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. 2701
    Sharon says:

    Sharon-Daphne,Al. Heb. 4:12 NAS For the Word of The Lord is Living and Active and sharper than any two edged sword,and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit of both joints and marrow and is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

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    Jennifer Bauer says:

    From Loveland, CO
    Isaiah 49:16
    See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands your walls are ever before me. (NIV)

  3. 2703
    Allison says:

    From Raleigh NC Jeremiah 29:11–“For I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for diaster, to give you a future and a hope”. NLT

  4. 2704
    Jane - Denver says:

    “…but God shows his love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” ESV

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    Vicki Gipson says:

    Lamentations 3:22
    Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. ( Reminder we are never alone.)

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    Becky Parrish says:

    Becky, Lynchburg, Va.
    “I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 Amp.

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    Yolanda Logan says:

    Yolanda Logan from Lakewood, WA – “So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;’ John 8:31 NASB

  8. 2708
    Jeannine says:

    Jeannine, Glendale, AZ
    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
    Romans 15:13 (NIV)

  9. 2709
    Cindy says:

    If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”,and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 NIV

  10. 2710
    Lori Culpepper says:

    Lori (Silver Creek, GA)
    But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings of Eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 NLT

  11. 2711
    Tina S. says:

    Tina S. from Senoia,GA here. My memory verses this go round are as follows: Psalm 130: 5-8 ESV; “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord. More than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchman wait for the morning. O Israel (or Tina or you) put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is steadfast love and with him is plentiful redemption. He will redeem (Tina)from all his iniquities.”

  12. 2712
    Penny says:

    You will call upon Me and go pray to Me and I will listen. And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:12-13. NKJ

  13. 2713
    Kay Myers says:

    From Land O’Lakes FL
    My daughter is doing this and just invited me. Their group is thinking of doing II Cor 4.

    II Cor 4.1 KJV
    Therefore seeing we have this ministry,
    as we have received mercy,
    we faint not;

  14. 2714
    Melissa Giomi says:

    Melissa Giomi, Concord, CA:

    1 John 2:6 NLT

    “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.”

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    Kathy Bradley says:

    For I know the plans I have for you”says the Lord, “they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” Jer 29:11 NLT

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    Judy Bevier says:

    Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living scarifies, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1 IISB

  17. 2717
    Maranda says:

    Anna, TX Isaiah 26:3
    You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you. NIV

  18. 2718
    jen says:

    Jen, west palm beach, fl
    2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefor, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
    Like the New Year, Christ will help you start anew.

  19. 2719
    Anne Greski says:

    Anne, Cupertino, CA
    “…but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her.”
    Luke 10:42 (NIV)

  20. 2720
    Emily Emberson says:

    Emily Emberson -Wichita KS
    One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to see him in his temple.
    Psalm 27:4

  21. 2721
    Nancy Rodriguez says:

    Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.ESV

  22. 2722
    Louise says:

    Psalms 71:15 NIV
    My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long – though I know not how to relate them all.

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    Mim says:

    Colossians 3:23New International Version (NIV)

    23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

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    Donna says:

    Donna – Blanchard, OK
    Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV

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    Jackie Vaughn says:

    Romans 10:15 – And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, w“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” ESV

  26. 2726
    Sharen says:

    Sharen, Platte City, MO Proverbs 25.28 esv
    A woman without self control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

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    Julie D says:

    Julie from Powdersville, SC. Phil 2:9-11 ESV. “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

  28. 2728
    Darice says:

    And I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” ESV

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    Michelle Johnson says:

    Michelle Johnson from Dallas, TX:
    “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.” Hebrews 12:1 NIV

  30. 2730
    Bethany says:

    Bethany from Phoenix:
    Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭19‬ ESV)

  31. 2731
    Camille Hopkins says:

    Camille, South Fork, CO – However, as it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. I Corinthians 2:9 NIV

  32. 2732
    Wende says:

    Johnstown, PA
    Philippians 4:13
    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  33. 2733
    Robin Carr says:

    Create in me a clean heart oh God and renew a steadfast spirit in me.
    Psalm 51:10 NAS

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    Judy F Carver, MN says:

    Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. NIV

  35. 2735
    Karen says:

    From Oak Grove,Mn
    Proverbs 14:30
    Peace of mind means a healthy body, but jealousy will rot your bone. NCV

  36. 2736
    Pam says:

    I will give you a new heart and a new mind. I will take away your stubborn heart of stone and give you an obedient heart. Ezekiel 36:26 GNT

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    Sherri says:

    Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Colossians 3:16 NIV

  38. 2738
    Heather Lee says:

    Heather from McKinney, Texas – “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil, cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above all else.” – Romans 12:9-10 NIV

  39. 2739
    Teri says:

    John 3:30 KJV- He must increase, but I must decrease

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    Melanie Fox says:

    Melanie from Asheville, NC, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12, NIV

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    Tammy Boyd says:

    Tammy from Choudrant, La- You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 NIV

  42. 2742
    Debbie Hughes says:

    Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.Psalm 51:12 ESV

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    Amy Edwards says:

    Amy Edwards. Choudrant, LA

    Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work -John 4:34, ESV

  44. 2744
    Amy says:

    “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

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    Donna says:

    Donna, Indianapolis, IN – The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you;in his love he will no longer rebuke you,but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

  46. 2746
    Rene says:

    Rene’ from Phoenix, Arizona says: “O God, restore us and cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.” Psalm 80:3 (NASB)

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    Claudette says:

    Fear thou not, for I am with thee, be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10 KJ

  48. 2748
    Mendy says:

    “How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ.” Ephesians 1:3 NLT

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    Ashley Romagus says:

    1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (NIV)

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    Joy says:

    Joy from Lubbock, Texas “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 NIV

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