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Week Seventeen – 2023 DFMD Scripture Meditation Challenge

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September 3, 2023

Happy Sunday! It is indeed a good day to praise the Lord! And a good day to consider another scripture to add to our DFMD Scripture Meditation and Memory Challenge album. This is a scripture we will cling tight to, especially for the next couple weeks. We’ll mull it over, chew on it and consider ways to diligently apply it to our everyday lives. Otherwise, we’ve become hearers of the Word only and not the doers we long to be.

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The lectern where C.S. Lewis ascended the pulpit at the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford, England, and delivered “The Weight of Glory,” one of the most insightful sermons of the twentieth century.

My Scripture for Week 17

I’m beginning to prepare for a speaking engagement on September 14, in Zanesville, Ohio. It just occurred to me this week that, while I’ve spoken many, many times throughout the country and even overseas, this will be my first time to speak a message that is not faith-based. The Genesis Healthcare System has invited me to speak at the Spirit of Women Girls’ Night Out, which sounds like such a lovely event. I’m so excited for this opportunity. But this will be my first time to just speak about fashion and getting dressed for your day…to a large group of women.

It’s not that I’m nervous about it. I absolutely love speaking to groups. It’s a sweet spot for me. But as I was reading the familiar passage of 1 Corinthians 13 this morning in my quiet time, the Lord seemed to whisper to my soul that I needed to speak with love to this group just the same way I would a group of women at a church retreat or conference. Even if I’m not presenting the gospel or biblical truths, I need to share the love of God from the stage and in each interaction with the women there.

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And so, as I put together my message and demonstration about ways to put yourself together quickly and skillfully so you can walk out the door with confidence and enthusiasm…I’ll also be praying through 1 Corinthians 13:1, committing it to memory and reminding myself to prepare this message and present it with love. I’ll be praying for God to give me a holy love for my audience, to help me see them as He does and to insert, as led, words of hope and love and even faith.

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Of course I would love it if you would pray for me as I prepare this message, too. The coordinators know that I am a believer. And they love that. They are in fact a faith-based organization, too. But they have asked for this message not to have religious overtones because the audience is varied in their faith walks and the event is a social one. I completely respect that. So I will stick to my assignment. I simply want to “speak with love,” even as I talk about wardrobe essentials, fall trends, accessorizing and personal style. And of course I want more than anything for God to be glorified, even in this secular assignment.

Your Scripture for the 17th Week

And now I would love to hear about your scripture selection for the next two weeks. Thank you so much for taking this journey with me. I love reading your comments and seeing your encourage each other on. You are a blessing to me!

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125 thoughts on “Week Seventeen – 2023 DFMD Scripture Meditation Challenge

  1. Mathew 16:24

    Then Jesus said to his disciples,
    “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”

  2. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

    I John 4:11

    In this broken and divisive world, it is easy to develop bad thoughts and feelings toward others, particularly, the growing anti-Christian voices in the world. It seems that we can’t post a Christian message on social media these days without being attacked by unbelievers. It’s difficult to love those who are so filled with hate for our Lord. I constantly remind myself that Jesus loved me when I was in sin, and I should love others like Jesus.

  3. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

  4. We are winding down our study on 1/2/3 John and at the end of our study, we were asked in reflection what verses had stood out in our minds…….

    John spoke with such passion and conviction, wanting to make sure his audience would know truth! He used the word “know” about 37 times…. reminding them of what they knew to be true, assuring them with what they knew from the beginning, challenging them “that they might know”!

    As I thought about the obvious passion with which he wrote, I think the first 3 verses of 1 John give us understanding for exactly why he was so passionate…. He was speaking of Jesus—- and John KNEW HIM!! He had walked with Him, seen Him, heard Him, touched Him!! Jesus was a far greater reality to him than the things of earth! I want that kind of passion… so that regardless of whom I’m with (be it secular venues or amongst like-minded sisters and brothers in
    Christ), my own passion will shine forth like John’s!!

