(Week 3) Satisfied

 

This graphic is part of our verse for the week.
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Our Verse for the Week“Satisfy [me] in the morning with your unfailing love, that [I] may sing for joy and be glad all [my] days…for I have put my trust in you.” Psalm 90:14, 143:8b, NIV

Our Word for the Week: SATISFIED (Download in a PDF or download in MSWord). Please print it and post it everywhere so you can remember that God’s love can satisfy the thirst of your soul!

Our Assignment for Today:

  • Start or continue reading chapter 3. Remember, take your time and highlight or underline sentences that resonate in your heart.
  • Let’s commit to memorize this week’s verse together!

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My friend Heather is a Word girl!! When she was in college she performed in over 14 plays and memorized hundreds of lines, so I’ve asked her to share some tips to help us hide God’s Word in our hearts this week. Here are a few she shared. I’ll post more each week.

Ideas for Memorizing Scripture

  • Write the scripture on several index cards or post-it notes and place them in areas where you will see them frequently throughout the day. Examples: on the bathroom mirror, refrigerator door, in the car, at work, etc…
  • Get a stack of index cards and on each one write one or two words from the verse, including the reference. Shuffle them up and see if you can put them in the correct order again. Save the cards and reuse common words found in other verses.
  • Send the verse to friends and family by typing, texting, or writing it out by hand. You can look at the verse, but do not copy and paste! Try writing it at least once a day.
  • Study with a friend, your spouse, or teach it to your kids! Quiz each other and keep each other on track. What a great way for families to spend time in the Word together!
  • Change the wall paper on your computer to an image that has your Bible verse.

Connecting in Community: Wanna commit to memorize this week’s verse together?! If you are in, leave a comment by clicking on “share your thoughts” and tell us how you plan to memorize it. Also, if you have any other creative ways to memorize scripture please share that, too. I’ll be back Weds with  a video message that I’m so excited to share with you!! {If you’re reading this via email, click here to return to my website to commit and connect.}

About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.

Comments

  1. amy martin says:

    Renee,
    This verse has been with me for many years. During a very hard time in my life, the Lord gave me this verse.
    Even though i usually read the NIV, i read it in the KJ : “Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.” It was on my mirror until i made it my screen saver. Now i will memorize it again. Have an awesome day with Jesus! ♥

    • Roberta D says:

      Hello everyone,

      I am going to do a variety of things to commit this verse to memory because I like changing up things when I am learning. Since I am a singer, I will ask God for a special melody to go with the verse. I am also going to involve my friends and some other groups that I belong to on Facebook by typing and posting the verse in all those places and I am going to ask my husband to learn it with me so he can keep me accountable to learning the verse by the end of this week.

  2. Barbara Milburn aka Sunshine says:

    Count me in. Psalms 119:11 says “I will plant thy word in my heart so that I may not sin against thee.” Some scriptures tend to stick easier than others but I’m one who is good for typing it up and printing copies all over the place; in the bathroom, around my pc at work; any available space that I know I will look at often. I have also taped it on a small tape recorder repeating it over and over and over again and then playing it back in the car instead of listening to radio.

  3. Christie says:

    Posting the verse around the house is probably best for me. Making the words into a song and/or rewriting really helps me put the verse in my head (and heart!). Looking forward to memorizing this very applicable verse!

    • You have inspired me to memorize them to the sound of “Wheels on the Bus” – guess you can tell I have a 3yr old.

      “Satisfy [me] in the morning with your unfailing love, your unfailing love, your unfailing love,
      “Satisfy [me] in the morning with your unfailing love, that [I] may sing for joy and be glad all [my] days.

      Ok, so the ending is a challenge but I still like it. 🙂

      • Pam Anderson says:

        That’s GREAT! I always remember things better when I put it to music.

      • Oh that is a great idea!

      • Ellin North says:

        I’ll never hear Wheels on the Bus the same way again ;0)

      • Melissa Kenyon says:

        I have it down to She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain. It makes me smile every time. Love the Wheels on The Bus though. :). Fun!

      • This is great! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

      • Funny story! I just sang this song about an hour ago BEFORE reading this post. I haven’t even THOUGHT of that song in YEARS! (I don’t have any children.) How cool to begin reading the comments and as I scroll down my comp stopped at your comment about the “Wheels on the Bus.” Wow, I have to say that is a God-incident and not a coincidence! I will be using your suggestion to memorize this verse. Funny thing is that the Holy Spirit has been bringing this verse (the first part) to mind today, again before reading the website. I love it when you know its the Spirit at work! God bless you!

  4. Cherrill says:

    Wow, what a beautiful word today! Such intimate words as spoken between two who care deeply for each other. The one who speaks them out knows that the One hearing will respond with absolute Love!
    I also think that all ways are good to memorise verses but singing them out seems to bring a very special depth of not only understanding exactly what you are trying to say but also turns the Lord’s ear to hear quickly. If His word says he sings songs over us then He must enjoy hearing His words sung back to Him.
    What a wonderful bible study, I am enjoying every minute of it.

  5. Jullie says:

    I post verses on my bathroom mirror.

  6. I will memorize this verse this week. I will write it ,say it out loud, and sing it! I thought I might write it with some pictures to replace some of the words and then I would have a visual. Thank you for message!

    • I agree with Cathy. I am a visual learner and seeing the words “unfailing love” and “show me the way” in script helps a lot. I will write it out and put words or pictures that come to mind when I read each section. This verse is so powerful for me because for a few months I have been asking the Lord to show me which career path to take. I have a teaching degree but I can’t pass the praxis exam to get my certificate in PA. I already have it in NE. I am working in a church right now and I feel so close to our Lord, but something is missing. We are also contemplating moving since I can’t pass the exam. I have a temporary certificate for FL. I am trying to wait patiently on the Lord for an answer. God Bless everyone this week! God is Good!

      • Praying for you to know – and for Jesus to “show you the way” He is calling you to go. It’s a hard place to be but just keep praying and asking and waiting for His peace and joy to lead you. Praying Is 55:12 for you….”You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;”

    • Cathy P. says:

      I am with this Cathy, too. I have trouble memorizing verses and have found that if I put them to music, in this case, a hymn, recalling it is easy. And a choir director once said, when you sing, you pray twice! To memorize this verse and the two after them, Psalm 143:8-10, I put the words to Bless Be the Tie that Binds. An old hymn, but one that works!!

  7. “This is the day which the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.” Psalm 118:24 is the verse I have said for more than 20 years. Starting each NEW day with the Lord satisfies me that whatever comes into my life is no surprise to Him; the challenge of course, is for me to remember this as the day goes on. When my children were younger each Monday I would change the screen saver on the computer in our kitchen to a different bible verse. It turned into a game to see who remembered or noticed the change first and looked up the verse to share it with me.

