Encouragement & Hope

Do you remember?

I am always surprised when I hear a song I haven’t heard in ages and I can still remember almost every word.  I’m also surprised when I can recall a verse that I memorized as a child.  When I was in grade school I went to a weekly meeting where we were bribed with candy to memorize Scripture.  It worked for me.  I remember that one of the “prizes” I could get in return for reciting my verses was a GIANT Oreo.  I don’t think they make these particular Oreos anymore, but as I remember them they were about 3-4 inches in diameter and had about an inch of cream filling between each oversized cookie.  They were awesome!  And they helped inspire me to memorize Scripture.  Smile.

One of the verses I can recall from my childhood is Proverbs 3:5-6.  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.  Lean not on your understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

This verse is special to me not just because I memorized it as a child, but also because it has been applicable to my life at every stage in life.  Trusting God with all my heart looked different when I was a little girl than it does now because there are different things going on my life.  When I was younger trusting Him with all my heart might mean trusting Him even when my friends were changing.  In high school, trusting Him might have meant trusting Him when I didn’t agree with coaching decisions that impacted my playing time.  In college I trusted God as I prayed about boys I liked and class schedules.

I’ve trusted God with decisions about my career, where I should live, who I should marry, whether or not to buy a house, with the healing of family members from various illnesses and other issues in my life big and small.

Today, I trust Him with my life and the life of my family: my husband and this precious baby growing inside me.  I love verses like these that I keep coming back to at different times in my life.  I love that Scripture is as relevant in my life now as it was 30 years ago.

So I press on to know more Scripture.  Currently my small group girls and I are memorizing the beatitudes found in Matthew 5.

What about you?  What are you memorizing?  What verses do you have hidden in your heart that God continues to bring to mind?  How have you applied these verses in your life over time?  What is one of your favorite verses that you have memorized at some point in your life?

I encourage you to share a verse from your childhood with us today, and if you are currently memorizing something  share that, too.

I've been a follower of Jesus for over 30 years, and have been teaching God's Word to students and women for nearly 20 years! God has brought me through some difficult chapters in my own life, and now my passion is equipping women like you with tools to embrace your own unexpected chapters in life with grace and truth.

7 comments on “Do you remember?

  1. Courtney Joseph at the Relevant Conference, spoke this verse throughout her speech and it’s been sticking with me lately. Jeremiah 45:5 “Seek great things for yourself, seek them not.” I’m trying to lay my plans, my pursuit of perfection and mostly, my pride down in favor of seeking Him FIRST.

  2. I recently taught my kids Ephesians 4:32. “Be Ye Kind, One to Another. Tender-hearted, forgiving one another. Just as God, in Christ has forgiven you.” The you you sing a bunch of doo, do, doo, do, doo-ooos. It’s a catchy tune and the words of this verse that have stuck in my head since childhood.

    Also, when we do Awanas stuff, we do all their verses to music (I used to make up my own tunes, or set the verses to fun tunes like to the tunes of “Another one Bites the Dust” or “Twist and Shout” or some random hymn, but this year we bought the CDs from the club that have already done the work for me). I end up learning the verses with the kids too.

    It’s so wonderful to have these little morsels of truth written on their (and my) hearts.

  3. speakinginfaith

    I love it! I remember so many of the verses I learned w/ verses…I’m excited to get to teach them to our children one day 🙂

  4. speakinginfaith

    Thanks, Mela for sharing 🙂 Always good to be reminded to lay our everything before the Lord.

  5. Aprille Phillips

    And do you remember any dances that go along with those songs? 😉

  6. speakinginfaith

    Absolutely! “Not by might, nor by power, but by the spirit,” says the Lord…I still remember all the hand motions to this verse and many more 🙂 Aren’t you so thankful for our wonderful Sunday School teachers!! Here’s a shout out to all the Keystone Sunday School teachers who helped me engrave His Word on my heart!

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