Scripture Memory Challenge 2019 Verse 1

At the beginning of 2019, I issued a challenge for you to join me in reNEWing our minds throughout 2019 by memorizing 12 Bible verses. So it’s time to get started! If you want to read the original post you can find it hereMy verse for January is Psalm 138:3

On the day I called to You,

You answered me.

You made me strong and brave.

Psalm 138:3 (NCV)


I Call – He Answers

I love the idea of my strength and bravery coming from God, don’t you? It really takes the pressure off, whew! I mean, it is not my responsibility then, right? Well, maybe a little. God does require my cooperation. He answers when I call to Him.

Fiercely Courageous

Let’s look a little closer at the original language used in this verse. I love the NCV translation above, but let’s look at it in the NASB version: On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.

The word used here for bold in the original Hebrew is rahab. Digging deeper, we find that rahab can to be translated to render fierce, courageous. How cool is that? I don’t know any woman who wouldn’t want to be fiercely courageous!

Your Turn

What is your verse for January? Comment on this post on the blog with your name and your verse. Also take the time to encourage other participants as we do this reNEWing journey together!

Until next week


  • Linda Thomas Ball

    My bible verse is Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man what is good And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.

  • Gennie Hamilton

    My January memory verse is Romans 5:8. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” NASB

    God’s love for us is unconditional. We don’t have to clean up our lives for Him to love and accept us. How great is that!

    • Gennie Hamilton

      My February verse
      Ephesians 2:8-9. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

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