    “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.”
    ‭‭1 John‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬-‭3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    (This is lengthier for me, so I plan to use these 3 verses over my next 3 memory assignments!)

  5. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

    I’m studying the Gospel of Matthew and this is one of my favorite verses. It reminds me to try and reflect the light of God in what I do.

  6. Speak the truth in love.

    15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

    Kay it is my sincere belief that we can speak Jesus to the hearts of hearers without preaching. Because God can whisper to their hearts while you talk. You go, girl!

  7. Your words were found ,and I ate them,and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart,for I am called by your name. O Lord,God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:16

  8. James 1:18

    18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

  9. Hey everyone!!

    Psalm 90:12
    Teach us to number our days, that we might gain a heart of wisdom.

    Blessings Kay– you’ll rock your presentation! ❤️

  10. I am honored to pray for you this week, Kay! What a wonderful opportunity!
    My Scripture this week is:
    By wisdom a house is built and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. Proverbs 24:3-4

  11. I read 1 Cor 13 just a few days ago.and admired its poetic beauty. I would also like to memorize 1 Cor 13:1 with Kay. Thank you Kay for your openness and honesty each time you share a scripture with us.

  12. In today’s world it is easy to get anxious about all that is going on around us. I have chosen to memorize and claim, Romans 8:31 “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

  13. Psalm 16:7,8 “I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”

  14. In these troubled times, That people may reach out to Jesus.
    Hear my prayer, Oh Lord! And let my cry for help come to You. Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress; Incline your ear to me; In the day when I call answer me quickly. Psalms 102: 1-2 NASB

  15. My soul, wait silently for God alone,
    For my expectation is from Him,
    He only is my rock and my salvation;
    He is my defense;
    I shall not be moved. Psalm 62:5-6 NKJV

    1. I chose this verse because I find that I sometimes have so much “chatter” and “clutter” in my head. I need the reminder to “wait silently for God alone”.

  16. Hi there,

    My scripture reflects my ongoing quest to bring honor and glory to God even in the moments where I feel treated poorly or unfairly. I have learned a lot through this shared exercise and am increasingly aware of how much more room I have to grow. So Eph. 4:29 is my verse today

    Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

  17. Hello Kay. I had another Scripture in mind for this next couple of weeks, but the verse you chose was interestingly one that was talked about this morning in our church service. I was convicted then by what was said and now see the “coincidence” of you choosing this verse as God’s prompting to continue to work through what He was speaking to me about this morning. So I will! I’m thankful for how God works His will in our lives in so many ways.

  18. Hebrews 11:1

    “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
    The evidence of things not seen. “

    Praying for you Kay. That you will be the fragrance of Jesus as you speak about fashion.

  19. Know that the Lord Himself is God, it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;We are is people and the sheep of His pasture. Psalm 100:3

  20. I chose Psalm 84:10 (NIV)

    Better is one day in your courts
    than a thousand elsewhere;
    I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
    than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

  21. “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.“ James 1:5

  22. My verse for this week reflects my favorite hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”:

    “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

  23. Regarding the New Jerusalem, the future for all who trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord:

    There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever. Revelation 22:3-5

    Praise the Lord!

  24. Proverbs 16:20
    Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts the Lord.

  25. Kay, How exciting for you to branch outside of where you are comfortable. I’ll be praying that God would strengthen and encourage you to speak with love to the lovely women that He has prepared for you.

  26. Praying for you this week, Kay as you prepare your message. I know God’s light will shine through you!
    Today our sermon was concentrated on Psalm 91
    My verse this week: “For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go.” Psalm 91:11

  27. I had previously selected a verse for week #17, but was reading in Hebrews 10 this morning and verses 19-25 gripped me. It was so humbling and encouraging to see the access that we have to the very throne room of God! So I will start with the first 3 verses, and add more in the weeks ahead. These verses seem like a weird place to stop (not a full sentence), but there is plenty to contemplate in this partial sentence.

    Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,
    by a new and living way opened for us through the veil, that is, His body,
    and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
    Hebrews 10:19-21 NIV

    Praying for you as you prepare for this engagement, Kay.

