“Never, Never, Never Give Up!”

IMG_1901       It was such a change from earlier that day to be standing on the volleyball court, feeling the mud ooze around my feet, and knowing that there were no more verses required to be memorized before the end of the day. It was IMG_1896the evening after the local Bible Bee competition, and what could be better for celebrating the completion of three intense months than a game of volleyball with the family?

       The week after the competition we plunged back into our schoolwork. However, I found it incredibly difficult to make time in my schedule for reading, memorizing, and studying IMG_1937Scripture. I was surprised at how much discipline it takes! These past few weeks I have begun to realize the importance of being faithful on a daily basis. Even though I don’t have as much time to spend in God’s Word, this doesn’t mean that I should not spend any time at all. Whether it be in the morning, evening, or both, the time is there. This came as a great IMG_1961refreshment for me. So, don’t stop now, continue on, and be not weary in well doing! 

       Like a rocket, the Bible Bee has launched us above the pull of earth’s gravity, and now by God’s grace we can easily reach far P1100228beyond. For me, the contest may be over, but the Bible Bee is not! The temporary goal of the local competition has been reached but the living relationship with God is something I continue to grow in every day.


“And these words,
which I command thee this day,
shall be in thine heart”
(Deuteronomy 6:6).


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  1. Emily H. September 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    Amen, David! Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. Crystal September 22, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Go David! That’s a fantastic attitude to have.
    From the pictures it certainly looks like y’all came up with some creative ways to study. I would never have thought of memorizing Scripture while mowing the lawn!

  3. Nathan Burkhalter September 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Praise the Lord for His work ! May He continue to spread forth his mighty power among His People! Thank you for sharing David !

  4. Esther Staddon September 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    I am so encouraged to see how you have treasured God’s Word in your heart! Keep it up and thanks for sharing the memorization tips you discovered. It has greatly increased my ability to keep long passages memorized!

  5. Bethany September 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    Thank you for the encouragement! It is wonderful to see other people also involved in the Bible Bee! I am so thankful to the Lord that he has let me be a part of it this year!

    Oh, yes, Memverse is very helpful! We found out about it a couple months ago, and it has helped me a lot!

  6. Daniel Staddon September 23, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    I am truly impressed, guys! Way to go. And I love your illustration of the rocket. May God bless you with a flood of meaningful rhemas in the months to come!

  7. James September 24, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    What an encouragement. Thank you David for taking the time to write that up. And I like the pictures too. 🙂

  8. Rachel Crosswhite December 10, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    I know what you mean! I participated in the Bible Bee this year, and as I finished the last verse, I was so excited! I had done it! 🙂 😆

    Thanks for the encouragement 😉

    PS – Memverse is a wonderful site! 😉

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