2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 11!

Hey, Everybody! I am jotting this post several days in advance because I’ll be at a Living Proof Live in Atlanta, Georgia the day this goes up. In fact, if you read this before 11:15 CST (12:15 Atlanta time) on Saturday, we’d be incredibly blessed if you’d pray for our remaining time to be so flooded with the presence of God that we can hardly bear the glory.

I’m so proud of you for making it this far in our Scripture memory process! Sisters, you have worked hard. Let yourself feel the holy nod of God. He has tremendous joy in seeing His children esteem His Word highly enough to store it like treasures in the vault of their hearts. We’ve arrived at a milestone of sorts in this journey. June is tremendously significant for our team because this is the month we come to the halfway marker. Once we get into July and August we have less memorization in front of us than we have behind us. That’s a big deal.

This time around I’m choosing a verse that I’ll be challenging the attendees to memorize at the Atlanta Living Proof Live. I’m not sure a verse could be more fitting for the pure act of praise. I love Scriptures that not only speak about God but speak straight to God. Get a load of this one:

Beth, Houston. O Lord, You are great, mighty, majestic, magnificent, glorious, and sovereign over all the sky and earth!  You have dominion and exalt Yourself as the ruler of all. 1 Chronicles 29:11  The NET Bible

Any of us who memorize a fair amount of Scripture have certain go-to approaches that have helped us along. If you’ve got a method that is working, by all means, go with it! But, if you’re interested in memorizing the same verse and would like some suggestions about how to tackle it, I’ll share what works for me. Keep in mind that the methods of Blonder Than She Pays To Be could be madness to someone else so take this or leave it depending on your learning style.

With any verse, I start looking almost immediately for how I can reason out the word order. The first thing I’m going to notice in 1 Chronicles 29:11 is that there are 6 rapid-fire descriptions of God in the first sentence. In this verse, I’d reason that it’s fitting  for the word “great” to be first among the descriptions because many of us are accustomed to using the terminology that God (or the Lord, in this case) is great. It’s an easy, accessible word. The next three descriptions all begin with “M”: mighty, majestic, magnificent. As I prepare for Atlanta, I’ll be saying those three words over and over in that order so that they’ll get ingrained in my thinking. They have an amplifying rhythm to them, too, because the first one (mighty) is two syllables, the second one (majestic) is three syllables, and the third one (magnificent) is four syllables. Does that help at all with the word order and how they roll off your tongue? Say them until you feel the syllables build and you might latch onto them pretty quickly.

After the beginning “G” (great) and the 3 “M’s”, we have another “G.” This time it stands for “glorious.” That’s a word I love to say so I’m hoping I can remember it pretty easily. G-M-M-M-G. Are you beginning to catch on? (I think I just heard somebody yell “NO!” Was that you?? I tried to warn you that I can make things harder than they have to be. Laughing. You might need to be the one telling your sisters here how to tackle a wordy verse. Just give me an “E” for effort here and maybe an “A” for affection. I do so seriously love you.)

The last of the 6 descriptions is “sovereign.” To me, that’s always the final word on anything that has to do with God. If I’m confused or I can’t fit in my brain why this happened or why God approached a particular thing a particular way, I finally come to a measure of peace by stating this biblical truth: He is sovereign over all things. In the exact words of 1 Chronicles 29:11, “over all the sky and earth.” I love visual language and that, Sister, is plenty visual. Span the galaxies in the universe with your imagination then put your scope on our planet and zero in. (I know I’m really pushing it right now with some of you but the way I’d keep it straight that “sky” comes before “earth” is that it starts with an “S” like “sovereign” right before it. If I’m getting on your last nerve, never mind.)

Then put the finishing touches on the verse with this: You have dominion and exalt Yourself as the ruler of all!

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not expecting that we’d have it down pat in the brief amount of time it’s taken us to walk through those few paragraphs but what about 15 days? That’s how long we’d have to get those words steeped into our souls. Could we get them down over the course of two weeks? Yes, ma’am, I do believe we can! And, if not word-for-word, just think how much we’ve meditated on descriptions of our God! That is time NEVER wasted. Let’s ask God to give us the supernatural unction to accomplish this memorization and remind Him how much glory He could receive from our being able to extol His preeminence like that over and over while we’re…

praying…

driving…

walking through our neighborhoods…

on our treadmills…

rocking our babies…

getting chemotherapy…

getting physical therapy…

sitting with an elderly loved one…

healing from a heartbreak…

or so happy that we need some way to tell Him how marvelous we think He is before we burst.

