In the last year, I’ve been open in sharing about my faith journey and it’s impact on my life. Through grief, my faith has been stretched and grown, and through scripture, my faith has been transformed. However, memorizing scripture can be a challenge. Meet Vera Schmitz, the founder of Dwell. Dwell is a membership service that helps people to connect with God through scripture verse memory. On today’s podcast, we’ll examine how Dwell profoundly changed the way I view scripture and scripture memorization.
Vera spent most of her life training as an athlete. In middle school, she fell in love with track and field. She trained in pole vault, and she attributes her faith in God to keeping her rooted along the journey.
Scripture kept Vera focused and in tune with God as she competed. She found scripture memorization to be a helpful tool, and as her competition got bigger, she turned to those verses to deepen her faith.
Vera trained to become a part of the U.S. Olympic team and compete in pole vault. When she didn’t make the team, she prayed God would show her the next steps, and the idea for Dwell was born.
She wanted to share her unique technique for scripture memorization to connect people with God.
Vera explains her passion for pole vaulting and reminisces about watching Stacy Dragila at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Her hero won gold, and Vera was hooked.
Vera shares some of the experiences that tested her faith. Sports are filled with highs and lows, and as the competition becomes a grind, it’s easy to give into the doubts in your head. Scripture helped Vera to combat those doubts.
An injury brought Vera’s career to an end 13 days before the Olympic trials. God’s word strengthened her. She was reminded that He is our ultimate prize.
Vera Schmitz is the founder of Dwell, a membership service that helps people connect with God through scripture verse memory. Vera and her husband Matt live in St. Louis and are the proud parents to their joyful son Isaiah.
In 2012 and 2016, Vera had the privilege of trying out for Team USA in pole vault, and it was God who was her strength through every up and down on her journey. She would write verses on her arm and memorize them while training and competing. When she retired from the sport in 2016, she decided to share this passion with the world. She has a saying that goes, “If having a strong mind is essential for sports performance, shouldn’t it be just as important in all areas of our lives?”
Dwell is a creative, clever system for memorizing God’s word. By changing the way we engage with scripture, Dwell seeks to refocus our minds on the promises of life laid out to us in the Bible.