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. 2851
    Christine says:

    Hebrews 12:1 NIV
    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,

  2. 2852
    Marsi says:

    “I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word do I hope.” Psalm 130:5

  3. 2853
    Lynne Nelson says:

    Lynne Nelson, Chagrin Falls, OH. ” For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” I Timothy 4:8 NIV

  4. 2854
    Renee Cook says:

    Renee Cook Bristol Tennessee Galatians 5:1 KJV

    Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

  5. 2855
    Pam Felix says:

    I have told you these things, so that in me you may
    Have peace. In this world you will have trouble,
    But take heart! I have overcome the world.
    John 16:33 NIV

  6. 2856
    Faith Unruh says:

    Coeur d’Alene, I’D
    Psalm 143:8 – Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.

  7. 2857
    Lauren says:

    Lauren, from Fort Worth, Tx
    1 John 5:14 – NIV “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

  8. 2858
    Randy Wiese says:

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

  9. 2859
    Mary says:

    Mary from Frisco, Tx Isaiah 58:8 “Then your light will break forth from the dawn, And your healing will quickly appear, And your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.” NIV

  10. 2860
    Lisa Hickman says:

    From: Walnut Grove, MO.

    “What shall we then say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 (KJV)

  11. 2861
    Jane says:

    Jane from Beavercreek, OH
    Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

  12. 2862
    Darla Jackson says:

    Darla from Lakeland, GA, “The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Is. 58:11

  13. 2863
    Peggy Lucas says:

    Peggy, McKinney,Tx “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Phil 4:6 NAS

  14. 2864
    Diane K says:

    Diane from West Virginia

    Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. Run in such a way as to get the prize?

    1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV)

  15. 2865
    Lindsey Russell says:

    “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” -Romans 12:2 NLT

  16. 2866
    Tina DeLong says:

    OK I’m confused. I have received my official LPM comments email but can find NO place on it to leave a comment. I assumed it would look something like this. There is no hotspot on the page to take me to a comment field. Maybe it’s just my flu raked brain but I’m lost.

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      Judy F Carver, MN says:

      My dear Tina-you were at the right place to write your verse. You posted a comment where your verse should have been I am just one of the many women posters reading verses & just thought I’d give you a hand. You can do it!

  17. 2867
    Linda from Enumclaw, WA says:

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

  18. 2868
    Denise Bell says:

    Psalm 16
    Contemporary English Version (CEV)

    1 Protect me, Lord God!
    I run to you for safety,
    2 and I have said,
    “Only you are my Lord!
    Every good thing I have
    is a gift from you.”
    3 Your people are wonderful,
    and they make me happy,
    4 but worshipers of other gods
    will have much sorrow.
    I refuse to offer sacrifices
    of blood to those gods
    or worship in their name.

  19. 2869
    DeJeanette says:

    DeJeanette from San Diego, CA –

    “But forget all that, it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43: 18-19

  20. 2870
    Regina Williams says:

    Regina Williams, Glendale, KY “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Mt. 11:28 NIV.

  21. 2871
    Amy says:

    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 NIV

  22. 2872
    Katie Gibbs says:

    ” Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
    Mark 8:34 NIV

  23. 2873
    Lisa Park says:

    Lisa/Portland, Oregon- I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NASB

  24. 2874
    Tiffany Doyle says:

    From Augusta, ME. Galatians 2:20- I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. ESV

  25. 2875
    Machelle says:

    Machelle from Tampa, Fl
    “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:19 NIV

  26. 2876
    Jami Miltenberger says:

    Jami from Olathe, KS: “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”
    Romans 12:9

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    Deanne, Des Moines, IA says:

    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

  28. 2878
    Kathy Brunty says:

    Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts and plans I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. AMP

  29. 2879
    Gail Nelson says:

    The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV)

  30. 2880
    Elaine says:

    Elaine from Newcastle – “With what shall I come before the Lord,and bow myself before God on high?
    Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
    with calves a year old? Micah 6:6 (ESV)

  31. 2881
    Traci Patten says:

    Traci from Kingsport, TN “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Ps. 9:9-10 NIV

  32. 2882
    Franny says:

    “I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous, do not be frightened or dismayed, For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go !” Joshua 1:9 ( NRSV )

  33. 2883
    Lorie says:

    lorie Ooltewah Tn 2 Thessalonians 3:16 NTL Now may the lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every situation . The Lord be with you all.

  34. 2884
    Gwen says:

    Gwen from Newport News, Va.

    Isaiah 43:2 (TLB)
    When you go through deep waters and great troubles, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown

  35. 2885
    Darlene Ramey says:

    Darlene Ramey- from Roy, Washington

    But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance,kindness,goodness, faithfulness
    Galatians 5:22 NIV

  36. 2886
    Ange K says:

    Ange & Keke, Boise, ID: John 10:14 I am the good Shepherd (adapted for kids).

  37. 2887
    Lisa says:

    Lisa from Jacksonville, FL
    “Do not remember the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Amplified Bible

  38. 2888
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie, Street, MD: “I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4 (HCSB)

  39. 2889
    Margaret says:

    Margaret — Modesto, CA —

    ‘Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s PURPOSE that prevails.’ Proverbs 19:21 NIV

  40. 2890
    Melanie says:

    Melanie from Bloemfontein, South Africa
    “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
    Philippians 4:13 ESV

  41. 2891
    Jean Smith says:

    From Anaheim Hills, CA. “Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.” Psalm 119:35 (NIV)

  42. 2892
    Marg Ridpath says:

    Marg from Burlington, Ontario, Canada:

    Isaiah 55:11 “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (NKJ)

  43. 2893
    christine Lenz says:

    Moses Lake, Wa.

    Philippians 4:6
    Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. NLT

  44. 2894
    Whitney Fearing says:

    Whitney Fearing- Mesa, AZ “Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV

  45. 2895
    Michelle Green says:

    Michelle Green, Fort Worth, Texas: You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4 (NIV).

  46. 2896
    Leah says:

    Leah from Taylor, MI

    For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. Psalms 1:6 NIV

  47. 2897
    Angie says:

    Angie from Robinson, Il

    “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.

    Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

  48. 2898
    Kathy Landon says:

    Kathy from Polkton, NC
    1Thes. 5:16-18 (NIV)
    Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

  49. 2899
    Reyna Chavez says:

    Reyna, Rockport, TX

    “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us’
    -Romans 5:3-5 ESV

  50. 2900
    Pam says:

    From Farmington, New Mexico
    II Thessalonians 3:5 may The Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. NIV

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