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. 101
    Cara Kriz says:

    Can’t wait 🙂

  2. 102
    Joni says:

    So excited to do this again! I still have my old SSMT spirals! Trying to remember the first one…2009? Anyway, I can’t wait to get started! So grateful for you, Beth, and your blog! 🙂

  3. 103
    Joni says:

    Just watched the video. Love it!

  4. 104
    Yvonne Lynch says:

    Looking forward to memorizing new verses

  5. 105
    Heather says:

    Can’t wait! Loved the video, too! It will be fun making our own spirals! Merry Christmas!!

  6. 106
    Beckie Potterfield says:

    This is one of the first items I saw in my email this morning. I just smiled. I can not wait to begin memorizing with everyone January 1. I am going to invite my Young Girls Bible study group to join me in 2015.

  7. 107
    Andrea Henley says:

    I’m in! Looking forward to it!

  8. 108
    flip flops says:

    This will be my 4th time doing this and I have to say that it has been life changing for me. Thank You Beth and team for doing this for us.

  9. 109
    Cindy Western says:

    I’m in!! Super excited.

  10. 110
    Tanya says:

    I hope to do this. We did it unofficially last year. However — please how do you get the spiral in there? I missed that in the video??


  11. 111
    Kathleen says:

    Okay, I’m in!

  12. 112
    Melissa says:

    Melissa from Easley, SC

    For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ!
    Philippians 1:8 NKJV

    Can’t wait, Beth!!!

  13. 113
    Laura Blackman says:

    I definitely want to sign up for the memory challenge. Where do I signup?
    Thanks so much for your inspiration!

    • 113.1
      Sherry McClure says:

      Dear Laura,
      We are so glad you are going to be a part! You will just comment on the blog on the 1st and 15th of each month with your name, location, and verse! Much love to you!


  14. 114
    Diane says:

    I’m in!!!!!

    I’m a crafter at heart – this took me about 3 minutes!

    I need this kind of study. Thank for having us study with you all.

  15. 115
    Michelle says:

    So excited and nervous at the same time. First time doing this program. Can’t wait to see what He has in store.

  16. 116
    Ronnie says:

    I am excited to do this again!

  17. 117
    Linda H says:

    This will be my first time. Going to give it a try!!

  18. 118
    Paula Antonelli says:

    I am so in! I can’t wait to see how God works through this. Many thanks and blessings to you, Beth and all of you fab team!

  19. 119

    Yay! What a neat way to learn & love God’s word & love people at the same time. We get to share our experience with friends & then celebrate at a conference together? Talk about motivating ;)The joy of the Lord truly is our strength… Thank You <3

  20. 120
    Mona says:

    I am excited to start this in the year to come. I look forward to soaking in the Word in a way I have struggled with for a long time.

  21. 121
    Heidi says:

    My first time Beth and I am going to try my best to remember my verse as I know the Lord is Good. He will remind me of His presence even if I can’t remember my verse amidst the chaos and the crazy schedule of kids and work and etc:)

  22. 122
    Amanda says:

    This will be my first year! So exciting!!

  23. 123
    Kelly Copelan says:

    Cant wait to get started!!!

  24. 124
    Jessica Cartier says:

    I love this idea of making our own spirals <3
    Thank you Beth and LPM Team!

  25. 125
    Lorrena says:


    I am wondering if the scriptures have to be in order or if the 24 can be from any of the books of the bible?
    Thank you and looking forward to SSMT 2015! My first time.
    How many ladies come to the SSMT Celebration? It sounds very exciting!!

    • 125.1
      Sherry McClure says:

      Dear Lorrena,
      Thank you so muh for your questions!! The verses from the Bible can be from any place at any time! We are looking forward to journeying with you! Much love,

  26. 126
    Pamela Mcdonald says:

    Can’t wait to begin!!!

  27. 127
    Becky Bell says:

    Loved participating the first year and have been so blessed to know the verses altho I have to review them every once in while… Last time around, things got crazy and I couldn’t finish out the year. I’m retiring in January so looking forward to persevering all through 2015 and Lord willing coming to your celebration!
    Love, thanks, and Merry Christmas!

  28. 128
    Julie Fawcett says:

    This will be my first time, thanks to my lovely cousin, and I am super excited about it!

  29. 129
    Lynnie says:

    Looking forward to this special time in scripture.

  30. 130
    Barb Bedford says:

    This is my first time to be on your WebSite. Last night my small group Bible Study Group met in my home for our study of the book of Esther. I was saddened that 7 from our group had to be absent. Our lesson was week four. In anticipation of our time together I purchased glitter tieras for each Princess and on a chalkboard printed out: “We, like Esther, are the warrior princesses of God.” There was laughter mixed with tears throughout our glorious evening, wearing our crowns, being greatly challenged by your testimony, and sharing a time of prayer. Thank you for your ministry to us! I pray God’s protection over you as God continues to make YOU a might warrior!!! Barb Bedford
    I would like to send a photo taken last night…please advise me how to do this. Thanks!

