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. 8601
    Twyla says:

    Twyla from Cortez, CO

    Revelation 5:13 NASB
    13 And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying,

    “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”

  2. 8602
    Tarsha Ahmad says:

    Tarsha from St. Petersburg, Florida

    “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)

  3. 8603
    Nancy says:

    “The Lord gives strength to those who are weary.” Isa. 40:29 (The Promise)

  4. 8604
    Alana, Bosque Farms, NM says:

    Deut 30:20 (NIV) “…and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the LORD is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

  5. 8605
    Melissa Sullivan says:

    Melissa Sullivan
    Mendenhall MS
    so that you can approve the things that are superior and can be pure and blameless in the day of Christ, (‭Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭10‬ HCSB)

  6. 8606
    Susan Kolb says:

    Susan Kolb
    Slidell, LA

    And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
    Philippians 4:19 NKJV

  7. 8607
    Claudia Teixeira says:

    Claudia Teixeira from Sugar Land, TexTexasaa

    Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Phil 4:4-5 (NIV)

  8. 8608
    Donna says:

    To enjoy your work and to except your lot in life-that is indeed a gift from God.

    Ecclesiates 5:19

  9. 8609
    Jamie Vukelich says:

    Matthew 7:3-5New International Version (NIV)

    3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

  10. 8610
    Brenda Riley says:

    July 1,2015

    Joshua 1:9. HCSB

    Haven’t I commanded you? Be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged
    for the Lord your God is with you where ever you go.

  11. 8611
    Gina says:

    Gina from Missouri:
    “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”
    Psalm 55:22 (NIV)

  12. 8612
    Abby Fraser says:

    Abby Fraser, Austin TX
    “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him.’
    1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV

  13. 8613
    Wanda from Vero Beach, FL says:

    “Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it. Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is o God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.” 2 Samuel 7:21-22. ESV

  14. 8614
    Kearse George says:

    Kearse George, Denver, CO
    “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

  15. 8615
    Brittney Sullivab says:

    “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” Psalm 119:18 NIV

  16. 8616
    Lisa Mast says:

    Lisa Mast – Fort Wayne, IN
    In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
    Proverbs 3:6 ESV

  17. 8617
    Susan Kranz says:

    From Ravendale, CA:
    And Elisha prayed, Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.
    Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. II Kings 6:17. NIV

  18. 8618
    Pam Ricklefsen says:

    ” ‘For I know the plans I have for you. ” declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ”
    Jeremiah 29:11

  19. 8619
    Debbie F. says:

    Debbie F from Ohio
    Mark 12:30 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment”. KJV

  20. 8620
    Linda Chuplis, York Haven PA says:

    I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart I have overcome the world. John 16:33 NIV

  21. 8621
    Beth Howard says:

    Beth Howard~ Gillette, Wyoming.
    Psalm 67:1-2 “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us— so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.”

  22. 8622
    Teri says:

    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

  23. 8623
    Emily Johnson says:

    And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    Phillipians 4:7

    Oakdale, CA

  24. 8624
    Amanda Lee Broadhead says:

    Amanda Lee Broadhead
    Mendenhall, Mississippi

    Acts 3:19
    “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

  25. 8625
    Jennifer Perkins says:

    Jennifer Perkins Longview, TX Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” NIV

  26. 8626
    Terriekka Cardenas says:

    Midlothian, TX
    “Open rebuke is better than secret love.” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭27‬:‭5‬ KJV)

  27. 8627
    Carolyn Dotts says:

    Carolyn Dotts Spruce Pine, NC
    I like to change my verses to first person!

    Philippians 2:3-4 NCV
    When I do things, do not let selfishness or pride be my guide. Instead be humble and give more honor to others than to myself. Do not be interested only in my own life, but be interested in the lives of others.

  28. 8628
    LaQuana Guillory-Williams says:

    Denver, CO

    Psalms 56:3 NKJV

    Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.

  29. 8629
    Sharon Gorchynski says:

    Sharon Gorchynski
    Winkler, Manitoba, Canada

    to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
    Ephesians 4:12 NIV

  30. 8630
    Angie Colbeck says:

    ” Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.”
    1 Chronicles 29:11

  31. 8631
    Debbie Hughes says:

    Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong,but walk in his ways!
    Psalm 119:1-3 ESV

  32. 8632
    Anita says:

    Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. Psalms 119:114 KJV

  33. 8633
    Sara says:

    Phil 4:4-5 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again- Rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

  34. 8634
    Jill Mlakar says:

    Jill Mlakar
    Bainbridge Township, Ohio

    “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 NIV

  35. 8635
    Cyndi Ramirez says:

    Los Banos, Ca
    Deu. 8:18 AMP
    But you shall earnestly remember your God, for it is He Who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His Coventry which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

  36. 8636
    Allison Bayles says:

    Allison Bayles, Katy, TX

    Galatians 5:25 (niv)
    Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

  37. 8637
    Trisha says:

    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

    (John 3:16, NIV)

  38. 8638
    Annette Turkson says:

    Colossians 3:2 AMP Set your mind and keep it set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.

  39. 8639
    Donna N. says:

    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. NIV

  40. 8640
    Gwen says:

    Gwen Valles, Fort Collins CO
    “Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his purpose and grave, which he gave is in Christ Jesus before the ages began” 2 Timothy 1:9 (esv)

  41. 8641
    Karla Kincade says:

    Karla Kincade
    Indianapolis, IN

    “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

    2 Corinthians 5:17

  42. 8642
    Maranda G. says:

    Anna, TX

    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, bully only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29 NIV

  43. 8643
    Melissa J. says:

    Melissa J, Austin AR

    James 1:2,3,4

    Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

  44. 8644
    Denise says:

    And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. Eph. 17b-18 NIV

  45. 8645
    Michelle Lux says:

    Cedar Park
    In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

  46. 8646
    Cheryl says:

    Exodus 15:11
    Who among the Gods is like you, O Lord?
    Who is like you?
    Majestic in Holiness
    Awesome in Glory
    Working wonders?

  47. 8647
    Teresa says:

    Teresa L Rio Rancho, NM

    19 “Elohim Adonai is my strength!
    He makes me swift and sure-footed as a deer
    and enables me to stride over my high places.”Habakkuk 3:19 (CJB)

  48. 8648
    Trisha Feitshans says:

    Trisha F.
    Greenville, OH

    Exodus 33:14 NIV
    The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

  49. 8649
    Debbie Symbalisty says:

    Calgary Alberta Canada

    Seek the LORD and his strength;
    seek his presence continually!

    1 Chronicles 16:11 (ESV)

  50. 8650
    Karine Backer says:

    1 Corinthians 2:9

    But, as it is written,
    What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,nor the heart of man imagined,what God has prepared for those who love him. .

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