Monday, January 9, 2012

Scripture Memory Challenge 2012

I wish I could think of a creative and unique way to grasp your attention with this blog post.  As an amateur writer, I find myself longing to be THAT writer who has a brilliant way of hooking the reader and holding his or her attention as every word is read.  I dream of the day when my reader will experience a whirlwind of emotions as he or she pours over the words (I've written) on the page.  She may laugh.  He may cry.  She may get angry.  He may be moved to action.  She may be inspired to even begin her own writing career after the inspirational words she's read written by, ahem...yours truly.  One can dream, right?  Getting back to the original point...I so wish I could set you up beautifully for the point of this blog post.  Alas, I find my word bank empty and am overwhelmed with the urgency to reach my point quickly.  So, here you go...

Scripture memory is good.  I love it a lot.  It's life changing.  You should do it, too.

There ya go!  Monumental, huh?  But fo' real though...back in 2009, I was challenged to memorize two verses a month.  One on the 1st and 15th of each month.  I kept up the habit ever since, and I'm so glad I did.  It has been special to look back over the past few years and see how God strategically placed verses on my heart to learn BEFORE I knew about the circumstances I would be walking into.  He is a smart God and practicing the discipline of Scripture memory has never proven that fact more true.

I am going to continue this practice for 2012, and I would love for you to join me.  Each month, I am going to post my verse on the 1st and 15th.  You will then have the opportunity to post your verse as a comment to the blog post.  (Be patient with me after you make your comment.  I moderate each comment before they post to the blog.  That may seem odd to some.  It's a control thing.  No,'s me, not you.) 

I know we are a few days late, but I am going to give you my verse for January 1st.  This year, I am memorizing the entire Psalm 139.  It has exactly 24 verses!!  Feel free to join me OR you can pick any verse you'd like.  I always write out my verses in a spiral index card notebook.  That way, I can refer to my verses when necessary, and I like being able to carry my verses with me in my purse, in the car, etc.  All I ask when you comment is that you write out your verse in its entirety, give us the address AND the version you are memorizing from.  Here is mine for January 1st...

"You have searched me, Lord, and you know me."  -Psalm 139:1 (NIV)

When reading others' comments, if you like a verse someone else has chosen, feel free to use it, by all means.  The beauty of the "Holy Scrips" is that they are for us ALL and belong to us ALL.  Alright friends?  Are we good?  Let's do this...let me hear from you.  I'm excited!!  Before we finish, let's give this new challenge to the Lord, first.

Father, we ask in Jesus' name that you revolutionize our hearts and our minds through the learning and applying of your holy, precious and life changing Word.  You are God!  And we give you our lives and ask for You to shake us up for the furthering of your Kingdom.  We are asking that through the memorizing and application of your Word that this be the year we officially stomp out complacency in our lives and replace our lukewarm ways with a holy passion that screams for justice, revival and mercy.  Amen.

What ya memorizing, friend?  Can't wait to read your comments.  :)

P.S.  Don't forget to check back on the 15th.


  1. Glad you're blogging again. I've missed it!

    It is amazing to see, after a year's reflection, how God gives you the exact verse for that thing that you are going through or that thing that really needs work in your life.

    Anyway....Here's my verse for January 1, 2012. "So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith." Galatians 6:10 NASB

    See ya on the 15th.


  2. I agree with Freida! I miss your writing. You always bring a fresh perspective and a fresh word that brings such nourishment to my very dry soul! I love you. Now, here goes, I am going to do what you are doing. That way we can help each I love that passage--

    "You have searched me, Lord, and you know me." -Psalm 139:1 (NIV)

  3. Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation 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.-Phillipians 4:6-7(NIV)

  4. Sign me up! I'm doing Psalm 139 as well. Can you remind me in late Jan to check back? We'll be on a trip Jan 14-18. Thanks!

    "You have searched me, Lord, and you know me." -Psalm 139:1 (NIV)

  5. Hey Lindsey,I am so excited about following along with you to memorize scripture this year. I will never forget your 4th day talk you gave at your Mom church. God used you in a might way that night. My scripture is found in Psalms 121:8 The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever. What a awesome thought and assurance.

  6. "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." That's 1st John 2:15 in the KJV

  7. Thanks, Linds, for doing this for us. This will be fun, I think, and we'll be in the habit when Beth cranks up again. I love you.


  8. Hey friend-
    "You have searched me, Lord, and you know me." -Psalm 139:1 (NIV)
    I'll have to send you an email and chat. It's funny you sent me this TODAY!