Seven Reasons to Memorize Scripture

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We are instructed by God to meditate on His Word. This can be difficult especially when we are going through the busy days of life. Can we add meditation and memorization into our packed-filled lives? Can we move from frustration to peace as we focus on God’s Word? The answer is yes. I have found that when I combined my activities with meditation, I can change my thought process while still going about my day. What are some of the blessings and benefits of memorizing Scriptures? Here are a few:

1. To become more like Jesus.
I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
2. To receive blessings.
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night. Psalm 1:1-2
3. To have peace.
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3
4. To learn His Word gives joy.
When your words came, I ate them;
they were my joy and my heart’s delight. Jeremiah 15:16
5. To have hope.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans 15:4
6. To stay safe.
The law of their God is in their hearts;
their feet do not slip. Psalm 37:31
7. To transform our minds.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2

Lord, help us to memorize and meditate on your Word. Amen.

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With our fast-paced lifestyles today, it is often a challenge to make time to read God’s Word. Hidden In My Heart was designed to make the most of small fragments of time to reflect on verses of Scripture. You may keep this book on your nightstand, on the kitchen counter, or in your car. Regardless of where you read it, it will always remind you to meditate on a verse each day. There is an insightful daily verse beginning with Genesis in January and ending with Revelation in December. Hidden In My Heart walks you through the Bible day by day with at least one inspirational verse from each book of the Bible. This collection of daily Scriptures and accompanying space for personal journaling will enrich your daily walk with God by providing structure for your own reflection and meditation on God’s Word. May this book become as meaningful to you as writing it has been to me. And may you always be aware of God’s truths and His constant love for you. Tena

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Living in the Moment

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I took several week’s off from my blog and FB Live to attend family events. One of those events involved my oldest son marrying his sweetheart. On that day, God graced me with another incredible gift besides gaining a lovely daughter. It was the present of living in the present moment.
As I prepared to get dressed, I added several needed items in my purse, one being my phone. My plan was to have it on hand in case there was a special moment I wanted to capture. What I learned on that beautiful day was that every moment was a beautiful moment. Because I wanted to be in each beautiful space, I never took out my phone. From the moment the marriage ceremony began to next day, I never checked my messages. I never went on social media. I never even thought to check my email. Instead I savored every minute, fully experiencing each one. Part of the reason I was able to be completely engaged on the wedding day was the confidence of knowing that Dan and Casey, the groom and bride, had hired a wedding photographer who was being paid to capture memorable moments. My mind was at rest not worried about what I was missing on my phone.
It was not until the next day that I realized God had also graced me with several friends who also had taken fantastic pictures and sent them to me via text messages. Friends had taken pictures of the wedding couple and of me with friends, and of me with my family members.
Oh! And as for the emails and social media posts, I didn’t miss anything while fully engaged in the wedding day. As for the pictures that friends and family posted that day on social media, I was able to easily add my “likes” and comments the following day. I also had time the next few days to respond to my emails.
As I reflected on this wonderful gift God had given me, I thought about how often my thoughts are often distracted by technology. I have been thinking about being intentional about being fully present in lots of different situations not just the really big events. How much am I missing out on because I am not fully committed to the conversation or situation at hand?
To help us check our own practice of being present, I am asking some probing questions about what keeps us from being thoroughly engaged. May these questions help us better to be wholly present!
Do I text or email while out to dinner with family or friends?
When someone calls and it is not an emergency, do I ask if I can call them back because I am in the middle of a face-to-face conversation or do I have the phone conversation in front of the other person?
Do I put my phone on silent and put it away during sacred occasions such as church ceremonies, funerals, etc.?
Am I distracted by television when eating dinner with my family?
Do I try to have a meaningful conversation with loved ones with my eyes on the computer or phone screen?
Do I put my phone on silent when I go to bed?
How often am I checking my phone for text messages, emails, and social media notifications?
Do I use good eye contact when speaking to anyone letting them know I care deeply about what they are saying?
Is there any form of technology such as phones, radios, televisions, or computers that I can use a little less to be in the moment, or to take in nature, or to enjoy being with family or friends?

Father God, help me to be entirely present in each moment you give. Amen.

dan-and-casey The happy bride and groom.

steve-tena-mitch Me, the best man and brother, Mitch, and my husband, Steve