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. 8551
    Teresa L. says:

    Teresa from Rio Rancho, NM

    I Corinthians 15:58 NKJV
    “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

  2. 8552
    Claudia Teixeira says:

    Claudia Teixeira from Sugar Land, Texas

    Be kind and compassionate with one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ Good forgave you.
    Eph4:32 NIV

  3. 8553
    Neida says:

    Neida from Westminster, CO
    1 Chronicles 16:8-9
    Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him; sing praises to Him; tell of all His wondrous works!

  4. 8554
    Sherry Awdish says:

    “Only a spectator shall you be as you witness the reward of the wicked.” Psalm 91:8 Amp.

  5. 8555
    Kathy Knight says:

    Kathy from Las Vegas,
    1 Corinthians 2:9 “However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him”

  6. 8556
    Sara says:

    Proverbs 17:27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.

  7. 8557
    Cyndi Ramirez says:

    Cyndi Ramirez
    Los Banos, Ca
    Ps 119:116. AMP
    Uphold me according to Your promise, that I may live; and let me not be put to shame in my hope!

  8. 8558
    Annette Turkson says:

    Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge Proverbs 23:12 NLT

  9. 8559
    Donna N. says:

    Dear friends, since God so loved us, we ought to love one another. I John 4:11

  10. 8560
    Kristi says:

    Kristi, Anchorage, Alaska

    2 Timothy 1:7 New Living Translation (NLT)

    For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

  11. 8561
    Kayley says:

    Kayley Hibbert
    Camp Point, IL
    Psalm 91:4 NIV
    He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

  12. 8562
    Sandy, Pensacola Beach says:

    “Open my eyes to see wonderful things in your Word.” Psalm 119:18 (TLB)

  13. 8563
    Teresa Shaw says:

    Teresa Shaw, Goodlettsville, TN

    “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 NIV

  14. 8564
    Kathy says:

    Queen City, TX

    John 1:1
    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


  15. 8565
    Kathy says:

    Queen City, TX

    1 Chronicles 28:20 HCS

    Then David said to His Son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, My God, is with You. He won’t leave you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the Lord’s House is finished.”

  16. 8566
    Kathy says:

    Queen City, TX

    2 Corinthians 5:21

    “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

  17. 8567
    Kathy says:

    Queen City, TX

    Exodus 15:13

    “You will lead the people you have redeemed with your faithful love; you will guide them to your Holy dwelling with your strength.” HCS

  18. 8568
    Kathy says:

    Kathy, Queen City, TX

    John 14:27

    “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.”


  19. 8569
    Kathy says:

    Queen City, TX

    Ephesians 1:7-8

    “In Him, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.


  20. 8570
    Kathy says:

    Queen City, TX

    1 John 1:7

    “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.”


  21. 8571
    Kathy says:

    Queen City, TX

    Psalms 103:11

    “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His faithful love toward those who fear Him.”


  22. 8572
    Kathy says:

    Queen City, TX

    John 6:35

    “I am the bread of life,” Jesus said. “No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty again.”


  23. 8573
    Alison K. Powder Springs, GA says:

    Psalm 46:1
    God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

  24. 8574
    Donna says:

    Stigler, Ok.

    What doth The Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Thy God?

    Micah 6:8

  25. 8575
    Marni McKenzie says:

    Hebrews 12:11 NIV “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those trained by it.”

  26. 8576
    Yanzhen says:

    Yanzhen , chapel Hill NC

    Let nothing be done out of strife and conceit, but in humility let each esteem the other better than himself. Philippians 2:3

  27. 8577
    Ellisha H. says:

    Ellisha H. from Emmaus PA
    Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
    They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
    Lamentations 3:22-23

  28. 8578
    Melissa Dukes says:

    Augusta, GA.
    Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭27‬ NKJV)

  29. 8579
    Leeta says:

    Bay City, TX

    Proverbs 3:5-6(NLT)
    5)”Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6)Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

  30. 8580
    Pat Johnson Licking Mo says:

    Proverbs 3-6 NIV. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight

  31. 8581
    Pat says:

    Pat-Dallas, Tx

    Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
    Bind them around your neck,
    Write them on the tablet of your heart,

    Proverbs 3:3, NKJV

  32. 8582
    Dianne Hernandez says:

    Lafayette, LA

    And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him.

    Hebrews 5:9. ESV

  33. 8583
    Kawana Dobbins says:

    Enterprise, AL

    Colossians 1:3-4 NKJV

    3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;

  34. 8584
    Peggy Bonine, Gardner, KS says:

    May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
    May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant support from
    Zion. Psalm 20:1-2 NIV

  35. 8585
    Nancy says:

    “God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to HIM.”
    1 Peter 5:7 (The Promise)

  36. 8586
    Pam Walling says:

    “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

  37. 8587
    Sandy Harper says:

    Sandy Harper
    Ringgold, Georgia

    Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

    “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

  38. 8588
    Marthe says:

    Ps 123:2 NLT
    “We look to the Lord our God for his mercy, just as servants keep their eyes on their master, as a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal.”

  39. 8589
    Kawana Dobbins says:

    Enterprise, AL

    Colossians 1:5-6 NKJV

    5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit,[b] as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;

  40. 8590
    Lnda says:

    John 15:5
    I am the vine you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me.

  41. 8591
    Terese Kay Black Earth Wi says:

    Terese kay
    Black Earth Wi

    John1:3 NIV
    Through him all things were made;
    without him nothing was made that has been made

  42. 8592
    Connie says:

    Connie from Woodstock, GA
    “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24 NLT

  43. 8593
    Renae says:

    Hendersonville, TN
    Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the
    LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth
    for ever. Psalms 106:1 KJV

  44. 8594
    Brenda rowland says:

    Brenda Rowland, Mint Hill, NC, 7/1/15

    Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV
    Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.

  45. 8595
    Deborah Cochran says:

    Milan, MI

    Isaiah 9:6 NKJV

    For unto us a child is born,
    Unto us a Son is given;
    And the government will be upon His shoulder.
    And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

  46. 8596
    Layne. Pelham,AL says:

    Psalm34:13-14. Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit .
    Depart from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue it.

  47. 8597
    Samantha Barrack says:

    Samantha from SC says: “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
    I wait for the Lord
    more than watchman wait for the morning;
    more than watchman wait for the morning.

  48. 8598
    Jess Bucher says:

    Jess Bucher from Valparaiso, Indiana
    “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
    Philippians 4:11-13 NIV

  49. 8599
    Natalie Chance says:

    “You shall fear the Lord your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear.” Deuteronomy 10:20

  50. 8600
    Donna Verschoot says:

    Columbia, SC
    So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

    2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV

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