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Week Two – 2023 DFMD Scripture Meditation Challenge

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January 15, 2023
Scripture Meditation & Memory at DFMD 2023

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.

Scripture Meditation & Memory at DFMD 2023

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.

Scripture in Album

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.

Scripture Meditation and Memory Banners

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.

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342 thoughts on “Week Two – 2023 DFMD Scripture Meditation Challenge

  1. Kay, the verse you chose and why you chose it are spot on with me. I am truly sorry for the suffering you have experienced from unkindness. I think you are a lovely person, and I have been truly blessed by your blog and videos! I am following along with you with the same verse these next two weeks: Seeing the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36 NASBB

    1. Also wanted to add, God is teaching me to rejoice no matter the circumstances. AND to rejoice when persecuted.

      “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”
      1 Peter 4:12-13

      Rejoice and be glad when you are reviled and persecuted and slandered for your faithfulness to Jesus — in reliance on Jesus, in obedience to Jesus, for the glory of Jesus. Matthew 5:12

      I am finding this rejoicing to be more difficult than I would like. BUT, it does put me in the Word and I am thankful for that.

  2. Anna. Cleveland OH

    “Take the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God”. Ephesians 6:17

    Saturate your mind with his truth

  3. Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. (‭‭‭Psalm‬ ‭143‬‬:‭8‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

    1. Cheryl here, my passage this week in the NIV:
      “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
      ‭‭1 Peter 5:10

  4. Jen from Ohio
    Hebrews 13:5 NKJV Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.

    In today’s age with you tube, instagram etc it is easy to think someone else’s life is easier, more interesting, fill in the blank. Instead I try to focus on the life God has given me.

  5. This is a good meditation verse for me. It will remind me daily of my role as a shepherd to some of the women in my Bible study group.

  6. Kay, your scripture verse speaks to me this morning as it is fitting of what is going on in our beloved Methodist churches all over.
    “Seeing the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd.”

  7. Good Morning ☕ I chose Ephesians 6:11
    Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

    New King James Version
    Diane Pruitt Busch

  8. Thank you Kay for sharing 💕 I do understand with what I do also in my work. ” those who live in the shelter of the most high, will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty” Psalm 91:1 this will be my verse this week because I do really want to LIVE in His shelter not just visit it when I need it. Thank you again for doing this!

    1. My scripture if from Psalms 16:7,8 (NLT)
      I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.
      I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.

      What peace this scripture gives me as I fall asleep at night!

  9. “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.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭15‬:‭13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    The Lord seems to be drawing me toward “HOPE”! I had already been meditating and mulling over my first verse, which dealt with HOPE, and then (like you), I just happened upon this verse in Rom.15:13 in other reading)….. I knew I had my next verse! And actually He has even already given me my third verse, but I’ll share that in February!! He is so faithful!! Thank you, Kay, for being faithful in following Him and leading us in this wonderful journey with Him!

  10. Brenda from Galveston, IN: My 2nd scripture: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all my strength. This is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self. There is none other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30,31 KJV
    This really reinforces what I am to be doing daily-loving on God with all that I have within me and likewise loving on people.❤️

  11. Terri
    For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, and not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NAB

    Revisiting the issue of trust. It is my word for the year. It is too easy to get caught up in anxiety and worry. It drains away energy and time.

  12. Proverbs 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver or gold.

    1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on
      your own understanding; in all ways submit to him,
      and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 5-6

      I chose this verse because I have to trust and rely on Him daily.

  13. Charlotte. There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” Proverbs 11:24,25

  14. Today I have chosen Proverbs 3 verse 5 -6. Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

  15. Kay, we forget how our words affect others. I have been thinking about that a lot later. I am teaching the children at our church today, my lesson is on using our words correctly.
    My verse Psalms 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth. I want my words to bring honor to God and help bring others to Him..

  16. “The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭10‬:‭22‬ ‭NLT‬‬
    This isn’t a name it claim it… it is if God gives it it is a blessing.

  17. Deuteronomy 4:9
    9“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children.” (ESV)
    Chosen to help me remember in this season of my life what my greatest purpose is.

  18. Good morning ladies! My verse is from Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you and he will never leave you nor forsake you.

    I am loving this challenge and was looking forward to hearing from you today Kay. Praying for all!

  19. “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High.”
    Psalm 92:1 KJV
    In my bible study yesterday, the Lord gave me this verse to meditate about. I have a very strong desire to memorize this Psalm so I’ll let the Holy Spirit lead me where He chooses.
    Kay, this has been such a huge blessing already! I have looked over the comments and they have just completely touched the deepest part of my soul. Please know that I am praying for you and all of the unseen sisters on this blog.
    Suzanne

  20. Lamentations 3:22-24. 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. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” NIV

    I am praying for you, Kay. Shepherd on!

  21. I must have misunderstood something in retrieving the verse and how to print it out Is it in Facebook? I do not do this.. I have to get ready for church, but will be back later with my verse. Know what I want to share but need to retrieve from my Bible and its translation. Cannot believe how people are responding to you daily. There is such evil going on in our world. All we can do as Christian is keeping believing in the Lord. God bless.

    1. Hi Sherry. The scripture is not printable. I guess I could start making a printable version. I’ll see if one of my assistants could do that for me this week.

    2. Good morning to you all and God’s blessing. I pray that we will all better understand God and His love and plans for us.
      The verse I have chosen is Eph.1: 19,20 New Living Translation

      I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

  22. My verse is 1 Peter 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (NASB)
    This is a reminder for me that each believer has a special ability given by God, that we are to use to serve the body of Christ.

  23. Hi! My name is Alison and for the second week I am again, choosing the same quote as Kay, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” Matthew 9:35-36 NIV.

    I have had a season similar to Kay that has shown people to have short tempers, strong opinions and what appears to me as a break from civility and compassion. I have chosen not to participate or comment on this negativity and I love the idea of this verse for healing. When I meditate on this scripture I see clearly how so many feel helpless and harassed and I love the idea of praying for those that feel this way to find their shepherd.

    Kay, thank you for being you and continuing your ministry (in life, fashion and prayer) for there are so many who you bring strength, dignity and hope to with your daily messages.

  24. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven.
    Matthew 5:16 NKJV

  25. Kay, I will pray that more people find kindness in their hearts and comments. We seem to live in a world where people don’t realize the impact their words have on others. I think people feel comfortable saying (typing) unkind things from the “safety of their keyboards” … things they might not otherwise utter in person.

    My chosen verse this week is “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

    I think I’m going to choose a Scripture verse each time from one of the daily readings in the Charles Stanley “Life Principles Daily Bible” that you had recommended. I like this idea of being able to read the whole Bible in a year in small bits from the OT, Psalms, Proverbs, and the NT and that it’s all set up for you per day. So now I am reading this as well as chapters with the Bible Study group that I belong to in my community. We are studying Exodus this “semester”. I do feel slightly overwhelmed reading from so many different areas of the Bible at the same time! My 62 year old brain is struggling to keep all the different parts cohesive since they are all read at the same time instead of reading the Bible strictly book-by-book!

