The activities of the last six weeks have been both wonderful and hard. I have enjoyed parts, but they have also reminded me of what I have lost.
As often happens when we are worn out, I have felt a bit down the last few days. When I am down, I begin to doubt.
The solution for me when battling discouragement is always the same: prayer and looking again at the truth found in the Bible.
Many years ago I began memorizing scripture.
I like to study whole chapters because it’s too easy to take a verse or two out of context. I like looking at the verses around the one I am studying. I started with one verse, then wanted to learn the ones around it, and so on, and so on. That is how I began memorizing chapters.
Memorizing chapters may sound scary. It take lots of time and repetition, but anyone can do this. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have the Holy Spirit in you to help you learn the Word of God.
Start with a familiar passage like Psalm 23. Read the chapter out loud twice each day. Every day. Out loud. In a few weeks, you will have it down!
I also use a free website to help me learn and review passages. www.memverse.com
To help me battle discouragement, I have been reviewing passages I had memorized, reminding myself of the wonderful things God has done for me and who He is.
This month, I am grateful for the Word of God. I have chosen passages from some of the chapters I have memorized to be thankful for and to meditate on.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Psalm 1:6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of wicked will perish.
Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 103:8-10 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
Psalm 139:13-16 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Proverbs 3:21-24 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble; when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Isaiah 53:6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Ephesians 1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
Ephesians 2:4-5 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.
Ephesians 3:12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Ephesians 4:15-16 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Ephesians 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord
Philippians 1:4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
Philippians 3:10-11 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
James 3:17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
James 4:7-8 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.
James 5:19-20 My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
1 John 1:5-7 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.