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!
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Luke 6 Verse 37
Do not judge and you will not be judged. Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.
The I said “it is my grief that the right hand of the Most High has changed? I shall remember the deeds of the Lord. Surely I will remember Your wnders of old. I will meditate on all Your work and muse on Your deeds. Your way O God is holy. What god is great as our God? You are the God that works wonders. Psalm 77:10-15.
The challenge has helped me to remain mindful in my everyday life of what I am hearing/reading in the scriptures I have chosen here along with others I have read.
“Trust the Lord, and do good things. Live in the land, and practice being faithful.”
Psalms 37:3 GW
Interesting… I was already considering this for my scripture before seeing yours.
In this scripture I like that it points out being faithful takes practice… you have to work at it and choose to.
Philippians 4: 13
” For I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Chris who gives me the strength and power”
This reminded me of a verse from my Bible study this week: 1 Peter 1: 24b-25. It says, The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the Word of the Lord remains forever.
I will meditate on both of these verses reminding myself of where my focus and commitment should be.
I’m choosing your same scripture this week, Psalm 37 1-6, however I will be memorizing the KJV. I learned scriptures as a child in this version and always use the KJV for my bible reading. It has been a great challenge for me and find it is not as easy as it was 70 plus years ago. I figure if I can say it back with occasional prompts, I’m ok. I think my family and friends have been in awe we have so many women joined together sharing and learning! Thanks for all you do!!
Finally be strong in the strength of the Lord and in the strength of his might.
It is always a comfort to me to know God is in control and can turn anything negative into good.
It has been years since I have committed scripture to memory. I did not think I could any more. I have put my chosen scripture in my daily reminders app. It is wonderful to be having success with the memorization. Even more it is oh so comforting and uplifting to be feeling closer and closer to my God.
This week I choose Ephesians 4:29 because I believe my gift is encouragement and this is a reminder to be careful with my words.
Thank you Kay for encouraging us to continue with this pursuit.
1 Chronicles 16:11
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
I’m becoming more mindful of doing the will of God.
‘My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
– James 1:19 (NIV)
Since starting this scripture challenge, I find myself being more conscious of scripture verses and how they ‘speak’ to me and the circumstances in my life. The verses I’ve chosen thus far all pertain to areas where I need help in my personal development as a woman and as a Christian. In times of need, I call upon a verse but admit, at times, I react first. It’s a new habit and they take time to develop so I give myself grace.
Psalm 17: 6-9. I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the enemies who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.
Thank you Kay for doing this! I am loving it and I don’t feel like I am reading scripture alone! I have had the opportunity many times to pull a scripture out of my head to give comfort to someone or myself. My scripture this week is Proverbs 31. That may seem like a lot, but years ago I almost had it memorized when I had young children but never completely got it… I want to this time! Thank you for the inspiration and transparency💕
Oh, how I needed to hear this today. I’ve been discouraged but trying… This week has be hard – my husband was killed last summer and with Valentines and his birthday today – it’s been overwhelming with emotional highs and lows. But I’m recommitting to getting back on track. My new verses are Ephesians 3: 16-19. “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Thank you for this blog. Many blessings to you!
Aw Merri Lynn I’m so sorry to hear about your husband and understand how difficult holidays and birthdays can be without our loved ones. I’ll be keeping you in my prayers.
My heart goes out to you Merri Lynn. What courage. Praying for you today.
I’m so very sorry, Merri Lynn. Do press on. Nothing will bring you healing like the Word of God. ❤️
I’m praying that the Lord will sustain and comfort you and give you peace.
Praying for God to give you all that you need to keep you strong. I am so sorry for your loss.
Merri Lynn, My heart goes out to you as you continue to press on as God’s faithful servant while you deeply grieve. I’m so sorry for your loss.
I noticed that Charlene’s verse for these next two weeks is Isaiah 40:31 and I pray it may give you some comfort. Charlene’s post is #25 in the list below. My prayers for you.
I will hold you up with this scripture Merri Lynn. My sympathy to you.
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.
Isiah 58:8 (NKjV)
“Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth spedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard”
His amazing grace is giving me more self control. Praise His Holy Name!!
So Moses brought their before the Lord. Numbers 27:5 niv
Psalm 139:8-10 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
Hello there. The verse I’ve chosen is
Psalm 96:1-2 English Standard Version
“Oh song to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.”
Romans 12:12 NIV. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
I have always been terrible at memorizing Scripture. My husband easily quotes Scripture and I have been impressed with that. I am 64 now, and your method has helped me to finally be able to memorize it. My family has gone through a very difficult situation for over 3 years and we thought this coming week would bring some resolution. Then we got a 3 month postponement. The Scripture I have chosen to memorize so far has reminded me of God’s love, the importance of prayer, and patience, understanding God is in control and His timing is good.
I marked this verse this week at my Bible study, we are studying the Hebrews right now.
But without faith it is impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is,
and that He is a rewarded of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
Bless you and peace to you Merri Lynn.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. NASB
Morning Kay and Everyone! I, too, will memorize and pray on Psalm 37:1-6! As a lot of us are, I am familiar with the “delight yourself . . . ” portion of this Psalm but know expanding on it will help. This also adds to my choice last time on Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world . . . . Continued blessings and help from God to all!
This time of reflection has helped to calm me, comfort me, and support me more each day. “And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” John 1:16
And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
But those that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will run and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
My scriptures come to my mind throughout the day to help me keep my focus on Him and not my circumstances.
“The LORD said to him [Elijah] “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus.”. 1 Kings 19:15. NIV
Last weekend I had big issues in the local neighbourhood WhatsApp group I started. I tried to respond appropriately. Halfway through I suddenly remembered Prov 31:25-26. I realised I hadn’t prayed before responding so I did and got new direction on how to deal with a disruptive person. He subsequently left of his own accord which enabled others to stay and I didn’t have to remove him.
Brenda from Indiana: “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Scripture memorization has really forced my thinking about the Lord all day long.
Good morning ladies! We are on vacation this week, so I “packed my verse” so I would have it ready for today. Each verse has given me something to chew on; I’m loving this challenge.
And from His fullness, we all receive grace upon grace.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous; love does not brag, it is not arrogant.
I’m Beth from California.
I too have been sharing the verses and thinking of them has given me instruction and guidance for my life.
For my 4th passage, I’m choosing Psalm 34:7-“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge”in him.
5 The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot.
6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.
I am glad we are doing this challenge, Kay! I have a lot going on (adjusting to retirement; MIL’s worsening dementia; survey trips to potential places to live; health issues) and I feel more grounded in faith, tethered to truth while the strong winds of life blow around me.
This is Cindy from Brownsburg, IN.
