I've posted a few pictures on instagram where my hand had creeped into the shot and the scribbles on my hand were evident. People were commenting asking what it was and if I got a tattoo. Which I can see the confusion because they do just look like random letters haha! BUT this is actually what I have been doing to memorize scripture!
Looking back to last fall, I can see over and over again where the Lord was urging me to start really digging into scripture and start storing it away in my heart. I read it in a book, heard a friend talking about, then one of my friends told me how she would take a Bible verse and write down the first letter of every word on her hand. I had never heard of that! I thought it was brilliant though! So I decided I would start doing it.
Boy does it work.
Christine Caine was speaking at Passion and something she said really stuck with me. She said:
"The truth will set you free, but only the truth that you know."
The Bible is full of truth, but if we are not searching out that truth it is useless for us.
I find myself so often falling into the the lies of the devil. Living in a fallen world we are constantly being fed those lies, through media, t.v., even ads. Especially as girls, we are being told we need to look like this or dress like this or be like this, and if not then something is wrong with us.
With all the lies coming in, we have GOT to have truth coming in so we can combat those lies!
The enemy is feeding me these lies just like anyone else, but lately he's been hitting me hard with something I finally realized had a name: destination addiction. Moving away from home has been really hard for me. I have been extremely overwhelmed from the craziness of life. I was constantly saying, "Oh I can't wait to be back home for Christmas, then I will be happy again", "Oh I can't wait to be back home for summer, then I will be myself again." And although I am excited to be going back home soon for summer (I mean who isn't?!), I realized I was basing my happiness off of a place. Then it hit me- I do not want to be happy, I want to be joyful. Happiness is based off of circumstances, while joy is a gift from God. Though we may not be happy about some situations we find ourselves in, we can still be joyful no matter what because of Christ! John 10:10 says, "The thief comes in to steal, kill and destroy..." The devil sure was coming in to steal my joy.
I say all of this to show you what my verses were combatting. The main things I was focusing on were joy and calming my anxious, overwhelmed heart.
"You make known to me the path of life and in your presence there is fullness of joy; at you right hand are pleasures forever more." -Psalm 16:11
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hears and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6&7
There is something in the Bible for anything that you could be struggling with. We have all just got to learn to turn first to the Word for out truth instead of other places. Find your truth and then dwell on it. That is the thing about writing it on your hand. I love highlighting verses in my Bible, but once I shut my Bible and go on with everyday life that verse is out of sight and out of mind...I simply forget about it! But, obviously my hands are always with me. I cannot help but see the letters on my hand and then I am reminded of that truth. It helps me focus more on God and when I am focused more on God, I am more focused on long-term things and not as concerned with the trivial short-term problems that are what are making me anxious or upset.
John Luke just said today, "Ya know, society is focusing on the short-term, but we as Christians have to be focusing more on the long-term.
I have challenged myself to memorize more scripture, and not only memorize it but store it in my heart. I want to challenge you to try it! Try it for a week. Write it on your hand. It does not have to be a super long verse, but just a verse that you can find encouragement in. Sometimes I'll have a different verse everyday, or I may write the same one over and over again for a week....whatever fits your need best.
I hope this week you can know just how crazy God is about you and how He is there for your every need.