Growing up, I participated in different Bible competitions and we had to memorize from the King James Version Bible. As an adult what I find interesting is that when I quote those passages, I still have to quote them from the KJV – it has been engrained into my heart. I also competed in piano competitions and while I can’t remember the entire arrangement of the songs I played I can still remember some of them. Things committed to memory, while difficult and challenging, lives with us for the rest of our lives.

Last year you were invited to walk the dusty roads of the ancients as we traveled chronologically through the Bible, discovering again the stories of faith, despair, triumph, grace and mercy. Today, I would like to invite you to join me in my New Year’s Resolution – to commit verses from the Bible to memory. Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (see, KJV because I memorized it). The Word of God hidden my heart serves to shape, convict, protect, and motivate me, and in the quest to live Above & Beyond in 2021 I realize I need to keep my foundation strong. One of the ways that I am going to do this is to work on memorizing Bible verses.

I find memorizing most easy when I write it down on an index card and tape it to my mirror in the bathroom. Every time I stand in front of the mirror I am have time to read to the verse(s) over and over, hiding it in my heart. By the end of 2021 my bathroom mirror should be almost covered and I will be seeing less of me and more of God. Each month I will put in the newsletter and on our web page a verse(s) that I am working on for that month. I hope you will join me in going Above & Beyond!

Here is my verse for January: Deuteronomy 31:6, Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (NIV)

Living Above & Beyond Together,

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