SSMT 2017: Verse #3

Happy February! It’s time for a new verse! For more information, just check out Beth Moore’s post.

I’ve already posted my third passage over at Beth’s Blog and now I’m adding it here 🙂 My plan is to memorize Proverbs 3:13-18 between now and March 15th. So I’ll be working on 2 verses each two week cycle. This segment will be Proverbs 3:13-14.

I haven’t started decorating this one because I don’t have a purple highlighter but I will update this post with a completed photo in two weeks:

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SSMT 2017: Verse #1

Sweet Fancy Moses! It’s a new year! I’m really looking forward to setting and achieving the goal of memorizing 24 verses/passages again in 2017! It’s not too late to join in, just head on over the Beth’s Blog for more information.

Today I’m posting the scripture I’ve chosen for January 1-14th. It is 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24. We’re also using this passage as the basis for a 12 week renewing the mind challenge at the Taste For Truth Support Group. When I was considering which verse(s) to memorize first, this just seemed like a natural choice.

As part of the memorization process, I plan to decorate each index card. I’ve already started on this one:

Coloring, drawing, or even exercising while I practice scripture seems to help me memorize it quicker. I really don’t know why, but I’m sure there has been some scientific study to explain it… or maybe I’m just weird, which is highly possible.

Speaking of goals, I’ve been making a list of personal achievements for 2017. I’m still not finished with it because I’m using a combination of Zig Ziglar and Dave Ramsey tips for goal setting. This is a tedious process, but I think it will help me focus in the coming months on what is truly important.

Obviously, one of those goals is to end the year with 24 newly memorized verses/passages. I’d also like to go to the end of year SSMT celebration (which is part of my financial goals).

May your 2017 be filled with all manner of blessings!

UPDATE: Finished card…

ssmt: verse #12

I really think the summer is flying by just a little too quickly. My to-do list seems to be growing instead of shrinking, as the days are disappearing. I didn’t realize how much participating in SSMT would magnify the words of my verse 1.

Today we get to post the 12th verse in our memory list, so be sure to check out Adrienne’s post to the Siestas. I am still going through Psalm 103, so, big surprise, the next verse is:

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. ~Psalm 103:11 (KJV)

When I was a kid, I pictured “fearing the Lord” as cowering like the cowardly lion before the “great and powerful Oz”. I thought the Bible was telling us to “be afraid, be very afraid.” And then I memorized verses like, “fear not, for I am with thee”. Talk about confusion for a little kid. Well, God used a lesson from my Dad to teach me about “fearing the Lord”.

I loved to swim. Growing up in a part of the country where sun and surf were king, suited me so well. If there was a body of water, and my parents gave me permission, I was in it. We would go to the lake and to the beach. I loved the water. I had not even an inkling that the water could be dangerous. I remember my Dad teaching me how to dive off the side of a pier from a squat and later from standing. Oh, I didn’t know how to swim like a competitive swimmer, my swimming was more utilitarian than that, but I loved challenging the limits of my breath, arms, and legs. I only got out of the water when I had to.

I must have freaked my parents out a few times because I remember my Dad saying I “had no fear” when it came to the water. I was in the second or third grade at the time. “You want me to be afraid of the water?” I asked. This seemed to contradict an earlier lesson in fear regarding a huge horse at a festival.

“Well, not afraid of it, that’s not good either,” he replied.

“I don’t understand.” I was treading water in the deep end of the pool at our apartment complex. Secretly seeing how long I could appear to hover there before my arms and legs gave out.

“Water can be very dangerous and you don’t respect that part of it.”

I’m sure I gave him a confused look. I had been taught to respect my parents and those in authority over me. I didn’t get how that applied to water. He shifted gears.

“Would you play with a rattle snake?” He continued.

“No, Sir.”

“Why not?”

“It would probably bite me and I might die.”

“But you don’t run screaming if you see a snake either.” He was right, I had been around a number of snakes, and just over a year later would even catch a pigmy rattler on the driveway of our home (using precaution of course). “You act appropriately around snakes because you have a ‘healthy fear’ of them. You respect them. You need to respect the water like you do snakes.”

I remember being really confused because I didn’t see how water could be dangerous if I knew how to swim. Over the years, I did have several close encounters with water, and by the grace of God, I survived them. Some were because of my recklessness and some were just fluke things that there was no way I could have prepared for. Years later as a teenager, when a large wave smashed me into the ocean floor and began dragging me out with the undertow, my Dad’s words flashed through my mind. We had been warned that the undertow was particularly bad, but I still got in the water. I clawed at the sand and held my breath for all I was worth. I remember praying that God would help me. The force pressing me into the sand lifted and I was able to surface. I got out of the water and sat on the shore for a good while watching the waves crash. Unfortunately for a 21 year old man staying a few doors down from us, the undertow claimed his life that day. My respect for water changed. I didn’t fear it, but I definitely approached it with more respect from then on.