I am choosing Isaiah 48:17 (NIV) this week:
This is what the LORD says – your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.”
This verse encourages me as I need great wisdom in my role as a school administrator, but also in my personal life as my mother is battling cancer and I am watching her health decline. I need God’s direction every hour of each day, and I am trusting that He is teaching me what is best. We are currently studying the book of Isaiah in Bible Study, and it has been a rich treasure of wisdom and encouragement. I have found it helpful to listen to the book on audio. The ESV app offers an audio reading by Kristyn Getty, and I find her Irish lilt a refreshing change that helps me listen in new ways. Highly recommend this free resource!
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
I want to be more Christ like put others needs before mine, that I may love, console and understand others and not seek it just for myself.
“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” John 17:25-26 NIV
I love this beautiful prayer of Jesus to His Father
My chosen verse is Psalm 55:22. Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. (NASB)
I have been choosing verses to encourage myself and others, because the last few years have been more difficult in many ways. God gives us encouragement and peace if we lean on Him.
Thank you, Kay.
I am following your lead and memorizing Psalm 37:1-6 (RSV) particularly “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act.”
This is my first experience memorizing scripture in this way and I love it. Memorizing Matt 9:36, has shifted my focus from judgement to having compassion for others. I am not always successful, but I am trying.
I am so grateful for this challenge. I also have been able to pull up just the right verse to help someone. God is so good! My verse this time is Psalm 25:10 – All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands his covenant.
Proverbs 31:13-15 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it si still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
Memorizing scripture is hard for me. I wanted to drop out and forget it but I am going to carry on. Thanks for the encouraging words, Kay.
This challenge has been a blessing as I have been working through some very difficult days at work. I have been anxious about new leadership coming into my company – I have named them as evil doers. Yet this week I have been convicted to honor them as Gods appointed and to lay aside my ambitions and act in humility. This has brought peace and rest. So my scripture is James 3:16-17.
Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
I have been reading Psalm 37 this past month. Meditating on these scriptures has given my heart so much hope! It is funny how God led you to this same chapter, Kay. One thing I have been learning through this whole verse memory challenge is that I once thought I couldn’t memorize scripture but now I see with God’s help, I can! Of course, I should not be surprised! God WANTS us to put His words to memory and of course, He would help us do this!
Here’s my verse:
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven & earth.
-Psalm 121:2 ESV
This is from my favorite Psalm, which as a whole serves as a reminder to me that God is in control, that He loves me & I can always rely on Him for everything. So far, through this process, I’ve come to feel closer to God & I believe it has helped to deepen my relationship with Him on a spiritual level. Thanks so much for guiding us through this process, Kay!
I’m continuing the passage I started from Isaiah 54:10. I’m on verse 13 for this week. I chose this passage because of the very high chance I have of my ocular melanoma metastasizing (72%). I have been a Christian for decades, but it is still daunting when death looks you in the face. God gave me this passage which is very comforting to me. (It makes sense if you read it from verse ten)
“And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.”
Have a lovely week everyone!
Karin, today I will pray that you will be part of the 28% that does not experience the metastasis and that God will heal you. Chin up!
Karin, I will recite Jeremiah 30:17 for you as well. May God bless you and keep you close.
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13.
Here’s mine for this week:
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue
keeps himself out of trouble
Such a good reminder to be careful with our words which can be so difficult sometimes! Thank you so much for facilitating this Kay! I’ve found that the meditations have helped me feel closer to God & develop a better relationship with Him
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. MATTHEW 7:34 NIV
My verse for this week is:
The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (NRSV)
I have always been a planner, but will use this to remind me to listen to what God wants me to do and how – not what and how I want to do things.
First, my new verse. Psalm 119:9-16 “ “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.”
I am praying God’s Word over my 15-year-old daughter. This was put on my heart by the Holy Spirit yesterday. We know God’s Word will not return empty, so I am inserting her name into the scripture. Like you said, the world is such a difficult place to grow up in these days. I worry about how she will fare in it. But God reminded me that I do not need to worry, but pray His living Word over her.
Meditating on my previous scriptures has certainly made such a difference in my life. Obviously satan has noticed and has been attacking me. But I am reminded by your blog today not to give up. I will continue as this is a world of spiritual battle affecting all of us. To God be the glory.
Psalm 103:12-13 (NAB)
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he put our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.
This was the reading in our mass today and father preached on it in his homily. I felt forgiven by the Lord that he puts our sins so far from us and has compassion on us.
My 4th meditation
21 Do not give yourself over to sorrow,
and do not distress yourself deliberately.
22 A joyful heart is life itself,
and rejoicing lengthens one’s life span.
23 Indulge yourself[i]and take comfort,
and remove sorrow far from you,
for sorrow has destroyed many,
and no advantage ever comes from it.
24 Jealousy and anger shorten life,
and anxiety brings on premature old age.
25 Those who are cheerful and merry at table
will benefit from their food.
Love and Blessings
My chosen verse is: Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” Thank you for challenging us in scripture memorization.
Kay, I haven’t entered scriptures because I read the Bible each day (Bible in 1 year) probably 3 times so far and do a devotional each day with my husband. I reap good things from reading your website but the extra time and commitment of memorizing suggested scriptures is more than I (69 years old) can dedicate to doing that. I have a home, husband and children and grandchildren I need to encourage with God’s word also. I hope you understand. Thanks so much, Mary Ann Krask
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Proverbs 4:25
Surely God is my salvation; I will rust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2 (NIV)
This time I chose Psalm 4. A psalm of David; a psalm of trust,faith, joy and peace. How beautiful is that!
This week I’m borrowing your verse, Kay. It speaks to the feelings I’ve had since 2020 and the changes we’ve experienced as a society. A real challenge for sure.
I found your sight quite by accident at a time when I was packing for a trip to Florida. I had become frustrated with myself because even while praying my mind would wander to clothes and what I should bring with me. I felt rather guilty that I couldn’t devote even 15 minutes to God without straying.
But I found your site through Pinterest and felt that God sent me a sign that He is in the midst of all we do. Your message with each post was an inspiration. I went back to your initial post and ordered the daily Bible. I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying reading this every day. The life lessons and short reflections are helpful and I think I will be able to finish this time.
So, in short your site has truly brought God into my life in a very different way.
Thank you for sharing this Margo. It’s so encouraging to me, and I really needed that today. I’m so extremely glad that this website has been an encouragement and source of new perspective for you. Blessings.
Kay, you have become such a beacon of light in so many ways to so many of us. Thank you for your ministry – it is so impactful. You have helped me tremendously to see that dressing for my day and blessing each day can go hand in hand. Big hugs for all you do!
