Share-Your-Story Friday. Ginger from PA

I’ve memorized Bible verses since early childhood, but never more than individual verses or short passages. Almost two years ago, in a Beth Moore Bible study, Beth recited the entire book of James and challenged us to do the same. I was so impressed with the presentation of God’s Word spoken in this way that I felt compelled to give it a try. I really didn’t know if I could memorize more than just a few verses, but I felt God was prompting me to stretch out of my comfort zone and to trust Him in this challenge.

I asked the ladies at my table if any of them had thought about memorizing James. And wouldn’t you know… one of them said she had already memorized the book of James. She was the first person that I personally knew who had done this amazing challenge. And she went on to tell of a local Word Warriors group for those who memorize.

I had to believe that God was truly speaking to me and that I must commit to hiding His Word in my heart. Since my memory has never been very good this would have to be something that only God could do through me. So I said yes…

I also took comfort in knowing that every verse I memorized was ONE MORE VERSE than I knew before. It was a win-win challenge… how could I go wrong?

Since that day, God has faithfully worked on my heart and mind. I’m so honored that in less than a year God gave me the entire book of James. He has also given me four opportunities to recite it for groups. This in itself is a miracle beyond my belief, since it was only a few years ago that I struggled so with anxiety and panic that I had to be hospitalized and had trouble even leaving my house.

There is so much power in God’s Word! I’m excited to see all the ways He’s going to use this in my life and how others will be touched by the power of His Word. Currently I’m working on the book of Jonah and am thrilled about this new-found joy. God has opened a wonderful door for me in my Christian walk of faith. I challenge anyone who will listen to take this challenge and see the joys that God has for you through memorizing His Word!

11 comments to Share-Your-Story Friday. Ginger from PA

  • Laurel

    Our sweet Ginger! She truly makes God’s Word come alive as she recites it. She exudes God’s love and passion. She recites with what seems like little effort as she tells God’s stories with passion and expression! I enjoy coming to Word Warriors to hear her and Jonah has been a real treat! Thanks for encouraging me Ginger!

  • Paulette

    Great story full of encouragement. I love that God has increased your faith in Him by MEMORIZING His word. Your story is full of encouragement.Thank you for your transparency. May God bless you on your Memorizing journey of faith, as He uses you to glorify Him.

  • Ginger

    Laurel, It is my joy to be a part of our Word Warriors group. I am so thankful God has placed us together on this journey!
    Paulette, I am so happy you have been encouraged! Isn’t it awesome how God allows us to build each other up in our faith?!

  • Shari B

    Thank you for sharing your story, Ginger. I love hearing how the Lord works–how He delights in helping us hide His Word in our hearts–and gives ways to share it with others.

  • Mickey


    Thanks for sharing you story,it is so great that God has given you the desire to memorize his word. I pray that God will continue to use you through the ministry of sharing and memorizing the Bible.

    • Ginger

      Mickey, You are welcome. Yes God is Great! I am so humbled that God would use me in this way. May I always honor Him!

  • cathy blair

    Thank you Ginger for stepping out on the ledge of exposure that is always somewhat uncomfortable and sharing with us your story. I love that God has used your memorizing of James publicly in so many ways. And I know you didn’t share it in your story but I love also how your father and your family are so blessed by encouraged by and proud of you. And I echo what Laurel has written above about how beautifully you recite God’s Word and what is a true blessing it is for all to listen to. (Not sure if I should disclose that we consider you our own Janet Pope …haha)
    To God be all glory!

    • Ginger

      Oh Cathy! I have so much to learn! I am only trying to be obedient to His call. Every verse is one more than I had before. To give God the honor and glory. Cathy, thank you so very much for hosting our monthly meetings. I praise God for the privilege of calling you my friend!

  • Angela


    What a wonderful testimony! Isn’t His word amazing. Your story has greatly encouraged me, and I think it is wonderful that you have had the opportunity to share the book of James several times over. I know that those who listened were blessed and encouraged to give scripture memory a try. Also, the book of Jonah…great choice! That would be a fascinating book to meditate and feast upon. May you continue to grow in His word! Many blessings to you.

  • Hi Ginger, I’m so glad to get to know you and hear your story. You are right in saying that taking the challenge to memorize is a win-win. Press on Ginger. Your journey will only get sweeter.