  8. Lauren says:

    I am going to memorize the verse for this week. It was like salve to a wound this morning for my heart to hear this verse. I want to be completely satifisied with Him and not have to HAVE anything else. Everything else He gives me on top of me being satisified in Him is a blessing. I am going to memorize this by writing it out in everyone of my 11/12 grade Sunday School class notes I write to them each week. Have a blessed week!

  9. I experienced lots of trials several years ago…lost of a parent, sister straying from the Lord, personal illness, trouble with finances, mother seriously ill…. There were times when I thought it would never end…I felt like Job…and I found comfort in .Psalms 91 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,

  10. Paula Lloyd says:

    Count me in! I am going to post all throughout my house, in my car and at work. I think changing my computer background would be an awesome idea! I must admit memorizing verses is a major weakness and it is something that I want to become better at.

  11. Jackie says:

    I’m in!!! I find tha I learn so much more and better when I write things down, so I will be writing this out on index cards and posting where I can see it,….texting it to friends….I will also talk about it with my children, who are young, but love quizzes (gets them to listen and pay attention) so that will be fun to see if they can also memorize some of this too!

  12. Kyrie Eléison says:

    I want to memorize it! Count me in! 🙂 I like Renee’s friend’s idea of writing each word down on an index card. I have trouble memorizing things, but that sounds like a way I could do it. Thanks Renee for the idea from your friend, and thank her too please! 🙂

  13. barbara says:

    I too have had a Job experience. Though He slay me; yet will I trust Him IwI commit to memorizing verse. Thanks Renee for your love for Jesus & His people. May the blessing of God continue to rest upon you & your household in Jesus name. Love you 🙂

  14. I have never realized the value of memorizing Scripture until I started doing so. I used to think I have Bibles all around, when I have a need I will look it up. But that took time and sometimes the time wasn’t available. The other day I was working on memorizing Phil 2:3-4. That evening I was going out to a planned event and one of the ladies I was going with did some changes to the plans that I was not happy with. Immediately, the verse Phil 2:3-4 was there and I was able to correct my response. I have become a believer of scripture memorization and I will add this new verse to my memory. To help with the learning, I use the spiral index cards in a pack. They are great for references and flashcards. Also easy to carry around in my pocket with my cell phone.

  15. Kris Ray says:

    I just had a birthday weekend away @ a beautiful resort outside of Branson (thanks to my wonderful husband) The last 5 years of my life I have been pouring my heart, soul, and every last bit of energy and patience into caring for a daughter with autism.

    Just before I read this post this morning, I had completed Chapter 3 of the book and posted this on my FB site
    ***********************************************************************************
    I’ve had a wonderful weekend of relaxation and regained perspective. I went to bed last night worried that I wouldn’t be able to retain or sustain that energy and hope I have been revived with over the weekend. As I pack up ready to head back to life as I know it, God gave me this birthday gift at the tail end of my bible study this morning..

    “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I will remember them and my soul is downcast within me. YET this I call to mind and THEREFORE I HAVE HOPE; Because of the Lord’s great love we are NOT CONSUMED, for His compassions NEVER FAIL. They are new every morning; GREAT is your faithfulness… The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:19-24

    He promises to renew his compassion and give me new strength EVERY morning, not just mornings like these when I am sitting quietly alone on a deck overlooking a beautiful view. But he will renew my strength all those many mornings when I am lucky to squeeze in 30 minutes for myself if I manage to get out of bed after a restless night… and scramble around getting myself ready for work and Maddie ready for school as I feel the stress building before the day even begins.

    Lord “Satisfy me in the morning with your unfailing love that I may sing for joy an be glad in ALL my days.” Psalms 90:14

    • coleen hayden says:

      God bless you, kris! as i read your post, i prayed for you. being the momma of a child with special needs requires much love, compassion, strength, resiliance, patience…much need of God! how He must be pleased that you have chosen to seek Him and recognize your need for His provision of your (AND maddie’s) daily bread. thanks for sharing your heart and inviting us to share the blessing that God has given to you today. i appreciate it, and am encouraged by it. God bless you & keep you.

      • Kris Ray says:

        Coleen – thank you for your prayers. I really appreciate it! I am glad I was able to encourage someone else this morning as God encouraged me and continues to do so every day!

        • coleen hayden says:

          reminds me of 2 corinthians 1:2-4   blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. <3

    • Thank you Kris for your post! I was especially touched by Psalms 90:14. “Satisfy me in the morning with your unfailing love that I may sing for joy and be glad in all my days.” I am not a morning person and if I could memorize this it would be like a good cup of coffee to someone that needs coffee in the morning. I too am on a little vacation with my husband in FL and I fly back tomorrow to PA while he stays here at the military base and works. You’re post really spoke to me and know I feel differently about going home to my children. Thank you.

      • Kris Ray says:

        Katie – I “stole” that verse from Chapter 3 😉 but I am claiming it! I hope you enjoyed the time with your husband. That must be rough raising your children with him so far away. I pray God continues to give you strength and patience and remind you daily that you are not alone!

  16. Charlyn says:

    I am in. I will put it on my laptop’s wallpaper as well as hanging in my office since that is the one place I am in almost all day. I will probably put it on my phone some how so I everything I go to check it I will see that verse.

  17. Shannon says:

    I have a shower curtain that’s called blessings. It has Psalm 98:4 4 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

    15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

    5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding Proverbs 3:5

    Finally, this my favorite is Matthew 17:20 20- Jesus said to them, “Because you have so little faith. For sure, I tell you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to over there,’ and it would move over. You will be able to do anything.

  18. coleen hayden says:

    me, too…i am in! my favorite way to memorize scripture is through song & melody. so, i will be looking for a little ditty to apply to this scripture ‘ cause “Your Word have i hid in my heart that i might not sin against You” (psalm 119:11).

  19. Angel P says:

    I will commit to memorize this verse. I will post it at my desk and around my home to help me remember it. I may try finding a friend to call me and quiz me on it. My son is a little young for a verse this long, but hey maybe not. it’s worth a try right? I love this study and am blessed to be a part of it.

  20. Michele says:

    Needed that verse this morning. Learning more and more each day how to totally trust Him for everything. In my time with Him this morning, I realized that I had been so focused on what was against me, than the power, love and grace of God that is with me. Something happens when we change our perspective. I have been meditating on the Scripture in 2 Kings chapter 6 where Elisha and his servant were surrounded by the Syrians. His servant asked what what they were going to do. Elisha told him that there were more WITH them than AGAINST them. He then prayed and asked the Lord to open the servant’s eyes so that he could see. When he opened his eyes, he saw the army of the Lord surrounding them. The army didn’t just appear. It had been there all along. That’s the way it is with us sometimes. We have to change our perspective and look at what we are facing with the assurance that the greater one in us is greater than what we are facing. That is the reason the portion of our key verse this morning stuck out for me, “…show me the way I should go…”

    • Amen Michele! That is why memorizing scripture is so vital to us…one that has been my prayer is from Mark 10:51…When Jesus asks the blind man “What do you want me to do for you?” The man replied, “Rabbi, I want to see.” Oh Lord, I want to see!!

