Moxie Memorizers

Saturday, September 15, 2012  ::  

My friend, Jenn, gave me a card of encouragement when I first started going through this weird health journey. She wrote, "As I pray for you I find myself praying often that the Scriptures you have memorized over the years would be used in powerful ways during this time, that the right verse would spring to mind at precisely the moment you need it to..."

Jenn, your prayer for me has been more than answered. Thank you, friend.

Gratitude for His ministry to me through His Word fills my heart. I've spent much time reading Colossians over and over. Thankfully, the scripture I've memorized encourages me throughout each day.

Why wouldn't you want to fill you heart with the very words of God? 

What keeps you grounded in seasons of ease and rest? 

What keeps you focused through seasons of struggle, hardship, difficulty? 

Whose words fill your heart as you pray, speak to others, talk to yourself? 

Who gives you courage in the midst of adversity? 

Let me testify that God is using His very words in my life in precious, rebuking, encouraging, beautiful ways right now. I'm so glad I've sown in the work of memorizing scripture because the fruit I am currently reaping is literally the nectar of God.

Don't give up.

As you know, my brain is healing and I've noticed that taking in new scripture is difficult. I will work on Colossians 2:6-7 as long as necessary. I'm also having my oldest kids memorize this and verse eight.

Colossians 2:6-7 
So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness

I've been meditating on this passage all summer. Rooted, built up, strengthened, thankful. Please let it be true of my life.

What are you working on?

21 important comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Erin Fabry said...

Eph. 3:17-19
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Anonymous said...

I am joining you Angel! Starting with Colossians 2:6-7.... :) This will be a prayerful task for me!
MaMa

Leslie @ top of the page said...

Oh I love that verse. Such a good one to keep at the front of our minds.

Well I've been wanting to share that the kids and I had a goal of memorizing 5 verses this summer together and actually memorized 8! It was so rewarding and I know they felt proud of themselves. The most recent was this:

Godly people cry out to God and He hears them. He saves them from all their troubles.
Psalm 34:17

What a blessing to memorize with my kids!!

Jenn said...

Love you, Angel!!

My community group has decided to memorize this verse together, so my verse for this round is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

Caylin Stroupe said...

This was so encouraging and all around a butt-kicking post Angel. God has really been showing me the value of memorizing His Word. I for some reason had this idea that when I moved to South Sudan that I would be at this incredible level of spiritual maturity. Well, He has shown me ever more the power of holding His Word in my growing heart. So, with that said, this is the verse that I am going to commit to memorize this next Moxie session:

1 Peter 5:6-8 ~
"Therefore humbled yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to destroy you."

Emily said...

I am so thankful that God is using what you've already put in your heart to minister to you while your brain is adjusting. May we all persevere in this task so that we may each see fruit in our own lives as well. He is so faithful!

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV- "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (this will go along with verses 12-13 I memorized last time).

Matthew 10:32 NIV- Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.

Lauren said...

My first verse of the month was
Proverbs 16:1-3
The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue comes from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the lord weighs the spirit. Commit your ways to the Lord and your plans will be established.

2nd half of the month I will be joining you Angel and a few others on Cokossians 2:6-7. Really taking to wart gratitude

Jenna said...

Angel, thank you for sharing how scripture is working in your life, and for being vulnerable about your situation. On behalf of MANY people, we love you a lot and will be supporting you and praying for you consistently.

Your friend and mentor David told me this verse, and it has really left its mark as Curtis and I start college ministry. I will be good to memorize and focus on it for this upcoming season.

1 Thessalonians 2:19-20
"For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy."

Rahel Berhe said...

"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day." 2 corinthians 4:16

laura k. moore said...

working on colossians 1.

vs. 7-10

7...just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf 8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Anonymous said...

Definately praying!
I will try this again...

Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Lauren B.

Erin said...
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Erin Phillips said...

I love your heart and passion to run with endurance the race God has set before you, Angel. Your vulnerability and trust in God during times of peace and times of trials is inspiring and encouraging. What a wonderful gift God has given us in his Word.

For this week, I'm going through another old and new one.
Old: along with Caylin, 1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV)
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the might hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him because he cares for you."

New: Psalm 16:11 (ESV)
"You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."

Jen Griffith said...

Psalm 118:24 (ESV)
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Jen

Jayson and Heather Talag said...

Isaiah 25:7-8
On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.

Tia Edwards said...

Love how powerful, active, and living the Word of God is!
Continuing to work on Psalm 51: 3&4
"For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgement."

Megan LaBelle said...

I'm going to jump in!

For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid...
- Psalm 112: 6-8 (ESV)

Our campus pastor gave us this same verse from the message and personified it for women. I like this version a lot too.

Such a righteous woman will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. God's constant care of her will leave a deep impression on all who see it. She does not fear bad news nor live in dread of what may happen. She is settled in her mind that Jehovah will take care of her.
-Psalm 112: 6-8 (MSG - personified for woman)

Angel, God's constant care for you and work in you does leave a deep impression on everyone who sees it. I used to have this verse memorized and it's time to brush off the cobwebs and start tucking verses away so that my heart will be firm with the Word of God.

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christy.anne said...

I have been thinking lately through how I really intake and process scripture, and am coming to the conclusion that it's a very fluid process for me. I don't thrive in the systematic, and though I love the word of God so deeply, it is for that very reason something I struggle to define in references and quotation marks. Hear me say I'm not trying to be "the exception to the rule" but am genuinely processing what intaking the word of God means to me, and how to be honest to both myself and to this forum when I post.

For now, I am going to be posting verses that I focus on for days or weeks - the ones that become my mini-anthems for a time. The phrases in bold are the words in those verses that I really wrap my heart around at such times, even if I might not be able to tell you the whole verse word for word and reference for reference. Like I said, still processing.

My verse for the last few days (and for today all the same) is Matthew 6:7-8:
And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Empty phrases, let me not pray empty familiar phrases to the God of the universe! Let me know whom I serve!

Regan said...

Friends, I ask for forgiveness for not following through with a memory verse for September and I am late for October (yikes)! Isaiah 61 is always on my heart and mind and I thought I would continue to memorize that, But God (we heard that a lot this weekend) guided me to this wonderful verse as I continue to learn and am thankful for my redemption story,,,what we do not reveal and expose, cannot be healed...Thank you all for allowing me to share a small glimpse into my heart this weekend...I am so encouraged and grateful by your love and desire to walk in God's mercy, love and grace....

Isaiah 58: 10-12, 14 (NKJV)

If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Those from among you shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundation of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The restorer of Streets to dwell in....Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth...

Isaiah 58:10-12, 14

Denise said...

i love how your friend is praying for you. she knows the value of the word of God in struggles. i agree with her in prayer for you, that in the discomfort and questions that the Spirit will bring the words that are rooted in you sweetly, comfortingly to to mind. i pray in jesus, amen.

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