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3 Reasons why you should I be memorizing scripture

By August 11, 2017 Devotionals
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Memorizing scripture

Memorizing scripture definitely does not lack effort. I used to try to memorize a new scripture. I learned it and could say it for a few days but then I completely forgot them. Zack and I learned a bunch of scriptures. The first one we learned was Proverbs 3:5-6 and the second one we learned was 1 Corinthians 10:13. Those are literally the only two I remember fully without hesitation. Now that I am even more in the word than I was at that time, I put more time into memorizing scripture for many reasons, which I will gladly share with you.

Reasons why you should be memorizing scripture…

1. It helps you

On many occasions, I have used the verses I memorized just to simply encourage me and help me remember what God says about what I’m going through. For example, when I am going through a trial, I can be quick to say James 1:2-3 in my head. Knowing that verse, I can quickly remind myself that there is a reason I am going through what I am; when my faith is tested, it produces perseverance and steadfastness.

I also love having a constant reminder of how deep God’s love  is for me, that God keeps His promises, that I need to go to God in prayer in every situation and be thankful for it, rather than being anxious, etc. See there are so many bible verses that could just change my overall attitude throughout my day and help me in my walk with God. Let bible verses and passages be in your heart and in your mind.

It really helps me to “do what Jesus would do” in every situation. As Christians, we are called to strive to be like Jesus.I don’t think the bible meant eat the pages when it said to have the word inside you. 1 John 2:6 says, “Whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way he walked.” Notice it says walk in the same manner. We are never going to be anything like Jesus. Although we try to walk the same way He walked, we aren’t perfect like Him so we can’t but we need to be doing everything to try to. We need to try to be humble like He was, loving like He was, patient like He was, etc. (Take the “Like Jesus Challenge” with me!)

2. It helps others

Having the word in your heart and your mind could really help others if you let it. If you see a brother struggling or in need, you could quote a scripture or give him the scripture to look up for themselves to encourage them or even point them in the godly direction. I remember, my freshman year of high school, I had a girl that wasn’t a Christian in my gym class that I hung out with every day because I didn’t know many people (I was a weird, ugly freshman, scared to even speak to people). Every day, she would find a way to discourage me by being rude or mean to me. I’m not sure if she meant to do it but every day, after P.E., I would be in a horrible mood.

Not knowing what to do…

I went up to one of my favorite Christian friends that I highly looked up to as a newer Christian, K.C., and was just complaining about the situation to her in the lunch line. I remember her writing a scripture on my hand. It was Matthew 5:38-44. She basically just explained not to let anyone discourage me; I needed to turn the other cheek, go the extra mile for those who try to bring me down, and love and pray for the people that persecute me. I could never thank K.C. enough for giving me that scripture that day, I’d helped in a way she could never imagine. It stays with me and I use the lesson she taught me often.

If that simple scripture did what it did for me, imagine what you could do for others using scripture. Even though you may not think much of it or think it is that big of a deal, it is. It was a big enough deal to me that I am writing about it in a blog post almost 6 years later. Be an encouragement to others through the word. God gave it to us for a reason.

3. You may need it and not have it

I know this generation is filled with technology that can serve as a way to read the bible without having a bible with you. Sometimes, you won’t have that. You can’t always have a bible with you or have your phone out. What if you needed a scripture at work, while you’re with your friends, at a dinner, or a meeting? For me personally, sometimes God tells me to say a bible verse during worship. I can’t have a bible in my hand, searching for the scripture, while playing guitar. That would definitely be hard.

Rather than having to stop playing and getting out a bible, I could quote the scripture that I already have memorized. At my church, we have these small groups after service, and I am quick to quote scripture while talking about the service and what I learned. Sometime’s you need scripture but don’t have it with you or aren’t in a place where you can get to it.

How do you memorize scripture?

Well, everyone’s different. There are many ways to effectively memorize scripture. My best friend and I started learning scripture together; we learn a verse or two every week. I send her any new scriptures that I learn and she does the same for me. She constantly sends me a reference from the list and then I quote it back to her without looking. Like I did with Zack, we learned them good for a few days but I never went back to those verses so I forgot them after a week. If you are going back to these scriptures, it helps you to keep them in your heart and mind. The bible verses I am now learning with my best friend are verses I can say without hesitation or questioning if I said it right because I am always saying them.