I’m learning Philippians 1:9-11 for 2 weeks
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory of God.
The Lord is so good and has blessed me in so many ways these last couple of weeks. So here is my scripture for today:
Learn to savor how good the Lord is; happy are those who take refuge in him.
Fear the Lord, you holy ones, nothing is lacking to those who fear him.
The powerful grow poor and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Psalm 34:9-11 NAB
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
1Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be enviousv of those who do wrong;w
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,x
like green plants they will soon die away.y
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the landz and enjoy safe pasture.a
4 Take delightb in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.c
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in himd and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous rewarde shine like the dawn,f
your vindication like the noonday sun.
I have chosen Phillipians 4:19
But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Our pastor is preaching a sermon series on Love God, Love People. I was led to this verse in John.
John 13: 34-35(NIV)
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Matthew 26:36 (NIV)
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray”.
The message at church today was how we all need to step away from our many “to do’s”, and “go over there and pray”. I will meditate on this not only for the next couple of weeks, but throughout the season of Lent, especially when I let my “to do’s” interfere with daily time for prayer and reflection.
Thank you for your encouragement to keep going!
I will be memorizing Psalm 37:1-6 along with you and will be meditating on those truths.
Be still and know that I am God!
Psalm 46:10 (RSVCE)
Memorizing scripture and praying for everyone in this community has been such a privilege and blessing. Repeating the scripture passage many times during the day has helped me become more aware of the Lord’s will for me during this part of my journey with Him and to depend on His Love and Grace always.
I have chosen: Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control; against such there is no law.
This passage reminds me that this is how I am to behave even though I may not see it happening in the news.
I am thankful, Kay, that you asked us to join you in this scripture challenge. I find I am responding to things differently. Things that would normally irritate me I now respond in a calmer and more gracious manner. I am still working on becoming more patient but I already feel an improvement. This is so exciting!
Esther 4:14b (KJV)
And who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdome for such a time as this?
from our pastor’s sermon this morning on taking risks for the Kingdom of God.
Then Jesus said, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.
Luke 23:34 NKJV
This verse was the focus of the sermon at church today. The pastor made these points: 1. After Jesus was nailed to the cross, these were His first words. He interceded (prayed for) not just the soldiers, priests, and those who wronged Him that day. He was praying for sinners like me. He wasn’t thinking of Himself. He thought of you and me. 2. When Jesus prayed to the Father, in that moment He gave up his authority and rights of God to identify with us and purchase our redemption.
I want to focus on this verse for the next 2 weeks and leading up to the Easter season to remind myself that Jesus gave up everything to buy my forgiveness and salvation with His life. If Jesus loved me that much to forgive me. I also need to forgive others. The pastor’s application for the sermon was “The forgiven, forgive.” Powerful!
I read my Bible everyday, but this memorization practice has been so inspiring. My daily devotional time sometimes feels like another item on my daily checklist. This practice has caused me to slow down and be intentional in my study of the Word.
At my age (72), I have been glad for the opportunity to engage my mind in the memorization process in the last three scripture memorizations. So I am wanting to get in my mind a couple beginning scriptures for sharing with unbelievers the truths I know are in Romans. Thus, this time I want to memorize two separate scriptures in the “Roman Road” taken from the ESV Bible:
…For all have sinned and fall short of the glory God. Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,
and keep the vows you made to the Most High.
Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.
When I am alone, usually in my car, I will have in my thoughts from my first post: I WILL give thanks and praise to You – Psalm 139:14. I make it my decision to thank God no matter what. Then that brings me to Crowder’s song “Good God Almighty”. I wanted to keep the theme of thankfulness a bit longer. If you praise: you raise; if you complain; you remain!
In keeping with my word for the year, victorious, my verse is “But in all these things we are completely victorious through God who showed His love for us.” Romans 8:37 [NCV] It’s a familiar verse and what comes before and after it give it its true meaning. NOTHING can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD!
I make screen savers for my phone of each verse. There have been several times when the verse on my phone has “jumped out” at me at the perfect time to comfort and strengthen me.
3) Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will rejoice over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. [NASB]
2) Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, I will help you; I will uphold you with My victorious right hand. [TLB]
1) Psalm 89: 15-17 How blessed are the people who worship you! O LORD, they experience your favor. They rejoice in your name all day long, and are vindicated by your justice. For you give them splendor and strength. By your favor we are victorious. (NET)
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
I am passionately in love with God because He listens to me.
He hears my prayers and answers them.
As long as I live I’ll keep praying to Him,
for He stoops down to listen to my heart’s cry
Psalm 116:1-2 (Passion translation)
I’ve been journaling my prayers. Always amazed by “how” He answers.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit in me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold in me a willing spirit. Psalm 51:10-12
I find that while reading Scripture, some passages have more meaning to me, probably because of where I am spiritually at that point in time. This passage in particular speaks to me, and I find myself trying to say parts of it often, This will help me memorize it so I can say it more freely.
Merri Lynn, I pray you find comfort and strength thru our Lord. Also, the poem “Death is Nothing at All” by Henry Scott Holland may bring you some added comfort on special days.
My last few weeks have been consumed in caring for my lifelong companion who has had a very difficult time recovering from cervical spine surgery. When nothing seemed to be helping him, I recited Jeremiah 30:17
But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds declares the Lord. God heals all wounds. God will fight for you.
Yesterday he woke up with far less pain. Praise God!
Trying to memorize my scriptures have helped push me to show extra kindness to those I struggle with, and I pray it will help leave all hurts in the past where they belong. Thank you all for this incredible journey ❤
8 “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand
years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.“ 2Peter 3:8-9 ESV
I chose these verses inspired by my pastor’s sermon today. At some point, we all experience and suffer the pain of mistreatment. When we are mistreated by whomever, we are called to persistently pray. Sometimes after praying for a long time, we become discouraged and even give up. So we are called to remember the Parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8). And also the verses above. So, persistently pray and wait on the Lord.
My verse this time means so much to me during this time. I’ve chosen Psalm 30:5 “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.” Amen!
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3 KJV
When I wake up during the night, which I always do at this age, I begin to quote my verses in my mind. This keeps me from immediately thinking about negative things, and also helps me go back to sleep!
…I am with you always, to the close of the age.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us
while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of our faith. Hebrews 12:1-2 NAB.
My word for the year for 2023 is trust. The verses that I have used have helped me to focus on that part of my relationship with God. Life has been challenging and downright hard these last 4-5 years and trusting God is my best option in the midst of all these things!
When I first started walking with the Lord it was about trust and revisiting this grace is grounding for me . Thanks to all of you women I feel part of a wonderful community!
