I've fallen a bit behind on my memory work, but I've been doing some review today and decided to attempt to type all of my 2013 scriptures from memory (eek!). I've noticed a theme of hope and love running through the verses I've chosen this year. Just reviewing them, rewriting them (however imperfectly), has blessed me -- maybe someone else needs these words today?
Okay - here goes!
Above all, love each other deeply,
because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Cheerfully share your home with those
who need a meal or a place to stay.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another
as good stewards of God's varied grace.
1 Peter 4:8-10
May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer!
Oh that we might know the Lord!
Let us press on to know him.
He will respond as surely as the arrival of the dawn
or the coming of rains in early spring.
All your children will be taught by the Lord
and great will be their peace.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul,
firm and secure.
Our Father in heaven, reveal who you are.
Set the world right.
Do what's best -- as above, so below.
(so far so good -- even references! yay!)
Don't just pretend to love others -- really love them.
Hate what is wrong, cling tightly to what is good.
Love each other with genuine affection
and take delight in honoring each other.
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light
so that you can understand the confident hope
he has given to those he called - his holy people
who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
(words in bold I missed!)
When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.
(missed the reference on this one)
Trust in the Lord and do good.
Dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord
and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord.
Trust in him and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
and your justice as the noonday.
But this I call to mind, therefore I have hope:
The Lord's loyal kindness never ceases;
His compassions never end.
They are fresh every morning.
Your faithfulness is abundant!
Live a life filled with love,
following the example of Christ.
He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us,
a pleasing aroma to God.
I pray that God, the source of all hope,
will infuse your lives with an abundance of joy and peace
in the midst of your faith
so that your hope will overflow
through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Phew -- getting there. And this was after hand-writing them a time or two to review. Praying that these will be more than words -- that God would use them to transform my mind and heart! What are you memorizing these days?