!! May God plant His Word in our hearts as well as our minds as we seek to know Him more.

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    Hannah H. says:

    Oh Ms. Beth, all my Siestas at LPM, that video had me giggling the whole way through it! Y’all are just too precious for words! I can’t wait to get a couple of my local Siestas together to have our own little crafting party to make our spirals. Love it! Love y’all!

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    Betty M says:

    Got it done it is unique!!!

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    Bethany says:

    I can’t wait to start in January. What I did was purchase one of those little photo albums from the dollar store and inserted notecards into the sleeves. What I’ll do now is print out the cover. And insert it into the cover of the photo album. Viola! My own spiral is actually not a spiral.

    I love the end of the video ! You all are hilarious.

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    Keri Robbins says:

    SO excited to get started with this!!! 😀 And I love the spiral idea!!

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    Wendy says:

    Looking forward to this! Thank you!!

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    Angie Georgi says:

    I have never participated in this, so I am so excited, but I am a little confused. Is there somewhere I need to register? Is there a specific place to go to? Sorry 😉

    • 12.1
      Ganise says:

      Dear Angie, I believe your comment on this post counts as registration. Glad to see you and everyone else excited to do this! 🙂

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    LuAnn Fischer says:

    Hi – I almost hate to ask and don’t mean to sound ungrateful, BUT since my phone is the only thing I can really keep track of these days will there be an android app? I know there was before. I also know they are expensive etc….so if there’s not it’s ok. Thanks! Loved the video…I’m also doing an “old school” spiral but I know I’ll misplace it… 🙂

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    Denise says:

    Too fun!! Scripture memory=transformation! Even better with the SSMT!

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    AnnaRuth says:

    I am SO excited!! I work to memorize Scripture every year, but I am never as successful as I am during the SSMT years when I have the encouragement and accountability from this lovely team of ladies!

    I will be getting my spiral asap, and am marking down in my calendar the date for the celebration. Claiming success now! And can I just say, I look at and/or use my coffee mug from last year’s celebration every single day! It’s such a sweet reminder! The last celebration was used by God to radically change my life (NOT exaggerating!). Can’t wait to see what He has in store for this upcoming year of Scripture saturation!

    Thank you, LPM, for all you do for us! We are honored and blessed by you!

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    Fran says:

    Sweet Siesta’s…

    I’m in!!! I’m getting mine printed today and spiral bought this weekend and I’m making it all shiny and pretty and fabulous! CANNOT wait to begin the life changing adventure!

    His word is LIFE to us!

    Love you Beth,
    Fran Thomas

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    Leslie Jordan says:

    I’m so excited! Thank you for doing this again.

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    Elisabeth says:

    GAHHH!!! SO excited to do this for my second time!!! This time I shall be joining you all the way from South Africa. And yes-I’m already planning on flying in for the celebration next January. My excitement is through the roof!!!

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    Cheryl Moses says:

    I am ALL in! I’m looking forward to starting this journey and I am challenging my Ladies’ Council Ministry team to join me. Just clarifying, we just need to make sure we’re subscribed to the blog, correct? I didn’t see where exactly we were supposed to sign up to receive the posts for the 1st and 15th.

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    Sarah Marion says:

    We are so excited to get started! The accountability and support from everyone on the team is such a blessing. I love the team spirit. Not sure if we will drive our motorhome this time or fly:)

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    Kimberly says:

    Is it okay to use this as family tool? And are families allowed at the celebration or just women only? TIA

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    Fuzzytop says:

    Yay! Double Yay!!!


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    colette says:

    Can’t watch the video right now BUT I am super excited to get memorizing again with you!! Every year I am in extreme need to let God’s Word sink into my mind, body, spirit and soul! This time around it is especially needed!! Thank you so much AND I LOVE the cover!! 🙂

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    Hannah says:

    So excited about this!!! Did anyone have trouble printing? Mine printed out as a full page!

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    Jaime G. says:

    I look forward to this! I’m sure I will need many many scriptures for the year. My baby, my son, my only child will be graduating June 2015 and leaving for college soon after. I know without the Lord I will be a complete and total basket case! It’s been just the two of us since he was 1 yr old!

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    Nell George says:

    Nell, from Gallatin
    I am so excited to participate! My scriptures from 2013 are well stored in my heart and spoken and prayed regularly. Thanks for your encouragement to know scripture.

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    Jennifer says:

    This just got on my radar for the first time, and I am so in! My mom is going to do it, too. I’m so excited to get so much intentional Word in my heart. I know it will be needed this next year.

