When Anxiety Needs Words, I Memorize Scripture – Grace & Truth Link-Up

 

Hit Reset

My mind can run away from me quickly. It darts through some dark alleys these days. When I read too many articles about the coronavirus or listen to too much news, my anxiety heightens. And my hope diminishes.

I need to hit the reset button.

One way I do that is through memorizing scripture. It gives me better words to focus on. It helps me remember the bigger picture, the bigger God, who knows everything going on around me and in me.

These are words I need to keep on repeat.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1

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I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:2

So I’m going to memorize Psalm 91 over the next few weeks with the community at Do Not Depart.

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If you want to memorize Psalm 91, too, get the details here.

Psalm 91 is a calming chapter about God’s deliverance, God’s covering, God’s faithfulness.

Sign up lasts another week and a half (now–April 5). We’ll start memorizing the Monday of Easter week, April 6. We’ll learn two verses a week for eight weeks, ending on Pentecost Sunday (May 31).

Our memory challenges are no pressure, no rules, just a fellowship of believers setting our minds on higher things.

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12 thoughts on “When Anxiety Needs Words, I Memorize Scripture – Grace & Truth Link-Up

  1. blankMichele Morin

    You’ve perfectly summed up the most important reason I memorize Scripture: I need better words–better words to pray for my loved ones, better words in my head in response to life’s circumstances.
    Very excited about reviewing Psalm 91 with this group!

  2. blankLaurie

    I have to force myself to turn off the news these days too, Lisa. Using this time to memorize scripture is beneficial in 2 ways – it brings us closer to God’s word and gets our mind out of crisis mode. Thank you for the wonderful suggestion!

  3. blankBettieG

    Dear Lisa,
    Oh, He is calling our hearts to His Word through all of these trials, isn’t He? May we respond and let Him plant those Words ever more deeply. Thank you for the sweet feature here this week. God’s timing is amazing as He called a few of us at the Chronic Joy Community to pray together over the anxiety we each had faced. We didn’t know then how anxiety would be affecting not just the chronic illness community, but so many during this crisis. Thank you so much for all of your prayers and encouragement, dear sister! You are such a blessing to me.

  4. blankTrudy

    “It helps me remember the bigger picture, the bigger God, who knows everything going on around me and in me.” Me, too, Lisa. This post reminds me of the verse about God’s Word being a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. (Psalm 119:105) We need it so! I loved Bettie’s post, too. Love and blessings of peace and safety to you!

  5. blankfloyd

    I’m with you, Lisa. I find myself not listening or reading too much of the hysterical hype. I turn it off and sing Dirty Laundry by Don Henley…

    But mostly I pray and remind myself that God is bigger than anything He allows. I seek to revere Him first, not what He’s in control of to begin with.

  6. blankPatsy Burnette

    Lisa, I love the Psalm 91 Scripture memory challenge!!! Truly, Scripture and prayer are the only things that can clear my mind and give me peace in these troubling days! Thank you for this!

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    Thank you for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      Yes, we do need to stick together–I love that you’re also a five, Susan! I started co-hosting the linkup only about a month ago. It goes live every Friday morning at 4am, CST. Glad you’re linking up!

  7. blanknylse

    Psalms 91 is the perfect 911 – the number we call when we’re in trouble or need quick assistance. Psalms 91:1 – he who dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the almighty. Dwelling leads to abiding which gives me peace in any trial. What a wonderful place to be.

  8. blankLois Flowers

    Lisa, I started reading through the Psalms again a couple weeks ago, this time in an unmarked Bible. Each chapter is packed with comfort and truth, exactly what I need to combat all the noise and fear on the news. I haven’t gotten to Psalm 91 yet, but what a wonderful idea to memorize it during this season of uncertainty.

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