Just to peel back the curtain of life a bit, I have to tell you that I am feeling daily weaker, achier, tireder (I’m not sure you can put “er” after all those words, but seriously). Any prayers you spend on me would be cherished. If you receive an ounce of encouragement or insight from what you read here, you can be assured that it is the gracious work of Christ, from the wisdom that comes through His Word. That is my prayer & my confidence here.
I spent the weekend waddling on my achy hips, doing the small things I still can around home. If you had spent any time with me I am sure you would not have been able to contain your laughter. The waddling is worth a thousand laughs. For you veteran mommas, don’t you worry, I’m walking a plenty through the pain & participating in the appropriate pregnancy exercises. My grandmother who birthed 11 children naturally (impressive to say the least) would give me a strong rebuke otherwise. There’s been a good allotment of time however to sit and be still. Mostly because Chris insists on being the leader of our home and refuses to let me boss him at all. That’s a gift. I am overjoyed to follow his lead. And it affords me the time & opportunity to keep on blogging in this series, thankful.
I just have to say that blogging became a part-time job, in the best way, last week as so many of you have resonated with this present subject matter and messaged me or commented. You have asked the best questions and have the sincerest desire to please the Lord. I would do you a huge disservice to not commend your seeking after Jesus for fresh insight. It really is refreshing to behold. May we together look to Him & become radiant with faces that need not be ashamed (Psalm 34).
Today we hit the sweet spot, MY sweet spot anyway! My encouragement today comes from over a decade of absolute discipline…discipline which has become one of my highest delights, because in it I see our Savior more & enjoy fellowship with Him. I’d like to chat with you concerning the gracious gift of MEMORIZING and MEDITATING on Scripture. When the discipline of memorizing passages of Scripture met the discipline of praying always, my mind was set free from anxiety & all sorts of other strongholds the female bends toward AND my heart was set ablaze with a new intimate vision of Christ Jesus our Savior.
I feel it. I am about to lose some of you. Perhaps you weren’t sure about me anyway, hehe. Now, as you read, with kiddos pulling on your legs and demanding your attention, you think this little momma has lost her ever loving mind if she thinks I have time for this. I assure you I have not lost my mind, and I fully understand what I am saying here. Today, I would like to offer 2 promises/truths of Scripture as the basis for my encouragement. One of these truths was tucked away in a previous post as well.
He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.
Just as the Lord sent His Word to Israel to heal them of their iniquities, He sends His Word to us today to do the same. I mentioned that I would share how the Lord ultimately broke my mind of rational & irrational fear…it was through the pressing of His Word into my mind in a way that was enduring. Before I began memorizing passages of Scripture, I was already a regular student of His Word. I already loved His Word. It is different, however, to hide his Word in your heart than to simply read or study it only. The Word that is hidden attends you all day long offering you the possibility of victory over sin and fresh perspective in the midst of your day to day life. This might sound like an odd or perhaps obvious thought, but the reason that we are able to overcome any sin, produce any fruit is because the Spirit calls to remembrance the truth & we act on it by the grace & power of the Holy Spirit. To live in Christ, you have to remember. Now, you don’t remember by reading only. You remember by continuous exposure and meditation on a given truth. In fact, you cannot act on what you do not remember…truth you do not know. (There’s more that could be said right here, but you don’t have all day, now do you?!)
Now, imagine when truth you have hidden in your heart meets your times in prayer…I think this is part of what it means to pray in the Spirit. To pray in the Spirit would seem to mean that I am led by Him concerning what to pray and how to pray. I personally know of no surer way to pray God’s will than to pray God’s Word. This is not a new teaching, and if it was I suppose you should disregard me anyway. It is a teaching however that is ignored by masses of American saints. This is tragic to me. Sure you can open up an app on your phone or grab a copy of God’s Word and open it and pray through it, but it is not the same as having that same passage abiding inside of you. As you read the goal is to get the Word of God INSIDE of you instead of it remaining outside of you, right?! Then, I would suggest that one grace afforded you is to memorize God’s Word that it might start to make its way into the way you live, the manner in which you pray, and do all things.
97 Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
98 Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the aged,
for I keep your precepts.
101 I hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.
102 I do not turn aside from your rules,
for you have taught me.
Not only does memorizing Scripture give you grace in the things of life & continual prayer, but it also gives you a wondrous treasure. The treasure of DELIGHTING in God’s Word, DELIGHTING in the person of Christ. The Word gives wisdom. The Word gives life. The Word gives fresh rebuke. The Word teaches. It is offered to us to meditate upon and meditation is made easier by memorizing. Convinced to take hold of this discipline yet? Praying so.
Just a few things you should know about me….
I do not have a photographic memory. I do not have the world’s best sleepers living under my roof (although they are good sleepers). I do not spend 3 hours a day on this discipline to achieve the goal. I cannot remember verbatim everything I have ever memorized…I have been memorizing for 12 years, it would seem inhuman to have an ability to recall everything. However, those passages live in me, in a lasting way, they abide (thinking John 15 here). It’s like when we I hit save on a post I’m writing to you and the screen goes blank for a minute while the computer is working…it’s that heart stopping moment when I think all may be lost…but I know from experience it isn’t…in only a short time the words will reappear. Memorizing is like that as you get into it. It feels like all might be lost but just a little review, just a little more study of that passage and it comes soaring into your spirit bringing renewal & fresh life. Memorizing takes time & effort, but it is, like all else in life, made easier with practice. IT IS WORTH IT, and at the dawn of New Year you have perfect moment to decide that this grace is FOR YOU.
Tomorrow, Lord willing, I will be back with a few simple encouragements to put this discipline into practice in your day to day life AND into the lives of your children. It will not be an exhaustive exhortation but you are welcome, as always, to ask questions and message me. Until then, seek His presence continually. For soon we will see Him and when we see Him we will be like Him because we will see Him just as He is…until that Day, may the gracious gift of meditating on His Word give you fresh glimpses into the person of Christ Jesus our Savior and help you to pray.