One of my goals for 2011 is to make a more concerted effort to memorize scripture. I've worked on this before and made some progress, but lost my steam 3/4 of the way through 2009. I was choosing verses twice a month, but not trying my hardest to engrave them upon my brain. 2010 efforts were even less than half-hearted. Now that Beth Moore has challenged us again I am dusting off my little notecard spiral and getting back to the business of imprinting God's word on my heart so I can better abide in Him.
Here is the verse I selected to begin 2011:
"I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness."
Isaiah 61:10a (NIV)
I chose this verse because it's how I want to be, I want to delight fully in the Lord; to rejoice in Him, yet I seem to always find myself choosing to delight in the things of this world instead. Sigh.
I am confident though that having more of God's word imprinted on my heart this year will make a difference.
I'll leave you today with two things: 1.) a link to Ann Voskamp's thoughts on scripture memorization (she's provided materials to help memorize the book of Colossians throughout the year, which is a fabulous idea, but also one I find a tad intimidating for me right now, along with helpful tips to aid memorization); and 2.) this thought provoking video about why scripture memorization is so important.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.