  26. When I stop and think about what God has done for me and continues to do for me every day I am thankful. But then I go about my day and forget to be grateful so I want to be more mindful of everything that God has done in my life. This verse should keep me focused on that.

    Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5: 16-18 (NIV)

  27. Katy, Winthrop Harbor, IL

    Continuing on in memorizing Psalm 40:
    Verse 9, “ I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; lo, I have not restrained my lips as thou knowest, oh Lord.”

  28. I’m Beth and I chose these verses because I’m feeling stuck. I’m trying to figure out how to return to normal living since the pandemic. I am struggling with disappointment. I feel like I’ve lost 3 years. I have purchased clothes that I haven’t worn because I am still staying home and now I am finding out that they are no longer in style. It’s discouraging. Also I’m mourning the loss of my adult children who are out if the house and I’m caring for a husband with Parkinsons disease and an aging parent. Thank you for providing this challenge and for listening.

    Isaiah 43:18-10 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

    1. What wise insight. It HAS been a discouraging time since COVID. This is a great verse. I will add it to my pile for future memorization.

  29. Karin

    Isaiah 54:11 I’m continuing the passage from last week.

    “Oh thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, Behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.”

  30. m from DC

    For his anger is but for a moment,
    and his favor is for a lifetime.
    Weeping may tarry for the night,
    but joy comes in the morning.
    Ps. 30:5 ESV

  31. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8

  32. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Rom3.23-24 ESV I chose these verses because I know I need to be more prepared to share the gospel with others.

  33. Isaiah 41:10
    So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

  34. 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 hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

    God gives us His peace so we can experience Him and His peace in any and all of life’s circumstances!

  35. My verse for this week is Romans 12:12-13Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

  36. Psalm 146:3, 5 KJV

    Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help…Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.

    I use verse 3 as a shield.

  37. I had already selected this verse before reading Kay’s post, but it has a similar theme. However, this verse was chosen to remind me that words are powerful and to always make the choice to be kind:

    “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.” (Pr 31:26)

  38. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship (work of art), created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV

  39. Like Tina I want to intentionally live in the shelter of God and to trust in Him. I love all of Psalm 91 and would love to be able to recite the whole thing. Maybe another goal? I’m starting with the first two verses.

    “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91‬:‭1‬-‭2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    From Baton Rouge, LA

  40. “Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41‬:‭10‬ ‭NABRE‬‬

    My word for the year is “victorious” so my verses are related to this theme. I will continue to reflect on my previous verse, as well. How blessed are the people who worship you! O Lord, they experience your favor. They rejoice in your name all day long, and are vindicated by your justice. For you give them splendor and strength. By your favor we are victorious.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭89‬:‭15‬-‭17‬ ‭NET‬‬

  41. I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, go, throw yourself into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours. Mark 11: 23,24

  42. Thank you Kay for your honesty. I want you to know that you have been an inspiration and a blessing to me in so many different ways. I, like everyone in this group are praying for you!
    My scripture is:
    “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” Col 3:16 NAB

  43. ” When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36. RSV
    Very timely. Thank you.
    Thank you, Kay, for reminding us to pray for one another.

  44. “Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I entrust my life. “
    Psalm 143:8 (NIV)

  45. Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
    Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

    This verse speaks to the new season of my life: retirement and caring for my elderly mother. My need for strength is great and the Lord has promised it to me. Thank you, Kay, for this challenge; it has helped me tremendously to focus on this promise!

  46. Daniel 2:34: “As you watched, a stone was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay, and crushed them”. I am reading and studying the book of Daniel with Lee Brainard. This is an encouragement to me that God alone is the One who will destroy this world’s last evil empire that is taking shape now God is in control and will prevail

  47. Hi Kay, my verse is Proverbs 31:17:
    “She girds herself with strength
    And makes her arms strong.“

    I chose this verse because I’m learning to like strength training and I need to do it consistently for my health. I’m still very much sitting with the first verse!!!!! I have experienced a lot of peace with “she laughs at the future.”

  48. Pamela from Yucca Valley, California, Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven, Matthew 5:16 NAS

  49. Julie from sunny San Diego: I resonate with this verse as well, Kay. I will join you in memorizing, Matt. 9:26 “Seeing the crowds He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd.”

  50. You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

    Isaiah 26:3 New King James Version

  51. I chose this verse in honor of my dear cousin Barb, who has just entered hospice. Throughout her ordeal she has been an inspiration to family, friends and medical staff for her trust in God’s plan and her thankfulness for God’s blessings:

    “As therefore you receive Christ the Lord, so live through Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

  52. Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

    Psalm 143:8 ESV

  53. I was reading through the scriptures and have chosen one that Kathy chose because it really spoke to me this morning. I hope that is okay. “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.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭15‬:‭13‬ ‭

  54. Proverbs 31:25-26
    She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. NIV

  55. Greetings to all from Frani from WV. My second verse is “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not Fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

    I chose this verse because I’ve been struggling a bit with elder care issues and needed to be reminded that I’m in the palm of God’s hand and help is only a prayer away.

  56. Diane from Mesa, Arizona

    The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
    Psalm 18:2

    With the world seeming to sink further into chaos, I am memorizing versos to saturate my mind in the stability that is ours thru the Lord.

    1. Diane, your reason for choosing your Psalm was similar to my reasoning for choosing the Psalm I chose., but I couldn’t put it into words as beautifully as you did.

  57. Ann (Severance Colorado)

    “So do not fear, for I am with you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.”
    Isaiah 41:10

  58. Kay, it’s like we are experiencing similar issues! I too have been praying about liking people, and that is difficult to admit. I have always loved people! And like you said, God wants me to love people. It seems to me that since the pandemic, people are not only divided, but very short fused. It has begun to wear on me. God has put on my heart to see people as He does so your verse is exactly what I need to meditate on now.

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

    Thank you for this challenge! I’ve been praying for some guidance from the Lord on studying scripture and I believe He has answered me!

  59. May the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
    Romans 15:13

  60. Hi, this is Becky. I chose my verse to remind myself that I need to listen intently to people before venturing to speak. I can get in trouble professionally when I jump in before truly hearing the background of a topic, but, more importantly, I hurt people when I assume I know what is going on in their lives without enough context. So my verse is Proverbs 18:13 NASB. (S)He who gives an answer before (s)he hears,
    It is folly and shame to (her).

  61. Beth, Utah
    Have decided to do the same verse as you, Kay. “When He looked out into the crowds, His heart ached with compassion because they were hurting, suffering, and helpless to heal themselves. They were like injured sheep without a shepherd to tend their wounds. Matt. 9:36, The Remedy paraphrase

  62. Thank you, Kay. Perfect verse at the perfect time. “Seeing the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd.”. Just yesterday in the laundry room, I was hugging a neighbour whose husband is in palliative care, while she sobbed and sobbed. I’ve struggled living in this building with the drugs, alcohol abuse, and violence and living with so many Shepherdless souls.
    But yesterday, I understood – God has a plan for our lives and I am exactly where I need to be, doing exactly what I need to do according to God’s Divine plan. Yesterday I was able to thank God for using me to be His love in this place. Gratitude.