When I memorize a verse, I write it in the back of my prayer journal with the reference and verse so that I can look at them after praying. Then, on another page, I just put the references so I can quiz myself.

Here are a few ways you can learn scripture better:
  • Set the verse as your lock screen and read it every time you open your phone.
  • Write the verse somewhere you’ll see it every day (On your mirror or in your locker).
  • Quote the scripture to a close friend every time you see them.
  • Write it on your hand
  • Read it 5 times, say it 5 times, then write it.

See, there are many ways to memorize. Those are just a few, I would love to hear what you do to memorize scripture. If you don’t memorize scripture regularly, I highly encourage you to. If you need any help, email me (icametoworship@gmail.com).

Love ya’ll!

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Jesus, Reset my________

By August 4, 2017 Devotionals
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Jesus, Reset my ________.

Wow, this week has been absolutley crazy. At my church, we had this small event (Pulse Week 2017) that made a huge difference in a bunch of peoples lives. Youth gave their lives to Jesus and allowed Jesus to reset something that has been getting in the way of their walk with Jesus or reset something they put on the throne before God. I was completly in awe of the amazing things Jesus was doing within our youth. Leading worship for this event was very stressful at first.

With the limited time we prepped, it caused a lot of chaos each day before service. I had the attitude of ‘this is about to be horrible’ at the beginning of the week. By the last day, I had a complete heart change and reset. I just focused on worshipping rather than if people were playing the right chords. Worship was going to be just fine regardless. Worship is not a show, which is something I already knew, but it needed to be reimplanted into my brain. It is not a conerct. Sometimes, I just enjoy stopping all instruments and just have all the voices in the room to sing as loud as they can. God really moved through worship. I felt Him in the room and He was all over the place.

I loved leading worship this week. Simply because, regardless of the preparation, God still used us in a mighty way. I loved watching as of the students worship with all of their heart. I could see true, authentic worship. It was beautiful. Breathtaking. All through the services, I was smiling from ear to ear because of what Jesus was doing in my own heart.

For a while, I have been trying my hardest to “reset” my attitude and my heart (That is what the Like Jesus challenge is all about) for the longest time. I can honestly say I have been doing really good. Not because of anything I was doing but what Jesus was doing in me and inside my heart. The theme of Pulse Week was “Jesus, reset my_____.” I was so energetic and extatic because in this week and I really got to acknowledge all that Jesus has been doing in my heart.

My attitude has been different and my overall heart. I am so overjoyed with everything that I have been seeing Jesus do in my life and in my friends life. During worship, I loved doing the fast songs. I used to just raise my hands and worship during those fast songs, which is fine, but it is so much fun to jump around and act a fool praising Jesus. I got the honor of watching a bunch of teenagers jump all over the place, unashamed, praising God. Going crazy with them was so fun. Jesus didn’t make us to fit in and just clap to the beat. Let loose. Get crazy.

Fill in the blank.

jesus reset mySay, “Jesus, reset my _____.” Fill in the blank. What did you put in that space? Jesus reset my heart (mind, thoughts, relationship, voice, etc) What did you fill in there? Say it out loud. Ask Jesus to reset it. Give it to Him. Let Him reset something you need fixed in your life. Often times, we put other things on the throne that God is supposed to be on.

Can you think of something you are putting on that high place in your life. Sometimes you don’t want to admit it. In fact, sometimes you don’t even realize you put something else on the throne. Or maybe we ask God to scoot over so He can share the throne of your life with _______. (Your partner, your job, your family, church, etc.) Jesus doesn’t want to share the throne! He wants to be over your entire life; He wants to be your entire life.

How can you put only Jesus on the throne right now? How are you going to let Jesus reset _______? The way I am letting Jesus reset my heart is by reading the bible as much as I can, spending more time talking to God than I spend talking to anyone else, and by memorizing scripture.

