Oh my goodness, I know February is a short month, but could it be March already?! I’ve been 40 for almost a week now. I think I’ve come to grips with saying it, but more than that, I’m applying positive words. As you know, I’m going through a journey of “letting go” and the truly beneficial part is where I cling to The Way, The Truth, and the Life. I guess it’s sort of like “leave and cleave” in a sense. I’m letting go of the former things… the negative things… the old, destructive mindsets and behaviors… and I’m clinging to the Truth of God… who I am in Christ… words that uplift and edify. So, instead of saying, “I am old”… I’m saying, “I am youthful“…”I am fearfully and wonderfully made“… “I am made new“… “I am beautiful“.
Beth’s message of encouragement to the Siestas this month is one of leaning on Jesus to memorize these verses. She says to make it personal. She also points out that we do have the capacity to remember things… although often it is the negative that we store up in our minds. I find that when God says something to me more than once, especially in a short time frame, I really need to listen. He just spoke to me about our propensity to focus on the negative the other day. We are far more likely to memorize something hateful someone has said to us or about us, than we are to bask in God’s “lovingkindness and tender mercies”. Which brings me to the fifth verse I’ll be memorizing this year:
“Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;” ~ Psalms 103:4 (KJV)
Bless the LORD indeed! I’m really enjoying the journey through this Psalm. I will write more on this particular passage in the coming two weeks, but for now, let’s just meditate on it. I hope you’re joining me in scripture memorization. You can jump in with the Siestas if you like. I’m benefitting from the accountability (my verse is comment # 62).