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. 251
    Ruth says:

    My favorite part of every other year! PERHAPS this will be the time I get to join you all in HTX, 2016!

    Thanks ALL of the LPM Staff for supporting us in Siestaville through this blessed process.

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    Michelle Crane says:

    Hi! This is my first time doing this. I am really excited, but not sure if I understand. I get the part about commenting with my chosen verses on the 1st and 15th, but do I need to do anything to register for this? What about the celebration in 2016? What do I need to do for that?

    My spiral does look cute though…I know that is important 🙂

    • 252.1
      LPM-KMac says:

      Hi Michelle, welcome to SSMT! No special registration, just your comments on the 1st and 15th with your verses! Your qualification to come the January 2016 Celebration is having memorized 21 out of your 24 verses. A cute spiral is VERY important. 🙂

    • 252.2
      Diane Kranz says:

      My first time too! I haven’t done my spiral yet but it’s on my to do now list. haha!
      I had the same questions…thanks for asking!

  3. 253
    Phyllis Gardner says:

    I’m in…. I need more verses memorized….

  4. 254
    Kelly Jenkins says:

    I’m Kelly from Reno, NV and I’m in!

  5. 255
    Sunee says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to join you in SSMT this year!

  6. 256
    Billagirl says:

    I am in…

    Beth, it is great to see you using Scotch(r) brand packaging tape. [I work for 3M in the consumer business. :)] A little tip to make it even easier — pick up Scotch(r) Tear by Hand packaging tape when you are getting your spiral.

    I look forward to getting started.

    Mary Ann

  7. 257
    Katherine says:

    Excited to get this journey started and dive into scripture! First time doing something like this, but I think it will really help with my busy schedule as a teacher, track coach, yearbook advisor, and more!

  8. 258
    Donna says:

    Donna, Athens, GA

    OK, I made 2 spirals–and now I can’t decide which one to use!!

  9. 259
    Karen says:

    Okay! I’m GOING to do it!

  10. 260
    Sharon Warren says:

    I am in. Definitely need to memorize more scripture and sometimes need this type of discipline as well.

  11. 261
    Kimmygirl says:

    The end of the video could not be any cuter!

    I’m excited for another SSMT year. I can look back at my other spiral from 2013 and see my year because of the scriptures that I chose- meant a lot to me to know that Jesus was and is right there with me through it all.

    Actually, I gave each of my dear ladies in Bible study a little blank spiral for Christmas. I described the SSMT, but even if they don’t follow the blog, I wanted each of them to have a place to save the verses that the Lord used to speak to them next year. They were excited, and maybe there will be some ‘accidental memorization’. 🙂

    Have a blessed Christmas!!

  12. 262
    Debbie Scherrer says:

    Looking forward to it!

  13. 263
    Kathy says:

    Kathy from Columbus, Ga…..I am in once again this year!

  14. 264
    Debbie Scherrer says:


  15. 265
    Marcie Gunter says:

    I am SO in. 🙂

  16. 266
    Cynthia S. says:

    I’m in. Definitely need to memorize scripture more. Love the spiral idea!

  17. 267
    Betty says:

    I’m in…. Can’t wait to begin the New Year learning more of God’s Word.

  18. 268
    Barb Wells says:

    I would like to participate!!!

  19. 269
    Tanya says:

    My nine year old and me will be joining. I currently can get the spiral link to print. But I’ll figure it out.

    Tanya and Caroline from Kenosha WI. We’re looking forward. Maybe we can make it out that far.Its possisble. Not likely but possible. I’ll look at options.

  20. 270
    Emily Jenkins says:

    I am in.

  21. 271
    Kim Patocka says:

    I’m in! Printing my cover and going to get packing tape!

  22. 272
    Pam Nelson says:

    I was so glad to read this post…a few days late! I’m not super crafty but I can do this spiral. Last SMST I memorized a chapter. I lost some momentum during the year. This year I am going back to Beth’s suggestion of verses that are meaningful to what I am going through. Looking forward to January 1.

  23. 273
    Shannan says:

    im in!!!’ I’ve started this in the past but have never made it to be “Houston-Worthy!!” This is the year!!! I thought n the past Beth posted a video with an acronym about how to memorize Scipture?! What was the acronym?? Thanks!! Shannan

  24. 274
    Lea Ann says:

    Yes! Count me in! I am so thankful to have come across this post today. My spiral is ready and so am I!

  25. 275
    Tanya Smith says:

    We’re in. My 9 year old daughter and me are memorizing with you guys. I’ll just post mine. If we come though in January (doubtable but IF) she’ll have hers memorized too. Her awana verses is likely what she’ll be doing.

    Thanks for leading.


  26. 276
    Whitney Rumeau says:

    Excited to get started. I think this is a great idea!

