When you plan an international trip, out of respect to the culture and people (and for safety sake) you attempt to learn a few key words and phrases before you arrive.

Thank you.
How much does this cost?
Where is the bathroom?
One scoop of chocolate, please.

Just these few words in the mother tongue can have a tremendous impact and and create a bond and warm a heart.

So while God enjoys any words we speak to Him, it is best to speak to Him using His language–scripture!

As we embark upon 2017, my prayer is that you will grow closer to God and exercise your faith, sunshine. Memorizing and applying scripture to daily life is just one of the ones you can do that!

So every Monday morning, I will send a verse with a little memorization tool to help you remember the scripture as you study it on your own each week.

This practice was inspired by a video of a little boy reciting the ABC’s of scripture. We will follow his lead as the weekly scripture will begin with a corresponding letter to the alphabet--this week is A; this in and of itself will help commit the verse to memory.

I encourage you to read the scripture in context and learn more on your own as you apply the scripture to your daily life throughout the week.

A few other tools that might help you commit these weekly verses to memory are:

  • Write the scriptures on notecards or post-its and place them where you can frequently see them and rehearse them.
  • Make the verse your computer or phone screensaver.
  • Invite a friend or two (or your spouse or children) to commit to memorizing the scripture, too. “Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am among them.”

Just imagine how proficient you’d be if you spent 26 weeks studying a new language! Now imagine how much closer you will be to God at the end of these 26 weeks!

This is going to be amazing.
I’m excited to be on this journey with you dear, sunshine.

A: Matt 7:07 
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.”

Memorization tool:
The key words of this scripture are ask, seek, knock. The acronym is A.S.K.

God has blessings abound waiting for you. You must ask Him, sunshine–
there is nothing too big or small to ask for. After asking, you must seek Him with all your heart and explore the doors waiting to be opened. Know that He always answers prayers, they just might not be the answers we want or expect.
As His will be done, in Jesus’ name.