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. 8301
    Chloe Warren says:

    Romans 8:18-19 ESV
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.

  2. 8302
    Louise SHYTLE says:

    There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.
    NRSV ACTS. 4: 12

  3. 8303
    Kim W. From St. Louis says:

    “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.” 2 Cor 5:14 (NIV)

  4. 8304
    Glynna says:

    Glynna Penney, Cisco, TX

    ..and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

    Ephesians 4:19 ESV

  5. 8305
    Jan Hair, Dalton, GA says:

    1Jn 4:18 NASB
    There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

  6. 8306
    Sharon Gorchynski says:

    Sharon Gorchynski
    Winkler, Manitoba, Canada

    (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions?

    Ephesians 4:9 NIV

  7. 8307
    Joanne Hill says:

    Joanne Hill Orange TX

    Look to the Lord and his strength, seek his face always.
    1 Chron. 16 d 11 NIV

  8. 8308
    Melissa Dukes says:

    Augusta, GA.
    Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (‭Mark‬ ‭9‬:‭23‬ NKJV)

  9. 8309
    Kelli Holland says:

    Ephesians 6.14-15 NIV

    Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled firmly around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

  10. 8310
    Susan, Rustburg, VA says:

    “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all”

    Niv Psalms 34: 17-19

  11. 8311
    Gina says:

    Gina from Missouri:
    “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
    Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

  12. 8312
    Michelle Lux says:

    Cedar Park
    Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  13. 8313
    Joan Heffner says:

    Lamentations 3:22 NIV
    Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

  14. 8314
    Debbie Symbalisty says:

    Debbie Symbalisty
    Calgary Alberta

    I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.
    Isaiah 43:15(ESV)

  15. 8315
    Patricia Gurinsky says:

    Fort Worth, TX
    Proverbs 16:3 ESV

    Commit your work to the Lord , and your plans will be established.

  16. 8316
    Kelly McCargar says:

    Walnut Creek, CA

    May 1:
    “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances.”
    Philippians 4:11 (NASB)

    May 15:
    Make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding.” Proverbs 2:2 (NASB)

  17. 8317
    Malynda Leroy-Magee, Corsicana, Texas says:

    People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness. A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones. (Proverbs 14:29-30 NLT)

  18. 8318
    Tami claremore ok says:

    I love those who love me,
    and those who seek me diligently find me.
    Proverbs 8:17

  19. 8319
    Sandy, Pensacola Beach says:

    “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
    Matthew 7:7,8 NIV

  20. 8320
    Diane; Emporia, KS says:

    Psalm 91:1 (NLV)
    Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

  21. 8321
    Annette Turkson says:

    Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and He will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 NLT

  22. 8322
    karin says:

    Medina, MN

    In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words can not express.

    Romans 8:26 NIV

  23. 8323
    Misty says:

    Calhoun, GA

    Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

    Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV

  24. 8324
    Sara says:

    Galatians 5:22
    “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

  25. 8325
    Anita says:

    He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Psalms 147:3

  26. 8326
    Shawna Vinkenberg says:

    Shawna V., Aurora, NE

    “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

  27. 8327
    Lisa Formby says:

    He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.
    Job 5:9 NIV

  28. 8328
    Carol says:

    Carol, Sheboygan Falls, Wi

    Isaiah 41: 13 (NIV)

    For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your irght hand and says to you, Do nor fear; I will help you.

  29. 8329
    Carol says:

    Luke 15:7 (NIV) I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

  30. 8330
    Deby Cummings says:

    Verse #10
    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NIV

  31. 8331
    Debbie says:

    Debbie from Wooster, OH
    Romans 12:12 “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing diligently in prayer;” KJV

  32. 8332
    Pat Johnson Licking Mo says:

    Hebrews 11-1 KJV. Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

  33. 8333
    Terriekka C. says:

    Midlothian, TX
    A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭1‬ NKJV)

  34. 8334
    Cheryl Hart says:

    Neh 9:17

    I want to bless you with praise, Father, because you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.

  35. 8335
    Susan Stevens says:

    Susan Stevens, Huntsville, AR
    We can make our plans but the Lord determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9 NLV

  36. 8336
    Boni Caine says:

    Ephesians 6:8
    Knowing that for whatever good anyone does, he will receive his reward from the Lord, whether he is slave or free.

  37. 8337
    Lisa Walker says:

    Hendersonville, TN
    “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.”
    Psalm 19:14 NIV

  38. 8338
    Nancy Dunn says:

    Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man has received the gift even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

    I Peter 4:9-10

  39. 8339
    Lois Lorentzen says:

    Psalm 40:5 “Many, O Lord my God are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.”

  40. 8340
    Jennifer says:

    I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NLT)

  41. 8341
    Corie Creech says:

    Matthew 21:22
    You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.

  42. 8342
    Corie Creech says:

    Corie from Edgar Springs, MO

    Romans 8:18
    Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.

  43. 8343
    Tina W says:

    Tina W., Pendleton, IN. Philippians 1:3 I thank my God every time I remember you. NIV

  44. 8344
    Mechelle Thomas says:

    Mechelle from texarkana
    I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
    Psalm 13:5

  45. 8345
    Elaine Gibson says:

    Hermleigh, Texas

    “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
    Proverbs 15:1 NKJV

  46. 8346
    Linda says:

    Jacksonville, FL
    This is ‘catch up'(I was out of commission)
    Psalm 27:3-8.(KJV) Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear. Though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

  47. 8347
    Linda says:

    Linda, Jacksonville, FL
    Psalm 27:4-5 (KJV) One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple.
    For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock

  48. 8348
    Linda says:

    Linda. Jacksonville, FL
    Psalm 27:6-8 (KJV) And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in His tabernacle, sacrifices of joy. I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto to Lord.Hear, Oh Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
    When thou saidst, Seek ye my face, my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord will I seek.

  49. 8349
    Nancy says:

    “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the futuer you hope for.” Jer. 29:11 (The MSG)

  50. 8350
    Debbie Fasano says:

    For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,
    Isaiah 30:15, ESV

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