  28. Psalms 37:7 NIV Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their evil schemes.

  29. Our church has a monthly memory verse so I’m choosing that one for week 17.
    2Corinthians 2: 14-16 (Christian Standard Bible) “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in Christ’s triumphal procession and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To some we are an aroma of death leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life.”

  30. My scripture verse for the next two weeks will be Psalms 100, 1-5 NLT version:
    “Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”
    I want to be more intentional with giving thanks to our Lord God, not just during my devotional time or in church, but truly all day long. I also want to remember that once we get to Heaven, our worship will be a never ending one.

  31. I will follow your lead on this scripture

    I Corinthians 13:1

    Thank you Kaye, I will be praying for you for your meeting on September 14


  32. 1 Corinthians 3:7 (Word on Fire Bible, NRSV-CE, New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition)
    So neither the one who plants, nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.

  33. Psalm 116:6,7 TPT
    “Lord, because I am your loving servant, you have broken open my life and freed me from my chains. Now I’ll worship you passionately and bring to you my sacrifice of praise, drenched with thanksgiving!”

  34. I am going to do Kay’s memory verse.

    1Corinthians 13:1 NASB

    If I speak with the tongues of mankind and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

    Will be praying for you, Kay, about your upcoming talk.

  35. During the past several weeks I had been reading in 1, 2, and 3 John. John’s words were a lot about the love of God and how that has come to us thru His son, Jesus Christ. So today’s is a continuation of last time…
    But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses from all sin. 1 John 1:7 (ESV)
    I will be praying for you, Kay. May Christ be seen in you as you “Walk in the Light.”
    God bless,

  36. This time I am choosing Ps 34:17, When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their trouble.

  37. Praying blessings on your speaking engagement, Kay-fortunate the group that gets to hear you! I will also go with your scripture, because it doesn’t matter what we have to say if we don’t say it with love, in a manner pleasing to our Father,

  38. My son(our lead pastor) spoke a powerful message today challenging us to pray according to what is in God’s heart not just our own requests…1 John 1:6-10 The message was challenging us to live Awake in the Light not asleep but awake to what God is longing for us to do in His Name to bring His gospel to the lost and dying. So that is my challenge/Scripture to live in the light, humble and easily given to prayer.

  39. HI Ladies, I hope everyone is doing well. Kay I will be sure to pray for you about your speaking engagement. The scripture I chose this week is a scripture to help me get my mind of my frustration with my two grown sons. They are both married with children. My husband and I think they both need to make some changes about their priorities in life. We have been praying about this for several years now. We are both frustrated but we are reminding ourselves that God’s timing is not the same as ours. All of the scriptures I have memorized this year are helping but this week I chose this one specifically with this struggle in mind. Have a wonderful week!

    Be joyful always, pray continually: give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:16

    1. Bless you. Parenting adults is definitely a challenge, isn’t it? We want to still have a voice in their life, but we have to choose our words and the occasions to use them carefully. I completely understand. Persevere in prayer, Cynthia. It’s our greatest tool.

  40. If I speak with the tongues of mankind and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1 NASB
    Praying for you!

  41. My verse to share is James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.

    I know my remaining steadfast needs so much more work!

  42. My Mom and Dad passed away on 9/1/2015 and 9/3/2016, a year and two days apart. We were very close; I miss them every day and look forward to the time when I will see them again. They were both Christians who loved the Lord, and so I have chosen the following verse on which to meditate beginning this anniversary weekend of their passing.

    Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.’ –John 11:25-26

    1. Bless you. This must be a difficult time for you each year, then. Thank you so much for sharing your verse and why it is so meaningful to you.

  43. Remember without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father. I Thessalonians 1:3

  44. If I speak with the tongues of mankind and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong
    or a clanging cymbal.
    ~ 1 Corinthians 13:1
    Love this verse too Kay! I’m in Ireland with a tour group so this is the perfect verse for me. Glad your trip was so much fun and good weather! Praying mine will be as well.
    Praying for you and your speaking engagement. Trust in the Lord and He will guide you! You are a precious person and I appreciate all that you do.

