A few months ago, I decided to challenge myself. I was having daily devotions and had the question on my mind, "what more can I do?" That question quickly grew into a hunger for more of God's Word, so I decided to challenge myself to memorize a verse a day. What better way to grow closer to our Lord and be more like Him than to meditate on His Word daily. Having a verse to devote to memory throughout the day truly does make a difference.
How do I choose which one to memorize? I usually find one that I love highlighted in one of the books I'm reading, or I choose one from the passage of Scripture I'm reading that day. I keep a journal of what I'm reading (this journal is starting to look pretty rough and falling apart with multi colored sticky tabs throughout it…it's a sight haha). After I've taken notes on what I read that day, I write my memory verse down, highlight it, then mark it with a sticky tab. For some reason, I memorize things better if I see them in my own writing. I then take a photo of the verse in my journal on my phone and save it to an album I have titled "Verses." That way, I can glance at it throughout the day.
Memorizing verses has been a constant reminder to me throughout the day that God is in control, the happenings of our days rest in His hands. His word directs our paths (Psalm 119:105), and keeps us sure footed. There are times throughout the day when I'm feeling stressed, and just quoting a verse makes it so much better and takes away that feeling of hopelessness. God's Word will always shed a light on our situations. Memorizing verses helps us learn a walk of faith so that we may trust Him for each next step to take.
Here are a few of my favorite verses:
I know I've stated this before, but I truly believe God gives us just enough light for the step we are on so that we will continue to trust Him for the next step that follows. I can't tell you the perfect timing of the verses I've been memorizing and how choosing them on the day that I did couldn't have been a more perfect day. God's timing is perfect. Lastly, it is so easy to just read the Bible (simply as a Biblical story) and not relate it to our lives today. There are many times when I get caught on a verse and say "how is this relevant to my life today?" But it is! Every time I get stuck on that question, I recite:
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we for the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
So, choose a verse a day, commit it to memory, and see how it works on your life! :)