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.



9,767 Responses to “Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015 Instructions and Spiral Information!”

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  1. 2151
    Tirsa says:

    Excited to join all the way from South Africa. Can’t wait to get started!

  2. 2152
    Kimberly says:

    I’m all in!! What a great opportunity for all of us siestas in 2015:-)

  3. 2153
    Laura Hartslief says:

    A bit nervous, but eager to try this!!

  4. 2154
    Betty says:

    Looking forward to it!

  5. 2155
    Cheryl Tieszen says:

    Cheryl~Shellbrook, Saskatchewan~So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to LIFE and PEACE. Romans 8:6, NLT

  6. 2156
    Bobbi Jo O'Neal says:

    Looking forward to this team.

  7. 2157
    Bonnie says:

    Glad I saw this! Thanks for allowing us to peruse more of G-d’s Word together!

  8. 2158
    Bonnie says:

    Bonnie from Montgomery. Therefore,since we have been justified by faith,we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 ESV

  9. 2159
    Teri Ploski says:

    Teri Ploski from Tucson, AZ James 3:17 (NASB) But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. (My staff verse at the church I work at!)

  10. 2160
    Caro ,tallmadge, ohiol says:

    Ps. 27:1
    “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread”


  11. 2161
    Sharon Fisher says:

    All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
    2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV

  12. 2162
    Apryl says:

    Is the scripture posting 8:00 am at EST or Beth’s time zone? Will there be a direct place to go once you get to the website.

  13. 2163
    Heidi says:

    Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27 NIV (my life verse)

  14. 2164
    Bonnie says:

    I am in! And can’t wait to get started!

  15. 2165
    Cindi White says:

    So excited to begin!

  16. 2166
    Cheryl Osgood says:

    January 1, 2015: I have chosen my first verse to memorize.
    Exodus 15:2
    The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

    Looking forward to having this memorized by January 14th. God bless everyone.

  17. 2167
    Vicki Johnson says:

    “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Epesians 4:2 NIV

  18. 2168
    Tammy B says:

    Tammy Bass, Shelby, NC ” For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

  19. 2169
    Emily Cole says:

    I’m ready to go!!

  20. 2170
    Heidi says:

    I’m in!!!!

  21. 2171
    Lisa Doss says:

    Very excited about this!

  22. 2172
    Shaliah says:

    I’m not sure I’m really signed up, but I ‘m excited to be doing it!!

  23. 2173
    Janine says:

    thankful and ready!!

  24. 2174
    Keeley Vanek says:

    I am so excited about joining the Siesta Team.
    Look forward to working my brain and memorizing God’s word.

  25. 2175
    Ursula says:

    Praying for a year of growth in the Lord. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Phil 4:13 NKJV

  26. 2176
    Pam says:

    “Surely you know you are God’s temple and that God’s spirit lives in you!” 1 Cor 3:16 GNT

  27. 2177
    Michelle says:

    Philippians 2:2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. (NIV)

  28. 2178
    Lindsey says:

    “I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”
    Revelation 3:8 (NIV)
    Lindsey, Georgia

  29. 2179
    Cheryl says:

    I am so excited to start this in 2015. My prayer on New Years Eve was that God would show me what he wanted me to work on this year.

  30. 2180
    Marty Nunemaker says:

    Marty Nunemaker from Pine Island, MN “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs that it may benefit those who listen.” Eph. 4:29 NIV

  31. 2181
    Betsy says:

    Want to do it. Can’t figure out how to sign up. I subscribed to this feed, but have not received anything yet.

  32. 2182
    Pam Coleman says:

    Great to be part of studying God’s Word. Can’t wait to get started. Happy New Year.

  33. 2183
    Charla says:

    Charla in Zebulon, GA — He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (‭Psalm‬ ‭91‬:‭1-2‬ ESV)

  34. 2184
    kimberley Marshall says:

    Kim Marshall, Westland, MI ~ Psalm 8:9 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth ♡♡♡

  35. 2185
    Sue Watson says:

    Great and exciting way to get (& stay!!) In God’s Word!!

  36. 2186
    Eileen says:

    Ok I am going to try this!

  37. 2187
    Suey Caldwell says:

    I Thes. 5:16-18 Suey, Houston,
    Rejoice, Pray w/o ceasing…for this is God’s will
    for you in Christ Jesus. NKJ
    Help me Lord to keep in prayer..

  38. 2188
    Carol, Tallmadge, Ohio says:

    Ps. 27:1
    “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread. NASB

  39. 2189
    Callee Wells says:

    Deuteronomy 6:23
    But He brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land that He promised to our forefathers.

  40. 2190
    Brodie says:

    Brodie, Weatherford TX,Isaiah 55:12-13 NLT

    You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the lord ’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”

  41. 2191
    carla says:

    Carla, Dothan, AL-I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. PSALM 139:14

  42. 2192
    Ella says:

    Isaiah 41:10

    Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. NLT

  43. 2193
    Christie says:

    Christie from Social Circle, GA: “She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverb 31:27 (ESV)

  44. 2194
    Stacie Sauter says:

    Stacie Sauter, Brunswick, Ohio

    Psalms 91:1 NLT

    Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

  45. 2195
    Linda says:

    Proverbs 16:3 NIV Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.

  46. 2196
    Ginny says:

    “O Lord , you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.” Psalm 91:1-2 NIV

  47. 2197
    Eileen says:

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

  48. 2198
    Sarah Price says:

    Psalm 37:23 NLT
    The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
    He delights in every detail of their lives.

  49. 2199
    Teresa says:

    KJV Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

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    Kerry Lynn Elieff says:

    Looking forward to doing this. I am going to encourage my family and friends to do this as well.

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