In college when I first started memorizing scripture I didn't know where to start. I definitely had a few favorite verses that I wanted to commit to memory, but after that I was kind of overwhelmed. The Bible is a humongous book with full of truths worthy of memory space. I developed a system of writing references from books I studied at the back of my journal that I desired to memorize. The back flap of my current journal has a list of verses I hope to intake as soon as possible. But do you know what the most helpful kickstart to my scripture memory journey was? People sharing verses that were important to them. I soaked it up. An upperclassman would share a passage and I would pounce on it like a baby kitten. It happened over and over. Many of you have heard me talk about my college zealousness. At the most intense time of my memory discipline, I was taking in one to four verses every day. I would hear a verse, write it on a little white card (I always carried extra with me), and then put it straight into my heart and mind. I'm telling you, transformation happened through the Word of God without me even really knowing how deep his truths were going. I'm so thankful God allowed me such a sweet season of memory capacity. These days I'm thankful to remember a verse a week, but I'm not complaining... just persevering!
With all that said, I've heard some of you wondering what you should memorize. I hope that you are drawing passages out of whatever you are studying. I truly hope that some of you will take on memorizing whole chapters. I also want to help and give a few ideas of gems that give me support on a regular basis. Here are a few treasures that encourage me, kick me in the pants, or remind me of my love for Jesus.
Ps 94:18-19 When I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me your consolation brought joy to my soul.
Proverbs 12:16 A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.
Proverbs 10:19 When words are many sin is not absent, but he (she) who holds his tongue is wise.
Ps 62:1-2 My soul finds rest in God alone. My salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation. He is my fortress. I will not be shaken.
Josh 1:8 Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth, but meditate on it night and day so that you will be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Acts 3:19 Repent then and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
Ok. Ok. I could go on and on. These just popped into my head right now. Oh I LOVE God's Word!! I will try and remember to share some of my favorites on the Moxie Memorizers posts in the months to come. Feel free to put them into your memory, but be sure to read the passages they come out of so that you know the context from which they came.
Like I've shared before I'm working on Psalm 130. I'm getting antsy so I'm going to try and finish it by April 15th. I've got verses one through five down, and six looks pretty easy.
Psalm 130:7-8 O Israel put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love, and with Him is FULL redemption. He himself with redeem Israel from all their sins.
FULL redemption. I absolutely love that. I need his redemption, and I'm so thankful his love to me never ever fails.
Please share your verses, friends! Praying for all of you this beautiful April 1st morning, that you would know his new mercies and great faithfulness! (Lamentations 3:22-23)