      I will commit to memorizing our verse also. My math teacher gave me a hint with remembering formulas this past semester…read out loud while you are writing on index cards. I do like the suggestion of singing the verse to the Lord. I will try that also!! God Bless!

  21. I am going to memorize this verse! I will write it, post it, and share it with friends. When my children were little we would memorize verses together. I would write a new verse on the bathroom mirror each week for us to memorize. They loved it. My son just joined the army and my daughter just came home for the summer from college. Memorizing scripture together again will be a great way for my daughter and I to stay connected with my son.

  22. I plan to put it as the background on my computer and post it on the wall at work and around my apartment. 🙂

  23. Dallena Hess says:

    Count me in. I feel the Lord is calling me to memorize scripture verses as well. I think I will put them on taped sheets, on index cards, recite them a couple of ladies at church. I liked the idea of texting them as well. Good suggestions by all. Hope you all have a blessed week!

  24. I read this weeks Bible verse in KJ and I think i really like it better in that. Wonderful verse!!

  25. Going to put it on my phone to memorize.

  26. Felicite Durham says:

    I am in! I put post it’s all over the place as well as index cards!

  27. I will be participating. I have been really really lazy about scripture memorization. I will be doing all of thee above. I am currently trying to figure out how to get it as the backdrop on my phone.

    • Pam Anderson says:

      Jill,
      I don’t know what type of phone you have. But I have a post-it note setting in my phone. I can type anything on it and post it on my home screen. Try looking in your settings or if you have a touch screen, you may be able to touch and hold the screen and the option will pop up. Good Luck!

  28. Peggy Kennedy says:

    I am going to memorize the verse. I will put it on my desktop and I will print it out and put it several places around my house.

  29. I homeschool my boys, so we’re going to turn this into a game to learn this verse together. We roll (sometimes throw!) a ball to each other and say as much as we can and keep going until we’ve got it. Tucking His word into our hearts ;-).

  30. Ana munoz says:

    This has been a challenge for me but I have been writing it over and over so I can memorize it. I also quiz myself by filling in blanks. Thank you Renee for your commitment. And for challenging us in this area.

  31. I will be sharing this verse with friends via text and facebook as well as posting it on my mirror to memorize this week. I will try the index card method too… for good measure. I am really enjoying this study it has been good medicine for my heart.

  32. Michelle Holmquist says:

    WOW! This is a very powerful verse! It has really made me think about a lot things goin gon around me. It also brings new meaning to contentment in ones life and knowing that God knows my every thought and need and can satisfy them through is glory. Memorizing will be a tough one for me but I am going to give it a try!

  33. What a beautiful promise.

    God waits for us to get up every morning. He can’t wait to show us what today brings! This verse speaks to those thoughts ” Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning”…..

    Just so awesome from an awesome Father.

    Thank you for this encouragement.

    Gwen

  34. Suzette says:

    Set this beautiful message as the background on my computer not just to lift me up, but anyone who see’s or uses my computer. I also plan on texting it to everyone on my phone this week to brighten their days.

  35. Bethany says:

    I have set it as my desktop.

  36. I will memorize it too … by placing it on the bathroom mirror, by the kitchen sink, in front of the computer monitor and recite it as a take a walk in the mongings.

  37. Hollie Maloney says:

    As a mother of 2 boys, I am ALWAYS in my fridge. Just alone getting breakfast, lunch and dinner, there is always something I need out of fridge. Not to mention snacks and drinks through out the day. (ANY mother of boys knows what I am talking about. THEY ARE ALWAYS HUNGRY,lol.) So I put my up on my fridge for I know that I will see it a 100 times a day, and so I will say it each time I open the fridge:)

  38. I am memorizing this one with my daughter. Hearing someone else, or recording yourself saying the verse & then replaying it is a good memorization tip. A lot of cell phones have a recorded note feature you can use! Or the free audio Bible. Have a great week!

  39. Connie says:

    I will also memorize it this week. Memorization is something I always considered difficult, but the suggestion of singing it is one I have not tried! Great suggestions.

  40. This verse blessed me this morning. I have two grandsons who are very sick and yesterday a friend lost her son.. unexpectedly to them but perfect timing to God. I shared this verse with her as she chooses to trust the Lord’s unfailing love. I will be memorizing this verse.

  41. I’ve printed several copies of our word for the week and I am posting it everywhere. I am at my desk at work, if I look to the right it is posted on my bulletin board; to the left it is on my copy holder; straight ahead it is on my computer screen. Thanks for the challenge!

  42. Vicki C says:

    This is my second time through this bible study. Just before the last one, my work decided to send me to class for a new certification, and I gave up. Not this time! I have some major issues coming into play in my personal life, but I need the hope and message in this study desparately. It is so timely, and I need confidence and God in every second of life right now. I will stick this out. So please day a quick prayer for me, and let me rejoice in God’s word, and the companionship I can find here.

    Yes I will memorize the verse. Usually repetion, and re-writing helps me. I am going to try writing it on several index cards, kept in the daily areas of my life.

    Thank you Renee, all you ladies, and foremost God for giving me a glimmer of hope today.

  43. Sherri says:

    I am going to write our verse this week on index cards and place all over the house. I have already posted it as my status on FB 🙂 I plan to choose a couple of friends or family members to text the verse to each day.
    When involving the kids in learning/memorizing words, phrases and sentences, a fun way for them to have a kinesthetic way of learning is to make plastic baggies filled with a gel of some sort that they can press down and make the letters of the word. if you put just enough gel in, they will be able to see the word when they are finished. Shaving cream is fun, but messy and smelly. cookie sheets with rice or colored sand is also a fun way too learn/memorize words, phrases and sentences.

