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. 2201
    Michelle says:

    2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

  2. 2202
    Krista Waitt says:

    “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” Proverbs‬ ‭31‬:‭26‬ NIV

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    I every timje used to study article in news papers but now as I am
    a user of internet therefore from now I am using net for content, thanks to web.

  4. 2204
    Pam says:

    Jesus said to him, “if you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes”. Mark 9:23

  5. 2205
    Katie Gunser says:

    Katie, Levittown, PA — 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)

  6. 2206
    Sonya says:

    Sonya Walker-Oneonta Al- Psalm 3:8 NIV From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.

  7. 2207
    Tasha Carle, MN says:

    From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you will fulfill my vows. Psalm 22:25 NIV

  8. 2208
    Angela says:

    This will be my first time here. Very excited and a little nervous.

  9. 2209
    Ann says:

    Ann, Pawleys Island, SC

    Ps. 104: 33-34

    I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditations be pleasing to Him as I rejoice in the LORD. NIV

  10. 2210
    Marthe says:

    Zachariah 8:23 NLT
    Please let us walk with you, for we have heard that God is with you.

  11. 2211
    Tammy Hetrick says:

    Micah 6:8 (NLT)No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
    and this is what he requires of you:to do what is right, to love mercy,and to walk humbly with your God.
    This is my heart’s desire for 2015! May The Lord bless it!

  12. 2212
    Tracey says:

    Tracey from Niskayuna, NY
    NIV Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

  13. 2213
    Andrea Fisher says:

    Isaiah 57: 18-19 (The Jerusalem Bible)

    “But I will heal him, and console him,
    I will comfort him to the full,
    both him and his afflicted fellows,
    bringing praise to their lips.
    Peace, peace to far and near,
    I will indeed heal him,” says Yahweh.

    In supplication for my 21 year old son, who has suffered with a chronic migraine for more than 7 years.

  14. 2214
    Lisa says:

    Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth. Ps 46:10 NIV

  15. 2215
    Mandi says:

    Mandi from North Carolina – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:4-5 (NIV)

  16. 2216
    La Teisa Crockett says:

    La Teisa Crockett from Bedford Heights, OH “The joy of the Lord is my strength” Phil. 4:13 (WEB)

  17. 2217
    Sue J says:

    Sue from Broken Arrow, OK

    Isaiah 41:10 ” Do not fear for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” NASB

  18. 2218
    Kim says:

    Kim from Fishers, IN. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” Ephesians 4:32 NIV

  19. 2219
    Penny says:

    Do nothing from rivalry or conceit-but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
    Philippians 2:3 NLT

  20. 2220
    Ellen, Fort Worth, TX says:

    The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:3 NIV

  21. 2221
    La Teisa Crockett says:

    Please forgive my verse comes from Neh. 8:10 (WEB) I was going to do Phil. 4:13 at first.

  22. 2222
    Lori says:

    Lori Leithoff Junction City, ‘s Colossians 3:16 Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. ESV

  23. 2223
    Michelle-Spotsylvania, VA says:

    Excited to do this for the first time! But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and lifter of my head. With my voice I cry to the Lord, and He hears and answers me out of His holy hill. Selah.
    Psalm 3:3-4 amplified

  24. 2224
    Cindy haire says:

    Cindy Haire from Pelican, La “let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. Psalm 148:13 NIV

  25. 2225
    Pamela says:

    Psalm 145:7 (NIV)
    “They (I) celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”

  26. 2226
    Jennifer Stewart says:

    James 1:6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by wind. NIV -Jennifer S. Pickens, SC

  27. 2227
    julie says:

    Julie Detrick…Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. NKJ

  28. 2228
    Dawn says:

    Orland Park, IL Hebrews 12:1-2a: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

  29. 2229
    Nikki Armstrong says:

    Daniel 6:23…… and when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in His God.

  30. 2230
    Kathy Rowland says:

    Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you, be not be dismayed. For I am your God, I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ESV

  31. 2231
    Tina DeLong says:

    For nothing is impossible with God Luke 1:37 NIV
    Tina DeLong, West Jefferson, Ohio

  32. 2232
    Tracy says:

    Tracy from Holland, MI

    Deuteronomy 31:6 (ESV) Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

  33. 2233
    June says:

    I am so excited. My 5 year old granddaughter and I both have our spirals and are ready to go!

  34. 2234
    Heidi says:

    Heidi Duffield from DeWitt, Arkansas, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”. Hebrews 4:12 ESV

  35. 2235
    Kay Keller says:

    I am all in and very excited to start this journey in the New Year.

  36. 2236
    Regina Reeves says:

    Regina Reeves from Greer, SC “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them. Gen 1:27 NIV

  37. 2237
    Marie Norton says:

    Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)

    8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

  38. 2238
    Robin says:

    When will the blog appear for SSMT? Looks like some ladies are posting to the December 17 blog. Is that what we are to do or wait for another blog to appear today. Looking forward to starting.

  39. 2239
    Apryl says:

    Apryl, Raleigh, NC “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24 ESV

  40. 2240
    June says:

    ‘You shall eat the old harvest, and clear out the old because of the new.’ – Leviticus 26:10 (NKJV)

  41. 2241
    Janice says:

    Prayer for 2015,
    Let my cry come right into your presence, God;
    provide me with the insight that comes only from your Word.
    Give my request your personal attention,
    rescue me on the terms of your promise.
    Let praise cascade off my lips;
    after all, you’ve taught me the truth about life!
    And let your promises ring from my tongue;
    every order you’ve given is right.
    Put your hand out and steady me
    since I’ve chosen to live by your counsel.
    I’m homesick, God, for your salvation;
    I love it when you show yourself!
    Invigorate my soul so I can praise you well,
    use your decrees to put iron in my soul.
    And should I wander off like a lost sheep—seek me!
    I’ll recognize the sound of your voice. my cry come right into your presence, God;
    provide me with the insight that comes only from your Word.
    Give my request your personal attention,
    rescue me on the terms of your promise.
    Let praise cascade off my lips;
    after all, you’ve taught me the truth about life!
    And let your promises ring from my tongue;
    every order you’ve given is right.
    Put your hand out and steady me
    since I’ve chosen to live by your counsel.
    I’m homesick, God, for your salvation;
    I love it when you show yourself!
    Invigorate my soul so I can praise you well,
    use your decrees to put iron in my soul.
    And should I wander off like a lost sheep—seek me!
    I’ll recognize the sound of your voice.. Psalm 119:169 Message

  42. 2242
    cassi says:

    But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen 2 Timothy 4: 17-18

  43. 2243
    Kristi says:

    Ephesians 4:29 NIV
    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.

  44. 2244
    christine says:

    Christine, Murfreesboro, TN
    Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger-NKJ

  45. 2245
    Donna Benjamin says:

    Donna Benjamin, Tuscaloosa, AL
    “For each day He carries us in His arms.” Psalm 68:19 NLT

  46. 2246
    Debbie says:

    Debbie from Lexington, SC ~
    Joshua 1:9 (NASB) ~ “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

  47. 2247
    Catherine says:

    Catherine from Forney, TX- John 1:16- For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. ESV

  48. 2248
    Kathy says:

    Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we can not see.

    Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) Minnesota

  49. 2249
    Jeanne says:

    Jeanne, Fern Park, Florida

    I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NRSV

  50. 2250
    Amanda Greene says:

    “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10 NIV

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