one word for 2018


“to continue in a place”

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing…If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you…As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” 

~from John 15

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue [abide] in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 

~John 8:31-32

“The Greek word for abide used in John 8: 31-32 and John 15: 4-5 is the same word that’s used for living in a house. The idea is that we don’t just visit the Word for 10 minutes a day. We live in the Word. Meditate on it. Chew on it as we walk through the day.”

~Taste for Truth, pg. 10


No time to memorize???

I needed this reminder today as I struggle finding the time to memorize.  Maybe you do too.  I thought a repost might do us both some good.  🙂


So you think that you don’t have time to hide God’s Word in your heart?  I used to think this too.  It is true that I don’t have time to sit down and spend 15-45 min. straight to work on this important area of my life…but I do have little minutes and I know that you do too!  What do you do when you are showering, fixing your hair and makeup?  What about when you are in the kitchen?  What are you thinking about when you are vacuuming?  Sorting laundry?  Cleaning out the garage?

It used to be that when I was showering, I was working up a good stew over all I had to do that day.  Now I review passages that I have already memorized.   When I exit the shower, I am refreshed in body and soul.  When I am doing my hair and putting on makeup, I prop up my 3 x 5 cards and work on the verses that I am in the process of memorizing.  When I need to put up my feet for a few minutes, I work on a new verse.  I prop the cards on a window sill when I am in the kitchen and run a few verses through my mind.  I take my cards with me when I have an appointment that I will probably sit in a waiting room for.  This helps me to be patient when I would otherwise be not so patient

I cannot begin to describe the difference that these simple acts have had in my life.  It is true that when our minds are on God, we have peace.  I thought I would share one example of this from my past.  During one year of deputation, I worked full-time at a Christian school and my kids attended a different Christian school.  We had to leave the house at 7:00 a.m. in order for me to be able to drop the kids off at their school and be on time for my job.  This made for some stressful mornings, especially when my husband was out of town.  One morning was particularly stressful.  By the time we were all in the car, my daughter and I were in tears, son #1 was in a stew and son #2 was feeling frantic.  To say that I was fried was an understatement.  As I backed out of the driveway, my heart was crying out to the Lord for help.  The kids and I had been memorizing a large chunk of Proverbs 3.  I decided that we needed to use that morning commute to review those verses.  We spent the 15 minute drive reciting the verses together.  By the time we arrived at their school, calm was restored and everyone had a smile on their face.  God’s Word had brought peace to each of our hearts and we proceeded on with our day.

Only God and His Word can give us the stability and peace that we crave.  Won’t you join me in using the little minutes that we usually waste to hide God’s Word in your heart?

90 Days Update

It’s about time I updated again on reading the Bible in 90 days.  In my last update, I mentioned that I was a little bit ahead.  I am glad that I did that or I would definitely be behind this week.  Life has a way of throwing curve balls at you and I have had a lot of days this week that didn’t go as planned.  While I was able to fit some reading in, it wasn’t a whole daily portion according to the schedule.

I have heard people say that reading the Bible in this way reads like a novel.  I understand why they would say that.  I am seeing the connection to so many things in the Bible that I haven’t even come to in my reading yet.  For example, as I read about King Uzziah in 2 Chronicles, the phrase, “In the year that King Uzziah died….” from Isaiah 6 came to my mind.  It gave me a whole new perspective on that chapter.  I know that I will never read it the same again.

Reading through Esther as a whole was so exciting, even though I already knew the outcome.  This is so easy to do since it is only 10 chapters.  And today I start with the book of Job.  I have been studying and teaching through this, but I am looking forward to reading it straight through.  I know it will help me as I prepare for my next lesson.

I am still a few days ahead which is an encouragement.  I know someone who is trying to catch up and I am thankful that is not me.  I think I would give up.  Maybe not…at this point, by the grace of God, I have read too far to quit.  If you would like to join me, it is not too late.  A lady in our church started 2 weeks ago.  Grab a schedule here, and start counting your 90 days from today.  Be sure to leave a comment below so I can pray for you and we can encourage one another.

90 Days Update

I mentioned in an earlier post that I am trying to read the Bible through in 90 days.  I asked for advice or encouragement in that post and I appreciate the one who commented.  It has helped me to get off to a good start.  I have definitely been tested this first week. We went out of town for a few days and it didn’t go as planned. And…I came home sick.  Since I knew we were going out of town, I decided to get ahead.  I thought that would be easier than getting behind and playing catch up.  As a result of being ill, I have had extra time to read.  I haven’t always felt like it, but as I began to read, I found I couldn’t stop.

Reading the Bible in these large chunks is pushing me in a way I have never been pushed before, but the rewards have been great.  I have asked the Lord to increase my appetite for His Word and He is answering that prayer.  I am making connections to different things in the Word that I have never made before.  I am seeing the big picture and it is a sight to behold.

Leviticus was a hard read at first.  The more I read, the more my heart swelled with gratitude for the one time sacrifice that Christ made for me and for the freedom that I have in Him.  I am now in Deuteronomy and God’s faithfulness is leaping off every page.

I am so grateful that I decided to take this challenge.  Even if I don’t finish in exactly 90 days, the experience is worth the effort.  If you would like to join me, it is not too late.  Grab a schedule here, and start counting your 90 days from today.  Be sure to leave a comment below so I can pray for you and we can encourage one another.


“Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;” ~Deuteronomy 7:9

The Posts of My House

photo2And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, photo4and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  photo3And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.  photo1And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

~Deuteronomy 6:6-9