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Week Six – 2023 DFMD Scripture Meditation Challenge

March 19, 2023
Scripture Meditation & Memory at DFMD 2023

We’re in the thick of it now, sweet sister. We’ve been adding scriptures to our albums and meditating on them long enough to know that this is a habit worth keeping. I do hope you are still enjoying both the work and the fruit of this spiritual discipline. But even if you’ve missed more days than you’ve done well, I do hope you will keep plugging away. God will bless you richly as you endeavor to meditate on and memorize His Word.

Week Five – 2023 DFMD Scripture Meditation Challenge

Recently I’ve been convicted to heed God’s call to holiness. So I’ve been pondering what that should look like in my life…that “set apartness.” I don’t want to try to manufacture a uniqueness or otherness that doesn’t reflect the holiness of God. I want to live a life of obedience that plainly and beautifully marks me as His child.

For that reason, I’ve selected to meditate on and put to memory 1 Peter 1:14-16.

Week Five – 2023 DFMD Scripture Meditation Challenge

It’s a high calling, for sure. One I cannot attain in the flesh, only through the empowering and work of the Holy Spirit. But I definitely long to be a light in the darkness and to bring my God glory. I know there is no other way to do that than to live a life that reflects His character…even in the mire and stickiness of this world.

Scripture Meditation & Memory at DFMD 2023 (6)

I look forward to reading your selected scriptures, too. Thank you so much for sharing them every first and third Sunday (or shortly thereafter). Only heaven will tell the amazing impact this little exercise is having on all of us and each of us. Be sure to share your scriptures with other people, too, as you have opportunity. God’s Word never returns void. So each time you tell someone about a verse you have been chewing on, you give them the opportunity for a powerful encounter with the Living God.

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  1. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
    Acts 20 V35

  2. I will choose the 1 Peter verse for meditation and memory. I am studying 1 Peter in my Community Bible Study class now, so it speaks to me. I see myself as ordinary; not holy. I need to step up into the light and humbly reflect God’s holiness in all I say and do. It is quite a calling.

  3. “Finally be strong in the Lord and in the might of His strength. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist the schemes of the devil.”
    Ephesians 6:10-11 LSB.
    He is Jireh, our provider!!

  4. Good morning, Kay! My next verse is Psalms 119:105-106 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.”

  5. That is so lovely Kay! I love that! I will have to be honest, I’m so busy with work, planning a wedding, a new grand baby, birthdays, a new additional employee and my daily Bible reading and study amongst other things that this has fallen to the side this last week! So. I’m still on last scriptures! Hope there is some grace here 💕it so so important to “hide the word in my heart”

  6. Anna – Cleveland

    God is always there for us.

    Jeremiah 1:4-8
    4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
    5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,
    before you were born I set you apart;
    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
    6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
    7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.
    8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

  7. ” Let me see your kindness to me in the morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for my prayer is sincere> ” Psalms 143: 8

  8. This week I strive to ask the Lord for guidance every day.
    2Samuel 5:23 “.Therefore,David inquired of the Lord….”

  9. Good morning Kay and ladies,

    My verse is from 2 Cor. 1:3-4
    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble.

    A dear friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer, and her treatment has started. Our circle of friends is committing this verse to memory in her honor as we provide care. May we all have a week where we can bless those around us. Happy Sunday!

    1. Betsy I hope your friend has a good treatment/recovery journey . It sounds like she has a good network of friends around her who care . Xx

    2. What a wonderful support! As a three time cancer survivor, I highly recommend the book by Chris Wark called “Chris Beat Cancer” to support her health. He is a Christian and his devotional for cancer patients is also great. I will say a prayer for your dear friend:)

  10. Brothers and sisters:
    You were once darkness,
    but now you are light in the Lord.
    Live as children of light,
    for light produces every kind of goodness
    and righteousness and truth.
    Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
    Ephesians 5:8-9

  11. My verse this time is:
    2 Corinthians 12:9
    Each time he said, My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. So no I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

  12. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1Peter1:14-16
    Kay, this really resonates with me right now. I was praying for God to lead me in my next verse to memorize and I believe this is it! Thank you!

