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. 8751
    Jess Bucher says:

    Jess Bucher from Valparaiso, IN
    “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭28:13‬ ‭NIV‬

  2. 8752
    Lisa Mast says:

    Lisa Mast -Fort Wayne, Indiana
    For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
    Romans 8:14 ESV

  3. 8753
    Melissa Sullivan says:

    Melissa Sullivan
    Mendenhall MS

    So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭14:19‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

  4. 8754
    Renae says:

    Hendersonville, TN
    Be careful for nothing; but in every thing
    by prayer and supplication with
    thanksgiving let your requests be made
    known unto God. Philippians 4:6 KJV

  5. 8755
    Donna G says:

    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.
    Eph 6:10 NIV

  6. 8756
    Susan Kolb says:

    All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete thoroughly equipped for every good work.
    2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV

  7. 8757
    Jennifer Perkins says:

    Jennifer Perkins Longview, TX “and let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you were called in one body;and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 NKJV

  8. 8758
    Brittney Sullivan says:

    You will seek me and will find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 NIV

  9. 8759
    Karla Kincade says:

    Karla Kincade
    Indianapolis, IN

    “Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.”
    Proverbs 18:13 NLT

  10. 8760
    Lynn Vander Laan says:

    Ada, MI

    Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do Not be afraid; Do Not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

  11. 8761
    Allison Bayles says:

    Allison Bayles, Katy, TX

    Romans 12:2(niv)
    Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.

  12. 8762
    Pam Walling says:

    From Bridgeport West Virginia

    “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
    they shall run and not be weary,
    they shall walk and not faint.”
    Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)

  13. 8763
    Kathy Knight says:

    Kathy in Las Vegas
    Acts 10:15 “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean!”

  14. 8764
    Carolyn Dodge, Forest, OH says:

    Luke 10:41&42 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” NIV

    Psalm 46:10A Be still, and know that I am God; NIV

  15. 8765
    Jessica Clark says:

    Jessica Clark, Houston Texas

    Psalm 119:1 (NASB) How blessed are those whose way is blameless,
    Who walk in the law of the Lord.

  16. 8766
    Ann says:

    Ann Smith
    Fort Worth TX

    Psalm 25: 4-5 NIV
    Show me your ways oh Lord, teach me your paths;
    Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are my savior and my hope is in you all day long.

  17. 8767
    Maranda G. says:


    Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Philippians 2:3 ESV

  18. 8768
    Donalee Cushman says:

    Donalee from Houston, TX

    “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:9 NAS

  19. 8769
    Jamie Vukelich says:

    John 14:27

    “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.”

  20. 8770
    Sally Boyd Davis says:

    Denison, Texas

    O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

    Psalm 107:1 – 2 (KJV)

  21. 8771
    Ludmila Kosenko says:

    Luda Kosenko
    Baltimore, MD

    May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory
    to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power
    in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit
    [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].
    Ephesians 3:16 (AMP)

    (Failed to memorize verses I posted for July 15th, 2015)

  22. 8772
    Stephanie B. says:

    Stephanie B.
    Augusta, Ga
    Ps 91:1-2 (ESV)
    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD,”My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

  23. 8773
    Karine Backer says:

    Memory Verse
    Philippians 4:6-7
    6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.(ESV)

  24. 8774
    Connie says:

    Connie from Woodstock, GA
    “This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

  25. 8775
    Joan Heffner says:

    NIV Psalm 27:1

    The Lord is my light and salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid.

    (in memory of Chelsea Watts, RIP)

  26. 8776
    Sherry Willis says:

    Psalm 32:8

    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.

  27. 8777
    Susan Kranz says:

    From Ravendale, Calif.:
    He determines and counts the number of the stars;
    He calls them all by their names.
    Great is our Lord and of great power…
    Psalm 147:4 -5. AMP

  28. 8778
    Amanda Lee Broadhead says:

    Amanda Lee Broadhead
    Mendenhall, MS

    Psalm 119:107

    “I am severely afflicted; Lord, give me life through Your word.”

  29. 8779
    Kenna davey says:

    Kenna Davey, Overland Park, KS
    Lamentations 3:22 & 23
    “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.” (NIV)

  30. 8780
    Judy Gillette says:

    “Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.”
    Psalm 97:10 KJV

  31. 8781
    Emily Johnson says:

    Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working.
    James 5:16
    Oakdale, Ca

  32. 8782
    Phoebe Holbrook says:

    Phoebe Holbrook from Kentucky, John 1:16 (NIV) From the fullness of his Grace we have all received one blessing after another.

  33. 8783
    Pamela Muncy says:

    Pamela Muncy from Ashland, KY (ESV)
    Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

  34. 8784
    Nancy says:

    “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.” Phillipians 4:12

  35. 8785
    sherry triblo says:

    Sherry Triblo Luke 1:47 And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior

  36. 8786
    Angela T. says:

    Angela T., Albuquerque, NM

    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
    Matthew 5:4 NIV

  37. 8787
    Kathy Goedken says:

    2 Timothy 4:8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me that day-and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

  38. 8788
    Twyla says:

    Twyla from Cortez, CO

    Colossians 3:12-14

    12) So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13) bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

  39. 8789
    LaQuana Guillory-Williams says:

    Denver, CO

    Psalms 46:1 NKJV

    God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

  40. 8790
    Jan Hair says:

    Psalm 56:3,4 NASB
    When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.
    In God, whose word I praise,
    In God I have put my trust;
    I shall not be afraid.
    What can mere man do to me?

  41. 8791
    Teri James says:

    n the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before you
    and wait expectantly

  42. 8792
    Melissa J. says:

    Melissa J from Austin AR

    But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

    2 Corinthians 3:18 NASB

  43. 8793
    Denise Ramey says:

    Denise Ramey – Cedar Park, TX – Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”. NIV

  44. 8794
    Michelle Lux says:

    Cedar Park, TX
    Matthew 6:33 New International Version (NIV)

    33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

  45. 8795
    Donna Brassfield says:

    Donna Brassfield, Claremore, OK

    Psalm 143:8
    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

  46. 8796
    Denise from OK says:

    Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim 2:15 AKJV

  47. 8797
    Gina from MO says:

    “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.” Deuteronomy 33:12 (NIV)

  48. 8798
    Angela Tofteland says:

    Wichita, KS
    You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4 (NIV)

  49. 8799
    Pat Johnson Licking Mo says:

    Proverbs. 22-2 KJV. The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all

  50. 8800
    Trisha Feitshans says:

    Trisha Feitshans
    Greenville, OH

    Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

    Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

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