Monthly Archives: January 2012

January 15

Welcome!

For this post I will start with my verses from January 15, 2011, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. How did these verses come to me? Last year I invited my old group of Bible study sisters to join me in the Siesta Scripture Memory Challenge. I had moved to Colorado from California 5 years earlier and left behind a wonderful group of women. Some of us had still been in touch, and a couple of others had also moved away, so I sent out an email to all that I had contact info for, inviting them to join me in memorizing scripture. To my shock and delight, almost every one of them said yes! What’s more, we all began catching up, reconnecting, and one of these darling ladies even suggested a reunion, which we all decided was a wonderful idea! This reconnection was the first of many unexpected blessings to come from hiding God’s word in my heart.

One of my lovely California friends, Anita S., chose 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a for her first verse (sometimes a “verse” ends up being a passage, and that’s okay!).

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails. 

At the moment I received Anita’s email sharing these verses, and her precious explanation about how she wanted to love her family and those around her better, I was completely irritated with half of my family over something trivial and silly. My sweet friend’s words instantly convicted me, and the phrase “love is not easily angered” kept ringing in my mind the rest of the day, and helped me recover from my quick and easy anger. I knew right away that this passage would be my 2nd verse. Anita had read somewhere that we can insert our own names in place of the word “love” and see how much of it is true. (I also read this later in Francis Chan’s “Crazy Love.”) This was a great exercise for me, and I found it so powerful that I started reciting the passage with my kids, having each of us insert our own names as well. We all fall so short of the mark, but these verses help so much to remind us exactly how high the mark is to truly loving people as Jesus did and does. Go ahead, try it! Say your name instead of the word “love” and she (or he) instead of “it” in the passage above!

You may be wondering, why memorize Bible verses? Isn’t reading them enough? In case you need some reasons, here are a few:

1. Going deeper into God’s Holy Word. Of course it’s good to read the Bible, in fact it’s completely necessary if you really want to walk with Him. Even better to study His Word. By committing scriptures to memory you are going even deeper into His Word and your walk.

2. If that’s not enough, and because I love mulitasking, it’s also good exercise for your brain.

So last year those were my reasons for starting the challenge, a new way to go deeper, and a new challenge for my aging brain. Through the course of the year I learned of another reason.

3. It will change your life.

How? In many ways, in different ways for different people. I’ll elaborate more as we go through the year, but for now take it from some other ladies who completed the challenge last year. You can read their comments on Beth Moore’s Living Proof Ministries blog. This post was a roll call, designed for those who had successfully completed the challenge to check in and also to let Beth’s ministry team know who was coming to the celeberation, but some of us just couldn’t help throwing in a few words about how memorizing scripture had affected us in unexpected ways. You can read the blog and the comments by clicking here.

My verses this time, continuing with Jesus’ sermon on the mount, are Matthew 5:4-7.

4 Blessed are those who mourn, 
   for they will be comforted. 
5 Blessed are the meek, 
   for they will inherit the earth. 
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 
   for they will be filled. 
7 Blessed are the merciful, 
   for they will be shown mercy. 

I would love it if you would join me in learning more about this sermon on my friend Cara’s blog (and I hope that you will!), even if you are memorizing different verses. (My verses are slightly off from hers because she is posting them weekly and I am continuing with the 1st and 15th for posting.)

Now it’s YOUR turn! Please post your verse(s) in the comments below. If you have done the challenge in the past, consider sharing something about your last year’s verses or how memorizing scripture impacted you, and I’d really love it if you ladies would comment on each other’s comments, so that we can build a real network of accountability, support and friendship. And it’s never too late to invite a friend or group of friends!

Thank you so much for coming! Hope to see you again on February 1!

“The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26

January 2, 2012

Hello!

My first set of verses for 2012 come from Matthew 5, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, which begins with The Beatitudes. You are welcome to join me in starting with these verses, or of course, choose your own. My friend Cara will be posting verses each week in 2012 (starting this Saturday, January 7) from the Sermon on the Mount on her blog, along with a discussion of this amazing passage. Please feel free to join in the conversation even if you choose different verses. http://saltandgrace.wordpress.com/

1 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2and he began to teach them, saying:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:1-3

Last year I started the memory verse challenge with Ephesians 3:20-21.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever, amen.

I chose to begin with these verses last year because at some point in the previous year I had put that reference, Ephesians 3:20-21 on contact cards with my name, phone number and email to give to people when they wanted to get in touch with me. I wanted to identify myself with some verses from the Bible, but had a little trouble choosing. I had been to a Women of Faith conference the year before and theses verses had been the theme for the conference. The group leader of the group I went with had given each of us in her group a small can with those verses printed on the side, to be our “can” can, so that we could write any prayer request on a slip of paper and place them in the can, as a reminder of God’s ability to do so much more than we can ask of him. I loved those verses, and continue to be inspired by them, but have to admit that my first verse choice came more out of fear of being embarrassed when I handed someone one of those cards and they asked me, so what are these verses? than some kind of divine inspiration.

So there it is, the inauspicious beginning of my memory challenge in 2011. Please post a comment below to share your verse for this time and your experience with Scripture memory either as part of last year’s challenge or any time in the past. Feel free to share tips for helping to choose and memorize verses! And thank you for joining me in Hiding God’s Word in Our Hearts!

Welcome!

Hello! This is a blog for people who wish to participate in a 2012 Scripture Memory Challenge to post and share their memory verses with others who are doing the same. I participated in Beth Moore’s Siesta Scripture Memory Team challenge last year, in 2011, and it changed me in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I was planning to participate again this year, but just learned that Beth’s ministry, Living Proof Ministries, isn’t doing the challenge again this year, so I have quickly thrown this blog together. Hopefully it will get better throughout the year. Here we go!

On the 1st and 15th of each month (well, the 2nd of the month for January), I will post my own memory verses. I will also post the verses I chose for the same dates in 2011 and share a little about either how I chose them, how they helped me, or something general about Scripture memory. I am no Beth Moore (who is?), so please don’t expect too much, but I welcome anyone who is interested to committing God’s Word to your heart to join me. I’d love to hear your testimonies too, about how God is working in your lives through Scripture memory and in other ways. This will be more like a forum than an actual blog I think, but we’ll see how it evolves together. I’d appreciate your prayers as we begin this journey!

The Rules:

1. Choose a verse on the 1st and 15th of each month.

2. Post it here.

3. Write it in a small notebook or on an app on your phone (I found this invaluable last year) to keep handy.

4. Recite your verse to yourself with the reference several times a day until you have it memorized, then at least once a day for retention.

5. Invite a friend!