  13. My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

    James 1: 19, 20

  14. “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1John3:1 NIV

  15. Hi its Kym from the United Kingdom , Thank you Kay for your lovely Scripture this week and I hope you and all you other lovely ladies have a beautiful week ahead. My Scripture for this week is.
    16. In the same way , let your good deeds shine out for all to see , so that everyone will praise your Heavenly Father.
    Matthew 5:16 ( NLT )
    I chose this because Ive done a couple of good deeds this week for neighbours which I thoroughly enjoyed doing and it made them happy and gave me such a lift too . It really does cost nothing to make someone smile .

    1. And thank you for your sweet comment on my scripture choice! It DID make me smile! Keep blessing those around you!

  16. My scripture is:

    See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.

    Colossians 4:17

  17. From Scottsdale, Az.
    He who dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
    I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: My God, in him I will trust. Psalm 91:1-2 NKJV

  18. Brenda from Indiana: “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, Even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, Neither shall any plague come near thy dwelling place.” Psalm 91: 9-12 KJV

  19. Thank you sweet Kay for starting this on your blog. It’s been such a wonderful addition to my daily disciplines to connect with new people. I have a difficult time narrowing down what to memorize as I fall in love with the Scriptures more each day. My new Scripture is Luke 12:48 “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.”

  20. Good morning, I chose Psalm 34:1-6,

    I will extol the Lord at all times;
    his praise will always be on my lips.
    2 I will glory in the Lord;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
    3 Glorify the Lord with me;
    let us exalt his name together.
    4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.
    5 Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
    6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.

  21. My scripture for the next 2 weeks is-
    “After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying,”Do not be afraid,Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
    Genesis 15 verse 1
    The Lord gave me the words” I am your exceedingly great reward”. What a treasure we have!

  22. “So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You did not know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be hoy because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16 NLT

  23. For my lovely daughters birthday today 🎈:

    Delight thyself in the Lord: and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.
    Psalm 37 4-6

  24. My choice of scripture for March 19, 2023 – Psalm 143:8 MEV

    Cause me to hear Your loving kindness in the morning; for in You I have my trust; cause me to know the way I should walk, for I lift my soul onto You.

  25. This week I searched for a verse of scripture that spoke to me, and no verse came to me. As I read Kay’s scripture, and why she was meditating on it I had this verse come to me.
    Revelation 3: 15-19 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold not hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold I will spit you out of My mouth, Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,.I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. (NASB)

  26. 1 Peter 4:8-10
    “ above all keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
    Be hospitable to one another without complaint.
    As each one had received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God”

    Thanks Kay, I love how coming back to these scriptures during my day makes me feel as if I am drawing closer to God and truly listening.

  27. “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
    ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    We’re attending a “Weekend to Remember “ event ( ( about strengthening our marriages) this weekend and this Scripture is reminding me how important it is to be intentional in our marriages.

  28. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
    Psalm 91: 11-12 NIV

  29. Genesis 12:2. ESV
    And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing

  30. My verse for the next two weeks is: “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. This verse reminds me that Christ Jesus has provided the roadmap for my life, and that following Him will help me overcome the troubles of this world and bring peace. This reminds me that I need to follow the path of discipleship, which is the purpose for my life.

  31. 1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them; for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. Philippians 2: 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and do of his good pleasure.

  32. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippeans 4:13.

    I’m choosing this because I struggle with anxiety frequently at work. This is something I can repeat over and over to myself to help calm me down.

  33. My Scripture passage:
    Psalm 62:8
    “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.”

  34. I too am desiring to deepen my understanding of the path I should walk:

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all that you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6

  35. I would like to continue with the theme of forgiveness this month. Sometimes it is very hard to forgive, depending on the severity of the grievance. So here is another bit of scripture that touched my heart. Not only does it talk about forgiving others, there is a bonus: it discusses how we should be towards others. I love it!

    “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. If one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And overall these, put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.” Col 3:12-14 NAB

  36. Kay, You are such an inspiration to me! I really appreciate all you do and look forward every day for your post!

    My verse for this week is:

    Romans 12:2 6

    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

  37. John 18:37
    “You are a king then!’ said Pilate. Jesus answered, you say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.