    Blessings to all

  63. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-22 (KJV)

  64. Praise to the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise
    Psalm 147:1

  65. Matthew 9:36
    See the crowds He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd.

  66. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,:” plans to prosper you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

  67. Psalms 139:14
    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. NIV
    Due to an ankle injury, I started thinking about the healing process of our bodies and started thanking God for all that He has created in us. This is the scripture the Holy Spirit gave to me.

  68. Matthew 9:36 also speaks to me as my chosen key word for this year is ‘kindness.’ I have had times in my life when I became hard hearted with people. I desire to be a mature woman who seeks God, listens well, and is kind in my responses.

    1. I had originally intended to pick an Isaiah verse but will save it until later. God is working on me as I return to work as a Pastor for our Women’s, Seniors’s, and New Believer’s Adult Ministries at our church from a long serious illness. My heart is in it but my body is still healing. The verse you picked is where my heart is and it encourages me so much. I want to spend my time meditating on it as I am challenged to serve Him and them.

  69. Karen-Michigan

    The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18, NIV)

    My mother died in November and the grief I feel is overwhelming at times. This verse reminds me I am never alone.

    1. I am so very sorry, Karen. I cannot imagine. But I’m so grateful that you are doing this scripture memory challenge with us. I have experienced great grief of other varieties before and I know that nothing heals like God’s Word. It is a balm to our souls. Time heals, but only if we use that time well. Meditating on God’s Word is the best use of that time as you walk through this difficult season. Bless you.

  70. I’m wendy anderson.
    Psalm 62:5,6
    My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken.

  71. Hi I’m Kim: “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 Jesus.”(NLT)

    I chose this verse because I tend to struggle with worry. I’m glad I have 3 weeks to memorize this one!

  72. Sherry from Owatonna, MN My verse is
    Matthew 5:11 Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. NASB
    This verse speaks to me and no more than when you mentioned how you are attacked from people on social media. Hope this verse brings you comfort.
    You are so awesome and so enjoy this Bible verse learning sessions that God has put on your heart to reach out to people.

  73. My verse this time is your first verse. “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25 NLT

    The word that I’m focusing on this year is JOY. I’m picking verses that help me remember to be joyful and also not to give into the fear and anxiety that have been a persistent problem this past year for me.

  74. This seems like an appropriate passage to focus on when I’ll be trying to memorize verses all year:

    The grass withers and the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:8

    What a comfort!!

  75. 2Coeinthians 5:22

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away.

    I as myself, what old things will I let pass away this year?

  76. Isiah 26:3

    You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You,
    because he trusts in You.

    I choose this because I tend to struggle with peace in my life at times. I allow anxiety to take over when I take my eyes off God.

  77. Mt 5:14-16 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

  78. 2ND THESSALONIANS 3:16
    May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
    NAB-R, CE

  79. Carol Reeves, Troy, MO
    Proverbs 17:22
    A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

  80. Carla, Waveland, MS.

    “Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tight.” NLT

    We live in a society that doesn’t seem to value wisdom much. This verse resonated with tme.

  81. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33 NIV

  82. 1 Peter 1:6-9 NASB:
    “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,
    so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
    And though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
    obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.”

  83. “But he would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.””
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭81‬:‭16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  84. My name is Jane and I have chosen this Bible verse because I have noticed that I personally seem to be complaining a little too much lately. I want to please God, so I know I need be more thankful and contented. This verse is what I need to remember.
    My verse is from I Timothy 6:6&7–Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world and we cannot take anything out of the world.
    Thank you, Kay for letting us join you in this study. God bless.

  85. Hi, I’m Louise from Redwood City, CA.
    “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” Psalm 1:2 (KJV)
    I am memorizing whole Psalms or sections of scripture so I can glean meaning from the context as I meditate on them. It helps me to run a group of verses through my mind, particularly if I can’t sleep!

  86. . . . hope everyone is doing well!!! I am going to couple Kay’s scripture Matt 9:36 KJV But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. with Psalm 51:10-12 KJV Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit with in me . . . Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy spirit from me . . . Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free Spirit to also pray about having compassion and being renewed with a right spirit! As always, thank you Kay!

  87. My verse is II Corinthians 10:5 – Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. This verse will help me to renew my mind to His matchless Word.

  88. 1 John 4:4 “The One Who lives in you is stronger than the one who is in the world.” God is teaching me to relax and trust.

  89. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~ Matthew 6:19-21

    This year im trying to focus more on my spiritual life than on material things. It’s difficult for me but scripture helps, starting with this verse.

  90. Psalm 143:8 NIV
    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
    Want to feel that I am drenched in God’s love and moment to moment listen to his way for my steps.

  91. Heather B in Val d’Or, Quebec. The second verse I have chosen to memorize is, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”” Romans 1: 16 & 17 (ESV)

  92. Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)

    As a side note, Kay, I appreciate your faithfulness in what God has called you to do. Stand strong and be courageous, as God is doing a great work through you. God wanted me to concentrate on memorizing scriptures this year, and the next thing I know, you are guiding and encouraging us with scriptures through this site. That is no coincidence! Thank you so very much, as you are such a blessing to me each and every day!

  93. Phil. 4:6 NIV Did not be anxious about anything , but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God.

  94. My verse(s) come from Matthew22:37-39 from the NLT Bible: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” This verse has been coming up in my daily devotions as it is easy for me to love people who treat me kindly, but not those who are unkind in words and actions.

  95. “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 straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

  96. Brenda from Virginia.

    “I am the Alpha and the Omega” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:9. I am currently in Part 2 of a Precept Bible Study on the Book of Revelation. My goal is to memorize a verse from each chapter of that book along with other verses that speak to me,

    With our country so deeply divided on moral and political issues these days, I also want to meditate on and memorize Kay’s Scripture over the next several weeks. I want my heart to remain Christ-like toward those who strongly oppose God and His Word. “Seeing the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd.”
    Matthew 9:36

  97. My verse “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on the rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Psalm 40:2NIV

  98. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God. Eph 2:8 NIV

  99. Hello ladies! My verse is Romans 4:17
    “…God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.” (NKJV)
    God is repeatedly reminding me of the power of the tongue and to use my faith to speak into existence His will and His ways for our world and our nation. Words of life and what is good.
    Kay, you are a positive influence in our culture which is so needed today. Thank you for your videos and blogs. I really enjoy and look forward to them! 🙂

  100. Kay, thank you for sharing from your heart about why you chose Matthew 9:36. Your personal experience gives the verse depth. In addition this is a bible verse I have read many times but never took time to mediate on or really give it much thought. I am going to take the opportunity and do just that over the next couple of weeks.

