Moxie Memorizers

Monday, January 31, 2011  ::  

Can you believe it's February?! Time flies when you are memorizing scripture! I hope that each of you had great success in memorizing the verses you committed to take into your heart and mind for January. If it was difficult, don't be discouraged. This is a discipline. It takes time and training. Stay the course and God will richly bless you!

I'm switching things up a bit. From now on I will be posting the Moxie Memorizers posts on the 1st and the 15th. You need to comment with the verse you are focusing on for the next two weeks. This will increase our accountability to one another. Are any of you quoting your verses to your friends out loud? This is also a great way to incorporate help. God knew what he was doing when he made us to live in community.

A couple of tips:
  • Be sure you are working to memorize the reference. As I memorize a new verse, I break it into phrases and say the reference before and after each phase, gradually increasing the phrases until I have them down. For instance, "John 3:16. For God so loved John 3:16.... John 3:16 For God so love the world John 3:16" I do that over and over and over until I've got it.
  • A verse here and there is a great way to start, but if you would like a little more challenge take a whole section of scripture and memorize it in context. Right now I'm working on James 3:13-18. I wanted the whole section in my heart.
  • Don't forget to review what you learn. If you don't, you will probably forget it. I once knew the preamble to the constitution, but never really reviewed it so it's pretty much gone. It only takes a couple of minutes to review what you've learned. Let me know if you need help with a review system.
I've heard from a lot of you how exciting it is to read through everyones verses. There are about 35 of us who are participating publicly in this journey. If we all stay committed (which I'll bug you if you try and drop out) by the end of the year we will have a total of about 800 verse memorized as a group. That's pretty amazing!

This is what I'm working on for the next two weeks:

James 3:17-18 But wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure, then peace-love, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness." NIV

I wonder who will be first to post this time...

37 important comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Jenn said...


Colossians 2:6-7
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (NIV)

Angela DeSoto said...

Thanks for reminding us to review because the scripture I'm working on for February used to be a memorized one. But I'm going to learn it again and add on to it. I know I've told you this multiple times, but i'm going to say it again..I love this!!! Initially I was one of those who was like, "Eh, I don't need to post it here. I'll participate, but I'll just do it on my own". There's something to be said about getting past the pride, opening myself up to accountability, and being a part of this on here. So here's mine:
Romans 12:1,2
Therefore, I urge you, brethren, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will.

Tori Einstein said...

Philippians 2:5-11 (NIV)

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jenna said...

Ephesians 5:25-27 "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless."

Anonymous said...

James 3:16-18 (ESV)
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

I love how the "harvest of righteousness" links to the wording of Hosea 10:12! As soon as Chad started talking about this passage a couple weeks ago, I knew it was something I needed planted deep in my heart. --Tia

Anonymous said...

1 Peter 5:5-7 ESV
Likewise you who are younger be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves all of you with humility toward one another for "God opposses the proud but gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves therefore under the mighy hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all youranxieties on him because he cares for you.


Anna said...

"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
Zephaniah 3:17

I don't really have anything to add this verse just makes me really really happy :)

Jamie said...


Matt. 11:28 The Message "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

I just had to put this one to heart when I read "unforced rhythms of grace." Doesn't that just resonate in your soul?!

Susie Bishara said...

James 3:16-18 (ESV)
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Brittany said...

Galatians 5:13-14 (esv)
"For you were called to freedom, brothers (and sisters!). Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, 'you shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"

I'm excited for this verse. I think Jesus wants to teach me what it means to serve through love. :)

Happy memorizing, All!

Rahel Berhe said...

Romans 5:13
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Jennifer Griffith said...

Psalm 119:9-11 (ESV)
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you, let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

Words can't express just how excited I am to 'store up His word in my heart' and so blessed to be doing it with all of you!!
- Jen G

Alisa said...

Isaiah 41:10 (TNIV)
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.

Sara said...

Titus 3:1-2 ESV: "Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle and to show perfect courtesy toward all people."

Anonymous said...

Psalm 119:150: Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.



Anonymous said...

This is a verse I memorized about four years ago, and it really speaks to my heart right now...

2 Corinthians 10:5 (NASB) -
"We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up again the knowledge of God and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ".

Anonymous said...

Galations 1:10
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.


Julie said...

Acts 2:22, "Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know."

Thank you God for making Jesus known through miracles!!

Sarah Ling said...

"For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?" Deut. 4:7 ESV

Tamara Casady said...


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.

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Angel said...


Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV)

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Anonymous said...

Romans 12:1-2
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will."

christy.anne said...

Christy Harrison
"Know that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands."
Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV)

Erin Phillips said...

1 Peter 5: 6-7
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." (ESV)

This is a huge transition/waiting time in my life and if I don't humble myself and give up my anxieties to him, I will not be showing my trust in his plan for me.

Monique said...

Philippians 4:8&9
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Anonymous said...

I picked this verse because it's really helping and reminding me that i get my worth and value from Jesus Christ. I don't need to keep the old lies of my life alive, but I can let them go and Jesus will raise me up!

Psalm 119:28-29
My life dissolves and weeps itself away for heaviness. Raise me up and strengthen me according to the promises of Your Word. Keep me from lying to myself and give me the privilege of knowing your instruction.

Anonymous said...

I need to finally be intentional about memorizing these! :]

Hosea 10:12 Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.

Hosea 6:3 Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth."


-Bri :]

Unknown said...

I'm getting a late start but I want to participate!

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15


Emily said...

James 3:9-10 ESV

With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

Anonymous said...

"Thus says the Lord: 'Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Let not the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgement, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,' says the Lord." Jer. 9:23-24(NKJV)


Anonymous said...

Gal. 6:7-9
Do not be deceived, God can not be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his earthly nature will reap destruction. The one who sows to please the spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good. For at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

I recently came across this verse I've heard of many times before. It really holds meaning for me in this season right now. I've just been so incredibly tired and exhausted. I plan on being worn out before I ever feel tired. But, if I give my strength into what I'm doing, and what God has for me at this point in time, then I will reap His strength. This month as I leap into this scripture I am going to expect a harvest of strength in my life, as I serve God.

Lauren said...

Sorry it took me awhile to post this...

1 John 3:19-21
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God.

This verse I have turned to many times when I am doubting myself. It always reminds me that God is greater than my heart but also that I can have confidence before him. God is teaching me right now to truly focus on what he wants me to be doing rather than what everyone else desires. When I follow others desires I feel like that is when my heart condemns me, but when I seek and obey the Lord he gives my heart confidence.

Anonymous said...

Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God.
1 Corinthians 8:1-3

I came across this section while continuing my study through the book, and asked myself, "Do I think I know something?" And then - do I value my own opinion more than the solid comfort of knowing God's love for me? I want to dedicate my life to LOVING GOD, and the knowledge I have will be used for love's sake.

Dejah said...

Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.


Loretta Alvarez said...

I completely forgot to post my first verse. I have been memorizing it but forgot to share it. My mistake.

Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
Psalm 34:8 NLT

Alysa said...

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (NLT)

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