Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Hard to Remember

I went home last weekend to visit my parents for Mothers Day. One of the things I enjoy doing when I go home is sitting in my mother's Sunday School class in my home church, Crowder Baptist Church. Mom asked the class to recite sayings or bits of advice we were told by parents or teachers when we were growing up. None of us had trouble remembering them: "birds of a feather flock together"; "this hurts me more than it hurts you"; "if so-in-so jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you?" The list went on and on. The one my mother always told me, "it doesn't matter what you look like on the outside; its whats on the inside that counts". If I had a dime for every time I rolled my eyes when she said that, I would be rich. Then, mom asked a different question--what scripture verses have meant the most to you in your life? The room was silent. After a few seconds, someone blurted out John 3:16. It was obvious it was difficult for members of the class to recite scripture.

When I was in grad school, I made sure I memorized every formula and every why and how there was to thermodynamic and synoptic meteorology. My grade, masters degree, and possible first job depended on it. So why are we so uninterested in studying God's Word? Psalm 119:105 says "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."

The ancient lamp was small and flat with a wick and oil. It gave just enough light to see a short distance ahead. Similarly, God's Word (the Bible) gives light enough for each step in making every day decisions. When you are able to recite and remember scripture (not necessarily the specific book and chapter it comes from), you are able to receive encouragement and strength for the day. Not only does God hear you but more importantly, Satan hears you. And the Bible says, "he flees". So take a moment today and read over some verses that have meant the most to you in you life and commit them to memory. Your grade or career may not depend on it, but your eternal life does.


Drewe Llyn said...

Amen, Sister! I'm a homeschool mom, and my overall educational philosophy is Matthew 6:33, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you."

Thank you for sharing your insights. So glad to know you're a sister in the Faith. Have a great day!

By the way, I want to add your blog to my bloglines account, but it isn't able to find your RSS feed. Do you know your feed address?


Drewe Llyn said...

Sorry about this, but I just tried another approach with my RSS reader and now have you added. I look forward to "hearing" what you have to say in the coming days, weeks, months, and years.
God bless!

MICHAEL said...

About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I imagine I was going through some sort of metamorphosis [mental, physical & spiritual]. I had been seeing a therapist [1994] on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff was very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th September 1994, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages [England & Australia]. God LOVES me so much. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17].

Peace Be With You

Barbie Bassett said...

Thanks for adding me, Drewe! Love your name, by the way.

Barbie Bassett said...

Micky, good for you! The mercy of God is a powerful force that brings peace in the middle of our storms in life.

Kailey Burroughs said...

Please do not let "Mike" drag you down. He may be "oversized" himself and trying to make other people feel bad because he feels bad about himself. You are a true (and beautiful) angel who has helped many many people along the way become closer to our Lord, just by being who you are. Most of the people you helped you will probably never know until you see them in heaven and they tell you "I am here because of you and the way you showed your love for the Lord in your earthly life." Thanks for being a role model for many, many people.