Hello, dear friend! I am so amazed at the turnout we’ve had for this first – dare I say annual? – Dressed for My Day Scripture Meditation and Memory Challenge. Woohoo! As of Saturday night we had well over 400 women who had shared their first scripture in the comments of last week’s post. Amazing!
And I’ve been thinking about you and praying for you as I picked up my meditation album each morning to meditate on my first scripture. I encourage you to pray for the women in this group who are taking this personal challenge, too. Not only will God answer those prayers, but they will invest you even more in this group and challenge, and keep you going!
I learned so much as I meditated on and memorized Proverbs 31:25-26 these past two weeks. I feel like I’ve devoured every crumb of manna from it, but I know God will continue to show me more and satisfy my soul with it as I continue to chew on it throughout the year. Remember, you’re not done with your first scripture! I encourage you to keep reviewing every scripture in your album as we go through the months ahead.
So let’s get on with sharing our new scripture selections for week two.
My Second Scripture
This may or may not surprise you, but I receive a lot of criticisms and just unkind comments from readers and YouTube viewers almost daily. I know not to let it bother me, but it does begin to chip away at me after a while. It’s just part of the job, so I really don’t want you to think I’m complaining. I’m just sharing my heart a little so you’ll understand why I chose Matthew 9:36 for my second scripture.
I’ve really struggled for a few months now with just liking people. I hate that. I’ve always enjoyed people, whether I know them personally or just strike up a conversation at the store. But lately, due to the pecking criticisms I have to deal with in this profession, I’ve begun to have a jadedness about me. I don’t like that. And I know it’s not pleasing to God or useful in His kingdom. So I asked God to give me a verse that would help soften my heart.
As I was doing my daily Bible reading in the Charles Stanley Life Principles Daily Bible one morning this week, I read Matthew 9:36 and I knew I’d found my verse. It may seem like a strange verse to put to memory, much less meditate on, but already it has begun to convict and direct me. I’m praying that as I reflect on how Jesus looked at the people who were crowding and clamoring after Him (and would one day turn their backs on Him!), I will gain a glimpse of His heart and learn from Him. And I’m hoping He will transform me by the renewing of my mind so that I can treat people with love and kindness and grace, regardless of how they speak to or treat me.
Please do not think that I’m asking for your sympathy or assurances. The business of the day is simply sharing our chosen verses. And if you’d like to share a little of why you chose that verse, like I did, that is welcome to. We’re not here to try to fix each other, but simply to encourage each other on as we eat from God’s Word.
What a divine blessing this is to partake with you, dear friend. May God bless you richly as you meditate on and hopefully memorize your new scripture passage for the next three weeks. Because January has a fifth Sunday in it, we’ll not share our third verse until February 5th. So that gives us plenty of time to get our first two selections under our belts before we move on.
Just click on the words JOIN THE CONVERSATION below to open the comment feed and share your scripture. You don’t have to share where you’re from this time, but please give your name.
A Quick Word to First Timers
If you have just dropped in for the time, welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. You’re welcome to jump right in with us here. But I do suggest you check out the introduction post so you’ll have everything you need to succeed in this 2023 DFMD Scripture Meditation & Memory Challenge. You’ll find it HERE.