11Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
Beginning the discussion:
My husband, Bert, and I went to bed last New Year’s Eve around 10:00. Fifteen minutes before midnight, I got up to watch Fox News. As the Times Square Ball dropped, Bill Hemmer, Megyn Kelly, and the crowds cheered welcoming another year.
In previous years, I was among those clapping and smiling (even alone on my couch) with prospects of new beginnings. However, I met this past New Year’s Eve with a real sense of regret and sadness.
That unusual response triggered many questions: Why did I feel so disheartened when 2011 reigned in? Was it mostly because I had not made the most of the previous year? How can I make the new one different? Will I allow God to use me this year? Candidly, I wasn’t optimistic and knew I had to make some changes.
One way I know how to have a different end-of-year-experience is to return to the habit of memorizing scriptures (see “About” tab). And finally(!) I’m going to do just that. I’m going to start committing God’s Word to memory one verse at a time, and begin to journal the difference it makes in my life. This practice at least presents the possibility that I’ll see growth in me during the coming months. And that gives me much encouragement.
Can you relate to my story? How would memorizing this verse help you? I would love to hear from you.
Discussion points for Psalm 119:11
- In what ways do you want to change as you hide God’s Word in your heart?
- How has hiding God’s Word in your heart changed you?
To help you memorize this verse, you can write the scripture out by hand on an index card. Or click on the Biblegate.com link to copy and paste the verse in any Bible translation you choose. The “Preparing Scripture Memory Cards” tab may also be helpful.