Doing this as a group has held me accountable to memorize. I have had a goal to memorize more scripture and not been successful, but this is helping-thank you! I feel it is more important than ever to hide His Word in my heart, where the world cannot take it from me. My verse this round is Psalm 18:2-3′ “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.”
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:8 (NIV)
Romans 12:9 NIV Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
“Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9
One of my verses I was having trouble understanding part of it. I meditated on it, but seemed to get nowhere. Finally, I said ” God, I’m going memorize this even if I don’t understand it totally; and I’m asking You and trusting that at some point You’ll reveal it’s meaning to me”. The next day during my quiet time, He so sweetly showed me what it meant.
My new verse from Isaiah 12:2-3a “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”
Isaiah has prophesized the coming of Messiah in the previous chapter. Indeed Jesus did come, holy, the perfect sacrifice for my sins. He is coming again and I need to be strong, obedient, and trust in Him as I journey through today’s world. I want to make these verses a part of my fiber so I will be strong in my stance.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek His will in all you do,
And He will show you which path to take.
Kay, thank you for coming up with this idea of challenging us, filling us with the lasting knowledge of scripture.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and passionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you, NIV
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.
In an uncertain world, I find especially that the Word always grounds me and gives me peace as I meditate on God’s Words. I love that I am memorizing scripture, because I can call it to memory in an instant no matter the circumstances, no matter where I am or what I am doing. As I put my trust in God and look to Him, my faith is strengthened.
Revelation 4:11 NAS
“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”
Memorizing Scripture from a Book of the Bible that I am currently studying, helps me to search for and to lay hold of the key verses that seem most relevant to my daily walk with the Lord. Memorization helps me to meditate on and apply what I am studying.
Hello from Vancouver. I hadn’t prepared something for today, but in troubled and discouraging times, I feel that 1 Peter 5:7 can support us.
“Cast[ing] all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”.
I use the King James Bible, as it’s the one I grew up with: my grandfather was an Anglican minister. And as a teacher (retired) I appreciate the beauty of the language.
Hello sweet friends! This verse hit home with me as I’ve been in “worrywart mode” lately.
2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Great reminder that God has it under control – I don’t, and I don’t need to worry about His perfect plan!
My verse this week is from Psalms, 35: 1-2 NRSV
“Contend O Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me!
Take hold of shield and buckler, and rise up to help me!”
Actually, I had a little fight with my son today at lunch, and he hurt my feelings so much that I actually left the restaurant. I know he’s going through some young adult things, and he took it out on me, but when I saw this verse it made me stop and think. I know we’re going to make up, but I think I will keep pondering this verse until then! I think that reading the Bible more these past weeks, and especially reading what others are drawn to, has really made me want to dig deeper into the Bible and appreciate God’s word even more!
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV)
I took my Scripture verses with me to a follow-up medical appointment and meditated on them while I waited for the results. God quieted me with His love. And, Praise God, I got good news!
Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever.
I want to wake up every day with a thankful heart.
Sometimes I just need to be reminded of this
This memorization has helped me mediate on God’s word throughout my day.
My new scripture is Proverbs 3:9 & 10.
Honor the Lord with the firstfruits of all your crops: then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
The scriptures I have been memorizing are bringing me joy and drawing me closer to
God. They are also reminding me of the kind of person God wants me to be. I am loving being part of this challenge.
“And so, since God in His mercy has given us this wonderful ministry, we never give up…we do not try to trick anyone, and we do not distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know that.” 2Corinthians 4:1-2 NLT
These verses speak to me to never loose heart no matter how difficult our challenges may be. We all have special gifts and I’m trying to be more aware of mine and putting them to good use! Thank you, Kaye, for encouraging us to press on!
My scripture for these 2weeks is Hebrews 4:15-16. I want to always be reminded that Jesus understands everything that I am going through and his mercy and grace are there for the asking. As far as how I’ve been changed by the memorization, I can’t really tell yet. I do think and recite scripture when I’m driving so that helps with dealing with traffic.
For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 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. NASB
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Matthew 4:2. RSVCE
And he fasted for 40 days and 40 nights, and afterward he was hungry.
I, too, have felt discouraged by the state of our world and the decline of numbers in our churches. I am going to use this as a prayer and encouragement throughout Lent:
“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
I am meditating on the same verses as you, Kay in NIV. Unbelief is something I must fight against continually. I pray hiding Scripture in my heart will help me in that fight. In this world of distractions that constantly vie for my attention, meditating on Scripture these last few weeks is helping return my focus to the Lord again and again. Thank you again for this accountability.
This is a continuation of the study of scriptures from the Hebrew Bible underpinning Ephesians 6:12-13. The following is Isaiah 59:17, translation from the JPS Tanakh:
He donned victory like a coat of mail,
With a helmet of triumph on His head;
He clothed Himself with garments of retribution,
Wrapped himself in zeal as in a robe.
I often think of Ephesians 6:12-13 as I’m getting dressed for my day particularly when I’m facing a challenging day — like dealing with our new puppy, a ten week old Welsh Terrier.
Make me 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. Psalm 25:4-5
“He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
—Acts 10:42-43 (NIV)
I chose these two verses as I was looking for scripture about the importance of spreading the Gospel. I’ll be attending a local IF: Gathering in two weeks and I understand a lot of it will involve providing the tools to go out and spread the Word. It’s my first time attending and I’m looking forward to it. I was an invited by a friend who attended last year’s event.
Phyllis, from Baton Rouge, LA.
This is the scripture I pray every day. It’s one I pray over myself, family, church leaders and others concerning being people of integrity. I know it by heart but can’t remember where it is found. So that is my challenge this week.
“Let the word of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (NKJV)
I have been fortunate enough to participate in some in-depth Bible studies for many years. I also love daily Devotionals. I can paraphrase scripture and recall enough of a scripture to “Google” it and find it. But I always had excuses why I couldn’t memorize scripture and especially could not tell where the scripture was found. So this scripture meditation challenge has done just that. It has challenged me to memorize scripture word-for-word and to memorize the book, chapter, and verse of scripture I already know.
Kay, thank you for the opportunity to be involved in this memorization and study. What a gift this is to me. I am retired, and I volunteer in my church but also at our local pregnancy resource center. These scriptures appear to have been handpicked for me and the clients I work with at the center. The Lord is kind and merciful. Thank you for sharing your heart and lifting so many up with this activity. God bless you, Kay.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7 NIV
Prov 20:24 “The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?”
Proverbs 20:24 NLT
For someone who likes to have everything figured out, this verse really stood out in my scripture reading this past week. Trusting the Lord to direct my steps.
Remind me each morning of your constant love,
for I put my trust in you.
My prayers go up to you;
show me the way I should go.
