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. 9301
    Lisa Mast says:

    Lisa -Fort Wayne, IN
    And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
    Luke 6:31 ESV

  2. 9302
    Renae says:

    Hendersonville, TN
    And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily,
    as to the Lord, and not unto men;
    Colossians 3:23 KJV

  3. 9303
    Pam Walling says:

    Bridgeport, WV
    December 1, 2015

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV)

  4. 9304
    Terese Kay Black Earth Wi says:

    Terese Kay
    Black Earth Wi

    The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
    slow to anger and rich in love

    Psalm 145:8
    Ryrie study bible

  5. 9305
    Trisha Feitshans says:

    Trisha from Greenville, OH

    Psalm 91:2 (NIV)

    I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

  6. 9306
    Sherry Yost says:

    Layton UT

    Strength and dignity are her clothing and she smiles at the future. Proverbs 31:25 NAS

  7. 9307
    Traci Williams says:

    Santa Clarita, CA: “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” Heb 3:13 NIV

  8. 9308
    Jamie Vukelich says:

    “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)

  9. 9309
    Susan Kranz says:

    From Ravendale, CA:
    And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall
    prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men
    shall see visions.. Joel 2:28 NKJV

  10. 9310
    Natalie Chance says:

    Psalm 62:8
    “Trust in him at all times, O people;
    pour out your heart before him;
    God is a refuge for us.”

  11. 9311
    Carole Hardin-Oliver says:

    Carole from Kingwood “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭56:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  12. 9312
    Twyla says:

    Twyla from Cortez, CO

    Psalm 70:4 RSV

    4 May all who seek thee
    rejoice and be glad in thee!
    May those who love thy salvation
    say evermore, “God is great!”

  13. 9313
    Beth Fordham says:

    Beth from Sumter, SC

    Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deut. 31:6

  14. 9314
    Carolyn Dodge, Forest, OH says:

    Hebrews 13:2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it. NIV

    Psalm 18:1 I love you, O Lord, my strength. NIV

  15. 9315
    Ann Royal says:

    Psalm 46:2
    God is within her, she will not fall, God will help her at break of day.
    Spring Lake, N.C. (NIV)

  16. 9316
    Nancy says:

    Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you. (Eph. 4:32 NIV)

  17. 9317
    Beth Griggs Nelson says:

    Minnetonka, MN

    NIV Matthew 11:28

    Come to me all who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest.

  18. 9318
    Kathy Knight says:

    Kathy Knight Las Vegas
    2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV
    “…. take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”

  19. 9319
    Allison Bayles says:

    Katy, TX
    Colossians 1:13(niv)
    For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

  20. 9320
    Leisa Hale says:

    Leisa Hale, Sheridan, Indiana

    Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

    2 Timothy 2:15 ESV

  21. 9321
    Karla Kincade says:

    Karla Kincade
    Indianapolis, IN

    Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
    1 Corinthians 13:6 NIV

  22. 9322
    Lois Lorentzen says:

    Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

  23. 9323
    Donna Verschoot says:

    Columbia, SC
    Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
    Psalm 62:8 NIV

  24. 9324
    Kelly McCargar says:

    Walnut Creek, CA

    “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

  25. 9325
    Connie favis says:

    I have been posting scripture all year…now I can’t fine the sight to post my December scripture…so Verse 22…consider it pure joy , my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds. James 1:2 NIV

  26. 9326
    Yanzhen Pan says:

    Yanzhen Pan, Chapel Hill, NC

    Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? — 2 Corinthians 6:14

  27. 9327
    Nicole Sherrill says:

    Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love. – Ephesians 6:24 NIV

  28. 9328
    Jan Hair says:

    Hebrews 10:36 NASB
    For you have need of endurance, so that when you
    have done the will of God, you may receive what
    was promised.

  29. 9329
    Sandy Harper says:

    Sandy Haroer
    Ringgold, Georgia

    “For unto us a child is born; unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

  30. 9330
    Trisha Feitshans says:

    Trisha Feitshans from Greenville, OH

    Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)

    A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

  31. 9331
    Sherry says:

    2 Corinthians 4:17
    “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs
    them all.”

  32. 9332
    LaQuana Guillory-Williams says:

    Denver, CO

    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. — PSALM 32:8

  33. 9333
    Kelli Holland says:

    Kelli Holland
    Lafayette, IN

    But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

  34. 9334
    Elizabeth Stafford says:

    Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34 NKJV

  35. 9335
    Connie says:

    Connie from Woodstock, GA
    “An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship.” Proverbs 24:26 NLT

  36. 9336
    Leanna Reynolds says:

    Leanna Reynolds, Southlake, TX
    Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His loves endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV

  37. 9337
    Trisha from California says:

    “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
    (Matthew 6:27, NIV)

  38. 9338
    Susan Kolb says:

    Susan Kolb
    Slidell, LA

    Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice!
    Philippians 4:4 NKJV

    The scriptures I memorized this year have become my prayers for this year. I personalize them and pray them for family, friends and situations. Thank you for the encouragement to keep going and memorizing!

  39. 9339
    Sara Jessa says:

    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

  40. 9340
    LaVonne says:

    Psalm 100:5New King James Version (NKJV)

    5 For the Lord is good;
    His mercy is everlasting,
    And His truth endures to all generations.

  41. 9341
    LaVonne says:

    For Dec. 1
    Psalm 117:2New King James Version (NKJV)

    2 For His merciful kindness is great toward us,
    And the truth of the Lord endures forever.
    Praise the Lord!

  42. 9342
    Renae says:

    Hendersonville, TN
    That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
    and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him
    from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans10:9 KJV

  43. 9343
    Alana Robbins, Bosque Farms, NM says:

    Daniel 2:23 (NIV) I thank and praise You, God of my ancestors; you have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.

  44. 9344
    Pat Johnson Licking Mo says:

    Psalms 51-10 KJV. Create in me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me.

  45. 9345
    Pat Johnson Licking Mo says:

    Psalms 86-7 KJV. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: For thou wilt answer me.

  46. 9346
    Denise from Snowcreek, VA says:

    Ephesians 5:1 Amplified. Therefore become imitators of God
    Copy Him and follow His example, as well-beloved children imitate their father;

  47. 9347
    Michelle Lux says:

    Michelle Lux, Cedar Park, TX

    John 1:4 NIV
    In him was life, and that life was the light of men.

  48. 9348
    Susan Kranz says:

    From Ravendale, CA:
    And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against
    anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven
    may forgive you your sins. Mark 11:25 NIV

  49. 9349
    Brenda Riley says:

    Dec. 15, 2015
    Philippians 4:6 KJV

    Be careful for nothing;but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
    let your request be made known unto God.

  50. 9350
    Pam Walling says:

    Pam from Bridgeport, WV
    “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
    2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

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