  38. Good morning from Vancouver. My choice this week is perhaps a bit obvious, But it reminds me of the joyful anticipation of the return of spring. And the love of God for His church. Have a wonderful day, everyone.

    “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth;
    the time of the singing of birds is come.”
    Song of Solomon 2:10-12. KJV

    (And for those that may be interested, there is a beautiful short motet of this text by Canadian composer Imant Raminsh. Our choir has sung it on numerous occasions. There are several lovely versions on Youtube.).

  39. “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭15‬:‭13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    I’m striving to trust more and be anxious less. Seeking and asking for more power of the Holy Spirit.

  40. I have never memorized Psalm 23 and I wish to do that now (ESV)

    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

  41. “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;” 4.“Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”2 Corinthians 1:3-4 KJV

  42. Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV) “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.”

  43. My Bible verse for the week of March 19th: Colossians 3:17, NLT, New Living Translation.
    And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

    I love this verse because it reminds me to be holy and to show my gratitude to God the Father through Jesus.

    In addition to writing my verse on the index card, on the back of the card I describe what triggered me to choose the verse so that I can also refer back to my thoughts at the end of the year. Most times the reasons are multiple and that helps me realize that our Lord is working his miracles through me in manner different ways through so many angles. it helps me remember that he is always nearby, more than I am initially aware.

    1. I like the idea of writing what inspired you to select that verse. It’s a form or journaling that I would be meaningful to me as well. Thanks for sharing that with us.

  44. Good evening everyone from London. I’m still in Psalm 51 and have chosen three more verses.

    O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
    You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
    The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
    Psalm 51:15-17 NIV

  45. Hi there from Brandywine, WV…
    My scripture verse, to continue learning and memorizing, is: “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God…” 1 Peter 3:18 (ESV)
    God bless… Janie

  46. Hi Kay! A scripture in 1 Samuel jumped out at me, so I will be memorizing 1 Samuel 16:7 (end part of scripture) . . . For the Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.”

  47. These past 2 weeks have been difficult. But the Lord reminds me that

    “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

    2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

  48. Hebrews 11:6
    And without faith it is impossible to please Him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek Him.

  49. Colossians 3:16 NKJV
    “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

  50. Hello ladies!

    “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you received from God? You are not your own.” I Cor. 6:19

  51. Hi-my name is Patti and I’m from Iowa. The scripture memory verse that I’ve chosen is Psalm32:8, which says, I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will council you and watch over you, says the Lord. Psalm 32:8

  52. Hi all .. I’m adding to the verse I started earlier this month with the hope that it will calm an anxious mind..

    “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things and the God of peace will be with you.” – Philippians 4:8-9

  53. Revelation 7:16 NAS

    “They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

    Memorizing Scripture verses from the Book of Revelation helps me to keep an eternal perspective. This brings God’s balance to every facet of my life.

  54. The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; and His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life. Psalms 42:8 NASB

  55. This scripture was read at the beginning of our prayer today in church, and feel God was talking to me and saying to share this.
    Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting. Psalm 118:1 (and I go on to paraphrase from this chapter,)
    When we’re in trouble, we can cry out to you and be freed from our trouble. You are with us, so we have no reason to be afraid.
    Owatonna, Mn

  56. 1 Corinthians 13-7 from the NLT
    Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

  57. 1 Peter 1:14-16
    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.”

  58. My weekly scripture is Proverbs 30:5
    Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.

  59. The previous time I had picked 3 verses, so I’m still working on them! But one thing I have noticed about this little exercise, is how many opportunities the Lord has given me to not only use the verses I’ve picked in my own life, but also to share with or pray over others!!

    Psalm 33:20-22

    Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and shield. For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let Your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in You.

  60. In keeping with you verse, I was standing in church this morning sing “Lord be Magnified in me” tears running down my face, praying that My children, grandchildren, friends, coworkers and the world see God’s reflection in me. That my words and actions would reflect His love.

    My verse this week is Joshua 1:9 NLT ~ This is my command-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

    I am feeling so lonely lately, my Mom passed last July and her birthday is this week. This verse speaks to me on so many levels. Trying to praise God she is with Him, whole and without pain!

