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. 3201
    Kathy says:

    Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth Psalm 121:1-2 NIV

  2. 3202
    Elaine says:

    Elaine Virginia Beach “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 RSV. What better way to start the year than trusting in God!

  3. 3203
    Debby McCoy says:

    In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD. John 1:1 KJV (HIS WORD IS THE ONLY THING IN THIS WORLD THAT HAS NEVER CHANGED AND NEVER WILL CHANGE) Thank You JESUS!!!!!
    Deb Stigler,OK

  4. 3204
    Rosa says:

    Madison Heights, VA
    Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. (‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭16‬:‭11‬ NIV)

  5. 3205
    Sherri says:

    Sherri Highlands Ranch, CO
    Isaiah 26:3 Good News Translation (GNT)
    3 You, Lord, give perfect peace
    to those who keep their purpose firm
    and put their trust in you

  6. 3206
    Gail McCants says:

    If you remain in me and follow my teachings, you can ask anything you want, and it will be given to you. John 15:7

  7. 3207
    Debbie King says:

    Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right
    spirit within me
    Psalm 51:10

  8. 3208
    stacy waechter says:

    Stacy from Eden, tx.
    ” I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
    Turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.” NIV

  9. 3209
    Lisa Harmon says:

    Lisa, Newark DE
    For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
    Ephesians 2:10 NLT

  10. 3210
    Megan H. says:

    2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV

    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

  11. 3211
    Marti says:

    Keep this book of the law always on your lips;meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8 NIV

  12. 3212
    Teresa L. says:

    Rio Rancho, NM

    “And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does will of God abides forever.” I John 2:17 NKJV

  13. 3213
    Jessica says:

    Jessica Turner, ME “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. ” Deut. 31:8 NIV

  14. 3214
    Kathy says:

    Kathy, Missouri City, TX.
    Psalms 5:3 (NIV)
    In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

  15. 3215
    Lesley Edwards says:

    Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towRds what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)

  16. 3216
    Jen Ross says:

    Jen-Spokane, WA

    Acts 3;19-20 NIV

    Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you-even Jesus.

  17. 3217
    Trisha Feitshans says:

    Trisha; Greenville, OH

    Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9 (NIV)

  18. 3218
    Cindy Burger says:

    New Berlin, IL
    But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

    James 1:5 NASB

  19. 3219
    Chara says:

    Canadian, TX

    Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭9‬ NLT)

  20. 3220
    Mandy McDonald says:

    Mandy McDonald from Midland Michigan (I like M’s apparently! LOL)

    Jeremiah 29:11 (MSG): “I know what I am dong. I have it all planned out — plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

  21. 3221
    Carol Fowler says:

    My word that goes out from my mouth;
    It will not return to me empty,
    But will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

    Isaiah 55:11

  22. 3222
    Whitney Maslen Claremore , OK says:

    But without faith no one can please God. We must believe that God is real and that he rewards everyone who searches for him. Hebrews 11:6 CEV

  23. 3223
    Rosa says:

    Indeed, God is my salvation; I will trust Him and not be afraid, for Yah, the Lord, is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation.” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭12‬:‭2‬ HCSB)

  24. 3224
    Becky Van Verst says:

    Becky, Bend OR
    Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin that clings so closely and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us
    Heb 12:1. ESV

  25. 3225
    Joanne says:

    Joanne, Orange Tx
    But encourage one another daily as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you mat be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
    Hebrews 3:13 NIV

  26. 3226
    Elaine says:

    Elaine from Orlando, Florida.
    Isaiah 43:1
    But now this is what the Lord says- he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel : “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”

  27. 3227
    Elise says:

    Elise, Columbus Ohio

    Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. “

  28. 3228
    Lacey says:

    Lacey, Hayden, CO

    Psalm 90:17 NKJV
    And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands.

  29. 3229
    Marilyn from Kitchener, Ontario says:

    Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you cross rivers, you will not drown. When you walk through fire, you will not be burned, nor will the flames hurt you.” NCV

  30. 3230
    Libby says:

    Eutawville, SC

    Matthew 7:14 KJV

    Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

  31. 3231
    Helen says:

    Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
    Philippians 4:6 KJV

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    Debbie M says:

    Granby, CO
    James 1:12 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. NIV

  33. 3233
    Jan Perry says:

    Jan, Summerville, SC

    Let everything that has breath praise the lord.
    Psalm 150:6

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    Karen says:

    Siloam Springs, Ar

    James 3:17. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure,then peace-loving,considerate,submissive,full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

  35. 3235
    Sandy Kassing says:

    Sandy Kassing from Gresham, Oregon
    “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 ESV

  36. 3236
    Joan-Lamar MO says:

    “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of rightousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11

  37. 3237
    Sherri says:

    Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do your will for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. (NIV)

  38. 3238
    Kathy says:

    Kathy, Easley SC

    Leviticus 19:2 NIV

    “…Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.”

  39. 3239
    Melody says:

    Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 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. Romans 12 1-2 NIV

  40. 3240
    Roxanne says:

    Roxanne, Houghton Lake, MI
    So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.(NIV)

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      Roxanne says:

      Roxanne, Houghton Lake, MI
      So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

  41. 3241
    Mikaela Harlow says:

    But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. James 3:17

  42. 3242
    Adele Rhymer says:

    Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

  43. 3243
    Kimmee says:

    Mckinney, Texas
    You have said, “Seek my face.”
    My heart says to You, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” Psalm 27:8. ESV

  44. 3244
    Jan says:

    Jan, Louisville, KY
    The day before heading into the promised land…
    “Joshua told the people ‘Purify yourselves, for tomorrow The Lord will do great wonders among you’! ” Joshua 3:5 NLT

  45. 3245
    Cindi says:

    Cindi, San Diego 🙂
    Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:14 NKJV

  46. 3246
    Audrey Thurn says:

    Proverbs 31:25 (NLT)
    25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
    and she laughs without fear of the future.
    TYFS Vicki Hendricks Glad to be doing it TOGETHER!

  47. 3247
    Kerri Jackson says:

    Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again; Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understand, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 NIV

  48. 3248
    Mary Jo Stayton says:

    Mary Jo, Independence, MO
    For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him.

  49. 3249
    amy says:

    Philippians 4:4-9

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    Leslie D. says:

    Psalm 138:8
    The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me ;your love O Lord endures forever -do not abandon the works of your hands

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