  27. 277
    Holly Smith says:

    Count me in! Cannot wait for the whole enchilada… I’ve got a faith journey and need to walk by faith, so this is vital to my day in and day out life right now. Thank you, dear Sisters! For pouring out like you do for us in the name of Jesus. Love, Holly

  28. 278
    Dee Remick says:

    YEA!!!! Love it!!!! 🙂

  29. 279
    Leah Cullen says:

    I have to say, girls…I would just love to part of your LPM team. Y’all are all kinds of fun! 🙂

    Anywho, I am so excited for my second year of SSMT! I memorized scripture last year, but it sure wasn’t as steady as the previous year when I joined this team. I don’t have my spiral made yet, but I’ve got a game plan (printing the lovely graphic on a large label, adhering it to my spiral and then slathering it with packing tape)!

    See you on the blog next year and in person in 2016!

    Much love and a Blessed Christmas to you,


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    Sheri Beersman says:

    I’m in!

    Sheri Beersman, Morrisville, MO.

  31. 281
    Kassidy Reidenbach says:

    This is my first time and I was asked to do it with a really close friend of mine. I’m really excited to start it!

  32. 282
    Dede Mitchell says:

    I am in! I have my mother in, my daughter, and my exchange student from El Salvador in! Excited about 2015 and what God is going to show us through His Word!!

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    Michelle Bentham – Granbury TX So I’ve been memorizing the Scriptures every time we SSMT but I’ve yet to make 21 out of 24 posts and the SSMT Celebration. I’m definitely in for the memory part and will do my best to stop in on the first and fifteenth to log a Scriptures each month. Now for the trip in January 2015… I’m going to make my SSMT Envelope and start putting the bucks away! 🙂

    So fun, can’t wait to begin. OPEN! OPEN! OPEN!

  34. 284
    Pam Ferguson says:

    This will be my top goal for 2015. Thanks for the help!

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    Kathy says:

    I am excited!
    This will be my 3rd time. It’s hard endeavor for me, but an extremely rewarding one.
    I am ready to start.

  36. 286
    Margee says:

    From Chattanooga – count me in!

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    Diana Edgar says:

    I’m in. Can’t wait to make my notebook!

  38. 288
    Pam Nelson says:

    At Office Depot I found a plastic spiral with plastic pocket in the front cover that just fits the printed out logo. Comes in at least pink or blue. Hope that helps.

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    Diane says:

    I am Diane from Reno, NV and I am fully in and looking forward to it!!

  40. 290
    Abby Horton says:

    This is my first time doing this! Im so excited to be able to do this and see what God is gonna show me through memorizing scripture!

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    Nancy Altizer says:

    Can’t wait! I have my spiral ready and am looking forward to dwelling more in the Word and writing it in my heart.

  42. 292
    Pam says:

    I am in..this a great idea. Cant wait to get started. Thank you

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    Amy H. says:

    I’m Amy from Daytona Beach, FL (will be moving to Valdosta, GA mid-2015) and I’m IN! I think this is just the thing I need to keep me accountable in the Word of God in 2015.

  44. 294
    Cindy says:

    Hi, I can’t hear Beth on the video. I can hear the music. Just not her. HELP.

    • 294.1
      LPM-KMac says:

      Hi Cindy, I am sorry you’re having difficulty hearing Beth on the video. Are you listening to it on your computer speakers, or through earphones? If you are on earphones, you probably need to have both left and right ears in.

      • Cindy says:

        Thank you for responding. I am listening to it on my computer speakers. I hear the music, just not Beth speaking. It has happened before… don’t understand why.

  45. 295
    Suzie says:

    I am so excited to be a part of the SSMT! God has laid on my heart the need to memorize His Word. Even before I knew about this I had started with two verses that He spoke to me during my quiet time. So excited to see how God will bless our efforts to memorize His Word in 2015!

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    Shannan Cloud says:

    I’m excited. This will be the time I actually get to go to Houston !!

  47. 297

    Every time I try to print the cover for my spiral the print page appears too low to press the ‘print’ button at the bottom of the page. Do you have any suggestions for me? I am the Spiritual Life Coach for 4 ladies, and I think this would be a great means to tie us all together.

    • 297.1
      LPM-KMac says:

      Hi Catherine, I’m sorry you are having trouble printing. Without being able to see your screen, the only thought I have is that you might have resized your current window. Depending on whether you are on Windows or Apple platform, can you click a button that makes your current window “fit to screen”? If that does not work for you, do you have a friend that can help you? I hope that helps!

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    Jamie says:

    I’m in, hope I can do it

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    Awilda LopezDeVictoria says:

    How do I register for this? Excited to do it!

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    Martha says:

    Ok….I am going to give this another try…I am a drop out from before…but I need to do this!!! Merry Christmas and much love to you all!!

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