Thursday, March 15, 2012

Scripture Memory Verse 6

Today is Verse Day!  I look forward to these two days every month; I really do.  I pray the Lord is strategically using your verses to speak to you, to encourage you, to challenge you, and to strengthen you.  Here is mine for March 15...

"Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain." -Psalm 139:6 (NIV)

Another passage the Lord brought me to this month was from Numbers.  I wanted to share it with you in case any of you would like to memorize it.  It is perfect to pray over yourself, your family, anybody!!  It is...

"May the Lord bless you and protect you.  May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.  May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace."  -Numbers 6:24-26 (NLT)

I can't wait to hear from you.  Let me know how the Lord is using these verses in your life.  Somebody testify, amen?!

Love y'all,

Monday, March 12, 2012

When Enough Becomes Enough

In the morning she wakes up, pours the first anticipated cup of coffee, showers, puts her make-up on, fixes her hair, dresses, and takes one quick glance in the mirror before heading off to start her day.  Before she steps away, she takes a few extra seconds to stare at the image in the mirror.  In less than a second, she hates what she sees - the wrinkles, the extra weight, the pale skin.  She wonders how her husband would have any interest left in his heart for her.  He tells her everyday how beautiful she is.  She's thankful for that and wants to believe it for herself, but it's much easier to self-loathe.  She takes a few more moments as she stares in the mirror to offer up a few more critical words in her mind.  "If only you'd lose a few more pounds," she thinks.  "If only you didn't have those stretch marks," she tells herself.  "If only your skin was clear," she tortures herself. 

As she walks out the door and begins her day, her Father lets out a heavy sigh.  He watches her go about her day.  He hears her thoughts of self-hatred and wonders how it came to this.  As she completes each task of the day, she goes between hating what she sees in the mirror and hating what she perceives to be true of her inner being, as well.  The place where she once asked her Father to take up residence is the place she is most critical.  She ridicules her personality.  She over-analyzes every word she has said.  She thinks, "No wonder you have no friends."  She convincingly says, "You'll never be liked."  She believes, "You are replaceable."

And THAT becomes the last straw.  Her Father speaks up.  He no longer can just sit back and watch.  He takes His place of glory in her heart and with force says, "That is enough."  She folds in defeat.  She looks up at Him and He motions her over.  She climbs in His lap and as she lays back against His chest, He speaks.  Gently He says, "For I created your inmost being.  I knit you together in your mother's womb. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.  I love you."  As the tears roll down her cheek, she is grateful for the reminder.  In the silence, she is comforted by her Father's presence.  She breathes a sigh of relief.  In her heart, she waves her white flag and asks her Father to fight for her.  He comes to her aid just like all the times before.  But this time is different.

She realizes something.  She IS fearfully and wonderfully made because she was made in His image.  What took place in the spiritual realm as her Father so cleverly wove her together in the depths of the earth was no mistake, no coincidence.  Her eyes are opened and she begins to see.  She trusts what He promises - that all of the days ordained for her were written in His book before one of them came to be.  She begins to live again believing that her future is filled with promise and purpose because THAT is what her Father has promised.  She decides enough IS enough.  She creates a plan and develops a defense mechanism holy in nature.  When the waves of defeat threaten to take her under she remembers her Father's promise.  And with that, she lives.  With that, her purpose is revealed.  With that, her destiny becomes a reality.  With her, her Father is pleased.

"If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast." Psalm 139:9-10

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Scripture Memory Verse 5

If this is the first time you are reading a post on this blog about Scripture memory, I pray you will consider joining us.  Several of us have committed to memorizing two verses a month for 2012.  Each month, on the 1st and 15th, I have posted/will post the verse I have/am going to memorize(d) for that time frame. 

This year, I've decided to memorize the entire Psalm 139.  It has 24 verses which makes learning two a month quite easy.  Please consider memorizing with us.  I know it's already March, but it's never too late to jump in.  My suggestion would be to choose a verse that is not too long.  If you choose a lengthy verse, you may feel overwhelmed and give up before you've given yourself a fair shot.  If you're not sure where to start, I suggest the book of Psalms.  Psalms is always encouraging and hits on almost every issue in life. 

When you've made your selection, simply comment on this blog post and let me know your name, your verse, its address, and the translation in which your learning your verse.  (The point of this is to first, hold each other accountable, and second, I just like reading your verse in case I want to learn it sometime in the future.)  Here is mine for March 1st...

"You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me." -Psalm 139:5 (NIV)

By the way, feel free to join me in memorizing Psalm 139.  This passage is speaking directly to my heart these days.  God is simply brilliant and so is His Word.  I can't wait to hear from you.
Love y'all!