  101. Debbie, Newberg, Oregon

    I’m going to join you, Kay, the verse you picked just seems to resonate in my heart! I need to remember that the world is wandering around without a shepherd and so very lost. They need my compassion not my anger. Thank you for all you are doing, you are a blessing!!

  102. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

  103. My memory verse is: Galatians 2:20
    I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
    This seems like a long and complicated verse to memorize but the way Kay describes this exercise the main purpose is for me to meditate on the verse and really absorb its meaning in my heart. This is a verse that I need to fully comprehend and live so that I can abide in Jesus.

  104. Thank you Kay for encouraging us to meditate on God’s word. Like Nancy mentioned of last week’s verses-…she can laugh at the days to come… stayed with me.
    I will again use your verse Kay to focus on.
    God Bless,
    Carolyn

  105. “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliver; my God, my strength in whom I will trust;
    My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stromghold. Psalm 18:2 NKJV

  106. Susan, here, from Brockville, Ontario, Canada

    The scripture I have chosen is Philippeans 2:3 (NASB)
    “Let nothing be done out of strife or conceit, but in humility let each esteem the other better than himself.”

    This will remind me be calm and think of a more positive response during a disagreement.

  107. For the spirit God gave me does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.
    2 Timothy 1:7

    Kay, I had no idea people would act that way to someone with a blog about fashion and style. So many people just want to express their negativity with anyone.
    I’m sorry you have had that experience.

  108. Here is my next verse: “You bless all those who follow your commands from deep in their hearts.” Psalm 119:2. I listened to a podcast of David Jeremiah about God’s love, and one of his points was that God’s love equips us to follow Christ-it empowers us to follow God’s commands.

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

  110. LaDonna
    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
    Psalm 143:8 NIV

  111. That’s a perfect verse for the situation you describe. I experience some of that on social media too and wonder why people can’t just NOT comment if they don’t like something. This scenario came to mind when I came across my chosen verses for the next two weeks. I chose these verse more to remind myself to watch my own mouth, but it gives a little bit of comfort to know the unkind will answer one day for their words right along with me. Matthew 12:36-37 I tell you that on the day of judgement people will have to account for every careless word they speak. For by your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned. HCSB version

  112. My verse for today is Matthew 6:34. Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day. (RSV)
    I feel anxiety is rampant in today’s world and can be overwhelming. The verse says to me to take one day at a time.

  113. Kay, I understand your attacks. In my work, I experience this also, and becoming hardened is an option we all fight against. Praying for you.
    My verse this week is Lamentations 3:22-Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.

  114. “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.”
    Exodus 14:14 (NIV)

    Please know that I am praying for you, Kay, and for each of you that our Lord will bless you abundantly.

  115. “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”
    ‭‭Job‬ ‭19‬:‭25‬-‭27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  116. I’m memorizing Philippians 4:6 and 7 in NASB: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” I want this to be my immediate response whenever I feel anxious!

  117. Kay, I like your verse, Matthew 9:36 and it is the verse I want to concentrate on for the next 2-3 weeks. Our world is so full of unkind, angry and uncaring people because they do not have the love of Christ in their heart. Yes, they are like sheep without a shepard. I’m asking the Lord to help me have compassion for all people. Not just the lovable but the unlovable.

  118. My verses for the 2week2 are a continuation of the passage I chose for week 1. My first memorization was Psalm 103:2-5, which after a few days expanded to verses 6, 7 and 8. I plan to memorize Psalm 103:9-12 over the next two weeks and am likely proceed further into Psalm 103. It’s such a beautiful picture of God’s love for us and His goodness toward us.

    9 He will not always chide, nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him: 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us.
    Psalm 103: 9-12 ESV

  119. Carolyn from Virginia. My 2nd verse is Col: 3:15. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body, and be ye thankful. KJV. When I’m hurt by others it is hard not to be bitter, but I ask the Lord to help me to see others as he does. Our sin sent Christ to the cross, but in his love for us he forgave us.

  120. My verse for the upcoming weeks is:

    “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

  121. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on
    your own understanding; in all ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 5-6

  122. I’m so thankful for this pursuit of “hiding God’s Word in our hearts” together! It is an answer to prayer for accountability which I desperately need to help me actually DO what my heart desires but my flesh resists. My next verse(s) on which I feel led to meditate is Proverbs 6:6-10 NIV. “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little slumber, a little sleep, a little folding of the hands to rest- and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.” These verses convicted me this week. I pray they will help me break free from some bad habits and be a more faithful servant of the Lord.

  123. Becky – I am going to continue from where I left off memorizing, I will work on Proverbs 31:28-31 these next 3 weeks.

  124. ! Thess. 5: 16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing. in everything give thanks , for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

  125. Hi ladies, this Cynthia from Folsom.

    Let love and faithfulness never leave you: bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of you heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3,4

    I am memorizing a consecutive section of Proverbs 3 for this challenge because I keep coming back to it and just love it. Praying for all ❤️

  126. Psalm 117
    1 Praise the LORD, all you nations;
    extol Him, all you peoples,
    2 for great is His steadfast love toward us;
    The faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
    Hallelujah.
    JPS Tanakh

    When times are challenging, I often think that’s when we should demonstrate our trust in the LORD by praising Him all the more.
    Jan from Alabama

  127. Linda from Virginia

    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:12-13

  128. I have chosen Psalm 34:1″I will bless the Lord
    At all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” This verse reminds me that the Lord is always with me in good times and bad times, He keeps his promise to never leave us. Because He blesses me I will bless him by reading and studying His word so I will be transformed by it rather than confirming to the world. GOD BLESS YOU KAY

  129. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24.

    Everyday is a new day to do what a right. Even if yesterday you did not, God has blessed you with another day to do what is right. Take advantage!

  130. I am from Taylor , Texas

    “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door , I will come in to him and dine with him and he with me”. Revelations 3:20

    I love this verse as it show how much Jesus is pleading and asking us to let him into our hearts and lives. He wants a relationship with us but he is giving us the free will to choose. I chose to open the door when I was 10 years old.

  131. Julie from Morgantown,WV. My verse this week is Proverbs 3:6. In all your ways submit to him,and he will make your paths straight. As a devotional writer put it “I need to accept each day as it comes to me— and search for You in it”. ( Sarah Young from Jesus Listens)

  132. “Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
    And his righteousness endures forever.” Ps 111:3 NIV

    Dear Kay,
    I am sorry to hear that some folks are unkind with their comments, but you have chosen the Scripture the Lord gave you. A Bible study teacher once told me that folks who do not truly know Christ do such things and worse because they CAN’T do any better. They lack a shepherd!!

  133. Sherryl, Sorrento, FL

    For the next two weeks I will be meditating on and memorizing Exodus 33:13 NIV.I want to follow Jesus more closely and know His ways so others will know I have been with Jesus.

    “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”

    Kay, thank you for initiating this challenge. I really appreciate it.

  134. I’m Charlotte ~ Matthew 16:13-20 (RSV)
    Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Phillip he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of God. is?” And they said “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
    I chose this verse because it was my favorite verse when taking the Bible Timeline Study. Our facilitator made a bookmark for me with the verse on it.