When we are told to “fear God”, we are to have a proper view of who God is and what He is capable of. We aren’t called to cower out of fear, but to humble ourselves out of respect. God could easily force us to do His will. He could smite us all without speaking a word. We forget sometimes that He is the Creator of all things. He’s the one who quiets the storms or raises the flood waters. He’s even the one who allows waves to smash us into the sand for a lesson we so desperately need for our own good. But He’s also the living water… our salvation and our deliverer who washes away our sins. He wants us to choose to love and respect and obey Him. If we do, He promises mercy… and “so great” mercy at that.

SSMT: verse #11

It’s June 1st and that means we’re adding a new SSMT verse today. I’m still moving through Psalm 103, so today’s verse is:

“He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.” ~Psalm 103:10 (KJV)

This is another way of saying, “God is merciful”. The funny thing is, God is far more merciful than mankind. We are critical of others and ourselves. One thing I’m learning from my journey through Thin Within is that God’s grace is sufficient. This allows me to let myself off the hook for not being perfect. This doesn’t mean I’m saying, “Oh well, God forgives.” No, it means I recognize my errors without condemnation while relying on God to change those behaviors.

The Bible tells us the “wages of sin is death”. I don’t know about you, but I’m mighty thankful He doesn’t “reward” His children “according to our iniquities”.

Beth shares her heart with us today regarding loss. Be sure to check out her message.

Ok, now I really need to get some stuff done today. Blessings!

SSMT: verse #10

Good Morning! It’s already May 15th and that means it’s time to post the tenth SSMT verse of the year. I’m still working through Psalm 103 so today’s verse is:

He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. ~ Psalm 103:9 (KJV)

I’m going to have to pray about the full meaning of this one and get my hands on some commentary too. Be sure to check out today’s post over at LPM Blog. It’s rather short, but sweet.

Blessings!

SSMT: verse #9

Oh my goodness. I’ve been so caught up in the Thin Within series that I totally flaked posting my 8th verse yesterday. I didn’t even think about it being May 1st already.

So, I’ll make this quick. I’m still moving through Psalm 103:

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. ~ Psalm 103:8

So glad this is one of the shorter ones. I think this verse is perfectly timed as I need “plenteous” grace and mercy at the moment.

SSMT: verse #8

Tax Day (do you hear the ominous music playing?). I am so not thrilled to write that check to Uncle Sam… he’s become a nasty, greedy bugger in his old age. I refuse to let his greed overshadow today’s SSMT celebration though… well, I’m going to try not to let it. Lord, help me!

Today is SSMT verse # 8. I’ve already posted at LPM blog. Be sure to read Diane Vaccaro’s message today. I’ve got a really busy day ahead so I’m going to get right to posting my verse. I’m continuing through Psalm 103:

He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. ~ Psalm 103:7

Tomorrow will be the first post in my “Thin Within” series. Until then, I hope your April 15th is one of grace and beauty.

Blessings!

 

SSMT: verse #6

Howdy Hey, it’s March 15th! That means it’s time for SSMT verse #6! Be sure to read Melanie Toup’s post on the LPM blog today. We chose the same verse as our first verse of the year. Too fun! It’s really cool that this is her seventh year participating with the Siestas.

Ok, so now on to my sixth verse of the year. I think this may be my favorite one so far, but that’s probably only because I’m really focusing on living free from dieting. You’ll see what I mean when you read the verse below.

I hopped online and posted my verse over at LPM. It’s really pretty neat to be joining all of these women in memorizing scripture. It’s like we’re unified in a way without ever knowing one another. Anyway, this is supposed to be a short post, so without further ado, here’s my verse #6:

“Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” ~ Psalm 103:5 (KJV)

I think I could write up an entire sermon on this… I guess I’ll save that for my “deeper with” post later.

Blessings to my fellow Siestas! Praying that we won’t just “eat the seed” of God’s Word, but will allow God to sow it into our lives and reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Also, it appears that LPM now has an SSMT app. Check it out 🙂

SSMT: verse #4

I kind of got a little distracted by life this past week. It was a very busy week, and on top of that, the Husband was out of town. So, I didn’t think one bit about this blog… or the SSMT group. This morning, I wake up and think, “what’s today?!” I realize it’s the 16th, which means I’m a day late posting my verse. Sigh.

Thankfully, “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ” (Romans 8:1). I’m out here now, ready to post my next verse. It’s super simple and in keeping with my commitment to memorize Psalm 103 this year.

“who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;” ~Psalm 103:3 (KJV)

And, as I looked this up again to type it here, I just realized that I put the NIV version in the comments of the LPM blog post, but labeled it as KJV. Oh good heavens. I hope you’ll “forgiveth” me. I have a parallel Bible and I must have been looking at the wrong side of the page when I typed it up. I knew it didn’t sound “thee and thou” enough. The above is correct though.

