Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wow! That Was Just For Me!

I recently received a prayer request through my "Submit a Prayer Request" tab at the top of this page. I take all requests for prayer very seriously and pray for each one.  I usually don't share these requests as I believe they are private, but this one really hit me.  I have no idea who submitted this, but it was just for me.   Here's a part of the request:

I’ve been memorizing Scripture for a couple years now and have really become very passionate about it over the past 12 months. It has been a joy to me to be able to encourage others in their walk with God using Scripture, and constantly to have a word from the Lord in my heart and mind. But even though I live in a completely Christian home, none of my family members care about memorizing Scripture and it has honestly become quite a discouragement to me. Every person who has every joined me has given up after no more than a month or two, and sometimes I feel like I’m by myself in this

Can I just say, "Wow!"  Ok, God, I get it.  You see, at the beginning of this year, I challenged myself (and others) to memorize the book of James this year.  I had memorized all the way to James 1:26 and then I quit.  It was at this point that I realized that I was the only one memorizing James and I figured, "if no one else is doing it, then why am I?"  Now please hear me - this has nothing to do with anyone but me.  I am not pointing fingers.  I was doing the reverse of "if everyone else is doing then it, then so will I."  Why was I memorizing scripture in the first place?  Was it just to "keep up with the Jones"?  Apparently I didn't see the benefit to hiding God's Word in my heart.   When I read the prayer request above, I saw myself as the person who "has given up after no more than a month or two."  Again, wow!

I really feel like God sent this request right to me - maybe it was even written by Him.  (smiles)  God's Word is too important to just give up.  So, even if it takes me two years, I AM going to memorize the book of James, and other scriptures.  And not memorize them just to say that I did, but so that I can pull those scriptures up as encouragement for others or myself.

To the person that sent that request - If you are reading this, thank you for sending that request to me.  I will be praying for you.  And if you are interested, I would love to keep each other accountable in this process.

Many blessings,


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6 comments:

  1. Perseverance girl! Good for you. I love when the Lord uses other peoples words to speak directly to us!

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  2. Like Eileen said, I love when God uses others to speak to us.

    I started out the year doing really good with memorizing James. I even had my kids doing it with me. We were going much slower than I had hoped but that is okay. It was still a blessing and we were still memorizing it. But then baseball season hit. We did our memory work at night and with baseball we get home so late that we rush through showers and jump in bed. God spoke to me a week ago and told me we could do it another time, it doesn't have to be done at night. So that is what we are working on now, doing in in the day time. We still will not have it done in a year, but that is okay!

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  3. I'm with Eileen and Jenifer Lisa, the messages God sends us through those around us can be amazingly powerful! I've had more than a few of those moments lately, and it's made me stop and refocus each time...

    Thank you for sharing this with us!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  4. Thank you Lisa for sharing this. I need to get back to memorizing scripture again. I seem to do it for awhile then quit.
    Blessings,
    Ken

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  5. I started out to memorize James with ya'll, but then decided to do individual Scriptures. I've memorized 15 so far and I am blessed to be able to repeat them to myself when I need a word from THE Word. I've never done memorization before and it's been a challenge, but I'm taking it day by day.

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  6. AMEN sister! This blesses me so much. I too struggled with memorizing James. I felt guilty because I knew you were actually doing it. It seems like something I just couldn't do. But your post gives me the push I needed to get back into the groove!:)

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