    Cathy – Bakersfield, CA

  61. My verse for the next couple of weeks is.

    “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
    Psalms 19:14 NLT

  62. Romans 8:28
    And we know that God causes all things to work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purposes.

  63. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9 not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV

  64. In God whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? You have kept count of my blessings; put my tears in your bottle, Are they not in your book?
    Psalm 56 4&8

  65. Working in Proverb’s 31{10-31, “Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” It is a start.

  66. “If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.” Psalm 139:9-10. NRSV

    There are so many distractions around us these days. This passage reminds me that God is always close by even when we feel like we are straying from His purpose for us. We have to keep the communication lines open and “check in” and keep connected so we can live our best lives in His glory.

  67. This week the women’s Bible Study I attend is studying Micah. This is one verse that clearly defines part of God’s plan for our lives. So for the sixth memory verse I choose Micah 6:8.

    “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
    Micah 6:8

  68. Thank you Kay. This has been such a worthwhile journey. I can’t believe I’m reading the Bible everyday! My scripture choice this week is: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight.” Prov 3:5-6 NIV

  69. Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.

  70. Lamentations 3:21-23 (NIV)
    Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
    Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
    They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

  71. “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
    Luke 18:14

  72. Ephesians 3:18,19
    (You) 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.

    That this would be my prayer.

  73. My verse this week is
    Exodus 33:14
    And he said to me, “my presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

  74. Isaiah 43:18,19 The Message

    18 “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history.
    19 Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.

  75. Then Jesus said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” —Luke 12:15 (NIV)

    I chose this verse as I am trying to buy less / spend less / downsize. My closet is overflowing with more clothes than I can wear. And it’s hard to pass up a new pair of shoes or purse even though I have so much more than truly needed. I want to live with less, spend less time maintaining and organizing “stuff”, which will give me more time to study God’s word, spend with those I love, and more time for self care.

  76. Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

  77. “Consider yourselves dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but alive to God (living in unbroken fellowship with Him) in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11

  78. I came into the world to divide it,to make the sightless see
    and to reveal to those who think they see it all that they are blind.
    John 9:39

    I pray that I would be willing to let God show me where I am blind.

  79. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

  80. “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
    ‭‭Zephaniah‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  81. And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. 1 Kings 17:15 ESV

  82. 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV) — but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

  83. Matthew 1:24
    When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

  84. How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!
    How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
    And in whose spirit there is no deceit! Psalm32:1-5

    After two weeks of travel and not being in my regular habit of prayer, etc., I am anxious for Gods forgiveness.

  85. Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105

    Reminds me that the Bible has all the answers I will ever need for my life.

  86. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

  87. Kay,
    I’ve been studying Romans these last few weeks and the Lord has revealed to me a deeper understanding most especially of Romans 11. An understanding I’ve been yearning for, for many years. Because of this Scripture Challenge I am finding myself more hungry to understand God’s word than ever before. I thank you for this tremendous collection of chosen verses so many women are sharing as well as their reasons why. I read them over and over again. I cannot thank you enough.
    My 6th Scripture:

    “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them? For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.”

    Romans 34-36 NIV

  88. Proverbs 16:3 KJV

    Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.

    This is a great morning prayer to set my focus for the day on God. When worry creeps in, I will be reminded that God has my future in his hands.

  89. This is Cindy from Brownsburg IN.
    2 Corinthians 13:11 (ESV) Finally brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

    I like the key words in this verse: rejoice, restoration, comfort, agree, peace, love, with you.

    It reminds me of what Kay said in her recent video about looking younger: avoiding a critical spirit will keep us looking younger. These characteristics help us avoid a critical spirit and will help me be more winsome to others as I seek to point them to Christ Jesus.

  90. I have chosen Proverbs 3:5,6. It’s a verse I’ve heard many times but have never memorized it along with its address. This verse helps me to realize I’m not in control, that God is and it’s going to be ok. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Prov 3:5,6 NASB

  91. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:12-13 (NIV)

  92. 5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me;
    you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
    6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
    and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

    Psalm 23:5-6 Book of Common Prayer, 1979

  93. John 15:4 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.”

  94. Fear not for I am with you; Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
    Isaiah 41:10

  95. I think I just accidentally posted this to #5 instead of here… so I will try again. A couple of days ago I selected the same passage you chose, Kay (for the same reason!)