Thank you, Kay, for leading this group. My heart and my soul have been renewed as I return to the joy of memorizing scriptures. As I read through others’ comments, I am reminded of Biblical passages that are like old friends. “Show me the way I should go” is a prayer from my teens, through my days as a new parent, a new healthcare provider, and now in my retirement. With anticipation, I still pray for God to show me the way for His glory and His honor!
All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. Micah 4:5 NIV
Since starting this challenge, God has put several situations in my path where I have been able to share an appropriate passage that I have memorized. I am so grateful that by participating in this challenge I had exactly what was needed at the right time.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Philippians 4:8-9 ESV
Matthew 5:44 (CSB): But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. For he causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous.
“Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” (NRSV)
Things are so crazy around the world and people are struggling. Kindness is in short supply. I will try to prayerfully set a good example.
There is so much in Psalm 37 that I should meditate on! I don’t think I will be able to memorize 6 verses, but I was drawn to verses 8-
” 8 Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated-it can only bring harm. 9 For evildoers will be destroyed, but those who put their hope in the Lord will inherit the land.”
This challenge has me reading my Bible more and open to what God wants to teach me.
I enjoy seeing the verses that others have chosen.
For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
11 Timothy 1:7 KJV
I have fallen a bit behind but plan to pick it up this week. I am in a very painful and difficult season of life and daily lean into Jesus and his Word to lead me forward. I’m thankful to be part of this group to keep me motivated to keep on. Thanks for your gentle and gracious encouragement Kay.
1 Peter 5:7 “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” I’ve been feeling a little down lately… so this seems a good one to review daily. I have been doing a daily Bible reading since your post over a year ago I think about the Charles Stanley Bible (I was reading the Bible before, but not reading through in a year and I am on my second year and really enjoying it and learning and being encouraged by it). Thank you.
Psalm 42:1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, God. (NASB)
Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Psalm 37:1-2
Greetings from Texas.
The Lord has been teaching me about praise, thanksgiving and belief.
Confident, unwavering belief. Unshakable trust.
My scripture verse is Matthew 21:22
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
I am believing God for mighty things.
We know his word is living and active. This opportunity to memorize has become my daily bread.
Dearest Kay, your courage and obedience has not gone unnoticed. The Lord has been and is using you to impact the lives of many…..mine included.
May God continue to bless you.💗
Thank you Chris. That’s very encouraging.
Matthew 11:28-30 from The Message
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
I am learning in a time of depression that Jesus offers Himself to me as a respite.
My scripture is Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! I find it easy to complain but am reminded to rejoice always! What a difference life will be rejoicing verses complaining!
I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
This is a scripture that I will draw upon in recent weeks.
Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers, for they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord
and do good; live in the land and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust
in him, and he will act. He will make your vindication shine like the light and the justice of your cause like the noonday. Psalm 37 1-6, NRSV.
My new Scripture (4th) is Proverbs 19:8 “Do yourself a favor and love wisdom. Learn all you can. Then watch your life flourish and prosper.” My husband and I have been in ministry for 40+ years and in a new season where my husband is working under our oldest son who is a Lead Pastor. I have dedicated most mornings to study and prayer and finding new ways the Lord is causing my life to flourish. Chasing and focusing on wisdom is at the heart of my pursuit!
“In the morning ,O Lord, hear my voice; In the morning I lay my request before you and wait in expectation” psalm 5:3
Serves as a great reminder that I need to come expecting God to answer. I need to wait and watch for God to speak.
Hi Kay I loved your Scripture yesterday. Mine for this week is : 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 Jesus Christ. PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 (NLT)
My reason for choosing this is for my gratitude to God. Four years ago my lovely dad got cancer , and as I worked on a Palliative Care Unit at that time ( I Retired January 2023) I wanted to take care of dad in his own home , dad was given a very short time to live but he fought for 7 months to stay alive , he hardly looked like the strong healthy dad who was “MY HERO” by the end . The Macmillan Nurse and Dads GP begged me to let him go into Respite Care for a week as they could see I was heading for a breakdown , I had promised dad I would never send him away , but as the professionals explained the cancer had now gone to dads brain , and he no longer knew who any of us was , so he wouldn’t remember my promise to him . I agreed to the respite home , however dad died the day we were meant to be bringing him home!!!! I had woken at 2.20 am feeling a soft breeze and a hand gently stroke my face , when I checked my husband was facing other way in bed and so fast asleep he was snoring . I thought “Dad was that you , have you gone” then the phone rang and it was the Nurse In Charge at Respite Home to say Dad had gone peacefully , I asked what time and they answered 2.15 am!. Instead of feeling relieved that dad had passed peacefully I went through a six month period of anger at myself ,at God , and at the whole world . I questioned myself constantly about what couldnImhave done to keep dad with me , even though my common sense and my professional brain told me different . I totally lost touch with God , and couldn’t sleep properly I woke every morning around 3 am , knowing I had to be up for work in another couple of hours , I wasn’t eating properly , stopped caring about myself and because there wasn’t only me grieving dads loss I stayed strong for everyone else so I wouldn’t let them down!!!. Early mornings when I walked to work I spent it crying and being angry at God !
Then one day I read that if you wake up the same time early hours of the morning , perhaps it’s God wanting to talk to you! So I did just that , and over the next few months I found comfort in this . I also found a series of what I thought were coincidences ( Now I know it was God sending me physical help) I got Counselling as it was offered , Someone suggested they teach me Meditation , I started to eat healthily again and someone gave me exercises to follow daily, I then started to find out who my real friends were and they were lovely , my lovely husband noticed how unhappy I was and we talked and talked things through which was a huge help . I got strong again . I started to take an interest in things again like my appearance , which is how I came across your “Dressed For My Day” Blog which was lovely , but Kay more than that that first time I read your blog and came to the end where you have your Scripture It just spoke to me ! . Now today I still miss my dad like crazy but I do it in more healthy ways I speak to him daily and light a candle now and then . I’ve continued with my Health and Wellbeing , my prayers , my Meditation etc and today I have nothing but Gratitude for God and his Love and Guidance. 🙏
Thank you for that lovely testimony to God’s faithfulness in the midst of your grief. May He continue to lift you up with His presence.🕊
I will be sharing in your learning this passage from Ps 37. It is a verse that comes to my mind often, but now I will commit it to memory. Thank you!
Well, what a coincidence (or not!) that you mention Exodus 18:17-18 as I chose those as my verses for this week before hopping over here to share. They were part of my daily study last week and really spoke to me. I have a blessed life and yet, I have not been in a good place mentally for the past year and a half. I struggle to do ALL THE THINGS and let myself get down about it. I need to remember that I can’t do it all alone. I need help. Help from the Lord and help from others. My other three verses have been related to following God’s law and the words we speak. I’ve been a little more conscious to “mind my mouth” and my thoughts.