  44. Hi, Renee thank you for this study! I love all your friend’s ideas of memorizing bible verses. I have been very lazy about memorizing bible verses. I just read all the comments. It’s so good we all share and have the same things in common, evenm though we all have our different situations in life. Writing things down helps me. i will commit to memorizing this week’s bible verse. I have a good friend here in my apartment building that I can work with. i’ve writeen here before in earlier sections. I am blind. I have an amazing computer with speech software program that reads me evertying. I have to know the right key stroke commands to do. It reads me everything on the screen. There are a couple of limitations. When there are a lot of graphics on web sites, or in e-mails, the speech program doesn’t read the text. also, it only reads word files. Now. my computer teacher gave me special instructions for it to read p.d.f. files. I know confident heart is a p.d.f. file. I’m praying for another opportunity to get the book for free, then, I will try downloading it agin. I can still really participate in this study. I get the e-mails. I hear the videos. I read the comments, and i am able to put my own comments. I have the braille bible old king James version. I’m with bible gate way. they have on the web site someone that narrates the bible, in an every day english easy to understand translation. the old king James version has some strange words. I’m going to memorize this week’s bible verse. It’s going to really help me. I’m trying to wait on god now for something. i’m trying to do online classes with Liberty university. I want to take their two year program with the bible institute. they have me on file. i need to find a place where i can get my g.e.d. I didn’t finish my credits. I’m 48 I live in Canada, i called the university for help. the closest place they gave me was a test center in toronot. I live an hour and a half from there. i have no one to take me there. I hear this has to be done in person. I’ve been trying to find out if I can do it online. I jusut got a great idea. If I can e-mail the Toronto center, and ask them to e-mail me the test. I’m so frustrated here. People need to understand, what if sometimes, people can’t get places. Sorry, I didn’t mean for this to be so long. I meant just to write in here about how I plan to memorize the verse, it’s just that as I have been reading everyone’s comments every week, I feel like I’m really getting to know people. I wanted to share this dilema i had here with you all, to see if anyone had any suggestions. I’m so frustrated, I really want to do this. I keep hearing from Liberty, and the fact that I keep hearing from the, to me is a sign that God is saying I will do Liberty, but maybe, he wants me to work on finishing this study first, and not get stressed out about how I’m going to do this with Liberty! I just really want this! I really believe I’m ready! I’m getting impatient hearing from god. this week’s memory verse will really help me when I’m medidating! Thank you renee!

    • Thank you Phyllis for sharing your story. You are an inspiration! How wonderful that technology allows you to access this bible study as well as the bible and other sources of information, yet I’m sure it can be frustrating for you as well given your circumstances. I will pray that God provides a way for you to complete the Liberty program. May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans suceed. Psalm 20:4

  45. I love this verse. Ever since starting this study I have been listening to a song over and over.. one line is..”Let me be most satisfied in You” It is the song “Choose” by Christy Nockels, so since that song is one I listen to, it will remind me of the verse. I like to find songs with the verses.
    I was most upset today, driving home by something my husband had said, and I went to the bank drive through to do a deposit for my son. A salvation pamphlet was in there and it was a lovely rose on front and all about how precious we are to GOD. It was like God put it right there today to remind me of his love.
    Looking very forward to chapter 3.

  46. I for also I wanted to say, some of you said you will sing the verse to help you memorize. I love to sing! great idea! I’m going to try that! I love we all share great ideas with each other! thanks Renee! for this great study! I’ve never done anything like this before! God is really challenging me to spend time with him! Thank you!

  47. Rhonda says:

    Count me in. I utilize index cards and carry them with me for the week. This way when I need the Word I pull them out and recite them aloud. It also allows me to memorize the scripture. I love the word of the week. It exemplifies how I have felt these past few weeks of this study. Satisfied and Full.

  48. Stephanie RIchardson says:

    I will put it here at my computer at work. I will also write it out.

  49. A.Renee says:

    I will memorize and meditate on this verse. I need to cling to both this one and Psalm 143:8. We are in the middle of a big transition and I am both lonely and uncertain of what the future will bring. I am grieving the loss of many relationships and many other which, though they are not lost have significantly changed. Both myself and my husband are looking for work and we have four children to provide for. SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO, OH LORD, for to YOU I lift up my soul.

    Thanks

  50. I plan to memorize this verse by posting it on my desk at my work. So every morning I will see it before the day begins to remind me to trust in his unfailing love! It’s very encouraging to know that God loves us all the time, no matter what our feelings may be. He’s so amazing.

  51. Carolyn says:

    I’m in! I wish we could just sleep with our head on our bible and it would just get sucked into our brains! I have managed to memorize quite a few verses but my heart is always thirsting for more!

  52. Susan M. says:

    Hi Renee, this is my morning verse I say before I eat breakfast~~~~~I love it!!!

    To start my day fresh every morning by telling God my trust is in Him all day long and His love is unfailing is to me like starting over every day. Yesterday is gone and we are on to a new day and God is the same He was yesterday and today and tomorrow and HIs love for us is unfailing~~~~gives me the “umph” to start my day on the right foot.

    Thanks~~~Sue

  53. I love this verse and am working to memorize it. For me saying it out loud and writing it are the quickest way for me to memorize something.

  54. Leslie S says:

    I am over……50……. so I have to totally surround and saturate myself with the verse to memorize it. But I have noticed that when I enter into a prayerful, committed bible study God tends to surround me with the key verses and messages. They just seem to have a presence in my life during the time that I am pursuing them. Has anyone else noticed that? Sometimes I am reminded of my children, starting to learn their ABC’s, and writing a whole page of just one letter, struggling to master the flow of our language, the mechanics of our alphabet. I often feel like God has me in kindergarten, and I am struggling to master the flow of HIS language for me. Not just memorizing a verse because I need the mechanics of scripture, which I do need, but understanding that this verse is part of HIS story for my life, realizing that all of these things connected spell out – CHRIST died for me……..

  55. Lisa Haynes says:

    This is a verse I have underlined in my Bible and have been reading almost daily for the past year-

  56. My plan for memorizing this passage is to incorporate it into my breakfast devotion time with my children. They will keep me on track and will love to “quiz” me on it each day!!…AND (bonus!!).. They will learn it too!

  57. I am already enrolled in other Bible classes online which are free. I have obtained from them a software called SwordScript which is free and helps with Scripture memory. FAST ministries is dedicated to teaching & hiding God’s Word in an individual’s heart. You can get this software through their site: http://www.fast.st

    On the bottom of their welcome page is a gray area with a bunch of links. Just click on the link “other tools” on the bottom of the 3rd column from the left. You might even want to check out their classes! I have found them very helpful in my life.

    God bless!

  58. Thank you for the ideas on how to memorize scripture—I will commit to memorizing this weeks verse and post it in my bathroom!

  59. Leslie A. says:

    I will memorize this verse and try to feel it. Currently, it is very difficult for me, as I am dealing with a mid life crisis that has been looking back and trying to move forward. Quickly, I have 3 children….my first was born with a birth defect where his esphogus was not connected and he had 3 major surgeries. He has to have endoscopies every few years as he will always be at risk for esphogeal cancer. He also has severe anxiety and aspergers. My second son, born 2 years later was born with a rare birth defect where his head was prematurely fused called craniosynostosis. He has had 5 major head operations…where he was cut from ear to ear. He also had a stroke–but only lost left perpherial vision in both eyes and ADHD. The boys are now in early 20’s and doing well. But my 3 child, a 16 year old girl, who is brilliant is suffering from severe depression and wants to die. She dropped out of school, and it has been very difficult for me to face this last trial. I thought I made it through all the other ones, only to find out I have been stuffing my feelings and am now trying to reclaim my voice, emotions and lots of other lessons……I have walked with the Lord through it all and tried to stay faithful….although I need to be more disciplined in reading and trusting. SO having a heavy sadness in my heart as I try to work through all this….and I know I have to give it all to the Lord. This verse reminded me of that. Thanks for this study, I feel surrounded by all of you, knowing you are all out there…all with different stories, but all of us sisters in Christ and i can not explain how that has been a blessing to me. I pray we all have minds of little ones who memorize so quickly…and soak up God’s words like sunshine!