    As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

    I Peter 1:15&16

  96. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 2 Peter 1:5-7(NKJV)

  97. My scripture this week is Romans 12:2. Yes, I know it already, but it is time for me to dwell in it.
    “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.“

  98. I Corinthians 9:24&25 You know that in a race all the runners run but only one wins the prize, don’t you? You must run in such a way that you may be victorious. Everyone who enters an athletic contest practices self-control in everything. They do it to win a wreath that withers away, but we run to win a prize that never fades. ISV

  99. Isaiah 30:21
    Whether you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’.

  100. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7.

  101. James 1:5,6

    5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

    6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

  102. 13 Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, 14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
    Proverbs 3:13‭-‬14 NIV

  103. I’ll stick with Kay’s verse 1 Peter 14-16. It says don’t give in to your former lusts. I struggle with lusting after more— more clothes,more food, bigger house, expensive vacations,etc. I want to live a holy life and be content with what I have,knowing God has provided everything I need to be happy as well as Holy.

  104. Houston, TX

    If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

  105. My verse is from Ephesians 1:3
    All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
    Thank you that God blesses us so much as we keep our focus on Him!

  106. I will be meditating on this whole chapter, but I will memorize this one:

    And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40 ESV

    And will keep this in mind:

    Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2 ESV

  107. “Deal generously with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your word.
    Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your Law.”
    Psalm 119: 17-18. New American Standard Bible (NASB)

  108. 2 Corinthians 3:5

    “It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.” NIV

    Asking God to give me the qualifications I need to accurately reflect Him in all I do. I know I’ve missed many opportunities because I didn’t believe I had the necessary qualifications.

  109. “Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent, and they will receive an inheritance that will last forever.”
    Psalm 37:18

  110. therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
    Ephesians 6:13 NKJV

    Satan is a formidable adversary who is always looking for a way in to destroy followers of Christ. Satan is after our families and our children. I want to always be dressed in God’s armor and be ready to take a stand and fight.

  111. Good afternoon, My son sent me this scripture and is a reminder why it is important to study scripture.

    All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness.
    2 Timothy 3:16

  112. Psalm 131:1-2 NKJV “Lord, my heart is not haughty, Nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.”

    This verse is a reminder to me to let God be God. I don’t need to concern myself or worry about things that are too big for me. It speaks to pride, in a sense. If I can learn this it will bring contentment.

  113. My Scripture for the second one in March is: She who waits upon the Lord will renew her strength. She will mount up with wings like an eagle. She will run and not grow weary. She will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31.

    Waiting is active and preparatory with my focus to be on being still in order to hear and obey the Lord. He promises strength renewal and forward acceleration as a fruit of waiting on Him. Yes Lord. Let it be.

  114. Proverbs 3:7&8:
    7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord and shun evil.
    8 This will bring health to your body
    and nourishment to your bones.

  115. During this Lenten season my church body is reading and reflecting on Steve Cordle’s book, A Jesus-shaped Life: Forty Days to Christ-likeness.
    The key message: To look LIKE Jesus we need to look AT Jesus. To LIVE like Jesus, we need to THINK like Jesus. We need to think differently than the rest of the world.
    My scripture this week is 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV
    “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

  116. Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

  117. Continuing in Psalm 34, verse 6 reads “This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.”
    Remembering verse 4, which stated the LORD saves from… here, it reads that the LORD saves him out of all his troubles. He removes us from a place of trouble, to put us where He wishes. He saves us out of. Its comforting to know that no matter where I find myself, whether or not I caused the situation, I can cry out to Him. And He dosen’t just hear, but He will lovingly respond in the best way possible. WOW!

  118. I’m so thankful for the power of Gods Word in our lives. My verses for this week are James 1:16-18.
    Don’t be deceived my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift us from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth that we might be a kind of first fruits of all He created.

  119. I keep hearing that we are in a post-Christian world. I look around at popular entertainment, government policies and societal changes, and just see rebellion against God.

    I was led to Ezekiel 3:7 : But the house of Israel will not want to listen to you because they do not want to listen to me. For the whole house of Israel is hardhearted and hardheaded.

    This seems true of our world today.