Of course, most of you have your own Scripture selections and I have just put you through the wringer for nothing! So, whether you’re sharing 1 Chronicles 29:11 or bringing your own verse to the table, let’s see them! I’m blessed almost out of my bleached blond mind to get to do this with you, Sister. You are a tremendous joy to me.

 

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  1. 3301
    Joan - Redkey says:

    Keep me as the apple of thy eye, hide me under thy shadow.

    Psalms 17:8 KJ

  2. 3302
    Natalie says:

    Lexington,KY

    Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

    Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

  3. 3303
    Roxy says:

    Roxy
    Riverton, Utah
    Prov 3:5-6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. NIV

  4. 3304
    Johnine says:

    Johnine from Murfreesboro, TN
    Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:4 NIV

  5. 3305
    Natalie Robertson says:

    Natalie from Frisco, TX

    “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22 NIV

  6. 3306
    Holly Moore says:

    Holly from Alpharetta, GA

    He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.

    Psalm 103: 10 NLT

  7. 3307
    Natasha Smith says:

    Natasha, Pearland, TX

    Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, there with to be content. Philippians 4:11 KJV

  8. 3308
    Andrea Mastin says:

    Andrea, Ontario, Canada
    O Lord, you are great, mighty, majestic, magnificent, glorious and sovereign over all the sky and earth! You have dominion and exult yourself as the ruler of all” 1 Chron 29:11 NER

  9. 3309
    Paula Rose says:

    Paula, Atlanta Tx
    If I say surely the darkness ahll fall on me,
    Even the night shall be light about me.
    Psalm 139:11 NKJV

  10. 3310
    Whitney says:

    Whitney from Russellville,TN
    Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him? Matthew 7:9-11. TNIV

  11. 3311
    TiffanyTennant says:

    Tiffany
    Muskogee, OK
    The Lord replied, “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it. (Habakkuk 1:5 NLT)

  12. 3312
    Kaiva Lacis-Huff says:

    . . .What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?

    Corinthians 4:7 NLT

  13. 3313
    Laurel Clark says:

    Colossians 1;29 NKJV

    To this end I also labor striving according to His working, which works mightily in me.

  14. 3314
    Becky Peurifoy says:

    BECKY PEURIFOY – LONGVIEW TX – PS 103:1 NLT “LET ALL THAT I AM PRAISE THE LORD; WITH MY WHOLE HEART, I WILL PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME.”

  15. 3315
    Joanna K says:

    Joanna K, Salinas, CA
    Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
    Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

  16. 3316
    Janna Davis, Poplar Bluff, MO says:

    For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

    • 3316.1
      Janna, Poplar Bluff, MO says:

      Then you will call upon me and come an pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:12 NIV

  17. 3317
    Stephanie Knight says:

    Stephanie Knight
    Waynesboro, MS

    “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience great trials” James 1:2 HCSB

  18. 3318
    Stephanie Arnett says:

    stephanie, houston
    If I say, “surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me.”
    Psalm 139: NIV

  19. 3319
    Angela Marshall says:

    Angela Greenville Ohio
    You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trust in you. Isaiah26:3 NIV

  20. 3320
    Gina Tompkins says:

    Gina, Tulsa
    No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12 NIV

  21. 3321

    Bev from Austin, Texas

    “At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved. Therefore consider the word and understand the vision.” Daniel 9:23 ESV

  22. 3322
    Liz says:

    Liz Nashua, NH
    James 1:19-20 NIV
    “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this:Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”

  23. 3323
    Lisa Auten says:

    Lisa Auten; Rogers, AR: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ” Phil 4: 6 NIV

  24. 3324
    Julie Huffman says:

    Julie Huffman: Springdale, AR: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ” Phil 4: 6 NIV

  25. 3325
    Sara G. says:

    Sara, Plymouth, IN

    The Lord your God n your midst,
    The Mighty One, will save;
    yHe will rejoice over you with gladness,
    He will quiet you with His love,
    He will rejoice over you with singing.

    Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV)

  26. 3326
    janice from platte city says:

    But in your hearts revere Christ ans Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to anybody who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have, but do this with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15 NIV

  27. 3327
    Melissa E says:

    Melissa Eaton
    Anna, TX

    ESV Psalm 121:1-2
    “1.I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 2. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

  28. 3328
    alyssa, sealy tx says:

    Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

  29. 3329
    Debbie says:

    from Orlando
    Phillipians 4:11-12 (NIV)
    “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

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