Monday, February 27, 2012

- -9 of 52 - -

"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;" 1 Peter 1:13 (KJV)

What is your ninth verse?

Have you been reviewing your other verses this week?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

--8 of 52--

"Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world."
Philippians 2:14-15

We are called to be lights in this world.

As I read Philippians 2:13-14, the questions popped up: "Is it possible that our light dims because of our murmurings (or grumbling) and disputings (debates)?" Then, a more serious question, "How often to others look in and see me murmuring or disputing about something that I thought did not go right?"

Many times, the world looks at Christians through a magnifying glass and are very willing to point out our errors and say, "See, you claim to be a Christian, and yet here you are moaning about everything!" In these verses, we are challenged to live our life blamelessly and above reproach. How am I living mine?

Remember to share  your verse with us!!
Also review your other verses and work on any rough spots in them.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Creative Ways to Memorize God's Word

Another of our participants, Kelly-Anne (from Beautiful Girlhood blog) has offered to share her creative ideas of memorizing God's Word. Thank you, Kelly-Anne!

If anyone else is interested in sharing tips or creative ways that help you in this journey, either comment or email me at

~Ana Renee

I believe that memorizing Scripture is good for every follower of Jesus Christ. It gets us through hard times and keeps us focused on His everlasting love.I do admit that when I joined 52 Weeks 52 Verses, I had no idea just how many words I would be storing in my head!

...So...I came up with a way to keep me re-reading and repeating each verse I have memorized so far...

I print each verse I plan to memorize on a piece of A4 blank paper in stunning fonts and sizes. I then decorate it with ribbons, stamps, paper flowers, pearls, gems, etc. Sometimes, I paint the word most fitting to the verse in bold, so I know at a glance what it is about. Each piece of Scripture goes up on my wall (I don't know where I will put fifty-two!) so I can read through them all before going to sleep. Each verse I can repeat whenever and wherever I am.

Here are some pictures of the verses that I have done so far.

Monday, February 13, 2012

--7 of 52--

“Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve Him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:14-15

A man once said, “When I raised my children, I raised them to make a living. I succeeded; they are all making much more money than I ever hoped to and are very successful in the business world.” He grew serious as he added, “But not one of them is serving the Lord.”

This man raised his children to serve the gods of money, business, and worldly success. Other parents raise their children to serve other gods: diet, exercise, fame, self, etc. The challenge from Joshua is still applicable to us today: will we live for temporal gods that do not last for eternity? Or will we serve GOD – the one true living God? Is the verse, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” simply a plaque that hangs on our wall, or is it prevalent in the way we live our life?

Choose you this day whom ye will serve. We do not just “happen” to serve God – we must make a conscious choice. Which choice are we making?

What is your memory verse for the week?
Remember to continually review your other six verses throughout the week! :)

Monday, February 6, 2012

--6 of 52--

"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."
Ephesians 4:29

How quickly do we “let things slip” out of our mouth without a thought? In Ephesians 4:29, we are challenged to use only words that edify (or “build up”), words that are gracious to the hearers.

Let us pretend that we have a pile blocks in front of us. Each time we spoke of others (especially those closest to us, like parents, siblings, spouses, and cousins) in a positive way, we would add blocks. But each time we spoke in a way that would tear them down, we would take away a block. What would our block pile look like after a day? Would it have a miserable few blocks left or none at all? May we all be challenged to use our words in a way that will build up those around us.

What is your sixth verse?
Remember to review all of your verses throughout the week and polish up the ones that need it.