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.



9,767 Responses to “Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015 Instructions and Spiral Information!”

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  1. 8651
    Elizabeth says:

    “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.”
    Rom. 15:13

  2. 8652
    Kim W. From St. Louis says:

    “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

  3. 8653
    Kathy Knight says:

    Kathy Las Vegas
    1 Corinthians 10:23-24
    ” Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible but not everything is constructive!
    No one should seek his own good but the goods of others!

  4. 8654
    Teresa Rangel says:

    We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
    In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
    May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.
    Psalm 33:20-22 NIV

  5. 8655
    Bev -Kansas says:

    “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9). NIV

  6. 8656
    Lynn Vander Laan says:


    2 Corinthians 12:9a (NIV)

    But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

  7. 8657
    Nicole Santapola says:

    Nicole S, Oviedo FL, 1 Cor 10:31 NIV, “So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

  8. 8658
    Christine F says:

    Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
    I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and my God!
    NLT PS 43:5

  9. 8659
    Jamie Buchanan says:

    Jamie Buchanan, Wausau, WI
    For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

  10. 8660
    Melissa Dukes says:

    Augusta, GA.
    For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (‭II Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ NKJV)

  11. 8661
    Pat Johnson Licking Mo says:

    Proverbs. 8-35 KJV. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain Favor of the Lord.

  12. 8662
    Mary Coulter says:

    Mary Coulter, Springfield, MO. “As for God, his way is perfect. The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.” Psalm 18:30 NIV

  13. 8663
    Leeta says:

    Bay City, TX

    Romans 8:31-32 (NLT)
    31)”…If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32)Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?”

  14. 8664
    Sandy, Pensacola Beach says:

    “Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” James 1:19-20 (NIV)

  15. 8665
    Tammy, Greeley, CO says:

    Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4 (HCSB)

  16. 8666
    Diane; Emporia, KS. says:

    Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
    But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.

  17. 8667
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie, Fort Worth, TX

    Isaiah 53:1 (ESV)

    Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? Isaiah 53:1

  18. 8668
    Carolyn Dodge, Forest, OH says:

    James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, NIV.

    Psalm 27:14 Wait for the LORD:
    be strong & courageous.
    Wait for the LORD.

    Hi, Sietas! I know I’m joining you girlfriends way late, but that’s ok. I plan on going the distance with you anyhow!! So excited for the opportunity to spend extra time in the Word!

  19. 8669
    Teresa Shaw says:

    Teresa Shaw
    Goodlettsville, TN
    Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

  20. 8670
    Debbie Charbonneau says:

    Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
    Colossians 3:2 NIV

  21. 8671
    Candra Brasel says:

    Candra Brasel – Huntsville, AR

    “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 NJKV

  22. 8672
    Michelle Lux says:

    Cedar Park, TX

    Psalms 16:8
    I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

  23. 8673
    Barbara Tilley says:

    from Lafayette, IN – Hebrews 10:24 (NLT) Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.

  24. 8674
    Linda says:

    Colossians 3:2 – Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

  25. 8675
    Brenda Riley says:

    July 15, 2015

    James 5:16 KJV

    Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed.
    The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

  26. 8676
    Terese Kay Black Earth Wi says:

    Terese kay
    black earth, Wi
    NIVB Romans 4:7

    Blessed are they whose transgressions
    are forgiven,
    Whose sins are covered.

  27. 8677
    Deborah Cochran says:

    Milan, MI

    Psalm 119:11 NKJV

    Your word I have hidden in my heart,
    That I might not sin against You.

  28. 8678
    Elizabeth says:

    “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

  29. 8679
    Connie says:

    Connie from Woodstock, GA
    “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 (NLT)

  30. 8680
    Susan Kolb says:

    Susan Kolb
    Slidell, LA

    He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy And to walk humbly with your God?
    Micah 6:8

  31. 8681
    Alana, Bosque Farms, NM says:

    Romans 13:8 (NIV) “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.”

  32. 8682
    Samantha Barrack says:

    Samantha from SC says; “Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 (NIV).

  33. 8683
    Twyla says:

    Twyla from Cortez, CO

    Colossians 3:1-3

    3 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 [a]Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

  34. 8684
    Donna Miller, OR says:

    Zeph 3:17, ESV
    The Lord your God is in your midst
    A mighty One who will save
    He will rejoice over you with gladness
    He will quiet you by His love
    He will exult (leap for joy) over you with loud signing.

  35. 8685
    Nancy says:

    “Wait for the Lord, and HE will make things right.”
    Prov. 20:22 (NKJV)

  36. 8686
    Teresa Rangel says:

    For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joint and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NIV

  37. 8687
    Renae says:

    Hendersonville, TN
    But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run,
    and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
    Isaiah 40:31 KJV

  38. 8688
    Sandy says:

    New Braunfels, Texas
    May He strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. 1 Thessalonians 3:13. NIV

  39. 8689
    Melissa Dukes says:

    Augusta, GA.
    “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  40. 8690
    Kathy goedken says:

    NIV Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

  41. 8691
    Cyndi Ramirez says:

    Los Banos, Ca

    Therefore keep the words of this covenant and do them, that you may deal wisely and prosper in all that you do. Deu. 29:9 AMP

  42. 8692
    Kim Morris says:

    Kim, Richmond, TX, Zeph 3:17-
    “The LORD your God is with you,
    He is mighty to save.
    He will take great delight in you,
    He will quiet you
    with His love,
    He will rejoice over you with singing.” (NIV)

  43. 8693
    Denise says:

    And to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us, eph. 3:19-20 NIV

  44. 8694
    Beth Howard says:

    Beth Howard~Gillette, Wyoming.
    Psalm 57:1-3 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. He will send from heaven and save me; He will put to shame him who tramples on me. God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

  45. 8695
    Mechelle thomas says:

    “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  46. 8696
    Trisha Feitshans says:

    Trisha, Greenville, OH

    Psalm 61:4 (NIV)

    I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah

  47. 8697
    Susan Kranz says:

    From Ravendale, Calif:
    …if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and
    believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead,
    you will be saved. Romans 10:9 NKJV

  48. 8698
    Phoebe Holbrook says:

    Phoebe Holbrook from Kentucky
    2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

  49. 8699
    Pamela Muncy says:

    Pamela Muncy from Ashland KY,
    ESV Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

  50. 8700
    Melissa J. says:

    Melissa from Austin AR

    Therefore, thus says the LORD, “If you return, then I will restore you– Before Me you will stand; And if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My spokesman. They for their part may turn to you, But as for you, you must not turn to them. Jer 15:19 NASB

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