    • it IS such a blessing, leslie, knowing that others are “right there” with us…meditating on the same scriptures, having the holy spirit working within each of us. y’know, it must be like ‘…with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. there is one Body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. but to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift’ (ephesians 4.2-7).
      i, along with others, am praying for your children especially your sweetheart daughter. and for you, leslie, that the Lord will help you to cast ALL of your cares upon Him because, as you know, He cares deeply and unconditionally and faithfully for you. may God bless you&keep you. g’night.

    • Hi Leslie, I’m so thankful you are part of this amazing community of hearts and sisters in Christ — supporting, praying for and encouraging one another. What a gift we have in HIM and in each other during this journey we are taking together!!

      I am praying comfort, courage, peace and healing hope for you and your daughter Leslie. I want to encourage you to show her chapter 12 with the chart of 31 promises – one for each day – to replace her doubts and defeat. You have been through more than anyone should have to endure. Thank you for not giving up, for loving your children sacrificially and for making the courageous decision to read this book. God is right there with you – wanting to love on and affirm you each minute of each day.

      Psalm 46:1, ” God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble “

  60. I wrote a bunch of songs quite a few years ago to memorize scripture and get God’s truths into my mind.

    Last weeks key word was KNOW. One of my songs is called
    He Knows Everything.
    It is about the fact that God knows our whole life story and understands us.
    I tried to post it but I don’t think it worked.

    He Knows Everything
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?v=2172384425606

    Then this week is SATISFY. Another one of my songs has this weeks scripture as the bridge. So I guess I should share it. The recordings are not very good…

    Nothing Satisfies Like You
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?v=2172388145699

    • Thank you so much for sharing these links. Great idea to tie in the words with a song each week to. :0)

  61. Cheryl McDonald says:

    Hi everyone…I am following along and doing this Bible study which is so inspirational! And staying caught up which is amazing. In chapter 2 about wearing the mask, that is SO me. I am having several issues at home that have brought me GREAT guilt that I can’t seem to leave behind. NO not an affair of nothing like that. Its called the evil tongue. Running my mouth when I shouldn’t. I’ve hurt many people and laid a huge burden on my shoulders that I can’t get rid of. I’ve tried to commit suicide which I KNOW is dumb but the thoughts linger in my mind everyday. Maybe they would be better off without me. I’m the type of person who wears that mask oh so well. I do in fact have a wonderful life but I have hurt the ones I loved and because of that we’ve moved to Arizona from Texas where I grew up to start over. Change is a hard thing for me as I was abused as a child and security and safety is everything to me. I’ve asked God to help me forgive myself. I have learned SOOOOO…many lessons from this and feel now I am suffering the consequences. I feel so alone. My husband hates my emotions but I am me and I express them which he HATES! I really need prayer to let my mask down and ask for prayer to get these thoughts out of my mind. I needed to turn to someone and I hope you will all understand I know this is not a venting blog but I do need LOTS of prayer. I am seeking help but that’s hard to for me to hold my commitment. I hope I can become that confident woman God wants me to be and live without this burden and guilt that are dragging me down. Will it ever go away so i can feel peace?? Thanks everyone! Hugs!

    • I”m praying for you right now Cheryl. This is the place to ask. We pray this week’s promise over you.

      Lord, Satisfy [Cheryl] in the morning with your unfailing love, that [she] may sing for joy and be glad all [her] days…Let the morning bring Cheryl word of your unfailing Love, for she has and is putting her trust in you.” Psalm 90:14, 143:8

      In Jesus’ Name, amen.

  62. Donna B says:

    WOW !!! You girls are WAY good! I love how you are encouraging each other and sharing so many scriptures. I love Renee’s on-line community here! You girls inspire me BIG time! Reminds me of the following scriptures:

    “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 and “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thess. 5:11.

    You are rocking both of those!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    Donna B

  63. Julie W says:

    I write the verse I am trying to memorize as a reminder on my IPhone and set it to remind me of the verse everytime I leave my house I get a ding on my phone bringing the verse to mind

  64. I think i will Send the verse to friends and family by typing, texting, and I will write it out by hand at least once a day. I also use index cards to help me remember. I sometimes put verses in my bible or journal and whenever I see them I stop and read them.

  65. Pam Anderson says:

    This is a very busy week for me but I am going to try and memorize this verse. I plan on putting on my phone’s home screen, computer screen saver, and singing it. I love that idea!!!

  66. January says:

    I pledge to memorize this verse and recite it every morning. Thank you Renee for reminding me if this verse. I also love to listen to Mandisa’s song “good morning” to start my day off on a positive note. 🙂

  67. I am going to make up a melody and sing it…I usually go to sleep singing a song in my head and wake up doing the same!

  68. I am going to write the verse on an index card and keep it with me throughout the day, reviewing it over and over again. Also, I will write it out each day to keep it fresh in my mind and plant it in my heart…God bless!

  69. Donna from Honolulu, Hawaii says:

    This verse is so beautiful. All you women of God are such a blessing to me lifting eachother up an just loving on God’s Word and sharing all the amazing ways to memorize scripture I’m gonna give it all I got for Jesus! Ladies have a blessed week!
    Aloha from Hawaiixoxoxoxo

  70. Cheryl McDonald says:

    Thank you Renee! And thank you Donna B. I’ve started a journal with scripture and positive quotes that touch me and make me remember God does love me and I am HIS child. I know its our hard times that make us stronger. But when depression hits its hard to get back up out of that well. I recently developed it about a year ago and its literally been hell! I’ve never been like this. I just thank you all for your support and prayers. Thank you all…and thank you again Renee!

  71. Jessica H. says:

    Heather has great ideas! I not only commit to memorizing it, but I also commit to feeling it and having confidence in it!

    Index cards and Repeating it over and over out loud works best for me…maybe learn the first half, then the second half and then put the two together?!

    I plan to write it on a post-it and put it on my computer and somewhere in my car so I can read over it/practice while at a red light?! Maybe put the post-it on my steering wheel so when I’m parked in a parking lot and someone happens to glance in my car then they’ll see the Bible verse too?! 🙂

  72. I will be writing the verse in my planner each day this week and hopefully by the end of the week, I will have it memorized!! 🙂

  73. Hannah says:

    The best way for me to memorize this verse is to put it up as the wallpaper on my laptop. I’ve also been putting up the key verses on the walls of my house so I can see them every morning when I wake up.

