Archive for the ‘Sword Sharpening’ Category

Every now and then I come across a verse in the Bible that is just crying out to be memorized. It just happened to me this morning. And I’m grateful because my Sword has been getting rusty and dull. It has been too long since I’ve worked on hiding the Word in my heart and I feel unequipped and unprotected. Though my bible reading has been way too sporadic in the past month, I finally reached the end of the book of Revelation early this morning and what a reward I found at the end! The description of the New Jerusalem and the River of Life were food for my soul…what hope! What joy! And then I read this: 

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.” Revelation 21:6 

God was so gracious to give us the feeling of physical thirst. We all know that water is our most basic need. We might be able to go without food for a couple of weeks but we wouldn’t survive longer than 2 or 3 days without water. That feeling of physical thirst is what drives us to seek the water that we so desperately need. In the same way, He has described our need for Him as a spiritual thirst. It is that thirst that drives us to seek and find the only thing that will satisfy our basic spiritual need…the water of life, His love, His presence, His salvation. 

I am struck by the fact that there is a world full of people out there who are dying of thirst and they have no idea how to quench it. Indeed, sometimes it is even me who is spiritually thirsty and needs the drink that the Lord is offering. 

I have to memorize this verse. I just have to. I invite you to join me. Or to memorize another one that has been working its way into your heart. It’s time.

Ready, set, go….


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So we’ve finished June…how sharp is your Sword? Have you been hiding the Word in your heart? Are you enjoying it? Has it been difficult? Are you ready to sharpen some more? I was thinking that maybe we should pick a new verse to work on for July. There’s no pressure here…only potential joy to be had. Here’s what I propose: If you joined up late in the month and haven’t had enough time to work on your June verse, feel free to stick with that one through July as well. If you didn’t commit as much time to your June verse as you’d hoped, just continue working on it this next month. In both of those situations, just comment here that you are still in and sticking with the June verse. Write the whole thing out again so others can read it and maybe even join you in your endeavor. If you feel you’ve made good headway on the verse you chose to memorize for June and are ready for a new one, then giddyup! Let’s hear the next one you’ve chosen. Please type out the entire text so we can all enjoy. And, lastly, if you sat June out and would like to jump in for July, that’s great! Just let me know you are in and what you’d like to memorize. You can join me in working on the verse I’ve chosen for the month or pick one that God’s been tugging at you to hide in your heart. Here we go…

I’m choosing:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9,10 

Here’s to God’s grace being sufficient and His power being made perfect in my everlasting weakness. Amen and amen.

Who’s in?

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Ready, Set, Go…

Today I have a challenge for you. No pressure, but if God tugs your heart I urge you to dive in. One of the most powerful, helpful, encouraging, faith-building disciplines I have ever engaged in is memorizing scripture. Even hiding just one verse in my heart provides stability in chaos, hope in discouragement, and joy in uncertainty. God promises in Isaiah that His Word never returns empty and it always achieves the purpose for which He sent it. I also know from Jesus’ example that having scripture ready in our minds is the best protection available against the devil’s attacks. So, today I’d like to suggest that we all memorize a verse together. Just one. You can pick any verse you like, something that touches on areas that God has been growing in your life, or you can choose to memorize the same verse that I am working on. Let’s plan to spend the rest of June dwelling on, mulling over, and hiding this small piece of the Word in our hearts. I can’t wait to see how God will use His Word to deepen our faith and understanding of Him. I’ve decided to work on memorizing the following:

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

You know why I love this one? Because in Psalm 121 it says that He who watches over me never sleeps. That’s why I can sleep in peace–because the Lord is on guard all night. He never grows tired or weary and He watches over my coming and going both now and forevermore. I also love the idea of remembering that my safety comes from God alone–not from crossing in the crosswalk, avoiding risk, or owning a huge savings account. He alone makes me dwell in safety. Thankfully, He is good and His love endures forever.

So, anybody in? If so, just reply with a quick, “I’m in!” and tell me what you are memorizing. I won’t harass you about it, but I’m pretty sure that signing in here will provide the accountability we all need in order to follow through. I’d love to do this with you all! I’m praying that God will stir your hearts with a desire for more of His Word.

Ready, set, go…

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