Written on My Heart

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.


  1. I watched the John Piper video (love him) and wow, I liked what he said about "who would walk through this devil-ruled world without a sword in his hand?"

  2. I'm a big believer in the power of memorizing scripture verses and know that they have strengthened us as a family. I have been surprised by how often the verses we have memorized are quoted at church and in Conference talks, and I love it that we know them and can quote it along with whoever is speaking (not out loud of course).

  3. I liked this video! So true! Good luck with your memorizing, I'll keep you in my prayers :) By the way I found your blog through the pleated poppies what I wore Wednesday. Hope you have a great week friend! ~Molly P

  4. Love that Holly! I am right there with 'ya! Hopefully we will take this journey together...again! :)

  5. I used to tape a scripture card on the bathroom mirror for my kids to learn. The rule was to wash your hands as long as it took to read the scripture out loud. I don't know if they learned them, but I remember them all!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog!

  6. Thanks Holly!

    I have been looking for the site to participate with you and the other girls! Yall have been such an encouragement for me.

    I got some good mail today that brought tears to my eyes! Its the simple things that bring the most joy! Love ya girl!!!!

  7. wow! very convicting. I've been giving up in some areas of my life, but walking through here with no sword in my hand....wow! time to recommit...I like the idea of colossians in a year. even with the first week nearly gone, I think it's still doable. I am going to mention to family. sure you don't want to try it?

  8. You know, inspired by you and another talk I heard, we started memorizing scripture as a family two years ago. We have done about 20. So, you may have petered out, but your idea and inspiration lived on. Thanks!!

  9. I love this idea... I haven't memorized a scripture in far too long.
    You have inspired me too :)


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