  135. Psalm 143:8, KJV: Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; For in thee do I trust: Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; For I lift up my soul unto thee.

    This past year has been a long and difficult journey for me. I have begun to heal and climb out of a place of grief, hurt and sadness. This verse has popped up in a couple different places the past few days, and I feel God talking to me, leading me to dig a little bit deeper into what he is tell me in this one. I have been seeking his guidance in where to go from here. I am hearing his assurance that I am on his path for me, I just need to settle in for the ride. He holds the reins, and he will reveal the destination and his purpose for me there when it is time.

    I am praying for God’s blessings of his peace and guidance over each of us as we participate in this sharing of his word, his love and faith. Also adding my thanks to Kay for providing this means for us to share bits love and the wisdom he is granting us. I know as I read through the comments and verses chosen by others, it helps to turn my focus from my own woes and pray and feel caring for others.

  136. I chose Zechariah 4:10 “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” NLT. I was a nurse for 33 years and got my Real Estate license in the last year… I am working with my husband, and we have had a few customers. I saw this verse and found it very encouraging to hang in there!

  137. Proverbs 17:14
    “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.”

  138. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

  139. Margaret

    2 Peter 1:5-8
    New International Version
    5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

  140. Psalm 150:3-4: Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre. Praise Him with the timbrel and dancing. Praise Him with the strings and pipe. I am memorizing Psalm 150. This chapter keeps me grounded. I want to live a life of praise to God. I don’t want the many trials life brings to divert my attention from my heavenly Father.

  141. Kay, I’m so sorry that people have to say critical and hateful things. Is it in you to just say (in a polite way😉) if you don’t like me why do you follow me ? We will both be happier if you don’t!

    . If I come across somebody that I don’t like, or I don’t like her advice then I don’t follow them. I don’t understand why people do that.

    You’re doing a great job, growing your business, and helping ladies to have a bit of style, while also reminding them of eternal priorities! Don’t be discouraged

  142. Hello. Kay I like your choice and your reasons. Thank you for starting this group, as I for one could use the accountability. For this 3 week period I am choosing 1 Corinthians 14: 33, 40 and James 3:13-18 all of which I had memorized years ago but feel a need to bring them back to the forefront. I am struggling with confusion on several levels: 1. My immediate surroundings_ I have GOT to get organized and get my “stuff” under control. 2. All the confusion that is coming from societal “chatter”. I know confusion and peace come from a spiritual source and sometimes I need to tighten my grip on God’s peace. The outward tends to reflect the inward so I know when my personal surrounding are spinning out of control it is time to do some soul searching. Meditation on these verses will be medicine for the soul.

  143. The verses I am working on are from the KJV
    1 COR 14: 33, 44
    33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints
    40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

    James 3;13-18
    Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
    But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
    But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
    And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

  144. Bingo on the verse. I will use the same.
    Matthew 9:36NASBB Seeing the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd.
    I have been asking the Lord to give me His love for those around me, and this verse fits perfectly. Thank you. I know you did not ask for assurances, but please know that what we see is a wonderful shepherd serving her Shepherd as you guide us along. You exude love and kindness. Be encouraged.

  145. I love the verse you chose, Kay, and I’m so sorry people are unkind.

    This verse was part of the passage from Isaiah our Bible study group read this week. “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” (Isaiah 43: 1b-2 NIV) What stands out to me is that the verse says when, not if. Since my grandson died in December 2019, God’s promises have been my lifeline.

  146. Last week my verse was I Peter 2:9 . I chose that verse to make my peace with a pillow I given by my mother when I was a teenager. There was a woman who used some formula to determine what a name means in the Bible. She would cross stitch the meaning and the corresponding Bible verse onto the pillow. All my friends’ mothers were having this done, and their names came back with some feminine grace as the meaning such as beauty, kindness, love, hope, gentleness and the like. Mine came back as “Appointed by God” which made me feel like some bearded Old Testament prophet.

    Since last week’s verse dealt with being chosen and brought out of darkness into His light, I thought I would continue the light theme for the next three weeks with
    John 3:19 “This then is the judgement. The light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil.” May God help me love His light rather than all the darkness in the world.

  147. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 KJV

  148. Krys from Ontario, Canada here. For today I chose Romans 12:10 “love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.” (NRSV). I remember being told often as a child to “be nice”. As children we knew exactly what that entailed. It seems these days that simple message is harder to unpack. I’m sorry that people are not being kind, Kay. You are such a bright light and you inspire me in so many ways. Thank you!

  149. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition , with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7 NIV

  150. Roman’s 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” NIV Such a beautiful reminder; no matter what our circumstances, or how things appear, we can be assured God loves us.

  151. My passage for this week is 2 Corinthains 5:8.

    Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. (ESV)

    My mom passed away this morning. I miss her so much, but this verse is my reminder that she is far better “at home with the Lord”.

    1. Jennifer, While we rejoice for our loved ones who go home before us, our heart aches for them. Praying you will receive comfort and peace in the days to come.

    2. Oh my. I’m so very sorry, Jennifer. Bless you. I will be praying for you this week. I know this is a hard loss.

  152. Hi my verse this week is Romans 5:8
    But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
    Cathy

  153. Sherry, Shady Side, Maryland. My new verse…I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are you works. And my soul knows it very well. Psalms 139:14 (NASB).

  154. My verse – Micah 6:8
    “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
    I can’t explain why I picked this verse but it’s been on my heat so I think the Holy Spirit may be prompting me. Have a great everyone!

  155. I lift up my eyes to the mountains
    Where does my help come from?
    My help comes from the Lord
    the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

  156. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 NIV

  157. When constant struggles to work through physical limitations become overwhelming I need to remember 2 Cor. 12:9 (NLT)

    “Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. “

  158. My verses this week are Ephesians 6:10-12 NASB
    Finally, be strong in the Lord and the strength of His might.
    Put on the full armour of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
    For we struggle not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places

  159. Psalm 139: 12 NIV

    even the darkness will be light to you, the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

    I am going through a dark time

  160. Thank you for sharing your heart, Kay. I have decided to join with you and memorise the same verse-
    “Seeing the crowds He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd.
    Matthew 9 verse 36
    I pray to be given the same compassion for those around me.
    Gillian

  161. For years when I thought about my health, my thoughts were I need to be healthy for myself, for loved ones. While this is true, recently it dawned on me that above all, everything I am, spiritual, mental, and physical, is from our Creator. All I have been given are gifts and ultimately belong to the One who created them. I need to value, cherish, and care for these gifts, to do any less is disrespectful. And so, to help me keep this focus, here is my memorization scripture:

    “Or do you knot know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV

  162. Lana from Melbourne, Australia: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
    Joshua 1:9, NIV

  163. I’m again going to choose your scripture, ” Seeing the crowds, he felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9.36 NASBB

  164. Hi! My name is Allison. Thank you Kay for sharing your heart. You are a blessing in so many ways. Thank you for all you do.
    Here is my verse this week:
    As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30 NIV
    Grateful for God’s perfect ways and his place of refuge.

