Moxie Memorizers

Monday, February 28, 2011  ::  

Do you ever go through seasons where you feel like God is just totally blowing your mind? I'm in one of those right now. I haven't gotten to the stage of being able to formulate words about it just yet, so you'll have to wait to hear about what is gripping me right now. Let me just say that so far it is looking like it is going to be life changing. During this time of learning, I am constantly reminded that I'm a deep feeler. As I read I often have to put my book down and just take in the weight of it all. Lumps in my throat are becoming normal occurrences. A few tears have even leaked out (or a lot.) I'm so excited, nervous, overwhelmed, ready to get started. Are you curious? You're just going to have to wait. Isn't that mean?!

But here is some good news: It is time to post your March 1st memory verses! I'm praying that you are not losing heart or determination. Hopefully, a rhythm of when you work on memorizing and reviewing is being established. Soak in His word! It is completely worth the effort and discipline.

Psalm 130:1-8 is what I'm going to be working on for awhile. I've been a little zealous in my memorizing commitment, so I'm just going to take the first two verses this time.

Psalm 130:1-2 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. O Lord, hear my voice. Let you ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. (NIV)

This Psalm was one of the most significant ones for me last summer during the Psalms of Ascent study that Julie facilitated. My heart rests in the fact that Jesus is attentive to my cry for mercy. As He hears my cries for help, I pray that my life will be extension of His mercy towards others. Many of you have heard me say that I'm not a merciful person. You will no longer hear me speak those words over myself. I've come to see it just isn't true. My heart aches for those who need Jesus' mercy and I long to be used to extend his mercy towards others.

I pray that the verses you are about to post reveal Jesus' sweet mercy towards you.

21 important comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Janice... said...

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:12-13

christy.anne said...

John 15:9
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Now remain in my love." (NIV)

Philippians 1:21
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (NIV)

2 Peter 1:20-21
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (NIV)

The first is something that I'm trying to remember hard today. I have been letting my worth be found in what others think of me, not what God thinks of me. When I think of that verse, I seem feel the strong arms of Christ embracing me and Him whispering, "Now remain in MY love."

The second is at the heart of all that I'm learning right now.

The last is a call to the holiness of God, and that we are wrapped in His purposes, not our own. We (I) must not get hasty in letting Him work as He sees fit!


Angela DeSoto said...

"Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” -
Psalm 73:25-26

Tori Einstein said...

"You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather serve one another in love."- Galatians 5:13

Unknown said...

Angel, I always love a good cliff hanger, excited...really excited about what God is doing in your heart and can't wait to hear about it!!!

I'm still working on this one...

"3If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, 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."

1 Cor 13:3-7 (NIV)

Anonymous said...

Isaiah 44:21-22

"Remember these things, O Jacob and Israel, for you are my servant. I have formed you, you are my servant, O Israel you will not be forgotten by me. I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud and your sins like an early mist. Return to me for I have redeemed you."

Sarah Ling said...

"And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord." -Romans 8:37-39 NLT

Anonymous said...

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31 - ESV

This verse, given to me on a card by my brother-in-law years ago, seems in line with prayer for physical healing...


Erin Chute said...

I want to know! But God's been teaching me how to be patient so much already, I can wait :)

Jeremiah 29: 11-13 (ESV)

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare (peace) and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart."

Loretta Alvarez said...

For God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sin against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead "Come back to God"!
2 Corinthians 5:19-20

jen griffith said...

Jeremiah 29:11-12 (ESV)
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.
Then you will call upon me and come pray to me and I will hear you.


Sara said...

Psalm 141:3-4 (NIV) - "Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies."

Jenn said...

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Do note anxious about anything, but in everything 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.


Jenna said...

Isaiah 43:1-4 (NIV)
"But now, this is what the Lord says-
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I gave Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you,
I will give men in exchange for you,
and people in exchange for your life."

Anonymous said...

NIV Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting : but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.


Anna said...

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life., so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NIV)

Alysa said...

Angel, God is blowing me away this morning :)

Philippians 4:11-12 (NLT)
"I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little."

Emily said...

Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV

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, for ever and ever! Amen.

I just love this verse, but I realized I've never officially memorized it.

Alisa said...

I'm still working on all of mine! But I want to add this one to the work in progress. I've been feeling like a loser compared to a lot of other people lately, so this is good for me to remember that even the greatest accomplishment on earth isn't that awesome.

Isaiah 40:22-23 (ESV)
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.

Anonymous said...

Heather T
[Posted this on February's too, by accident :-)]

1 Corinthians 12:31, 13:1-3, 8-13
The "Love Chapter" is so familiar, but I've always glossed over the edges. God spoke to my hear through these words recently. I've been struggling with God over my current physical limitations, pleading for healing yet asking for trust to allow Him to guide me in prioritizing His heart-felt matters with my limited energy. He encouraged me, reminding me that even small actions and few words, done in LOVE, are infinitely influential; and if I had all the energy in the world to conduct ministry and many eloquent words to spout off, without love, these are worthless.

"And now I will show you the most excellent way.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I have to the poor adn surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing...
...Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and prophecy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we wee but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love."

Spiritual gifts have their place here and now. Yet love is the governing principle of God's universe, and will continue for eternity. That's worth developing now.

Tamara Casady said...

"The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, clear conscience, and genuine faith" 1 Timothy 1:5 :)

I love this verse so much :) I just love the subject of love <3

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