Meet my friend, Jenna. She recently graduated from the University of Arizona. She is a talented artist, the lovely fiancé of Curtis, a trusted friend to many, and a devoted follower of Jesus. Jenna and Curtis will be offering their gifts and time to invest in college students through Second Mile starting. They love Jesus and long to see university students know Him. It will be awesome to watch God grow and use their leadership in our church.
When Angel announced that she would like others to share their experiences with memorizing scripture, I knew I needed to share what God has been doing and continues to do with His word in my life. While He has refined my character in other ways, He has been focusing on my insecurities since Moxie Memorizers started. I am going to start from the beginning, and hopefully not be too long winded, but I think the detail is important because He has brought me out of some dark places, and scripture has been key to my healing as well as my fight to believe the truth.
Due to unstable family situations and just old junk, I was pretty messy coming to college. I struggled with body image issues, perfectionist issues, and not-knowing-my-own-worth issues. In my journey of healing, I distinctly remember telling Him, “This is what I believe about myself. Can You prove me wrong?” Faithfully, He did. He told me that I am precious and honored in His sight, loved and not traded for anything or anyone else (Isaiah 43:1-4). He also told me that He bestows glory on me (Psalm 3:3), is a wall of fire around me (Zechariah 2:5), and that I can trust and steady myself in Him (Psalm 112:7-8). In struggling to choose to believe those truths, He commanded that I don’t throw away my confidence- it’s the key to endurance and has a reward (Hebrews 10:35-39).
While I can list off verses that God has told me, it only shows the beauty of God answering me. I think the gift of memorizing scripture is that He allows us to cling to Him and to fight to believe Him, no matter where we are. We can repeat verses to ourselves over and over, scribble them on papers, let them change us, and give it to others when they need truth too.
Since we’re fans of questions: Have you sat in front of God, asking Him to answer you? If He has, do you cling to what He said or throw it away? What rewards are you missing out on by not believing what He said? Have you considered how blessed you are to have the truth, when many people don’t have that opportunity?
Great questions, Jenna! I've asked God a fair amount of direct questions in my life. Some He saw fit to answer quickly, some I'm still waiting for His reply but trust His timing in all things. He has a beautiful way of pointing us to Jesus, making Him the center of our lives and not ourselves. I'm thankful that His kindness has led me to repentance and truth time and time again.
Jenna, thank you for sharing! Let's all pray for Jenna. Pray for her coming marriage, pray she will continue to know and believe that she is a valued daughter of God, pray that God will refine, sharpen, and use her for His glory.
Post your verses, friends. I'm looking forward to the encouragement I find in reading the verses you are memorizing and praying for each of you as you stay the course. I'm continuing on with Jeremiah 17:7-8.