Looks like I’m already getting some practice at meditating on that first portion of the verse. Praise God for His forgiveness!

I do still plan to dissect verse 2, and hope to have those posts completed sometime this week… which is scheduled to be busy as well.

Be sure to read Sherry McClure’s word for verse #4 (link above). I’m sure you’ll be blessed.

I wanna be a Siesta!

Ok, for several years now, I’ve wanted to participate in Living Proof Ministries’, Siesta Scripture Memory Team. The first year I saw it on the LPM blog, they were already a good portion through the year. So, I decided to subscribe so I wouldn’t miss the notification next time. Then I forgot all about it the next year until I stumbled across the email notification in my inbox… which, of course, ended up well after the start date. Ugh. Yes, I get a ridiculous amount of email, which sometimes takes me a bit to sort through, but I am fully convinced I don’t receive all the email notifications from LPM in my inbox… maybe they hide in my spam folder? Not to mention, December 31st is my deceased son’s birth/death anniversary and January 3rd is the anniversary of his funeral. So, it’s not unusual for me to be lax in checking my email (let alone blogs I subscribe to) from mid-December through the first week in January.

Well, this morning I got this post in my inbox (on my phone) and I flipped out because for once I was seeing it in January instead of a month or two down the road. Oh how I sang the praises of technology and the convenience of owning a smartphone. So excited, I didn’t even wait to change out of my PJs or get my coffee before following the link.

I read Beth’s message with such excitement thinking, “Yes, this year I’m going to participate! This year I’m not going to miss…” I made it to the part of the post talking about an informational post from… December! “Good heavens, I am behind,” I thought. I tried to click on the link to the other post… it errored out.

NOOOOOO! “There’s is nothing smart about you!” I hissed at my phone, The change in tone feeling quite appropriate in the moment. All the while, I’m trying to remind myself that this tiny little device is “going to space”, after all, to retrieve information for me. Deep breath, calm down. “Maybe your first memory verse should be about turning your “cares” over to the Lord,” my conscience convicted.

“Maybe I do need that coffee”, I replied. So, I went off in search sustenance and my laptop.

I tried to reach the blog from the email link… error. Evidently, I snapped at my phone for something out of its control. So sorry. I ended up typing the blog url into the browser and the “home” page came up with the post at the top. Halleluiah! I skimmed down to find the link to the December informational post. Click.

ERROR!!

Oh my gosh, Lord help me not to throw my laptop across the room. I scrolled down the home page hoping maybe the December post was still there… and it was. Glory, Glory! I’m reading… Looks good… I can still participate… and then I see the 24 hour time frame to post your verse. My heart dropped. I looked at the clock, it was a few minutes past 8:00 AM MST. I had missed the window by minutes. And then I thought, “Wait! It’s still before 8 somewhere in the continental US.” Yes, I could still play. I went back to the “verse 1” post to leave a comment with my “verse numero uno” like all the other precious Siestas, most of whom, no doubt, weren’t freaking out because they had posted yesterday… oh how I want to be on the Siesta team… I promise I’m usually on time for things… I clicked on the link to open the comments… and you guessed it…

ERROR!

I looked to the heavens and implored of the Lord a pitiful “Why”?! Then I frantically typed out a message pleading for help from LPM blog tech support, sent it into cyberspace, and padded off to the shower to get ready for my hair appointment. My children were none the wiser as they worked on their lessons. All of this drama occurred in my head… well, with some silent arm waving for good measure, but fortunately, the dining room table was hidden from their view.

I thought about how silly I was to let this frustrate me so much. I wasn’t able to get back to my computer till after lunch (definitely not 8 AM on the West coast now). While waiting for my stylist, I got the standard, “we’ll answer your message as soon as we can” message from LPM on my phone. By no means I was upset with them, and it certainly wasn’t their fault I was entire day late seeing the post in the first place. Sigh. I decided that if God wanted me to be a Siesta, I would get another opportunity.

After lunch, I thought I would try again (much calmer now), and it worked. I was able to post. Yes, I could feel horribly guilty for being late, but as you all know, I’m “letting go” these days. Progress, not perfection. Of course, I’ll set a reminder for the 15th so I can post my next verse on time, but for now, I’m just utterly thrilled to be joining the 2015 Siesta Scripture Memory Team. Now I just need to make the spiral. I feel a little like Ralphie from “A Christmas Story”, so excited about his “secret decoder pin”, which meant he was part of Little Orphan Annie’s secret club. SSMT isn’t secret, but I’m excited to work on my official memory verse spiral nonetheless! I’m not able to walk very far right now (another story), so the husband is getting supplies for me at the store. Once I get it made, I’ll post about it 🙂