  74. Carol H says:

    Renee: After your last “Confident Heart” session ended, I prepared a little 3 x 5 card spiral notebook that I picked up at the dollar store that fits in my purse, with those important verses you shared during that 3 month session. So to work on the memory part, they are convenient to pull out and work on daily. I am also “chilling out” more daily, remembering is GOD enough?” in my daily situations or ‘ICE’, “Is Christ enough!?!?” Thanking GOD for your CONFIDENT HEART to share with so many!! Thanking GOD for this wonderful study!!!

    • Love that you did that. I have a spiral I need to find and use again. I used to walk and read my verse and pray them outloud in the mornings and it was a great way to start my day. Then we adopted Aster and my mornings changed so I don’t get those walks anymore. Need to find a creative way to put them back in our schedule.

      Also, love, love, love ICE?? Yes He is!!

      So glad you are part of the study again Carol, You add so much!

    • Dallena Hess says:

      Christina- I love the acronym ICE. Hadn’t thought about using it that way to continually ask myself. Yes, He is but have to continually remind myself of that or my focus and priorities get out of whack

  75. I plan to memorize the verse this week. The way I do it with my Wednesday night girls is…..
    1) Write the verse down
    2) Begin to erase one word at a time.( Ex. all “The”, then all “I” . etc. till all words are gone)
    3) Reread out loud, including the missing words each time you erase.
    4) Works like magic!

  76. I will use the “Wheels on the Bus” song idea. I run a morning and afternoon afterschool program. On Tuesdays, I do song and dance with my 35 preschoolers and Kindergarteners. So I will be teaching them the song( which means I have to memorize it) Not only will I be putting God’s Word in my heart but theirs also. I have done a lot of Christian songs with them but I think now I will start adding small Bible verses in song also. There is nothing better than little ones singing the praises and Word of God. I am truly blessed.

    • Just finished adding some sing language to some of the words andwill teach the children today. Thanks for the great idea.

      • I was singing it to my 3 yr old, Aster, this morning to the tune of “Wheels on the Bus” – made us both smile.

  77. I will post it above my kitchen sink. Since I am the “dishwasher” I spend plenty of time in that spot each day. It helps pass the time when I have something to focus on…and even better when it’s spiritually focused!

    • I love looking out my kitchen window. Hadn’t thought about putting my verse there. I think I’ll do that too!

    • Lydia G says:

      That is what I love to do- have it in the window over my sink, for the same reason (I’m there a lot!).

  78. I took a picture of the graphic with my phone then switched my wallpaper to the graphic. Now every time I pick up my phone, I’ll read the verse

  79. Christina says:

    Visited your site for the first time today. I’m finding it so hard to have a good daily quiet time in this phase of my life (a 2yr old and a 1yr old). I’m trying to wake up in the morning before they do (so, super early)….but i think adding scripture memorization throughout my day will really encourage my heart. This is a wonderful one to start with. Thank you!

    • I so understand Christina. I have a 3yr old and 2 teenagers who are all going in different directions and it’s a stretching season. I have to be really creative too. I loaded Jesus Calling on my phone so I can read that as my morning devotion. Then I take one verse and focus on it through out the day and look for ways to see God doing what it says or for ways for me to live it out. It’s really about our hearts being close to Him all throughout the day. Grace is needed and He graciously gives it to us mommas!!

    • Lydia G says:

      Christina, I have two little ones (just 3 last week and 1 in March)- and it IS a challenge! I make nap time in the afternoon my time to sit down and spend time in this study or my personal devotions. If the older doesn’t want to take a nap, I have quiet reading time for him where he sits on his bed and I give him a basket of books to read through. It’s not as long as if he sleeps, but I at least get 20 minutes or so to take a break and focus on God’s Word to me for that day. I’ve tried early mornings, but I can’t remember what I read a couple of hours later, so I’ve found I’m more alert and able to ‘absorb’ more when I do it in the afternoon hours. You’ll find what works for you, and I believe God will honor your intentions to spend time with Him and provide you with some unexpected quiet in your days. 🙂

  80. I will post this verse everyehwere and try putting in song form. After chemo, I have no memorization skills what so ever!

    This study has brought such a peace to my life,
    thank you!

    Ellen

  81. Rebecca Rodriguez says:

    Good Afternoon girls… I just printed out the verse for this week and the way i am going to memorize is. I took a picture of it wth my phone and made it my wall paper. So every time i look at my phone it will remind me and i can go over it every time i look at it.. I am doing the same thing with my wallpaper on my computer and Zoom.

  82. It was so much easier when I was younger. Repetition is what works the best now.

  83. Susan M. says:

    I find if I memorize the verse section by section and keep repeating it out loud and writing it out a few times I do better with the holding power in my brain. But I must admit that I do have a problem with the book and the verse numbers included with the verse, but I try to remember that too but it is hard for me, so I take what the Holy Spirit brings to mind and run with it! I also do write it on a post card and put it in a few places around the house so I see it all day long.

  84. Lydia G says:

    I memorize best through re-writing on a note card, put in in my kitchen window, and then memorizing in sections as I wash the dishes. Once I get the first section, then I do that plus the next, and work towards having the entire verse ingrained in my mind! Something else I’ve been thinking about in relation to this study as a whole and scripture memorization: For the last couple of weeks I didn’t understand women posting saying ‘this is scary’ and such. But I get it this week. So many doubts that I work hard to suppress are in the forefront as I confront them. I think often we think that victory over self-doubt or negative self-talk is a “one and done” thing where it is taken away and the struggle is gone. I know that is not what I have experienced in my life… it may leave for a while, but tends to creep back in. What Renee is doing is giving us the ammunition to fight these doubts very directly and specifically- the victory will be won over and over as we are attacked repeatedly. I believe only in Heaven will these struggles be completely removed from us, but we can claim victory each day as we memorize these verses and use them to fight the lies. Thank you Renee for helping us to find the power of God’s Word!

  85. For me this week, I was most hit with the fact that daily I need to find that quiet time with Him. It’s silly that I haven’t learned this by now. When I’m going through a difficult phase the amount of time I spend with Him increases but as life returns to normal I lose track of Him and I lose spending the time I did when struggling.

    My confidence ebbs and flows and it is so related to time spent with Him. I can have a great week where I feel solid in His promises and have a joyful mood and looking back I have put time aside to meet with Him. A busy weekend happens and my confidence and foul mood returns but when I think back to what I’ve done differently my busyness took me away from spending any time with Him.

