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.
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!