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. 3751
    Ayeshiea Gonzalez says:

    Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
    Romans 5:3-4 (NIV)

  2. 3752
    Krista Baker says:

    All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. Isaiah 54:13

  3. 3753
    Tina Lockhart says:

    Tina Lockhart from Gulfport Mississippi

    Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

    Proverbs 13:12 NKJV

  4. 3754
    Tammy Waguespack says:

    Tammy Waguespack: Brazoria, TX

    You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant.
    1 Chronicles 17:26

  5. 3755
    Debra says:

    Debra Wayland Iowa
    Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled. Hebrews 12:15 (KJV)

  6. 3756
    LaShelle Hill says:

    LaShelle Hill,Cleveland,Ohio
    Behold the former things have come to pass,Now I declare new things;Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.
    Isaiah 42:9 (NISB)

  7. 3757
    Haley Jones says:

    Psalms 19:14
    “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”

    I chose this verse because too often I exhibit a sarcastic tone and am not always able to see my loved ones as Jesus does – in 2015 O Lord….keep making me! I am going to get there! 🙂

  8. 3758
    Pam Mayer says:

    Pam Mayer from Apple Valley, MN: “Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,” Psalm 16:9 NIV

  9. 3759
    Terri Brunson says:

    Terri, Rogers, AR. He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles. Proverbs 22:23 NAB

  10. 3760
    Kim Frazier says:

    Kim Frazier, Magnolia,Texas

    For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemed, the God of the whole earth he is called. Isaiah 54:5 (ESV)

  11. 3761
    Denise cross says:

    Even now I know that whatever you ask of God He will give you. John 11:7

  12. 3762
    Ann says:

    Ann from Mandeville, LA

    2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)
    But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

  13. 3763
    Kara Largent says:

    Kara, Lufkin, Tx

    “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.   Then you will experience God’s k peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7

  14. 3764
    Kara Largent says:

    Kara, Lufkin, Tx

    “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.   Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7

  15. 3765
    Carrie Warren says:

    Carrie Warren-Wellington, TX-Hebrews 12:2 NIV” 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.”

  16. 3766
    Glenda Sellers says:

    “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

  17. 3767
    Janice Montana says:

    Phillipians 4:13 KJV I can do all things through Christ which gives me strength

  18. 3768
    Paige Butler says:

    Paige Butler, Auburn, AL
    because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (‭Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭9‬ ESV)

  19. 3769
    Kitty bennett says:

    Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge. (‭Psalms‬ ‭16‬:‭1‬ NLT)

  20. 3770
    Rene says:

    I am God’s Possession
    for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV)

  21. 3771
    Jessica puckett says:

    He has shown you o mortal what is good and what does the lord require of you? To act justly love mercy walk humbly with your God.

  22. 3772
    Diana says:

    (T)he Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pay for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Romans 8:26-27 (NIV)

  23. 3773
    Gina McVey 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)

  24. 3774
    Charlotte Brown says:

    Charlotte Brown, Broken Arrow, Ok.
    I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

  25. 3775
    Lindsay says:

    I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭4‬:‭11‬ NLT)

  26. 3776
    Wanda says:

    Miami. Isa 43:15 (NASB) I am the Lord, your Holy One, The Creator of Israel, your King.

  27. 3777
    Debbie Brown says:

    Debbie from McDonough, Georgia- 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

  28. 3778
    Kathy Perry says:

    Kathy Perry, Nashville, TN
    I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from The Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121: 1-2 HCSB

  29. 3779
    Kelly Stearns says:

    Kelly Stearns, Amity,OR Commit your path to the Eternal; let Him direct you. Put your confidence in Him, and He will follow through with you. – Psalms 37:5 The Voice

  30. 3780
    JOYce Partridge says:

    Joyce Partridge, Leola, Ar
    Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

    Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

  31. 3781
    Theresa says:

    Theresa- Wake Forest,NC
    Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 NKJV (Recently got the verse tattooed on me as I love that verse! It is absoulety awesome and the truth. The verse is always in my memory.)

  32. 3782
    Courtney Turner says:

    For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19 NLT)

  33. 3783
    Donna H. says:

    Psalm 25:4-5 ESV – Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

  34. 3784
    Barb says:

    Thanks be to God who always leads us in triamphal procession in christ and throughus spreads everywhere the fragrance of knowledge of Him NIV 2Cor 2:14
    For God using me to lead a friend to Christ

  35. 3785
    Linda says:

    Linda from Billings, MT. Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him. NLT

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    Carla Ellis says:

    I would like to sign up, but am unsure of where to go

  37. 3787
    Debbie Niemeyer says:

    Debbie from Pleasanton, CA: “Give me understanding and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart.” Psalm 119:34 NIV

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    Lynnia Watkins says:

    Lynnia Watkins- Carthage, NY-
    Exodus 25:8- “Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.” NASB

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    Diane sewell says:

    Dee Sewell
    New Haven, Mo
    For no matter how many promises God has made they are yes in Christ, and so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. II Cor. 1:20 NIV

  40. 3790
    Tammy says:

    Chesapeake Beach, MD

    Mark 11:25 ESV

    And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

    I am working on praying more and having a forgiving heart.

  41. 3791
    Sandy LaMantia says:

    Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always 105:4

  42. 3792
    Donna says:

    Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16, New Kings James version

  43. 3793
    Melanie Whitaker says:

    Melanie Whitaker, roanoke, va:
    Zephaniah 3:17 ESV

    The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

  44. 3794
    Kerry Koch says:

    Kerry Koch from Lumberton, Texas
    “Let your light so shine before Mann, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 KJV

  45. 3795
    Kim Joyce says:

    Kim from Medina,OH verse:Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; (Proverbs 3:5 NIV)

  46. 3796
    Linda noonan says:

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

  47. 3797
    Heather Hayes says:

    Heather Hayes, Detroit Lakes MN
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7 (NIV)

  48. 3798
    D. Evans says:

    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (‭Psalm‬ ‭118‬:‭29‬ NIV)

  49. 3799
    Leslie Teel says:

    Leslie Teel, Garland, TX God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:24 NIV

  50. 3800
    Angela Benton says:

    Angela Benton, Atlanta, Ga.

    Jeremiah 29:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
    For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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