Something I’ve always wanted to improve in, and something I continue to not discipline myself to do, is memorize Scripture.
I attended the Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference last summer in Florida with a friend and one of the breakout sessions was on Scripture Memorization. Through practice, practice, practice I memorized Psalm 1. It has been so helpful for not only me, but for many others. One verse that comes to mind is, “Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.” Psalm 26:2. What a scary thought for my current discipline-lacking state!
I find there are two very good ways for me to follow up/pursue anything. #1 is to ‘out’ myself and ask someone to check in on my progress, and #2 is to not do it alone. So, when a girlfriend asked if I would like to do this with her – and she KNOWS I’ve been wanting to improve (see #1). I said YES!!
So, this is where Living Proof Ministries comes in. The 2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team has just begun and if you’re interested, you should check it out here. The goal is to memorize two verses each month for 2013. It sounds simple enough, and I’ll let you in on my progress throughout the year.
When searching out my first verse, I tried to sabotage myself right out of doing it at all. Just the right one. Not too short. Not too long. How would people judge me on what I finally chose? See? Sabotage. So, I decided to go all in and choose one that I need to remember and one that I might be fortunate enough to encourage others with.
I Corinthians 10:13 ESV (English Standard Version)
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
This is an oft misquoted verse. It doesn’t say God will tempt you, it says he won’t ‘let you be’ tempted. God doesn’t tempt, but He sure does test. It also doesn’t say God won’t give you more than you can handle. He often gives you more than you can handle so that you might go to Him for help. I go to Him a lot.