I have been on a journey towards Hiding Philippians in My Heart. It has been amazing. I memorized the book! It took me 21 weeks and much time and devotion toward the goal of immersing myself in His Word. I am in the maintaining stage now and it has been suggested that you recite every day for 100 days before moving on to another passage. I try to recite it whenever I can. In the shower, the car. Sometimes I recite it to my kids as I am putting them in to bed.

Each time I have prepared to video tape it, I start to second guess myself. It is incredibly helpful for me to vlog it, as it gives me a goal to work towards. And if I can recite it all together then I know that I know it. However, I worry. I worry that others will think I am showing off. I worry that others will be annoyed by it. A few of us from the #HideHisWord stream had a little Twitter chat about it last week, and I know that I am not the only one who feels this way. Even a few weeks ago, as I prepared to recite the book to my small group Bible study (of which we have been studying Philippians) I still felt funny reciting even in this safe group of ladies who I know love me.

Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. Philippians 3:17

Paul penned these words, right after he spent much time explaining how he had given up self-righteousness and puts no confidence in the flesh. His focus was Christ. Yet, he told these Philippians to imitate him.

As I think back to the times I have seen others recite memory from scripture, whether it be one verse or an entire book, I am always encouraged. It has always made me want to memorize scripture-to imitate those who have memorized the Bible. It is God’s word! Reciting what we have hid in our hearts is proclaiming the Word of God! He will use it.

It is with this in mind, that God would be glorified through the proclaiming of His Word and that you would be encouraged to do the same, do I share this with you.

Philippians: Hidden in My Heart

You can find out more about the Hiding His Word challenge at Do Not Depart.

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9 replies
  1. Patti
    Patti says:

    I so enjoyed hearing this! The whole book – wow! It is really neat to hear it in ESV (I am learning it in NASB.) Thanks for spurring us on!

    • Katie
      Katie says:

      I like listening to it in other versions as well. It was fun to hear yours in the NAS! Love memorizing with you!

  2. Candace
    Candace says:

    I loved seeing you recite the passage!! I know how you feel on a smaller scale. 🙂 I videoed myself after memorizing Psalm 91 and felt rather silly about it, but in the end I am glad I did it.

  3. Amy
    Amy says:

    You inspired me to do mine outside. I was impressed by your ability to look at the camera. The awkwardness of the whole thing had me struggle with that. My eyes are all over the place. But I did it. 1 Peter has given me a big perspective on suffering and holy living…..transformation is happening by God’s grace. Thanks for the link up feature as well.

    • Katie
      Katie says:

      Funny thing is, I did it outside, because trying to find 10 quiet minutes at home is just about impossible!
      It is SO awkward to tape it! But, it does get easier each time.

      (also, sorry for the late reply- this comment was in the spam folder for some reason!)


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