So what are you going to do? Find a way to focus on God and keep Him on the throne. Keep your eyes on Him. His eyes were on you when He died on the cross for you. He can fix your heart, your mind, your relationship, and your voice. You have to let Him. You have to devote yourself to actually doing something about it.

Spend some time in prayer and talk to God about some things you could do to reset whatever you filled in that blank. Get into the bible and see what God has to say about what you are resetting. Give this to God, He will gladly take it. Nothing is too big for God. Give it to Him. Looking back, I laugh. I was at a place where I felt hopeless in my bitterness and in my thoughts. I never thought I could get away from it. Now that I let Jesus reset it, I’ve have never been so happy and energetic. Not today Satan!

It may feel hopeless right now but you need to remember who has you in the palm of His hands. Rather than falling backwards, fall forwards into the hands of God. He has your back. Don’t think you can’t do it. If you can’t, He can and He will gladly take your _______ from you and reset it. Give Him the chance to do it. Soon, you too will look back and smile. You will be able to say, “Jesus, thank you for being on the throne and for resetting my _____.”

Start the process of letting Jesus reset it.
AND GO!

 

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Random Acts of Sharing The Good News

By March 21, 2017 General
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Random Acts of Sharing the Good News

When I see someone do something nice for someone else, it absolutely warms my heart. I worked in a drive thru for three years and every so often, someone would hand me money and tell me to use that to pay for the persons meal behind them. Although it’s just a small act, it can turn someone’s entire day around. It would definitely alter my bad mood.
I love the thought of doing something nice for someone but one time changed my whole perspective on Random acts of kindness. Most people leave money taped to a vending machine or pay for the meal/groceries for the person behind them but one time, I was privileged enough to see something more than just an anonymous donation towards some food.

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4 lies I believed as a new Christian

By March 3, 2017 General
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4 lies I believed as a new Christian

Being a new Christian can be overwhelming. You get to watch your entire life do a 180. Sometimes it can be scary because it’s something you’ve never done before.More often times than not, a new believer can get caught up in the wrong mindset. Maybe we think these things because of watching other ‘christians’ or maybe it’s just something we think. Let me tell you a few things that I believed as a new Christian just in case you are in the same boat as I was.
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Slow Song: Jesus I Come by Elevation Worship

By March 1, 2017 Youth Worship
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Jesus I come

I remember the first time I ever heard this song. I was driving to Michigan for Christmas and every single word just spoke joy into my heart. Ever since then, I have been begging for our worship team to do ‘Jesus I Come.’ We actually just learned it this past Sunday and will hopefully be playing it this Wednesday. I love both the chords and the lyrics to this song. My absolute favorite part of this song is the bridge.

Lyrics

Verse 1:
Oh how I need Your grace
More than my words can say
Jesus I come Jesus I come
In all my weaknesses
You are my confidence
Jesus I come Jesus I come
Chorus:
I will rise stand redeemed
Heaven open over me
To Your name eternally
Endless glory I will bring (oh)
Verse 2:
Oh what amazing love
We need Your cleansing flood
Jesus I come Jesus I come
In every broken place
You are my righteousness
Jesus I come Jesus I come
Bridge:
Thank You Jesus
Just as I am I come
Hallelujah
Oh what amazing love

Why I love the bridge

The reason I love the bridge is because it says just as I am I come. It focuses on the fact that we don’t need to be perfect before we start following Jesus. We don’t have to have it all together because are savior has it all together. Jesus doesn’t want us after we have been a Christian for a certain amount of years. He doesn’t want us after we do a really good deed at least once a week. He wants us as we are. Jesus wants us in our brokenness. You don’t have to wait to put the pieces back together before coming to Him. Wanting to put the pieces back together is what He is wanting to do.

So when it says “Just as I am I come” it instantly brings tears to my eyes. A great and almighty God wants me. He wants my filth, so He can cleanse me. He wants my brokenness so He can fix it.

The entire song, overall was well written and makes for an amazing worship song. For the chords to this song, Subscribe below.

