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. 3701
    Shawn Richards says:

    Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 NIV

  2. 3702
    Stephanie F says:

    Stephanie – Wooster, Ohio
    Jeremiah 15:16 “When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God of Heaven’s armies.” NLT

  3. 3703
    Ginger says:

    2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come!

  4. 3704
    Brenda Hazlett says:

    Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, where unto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 KJV

  5. 3705
    Bernadine says:

    Bernadine from Longmont, CO:
    God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind
    2 Tim 1:7 NKJV

  6. 3706
    Meghan says:


    2 Thessalonians 3:3

    But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

  7. 3707
    Susan Reagan says:

    Susan from Coppell, TX: Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NLT)

  8. 3708
    Susan Giurgevich says:

    Susan Giurgevich, Wilmore KY
    You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:5 ESV

  9. 3709
    Taryn says:

    So excited for this! Ready for a change in my attitude and servitude!

  10. 3710
    Kim James says:

    Kim James – Corner, Alabama

    “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. 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.” Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV

  11. 3711
    Sianna Willis says:

    10144 Schuler Ranch Rd

    I will enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not into the way of evil men. I will avoid it, turn from it and pass on.

    -Proverbs 4:14-15

  12. 3712
    Meredith Clark says:

    Meredith Clark – Newnan, GA
    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 12:2 NIV

  13. 3713
    Deby Hunt says:

    Deby Hunt, Cape Coral, FL 1Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.

  14. 3714
    Cynthia Carter says:

    Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
    “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.”
    I am from Woodstock, G

  15. 3715
    Peggyann Calderwood says:

    Peggyann Calderwood, Crestview, Florida
    Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.
    John 14:15 NKJV

  16. 3716
    Laura says:

    Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
    Acts 16:31 NIV

  17. 3717
    Sianna Willis says:

    Sianna Willis Elk Grove, CA
    I will enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. I will avoid it, turn from it and pass on.

    Proverbs 4:14-15

  18. 3718
    Kathleen says:

    RIchland Hills, TX
    Ephesians 6:10 NIV – Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on His Mighty Power.

  19. 3719
    Anna Munden says:

    Philippians 4:1The Message (MSG)

    4 My dear, dear friends! I love you so much. I do want the very best for you. You make me feel such joy, fill me with such pride. Don’t waver. Stay on track, steady in God.

  20. 3720
    Rhonda Love says:

    15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[d] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. (NIV)

  21. 3721
    Hillary Dickey says:

    Hillary Dickey,D’iberville, MS: for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

  22. 3722
    Lisa Morgan says:

    Lisa Morgan, Dandridge, TN
    Everyone who asks receives; whoever seeks finds; and whoever knocks will have it opened. -Matthew 7:8 NIV

  23. 3723
    Connie says:

    Connie-Paso Robles, Ca
    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. -Psalm 143:8 (NIV)

  24. 3724
    Debbie from Benicia, California says:

    Ezekiel 36:26 NASB

    Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

  25. 3725
    Jan Steinke says:

    Jan Steinke from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it. I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”. Isaiah 43:19 NIV

  26. 3726
    Lucinda Hurlbut says:

    Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.

    1 Peter 5:6 KJV

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    Cindy says:

    Cindy A. from Hayden, AL – Psalm 86:11 “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” (NIV)

  28. 3728
    Laura says:

    Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
    Acts 16:31 NIV

  29. 3729
    Mary E. Frederickson says:

    Isaiah 43:19 NIV. “See, I am doing a new thing!Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

  30. 3730
    JM says:

    Could you please add my name & email to your distribution so I can receive your posts for SSMT? Thank you. JM

  31. 3731
    Valerie Pearson says:

    Valerie, Salmon Arm, BC. God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 NIV

  32. 3732
    Raquel says:

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. (ESV)

  33. 3733
    Joellen, West Monroe, LA says:

    The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14 NIV

  34. 3734
    Marilu says:

    By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established, through knowledge its rooms are full with rare and beautiful treasures. Proverbs 24:3-4 NIV

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    JoAnn Grace says:

    JoAnn, Brockville On. Jeremiah 29:11-14 for I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

  36. 3736
    Lorie Neeser says:

    Reno, Nevada

    “I have hidden your word in my heart that I may not sin against you.” NIV Ps 119:11

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    Deletha Martin says:

    Isaiah 43:1″fear not, for i have redeemed you, I have summoned you by name. You are mine”

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    Bissy Elliott says:

    Bissy from Algonquin, IL “If anyone wishes to come after Me he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me” – Mark 8:34

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      Pam Bayless says:

      Pam from Castaic, CA. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: Proverbs 3:5 NIV

      Trusting Him in this season, we are selling our house and moving to Texas!!

  39. 3739
    Emily says:

    Emily~ Boone, NC
    “But now thus says the Lord,
    he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
    ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.'”
    Isaiah 43:1 ESV

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    Mary webber says:

    Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation. ESV Isaiah 12:2

  41. 3741
    Sarah gleeson says:

    Sarah New Haven Missouri
    For I know the thoughts I think towards you, switch the lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 KJV

  42. 3742
    Sarah gleeson says:

    Sarah New Haven Missouri
    For I know the thoughts I think towards you, saith the lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 KJV

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    Ramanda Dennison says:

    Psalm 31:3 NIV

    Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

  44. 3744
    Anna says:

    Anna, Houston, TX: “In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

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    Shelly says:

    Highlands Ranch, CO
    2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

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    Jennie Hilliard says:

    Jennie of Denham Springs, LA
    I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
    Psalm 119-11 NIV

  47. 3747
    Melissa Williams says:

    Melissa, Yakima, Wa
    “I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”.
    Isaiah 43:19 ESV

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    Lisa Hudgeons,Simms, Texas says:

    Ephesians 4:26
    “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,”

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    Kathleen Stone says:

    Kathleen Stone from Douglasville GA: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 NIV

  50. 3750
    Vicky says:

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

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