  45. Deuteronomy 30:19 … I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.

  46. James 5:7-8
    New International Version
    Patience in Suffering

    7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.

  47. My verse this week is about saying goodbye to summer and thinking about the coming fall activities and holidays …

    “… let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”
    Hebrews 12:1

  48. Matthew 5:10
    Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

  49. 1 Corinthians 13:1

    If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

  50. Psalm 119:73 “Your hands have made me, cunningly fashioned and established me; give me understanding that I may learn Your commandments.”

  51. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God.
    And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.
    Philippians 4:6-7 NJKV

  52. Psalm 139:14
    I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

  53. My chosen scripture is Psalm 62:1-2 (NIV)
    My soul finds rest in God alone;
    my salvation comes from him.
    He alone is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

  54. Hebrews 13:5 NIV
    Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

    I need to be reminded to be content with what I have. I tend to do way too much impulse buying on the internet. They make it so easy!

  55. Happy Labor Day, sweet friends!
    My verse this time is:
    Psalm 63:8
    My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

  56. We finished our study of Colossians on Sunday.
    My verse is from chapter 4 v6: Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt,so that you may know how to answer everyone.

    Kay you appear to me to be a women who models this in your videos and blogs.

  57. Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV
    “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

  58. Hi Kay and Ladies I am so sorry at how late my Scripture is coming in , I’ve had lots of appointments but unable to get WI-FI, I’m back home now so all ok ..
    Kay I love your Scripture for this week ♥️And I hope and know all will go wonderfully for you when you talk with your group of Ladies , you will be so excited.

    My Scripture this week is Matthew 11.28 ( New Living Translation)

    28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest”.

  59. Hi all from WV. First I’m happy to pray for you Kay but think you always convey a loving spirit in all you do – that’s what makes you so special. I chose the following verse to help me not rely solely on my own strength to overcome life’s challenges:

    “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.” -Exodus 14:14

  60. I have missed several weeks of this wonderful scripture memorization and am happy to be back. I injured my arm and one of the most painful things to do was use my computer!
    I am praising the Lord because my husband’s cancer, that the doctors said would NOT respond to chemo has shrunk and is less active. We are praising the Lord because nothing is too hard for Him!
    My verse is Psalm 33:20-22 NIV
    We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us even as we put our hope in you.

    1. Abbey that is good news about your husbands cancer , you both will be so relieved♥️Hope your arm is fully healed?.

  61. Linda from Georgia
    John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid.

  62. Kay, what a wonderful opportunity God has given you to speak in a diverse group of ladies, and what a special verse He has laid on your heart as you prepare! I’m praying for you for His guidance in your presentation, and that His love would shine through you as you are loving on these ladies.

    This verse popped out at me this morning as I was in my “read the Bible through’ plan, reminding me of a song inspired by this passage, written by a former minister of music at my church, that went “I will stand in the gap for my family, stand in the gap for my friends. I will stand in the gap when no one else around me can. I will stand.”, that impresses us to pray for our families, friends, broader circle, country, world. As I read this scripture, I was prompted to pray for a precious family member whose life is in great need of God’s intervention. I thank Jesus for standing in the gap for us all!

    Ezekiel 22:30 NASB – And I sought for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it.

  63. This verse was in the meditation in the front of our church bulletin yesterday, and I thought it was so appropriate for what we are doing in this scripture meditation challenge that I wanted to focus on it for week 17.

    Jeremiah 15:16 (ESV): Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.

  64. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen

    Ephesians 3:20-21

  65. God often stretches us out of our comfort zone. I’m also being stretched in three different ways all of a sudden! I know your talk will go well. Sounds fun!

    I’m late doing this because I had a lot of people over yesterday.

    My verse is Isaiah 60:10 The Lord seems to be leading me to do verses about joy. Don’t know why yet:)

    “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with er jewels.”

