Happy April! It’s a stunning day here in Colorado, blue skies, warm temperatures, and snow in the forecast. Love spring in the Rockies!
So it’s time for our 7th verses! Last year at this time my verse was Psalm 139:17-18:
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.
My dear friend Linda had chosen these beautiful verses, and they spoke to me at the time as well, but their meaning really made a lasting impression on me later in the year when I found myself on a beach in Florida, vacationing with my family. As I picked up a handful of sand and let it run through my hands, the words ran through my mind, and I was utterly overwhelmed by God’s love for and thoughts about us. I kept a small bottle of sand as a reminder that we are never alone, never without the love and protection of our heavenly Father. So reassuring.
Here’s a new tool to help with memorizing your verses, Scripture Typer! I heard about this a couple of weeks ago from two different sources (thanks, Lynette!), so I finally gave it a try, and I found it to be very fun and helpful. It’s a different way to work on committing verses to memory, by typing them, and in my opinion, every different way you work on them helps get them buried deeper in your heart! Give it a try! Also, you can upload your verses in whatever version you are using, and you can edit out verse references or punctuation if that makes it easier for you to remember and type accurately.
This year, continuing with the Sermon on the Mount, our verses are getting more specific, and more challenging.
21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
In discussing these verses with some friends who are also memorizing this passage, I am finding that we all seem to have some sort of familial conflict, whether it’s with a sibling, a parent, a child. I don’t think that any of us are exempt from this, and I don’t think it matters what the source of our conflict is, if we are truly trying to not just learn the words of Jesus but put them into practice, we have to do this. We can’t go to church on Sunday and give our money and sing His praises with anger in our hearts toward anyone. And that doesn’t mean stop going to church and stop giving. It means a change of heart, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
I’m not saying it’s easy. But I am challenging you today, on April 1, 2012, if there is someone in your life with whom you are angry or in conflict (even if you think it’s their fault, not yours), make a commitment to pray for that person daily for one month, until May 1, and to attempt to be reconciled with that person. I believe that if you ask the Lord to soften your heart toward them, and you give your anger to Him, He will give you the desire of your heart. You can share the source of your conflict in the comments below or keep it private, just let us know that you will be joining in the challenge if you like. I am doing it, and I’m so excited to see what the Lord is going to do in my heart. Because if you decide to do this, be prepared for that to be where the biggest change occurs.
Love you ladies, thank you so much for being a part of this community!