Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February 1st!!! Scripture Memory is here!!!

Well, we are!!! IT'S TIME!!!!!!!!! (jumping up and down!!!!)

Let me just say that I am like a kid at Christmas over this one....I am so excited to see February 1st finally get here! We are going to have us some fun memorizing scripture this year, girls, so get yourself ready!!

This is what I know about scripture memory from last year. One of our beloved bible teachers, Beth Moore, challenged us to memorize 24 scriptures during 2011. That means only two scriptures a month. TWO A MONTH!!! That's it. Since we are starting February 1st, we will be memorizing 22 scriptures. Of course if you have been steady going since January 1...then that is AWESOME!!! But, I will be learning 22. I don't know if 22 scares you or excites you, but I can promise you, we will get it done! I need all the encouragement I can get too. 11 months won't come quickly. It's a marathon....not a sprint.

I highly suggest posting your scriptures here each time. I learned that when someone is expecting to see a scripture from me, then I'm being held accountable in a way. I will always post on the 1st and the 15th about scripture memory. You will find yourself knowing those dates and thinking about scripture before you know it. It will be 2nd nature to you. :)

I also know this.....the 1st year that Beth started scripture memory, I failed big time over the summer. Just flat out quit. My brain got lazy and I just didn't even try. Maybe I was overwhelmed or afraid....I'm not sure. But...I can clearly look back over last year's verses and see that I picked very short verses that spoke directly into our season of rest, peace, joy, and family. I joked over and over that I would pick John 3:16 or "Jesus wept" this past summer so I could keep at it! I DID NOT WANT TO QUIT AND BLAME IT ON SUMMER.  I fell off  the structured band wagon once and I was determined to not do it again. So, keep it simple over the summer if you think it will be a challenge for ya. 

Finally...if you don't have note cards that are bound by a spiral or ring, grab one quick. It's so much easier to have all your scriptures right there together. I would keep mine in my car, in my purse, somewhere quick and handy and always in front of me! I got my current spiral from Office Max.

Before I share  my scripture, some of you have heard me share this, but I want you to personally know what scripture memory meant for me last year. 2011 started out in a very difficult place with some things happening outside of our home, but very dear to my heart. As I looked back over that spiral and memorized and memorized, I could see God's faithfulness in all its beauty. I could see Him take me from dark to light. I could watch a movie of my life called "2011 in Scripture...the Fran Thomas story" unfold and I would just sit and stare by the time December rolled around. In my 42 years of life, I have documented record of my life through His Word that I wouldn't trade for all the money in the world. As I rattled off each scripture to my dear friend, Robyn, in Houston....I would say with just about every one a story of why that scripture was picked. It was a trip down memory lane, but most of all, a trip with God. He was so faithful to me this past year. I grew in ways I could never articulate. I just want you to know Him and experience Him as I did in 2011. Once you have won't ever want to stop memorizing scripture.

Let's keep with Beth's format so we can see where we are all from as well as the translation chosen for your verse. You will love reading other girls verses and knowing what translation they are from. Ok, here is  my scripture for February 1, 2011....

I chose this verse because it was the very first verse in my bible study, Duty or Delight. My awesome this study is. Find some friends and dig into this too if you can!

Fran, Jackson, TN  "For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight."  Ephesians 1:4 NIV

Ok....let's hear it!!!  Chime in! I can't wait to read the verses you have chosen.

I sure do love y'all~


Michelle V said...

Michelle, Hewitt, TX

"I have given them the glory that you gave me. I did this so that they are united in the same way we are. I am in them, and you are in me. So they are completely united. In this way the world knows that you have sent me and that you have loved them in the same way you have loved me." John 17:22-23 GWT

Patty said...

From TN

Ps. 119:114. You're my place of quiet retreat;I will wait for your Word to renew me. The Message

Thank you Fran for hosting this and love you too.

beckyjomama said...

