OK so I have a confession to make, I totally bombed on creating and memorizing a portion of Scripture last month. I didn’t even post one!
As I’ve mentioned before, I sort of took a little break from blogging and the online world for a portion of summer to just slow down and enjoy my family. It was a much needed break, but I’m happy to get back into a more structured routine for the remainder of the summer, which also means being intentional about memorizing another passage of Scripture.
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 Philippians 4:5-7, ESV version.
I have long struggled with anxiety and worry so I have had to rely on God and His Word when fear and doubt sets in. Last week as I was finishing up reading Philippians as part of my morning Bible reading, I was reminded of this passage.
What great comfort it is to know that the Lord is at hand and that when we focus on Him through prayer our anxious thoughts fade away. When I spend time thanking God and listing out all that He has blessed me with, the peace of God does fill me and guards my heart. In fact anytime I feel afraid, scared or alone, I simply just recite Jesus’ name if no other words come to mine. Without fail, God is true to His promises and I instantly feel His presence.
So this month I am choosing to memorize these few passages of Philippians as another tool to use again Satan when I feel those negative thoughts coming to mind.
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 an Philippians 5:5-7 first letters card.
In the download below you will have 2 memory verse cards plus 1 first letters card.
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: Read Titus- I’ll spend the next few weeks reviewing the entire book of 2 Corinthians, especially chapter 4.
- 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 Philippians 4:5-7 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 Philippians 4:5-7 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.