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.
2 “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. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 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.