Is It I?

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Today I reflect on yesterday.
 
Easter.
 
For four weeks our church has been doing a drama reenacting The Last Supper.  Each week we were introduced to three disciples.  Each week, they told their story of how they met and were called by Jesus to follow Him.  Each week, the disciples asked, 
 

Is It I, Lord?  Is It I?

Yesterday, Easter Sunday, was the culmination of all the disciples together.  We partook of the Lord’s Supper as a congregation.  
 
As I partook, as I meditated on my own sin, I realized that I too could ask “Is it I, Lord?”
 
Maybe I don’t deny Him but I certainly sin.  I loose my temper.  I put other things, other people before Him.  I don’t set His day aside for rest.  My list is endless.
 
We sang “O The Blood”.  What an incredible time of worship.  What a wonderful reminder of the price He paid.  What a precious thought that He took my shameful sin — a sacrifice that saved my life — that His blood is my victory.  
 
So “it is I” that betrayed Him with my sin.  But praise God that I have victory.
 
I pray you know Him.  I pray you have victory in Him.
 
Joy to you!

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One Verse — So Much Truth (Monday Meditations)

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I truly cannot take credit for finding the verse that I am meditating on right now.  My mom was in the hospital last week and knowing I would be weary, a sweet friend sent me this verse from Hosea.  It says:

Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.  ~Hosea 6:3

What my friend wrote following the verse was just as comforting to my burdened heart.  She wrote,  “His promises are sure.  His love.  His faithfulness.  His coming again.  His will being done.  As sure as the spring rains.  We’ll keep preaching truth to our hearts, the same truth.  Over and over.”

The next day, I received an email from another friend who is bearing a heavy weight right now.  As I read about what she is dealing with, this verse immediately came to mind.  I shared it with her.

Isn’t God good to give a verse filled with so much comfort so that I could share it with another, hoping that it would also bring comfort to her hurting heart?

I encourage you to meditate on the simple words and I pray that it also brings comfort to you.

Joy to you!

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Sticks and Stones (Monday Meditations)

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Do you remember that old nursery rhyme about sticks and stones?

It goes like this:

Sticks and stones will break my bones,  
But words will never harm me.
 

It has been my experience, even as an adult, that words do hurt.  Even when they are said in jest.

I am sure that those comments should just be overlooked.  The person on the receiving end should consider the person that made the comment and know that they were only kidding but there’s this thing called self-esteem and as humans, sometimes, our self-esteem is a little lacking.    Sometimes words said at the wrong time can be painful.  Sometimes words said at the wrong time can make a person wonder if they are liked, even loved.

This happened to me recently and, to be 100% honest,  my feelings were hurt.  I then begin to think about the words I say.  Sometimes I say things to my husband, my kids, my friends that I really, truly mean as a joke.  I would never intentionally hurt their feelings.  As I contemplated what was said to me and if this person has ill feelings towards me, I was reminded that sometimes I am guilty of the same.

Then the Lord tugged on my heart and reminded me of His word.

 “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul
and health to the body.”
~Proverbs 16:24~
 
 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,
but only what is helpful for building others up
according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
~Ephesians 4:29~
 

I want to be more intentional with my words.  I want what comes out of my mouth to be kind.  I want to be the one building others up and not tearing anyone down.  I want the words of my mouth to be pleasing to the Lord — see Psalm 19:14.

This is my prayer!  For me!  For you!

Joy to you!

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Meditation for March 11, 2013

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In my past life — before becoming a full-time, homeschooling mama — I worked as an an Interior Designer.  That was my major in college and I spent my career working in commercial design so that meant a lot of space planning and a little bit of creativity.  It was still fun.  There were still multiple spaces and rooms to consider that had purpose and meaning and needed to function as their design was intended.   I didn’t often get to select fun colors and patterns and artwork and rugs and drapes, but I absolutely love to look at furniture and art and rugs and accessories.  I like to look at floor plans and imagine how I could decorate them. I could watch those home and garden shows all day long.   Sometimes I look at a house and think of how to make it more to what I think I would like or need, how it would better serve my family. 
 
This week’s verses for the 100 Verses in 2013 Challenge make me smile.  Especially the second one; it seems right up my alley.
 

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Why?  Because it’s about my eternal home.  A home that’s being prepared for me.  A home that will be exactly what I need.  It is so exciting to me that the Lord is preparing that for me.  The first verse also speaks to me reminding me not to let my heart be troubled.  How?  By believing in Him.  Believing that He will do what He says He will do.  That is comforting for me.  
 
Joy to you!

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Meditations

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1 John 5:11 – 12
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  
 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
 

These are the verses that I am working on memorizing this week in the challenge to memorize 100 Verses in 2013.

