A Thankful Heart, Psalm 9:1-2 {Bible to Brain to Heart}

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Savoring the season is more than just carving pumpkins, jumping in leaves and partaking in your favorite warm beverages. While those activites are delightful in and of themselves, another component of savoring fall is to embrace a thankful heart.

Gratitude and thanksgiving fit naturally into this season and what better way to cultivate a thankful heart than to fill our hearts and minds on Scripture that points to the ultimate reason why we Give thanks… God, our creator and redeemer.

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There is something so peaceful and comforting about having God’s Word hidden in my heart which is the main reason that I focus on choosing one passage of Scripture each month to focus and meditate on as well to memorize. God’s Word is the strongest weapon we have to fight off Satan’s attacks of doubt, fear, anxiety and a whole host of other negative attacks.

Today I’m pleased to announce the passage of Scripture that I (and hopefully you too!) will be focusing on this month. This month’s Bible to Brain to Heart memory verse is going to be Psalm 9:1-2, ESV version.

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October and November are the perfect months to really focus on cultivating a heart of gratitude, even though we really should be doing it all year long. With the season of autumn and Thanksgiving, it’s the perfect time to stop and really focus on thanking God for all that He has provided, all the blessings He gifts and all the promises He delivers to us.

Psalm 9:1-2 reminds us to not only give thanks, but to transform our hearts into thankful hearts. To open our eyes of all the wonderful works and deeds that He has done. This is a short verse this month but it packs a lot of punch and is a reminder of God’s love and faithfulness. I’m even going to be using this as a memory verse with my son too.

 To help me memorize it I created a pretty printable to carry with me and place in a prominent location where I will be able to see it often. Last fall when I was working on studying Ephesian 1, I was introduced to the concept of using the first letter of each word as a memory prompt and aid, so I also created a Psalm 9: 1-2 first letters card.

In the download below you will have 2 memory verse cards plus 2 first letters card.

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 {To download your memory cards and first letters card, click here}

The Bible to Brain to Heart scripture memory challenge is more than just memorizing scripture but also to reflect on it’s meaning and what God is saying through His words. So here is my plan for taking my memory verse from Bible to Brain to Heart using the S.O.A.P method:

  • Scripture: I’ll spend the next few weeks reviewing the entire  chapter of Psalm 9.
  • Observations: Using my journal I’ll record any observations, a summary, or what God is speaking through me while reading
  • Application: How does this scripture apply to my life?
  • Prayer: Again using my journal I’ll record my prayers. Prayers for God to reveal His message to me through this scripture. Prayers for an understanding

Please don’t feel that in order for you to memorize Psalm 9:1-2 with me this month that you have to do the same thing that I am doing. I’m simply sharing my plan to help make God’s word more meaningful to me in my life.

So are you joining in with me this month on the first Bible to Brain to Heart Challenge? Please let me know!

If you don’t already have a memory verse challenge that you are participating in, I’d love for you to join in with me on memorizing Psalm 9:1-2 this month. If you are joining in, I’d love for you to share with others on Facebook, tweeting about the challenge on Twitter using the hashtag  #BibleBrainHeart or pinning the graphic above on Pinterest.

Let’s let the Word of God permeate our hearts and minds!

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This Post is part of the 31 Days of Savoring Fall series. To see all the posts in the series, head here.

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  1. I am joining you, Victoria! Thanks so much for sharing this timely verse. I am, at this moment, writing a post on the things I am thankful for. I may just add this verse to the post. Thanks for the inspiration! Now that I think of it, I may add a link to this post. 🙂

  2. Victoria, I just noticed that you accidentally put a “t” in “high”. I hope it isn’t too difficult to correct. Thank you, again, for this great resource. I finished my post and I will be adding a link to this post.

  3. I appreciate the focus you put on the spiritual during holidays that at times can become – not just secularized – but even worldly. I hate to say that, but gluttony and commercialism can overshadows what we should really keep in mind—how blessed we are, and that everything we have has been given to us by a gracious, loving God.

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