  165. My scripture for the next two weeks is:
    May the Lord make your love
    Increase and overflow for
    Each other.

    1 Thessalonians 3:12 NIV

    Prayers for all in this community!

  166. Dee from Ky
    I am also feeling the same as you regarding others and at times find myself speaking something unkind in return. The verse that is on my heart is… Ephesians 4:29 NIV Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

  167. “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” Proverbs 3:6. Kay, this verse speaks to me when I am feeling a bit confused and not certain of how to move forward.
    Thank you for focusing on scripture!
    Suzy

  168. I am Anna. This verse reminds me of where to keep my focus. Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
    I am also reminded of a quote from Mother Theresa ” For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway”

  169. I have been meditating on compassion for weeks, and this verse choice of yours, Kay, is fitting. I will join you in memorizing Matthew 9:36.

  170. Psalm 45:1. My heart is inciting a good matter: I speak of things which I have made concerning the King: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”

  171. Good Morning all!
    I have been struggling with feeling the pressures of the world and not falling into being part of it. Therefore, the verse that is speaking to me is the following:
    Ephesians 6:11 NKJV
    “Put on the armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

  172. My verse I have chosen is
    Psalms 143:8
    Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning,
    For in You do I trust;
    Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
    For I lift up my soul to you.

  173. My chosen verse is:
    Isaiah 41:10 NIV
    “So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strength and help you, I will uphold you my righteous hand.”
    In challenging times , it is comforting to know that through my faith in my God, my Savior, that I need not fear!

  174. Before being SAVED and becoming a Christian I remember what it felt like to be a lost sheep. I pray all of the lost sheep realize Jesus is the only answer to no longer being lost BUT found. In Jesus name I pray Amen 🙏🏻

  175. My scripture for this week is Psalm 119:108 Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. It serves as a good reminder when I get ahead of my skis and need to seek God’s Word for guidance/wisdom.

    I know you didn’t want to dwell on the negative remarks people make, but I think it is so sad that people take time to make disparaging remarks when you are such a positive and kind woman who is seeking to help woman improve their appearance. I often think those who are critical must be very unhappy people especially with themselves. So many people today are products of a negative culture which has created a lot of surly, negative people.

    For the few that are making unkind comments remember there are more women who are grateful for your blog and look forward to it each week.

    Blessings on your day…Kathy

  176. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8 NIV

  177. My name is Linda and my verse for this week is Romans 9:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (NKJ) I am praying for an opportunity to lead someone to Christ and I want to be prepared with scripture.

  178. Good morning Kay!
    I’m Ann in Massachusetts and here’s the verse I’d like to share. I hope it helps others.
    Wishing you all a happier week.

    “Always be prepared to give an answer
    to everyone who asks you to give the
    reason for the hope that you have”

    1 Peter 3:15

  179. I know you didn’t want sympathy or affirmation, Kay, but I really have to wonder what some people must be going through that they feel emboldened to make nasty comments on someone’s blog post. In some ways I feel sorry for them! Your post made me think about the times I casually gossip about someone, and I decided to work on that these next few weeks.

    My verse is from 2nd Corinthians. 2Corr 16:13 NRSV

    Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

    Maybe someone would take this quote for a different context, but to me I’m thinking that I will be strong in my resolve to do everything “in love” as Paul reminds.

  180. Kay,
    I am a teacher and have been accused of several things that have now snowballed into a mess! I have the support of my administration, but I am still saddened by the whole situation.
    I chose Matthew 5:44 (ESV)
    “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”
    28 years of teaching and a few lies puts me in this situation!

    1. I’m sorry to hear of your situation, but I’m glad that you shared. You will be in my prayers. I am also a teacher.

  181. “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness No one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14

  182. Thank you for this bible verse challenge. I am loving it and sharing it with friends and family. Such a beautiful gift you are giving us! I am praying for you Kay and for your family. Here is my verse for you. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 New King James Version

  183. My scripture for week two is Jeremiah 29:11-12 “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.” Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” My husband was killed last June in a motorcycle accident and I’ve clung to the promise of the hope found in Jesus.

  184. “And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27 LSB

  185. Wendy from Texas

    2 Corinthians9:8 (NIV) “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

  186. Thank you so much Kay for suggesting that we do Scripture memorization together. It was exactly the nudge that I needed!
    Psalm 143:8 NIV “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”

  187. I had a different verse picked out for today but after reading your choice and reasons, Kay, I’m going to meditate on your verse also. May I never hurt someone’s feelings. I will give extra effort to making sure that I leave people with a positive comment or at least a smile.

    Seeing the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like
    sheep without a shepherd.
    Matthew 9:36, NASBB

  188. What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
    Psalm 116:12-13

  189. Marla

    16 Rejoice always,
    17 pray without ceasing,
    18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV

    These verses were in my devotional on Sunday and they really speak to me. I lost my Dad to Alzheimer’s in September and I lost my brother and sister to cancer a few years ago. God showed me that even in grief and despair, I can find blessings all around me. It can be the smallest thing as a beautiful blue Texas sky with a scattering of fluffy clouds or my dog snuggling up to me with his unconditional love. I have an eternal home promised to me where God will wipe away every tear and there will be no more death, sorrow or crying. I will rejoice, pray, and be thankful.

  190. Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” Hebrews 13:5 NASB95

  191. My name is Lori from Tulsa, OK and my verse is
    2 Corinthians 10:4-5
    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.

  192. I remain confident of this.. I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13,14

  193. Deborah

    Hebrews 4:16 NIV

    Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

  194. Psalm 19:14 NASB
    Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,
    O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

  195. Tesa
    Perry, GA

    Psalm 145:.8, 9. 8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
    9 The Lord is good to all, he has compassion on all he has made.

  196. Matthew 6:33-34
    Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

  197. ‘For his anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.’ Psalm 30:5

    Kay I’m sorry for some of the comments you must be reading from your social media avenues and the blog. I’m afraid many of us have forgotten the Golden Rule. But please rest assured that you have amassed so many respectful and gracious followers who will always be kind with their words, and those who aren’t respectful are in the minority and most likely just passing by.

  198. Jan from London. England. My verse is Galatians 2:20. A beautiful, godly lady encouraged me to learn this as it had been a help to her. Now 87, she’s been a wonderful support and blessing to me for 20 years. I am now learning this properly in honour of her.
    “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” (NIV)

  199. “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” John 16:33 CSB.

    Cheering everyone else on as we memorize God’s Word! Thanks, Kay, for organizing this challenge!

  200. Thou art near, O Lord, and all Thy commandments are truth. The sum of Thy word is truth, and every one of Thy righteous ordinances is everlasting. Ps. 119:151, 160

  201. “Seeing the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36, NASBB

  202. I picked the Amplified version of Ephesians 4:29

    Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].

    I saw someone else post this last time – it resonated with me.

