His Word

God still makes me smile and shake my head in wonder. And I’m still surprised when He does. This weekend, five hundred “virtual” friends got together at my home church and celebrated being in the Word of God, memorizing 24 Scriptures throughout 2009. I was thankful to meet a few new faces to connect with the sweet hearts I already knew better than some of my actual neighborhood friends. And though I haven’t met some of you yet, I know God has a sweet plan for that timing, too. Just a little recap: Angie came down to Texas all the way from Michigan and we had a little too much fun together, with indulgences including facials (thank you very much for that birthday present, Angie! My now-hydrated-however-old face thanks you even more), extravagant Mexican brunch buffets, and an almost dip in the spa, but for two too tired bodies that couldn’t wait the thirty minutes for it to heat up. Shared moments of deep reflection, heart-felt laughs, and real connectedness that only Christ could manage to see to fruition was the theme for the weekend. Beautiful Sherry P. was so thoughtful to call us to share Pappasitos and new friendships. Angie and I picked up tender-hearted, sweet  Sylvia and headed down to the church together.  Bev joined us for Friday night worship and the Word, then we had some precious time together to visit on Sunday evening. Annette H. joined us on Saturday for some delicious “real food”–no salads for this celebration and some God-glorifying time together. I got to meet **twinkle (Deborah) and several other dear sisters in the Lord at the event. God really blessed our time of reunions with much laughter and soul connection.

I deliberately didn’t take pictures this time just to take everything in instead of documenting it, so I’m sorry for not having lots to share for those who didn’t make it. Mostly, I want to say to you, if you weren’t there, God has something else especially planned just for you. What I think I have learned is that life rarely looks like what we think it is going to. This event didn’t look like I thought it would. God had another lesson for me, not the one that was taught by my sweet sister, Beth. God wanted to remind me that He doesn’t share His glory with anyone. He alone is God. He alone is worthy. His Word IS the reward. Tucked in my heart, His Word is my catalyst for change to be transformed, to be less about me and more about His wondrous love. I am awestruck by the wisdom and love His Word offers my wandering heart. When It interrupts my decrepit thoughts and infuses them with its transcending power, it decreases the “me” part and increase the “He.” If you get a chance, read through Psalm 119, claim its promises, and let the words really affect you, especially all the benefits of being steeped in Scripture. You can take those promises to the spiritual bank–you’ll never be the same.

How  good He is, in His timing, to do the work He sets out to accomplish in each of us.

siesta memory verse 23

As is typically the case, my memory verse this time is chosen from where I am in my walk with the Lord. As I look through the year’s selections of memory verses, I could tell you generally what was going on in my life where those Words of Old ministered to my heart.

Today’s one of those days I need to be smarter than I am. We need a healthy dose of His wisdom and words to convey our fierce love for a family member, to convey our concern, to convey His Love and direction for them. The good news is that the Lord promises always to answer that prayer for wisdom in James 1:5, but this one from the Psalms spoke to me as a promise from a friend.

discipline or delight?

This year I have tried to tuck a few verses into my heart with Beth Moore’s blog and the Siestas. Though I have been remiss in much of it, we have completed 21 verses and are entering crunch time before the “test” in January.

The real tests and benefits of knowing God’s Word come each day. Whether it is an outward resolve to handle a situation in love or an inner calm that settles inside me, there is a delight in hiding ancient words of Life in my heart. There is wisdom. There is peace. If you have an extra few minutes, listen to John Piper extol the virtues of memorizing The Word of the Lord using memorized verses.

Psalm 119:24 “Your testimonies also are my delight; They are my counselors.”