My verse is Psalm 46:10-11
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
This verse reminds me to be still in order to hear the Lords instruction for my life. He is with me always and I am very thankful.
Meditating and memorizing Gods word is bringing me closer to Him. His word is a much better response than what our initial thoughts may be. Thank you for this challenge.
Hi Everyone! My scripture for the next 2 weeks is Romans 15:13 – “May the Golf of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” Romans 15:13
I am STILL fully committed (if not more) to this practice. This is the first time I have memorized verses since I was a child and I have experienced the immediate benefits and am realizing the long term benefits will be powerful and impactful. When I experience the ordinary frustrations on any given day I immediately am reminded of the verses I have learned so far and am able to reframe my own perspective almost immediately. This has lead to a new found level of patience, understanding, and compassion for others – especially those who may rub me the “wrong” way. By purposefully shifting my mindset when I recall one of my verses that may fit the situation I feel the power of the lord at work. I am more discerning on what I say and who I say it to, I am more loving to all those around me, I do not need my voice to be the loudest; in fact, my voice has become a bit quieter.
I love this newfound way to study and share the bible and my faith. Thank you Kay for being our leader!
I love this, Alison. Isn’t it amazing how much this spiritual discipline can change us like no other?
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3 KJV
This is such a good verse to remember when worries start to come, when the world seems so crazy. Am I trusting in the all-powerful God? Do I reach out to Him with my cares? Have I been refreshing my memory with His promises?
Galatians 2:20 KJV. I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live; yet not I , but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians, 5: 16-18. ESV.
I am loving this challenge for its ability to keep specific Bible quotes front and center for me. I read Scripture every day, but having my “favorites” makes the process that much sweeter!
Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Memorizing and meditating on scriptures is helping me process life and reframe my mind to align my thoughts with God’s truth. Thank you Kay for hosting this community of believers!
My Scripture for week 4: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities- all things were created through him and for him. – Colossians 1:15-16 ESV
This discipline of memorizing God’s Word has been so significant in my life during this season. We are moving out of state as soon as we can sell our home- we have only lived here two years – and the reason is to be closer to our grandsons, one of whom is struggling with seizures from encephalitis. He is also non verbal with autism so there are many challenges with that as well. These Scriptures have helped me so much with anxiety – especially at night. Recalling God’s character and promises gives rest to my soul.
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.
Watching the world, and all that is happening it would be easy to despair. But the Lord is Faithful! The hard part is to wait.
Psalms 37:4 Delight thyselft in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Trying to stay more focused in the Word of God.
Ps 37: 4 Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
I heard years ago : Don’t let your Desires Trump your Delight. Our human desire will lead us astray but if we delight in the Lord then we will have Godly Desires which will in turn Delight the Lord.
Linda in Georgia
James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. KJV
Isaiah 5:20-23 NKJV
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes; and prudent in their own sight!
Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, who justify the wicked for a bribe and take away justice from the righteous man!
For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. (17) For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
2 Peter 1:16-17
I started this with the goal of finding verses that would ‘give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.” And, when the verses I am reading in the Bible or in Bible study do that, I remember them to post here and on my cards. Jesus was prophesized in the OT, seen, heard, touched, healed many, taught, loved people, died and was resurrected. He is my hope.
Psalm 37 resonates with me as well…particularly verse 3. Trust in the LORD and do good. Abide in the land and feed on faithfulness.
The Bible’s words are pretty clear, …well, very clear, that being faithful is pleasing to God. I liked the NiV translation of Ps. 37:3 to ‘dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture’ but the Lexham English translation of ‘feed’ on faithfulness reminded me once again that spiritual nourishment is me actively consuming and staying healthy as a Christian by living true to what God says.
Your verses this week are good ones! Here is a shorter one with the same theme. Deuteronomy 31:8. The Lord himself goes before you and wil be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.(NIV)
Participating in this exercise with memorizing Bible verses has definitely made me feel good about God and his care for me. I have shared a verse I wasn’t familiar with with a family member. I was happy to be able to share something both of us needed.
I have been having some anxiety at night. To help with that I have been saying bible verses over and over along with the lord’s prayer. Last night I felt the Lord lay on my heart Proverbs 31 to encourage me. I am a slow to memorize so I will be taking it slow. I will break it down and work on it over the next couple of months.
Psalm 51: 10-13
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Sharing David’s plea…how wonderful to know that God continually forgives us, makes our sins as white as snow, and makes our hearts clean.
I will protect and carry you all the days of your life.
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. And, be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget
The good things he does for me. Psalm 103:2 (NLT)
Keep deception and lies far from me
Give me neither poverty nor riches
Feed me with the food that is my portion
Lest I be full and deny Thee
And say “Who is the Lord”
Or lest I be in want and steal
And profane the name of My God.
I have never been able to memorize scripture until I tried this every other week with you, Kay. I know it’s not me, but the Holy Spirit that is bringing it to my mind. Thank you for doing this for your readers.
First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. 2 Peter1:20-21 NRSV
Just a reminder for me that I am a passenger on this ride; trust in the LORD.
Hi! My name is Patti and I’m from Iowa. My verse this time is 2nd Timothy 1:7, (NIV) God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
I have been familiar with this verse in the past but never put it to.memory. I think it helps to boost my confidence and perhaps my identity in Him. Looking forward to hiding this verse in my heart.❤️
Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
His understanding is unsearchable.
I do well to focus and meditate on who God is, because as I ponder HIM, my own faintness or weariness diminishes! There’s so much I DON’T understand, but the God I worship and serve understands all! I don’t have to figure out my own life…. I just need to stay ever closer and closer to the One who knows! When life crowds in hot and messy……. “I’m with HIM!”
He is my safe place. He is my joy.
Romans 3:10-11 As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deed of the law. 2 Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 NIV
Romans 12:12 (ESV)
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Thank you Kay and all the participants in this challenge. Your words and thoughts encourage me. As I read each one, I pray for the spoken and unspoken needs.
My verses are from John 14 If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father,and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever -the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him.But you know him,for he lives with you and will be in you.
John 14: 15-17NIV
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 KJV
The Parable of the Talents – Matthew 25:15 (NIV)
To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.
We need to discover or uncover our talents and put them to work. God will always make it possible for us to do what he has gifted us to do if we really want his will in our lives.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may approve what the will of God is, that which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 LSB
Just as Jesus used scripture against the enemy, I want to be able to use scripture in my every day life to combat the forces of darkness.