  203. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
    Matthew 16:24 KJV

  204. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)
    “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 with the comfort we ourselves have received from God”.

  205. My verse this week is Matthew 6:34
    Don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have it’s own worries. Each day has enough troubles of it’s own.

    I am trying hard to trust God and not worry but to know that He has everything under control.

  206. “Ask and you will receive that your JOY may be full.”
    John 6:24

    This year my word is “JOY”. I am asking God to help me find JOY everyday.
    CyndeeKay
    Jupiter, FL

  207. Psalm 117:1-2
    Praise the Lord, all nations!
    Glorify Him, all peoples!
    For His faithful love for us is great;
    the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever.
    Hallelujah!
    HCSB

  208. My second verse is Philippians 4:8. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (NIV).

  209. Hello everyone! This is Tammy. This morning I was “sharing” (complaining) to hubby how tight our budget is. I thought maybe I should look for some side income even though I have a full schedule helping my 95 yr old mother and babysitting my sweet grands. This verse popped up in my daily reading:

    2 Corinthians 9:8
    And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.(ESV)

    Thank you Lord for reminding me of your perfect timing and provision to keep doing the good work you’ve given me to do! Now to do it without complaining!

  210. The verse that I believe God has placed on my heart this week is Psalm 121:1-2

    I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

  211. Ps 46:10
    Be still and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.

  212. I’m Linda.
    The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

    I have no specific memory of my mother singing to me as a baby. She may have but I’ve never heard it mentioned. But that’s ok because God does.

  213. Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes. Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24, NKJ

  214. “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.””
    ‭‭Zephaniah‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  215. Isaiah 25:1 (ESV) “O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.”

  216. Unfortunately, I missed the first scripture post so I am including it now with my second scripture for memorizing. My first scripture is I Corn. 10:31 “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” NKJV. Why I chose this verse here at the first of the year is because bottom line, the Christian life, the church, my faith is NOT about me. It’s about HIM, his plans, he s kingdom, his glory. Life is about God!!!

    My second verse is Ps. 136:1 “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” NKJV My reason for this scripture is because human love is flawed; only God’s love is perfectly steadfast forever.

    Thank you for encouraging me to memorize scripture. Also, I am thoroughly enjoying your “Dressed for my day blog and You Tube videos. I desire to be the best that I can be on the inside and also on the outside. One day at time.

  217. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman who feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. KJV Proverbs 31:30. The reminder that God finds beauty in our hearts is so powerful in a world where woman are still judged by their appearance.

  218. Proverbs 3/ 5&6
    Have confidence in the Lord with all your heart, and do not depend upon your own prudence.
    In all your ways, consider him, and he himself will direct your steps.

  219. My verse is from Gal 5:22-23 in the NLT: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forebearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

  220. My scripture memory verse:
    Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13‬:‭7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    I want my words & actions to speak faith so I can be a witness to those around me.

  221. For my second verse I have chose Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many. The first part of that verse is a reminder for me to have a servant attitude, but so many times we leave off the last part. Jesus gave his life a ransom for me and others. Can I have an attitude of servanthood to where I give my life for others? Something to really meditate upon and pray on.

  222. Jennifer in MD – chose one of my favorite verses this time: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV). It’s so easy to become anxious about the future or what we feel we need or lack – turning to God helps us remember he will provide exactly what we need at the right time.

  223. I was all set to do a different verse, but Kay’s selection spoke to me, because I too have lost some of my compassion for people. I’ve volunteered at a food pantry for several years, and have become jaded by continuing to see people who won’t take action to improve their own situations. “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36 NIV May God bind up your hurting heart, Kay.

  224. I have chosen Colossians 3:12–1

    12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

    Dealing with some challenging individuals lately and noticed I needed some guidance.

  225. Our sermon series these past few weeks have been in Judges. On Sunday our Pastor spoke about the 3 I’s of scripture. God’s word is Inspired. God’s word is Inerrant.
    God’s word is Infallible.
    As a reminder of that I chose 2 Tim 3:16-17 ESV
    All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

  226. I’m glad we have 3 weeks to memorize our next Scripture.
    Hebrews 4:14-16
    Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast or confession.
    For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
    Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.

  227. I am glad we have three weeks to memorize this time.
    Hebrews 4:14-16
    Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.

  228. Debbie, Gulf Coast of Alabama
    “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of Life. (1 John 1:1)

  229. Dear Kay
    Thank you for the courage to this and be a light of inspiration in the midst of the darkness .I bought The Life Principles Daily Bible and I’m enjoying reading The Bible again.Glad you did clothed yourself with strength and dignity.Will do the same verse as you
    Certainly we all need compassion for ourselves and others.
    “Seeing the crowds,He felt COMPASSION for them, because they were distressed and downcast,like a sheep without a shepherd “

  230. Hello beautiful hearts. Loretta here. My beautification verse has to do with increasing connectivity to the Lord throughout my day. My verse is:

    Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart
    And do not lean on your own (un-partnered-with-God) understanding.
    In all your ways acknowledge Him,
    And He will make your paths straight. (NASB 1995, personalized)

  231. Psalm 19:14 ESV
    Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

  232. I have chosen Proverbs 14:26 for my 2nd verse.
    “He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress,
    And for his children it will be a refuge.”

  233. My second verse is Malachi 3,20:
    But for yoz who fear ny name, the sun of justice will arise with healing in its wings. And yoz will go out lesping like calves from the stall.

    I found this verse or it found me in the cathedral of Limburg.& I loved it right away.

    Dear Kay, I feel with you since I had a similar experience with a woman on a birthday party who was very unkind to me. We have to keep in mind that the behaviour of unkind people tells a lot about them. We have to have compassion for them like Jesus and let go of the pain they have caused in us.

    Kay, I love your blogs very much. Thank you for sharing your ideas, fashion and beauty tips, the bible verses and so much more. It always inspires me.
    Love to you and your loved ones, angel blessings
    Monika

  234. My scripture for the next two weeks is: Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” KJV
    I know that the scriptures I’ve been choosing are some of the most commonly quoted ones, but they are ones that I’ve always loved and have been lazy about memorizing. I am taking this opportunity to really sit down and work at them.

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

    This is a verse I don’t think I ever heard before last week when it was features in a Bible study. I love the encouragement in this verse!

  236. Hello ladies! I am Jan from Arizona.

    Do not return evil for evil, or insult for insult; but, on the contrary, a blessing, because to this you were called, that you might inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9

  237. My chosen verse this week is Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34

    As I add my scripture a little later than I hoped, this speaks to my heart. I have been spending time with my MIL that lost her husband about a year ago. As she struggles through the grief, I can hear how thankful she is to the LORD for the time she was able to spend with her husband while here on Earth. Even while enduring rough times, she stays strong in her love for the LORD.

  238. Hi Kay,
    I hope you are having a good week. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate all you do for us!
    My verse is Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  239. Happy to say I have not floated out to the pacific ocean with all this rain, but we have had lives lost and for those families, I have been praying daily these last two weeks. The much-needed rain is coming to an end soon. But the heartbreak of these families remains, so I lift them up to God.

