Monday, August 25, 2014

Is Your World Too Dark? (Plus, my husband recites his favorite Bible verse!)

Photo by Julian Haler (Flickr) 
Even when I was in the midst of depression, I loved the verses that spoke about light and life because of the optimism they offered.

Psalm 18:28 (NIV)
You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;
    my God turns my darkness into light.

Psalm 18:28 (Amplified Bible) For meditation purposes.
 For You cause my lamp to be lighted and to shine; 
the Lord my God illumines my darkness.

As we continue in our endeavor to memorize and/or meditate on some of my favorite verses from Psalm 18, keep in mind David wrote this Psalm after God delivered him from a long, hard (often discouraging) time in his life.

What about you? (Share your answers to any of these questions, via the comment link below. You may use a pseudonym.)

  • Do you feel as if you’re walking in spiritual or emotional darkness?
  • If so, would you consider memorizing and/or meditating on this verse every day this week?
  • Have you experienced a time when God “turned your darkness into light?”
  • How has God’s Word kept your lamp burning and shining?

This week, “my featured guest” is Bert. B. Boldt, II (my husband!), reciting his favorite Bible verse.

Please send me videos of you or your little ones reciting any Bible verse. If you’d like, give a short testimony of why you love the verse. (You can record from your Smartphone or other device and email me the video. Or, if you know how, please upload the video to YouTube and send me the link! Click on the About tab to find my email address.)

And don’t forget to share your comments asked in the “What About You?” section.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Memorizing and/or Meditating on Psalm 18:1 (Plus, A Scripture Memorization Tool!!)

As I mentioned last week, rather than memorizing a whole Psalm, this week we will begin focusing on verses in some of my favorite Psalms. (Please share some of your favorites.)

Photo by Waiting for the Word (Flickr)
We begin with Psalm 18. How could I resist loving verse 1?!

Psalm 18:1 New International Version (NIV)
I love you, LORD, my strength.

I especially love the passion expressed in the Amplified Bible!
Psalm 18:1 (Amplified Bible) 
 I love You fervently and devotedly, O Lord, my Strength.

David wrote Psalm 18 after God delivered him from huge trials. As we spend time over the next few weeks on select verses from Psalm 18, consider how this Psalm relates to the issues you face. You might even want to journal about what the Lord tells you.

In addition, I would like to hear how you memorize scripture. I have a few methods on the Tips on Memorizing Scripture tab under the blog’s header. This week, I’m adding a method I used a couple of years ago, and plan to start using again:

Write out the verse on one side of an index card. On the reverse side, write only the first letter followed by a blank for each word. For example:

Psalm 18:1 (NIV)
I love you, LORD, my strength.

Psalm 18:1 (NIV)
I    l___   y__,   L___,   m__    s____.

After reading the verse several times, I flip the card over and try to recall the verse using the side with the blanks. You will be amazed how quickly you’re able to master memorizing verses with this method!

As mentioned in previous posts, I include the written text from the Amplified Bible for meditation purposes on my Scripture Memory Cards (SMCs).

What about you?

  • Have you read Psalm 18, lately? What are your favorite verses? Why?
  • How will memorizing this week’s verse about loving God and declaring Him as your strength, help you mature in your Christian walk?

Did you know that memorizing helps your brain to stay healthy? Not to mention your spirit!!

I will send you the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. You must be subscribed to the blog, via email. Leave a comment to let me know what translation you prefer and if you would like the “First Letter with a Blank” memory tool (for the verse) to be included.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Do You Feel Like You’re Drowning? (Plus, a video of a 7-year-old reciting Psalm 18:1!)

Photo by Hot Shot (Flickr)
The verses below are especially meaningful to me this week. I am trusting God to take hold of someone very special to me, and rescue this dear person from the deep waters of depression and anxiety. (I’d appreciate you joining me in praying!)

I couldn’t separate these two verses, so we will be memorizing (and/or meditating on) both verses. I think you will find them very easy to memorize!

Psalm 18:16-17 (New International Version)
16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
    he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
    from my foes, who were too strong for me.

Psalm 18:16-17 (Amplified Bible) For meditation purposes
16 He reached from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy and from those who hated and abhorred me, for they were too strong for me.

What about you? (Share your answers and comments, via the comment link below.)

  • Do you ever feel like your drowning in the deep waters of depression or anxiety?
  • Or are you feeling as if certain people or some of life’s circumstances are too strong for you?
  • Have you ever experienced God’s hand taking hold of you to draw you out of an emotional battle, real danger, or a terrible situation? Even when you caused the situation yourself?

Also, please keep sharing what methods you use to memorize scripture and your stories about how memorizing God’s Word helped you during difficult seasons. I am hoping to share some of the stories (with your permission) in a future post.

I am pleased to hear that Ariana, a seven-year-old, has successfully memorized last week’s verse! Her  grandmother sent me the video (see below) of her reciting Psalm 18:1.

Please send me videos of your little ones reciting any Bible verse. I’d love to post them! It would also be nice to have our older participants send recordings of them reciting scripture, too. And, if you’d like, give a short testimony of why you love the verse. (You can record from your Smartphone or other device and email me the video. Click on the “About” tab to find my email address.)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Memorizing and Meditating on Psalm 1:6 (Plus, a prize for some of you!)

This week, we complete Psalm 1!

Waiting for the Word (Flickr)
Psalm 1:6 (NIV)
 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Psalm 1:6 (AMP) For meditation purposes:
For the Lord knows and is fully acquainted with the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly [those living outside God’s will] shall perish (end in ruin and come to nought).

Which person mentioned in this week’s verse would you rather be? While it seems like a silly question, the continued somberness of the Psalm begs for attention. We would be wise to devote time to it while considering the choices we make.

If you’ve memorized Psalm 1 or faithfully meditated on each verse, I’d like to reward you by sending you a Christian novel or non-fiction book (by well-known authors) that I have obtained from Doug Apple, Wave 94 general manager (he often receives free books from authors for interview purposes, etc.). To be eligible, you must be subscribed to the blog (via email). Once you are subscribed (or if you are an existing subscriber), then please leave a comment on this post letting me know what type of book you would like.

Now, where do we go from here? One thing for sure is that we will keep memorizing and/or meditating on God’s Word, one verse per week!

For a while, rather than memorizing a whole Psalm, we will focus on some of my favorite verses in Psalms. (What are some of yours?)

How are you doing?

  • Did you memorize or meditate on every verse of Psalm 1? If so, be sure to let me know so I can send you your free Christian novel or non-fiction book.
  • Has spending time on Psalm 1 helped you change some of your choices or priorities?
  • What are your favorite verses in the book of Psalms? What makes them your favorite?

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