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. 8801
    Debbie says:

    Debbie from OH

    I Chronicles 16:34 “Oh, give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever”. KJV

  2. 8802
    Patty Roddy says:

    Patty from Redmond, WA
    John 14:1 NLT

    “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me.”

  3. 8803
    Beth Howard says:

    Judges 5:21 “March on, my soul; be strong!”

  4. 8804
    Marthe says:

    1Chronicles 28:20b NLT
    “Don’t be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you.”

  5. 8805
    Heather says:

    “Love the Lord your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commandments always.”

    Deuteronomy 11:1

  6. 8806
    Heather says:

    “A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.”

    Ecclesiastes 3:4

  7. 8807
    Donna 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

  8. 8808
    Marilyn Gillis says:

    Marilyn Gillis, Florence, AL
    2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV

    God made Him who had no sin to be
    sin for us, so that in Him we might
    become the righteous of God.

  9. 8809
    Claudia Teixeira says:

    From Claudia Teixeira of Sugar Land, Texas

    Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22 NIV

  10. 8810
    Elizabeth 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.”
    Deut. 33:12

  11. 8811
    Diane; Emporia, KS says:

    Prob.9:10 (NLV)
    Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in understanding.

  12. 8812
    Melissa Dukes says:

    Augusta, GA.

    “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
    ‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  13. 8813
    Sandy says:

    New Braunfels, TX
    I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Ephesians 1:17 NIV

  14. 8814
    Karen Burket says:

    I would love to start memorizing but it is August. I just saw this.

  15. 8815
    Kawana Dobbins says:

    Enterprise, AL
    The reference may seem weird, but this marks learning all of Colossians 1 between January 1, 2015 and August 15, 2015!
    Colossians 1:1-2 NKJV
    1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

    2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse:

    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.[

  16. 8816
    Melinda O'Dell says:

    Melinda, Rowlett, Tx Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16. ESV

  17. 8817
    Melinda ODell says:

    Melinda, Rowlett, Texas
    The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. John 1:14 ESV

  18. 8818
    Melinda ODell says:

    Melinda ODell. Rowlett, Texas
    I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation but take heart I have overcome the world.

    John 16:33 ESV

  19. 8819
    Melinda O'Dell says:

    Melinda O’Dell, Rowlett, Texas

    And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
    Ezekiel 36:26 ESV

  20. 8820
    Jana Fields says:

    Jana Fields Wills Point, Tx
    Philippians 4:4 NIV
    “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

  21. 8821
    Kelly McCargar says:

    Walnut Creek, CA

    Ephesians 4:4-6 (NIV)
    “4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

  22. 8822
    Annette Turkson says:

    Psalm 46:10 (NIV) Be still, and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.

  23. 8823
    Sandy Harper says:

    Sandy Harper
    Ringgold, Georgia

    Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)
    “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

  24. 8824
    Stephanie says:

    You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 NIV84

  25. 8825
    Jamie Buchanan says:

    Jamie Buchanan, Wausau, WI

    Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.
    John 14:1 NIV

  26. 8826
    Ashley Kurtz says:

    Ashley Kurtz, Kingwood, Texas “The Lord says I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8 NLT

  27. 8827
    Cheryl Hart says:

    Romans 5: 3-5 NLT
    We rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God poured out his love into our hearts by the holy spirit; whom he has given us.

  28. 8828
    Ann says:

    Ann, Fort Worth, TX
    Psalm 119:45
    I will walk about in freedom for I have sought out your precepts.

  29. 8829
    Connie says:

    Connie from Woodstock, GA
    “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” Joshua 1:8 (NLT)

  30. 8830
    Jessica Bucher says:

    Jess Bucher from Valparaiso, IN
    “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
    ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:6-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  31. 8831
    Donna Verschoot says:

    Donna from Columbia, SC. 2 Samuel 22:29 NIV

    You Lord are my lamp, the Lord turns my darkness into light.

  32. 8832
    Carolyn Dodge says:

    Micah 7:7 But I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. HCSB

    James 4:8A. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. HCSB

  33. 8833
    Susan Kolb says:

    Susan Kolb
    Slidell, LA

    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
    Psalm 32:8

  34. 8834
    Jan Hair says:

    Psalm 103: 8 NASB

    The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.

  35. 8835
    Nan Vroman says:

    Nan Vroman
    Buffalo, NY

    ‘”I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”‘

    Revelation 1:8 NIV

  36. 8836
    Karla Kincade says:

    Karla Kincade
    Indianapolis, IN

    “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
    Romans 12:13 NIV

  37. 8837
    Emily Johnson says:

    col.1.17-18.niv “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”

    Oakdale, ca

  38. 8838
    Cheryl hart says:

    Proverbs 10:19
    When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.

  39. 8839
    Denise says:

    We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor. 4:18 NIV

  40. 8840
    Kitty Bennett says:

    Kitty from Bend, Oregon
    My heart is confident in You, O God, my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing Your praises! Psalm 57:7

  41. 8841
    Trisha Feitshans says:

    Trisha from Greenville, OH

    Ruth 2:12 (NIV)

    May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.

  42. 8842
    Jamie Vukelich says:

    Psalm 118:24 (ESV)

    This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.

  43. 8843
    Renae says:

    Hendersonville, TN
    So we must not grow weary in doing good,
    for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up.
    Galatians 6:9 NET

  44. 8844
    Lisa Mast says:

    Lisa Mast -Fort Wayne, Indiana
    He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
    Isaiah 40:29 ESV

  45. 8845
    Peggy Bonine says:

    Cast all your anxiety on him for he cares for you.
    1Peter 5:7 NIV

  46. 8846
    Peggy Bonine says:

    God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help
    in trouble. Psalm 46:1 NIV

  47. 8847
    Susan Kranz says:

    From Ravendale, Calif:
    Bear (endure, carry) one another’s burdens and troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly
    the law of Christ (the Messiah) and complete what is lacking
    [in your obedience to it].
    Galatians 6:2 AMP

  48. 8848
    Wanda Lewis / Florida says:

    “For does not my house stand so with God? For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. For will he not cause to prosper all my help and my desire? 2 Samuel 23:5(ESV)

  49. 8849
    Melissa Sullivan says:

    Melissa Sullivan
    Mendenhall MS

    “Lord, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.”
    ‭‭Psalm 141:3‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

  50. 8850
    Amanda Lee Broadhead says:

    Ephesians 2:13
    “But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah.”

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