project 365: 4.2.11

4.2.11

Siesta Scripture Memory Team verse: I LOVE this verse…it’s probably my most favorite memory verse this year. I can’t wait until it is etched in my mind and I can recall it from memory without hesitation.

Philippians 3:8

Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

I have given up everything else and count it all as garbage.

All I want is Christ and to know that I belong to Him.

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prayers

These are the prayers I’m praying for me and my family this morning…

God, I pray that my family – the 5 of us – would do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility we’d consider other better than ourselves. I pray each of us would look not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Phil. 2:3)

I pray we would not argue or complain about anything so that we may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which we shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the Word of Life. (Phil 2:14-15)

I pray that in view of Your mercy, we would offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to You – that it would be our spiritual act of worship. That we would no longer conform to the pattern of this world, but be continually transformed by the renewing of our minds. Knowing that then we will be able to test and approve what Your will is – Your good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1)

project 365: 2.15.11

2.15.11

my memory verse for the second part of February is long, but I love it sooo much.

Isaiah 26:3-4 Amplified Version

You will guard him and keep him perfect and constant peace whose mind (both its inclination and its character) is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock (the Rock of Ages).

project 365: 1.21.11

1.21.11

I got to thinking how much I love memorizing scripture with the whole Siesta Scripture Memory Team over at the LPM blog and asked Kaitlyn if she’d want to do it with me. Her spiral came in the mail today and she’s already got her 2 verses for January written…Kaitlyn & I are SIESTAS!!!

scripture memory

Two of my favorite commitments that I have for 2011 (because if I’m honest, I’m committed to getting fit…but the excitement’s not near as high :)) are memorizing 2 scriptures every month with all the ladies over on Beth Moore’s LPM Blog…better known as the Siesta Scripture Memory Team (SSMT) and reading through the whole Bible in a year using the LifeJournal reading plan found at YouVersion.com.

I did the  SSMT a couple of years ago and I think I even tried to post the verses I was trying to memorize on here a few times.

Now, I’m not promising that I’ll post here every 1st & 15th of the month – I’m learning that as soon as I promise something like that, I’m doomed to miss it. Not a bad doomed, just a “I love my life and there’s a ton going on…sometimes sitting in front of the computer just isn’t part of what’s going on” doomed. But here is the first verse of the year…I LOVE this verse and love what it means to me as I head into a brand new year full of new things….

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. (the last sentence is the first part of verse 2, I thought about just doing verse 1, but couldn’t leave off what I see as the most important part of the passage).

1 Corinthians 13 parenting

I once had someone tell me, “in parenting, even if you get the rest of it all wrong, if your kids know what it is to be loved by you and by God, that’s all that really matters”

Soon after, I found myself in 1 Corinthians 13:1-8…or what is more well-known as the “love” chapter and I began to see what she meant. I have re-written the verses on love for me to be reminded of what this passage says to me about parenting…

If my kids are well-behaved and well-mannered, complete with “yes ma’am’s and yes sir’s”, but do not know that they are loved, my parenting is nothing.

If they can take responsibility for their actions, share the gospel of Jesus with everyone they meet and quote scripture from memory, but don’t know that it was His unconditional love that nailed Jesus to the cross, my parenting has meant nothing.

If they can get good grades in school, excel in extra curricular activities, be placed at the top of their class and be well-liked and well-respected by their peers, but they don’t know that they can rest in God’s constant and loving presence, my parenting has totally missed the mark.

If I can teach them how to clean up after themselves, the importance of order and responsibility and even understand consequences that come with poor choices, but they don’t know of the grace and love that saves us all from every mistake we will ever make, my parenting is worthless.

If my kids grow up to give all of their lives and possessions to the poor and hurting in this world, feeding thousands and saving lives, but do not know God’s intimate love for them personally, my parenting has meant nothing.

I am well aware that I am not a perfect parent,

I never will be.

But God is.

And if I fail at all other things,
but my kids know what God’s love is,
I have succeeded.

For God’s love…
is patient
is kind
is not envious
is not boastful
is not proud
is not self-seeking
is not easily angered
does not keep record of wrongs
does not delight in evil
rejoices with the truth
always protects
always trusts
always hopes
always perseveres
never fails.

