God’s Word

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I am sure by now I have told you that I am a huge proponent of memorizing scripture.  If I haven’t mentioned that yet, let me tell you, I am a huge proponent of memorizing scripture!

 I challenge myself, my family, the small groups I am in, even the preschool choir I help lead – to memorize scripture.  You would be surprised what a preschooler can memorize!  There is a profound impact on your life when you have the words of God running through your mind throughout the day.  
Romans 12:2 tells us not to conform to the patterns of this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  The easiest way I know to renew your mind is to let it dwell in God’s word.  God’s word changes everything.  It will change the words you use and the things you do.  It will change your outlook and your perspective.  It will change what you value and whom you serve.
The patterns of this world tell us to look out for ourselves.  They tell us that more is better, that you can never have enough and what you want/desire/need is what is important.  The patterns of this world tell us to serve the gods of money, power, possessions, and self-obsession.  But God’s word tell us to put others first (Phil 2:3).  That the stuff in this world is fleeting and worthless (Prov 11:4).  And more is not better (James 5:1-6).  God’s word tells us that our brothers and sister needs are more important than ours and we are called to serve them (Gal 5:13).  God’s word tells us that by serving others we are ultimately serving Him (Matthew 27:40), the one and only true God.
Resting in God’s word, knowing God’s word, memorizing God’s word will change you.  It will change whom you serve.
As Joshua told the Israelites a few thousand years ago, “You can choose for yourself this day whom you will serve” (the gods of money, power, possessions and self), “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord”  (Joshua 24:15 NIV).  My family has decided whom we are going to serve.  We choose God.  We will dwell in his presence, we will memorize his word.

I would love for you to join me in memorizing God’s word.  If this is a discipline you practice please post a comment on some of your favorite verses you have memorized, maybe add a strategy you have to make memorizing easier.  If this isn’t something you have tried in the past or don’t think you are good at, I invite you to keep checking in, read the comments your sisters post for tips and strategies.  The key to memorizing scripture is to find ones that speak to you.  That meet you where you are and encourage or inspire you.  You don’t have to memorize every scripture that is posted, just start with one or two.  

The first verse I memorized was Proverbs 3:5-6,

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”  

This is from the NIV, but you can use whichever translation is the most familiar to you.

Okay ladies… post your verses!