English Standard Version
3 When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants,
it is I who keep steady its pillars. Selah
I’m finding God’s truth a great comfort in this season of my life. Having it hidden in my heart allows the Holy Spirit to bring it to mind when I need it most.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the
ends of the earth,
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.”
Kay, First I would like to join with so many others to say how much your diligent work has blessed me, both your Dressed For My Day, and Blessed For My Day..
This scripture memorization and meditation challenge has especially encouraged me…..
This week I selected Mark 1:35 — “ And rising up very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and wen to a desolate place, and there he prayed” This was part of the passage used Sunday morning in our church service.. it touched me so to think that Jesus , after spending time healing and literally driving out demons, needed to seek and spend time with His Heavenly Father. How much more do I… need that every morning to start each day, and throughout each day.. I think this challenge has encouraged me not only to spend my quiet morning Bible study time in His Word, but to commit these words to memory…
This is Diane from Arizona.
In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness. Psalm 31:1 NKJV
I have enjoyed memorizing Scripture over the years. For me it has been beneficial to memorize in “chunks” – as in an entire passage or thought – much like you are doing this week, Kay! But I do break it down and do one verse at a time every 2 weeks. When we started this year I knew I wanted to memorize Psalm 18:2 because I had claimed it as “my verse” for the year, and I decided I should memorize 18:1 first. It was super easy to memorize: “I will love You, O Lord, my strength.” I stuck with my plan and just repeated those 8 words over and over for 2 weeks even though I had it memorized in the first pass. It was amazing how God showed me more than just what was on the surface of those words as I rehearsed them again and again. It is now a favorite prayer! Today I am moving on to Psalm 31 and after that will be in NT. This is fun! Thank you for providing this outlet for us.
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 with His love;
He will exult over you with loud singing.
Carmen from Calgary Alberta in Canada
“This is the day which the LORD hath made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalm 118:24 KJV
I am going to memorize this verse in a few translations. Have a great week!
But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 NIV
Thank you for the “little push” this week to not give up on this challenge. I admit I had considered putting it aside. Sometimes just getting my Bible study homework done for the week seems like all I can accomplish but the thought that the enemy was telling me that urged me on!
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Thank you, Kay, for your encouragement. As a child I did Bible memorization and did not understand why my mom pushed me but now as an adult I do understand as those verses have provided lifelong benefits when they come to mind as needed. God is good all the time!
I know that I always find a way to make the time for anything that’s important to me. God wants me to make him and his Word important. In my morning prayers, before I rush into my day, it would be wise to ask God how he wants me to manage my day.
Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Kay, thank you so much for continuing to spur us on to hide God’s Word in our hearts. It has been an encouragement to me as I review these verses – especially as I sometimes lay awake in the middle of the night.
My verses this time are Hebrews 13:14-16 NLT
For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our city in heaven, which is yet to come. With Jesus’ help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of his name. Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God.
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”
What I see so far is a theme in which scripture verses stand out to me. This tells me that God wants to help me in this area. He knows my struggles and wants me to rely on Him. Even this week’s verse fits that theme. It’s easy to get upset and anxious and negative living in the world we now live in. If I focus instead on the word of God in Phil 4:8 I will have peace. Being an anxious Christian doesn’t model the faith and trust I have in God.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
I think sometimes we miss the bigger picture here – that we are all unique to God and each created for a specific purpose. We should never compare ourselves to anyone else, we are who God created us to be.
“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.”
Romans 6:12-13 NIV
I have found since starting this journey with you all, that the verse I have selected comes to mind several times a day. You certainly can transform your heart by keeping in Gods word. Blessings to you.
Thanks to Barb for bringing this verse to light.
Ps. 143:8 HCSB
“Let me experience your faithful love in the morning,
For I trust in You.
Reveal to me the way I should go
because I long for You”
Each phrase is a lot to meditate on each day. I need to remember to look for God at work, to trust Him, to look to Him as I plan, and to take time to just praise Him & long for Him.
At 72 yrs of age , I struggle with this older version of my body and face. And I often see these crepey arms and think I’m wasting away! So this verse from 2 Cor 4:16-17 speaks to my heart :
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us and eternal glory that far outweighs them all”
When I dwell on it, it helps me not be so self focused on my appearance, but rather consider the eternal glory that is ahead !
I’m loving reading all the wonderful verses from other ladies! No shortage of encouragement here !
The LORD will fight for you: You need only to be still. Ex 14:14
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NASB
Thank you for doing this and the encouragement it brings to me 🙏
1 Peter verse 3-4 Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. NLT
In a few months I will have a milestone birthday (65). It seems that every once in awhile, I get rattled by my age. I find myself looking in the mirror and wondering who that old lady is. I know that my outer appearance matters -that’s how I found this wonderful blog! But I need to remind myself that it’s the inner me that really matters.
She surveys a field and aquires it; from her own resources, she plants a vineyard. She works energetically; her arms are powerfu..
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
2 Corinthians 5:1
A mass was found on my mother’s left ovary before Covid. Due to her age and complications it cannot be removed. We found out this weekend that she also has a spot on her liver. We are very thankful for this time to accept , to live, and to love.
Continuing in Psalm 34, verse 4 says “I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
The more I study the bible, the deeper my appreciation is of how precise God is in His Word. Notice it starts with seeking the LORD. We must first seek to know His will. Many times the word of God speaks of the importance of our efforts to learn of Him. And in His word, repetition equals importance.
As a result, it states that He heard me. Im so thankful for this! Even when noone else hears my cry, HE DOES.
Then it says He delivers me from …. (not “out of”,that comes later) God does not always take us out of a tough situation upon our request. More often He will give us some helpful relief while remaining in it.
Lastly… all my fears. This fear in the original Hebrew text refers to our negative reaction to the unknown. It is not the same fear as is mentioned in scripture when it tell us to fear God. Verse 4 is telling us to not be afraid of what we don’t know or understand. Our God is so much bigger than all our problems. So much wiser. When we daily choose to place our trust in Him, we have no need to fear the unknown. He has us!
I am so thankful He has me!
Psalm 91:1-4 (NASB)
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, my refuge, and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust! For it is he who delivers you from the snare of the trapper, and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings, you may seek refuge: His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
I decided to memorize Psalm 91 and break it into four sections. This psalm is such a comfort for the times that we are living in. Our memorization of scripture has helped me to meditate on the Bible and keep God’s Word in my mind throughout the day.
I really enjoy reading the scripture selections of other women and the feeling of community. Thanks to you, Kay and to all my sisters!
Proverbs 3:5 RSV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths.
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will protect you from all evil; he will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.
My scripture is Philippians 4:8
I couldn’t remember if I already had submitted my scripture.
