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BIble in 90 Days {Week 7}

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Can you believe we are HALF WAY through the entire Bible??WAY TO GO!! (can you hear me cheering for you from East TN??)

The middle of the Bible is probably some of my favorite portions of Scripture…including both the books of Psalms and Isaiah.

The Psalms have been my best source of encouragement through depression.

Through the Psalms, God has calmed my desperate thoughts.
God has instilled in me a love for His Word.
God has shown me the power of His love.
God has showered me with His grace.
The Psalms show me the humanity of one of my favorite Bible characters: David.
The Psalms give me the very words of God, through His writers, to pray back to Him!

I mean, how can you read and meditate on these verses and not be encouraged??

“But you are a shield around me, O Lord;
you bestow glory on me and lift up my head!” Psalm 3:3

“The Lrod is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:9-10

“Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup,
you have made my lot secure…
I will praise the Lord who counsels me,
even at night my heart instructs me.” Psalm 16:5, 7

“As for God, his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord is flawless.
He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.” Psalm 18:30

“The Lord is my light and my salvation –
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life –
of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

“I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cray.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.” Psalm 40:1-3

“God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

“Find rest o my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 62:5-6

“He will have no fear of bad news;
his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is secure, he will have no fear;
in the end he will look in triumph over his foes.” Psalm 112:7-8

Psalm 121

“The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18

And these are some Psalms that I have prayed many times before:

“Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing.
Listen to my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to You I pray.
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before You
and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:1-3

“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonders.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” Psalm 9:1-2

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight, O Lord,
my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

“Show me your ways, O Lord,
teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5

“Test me, O Lord, and try me;
examine my heart and my mind.” Psalm 26:2

“As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.” Psalm 42:1

Psalm 51 for cleansing and repentance.

“O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1

“Teach me your way, O Lord,
and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.” Psalm 86:11

All of Psalm 91. :)

Many passages from Psalm 119:
“Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees.” 119:5
“I seek you with all my heart, do not let me stray from your commands.” 119:110
“I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” 119:15-16
“Strengthen me according to your word.” 119:28
“Direct me in the path of your commands,
for there I find delight.” 119:35
“Turn my eyes away from worthless things…” 119:37
“You are my portion, O Lord…” 119:57

Psalm 130

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

“Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.
Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil.” Psalm 141:3-4

I want to leave you with one last passage from Isaiah, may God’s Word be a source of encouragement to you this week, friends!!

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See I am doing a new thing!
Now is springs up, do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:18-19

Bible in 90 Days {Week 2}

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**Note: I am going to have to post some of my “Bible in 2011” on days other than Monday, otherwise I will need to post about 4 different things on Mondays and that just doesn’t sit right with me. ha!

For our 2nd week of reading, we will read the book of Leviticus, all of Numbers and through most of Deuteronomy.

I will say right off the bat that this particular week is THE HARDEST week of reading for me to get through! I have always struggled with these books of the Bible, it’s just not that interesting for me (sorry) and doesn’t feel very applicable. However, I know that doesn’t mean that God doesn’t have something for me in my reading time! Part of the lesson as a whole is just plain ole obedience and showing my love for Him by spending time in His Word. Sometimes I feel so inadequate to show God how much I love Him, and this is one tangible way I can do that – by following through on my commitment, by cherishing His Word regardless of what He gives me, and by meditating on and spending time in His love letter to me.

There are a few phrases that did cause me to ponder from the book of Leviticus.

“The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously, it must not go out.” Lev. 6:13
and
“Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning continually.” Lev. 24:2

This isn’t some earth shattering revelation…but I just paused at these phrases and thought to myself, what does it take to keep the fire burning in my life continually? Is it even possible? What are my responsibilities in keeping my relationships alive? Both my relationship with God and my relationship with family? What is my part and where do I rest in Him if the period seems dark? These are questions I just lifted up to the Lord and asked Him to show me anything that I might need to change or work on.

And, in closing today’s post…this is my prayer for YOU, friends!!

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make His face to shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26

{this is a beautiful verse to add to the Scriptures you can pray…maybe spend some time praying this passage over your family and friends today!}

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Grateful for New Beginnings…

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Happy New Year, friends!! Do you love a new week? A new month? A new year? I do!! There is something about a fresh start that just makes me happy. This morning in the sermon it was shared that God loves new beginnings, too! That made me smile. God created us in His image, no wonder we love fresh starts!!

After all, His Word tells us that…

His mercies are new every morning!! {Lamentations 3:23}

He is doing a new thing! {Isaiah 43:19}

We are new creations in Him! {2 Cor. 5:17}

The old is gone, the new has come! {2 Cor. 5:17}

He puts a new song in our mouths! {Psalm 40:3}

There is just something about knowing and trusting and believing that He can truly make all things new. Doesn’t that give you hope and courage? I am so thankful for His Word and the promises that He gives us in it.

The hope and assurance that God gives me from His Word is one of the main reasons I want to make a bigger effort at hiding His Word in my heart with the start of this New Year! I need more of Him in every aspect of my life!! And, when I have His Word on the tip of my tongue and on the forefront of my mind, I am much more at peace.

Going along with my Word & Theme for 2011 {rest} and also wanting to hide God’s Word in my heart even more, I have found a verse that I want to be my prayer for the year! I actually already have it memorized. :) And, as you know, I love praying the Scriptures!! So, when I read this verse, I knew God gave it to me just at the right moment. (This is my first Siesta Scripture Memory Team verse, too!)

“May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in You.” Psalm 33:22

Isn’t that just beautiful and perfect and wonderful? :) It is a different kind of rest…it’s not the kind of rest where I’m doing the rest, it’s asking for God’s love to rest on me. Even better, I think.

For my longer passage of Scripture that I will be memorizing, for the Mega Memory Month, I have chosen portions of Psalm 91. I would like to eventually memorize the whole Psalm, but am not going to set myself up for the failure of doing it in just one month. :) I had a different passage chosen (from Philippians) but I really wanted to find something with REST in it to aid in my focus and prayers about resting in Him. The beginning of Psalm 91 is perfect!!

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:1-4

I love that image of being under His wings and resting in His shadow.

When I dwell on His Word and His promises, it is so much easier for me to rest. While I’m counting my blessings this week, God’s Word is one of the biggest.

Many, many blessings…
#1266 ~ 1279

  • God’s Word
  • Starting the Bible in 90 Days TODAY!
  • 2 of my favorite songs in worship today
  • a fun new year with the kids and our friends
  • Happy New Year cake
  • watching my hubby love playing the new Wii (I’m wondering exactly who we bought this for! ha!)
  • watching the kids and hubby compete ~ fun!
  • enjoying Wii Fit Plus myself ~ please pray I can keep up this exercise!!
  • a fun lunch date with the Hearts of Christ missionaries, I helped them start a blog! (This is who I went to Belize with!)
  • another fun brunch date with my dear friend, Rebecca, and fun thrift store shopping after breakfast!
  • a wonderful Nana & Papa to keep my kids for those fun lunch dates
  • new mercies
  • new beginnings
  • hiding God’s Word in my heart
**I apologize for the really long post! I am trying to combine a few different topics into one post since I’ve had so many different things going on at the beginning of this New Year!! :) If you made it this far, thank you!!