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. 3301
    Michele says:

    Michele, Rockford, IL.
    Jer. 30:17 “‘For I will restore you to health, And I will heal you of your wounds’, declares the Lord, ‘ Because they have called you an outcast saying: it is Zion, no one cares for her. ‘”

    • 3301.1
      Darlene says:

      I like the MSG for this verse too: Jer 30:17 As for you, I’ll come with healing, curing the incurable, Because they all gave up on you and dismissed you as hopeless– that good-for-nothing Zion.’

  2. 3302
    Deb says:

    Count me in!!

  3. 3303
    Cathy McCoy says:

    Cathy McCoy, Portland,TX
    Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.
    Ephesians 3:20 NAS

  4. 3304
    Julie says:

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

    2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

  5. 3305
    Lynne Voncannon says:

    Lynne, Houston, TX

    “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.” NIV

  6. 3306
    Denise says:

    Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV) 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.”

  7. 3307
    JuLee Dugan says:

    This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

    Joshua 1:8 (NASB)

  8. 3308
    Shirley June Sprague says:

    Shirley June, Adrian, Mi

    Psalm 46:10 NKJV

    Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

  9. 3309
    Jamye Williams says:

    Jamye Williams from Camden, Arkansas
    Job 40:10 “When Job prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes. In fact the LORD gave him twice as much as before.” NLT

  10. 3310
    Lucille says:

    For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun. Do you see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
    Isiah 43:19 (NLT)

  11. 3311
    Lisa Hoang says:

    “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” – Psalm 119:105

  12. 3312
    Ginger says:

    Ginger from Michigan. Psalm 48:14 NIV “For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.”

  13. 3313
    Karla says:

    Ocala, Fl
    1 Corinthians 4-7 ESV
    Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast, it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

  14. 3314
    amos NC says:

    jer 29.11 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. NIV

    • 3314.1
      Darlene says:

      This is my all time favorite right now (and for quite a while) Jer 29:11-14 will be part of my 24 verses:
      Jer 29:11 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.
      Jer 29:12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
      Jer 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
      Jer 29:14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

  15. 3315
    Ruth Ann says:

    As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. Luke 8:15 ESV

  16. 3316
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl IJzer, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Europe). ‘Daarom vertrouwen op U wie uw naam kennen, want Gij hebt nooit verlaten wie U zoeken, o Here.’ Psalm 9:11, NBG

    • 3316.1
      Darlene says:

      NIV PSA 9:11
      Psa 9:11 Sing the praises of the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.
      MSG Psa 9:11
      Psa 9:11 Sing your songs to Zion-dwelling GOD, tell his stories to everyone you meet!

  17. 3317
    Lynne says:

    Lynne, Telford, PA
    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
    2 Cor 5:17 ESV

  18. 3318
    Danielle Nonnenmacher says:

    Danielle Nonnenmacher, Haskins, OH

    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

  19. 3319
    Helen says:

    Diamond Bar, CA
    Psalm 19:14 NIV — May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

  20. 3320
    Kristie Deane says:

    Kristie Deane
    Fairhope AL

    Zephaniah 3:17

    The Lord your God in your midst,
    The Mighty One, will save;
    He will rejoice over you with gladness,
    He will quiet you with His love,
    He will rejoice over you with singing.”

    • 3320.1
      Darlene says:

      Love this! MSG Zep 3:17
      Zep 3:17 Your GOD is present among you, a strong Warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love and delight you with his songs.

  21. 3321
    Bethany says:

    John 14:27
    “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.”
    Bethany Joy – Cotulla Texas

  22. 3322
    Kathy Kroesche says:

    Kathy, Los Gatos, CA
    1 Chronicles 29:11 (NIV) Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
 and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
 for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
 Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
 you are exalted as head over all.

  23. 3323
    Lisa Hoang says:

    SSMT 2015 🙂

  24. 3324
    Karyl says:

    But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13&14 NIV

  25. 3325
    Sylvia Rutherford says:

    Sylvia Rutherford, Wesson MS. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV

  26. 3326
    Melanie says:

    Matthew 6:34 NIV
    Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.

  27. 3327
    Elisabeth Walker says:

    Elisabeth Walker Sheridan, WY “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit”. Romans 15:13 NLT

  28. 3328
    Kristy, Louisiana says:

    “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:12 NASB

  29. 3329
    Bethany Joy says:

    John 14:27
    “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.”
    Bethany Joy Cotulla TX

  30. 3330
    Tammy M says:

    Tammy M from Corpus Christi, Texas
    For God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

  31. 3331
    Cheryl F. says:

    Cheryl F.,Woodstock, GA
    Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

    Hebrews 4:16 NASB

  32. 3332
    Jenny says:

    Jenny – Geismar

    9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

    Joshua 1:9 New International Version (NIV)

  33. 3333
    Rosalie Hood says:

    Ps 116:15
    15 Precious in the sight of the LORD
    is the death of his saints.

  34. 3334
    Elizabeth Petrie says:

    Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God

    Matthew 5:8

  35. 3335
    Jenny says:

    Jenny – Geismar, LA

    9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

    Joshua 1:9 New International Version (NIV)

  36. 3336
    Chris B says:

    Chris B, Houston, TX

    No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39 NIV

  37. 3337
    Deona says:

    Deona, Fort Worth,Texas Isaiah 43:19 ESV
    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.

  38. 3338
    Linda D says:

    Hebrews 4:16 KJV

  39. 3339
    Amber-Roseville says:

    Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

    Proverbs 3:3 NIV

  40. 3340
    Shelly Aeshliman says:

    Shelly A
    Albertville MN

    Two are better than one,because they have a good return for their work:
    If one falls down,his friend can help him up.
    But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
    Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

    • 3340.1
      Darlene says:

      Ecc 4:9-10 MSG
      Ecc 4:9 It’s better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth.
      Ecc 4:10 And if one falls down, the other helps, But if there’s no one to help, tough!

  41. 3341
    Jo Alice, Madison,MS says:

    “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you,all whose thoughts are fixed on you.”
    Isaiah 26:3, NLT

  42. 3342
    Roberta E. says:

    Coldspring TX

    “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thess 5:18. KJV

  43. 3343
    Tifany says:

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. II Cor 5:17

    I couldn’t remember the whole verse today but God kept giving this to me all day.

  44. 3344
    Traci Duck says:

    Traci – Houston

    Be strong and very courageous, Be careful to obey all the law your servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.

    Joshua 1:7

  45. 3345
    Janie Forsythe says:

    Janie Forsythe from Avon, Indiana

    I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray.
    Psalm 17:6 NLT

  46. 3346
    Rosanne Withrow says:

    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. NLT

  47. 3347
    Jess says:

    You, dear children, are from agod and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1John 4:4 (NIV)

  48. 3348
    Ginny Skogen says:

    Ginny-Apple Valley, MN
    Isaiah 54:10
    Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord who has compassion on you.

  49. 3349
    Laurie Butler says:

    from Martinez California
    Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
    Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
    Psalm 25:4-5 NIV

  50. 3350
    Ramona Gellick says:

    Ramona Gellick,
    Medina Ohio
    Micah 7:7 (NIV)
    But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

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