  66. I need the reminder of Philippians 2:3-4-
    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

  67. Since I teach at a Christian elementary school, I am constantly finding places to insert little instructional bible verses. One of my favorites is when they are jostling each other to be closer to the front of the line I will say, “The first shall be last and the last shall be first…” and they quickly rearrange themselves haha! This Sunday, I noticed in our scripture readings a perfect verse to ponder and to talk with my students about. It’s from Romans 12:19-21 and I will have to learn it and give it to them in bite sized pieces:

    “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay evil with evil but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all….

    I think that will be enough to chew on for the next couple of weeks!

  68. My new verse for this week comes from Psalms 30:5

    “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime!
    Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning.” New Living Translation

  69. You will be awesome giving your talk,Kay. Those ladies will love you!
    My verse is Psalms 31:14-15. But I trust in you,Lord,I say”you are my God.” my times are in your hands,deliver me from the hands of my enemies,from those who pursue me

  70. Kay, Thanks for the inspiring post. Hope your speaking engagement goes well for you! Today, I am going to use the scripture you have chosen as it speaks to me as well!

    1 Corinthians 13
    King James Version
    13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

  71. You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3)

    Kay, how exciting to see how our Lord is using you to bring His love to others through this speaking engagement. Just by being yourself and sharing your knowledge of style and fashion to help others achieve a better sense of self and confidence is a gift of love from God that you are giving to others. I know He will touch hearts and souls through you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  72. “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41‬:‭10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  73. Teach me your way, oh Lord, that I might walk in your truth.
    Unite my heart to fear your name.

    Ps. 86:11 ESV

    I was struck by this anew when I opened a devotional. Our sermon in church Sunday reminded us that we are soldiers in God’s army, following our leader Jesus, using a manual (the Bible) as our guide, and on mission. Our fight is not against flesh and blood. This verse reminded me not to get complacent in my Christianity. I need to refresh my mind with His word to be able to present a strong front against the enemy, walking in His truth.

  74. I love this!
    I am a global speaker. Although I am a woman of faith, I am a women’s leadership, not a “Christian,” speaker. However, although you may not be sharing a Christian message, many times I will take scripture, paraphrase it and take its lessons to weave through every day language. You could even do that with your message on Dressed For My Day! They don’t know it’s there, but you will know and Good will use it.
    My favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11. For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord; plans to help you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future!” You will be FABULOUS!

  75. It’s been seven years since I was successfully treated for a recurrence of cancer:

    “I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.” Psalm 118:17

  76. Dear Kay,
    Your verse reminds me of another, not the one I thought I would memorize this time, but one I need to recall and practice.

    “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”
    ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    I have been inspired by Dress For My Day. Now I’m reminded to put on love above all. Thank you. I will hold you in prayer as you prepare for this presentation and that those who attend will feel loved.

  77. I’m continuing with the armor of God in the NLT Version:
    Ephesians 6:17
    Put on salvation as your helmet and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
    I’m praying for good success in your upcoming speaking engagement.
    Blessings to you!

  78. I am loving my journey through the nook of James.
    James 3:4
    Or take ships as an example- although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.

  79. My scripture is Psalm 23.
    I have it memorized from long ago (for the most part – I need a refresh), but I chose this Psalm because this is the scripture I want to mull over for the next two weeks. It is such a beautiful Psalm.

  80. Kay,

    I have thought for months that I would love to let you know how you have been so helpful and encouraging over the years I have been engaging with your Dressed for My Day entries. I began watching you during the covid lockdown in 2020. I was at a place in my life turning 70 that year that I needed the help you give to be current and appropriate in my dress in order to be maximally effective as I work with women younger than me. I have always been pretty fashion savvy but had hit a wall.
    I have a mission statement for my life calling, “To influence younger women using my gifting of; encouragement, giving, mentoring, creativity and hospitality to become passionate followers of Christ in their homes and to the world. Titus 2:3-5; Matthew 28:18-20

    My husband and I were with CRU for 38 years and then transferred to work with Freedom in Christ International, a discipleship ministry started by Neil Anderson. Cru emphasized the need to be appealing in appearance in order to be heard. Henrietta Mears, one of Bill and Vonette Bright’s mentors is known to have said, “Get dressed for your day, in such a way that you can then go out with confidence and forget yourself to do God’s work. ”

    I have fun working with what is in my closet as you give advice, shopping sales at Talbots, and Loft and then consignment shops and thrift stores.