    I pray I’m on to something here for myself….I can only be confident seeking Him on a daily basis. I can’t seek Him one day and expect to make it through till the next week believing His promises and having that joyful mood. I need to stop and seek Him every.single.day.
    Sounds silly like it should be common sense but why is it so hard to follow through? My day goes so much better, my mood is so much better, my hope is so much more positive when I spend time each day with Him.

    • Lydia G says:

      Julie,
      You are not alone in this “ebb and flow” of confidence related to time with God! I have noted the same in my life, and, like you, wonder why it is still so hard to stick to even when I know it will be helpful?! I’ve heard if satan can’t make you bad he makes you busy… and so I have seen in my life- God time is the first to get squeezed out when life gets hectic, when it should be the one thing that remains constant! Be encouraged in knowing you are not the only one who struggles with this!

  86. Deanna Myers says:

    Putting the memory verse on colored cards helps me. I did this in school and had better recall then on just plain white cards..

  87. Alexis says:

    These ideas of memorizing scripture are awesome. This is one area I struggle with is memorizing things, so my goal this week is to get my index cards out, start with this weeks verse and use some of these ideas! I love the ‘wheels on the bus’ tune idea, the posting on your computer home screen and writing it on a series of index cards and putting it together. 😉

  88. Renee, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your book”A Confident Heart”. You have no idea how the book has touched me. After 8 years of marriage my husband and I learned that we are expecting. I am in my 40’s and so very concerned about the health of the baby (boy). I have really latched on to so many things you have written about. I am a worrier and I like “control” so I find myself having no control and trusting our Father for his grace, mercy, and love. I have put little stars by parts of the book and have it sitting by my bedside so when I get scared and worried about the future I refer to it. I find so much comfort in it. Today I noticed that I am less anxious about the future and believe that is due to the promises you discussed in the book and your articulate way of speaking to us. I know that there are going to be days were I am stronger.. and days that I am weak but your book has really inspired me and I appreciate it so much. You have made a difference in my life. Please say a prayer for the health of our baby…. I would appreciate it. Beth

    • coleen says:

      woo-hoo! how wonderful! i’m sure many of us will be lifting the life&health of your little one to the Father w/thanksgiving, beth.

    • Lifting up prayers for mom and dad to be and for God’s baby boy. I to totally agree with your words to Renee. This is such an inspiring book and I too find comfort during difficult times. God Bless

  89. I love 3×5 cards, i will write the verse on them plus add them to my sticky notes for desktop, so even when there are no windows open, I can see the verse in front of me.

  90. Janet Spencer says:

    This Bible Study is so good for me. Thank you for your inspirational words. I have been following all you instructions and going through it slow and really engraving it on heart and in my soul. I got out my sticky notes and have written our weekly verse on several of them and every where I look or go in my house I look at it and repeat it. I is such a good verse. It is so me and I think that is why I am not having problems remembering it…Thanks for the memorizing hits, I will always use them as I memorize other verses…

  91. Leslie S says:

    Leslie A I am going to commit to pray for you daily. I am so glad that you are here with us all in this community of woman, please share and let us love you. I believe that one of Satan’s most powerful tools in this modern age of business, and technology, for women especially, is isolation. Where once upon a time woman met at the well each morning and every evening and shared with one another we now have to be very intentional about coming together. I think we share with one another just by being in each other’s presence. I know in my life, in my aloneness, and the crazy work of being a mother, I allowed depression to have a hold quite often just by my isolation from the rest of the world. You are amazing to have gone through everything that you have and I will pray for your beautiful daughter and her wonderful mother!

  92. I just read chapter 3 last night and I was reminded of this book my children have about “filling buckets”. At first I really liked reading it to them as it focuses on how our words and actions can serve to encourage or defeat others. However, as I read it, I realized that- whether intentional or not- this was setting up a bad precedent…it gave the impression that our bucket is filled by the kind words and deeds of others and that we are responsible for the filling of others’ buckets. Now, I know that we are called to use our words and actions to give encouragement and support, but those things are not the “bucket fillers” themselves, but a means to bring the Living Water of Christ to others. Sometimes we still read this book, but we talk about how God is our “bucket filler” and we are called to share this truth through our words and actions so that everyone can receive the only true and satisfying WATER that will eternally fill our hearts and quench our thirsty souls.

    • Amen, I love the way you have taken the particular story and developed a way to share with your children that God is our “bucket filler.” God Bless

  93. Oh yes! I am in for memorizing our bible verse. I have posted it on Facebook, and ask that my family and friends send it to me daily for the next 5 days(if they have my cell phone number) by text if they have availabilty to text, along with some personal texts I sent from my phone,this is my way of getting them involved too. I have it in the car to read when I start the car and when I shut the car off. It is on my home computer desktop, on my desktop calendar at work, in which when I read it tomorrow morning, I will highlight in yellow. I also have purchased some neon color posty notes, I will write part of the verse to challenge myself to finish the verse and place them around the house. I want to lift up my sisters in Christ for those going through difficult times or challenges, those with health issures, those who have withdrawn or isolated themselves and for those who have taken the opportunity to to be involved in this online study that you each hear God’s voice talking with you so that you can become closer to God. God Bless

    • Janet Comer says:

      Count me in….the idea of changing the wallpaper on my computer is perfect.. When I’m sitting in front of the computer all day no better way to spend the day then memorizing God’s word as I work. I also like the texting idea from friends… I will have to use that. Thanks for sharing.

      • Janet your very welcome and it is amazing that I am receiving our memory verse at all times of the day, what a great feeling that others have the desire and love for Christ as myself. God Bless

  94. I have never had very much success at creating an organized system of memorizing verses, but this is so on time for me. I desperately need more of God’s word tucked away in my heart because I just feel like I am under so much attack emotionally lately. Almost like I don’t even know who this person is in my shoes anymore! But God is good and I know that if I keep my eyes stayed on Him, He will keep me in perfect peace. I will take all of the ideas that you ladies have shared, and I am going to fight back and take a stand, capturing every thought and holding it up to the light of Christs word. My prayer is that by the end of this study, I will no longer struggle with thinking whether or not I am good enough or worthy, and that I can finally, once and for all, just love myself for who God made me to be. 🙂

  95. Latrelle says:

    I love you for all you do ! I pray my children for all their lives know that Mama is “Always There”.

  96. Amy Talbott says:

    I am in, I hope, to at least study this verse this week. I need to remind my heart that only in the Lord can my heart be truly satisfied. And on from Him comes unconditional love.