  120. This week I am getting anxious for Easter. I normally prefer the flowery language of the KJV, but that version kept using the words hope for, as though my deliverance was not guaranteed by Jesus scarafice. It just felt off, so I switched versions to the Common English Version for this verse. My verse for the next two weeks: “The LORD is good to those who hope in him, to the person who seeks Him. It’s good to wait in silence for the LORD’s deliverance.” Lamentations 3:25-26 CEB

  121. My scripture is Romans 8:37-39

    37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 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.

    I’m needing some reminding that I can never be separated from God’s love!

  122. I am so committed to this practice. What a difference it is making in my life. Thank you Kay for leading us in this wonderful meditative practice.

    Guard my soul and deliver me
    Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in you.
    Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
    For I wait for you. Psalm 25:20-21

  123. The Lord is my shepherd, I will not be in need. He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For the sake of His name. ~ Psalm 23:1-3

  124. Romans 12:2 NAS

    And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
    So that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

    My Ryrie study bible says….. prove, to ascertain. Dedication gives the ability to discern God’s will.

  125. Job 42:2 “I know that you can do all things,
    and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

    I’m in a season where I need to remind myself of God’s sovereignty over the details in my life. This verse seemed to be a great reminder of that truth!

  126. Barb from Kentucky:

    My verse for the next two weeks will be:

    “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.” John 14:27 NIV

  127. 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 NIV

  128. 6 Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.
    7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the Lord, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.

    Isaiah 55:6-7

  129. I have been reflecting on the verses from March 5, specifically Psalm 27:4, and specifically the phrase “to behold the beauty of the Lord…”
    What does that mean?’
    Will we be looking at him as an aesthetically beautiful deity? Will we be awed by His beauty? Like we are awed by a beautiful sunset, landscape, or the intricate beauty of a flower?
    Probably so.
    However, I like what Matthew Henry, an 18th century preacher, says in his commentary. Referring to David who wrote the psalm, he says,” He knew something of the beauty of the Lord; His holiness is his beauty; his goodness is his beauty; his goodness is his beauty. The harmony of all his attributes is the beauty of his nature.” Now that’s something to ponder,
    Thank you, Kay, for leading us on this journey!

  130. Isaiah 41:10
    So do not be afraid. I am here with you. Don’t be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, help you. I am here with my right hand to make right and to hold you up.

  131. Needing to be more productive at home, I chose Proverbs 31:27, ESV

    “She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”

  132. 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 an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
    2 Corinthians 4:16-18

  133. Here it is Tuesday morning and I am just ‘joining the conversation’. …. It has been a busy season of work lately, and I knew Sunday morning when these scriptures were mentioned that I need to surrender again all my work , all my tasks to God.. So I’m blessed to add this to my memory challenge..
    Matthew 11: 28-30 …
    Then Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
    vs 29 .. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
    vs 30 .. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light”

  134. My scripture is Luke 10:41-42 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. but one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

    I can so easily get worried and troubled over various things. What a difference it makes when I stop to sit at the feet of Jesus to read His Word and commune with Him. He handles those troubles and gives peace and direction and I draw nearer to Him.

  135. So that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under there earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
    Phil. 2:10-11 CSB
    I need to remember this when I see this world turning upside down. We will all have to go before the throne and give an account for our actions.

  136. Philippians 4:8 NIV

    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.

  137. And when you stand in prayer, forgive whatever you have against anybody, so your Father in heaven may forgive your failings too. Mark 11:25

  138. I’m a little late in posting this week but I have been keeping up with memorizing and meditating on these wonderful scriptures. I have found in the past and with this challenge that when I memorize scripture they are are in my heart and my mind to recall in times of need, a time of praise, and other situations in life. A time of need for me is sometimes when I wake at night and have concerns(worry) for loved ones, my scriptures always comfort me. I’m sure all of you are loving this challenge also and reaping the rewards. Thank you so much Kay!

    Blessed is the man who gains understanding for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns that gold. Proverbs 3:13,14

  139. You are always and dearly loved by God! So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavor to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others. Col. 3:12 The Passion Translation

  140. Sorry I am late posting-was not able to get internet. I am going to review and meditate on Psalm 23. It is a lovely Psalm. I am a little rusty in being able to quote it perfectly so I want to work on it.

