As a little girl I meticulously studied my verses to memorize for Sunday school each week. It was the gold stars that motivated me. I loved placing a new sticky star on the poster board chart my teacher had made. But the best part was seeing all those gold stars lined up at the end of each quarter and receiving my prize. Of course in the early 80s prizes for children were definitely not as extravagant as they are today. I’m pretty sure I was satisfied with a sheet of “Jesus Loves Me” stickers.
At some point the gold stars stopped and the focus on memorizing Scripture as part of growing spiritually faded. But just because we don’t do it, doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable. Verses like Psalm 119:11 point to the importance—
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
What if we made 2017 the year we get back into the habit of memorizing God’s Word?
12 Verses to Memorize in 2017
Here are the 12 verses I’ll be memorizing in 2017 and I’d love for you to join me. I’ll add a reminder about the verses to memorize to my post here every month. And we can celebrate together when we memorize each one. Sound good?
January—Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
February—Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23
March—The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. Exodus 14:14
April—”He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:6
May—Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
June—The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13
July—For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
August—Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
September—The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10
October—The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
November—Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
December—For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
So, there you go, 12 verses to memorize in 2017—verses to encourage and challenge, inspire and remind.
Will you be joining me in this endeavor? I hope so! Leave a comment and let me know so we can encourage one another.
Interested in some other verses to memorize? Check out these lists on my blog:
Download this printable with all 12 verses to memorize in 2017.
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