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Slow Song: You Won’t Relent by Jesus Culture

By February 22, 2017 General
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You Won’t Relent

I love this song. The first time I heard it, I fell in love with it. The words are just so astounding. There are 4 different parts to the song and they are all amazing.
This is one of my favorites to do with the youth because it is such an emotional song. I could do this song every single Wednesday because it’s that good but most Wednesday’s we don’t have a drummer. My boyfriend says that this song needs drums or else it won’t have the dynamics it needs to sound phenomenal. This song has a lot of quiet and an equal amount of loud parts to it. There are a lot of builds and a lot of drops. So if you’re going to do this song, drums are recommended.

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Slow Song: Set A Fire by Will Reagan

By February 17, 2017 Worship songs
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Set A Fire by Will Reagan

Set a fire is another one of our go to songs. It’s a song we have done a bunch of times. The thing about doing songs like this over and over is sometimes people can become numb to what they are saying. They will just sing it and not think about the words coming out of their mouths.

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5 Things to get a guitar player

By February 3, 2017 General
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5 Things to get a guitar player

Guys are super hard to shop for. I never know what to get my boyfriend. Luckily, he is a guitar player which makes it a little easier. There are countless things you can get a guitar player. Here are some gift ideas for that amazing musician in your life.

1. A Ditto loop pedal

I actually just recently got my boyfriend this for christmas. He asked for it for about a year until I finally decided he was worth that much money. I’m just kidding. I’d buy him the whole world… if I could afford it. Anyways, the ditto loop pedal is fun and entertaining. Good way to finally get rid of that clingy boyfriend of yours. Kidding again.

With the pedal, you hook it up to your guitar and record a short rhythm on guitar (or any instrument that is able to hook up to it) and it loops over and over. Then, you can add a bunch of layers doing different things! It’s really awesome.

Here is a link to one of the cheaper ones on amazon. Now, there are more brands than just ditto. I’m only telling you ditto because my trusted, guitarist boyriend told me it’s a really good loop pedal brand.

2. Guitar picks

I don’t care how many picks you think your boyfriend has. He doesn’t have enough. I play guitar too. So I know that you can never have enough picks. They dissapear. I never know where any of my picks go. One second theres one in my mouth and next thing I know, it’s no where to be found. I probably eat them. Once again, I’m just kidding. But really, they go missing every time it leaves your hands.

This is a link to a 100 pack of guitar picks. I like the assortment. I’m not really picky when it comes to what type I strum with. See what I did there? This pack has thin, medium, and thick. Your boyfriend may like a specific size, feel free to ask. If you just want to guess, I’d get either an assortment or medium. I actually bought these for myself to fill up my ‘pick’ jar and I love them! It even comes in a cute box.

3. Guitar Pick Keychain

Now, personally, I’ve never had one of these but I think they are so cool. I need to actually get one. It’s just a little pouch that holds a few guitar picks. He will always have a pick with him then.

4. “World’s Okayest Guitar Player” T-shirt

This shirt is so true. I would wear this night and day. Don’t get this for him if he will take it seriously and not as a joke because that wouldn’t be good. Then he would be mad and upset and you will have to burn it… along with his hopes and dreams that you just crushed. Seriously though, if my lovely boyfriend wasn’t going to read this post, I would totally get it for him. But since I know he will read it, it just gave away the surprise. I need a new plan.

5. Amp Coffee Mug

Now, this is a great gift for the coffee-loving, guitarist in your life. It’s so adorable. The shape of the mug is an amp! Who doesn’t think that’s cute?

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What To Put Inside Open When Letters: Day 9

By January 30, 2017 Crafts, Open When Letters
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Open when you are feeling stressed

Everyone gets stressed. I do, and I’m sure you do. With that being said, your lovely significant other is also going to get super stressed at some point. Why not have a letter waiting for him to open. It can calm his nerves, knowing he has a loving, supportive girlfriend!

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What To Put Inside Open When Letters: Day 8

By January 28, 2017 Open When Letters

Open when you need to know how much I love you

Sometimes our significant other just needs to know how much you love them. Obviously you aren’t going to be able to explain that in one little letter but you can try. In my open when you need to know how much I love you, this was the letter.

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