Instead of grumbling about the things I HAVE to do, I am working on being grateful for the things I CAN do and the things I GET to do.
Hi from Canada.
A dear friend died two weeks ago. I was able to share one of my verses, ” I know God is with me always. I will not be shaken. He is right beside me.” with her and her daughter and sister. God allowed me to be there with her family when she died.
My verses for this week:
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 NLT
Proverbs 17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
I need a little help taking my thoughts captive this week and thinking on those things that are true and glorifying to God!
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. Psalm 42:1
This challenge has helped me to keep Christ in the center of my life. The world can be a crazy, dangerous place; when I focus on Scripture, I feel less stressed.
Call to Me and I will answer you and I will tell you great and mighty things which you do not know.
I’m learning to just be in God’s word consistently, and really trying to meditate on His word.
Kay, thank you for doing this scripture challenge. It has encouraged me to pick up my bible daily. Your first scripture Proverbs 31 reminds me to choose to speak kindness and keep a smile on my face as I go about my day. I too came upon you site by “accident” months ago and what a blessing DFMD has been in helping me feel more confident and the scripture reading help me glow from within. My verse this week is Proverbs 22:6. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” I have a 13 yr old grandson, who has always been the “perfect” kid. Now he is “trying on” some behavior that is anything but perfect and I am praying for guidance to help him regain his footing.
I have switched to my Catholic Bible as it is an easier read. My chosen scripture for meditation is Matthew 6: 5-6. “When you are praying, do not behave like the hypocrites who love to stand and pray in synagogues or on street corners in order to be noticed. I give you my word, they are already repaid. Whenever you pray, go to your room, close your door, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees what no man sees, will repay you.”
This meditation and focus on the bible is causing me to rely on my bible as a resource when I’m struggling or just looking for answers or inspiration. Instead of sitting on my bookcase, I’m using it on a more regular basis. Now I feel more in touch with the Lord daily. I love this practice! Thank you, Kay! I also enjoy reading everyone’s posts. Thank you, ladies! Enjoy the process.
But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Psalm 1:6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteuos:but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Psalm 30:5 ESV
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
somehow I missed some emails and thought I was out of the challenge, but I’ve continued to work on my verses, I’m trying to memorize PS 103,
V14-18 For he knows our frame, he remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field, for the wind passes over it and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.
man’s days being like grass really hit home, and I’m seeing this thought a number of places in scripture, my younger sister (47) died suddenly in Dec. and I just remember how short life can be, and that none of us are guaranteed tomorrow, but we are always guaranteed the steadfast love of God.
I was in a Romans Bible study in the fall, and was memorizing Rom. 8:38-39, which I was familiar with, but trying to get all the words in the right order, “for I am sure that neither death nor life, …..will be able to separate us from the love of Christ Jesus our Lord.” I had always thought, well of course in death we will be with Christ, and of course I won’t be separated from Him, but when my sister died, I thought, now I get it, even though loved ones around me die, I’m still loved by the Lord. His love surrounds and carries me.
I am so sorry for for the loss of your sister. I am praying for you and your family-that God will sustain you as you grieve.
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 ~ Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Amen. As we enter this Lenten season, we know that the death and resurrection of our Savior display His almighty power and love for us.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”
Psalm 139:23-24 ESV
Luke 12:6-7 NIV … Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Thank you for this adventure together. It is indeed changing us.
It’s been a hectic week because we are leaving on vacation. I also stress over finding the right scripture to meditate in. I get all caught up in my head thinking it has to be perfect. All scripture is perfect LOL, So today in my daily devotional “Jesus Our Perfect Hope” this one just spoke to me.
I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our LORD.
My verse is Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. I have been going through some medical issues recently, so this verse is significant to me as I try to navigate through some trials. I also need to meditate on this verse because I need God’s peace to live in a world full of strife: the war in Ukraine, mass shootings, murder, fentanyl addiction, etc.
I’m Sherree from Deltona, Florida. I have chosen is 1 Peter 1:13-16 in the NIV.
13. Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, sent your hope on the grace to be brought to you, when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.
15 but just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;
16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.“
My verse this time is Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him; and He shall direct your paths.
Thank you Kay for your encouragement!
Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep at night so I practise my Bible verses! It helps me forget about worrying and puts my focus on the Lord.
I am late logging my verse for this time frame so have selected one that is short.
Prov 22:3 & 27:12 KJV (same verse in Proverbs twice)
A prudent man foreseeth the evil & hideth himself: but the simple pass on , and are punished.
James 1: 12
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God had promised to those who love shim.
“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”
Psalm 143:8 ESV
Struggling with a lot of change right now and I just need to trust and follow what direction God is leading me to take.
Psalm 37:2 kjv “Trust in the Lord and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.”
Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.”
James 1:3-4 (NIV)
Because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I chose this passage this week to remember to keep a positive outlook.
As I continue on in Psalm 40, I have to repeat verse 10 from last time because I haven’t gotten it down yet. And then maybe I’ll jump into verse 11 as well and try to get two verses done in two weeks. 🙂
“I have not hid thy saving help within my heart, I have spoken of thy faithfulness and thy salvation; I have not concealed thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness from the great congregation. 11 Do not thou, O Lord, withhold thy mercy from me, let thy steadfast love and faithfulness ever preserve me!”
This section of this Psalm initially put palpable fear in my heart, at the thought of sharing my salvation story. But slowly over the course of this past year, God has given me opportunities to share snippets, and I have been able to without faltering. Even this past Friday night. He keeps opening up doors, as we are faithful to walk through them.
I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is no other.
“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 8:38-39
“I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”
As I adjust to a new phase in my life, I pray for guidance and strength. Reading shared passages brings me the strength and guidance I yearn for.
My fourth scripture comes from 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT:
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
* “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)
* Jesus answered, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (NIV) In a day where there are many different perspectives or interpretations of truth, I love that memorizing scripture stores up “The Truth” in my heart.
1 John 1:7
“ But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses us from all sin.”
I particularly love your selection this time, Kay. In these difficult times it is comforting to be reminded of God’s word and guidance. I am going to challenge myself to memorize this lengthy passage. “Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they soon will wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” Psalms 37: 1-6 NIV
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. NIV. The last 5 years have been the most difficult season of my life, with health and relationship struggles. This powerful Scripture speaks into my life about belonging (I belong first and foremost to God) and it reminds me of the ultimate battle already won – I have been chosen and called to live in the Light. Darkness has no hold over me.
“Blessed be the LORD! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” Psalm 28:6-7
Week 4, FEbr.26th, 2023, Here is my verse: Numbers 6,24-26:
24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;
25the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
I’ve chosen Romans 8:38-39.
“ For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth nor any created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”