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. 9251
    Marsha Saucier says:

    Proverbs 3:5, 6 NKJV

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct our paths.

  2. 9252
    Nancy says:

    “I give thanks to you because you have answered me. You are my Savior”. (Ps. 118:21 GW)

  3. 9253
    LaVonne Watson says:

    Forrest City, AR

    1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)

    18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

  4. 9254
    Connie says:

    Connie from Woodstock, GA
    “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” Ephesians 4:29 (NLT)

  5. 9255
    Natalie Chance says:

    “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6

  6. 9256
    Sue says:

    Sue from Kalamazoo, MI

    “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 NIV.

  7. 9257
    Karla Kincade says:

    Karla Kincade
    Indianapolis, IN

    It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
    1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV

  8. 9258
    Kawana Dobbins says:

    Enterprise, AL

    Colossians 2:13-14New King James Version (NKJV)

    13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

  9. 9259
    Renae says:

    Hendersonville, TN
    Train up a child in the way he should go:
    and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
    Proverbs 22:6 KJV

  10. 9260
    Allison Bayles says:

    Katy, Tx
    Galatians 5:22-23, niv
    But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

  11. 9261
    Kathy Knight says:

    Colossians 3:13
    Bear with each other and forgive one another, if any of you has a grievance against someone, Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

  12. 9262
    Sara says:

    Matt 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and HIs righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

  13. 9263
    Donna Stigler, Ok. says:

    Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.

    1 John 4:11

  14. 9264
    Lois Lorentzen says:

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

  15. 9265
    Gina from MO says:

    “How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear (honor) you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.” Psalm 31:19 (NIV)

  16. 9266
    Anita says:

    Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:11 KJV

  17. 9267
    Shan Copeland says:

    Shan Copeland, Salina, KS

    “But my eyes are fixed on You O Sovereign Lord; in You I take refuge.” Psalm 141:8 NIV

  18. 9268
    Louise Shytle says:

    14 But as for you continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned to. 15 And how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus …… 17 so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.

  19. 9269
    Emily Johnson says:

    I will give thanks unto Jehovah with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvellous works.

    Oakdsle, ca

  20. 9270
    Debbie says:

    She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25.

  21. 9271
    Pam Walling says:

    Pam from Bridgeport, WV

    Psalm 68:4 (NLT)
    Sing praises to God and to His name!
    Sing loud praises to Him who rides the clouds.
    His name is Lord – rejoice in His presence!

  22. 9272
    Sherry Yost says:

    A group of my friends have been posting on a Face Book page we created to share out memory verses, and I would forget to post on here. Here are a few of my scriptures and I’ll try to post more often.

    I lift up my eyes to the hill, from where does my help come? My Help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.
    Psalm 121:1&2 NAS

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

  23. 9273
    Sherry Yost says:

    I delight to do your will oh my God, your law is within my heart. Psalm 40:8 NAS

    Bear one another burdens and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

  24. 9274
    Sherry Yost says:

    Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Cor 16:14 NAS

    From the end of the earth I call to to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2

  25. 9275
    Sherry says:

    Psalm 46:1 (Amp)

    God is our Refuge and Strength (mighty and impenetrable to temptation), a very present and well-proved help in trouble.

  26. 9276
    Nicole Sherrill says:

    Be holy, because I am holy. – 1 Peter 1:16 NIV

  27. 9277
    Kelly McCargar says:

    Walnut Creek, CA

    “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25 NLT

  28. 9278
    LaQuana Guillory-Williams says:

    Denver, CO
    Psalm 119:164 NKJV

    Seven times a day I praise You, Because of Your righteous judgments.

  29. 9279
    LaQuana Guillory-Williams says:

    Denver, CO
    Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. . . . And be thankful. — COLOSSIANS 3:15

  30. 9280
    Denise says:

    My first December verse:
    She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 NIV

  31. 9281
    Ann says:

    Romans 12:3 CSV For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. Romans 12:3

  32. 9282
    Sherry Yost says:

    Rejoice in the Lord always again I say rejoice!
    Philippans: 4:4 NAS

  33. 9283
    Sandy Harper says:

    Sandy Harper
    Ringgold, GA

    Psalm 51:10 KJV

    “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

  34. 9284
    Brenda Riley says:

    Dec. 1, 2015

    Her.17:14. RSV

    Heal me, oLord, and I will be healed; save me, o Lord, and I shall be saved; for
    thou art my praise.

  35. 9285
    Kelli Holland says:

    Kelli Holland
    Lafayette, IN

    Revelation 5.12 NIV

    In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

  36. 9286
    Sandra Debter says:

    Sandra, Springville, Al
    For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it brings salvation to everyone who believes.
    Romans 1:16

  37. 9287
    Louise Shytle says:

    And may the Lord make you increase and abound in lice for one another and for all just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

    I Thessalonians 3: 12, 13 NRSV

  38. 9288
    Kearse George says:

    Kearse George, Denver, CO
    “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
    -Matthew 16:26 (NIV)

  39. 9289
    Lorri Matthews says:

    Lorri Matthews Phenix City, Al.
    Philippians 4:17 NIV
    And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

  40. 9290
    Jennifer Perkins says:

    Jennifer Perkins Longview, TX “The LORD Himself is my inheritance, my prize. He is my food and drink, my highest joy! He guards all that is mine. He sees that I am given plesant brooks and meadows as my share! What a wonderful inheritance! Psalm 16:5-6 Living Bible

  41. 9291
    Janene Ford says:

    Janene Ford, Henley, MO
    “Let us hold unswerving to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
    Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)

  42. 9292
    Elizabeth Stafford says:

    But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33 NKJV

  43. 9293
    Susan Kolb says:

    Susan Kolb
    Slidell, LA

    I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
    Psalm 34:4 NKJV

  44. 9294
    Leanna Reynolds says:

    Leanna Reynolds, Southlake, TX I have loved you with an everlasting love. Therefore I have drawn you with a loving kindness. Jeremiah 31:3 NASB

  45. 9295
    Kim Hernandez says:

    Kim Hernandez, Roswell , Ga.
    But you, O Lord are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
    Psalm 3:3 NLT

  46. 9296
    Connie says:

    Connie from Woodstock, GA
    “Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” Philippians 2:14-15 (NLT)

  47. 9297
    Brittney Sullivan says:

    “Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” Romans 8:32 NLT

  48. 9298
    Phoebe Holbrook says:

    Phoebe Holbrook from KY, NKJV
    Psalm 139:13 For you formed my inward parts;
    You covered me in my mother’s womb.

  49. 9299
    Pamela Muncy says:

    Pamela Muncy from Ashland, KY
    Ephesians 3:20
    Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

  50. 9300
    Sara Jessa says:

    Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
    The Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. he will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, he will call all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

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