“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded, you need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”
I made a commitment to God and to several of my new blogging friends to memorize one new scripture verse on the 1st and 15th of each month. We all began with a bang and most of us are still here. A lot of us chose paragraphs in our enthusiam and Beth and Amanda at Living Proof Ministries Blog lovingly suggested this might be too ambitious and to please start smaller. They were right. I was struggling with mine. I spent February committing my first verse (small paragraph) to memory and meditating on that. The fact that it is our new benediction for 2009, made it all the more fun.
God had actually impressed my first verse on my heart last Spring when I bought Seven Celebrations for the Soul by Kathy Troccoli. I picked that Bible study for our new women’s Sunday School class long before I knew what Pastor’s verse for the year was going to be.
This is my new memory verse for the next two weeks. I’ve been praying since last fall for a focus. Something that God wanted me to learn, grasp, inwardly digest and the word “confidence” keeps coming back, again and again.
So be it. The truth is, I am extremely insecure. I’m not nearly as confident in anything as people seem to think. What amazes me about that is neither are my heros in the faith. I was blown away when I discovered that. I love this new verse. I know I’ve read Hebrews time and time again and yet, I missed it somehow.
Don’t throw away your confidence.
Persevere in carrying out the will of God.
God knew that the time for me to hear those words, was now.
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Most of you know that I took a memory verse challenge for 2009. On the first and 15th of the month, I check in on a blog and leave my memory verse – with the promise that I will write in on my spiral index cards and memorize or at least meditate on that particular verse.
I had a harder time finding a verse this week. And then this one jumped out at me, so here we are. Another strong and courageous verse – gotta love it. And considering my fun with Pauline yesterday – this is one of the answers to her fears.
Pauline might have been born scared, but she lives free in Christ – which is really the message I’m working on building around her.
To all of my friends,
I wanted to write a simple note to thank all of you for walking with me in 2008. Your prayers, your encouragements, and your simple friendship mean the world to me. You know the real me. The woman who runs back to God, battered and bruised, more than she runs forward. The woman who is learning (with his grace) to find her own wings and fly under his.
This year brought many gifts that I do not fully understand yet. Gifts that were both seemingly good and seemingly bad. God’s ministry at Ablaze Church – and Ablaze World Wide is growing and we get to be a part of that. We lost my father in law and yet I know that he is home (heaven) celebrating with Jesus. We found answers regarding my son’s epilepsy – no they were not the answers we wanted and yet God’s grace keeps me from caving into the fear of what could be. Jeff’s band, Zion’s Fire is almost finished with their first CD (It’s being mixed as I write) and he is studying to be a pastor. Charlie is filling out college applications and getting ready to spread his own wings in the fall. (I’m so not ready – but he is).
Life continues to move forward for all of us.
I wrote about “favor” yesterday, and that really is for all of us who know Christ. Through his death and resurrection, we now have favor with God. He sees us through the blood of Christ. Our sins are forgiven – fellowship restored. While we as a body may not necessarily treat each other with favor, he does not treat us that way. His love endures forever. Nothing, absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.
Pastor has a new benediction for 2009 and I leave for the same for you. I’ve made it my memory verse for January.
(Ephesians 3:14- 21) For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.