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. 301
    stacy Burright says:

    First time ever doing this still confused
    On what to memorize and where to register etc etc etc

    • 301.1
      Sherry McClure says:

      Dear Stacy,
      We are so glad that you will be joining us! You will just need to choose a scripture on the 1st and 15th of each month to commit to memory. Then, you will comment on the blog with your name, location, and verse on the 1st and 15th of each month ( a post for SSMT will be up by 8 a.m. each of these days). Record your verses in a spiral and memorize away! Blessings to you!

  2. 302
    Judy Grieve says:

    Judy Grieve Clarks Hill SC. This will be my third year to participate and I benefit so much from memorizing the verses. I am sorry I am so late in signing up. I look forward to the first verse in just a few days.

  3. 303
    Paula Williamson says:

    Paula, Houston, Tx

    This will be my 3rd SSMT! I can’t wait! For those who are new to this, I had never, ever memorized Scripture verses before and wasn’t sure I could….. But I did it! I cannot tell you the sense of accomplishment I had when I had 24 verses under my belt!!!! And each verse was special to me and I began to notice sermons based on my verse!!!! Wow! Ladies, you CAN do this!!!! Hang in there and welcome to SSMT!!!

  4. 304
    Liezil says:

    Are you going to have an app like in 2013? It was really handy to have it on-hand all the time!

    • 304.1
      LPM-KMac says:

      Hi Liezil, I know the app is being updated and edited, but I do not have news of when or if it will be ready for use. We will surely let you know when it is!

  5. 305
    Shannon says:

    Would like to join and try this as well.

  6. 306
    Wendy Lance says:

    I’m in – along with a good friend! This wil be my first year among the siestas!

  7. 307
    Linda says:

    I’m nervous but excited about my first year participating!

  8. 308
    Tara Ford says:

    Received my spiral from my sweet sister in law along with her plans forusto make this journey together….so excited, so blessed.

  9. 309
    Shauna says:

    I’m so excited about this! This will be my first time participating and a close friend (who just got baptized) is joining me. We can’t wait to start!

  10. 310
    PatJ says:

    I am excited to be a part!

  11. 311
    Valerie says:

    I’m in. I need this.

  12. 312
    Susan Peaslee says:

    I have 19 out of 35 of the women of my church signed up. We are so excited.

  13. 313
    Ruthie says:

    I am excited this will be my first year! I have invited my singles ladies group to join me in this, can’t wait to see how God is going to move.

  14. 314
    Donna says:

    After an illness, my memorization ability took a hit. I’m going to give it a shot with God’s help.

  15. 315
    Tonya Jones says:

    I am so excited about this! I haven’t even wanted to in past years but for some reason I really want to do this. I want to “let God’s Word richly dwell within me”.

  16. 316
    Carol Hartley says:

    I am so excited. I’ve already picked out my first verse. My daughter and son-in-law are missionaries in El Salvador. This past summer while in an intense study for learning to speak Spanish she memorized this scripture in Spanish. Of course I will be memorizing in English, but who knows I may know it in Spanish by January 2016!

  17. 317
    Ann says:

    I enjoyed being a part two years ago and it started a commitment to scripture memorization that I carried on last year, too. This time I hope to attend the celebration, too!

  18. 318
    Edna says:

    Excited to do this!

  19. 319
    Debby McCoy says:

    This is my 1st time to do this. I have never been successful in memory verses. I am excited to see what God is going to teach me!

  20. 320
    Charlotte Skadal says:

    What an awesome way to spend the day after Christmas….I’m quietly settling down after a very busy season and putting my spiral together. So anxious to get started with
    SSMT 2015! Thanks Beth and LPM team!

  21. 321
    Marge Turner says:

    I’m in for 2015! Thanks!

  22. 322
    Tara Milligan says:

    So thankful for my sweet friend, Tonya Jones for introducing me to this! I love my Stigler sisters!! So excited to see how God will speak to us as we hide His Word in our hearts. His Word is life!

  23. 323
    catherine fischer says:

    Catherine Fischer
    Bethlehem , Pa intrested in joining this year.

  24. 324
    Jenni Johnson says:

    Will there be an app available for smartphones again this time? It was SO helpful and made posting very convenient. Thanks! Excited to get started!

    • 324.1
      LPM-KMac says:

      Hi Jenni, I know the app is being updated and edited, but I do not have news of when or if it will be ready for use. We will surely let you know when it is!

