January 16, 2017

Hey Hilltop I’m back on the blog! This year’s blog is going to be a little different than last years. This year will require you to bring back the lost art of MEMORIZING! I am going to entitle the blog for this year “50 to Remember”. I will give you one verse a week starting each Monday for you to commit to memory. Yep only one! Throughout the week I will give you a short comment on the verse and I will from time to time list a benefit of memorizing scripture. For instance did you know that the Word of God is powerful enough to keep you from sinning? >

Psalm 119:9 (NLT) — 9 How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word. Psalm 119:11 (NLT) — 11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Pretty cool right? Let me start this blog off with a quote by Robert J. Morgan author of “100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart”. This is one sweet book and I will use bible verses from this book.

      “Restoring the art of Scripture memory is crucial for us, our churches, and children. It’s vital for mental and emotional health and for spiritual well-being. Though it’s as easy as repeating words aloud, it’s as powerful as acorns dropping into furrows in the forest. It makes the Bible portable; you can take it with you everywhere without packing it in purse or briefcase. It makes Scripture accessible day and night. It allows God’s Word to sink into your brain and permeate your subconscious and even your unconscious thoughts. It gives you a word to say to anyone, in season and out of season. It fills your heart and home with the best thoughts ever recorded. It saturates the personality, satiates the soul, and stockpiles the mind. It changes the atmosphere of every family and alters the weather forecast of every day. It takes one minute a day, or five or ten—whatever you can devote to it. It can be done in your bath, your bed, at your desk, or in an airplane (you can’t say all that about too many things). It can be done on the go, in traffic jams, while shaving, at sunup, or before bedtime. It can be done alone, with another person, or in groups. It’s an amazingly versatile habit but also a vital one, profitable whether we’re in the nursery or in the nursing home”.
You can write the verse out on little slips of paper and carry them with you wherever you go. You can put it on a post it note and put them all over the house and car. You can write them out longhand many times until you got it. That reminds me of a time in fourth grade when one of my biggest sins was talking in class. The teacher made me stay after school and write out a hundred times on a lined paper, “I will not talk in class.” When I got done with the assignment guess what was etched on my small mind for days?:)
I will use the New Living Translation for the verses that I give you; and yes by the end of the year lets see if we are able to write out all 50 by memory. You can use any translation you want to memorize.

Verse of the Week:Genesis 1:1 (NLT) — 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

It all started with God. Here is a wonderful way to start things. Start your day with God, your job with God, school with God, marriage with God, free time with God, friendships with God etc. I think you get the idea. I thought my mother was a pretty talented cook. She could make an eight course meal out of a hot dog! But mom didn’t have anything over on God. That word ‘created’ means to make something out of nothing. Mom needed the hot dog but God didn’t need anything! Start your day with God and let him create for you a day to His liking.

Be Inspired Hilltop!