Monday, November 24, 2008

His Word is Life

Over the past weeks, the Holy Spirit has really been speaking to me about Scripture memory. I'm ashamed to say that currently there isn't any Scripture memorizing going on in my life. It's been tough here lately finding a quiet time in my house to spend time in prayer and God's Word. But I desperately crave it!

I really struggled with this after Eli was born. I went from having a chunk of time set aside to be alone with God and in His Word.. to spending a few minutes in prayer here and there (mainly while rocking or nursing the little guy). I think the feelings I had regarding this were genuine (and normal) feelings of hunger and thirst for His Word but also feelings of guilt and shame. If His Word was so important to me, why could I not make time for it? I've been praying that God would help me out with my quiet and alone time with Him... and praying for His forgiveness in the lack of time I was spending with Him.

Through this prayer, my Heavenly Father has so lovingly showed me that He understands where I am right now in my life. He knows that I'm answering the call that He gave me to raise my little boys. He understands that I'm up 2-4 times a night, every night! He knows that it's crazy around here with a toddler and a 12 week old.

He knows because He is there. He has given me an assurance that what I'm doing right now during this season of my life is exactly what I'm suppose to be doing.

This definitely doesn't mean that I am to forsake His Word or prayer time though. It just means that my time alone with God will probably vary from someone who has no children, older children... and so on. My job is to find something that works in this season of my life that honors God and strengthens my relationship with Him.

So, as I said, the Lord has laid on my heart Scripture memory. Although I may not be able to sit and do any kind of in-depth Bible study on a regular basis, I can meditate on Scriptures. I truly believe that His Word brings life. I know it will renew my heart and strengthen me as I take on the most important task I will ever be given.

I have chosen Romans 12:2 to begin my memorizing. I am already very familiar with this verse but that's ok. It's more than just memorizing.. it's allowing the Scripture to transform me.

Romans 12:2 - And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and
perfect will of God.

I'm going to need some accountability as I take this on. So, every Sunday (or Monday morning) I'm going to be posting my weekly memory verse(s), probably in my side bar. If anyone is interested in doing this with me let me know (I'd love some company!) or if anyone has any special verses that mean a lot to you please share them and I'll add them to my list for future memorizing!

May I grow in the knowledge of His Holy Word... so that He be glorified and lifted up!


Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

This entire post hit me where I live...thanks for taking the time to write it. You are so right about being in different seasons of our lives. I also like the idea of meditating on scripture, even when my quiet time with God seems to be cut short all the time.