    My selection for this week is Psalms 78:5-6. (NIV). Love Teaches

    He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation will know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.

    Thank You Kay for all you do to help so many people- this mediation group is a great example.

  240. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Phillipians 4:6 (NIV)

  241. : My second scripture is: All this also comes from the Lord Almighty, wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom. Isaiah 29:29

  242. Not that I speak in respect of want, for I have learned whatsoever state I am in therein to be content. Philippians 4:11
    Ginger from Alabama

  243. Espheasians 3:20 “Now unto him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”

    I came across this quote: “In the quiet crucible of your personal sufferings, your noblest dreams are given in compensation for what you have been through.”

  244. “He said: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior— from violent people you save me.”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭22‬:‭2‬-‭3‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    https://bible.com/bible/111/2sa.22.2-3.NIV

  245. “He felt great pity for the crowds that came, because their problems were so great and they didn’t know where to go for help. They were like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36 NLT

  246. Kay,
    Iam saddened that you are being attacked by cruel and insensitive people. You certainly don’t deserve that as you have been an inspiration and a blessing for me. I pray you will stay strong and refreshed by the outpouring of prayers and love from the ones who appreciate and look forward to your emails, blogs, and YouTube videos each week.

    My verse: Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) “Be strong and courageous. Do no be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you: he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
    I need to be reminded of this promise.

  247. My name is Lynne, and my second verse is “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD you God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV.

  248. My name is Lynne, my second verse is “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD, your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV

  249. I am really enjoying reading the others scriptures and comments. So glad to be participating in this exercise. My second scripture is

    Psalms 34:4 RVS
    “I sought the Lord and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears”

  250. I chose Ephesians 4:32 (NIV) Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

  251. Kay- thank you for sharing your heart. I pray Gods word will strengthen you.
    I am continuing to memorize in James chapter 1.
    James 1:5-7
    If any of you lacks wisdom he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will b given to you.
    But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea blown and tossed by the wind,
    That man should not think He will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double minded man unstable in all he does.

  252. Laura from Mineola, Texas

    My 2nd verse is from Joshua 1:9 (NASB)
    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

  253. Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

    A lot going on this week and I just needed to hear God telling me to be still and rest in him. He needs to be my focus.!

  254. Second verse:

    “Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and be of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with thee whither so ever thou goest.”
    Joshua 1:9. KJ version. N

  255. Psalm 42:1-2a, ESV
    As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
    My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

  256. Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for his compassion never fails They are new every morning great is your faithfulness

    Lamentations 3:22, 23

  257. I’ve chosen second Corinthians 10:5.
    “ casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

  258. “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭CSB‬‬
    https://www.bible.com/1713/rom.12.2.csb

    This verse reminds me that just because our culture has changed its values and endorses all manner of behavior, that I am not to do the same . I am to be in the Word and be transformed by the Word

  259. Hosea 6:3
    So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.
    I love remembering my first purpose – to know the LORD. And the promise that he will respond by coming and watering my dryness with His living water.

  260. 2nd Verse: Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
    The Lord is the stronghold[a] of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (NRSV)
    Bonnie

  261. Monica From WI…Seeing the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36

  262. I just saw this new meditation challenge you have going and wanted to join. How much fun this will be. Thank you for doing this.
    Here’s my first verse:
    Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Take the lead in honoring one another
    Romans 12:10

  263. My Scripture for this week is John 8:32 “Then you know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
    I have been battling a reoccurring bad habit and I need to remember that Jesus and His Word will set me free.

  264. My two verses are Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonders deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. -Psalm 107: 8-9. ESV

  265. Barbara from Austin,TX

    But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
    James 3:17 (NIV)

  266. Philippians 4:6-7

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  267. I love this week’s verse selection. Like you, Kay, I sometimes struggle with the things that people say to me (I think that everyone does). This verse puts it all into perspective.
    “When He saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36 NIV

  268. JOHN 14:27 KJV
    “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

    Thank you for sharing your heart and reminding us to be kind even in cyberspace!! There is a real person somewhere receiving our criticism.

  269. This week I have chosen:

    Proverbs 3:5,6 from The Message

    Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

  270. “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24 (NASB1995) I chose this verse because I realized my words have been harsh and not kind lately and I want to make a conscious effort (with the Holy Spirit’s help of course) to speak more pleasantly to others, to speak words of kindness and, hopefully, have this become the norm for me rather than the exception. I will also be meditating and working to memorize Kay’s verse and I hope to become more compassionate toward others.

  271. My first post, I’m Gail in Pennsylvania.
    My scripture this week is Ephesians 4:22, 24. I am working through the Daniel plan and want to work on my habits so this scripture is fitting.
    “ “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭22
    “and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  272. “Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.” (Psalm 143:8 – NKJV)

  273. Matthew 11:28, NLT version. “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

    I chose this quote as I am hospitalized for the 2nd time in 2 weeks, for complications due to recurrent cancer. I am scared.“

  274. “For I am confident of this very thing that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
    Philippinas 1:6 NLT

    I pray this for my wayward children.

  275. Hi, I’m Christina – the scripture that Kay has chosen is lovely and beneficial for me as a reminder when I’m at the office as well. I’ve wrote this verse down too on my index card.

  276. Kay, you are a such Blessing to me. “Seeing the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd.”
    Matthew 9:36

  277. Hi – I’m late in posting, but this round I’m working on Galatians 5:26-27 – Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking, and envying each other. – Ruth

  278. For you are my rock and my fortress; For your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.

    Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have ransomed me,O Lord, God of truth.

    Psalm 31: 3, 5

    I’m trusting in the guidance and truth of the Lord.

  279. Kim Schott from Houston TX. I’m working on Psalm 34,2. “My soul shall make it’s boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad.”

  280. Hello – I’m Cathy from Massachusetts.
    1 Corinthians 6:19-20
    Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.
    I chose this because tomorrow is February 1st and I chose that day to stop bad eating habits and stick to a healthy diet; I am also determined to fit exercise in at least 4 times a week. I just read the book Atomic Habits and this helped me get motivated. This verse from Corinthians reminds me that God is within me and I should treat my body like a temple.

  281. Bonnie
    Bardstown KY
    Seeing the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd.
    Matthew 9:36 NASBB
    I chose the same verse because I do not have much patience with people anymore. Praying this will help.

  282. Proverbs 16:9. NIV – “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
    I love this verse and I have it right in front of me in my office. SO very true always – We think we make the plan and execute it but the Lord reminds us that He is the master planner, not us! Love and peace to all

  283. My verse is from 2 Kings 22:2 Josiah has become king of Judah at eight years old in a nation of wickedness and he serves and follows God.
    In this season of life, I want to “finish well.” This is how I want to follow Jesus.
    “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.”

  284. hi – my verse this week is Mark 11:23 Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall say to unto this mountain, be thou taken up and cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he saith cometh to pass; he shall have it.

    Thank you, Kay, for leading us in this prayer and meditation.

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