Monthly Archives: March 2012

Verse 6

Dear Sisters,

Welcome! Thank you so much for joining us on the journey to go deeper in our walk with Jesus by committing God’s word to our hearts!

Last year at this time I chose the following verses:

1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV1984

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

I had written this reference down in my spiral when I heard it quoted by the quarterback of Texas Christian University after he led his team to an unexpected and electrifying 21-19 victory in the 2011 Rose Bowl. Yes, I’m a football fan. But even more than that, I’m a fan of people who stand up in front of a camera and microphone when the world is looking at them and give glory to God in the highest. It gives me chills even now writing about it.

I love these verses, and I think of them often. Especially verse 7. Truth be told, I forget verse 6 more often than not. This year my word is Love. Next year I think it should be Humility. And this may be my theme verse. I’m good about casting my anxiety on God, and I know that He cares for me, but too often I can’t wait for Him to lift me up in due time and I forget to humble myself.

My new verses from the Sermon on the Mount are regarding the law, Matthew 5:17-20:

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

These are hard verses, challenging to read and comprehend, and even more difficult to memorize. I am thankful for the experience of memorizing scripture last year or I might be a little intimidated by some of these. But the exciting thing is that I know from last year’s experience that by committing these verses to memory, meditating on them, studying them, I will be much more deeply affected than I have in the past just by reading alone. I pray that you are seeing the same kind of fruit from your memorization efforts!

Thank you for joining in on the discussion! I look forward to hearing about your verses and watching you encourage and love each other!

The Lord bless and keep each and every one of you,

Christy

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Verse 5

Hello dear ladies!

I’m a little late today, I usually try to post first thing in the morning. The short month caught up with me! So it’s time to post our 5th verses or passages for the year. Last year at this time my church had a missions conference and I attended a session called Living Missionally with Children. It was and is an issue close to my heart because it is very important to me that my children grow up not only with an appreciation of how blessed they are, but also with a desire to help those around them. The key verse for this session was

Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (NIV1984)

5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

I loved the image of talking about these things with our children wherever we are, all the time. And oftentimes, wherever we are at this time of year is skiing. So I mentally added to this passage, “…when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up and when you are on the ski lift.” And as it turns out, time on the ski lift has been great for talking with my kids about things, including God and how we are supposed to love him and show that love to those around us.

Up to this point last year the memory work had been largely that, an exercise. This is where it began to get really personal for me, and where the Word in me began to take an effect that I could see and feel. Reciting my previous verses and working on my new verses each day was really instilling in me a deeper love for and understanding of God’s holy word. This is where I started to feel it really take root.

And practically speaking, this is when I realized I needed a mnemonic to help in my memorizing efforts. Each day I would try to recite all my verses to myself, but I was having trouble getting started. I tried numbering them, but that didn’t really have any meaning and didn’t stick. So I came up with this: E 1C 1T J D. Anyone want to guess what that means? Yes, it’s the first letters of each reference. Up to this point my verses had come from Ephesians, 1 Corinthians, 1 Thessalonians, John and Deuteronomy. I could count these 5 off on my fingers with my mnemonic and recite them from memory, using either my spiral or the app in my phone to check myself if I had trouble. And at this time it was only taking me about 2 minutes to run through all my verses. I know because I timed myself. I don’t know why I tend to focus on the numbers at times, but I do, and in this case it helped me to think, “This isn’t hard! It’s only 2 minutes out of my day!” It was encouraging to me to realize that. And then I started saying them to myself more often since it was such a tiny chunk of time. I found all this encouraging. I hope some of it is of use to anyone who might be struggling at this point!

Now for the new! SOTM Siestas, you may wish to disregard this part, lest you become confused. Continuing with Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, which has been just amazing, we have finished with the beatitudes and are in the passage with the twin metaphors of salt and light:

Matthew 5:13-16

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

I could go on and on about what I’m learning from these verses, but I won’t, since I’m doing that already here. Please feel free to visit and join in on the conversation! It has been so very illuminating. Ha ha.

Also, if you are interested in chiming in on our Made to Crave conversations, please click here. This book is opening my eyes in many ways as well! It’s not too late to join in! Thank you Lord for Siestas who are reading and learning from it with me!

Your turn! Please comment below with your verses, and continue to encourage and lift up one another. If you would like to be notified automatically of any additional comments or responses after you post, you can click “Notify me of follow-up comments via email.” Then you don’t have to keep checking back to see who else has commented. Or you don’t have to feel bad if you neglect or forget (but please don’t feel obligated!). In the same vein, if you would like to be automatically notified when I post, so that you don’t have to keep checking back (for example on days when I am late), click “Follow” at the top of your screen. Now to be honest, I don’t like that it says Follow. I wish it said, “Join this community.” But it doesn’t, and there’s nothing I can do about it, except ask you to ignore that.

I love love love you ladies! Here’s a sneak peak of another of last year’s verses, it’s been on my mind since we started studying salt and light. I give it to you now as a blessing:

Romans 12:10-12

10 Be devoted to one another in sisterly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.