Thursday Tips: Hiding It


“How can a young person live a clean life?
    By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I’m single-minded in pursuit of you;
    don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.
I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart
    so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.
Be blessed, God;
    train me in your ways of wise living.
I’ll transfer to my lips
    all the counsel that comes from your mouth;
I delight far more in what you tell me about living
    than in gathering a pile of riches.
I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you,
    I attentively watch how you’ve done it.
I relish everything you’ve told me of life,
    I won’t forget a word of it.” Psalm 119:9-16, The Message

I love the phrasing in this translation. “I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart.” We’ve spoken at length about combatting worries, fear, anxiety, negative self-talk, doubts, and the like. Over and over I’ve mentioned filling up on the good stuff for those desperate moments. Replacing negative thought patterns can come from community, reading, music… but I believe one of the strongest tools we have is memorization. Today’s Thursday Tip is all about banking those promises in the vault of our hearts. Check out the brand new video below.

Memory from Ginger Ciminello on Vimeo.

Do you have any memorization tips to share? How do you stay accountable and active in this journey?


Thursday Tips: Truth for the Road

Yesterday we talked about K’s question and the proper way to respond/steward our emotions. Here’s a snippet…

“I know God gave me emotions and the ability to feel deeply, but He also gave me a head on my shoulders and oodles of truth in His Word.  As much as I don’t want to admit it or live it- my reaction is my choice.  The feelings will always be there, but hopefully I’m allowing them to be interpreted by a Master translator and guide.”

God does have tons of truth for us to claim in His Word – but the power comes when the Word is in our hearts and not just on our shelves.

Thursday Tips: On the Go…

Thursday Tips: To Go from Ginger Ciminello on Vimeo.

Thankfully, “I don’t have to live in a state of reacting to whatever my emotions tell me. I can make choices based on the truth and watch my emotions change.”

Let’s fill up on truth!


*A Retro Post from July 2011


Friday Finds: Soundtrack

I’m not here to talk about a movie soundtrack.

It’s the soundtrack to my life. I sat back and thought about which artist/musician has been played most frequently in my car, home, dorm room, ipod, walkman, etc… and decided that award goes to: Shane Barnard.

I first heard about Shane and Caleb when I was in High School. I gobbled up the record, Salvation Still Remains. Shane then took it solo for a while, putting out a few individual albums before teaming up with Shane Everett and forming Shane & Shane.

Why do I love this acoustic music so much? Why did I blow out the speakers of my gold Saturn in college while playing “Breath of God” through my tape adaptor?

Beautiful melodies. Strong rhythms. AND LYRICS STRAIGHT FROM SCRIPTURE.

Want to memorize some of the Bible? Pick up a Shane & Shane album.  (Available on iTunes.)  Listen. Repeat. This music allows me to soak up entire passages of scripture. I’ve been reading through the Psalms this month and I have been amazed how much of this book I CAN SING word for word.

And did I mention that they are crazy talented vocalists?  Oh.  There’s that too.

Love it. Love this music.  Oh and also THEY ARE RECORDING A NEW ALBUM.  Happy Friday, everyone!