Becky Jo
Chesterfield MI

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
James 1:5-6 ESV

Sheryl said...

Marietta, GA

Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days--You would not believe if you were told.
Habakkuk 1:5 NASB

Gayle @ TrainingOlives said...

Meridian, MS
"And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32 NKJV

Christy Treadway said...
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Christy Treadway said...

"but Godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into this world and we can take nothing from it" 1 Timothy 6:67 NIV

Dori Cook said...

Spring Hill, TN

"For it is not merely hearing the Law read that makes one righteous before God, but it is the doers of the Law who will be held guiltless and acquitted and justified." Romans 2:13 Amplified

Brandi said...

"Yet those who wait for the the Lord will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary."
Isaiah 40:31 NASB

Mary R Snyder said...

Remlap, AL

In Him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.
Col 2:3 (HCSB)

Cheryl said...

Hephzibah, Ga.

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Psalm 105:4 NIV

Kelly S. said...

Kelly Snodgrass
Rogersville, TN
Psalm 44.5 NIV84
Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes.

Thank you Fran!

Runner Mom said...

Simpsonville, SC

Thanks so much, sweet friend for this! I am looking forward to it and am also a little anxious! But God is faithful! Here is my verse for Feb. 1:

All of us, then, reflect the glory of the Lord with uncovered faces; and that same glory, coming from the Lord, who is the Spirit, transforms us into his likeness in an ever greater degree of glory.

2 Cor. 3:18 Good News Translation


3girlsmom said...

I haven't chosen one yet. But I LOVE yours. Totally spoke to me this morning. So I'm stealing it.

Loved the "trip down memory lane" with you in Houston. Was so cool to recite those scriptures with you and know exactly where you & I were in life during that time. It was our 2011 yearbook. I think I'll go back in the spiral (toldya I'd find it) and write the circumstance that prompted me to choose that scripture on the back side of the scripture.

Birmingham, AL

"For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight." Ephesians 1:4 NIV


Medina, TN

For anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore, it says, "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you". Ephesians 5:14

This verse has been speaking to me over and over since November.. in scripture, in sermons, in song and through different people. It is time I memorize and claim it! :)

Diane said...

Diane Seltzer
Chesapeake, VA

Luke 9:23

"If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."

lavonda said...

Atlanta, Ga

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
Isaiah 43:18

De Anna Morris said...

**Fran, thank you so much for hosting this!**

De Anna
Greenville SC

james 2:9-10 NIV
9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

Speaking Thru Me Ministries said...

With ur help I can advance against the troop; with my God I can scale a wall. PS 18:29

Glory!!!!!! Live u Franny!!!! And love u too. Ha

Yolanda said...

Ulysses, Ks

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6 NIV

Ashley said...

San Angelo, TX
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind." James 1:5-6 ESV

Valerie said...

Ok I was going to do one from James but this verse hit me a little while ago.

ValerieGail, Fultondale, AL

My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, LORD, I will seek.
Psalm 27:8 NIV

Thanks Fran!!

Shelly Elston said...

Portland, OR

"Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."
Genesis 28:15 (ESV)

Suni Nicole Heflin said...

Suni Nicole
Roanoke, VA

"Jesus replied, 'Love the Lord your god with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment." Matthew 22:37-38

ocean mommy said...

Starting Duty or Delight this month so I am starting in Epehsians too. :)

Stephanie, Winder, GA

Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
Ephesians 1:4 ESV

bornagain1230 said...

Isaiah 41:10 NIV

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

I need daily reminder that my strength comes from the Lord. When I am weak, HE is strong.

Pamela (His maidservant) said...

Pamela, Missouri

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me,for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. Isa 61:1 (NLT)

Been doing this with Beth since 2009 and it has been transformational! Wasn't able to be at the gather last month but I was in spirit. I love the accountability you carry here. Thanks!

Shelly said...

Shelly Griffin
Nashville, TN

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

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