the power of the Word.

October 13, 2011

I don't consider myself to be much of a brainiac.
I always got good grades in school but that was because I worked hard,
not because it came easily to me.
Learning a new language is difficult for me.
Math is so not my forte.
Physics...let's not even go there.
And honestly if I had to choose, I would pick wisdom over intellect.

But recently I have been exercising my brain
and working on memorizing scripture.
I have always wanted to KNOW the Bible, not just read it,
but really KNOW it and be able to recite it.
I have felt the power of God's word surround me in times of need,
but in order for that to happen, it has to already be in your heart.

Most people who went to Sunday School as a kid
probably know the basics like me:

"For God so loved the world
that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever
believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

"Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Proverbs 31:30

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not
on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

It's amazing how those pieces of scripture memorized in childhood
are so ingrained in my soul I don't even have to TRY to recall them.
Ahh...the incredible sponge that is our childhood brain.

So a few months ago, I decided to redo my kitchen.
{"after" pictures have yet to be posted...}
And I took down a little cabinet that hung over my kitchen sink
and didn't really feel like putting it back up.
And I'm the kind of decorator that leaves walls blank
until I really know what I want to hang.
I don't just hang stuff for the sake of not having bare walls.
So I had this narrow, open space above my sink.
And while I would do the dishes
{HANDWASH people, no dishwasher for me}
I would stare at it and think, I need to put something of importance there.
I spend so much time at this sink, and stare at this wall for so long,
I should be doing something productive!
Ah-ha!
Memory verses.I couldn't find a long skinny frame (that was cheap & cute)
anywhere and then I happen to be snooping in my teenage sister's room
(yes, I do that often)
and found one she no longer had on her wall.
She let me take it and I popped out the glass and matting,
cut foamcore to the right size and covered it with sticky back cork board
(who knew? you can find this at craft stores and it comes in a roll).
I hung up the old standby's, I mean there's a reason these verses
are recited so often - they're so applicable!
And have been adding new verses that I come across
and mean something to me in my different seasons of life.

My new favorite "stand-by's" are:

"Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say "Who is the Lord?"
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God." Proverbs 30:8-9

"Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives
for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions
and sees a brother or sister in need and has no pity on them,
how can the love of God be in that person?
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech
but in actions and in truth." 1 John 3:16-17

I have been amazed at the progress I have made
and pretty much have everything on my board memorized!
(I guess that means I do A LOT of dishes. ;) )
I have even made myself memorize the passage reference as well
so I can find it easily or tell someone else where they can find it.

I always think about the verse that says,
"Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds;
tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.
Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home
and when you walk along the road,
when you lie down and when you get up.
Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."
Deuteronomy 11:18-20

Do you have a creative way you spread God's Word around your home
or memorize scripture?

2 comments:

Fallon said...

We have a chalkboard at home, the frame has a scripture, and then we have the verse in the chalkboard. Also, my husband and I will put random verses in eachothers bible, so we can find new ones! :) I really like your corkboard! Thats a great idea, especially while washing dishes!

Laura said...

What a wonderful idea, and a beautiful cork board!

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