Aren’t they powerful?

Especially at this time of year as we prepare our hearts for Easter.

The eternal life that I have is because of Jesus.

Because He came.  

Because He was willing to take on the sin of the world.

Because He died.  

Because He rose from the grave.

I am so thankful for this gift from God.

Joy To You!

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Benefits of The Word (100 Verses in 2013 ~ Week 6)

 
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I know it’s not Monday anymore but I still wanted to write my “meditations” post AND I just love the photo of the cross.  It reminds me that meditating on God’s Word will cause me to look to the Lord.
 
It’s hard to believe that we are already in week 6 of memorizing 100 verses in 2013.  Last week was very busy so I must admit that I have not mastered the 2 verses that I was working on.  No worries though, I will just keep at it and add this week’s to them.
 
I mentioned in previous posts that I am reading the book 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart as I take this challenge to memorize the verses listed in the book.  You all will likely get tired of hearing me say that the book is well worth reading, but I can’t help it,  I just think it bears repeating.  Anyway, in my reading this week Robert Morgan is giving tips on how to memorize and how to relate the verses to each other.  He also mentions benefits of knowing God’s Word.  One thing that he said that has really stuck with me is,
Bible verses represent the most healing, clarifying, bolstering, uplifting data we can insert into our brains.
 

Then, last week, while our internet was down and I couldn’t access my daily reading plan through YouVersion, I read Psalm 119.  As I was reading, I noticed that it lists many benefits of the Word of God.  Here are just a few of those benefits?

  • My footsteps are established (133)
  • That I may live (116)
  • Gives light………understanding to the simple (130)
  • Is my delight ….. my Counselor (24 & 92)
  • My strength (28)
  • Keeps my way pure (9)
  • Produces a reverence for God (38)
  • Comfort in affliction (50)
  • Revives me (multiple verses)
  • Deliverance (170)
  • Good discernment and knowledge (66)
There are more but the one I like the most, which happens to be one of the verses I am to memorize this week :
  • Psalm 119:11 — I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Isn’t it cool that God spells it out for us? He lets us know that if we meditate and memorize His Word we will benefit in many ways.

The other verse for this week is:

  • Joshua 1:8 ~ Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
 
There’s another benefit.  Prosperity and success.  This is not material prosperity or worldly success but rather these things as God measures them.  That is my prayer.  For myself.  For my family.  For my friends.
 
Thanks for joining me in my journey to memorize scripture.  I hope that you will hide a few, or 100, scriptures in your heart.
 
I am linked up with my friend Marcy over at Ben and Me.  Won’t you join us?  Click over to Marcy’s site to read how others are also taking this challenge.  Or click on the button below to visit Learning At His Feet, the site where the challenge started.
 
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Forsaken!

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We are entering Week 5 of the challenge to memorize 100 Verses in 2013.  I am diligently (that’s my “word” for the year) working on learning the scriptures that are outlined.  I am still reading the book 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know By Heart  that this challenge is based on.  It’s so good; I could — and may one day soon — write a post just about the book.  But right now, I’d like to talk about last week’s verses.  Both verses came from Romans.  They were:
  • Romans 5:8 — But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  • Romans 10:9 — That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
I’ve heard these for years but never really learned them.  Never committed them to memory word for word.  NEVER really knew where to find them in the Bible.Anyway, in my quiet time one morning this past week, as I was reading in Ezra 9 and the word FORSAKEN jumped off the page.  I immediately thought of the two verses in Romans that I was working on memorizing.  Ezra 9 talks of God not forsaking the children of Israel in their time of slavery.  It tells that He extended His steadfast love….gave His protection to the people.  And Romans tells us that He loves us, that He saves us.

I began to think of how I so often forsake the Lord with my actions and attitudes. And yet, He has not forsaken me.  I am not one to get into controversial issues, but I believe that it often seems that our nation, even the world as a whole, has forsaken the Lord.  And yet, He has not forsaken us.  The two verses in Romans reaffirm/confirm this.  He provided a way out of our sin.  He loves us.

I feel like I am rambling on and on…….I apologize but I just can’t get into words what I am thinking or how I feel but I do know that God loves us.  He will never leave us or FORSAKE us.

Thanks for letting me share.   The verses for Week 5 are:

Romans 10: 10 ~ For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified,
and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
2 Timothy 3:16 ~ All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking,
correcting and training in righteousness . . .
 
 This post is linked with my friend Marcy at Ben and Me as I journal about my goal to memorize 100 verses this year.  Please join us in memorizing or just for encouragement in God’s word.     You can also join in the challenge by clicking the button below to visit Learning At His Feet.
 
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Joy to You!
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