  25. 325
    Melissa says:

    This will be my first year participating:) I’m really looking forward to the accountability of this format and reading the verses that will be posted. Expectant to hear from God this year!

  26. 326
    Paige says:

    I’m in!!!! Will the blog post come to email Jan 1 or is there a website to go to?

    • 326.1
      Sherry McClure says:

      Dear Paige,
      If you are signed up on google reader, it will send you an email. You can also come straight here ( on the 1st and 15th! Blessings to you!

  27. 327
    Maureen Chabot says:

    Ok…printed!! Just have to pick up a spiral and will be ready to begin!! Soooo excited!!

  28. 328
    Amy Kay says:

    The women of my family are going to do this together this year, and I’m excited for some friends to join me along the way. Thanks to Beth Moore and LPM for the structure and accountability!

  29. 329
    Lisa says:

    Lisa Jefferson,GA
    First year trying this out. So excited for what the year will bring!

  30. 330
    Janet H says:

    This is my first time to do SSMT, and I’m excited to be a part of this!

  31. 331
    Mary in NH says:

    I am going to do this in 2015! Hoping to get other ladies from my church to join me.

  32. 332
    jackie pope says:

    Jackie, Covington, IN. This will be my second time. Excited for the challenge!

  33. 333
    Debra says:

    I am excited about this new adventure and look forward to getting to know other ladies. I want to go to Texas for the celebration and see the sweetheart of Texas, Beth Moore.

  34. 334
    Jeanne Cassady says:

    How do I sign up? I cannot figure it out.

    • 334.1
      Sherry McClure says:

      Dear Jeanne,
      You will just need to comment on the blog on the 1st and 15th of each month with your name, location, and verse! Blessings to you!


  35. 335
    Cindy Hopkins says:

    I’m in! Excited to get more of God’s Word in my heart and mind!

  36. 336
    Linda says:

    Linda from Bartlesville OK – I’m up for the challenge! This finish line will be sweeter than any Marathon finish line I have or will ever cross. Let’s go the distance Siestas!

  37. 337
    Tanyia says:

    This is my first time. A friend started a SSMT “support group” on facebook to give us even more accountability. I’m excited to join in!

  38. 338
    Dani says:

    I’d like to join!!!!

  39. 339
    Susanne Olson says:

    This will be my first time joining SSMT. I am so looking forward to seeing how God will use this to his glory in my life!

  40. 340
    Lindsey Panousis says:

    I’m in too! Lindsey from Tallahassee

  41. 341
    Lisa Jones says:

    Lisa Jones, Andalusia, AL
    This will be my second time with SSMT. Can’t wait to get started. I have my spirals ready!!

  42. 342
    Danice Mariney says:

    Looking forward to an enriching year in the Word

  43. 343
    Natalie Smoot says:

    How do I sign up?

    • 343.1
      Sherry McClure says:

      Dear Natalie,
      You will just need to comment on the blog on the 1st and 15th of each month with your name, location and verse! Blessings to you!

  44. 344
    Leeanne Omit says:

    I am super excited to do this from Asquith, Sk, Canada

  45. 345
    Rebecca McLemore says:

    I am SUPER excited about this year!! The last two years have been very difficult. I did the SSMT in 2013 and I know its the only thing that helped me survive. I’ve decided that 2015 there will be many dreams coming true, so my theme in my verses will be the words “NEW” and “DREAM”. Sharing with lots of friends, so I hope to have more Vegas siestas on here!! Thank you so much for doing this!!

  46. 346
    Meredith says:

    I’m Meredith from VA and excited to start!!!

  47. 347
    Carrie says:

    I just made my spiral and I’m excited for this structured memorization forum.

  48. 348
    Dawn Bryant says:

    A friend from church sent me this information. Very excited to get started.

  49. 349
    Sally H. says:

    This will be my first time doing this and I’m very excited about it. I don’t memorize well, but am looking forward to what God can do!

  50. 350
    Nina says:

    Hi there,

    I have read through the whole Siesta blog and love it! I would like to sign up, but like one of the comments above, I am a little confused as to how to make sure I’m ‘IN’ … which blog do I comment on / leave me verse on .. (on January 1st?) – i am totally confused… sorry!

    You have done such a tremendous job explaining everything, so I am very sorry for troubling you with further questions, but I really do want to take part and get it right.

    Thank you, Siestas :)) Olé ;))

    • 350.1
      Sherry McClure says:

      Dear Nina,
      We are so glad you will join us! You will just comment on the blog on the 1st and 15th of each month with your name, location and verse! Blessings to you!

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