Monthly Archives: July 2012

Verse 14 – Grace and Prayer

So sorry ladies! The summer is getting away from me and I am late in posting again.

Last year at this time my verse was Hebrews 4:16

16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

I took these verses from Ann Voskamp’s blog. I can’t even find it or remember exactly why it spoke to me then, but this verse has not ceased speaking to me since. Grace. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? God’s bountiful grace for us in the form of the greatest gift ever given, the life of His own son, Jesus Christ. In light of that, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence…”

This year, I continue in Matthew 6, memorizing Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount with 4 other amazing ladies, with whom I had the glorious opportunity to break bread and share the Word this past weekend. What a memorable time of laughing, learning and sharing how the Word is changing us from the inside out.

Matthew 6:5-8

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

My only comment about this passage is on the phrase “when you pray…” Jesus did not say, “if you pray,” He said “when.” So let’s get to it! If you’d like more discussion on these verses, please click here.

God bless each and every one of you. Thank you so much for joining me on this journey!

July 1

Hello dear sisters,

We have made it halfway through the year! If you are choosing one verse on the 1st and 15th of each month, you have 12 verses under your belt–congratulations! I would love to hear from you how memorizing scripture has affected you, either recently or in the past. And I will renew this invitation later in the year, but I want to plant the seed now. Please consider taking Beth’s Scripture Memory Challenge next year, starting in January 2013, and join me in traveling to Houston in January 2014 for a Siesta Scripture Memory Team Celebration that will bless and inspire you!

Last year at this time I chose Numbers 6:24-26:

24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;

25 the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;

26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

A friend had sent me these verses, saying that she was praying them over me as a blessing. It touches me to this day to think of anyone praying this beautiful prayer over me, and I have tried to share it with as many people around me as I can, and that now includes you. Please pass it on!

This year in the Sermon on the Mount, we have finished Matthew 5, and begin working on Matthew 6:

1“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

My friend Cara, who is leading the group of women with whom I am memorizing these verses, has a particularly lovely post on these verses on her blog. Please feel free to join in the conversation by clicking here.

And now, I give to you with all my heart the blessing that I was blessed with last year, and that (I think not by coincidence), our pastor graced us with this very morning:

“The Lord bless you and keep you,

The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you,

The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

I pray that you take the time to linger over these words, let them soak in, and feel the Lord’s love for you in them. And then post your thoughts and verses from this year and last below.