    Blessings to all!

  141. Isaiah 55:11

    So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

    I love that God’s Word is alive and powerful. I can count on it!

  142. My next verses are Romans 15:4-6
    “For whatever was written in former days for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Jesus Christ.” ESV

  143. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written: “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
    ~ 1 Peter 1:14-16, NASB

  144. We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. Joel 1:3

  145. Hello – I love your verse this week, Kay, and will be reflecting on it, too.

    My verse this week: Psalm 126:5-6 Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

  146. Matthew 12:35,36
    “A good man produces good from his store of goodness; an evil man produces evil from his evil store. I assure you, on judgment day people will be held accountable for every unguarded word they speak.”

  147. (Really late this time-been preparing for a baby shower.)

    No one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

    1 Corinthians 3:11

  148. “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

  149. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

  150. 1 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
    2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.
    3 Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.
    Isa. 55:1-3

  151. But I call to God,
    and the Lord will save me.
    Evening and morning and at noon
    I utter my complaint and moan,
    and he hears my voice.
    He redeems my soul in safety
    from the battle that I wage…

    Psalm 55:16-18a ESV

  152. 2Timothy 3:16-17
    All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteous; so that the man of God may be adequate equipped for every good work.

  153. “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 NIV

  154. Romans 15:13 ESV “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Praying this prayer for friends and family going through difficulties and also for anyone the Lord brings to mind.

  155. Hello! I have been working on memorizing my next verse but forgot to post it. It is Numbers 6:24-26

    The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace.

    Hope everyone is having a good week!

  156. Ephesians 2:10 – For you are God’s handiwork, Marcia, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for you to do.

  157. My selection is from Matthew 7:3-5 RSV
    3 “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother,’ Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log is your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brothers eye”.

  158. Oh no, I somehow managed to miss doing a 5th verse, but I am choosing to get back up and keep going. I will do two verses this time:
    Genesis 15:1 “Fear not…I am thy shield and thy exceeding great reward.”
    and Psalm 115:11 “Ye that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord: He is their help and their shield.”

  159. Colossians 3:12 – 14 NLT

    Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony.

  160. I’ve fallen behind a couple of weeks, but I’m trying to hang in there. My verse is 2 Chronicals 6:14: O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth–you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.

  161. Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good. Titus 2:3 NASB
    Running late again this week with my verse. I’m struggling with memorizing the references; any suggestions for help.

  162. Thank you, Kay. I appreciate this community very much. I am continually amazed by the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives. I will join you in memorizing 1 Peter 1: 14-16 RSV.
    As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

  163. Know that the Lord he is God. It is he who has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
    Psalm 100:3

  164. Well, it’s the first time I missed the scripture Sunday. That week, my son and family’s dear friend passed away, I ended up with a sinus infection, and we had our school accreditation which kept us late several nights after school. So, I got my days mixed up and didn’t post my scripture. I’ve been struggling with some things at work, just not knowing the right path to take, and I love to turn to the psalms when I’m feeling like that, so my short and sweet verse for this week (last week!) is

    Psalm 130; 5-6. NRSV. “I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; in his word is my hope.”

  165. Psalm 16:11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever.

  166. Philippians 1:6 NIV

    being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

  167. Collosians 2: 6-7 (NIV)

    As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

  168. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God and so we are.
    1 John 3 1

  169. James 1:12-Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

  170. My verse for this week is from
    1 Corinthians 10:31 New Living Translation

    “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”.

  171. My verse for 3/19-4/1 is the same as yours, Kay:
    1 Peter 1: 14-16, NASB
    As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written: “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

  172. Numbers 11:14. “I can’t carry all these people by myself! The load is far too heavy!”

    This is a good reminder to me to ask god for help. That I don’t have to carry my worries/stress by myself.

  173. I know I’m not alone when I say I’ve been fearful lately with everything that’s going on and going wrong in our world. So I especially like Kay’s selection this time of Nehemiah 4:14 When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people: “Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.”

  174. I Peter 1:14-16 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

  175. Galatians 5:22-23

    The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

  176. My prayer meditation for week 6:

    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Ps 1,9)