 

I Corinthians 13:1-8

 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails

Ephesians 1:16-20

I love it when I’m reading something in the Bible and a part jumps out at me and then God shows me how I can be praying it for myself and for others in my life. I came across this one yesterday and am praying it for my Keith and for other leaders in my life…

God, thank You for my Keith. God, I lift him up to You, asking that You, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give him spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that he may know You even more. I pray also that the eyes of his heart may be continually enlightened so that he can be reminded of the wonderful future You have promised, the rich and glorious inheritance and incomparably great power for us who believe. God, I pray that he will understand the incredible greatness of Your power – that same power that You exerted when you raised Jesus from the dead.

 

Ephesians 1:16-20

16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead

Zephaniah 3:17

This is one of my favorite verses. I’m not sure if I’ve blogged on it before…if I have, oh well, it’s really just that good!

I love taking verses and turing them into prayers that I pray all day to remind me of what God and I talked about during my morning quiet time with Him. Here’s my Zephaniah 3:17 prayer…

God, thank You for being with me and that You are mighty to save! I am humbled that You take great delight in me and You promise to quiet me with Your love. I am giddy at that thought that You rejoice over me with singing.

 

Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.

trust

Life gets crazy sometimes and I can get distracted by my circumstances and lose focus of the promises I have from God. I have a beautiful journal, given to me years ago that has this printed on one of the pages. I pray it often…

My trust is in the Lord.

My heart is at rest for I know God is faithful and that He keeps His promises.

Everything about His character is totally dependable.

What He has spoken in His Word concerning me is there because He purposes to fulfill it.

He not only wills to fulfill it, but He has the resources to fulfill it & the desire to fulfill it.

It is so good to trust the Lord.

In Him I have found my Champion of champions,

my certainty,

my security.

He will meet every need I face.

God cannot fail, for love never fails, and God is love.

He quiets my spirit and assures me that I am in His hands,

and that He will not withhold any good thing from me.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Look to Him in everything you do and He will make your paths straight.

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight inyou, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

my clothes for the day

As I prepare for my day, picking out my clothes and getting the outside of me ready,

I’m praying Colossians 3:12-14 for the clothing I put on the inside of me.

First reminding myself that God chose me and He loves me.

Then choosing to clothe my heart with
tenderhearted mercy,
kindness,
humility,
gentleness
and patience.

And deciding to
make allowances for other people’s faults,
forgive anyone who may offend me,
remember how God has forgiven me,
and to forgive that same way.

And lastly, but most importantly,
I put on love,
which binds me together with others
in perfect unity.

purpose

For my determined purpose is

that I may know Him

that I may progressively become

more deeply and intimately

acquainted with Him,

perceiving and recognizing and understanding

the wonders of His person

more strongly and more clearly,

and that I may in that same way

come to know the power outflowing

from His ressurection

which it exerts over believers

and that I may

so share His sufferings

as to be

continually transformed

in spirit into His likeness.

Philippians 3:10 (Amplified version)

June memory verses

…better late than never, right?

My first verse is one that we’re memorizing as a family. Kaitlyn brought it home from church and we loved it! It’s made for a pretty easy reminder to the kids when they’re not so nice to each other : )

Luke 6:31     Do to others as you would have them do to you

 

My second verse I just love….I love it because it reminds me how important it is that I know His Word. It reminds me that if I don’t know His Word, I won’t know His promises….the ones that He’s never not carried through.

Numbers 23:19

God is not man, that He should lie.

He is not human that He should change His mind.

Has He ever spoken and failed to act?

Has He ever promised and not carried it through?

May memory verses

I just LOVE this first verse. I’ve had it on a sticky note on my bathroom mirror for some time now, but really want to be able to recall it from memory…often. What a great encouragement this verse is and the promises it declares! I love it!!!

Psalm 62-5-7

I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.

He alone is my Rock and my Salavation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.

My salvation and my honor come from God alone

He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

 

This is the one we are memorizing with the kids…(in a kid version…I may attempt to memorize it in it’s entirety, but I really just like the point it so clearly states in so few words)

Micah 6:8

Do what is right to everyone.

Love being kind to others.

april memory verses

April was crazy crazy…but here goes…

Hebrews 10:35-36

Do not give up your confident hope no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you. Patient endurance is what you need now so that you can keep on doing the will of God. Then you will get all that God has promised.

 

Phil 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who gives me the strength I need.

 

checking…..

….pretty close : )