On Saturday, a friend shared her favorite verse – Isaiah 41:10.

She said she did not know that verse, but she heard God speak to her in similar words when she was feeling overwhelmed and distressed about her job. When she got home and told her husband, he showed her Isaiah 41:10 – almost the exact words that came to her when she was driving home.

Recently I’ve been inspired to memorize verses. This is a discipline that I have not attempted for a while.

So I decided, after hearing from my friend on Saturday, to start with Isaiah 41:10. It’s a familiar verse, but I’ve never memorized it in full.

“So do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

I wrote those words on a Post It note, and put it on my mirror. I did this because that’s what people say you’re suppose to do to memorize verses.

But something else happened that I did not expect.

To my surprise, when I look at that verse on the mirror, I felt immediately encouraged and comforted. Each time I look at it, God spoke to me. “Do not fear, for I am with your, I am your God, I will help you, I will uphold you.”

There is nothing weird about God speaking to you. He speaks in various ways by various means.

God spoke to me in that verse as I memorized it, and He spoke the same verse to my friend without her memorizing it.

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