Happy Sunday, dear sisters. I continue to be so blessed by your partnership in this DFMD Scripture Meditation & Memory Challenge. Hang strong with me! Even if you feel like you’re already behind or disengaged, I encourage you to recommit and jump back in here. This isn’t really about committing all 24 scripture passages to memory or filling your book with verses every two weeks. It’s about being transformed by the renewing of your mind through the power of the Word of God. And you can pick back up and start that process at any time on any day. You just have to be willing.
How This Challenge Has Changed Me
Speaking of being transformed, I thought it would be encouraging for us each to share just a little about how this challenge has benefitted us so far. My hope is that you are thinking a little differently, responding to situations in a more Christlike way, taking on new challenges with more conviction and sharing the things God has taught you with other people. I know I have certainly felt the results of this challenge in my life.
- I’ve taken the opportunity several times now to share one of my scriptures with someone else. I’ve shared them to encourage them or to give a little insight into how God is challenging and working in my life through those verses.
- When something or someone “bumps up against me” a little, I’m becoming more and more prone to think about the scriptures I’ve been meditating on rather than just react.
- I’m taking time in my quiet time to pray through some of the insights I’ve gained from the scriptures, asking God to work those precious teachings into the fabric of my character. (Proverbs 31:25-26)
- I have begun to see people more from Christ’s perspective – as sheep without a shepherd, distressed by the demands of life and downcast (hopeless) because they don’t know Jesus…or they don’t know Him well enough. (Matthew 9:36) This is still a work in progress for me, but I’ve definitely my headway.
- I’m getting more intentional about planning out my assistants’ work week so that I can utilize them better. (Exodus 18:17-18,23) This is really making a difference in my efficiency and happiness as well as their contribution to my business.
So in the comments I’d love for you to share your selected scripture passage for the next two weeks. But it would also be lovely if you’d share just briefly how you have benefited or changed as a result of meditating on your first three chosen scriptures.
My Fourth Scripture Passage
For the next two weeks, I will meditate on and begin to memorize Psalm 37:1-6. Fortunately this passage is already quite familiar to me, so I think I can get it memorized fairly quickly. But more importantly I’m looking forward to chewing on these words with the hope that they will give me more…well, hope.
These are toughs days we live in. The world seems so topsy-turvy and I get easily discouraged when I watch or read the news. I can’t imagine trying to raise children in this environment. It was hard enough in the 90s and early 2000s, but I think it would be so much more daunting now. Don’t you?
Well, there’s no need for me to continue to paint a bleak picture. You know it; you see it. But I do need perspective, instructions for how to live in this crazy world and a little hope. I think meditating on Psalm 37:1-6 will give me that.
I look forward to reading your selected scriptures as well as the ways you’ve been impacted by your previous ones in the comments. Thank you so much for joining me in this pursuit. May God bless us all richly as we store His Word in our hearts and minds.
If you’re just getting started on this DFMD 2023 Scripture Meditation and Memory Challenge with us, I suggest you read the guidelines in this first post, too. And by the way, if you even want to return to my website and find the other weeks of the DFMD 2023 Scripture Meditation and Memory Challenge easily, just click on BLOG in the top menu and then BEAUTY and then INNER BEAUTY (if you’re on a computer). They’ll all pop up. Have a great day!