  31. 131
    Ganise says:

    I’m in! Thank you for organising this,LPM. It’s definitely powerful. Did it in 2013 and was wondering what happened to it this year…

  32. 132
    Joretta says:

    I got so much out of this in 2013. I’m looking forward to another great year with all of you in the Word. Merry Christmas!!

  33. 133
    Linda says:

    This will be my first time and I’m so looking forward to it. Just the incentive I need to memorize and not just read the scriptures.

  34. 134
    Kathy(bigsis) says:

    YEAH!!! Never want to miss this!

  35. 135
    Jill Sanders says:

    I am excited about SSMT 2015! I will be participating.

  36. 136
    Carol says:

    In 2013 this overwhelmed me. Here it is 2015 and I promised myself I would commit to this. I will be signing in January 1st!

  37. 137
    Pauline Richardson says:

    I’m in and so excited! still clinging to and quoting the verses from the last journey! Thank you for encouraging us to deepen our walk with Jesus!! Merry Christmas!❤

  38. 138
    Audrey says:

    I am in tears. God’s goodness as I’ve continued this scripture memory journey since 2009 has been so overwhelming. And I am living proof that He can enhance our memories! Mine is terrible, but when I put my mind to work memorizing His Word or the chords and lyrics to worship songs I am blown away!!! The Holy Spirit really does work in us 🙂
    Beth, thank you for putting out the original invite 6 years ago. The times the Holy Spirit has brought these scriptures back to mind after meditating on His Word have been immeasurable. Thank you can’t quite capture it, but I’ll let the Spirit translate my heart.
    Merry Christmas!
    Much love to each of you,
    Audrey Howie

  39. 139
    Pamela says:

    Can’t wait. First time. We’ve never heard of spiral index cards in the UK so my lovely friend in the US is mailing one over to me. Got the cover printed and ready 🙂 Thanks for organising this!!

  40. 140
    Kelly Penn says:

    I am so excited, this will be my first time participating.

  41. 141
    Becky says:

    I’m planning to share this with the church group where I work. The older ladies are going to learn to read blogs….

    Wooo hoooo what a way to encourage each other!

    NOw to make sure I sign in the correct way!

  42. 142
    Debbie Hamilton says:

    After attending the Bible Study Class “Children of the Light” I finally decided to attempt scripture memorization. Although I did not start with Ephesians I have successfully memorized all 24 verses of Psalms 139 because it is my favorite Psalm. I was amazed at how wonderful memorizing and speaking the scriptures is for your spirit! I plan to sign up and do this too! Thanks Beth for encouragement.

  43. 143
    Nitsa says:

    Beth, this is a great idea. Here’s a helpful hint:
    On the inside of the cover page, I always write the tutorial you gave us the first year we did this:

    R – read it (out loud and often)
    E – examine it (look for things to help you remember it)
    N – need it (be sure it’s something you personally need)
    E – echo it (read & echo it back. Don’t aim for perfect)
    W – wield it (learn to use it against the powers of

    I hope it helps someone who has difficulty memorizing.
    Merry Christmas to all.

    • 143.1
      Hannah says:

      That’s a wonderful acronym that will definitely help me!
      Thanks for sharing, and Merry Christmas!

    • 143.2
      Cindy says:

      Thanks for sharing this! I’m writing it down so that I can use this.

    • 143.3
      Terry Bridgham says:

      Thank you so much for the acronym RENEW!
      I did as you suggested and wrote it inside the front cover of my spiral index cards. I will pass this on to my sisters who are memorizing scriptures from my church family. 🙂

  44. 144
    Lori says:

    I’m setting my goals for 2015 and this will be at the top of my list. I know if I get this right, the rest will fall into place. Thank you Beth for being such an encouragement and showing grace to those of us who struggle with making time for the most important things.

  45. 145
    beck says:

    Excited to do this for the first time. About to print and prepare my spiral right now! Praying for direction on which verse I should start with…

  46. 146
    Lisa Braun says:

    I am SOOOO excited for this! You gals are a hoot!! Your video was so fun!! 🙂 This will be my 2nd time doing this. I had kept a group going for doing this last year as well. I didn’t memorize as well as I had hoped to but I kept writing down those beautiful verses God gave me at very strategic times in my life. I LOVED coming down to Houston TX back in January for the celebration and LOVED meeting y’all!! ♥ Hope to do that again! 🙂 God bless you and hope you have a very Merry Christmas! HUGS!! Lisa

  47. 147
    Shawna Solmen says:

    OKay so do we actually sign up for this? Where do we post on the 1st & 15th, do we do it right here on the blog? Sorry for the confusion!!

    • 147.1
      Sherry McClure says:

      Dear Shawna,
      Yes! You sign up by commenting on the blog right here at on the 1st and 15th of each month. We can’t wait!

  48. 148
    Lydia says:

    Never done this before but very excited to start!

  49. 149
    Debbie says:

    Ok, this year I turn 60 and it’s gonna be my best year yet. I can do this!!! I’m in.

  50. 150
    Sara says:

    Excited to join this journey!

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