Monthly Archives: October 2015

Because of the Lord

Ever have trouble getting out of bed?  Maybe the night was too long, maybe the upcoming day looks too hard, maybe it’s just that the bed is so comfortable and the world is not.  For whatever reason, some days it’s just hard to get going.

Maybe you noticed that I haven’t been blogging every week like I wanted and intended.  Partly, it’s because I don’t feel like I have much to report.  I’ve finished my M.Ed. degree, I’ve been helping my sister and the family through the rest of her chemo and her surgery, I’ve been loving on people and trying to find ways to help out.  I’ve been enjoying some last moments with my family before I head back to Bolivia after Christmas.  I’ve been studying Revelation. Like I said, it doesn’t feel like I’ve been doing much.  But early this morning it sank in, once again, it’s not about me.

lamentationsverseWhat I’ve done shouldn’t be my focus- it’s what the LORD has done, every single morning.  He has woken us up with a new song of faithfulness and mercy; He has prepared good works beforehand for us to walk in them; He rejoices over us with singing, comforts us when we mourn, encourages us in our weakness, and shows us our unfaithfulness, all because of his faithfulness, love, mercy, and righteousness.  Wow.

So, if the morning looks a little too much and the bed seems a little too comforting, take a moment to hear the voice of the One who calls you out, raises you up, and sets you next to Him as a co-heir with Christ.  Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hiding the Word

image Why do we memorize Scripture?  For some, maybe it’s a habit from way back in Sunday school or Wednesday night days.  For others, it’s a duty obeyed.  I wholeheartedly believe that the Word is alive and active, getting to the root of all matters (Heb. 4:12), and that it is God-breathed and purposed to give us life (2 Timothy 3:16).  Not only does taking God’s words to heart keep us from sinning, but it allows us to know how to draw near to Him.  Double blessing!!

This year, I’m upping my Scripture memorization.  I’ve been lazy before: it’s so easy to do a keyword search on my Bible app that I’ve neglected purposefully planting it in my heart.  Don’t misunderstand me- I know what Scripture says and I measure what others say according to its truth, but I want to know it so well that if my Bible (in whatever form) was taken from me, God’s word would still reside accurately in my heart.

Ironically, I’m turning to an app to help me do this.  Although I have purchased the pro version, the free Scripture Typer version is great as well, and well worth your time.  I’m not getting paid to promote the app- I’m sure they don’t even know I exist. But I wanted to share a resource that is working for me.  Here are a few screen shots to get the idea:

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You can organize your verses into groups.  Currently, I’m only working on my BSF verses, but I plan on adding more collections later on.

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The green check mark is a sign of progress. If it’s time to review a verse, it’ll change to a red X.

There are three steps in the program: Type It, Memorize It, and Master it.  The Type it phase shows the whole verse on the screen and, as you type in the first letter of every word, it highlights the word.  The Memorize It phase creates blanks for half of the words, like this:

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You still type in every first letter, but half of the verse is your responsibility to get correct.  The Master It phase has a completely blank screen, with the words appearing as you type in the first letter of each one.  It’s simple in its design, but very effective.

if you are interested in learning more, check out their website https://scripturetyper.com

Do you memorize Scripture?  Why or why not?  What techniques do you use to help you memorize and then revisit them, so you don’t forget?  Can you tell of a time when you were glad you had a Scripture memorized?