  97. Oh my. Does this chapter express and explain my depression. It wasn’t until today that I felt I just woke up, to completely realize that I need my thinking retrained; to focus on what is real and trustworthy. When I was younger I made a lot of foolish mistakes because , at the time, I believed this is what I needed to be whole. When I realized one thing was not the answer, I found something else. I finally found something that was more meaningful and it seemed to take the emptiness away for many years. Since I consumed my whole life with it I was able to cover up those empty feelings, I finally felt I had a purpose. Then life changed and what I depended on for years was no more. There was nothing as comparable or meaningful that I could find to replace what I had. Not only was this “good thing” gone, God had also taken away everything else at the same time. I was now standing totally naked, aware and surrounded by my incompleteness and a desperation to be complete. I knew the world had nothing to offer, so I became very depressed and even had thoughts of giving up. I tried to get back what I had, but things were so different now, It would never be the same no matter what I tried. i have been fighting this depression every day and sometimes when the feelings would be so deep, I would just give up the day. After reading the chapter, I came face to face with the foolishness of my actions. I can’t believe I couldn’t see. I am a believer and I am saved. I read my Bible and have done studies. I try to have my quiet time with the Lord every morning, but with all of this , I still felt an emptiness. What wasn’t I getting? I guess I thought I would get a complete washing of my mind, soul and heart instantaneously to conform me to God’s ways and knowledge. I surely have prayed enough for understanding and I know God answers prayers. Even through all the lessons God has put me through, I still can’t believe I had this blind spot. He has shown me over and over He is there, He is faithful, He cares and loves me, but I still would not let go of my thoughts and ways. I saw this verse a while back and set to memorizing it. Rom 12:2″ Don’t copy the behaviors and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. ” This verse got my attention. I was really happy God was going to change the way I think, I really need it, but how and when, I wondered. I now realize God was starting to open my eyes. God wants me to do more than read the Bible, more than do the studies, more than take the time to pray, He wants me to KNOW Him. I can do this by really reading His word, by studying, by memorizing His scriptures (I have found this is like a first-aid kit to life’s problems that come up), and most of all, Believing and trusting in Him. I believed in what the world could offer and those things have all come and gone. Why not seriously take a step of faith, surrender and believe in God’s ways God is forever. I must let God transform the way I think by turning to him first and letting go, by believing in Him and trusting in Him with all my heart, mind and soul. I must include God in everything I do and think. I have a lot of bad habits to change, but I now realize I have to open the door to let Him in and together we can make changes.

    • Dear Kathy,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I feel the same way many times too. I too realized, or I guess more appropriately God showed me, through this chapter that I had been finding my worth and value in other things outside of God. For me, its been relationships (romantic relationships and family relationships) and career. Neither of them have satisfied me. It sounds like you had a revelation. Its beautiful when He reveals something to us that we thought we knew but didn’t. I thank God for him renewing your mind! I too need His help to renew my mind. I too have been thinking about taking a “step of faith, surrender and believe in God’s ways.” I want to, I really do, but I don’t always trust Him. I need to believe and trust in Him too. I am asking him to help me do that. I pray that you have been believing and trusting in him more and more each day since writing your comment. I like how you ended your comment. I will try to remember that if I open the door to let him in he will make the changes in my life. God bless you!

  98. Colora says:

    I am one who collects “pretty paper”. Why?….because I like paper that has pretty graphics on it. Well, now I’ve found a constructive way to use my great collection of pretty paper; I will tear sheets of it into little squares on which I will write each word of this week’s verse. I have a lot of down-time at my day-job, so I can use that time to scramble the words and then put them together to form the verse. This Bible study is turning out to be fun and creative, along with insightful and life-changing!

  99. LaDena says:

    First…about memorizing scripture. What is wrong with me!?!? You all seem so open and willing to give this a try, but for years I have …… told myself I don’t have time/it is too hard. (poo-pooed the idea) Why do I struggle so much? You are all challenging me that is for sure. 🙂

    Second….ch 3. I am struggling to grasp what it is I am supposed to hear/learn/understand from the Lord on this. In the past it was easy for Him to show me things He wanted me to work on, and usually after I cried it out, I was willing to work it out. Honestly, I feel like I have let my heart get so hard towards God……
    IDK….I just know that at this point I am a little frustrated. Getting ready to hop over to the video Renee posted…maybe something will click for me there.

    You are all challenging me!! I have avoided PV 31 ministries for years because it was a “woman”
    thing. (Not very comfortable with women ) Seems like I shouldn’t have fought it so hard, but I am thankful to be here now!! 🙂

    • Yay!!! After watching the video, the visual aid was awesome!! However, it wasn’t until I read someone else’s post that I realized the things I have been filling my empty places with are: disappointment; bitterness; resentment; unforgiveness; conditional love; hopelessness, etc. I was trying so hard to make it tangible things when in reality I gave up on those things a long time ago and have allowed the non-tangibles to take their place.
      Hallelujah……He IS pursuing me!!!! ♥♥♥

  100. Denisse says:

    I normally write them on index cards (something I found quiet helpful in college :-)!)
    I also put it on the refrigerator for my children, I like for us all to learn a new scripture each week together and since they are always in the fridge… Than that’s the best place for it 🙂

  101. Jen Vandervort says:

    Since I use my iphone so much these days for work I set up a reminder each day with a bible verse. Right now I am focusing on 1 verse everyday – I get reminded at 8:45 am. Have to admit its really cool to get a reminder of God’s word on your phone – a welcomed intervention of God’s word into whatever I am working on during the day.

  102. Celeste says:

    I have made a copy of the verse of the week. Then, I added it below my signature that I include on all the emails that I send. I will constantly see it all week which will help me commit it to memory. Plus, I will send it to all my friends and relatives too.

  103. Jenny Mabe says:

    I am going to do my best to memorize the verse this week. Loved the video message because I have been looking for love in all the wrong faces and all the wrong places. It was an on time word for me.

  104. This is the first time I’ve logged on since the first Monday. What a beautiful verse to greet me!

    God has met me in the depths of heartache this week; and I am so thankful to return to this study.

    I have two ways of memorizing scripture. I make scripture art – because that requires me to meditate upon the verse and pray over it for extended periods of time; and I post it on cards or post-its around my house in plain sight.

    Thank you, Lord, for this verse right now!

  105. I’ll take the challenge! I’ve set both Psalm verses (90:14 & 143:8) as my phone’s home and locked wallpaper.

  106. I too never pursued to memorize scripture .. I feel so behind. Just started the Bible study.
    The first week I memorized Jeremiah 17:7.
    This is his I did it. I found a cute big notebook to write in.
    Day 1 Wrote out the scripture on the top of my page.
    Day 2 Wrote down scripture 4x on sticky notes and placed them around the house.
    DAY 3 Looked up 3 different versions of the scripture and wrote it in my journal.
    Day 4 Wrote down scripture 10 times in my journal
    Day 5 Read the chapter and journalese my thoughts.
    Day 6 Wrote the scripture 3 x by memory in my journal.

    I write with different colored ink, the sticky notes are pink & purple.
    From my hands into my head ….

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