    When you began your scripture memory emphasis I did not get on board because I do not like the computer and another things to connect with. But this year I have been memorizing scripture and am now working on John 15:1-17 as a result of reading The Secrets of the Vine by Bruce Wilkinson.

    I am and will pray for you and do as your continue to serve God’s kingdom where you are with the gifts He has given you.

    Most sincerely.
    In His lavish love and grace,

    Aileen Ostendorff

    I would love to know that you read this because once you mentioned the criticism that you receive. That saddened me.

    1. Hello Aileen. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I am very grateful that God has used me in some small way in your life. I love the quote you shared about getting dressed for your day so you can step out in confidence and then forget about yourself and focus on others. That is exactly what I have done for years and it really works for me. If I put the thought into my appearance in the morning I really don’t even think about it the rest of the day – which is exactly why I’m prone to have mussed hair and no lipstick on halfway through the day. Ha! Thanks so much for sharing and for taking the time to write this encouragement. I truly appreciate it. 🥰

  81. I decided that I also need the reminder to speak with love, so I’m choosing the same verse that you are memorizing!

    If I speak in the tongues of men or angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

  82. It’s already Tuesday and I’m sorry to be a bit late this time.

    My verse is very familiar and I certainly know the gist of it but I’ve decided to make sure I learn it word-perfect.

    Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
    Romans 12:2 NIV

    Kay, I think if you speak to the ladies in just the same way you speak to us in your videos, you will certainly shine with the love of the Lord. I hope it will be the start of a new set of speaking engagements for you.

  83. Why are you in despair, my soul?
    And why are you restless within me?
    Wait for God, for I will again praise Him
    For the help of His presence, my God.
    Ps 42:11

  84. James 1:17
    Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father.

    I want to always be thankful!

  85. “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” Philippians 2:3 KJV

  86. Matthew 9:36
    When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

  87. I delight greatly in the Lord;
    my soul rejoices in my God.
    For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
    and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
    as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
    and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

    Isiah 61:10

  88. “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”
    ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭4‬ ‭LSB‬‬

  89. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God was pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
    2 Corinthians 5:20.

  90. Psalm 71:18
    Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.
    I chose this verse because I desire to obey the Lord in teaching the younger women to love Him. I have been privileged to disciple several women who are younger in the faith and am looking for more of these opportunities. I am also working with my granddaughters. This verse is a good reminder for me to serve and obey the Lord in this way.

  91. I am 2 verses away from having Psalm 40 memorized. So this weeks verse is Psalm 40:16:

    But may all who seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee; may those who love thy salvation say continually “Great is the Lord”.

  92. Kay- I know you will find the perfect words and tone as you give your speech on September 14th. Your love of and faith in God will come through and lead others to want that too. I am sure they will see your spirit of Christ.

    Luke 6:45 NIV
    The good man brings many good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored in his heart.
    For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

  93. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 (NKJV)

  94. Psalm 121:7,8
    The Lord will guard you from all evil; he will guard your life.
    The Lord will guard your coming and your going, both now and forever.

    This gave me some peace as I’m getting ready to fly for the first time in 4 years.

  95. I’m catching up this morning for weeks 16 and 17 …I selected these verses, wrote them on my index cards and placed them in my little album… I’ve meditated on them, prayed these promises, but had not yet entered them here…
    Week 16: Philippians 4: 6-7. Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ.
    Week 17: 2 Chronicles 7: 14. Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will restore their land. Vs 15; My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.

  96. My heat, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music. Psalms 57:7 I chose this verse to celebrate a concert that we attended on Labor Day.

  97. Psalms 1:1-2 (NLT)
    Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or joining with markers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.

  98. Psalm 46:1 – “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
    Love Monik