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    patti reavis says:

    Patti, Clemmons
    oh my heart, be still. Amazing how excited I became when I saw the title ” Siesta Sisters”

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    Elaine Brady says:

    I have been eagerly waiting for this post and now I can’t wait to get home to make my spiral! SSMT 2013 had such an impact on my mind that I had to continue to memorize Scripture in 2014. For SSMT 2015, I’m taking my Mom down this memorization road. Lord willing, we will both be hugging your sweet necks in just over a year. 🙂

    Thank y’all so much for doing this thing with us. It means so much more than words can express.

    Merry Christmas, Siestas!

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    debbie says:

    great idea, I have always bought my own spiral every year. Now I have a cover to put on it. God Bless

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    Connie Kempf says:

    I am in! I never stopped actually, and have been blessed year in and out as I continued to memorize Scripture in the Siesta pattern since I began in 2011. I could write a book about the blessings God has blessed me with as we have weathered some hearty trials:) Blessed be the name of the Lord!!!

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    GJ says:

    Here we gooooooooooooooooooooo! Can’t wait. Headed to buy a new spiral soon, and have already printed out my cover. “Arts and crafts” on the blog…totally cracked me up. Beth was so proud! Y’all are the best. What a community of siestas. And I’m still…the proud…MAYOR!


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    Tracy says:

    I have a question. If my ten year old daughter wanted to participate in this too, can I just add her verse with her name to my post or does she need her own account? Can someone this young participate?

    • 33.1
      Sandy Bowers says:

      I don’t know why she couldn’t post under your posts. I know there have been young girls doing this previously. Not sure though about attendance at the celebration. I’m sure this will be addressed at some point!

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    Billie Galyen says:

    I am so excited–I feel teary! Thank you LPM staff and Beth for this–been SO LOOKING FORWARD! The blessing of memorizing HIS WORD is beyond description! LOVE YOU!

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    Beth says:

    Will there be an app again?

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    Libby says:

    I am absolutely in! I will finish your study “Believing God” next week so this will be the perfect way to follow that up!

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    Kari B says:

    I am beyond excitement to start this again this year! I have been doing this for 2 years now even though I haven’t checked in with the Siestas! This year I plan on doing more than coming and reading everyones verses…I will add mine and become visible! I love to hide the WORD in my heart, that I might not sin again Him. Printing out my cover right now and gearing up!

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    Mariposa says:

    So excited. Thanks for the info. I have been checking daily because the spirals have been Christmas presents for the past two times of SSMT. Merry Christmas

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    Janet says:

    i am so happy I found this tweet!! I am excited to memorize scripture!! Look forward to this!

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    Sign me up! This will be my first time participating with the Siesta’s and I am excited!! My BFF and I are doing it and I already have the January 2016 date on my calendar! Thanks for the video tutorial. I’ll make my spiral this weekend.

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    Vicki says:

    Yippee, I am so excited to participate, this will be my third year! The DIY spirals are a great idea.

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    Bree says:

    Me and my Bible study group: Dwell with Him! are in and very excited about memorizing Scripture with Beth and the Siesta’s in 2015!

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    Amanda Cross says:

    I’ve been waiting to hear about SSMT for weeks. Yay! Can’t wait! I’m going to memorize Proverbs 3:1-24. It will be easier to remember their location and each verse is short, but power packed. Got all my verses written out and ready.

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    Lichelle says:

    I am so excited… I can’t believe it is that time again. We need something really positive in this crazy world.

    Thanks again for doing this for us.
    Love to all

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    Shelly says:

    I’m so excited to start back on this in January! Off to get my spiral! 🙂

    Many Blessings to you, Beth, and to the LPM staff!
    Portland, OR

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    Jennifer says:

    This is the first year I have been actively following the blog, so that means this is the first time I have heard anything about the SSMT. I need this. Normally I pick a verse and try to focus on letting God take one verse and work on me all year long. Pick these kind of verses carefully!!! I am going to participate in the SSMT 2015 for the first time ever. Pretty excited!! Got to go get my spiral! And start praying about the verses that God would have me working on as memory verses for the upcoming year.

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    Tammy says:

    Oh yall are just too cute. I am so excited to start this with yall. Thank you for sharing how you put them together. I am a visual person and Mama Beth I am pretty sure it will be 15 minutes for me too. Merry Christmas

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    Patty pierce says:

    I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about this. Every year I have participated in this has been monumental. It seems each verse always comes just as I need it . God has always been so good to give me exactly what I need. I can’t help but wonder what this next year will hold.

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    Christy Youngblood says:

    YIPPEEEE! The cord of three strands has been physically separated, but this right here is going to keep our hearts bound together. May have a few new girls join us. Sure hope so. We can’t wait to get started! Thanks Beth for providing this motivation for the group.
    Karen, Cheryl, Christy

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    Tammy says:

    So excited to start this journey in 2015!

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