Memory Verse #14!
I’ve been really busy the last 2 weeks (mostly with painting some rooms in my house) and July 15th kind of shocked me today. It’s July 15th already! Wow! In exactly 2 weeks my daughter leaves for YWAM in Sweden, and it’ll be quite the change in our house for 5 months. And there seems to be so much to do yet, before she leaves…
And these past 2 weeks have also impacted me a lot while I was following Arvid Loewen’s race across the country. His faith, his determination made me question my faith, my walk with God. What is God telling me to do? Am I faithful with the job God wants me to do? Do I really give it my all? My very all? I’ll never forget how Arvid said in one of the videos: “If you dream big enough, you will come to a stage where you don’t just need God’s help, you actually need God to take over!” What a powerful statement. To surrender it all to God. And we’ve seen what God can do, if we surrender it all to God and He takes over. We saw it last night when Arvid rolled into Halifax…
For a few months now I’ve been hearing the same thing over and over from God: “Stop reading crime novels! Stop reading thrillers!” And I just couldn’t give it up. At first. I had a lot of conversations about this with God. And He just kept coming back to it over and over. I know, I do read A LOT!!! And crime and political intrigue are just so good! Why would I have to give up that? And then I had to think of the time of Lent, when I would choose to give something up. So far, I always chose to give up something that was actually not such a big deal, something that I would still be able to handle. Except one time, when my daughter and I gave up watching TV for Lent. And let me tell you, that was hard. But we got through it and afterwards didn’t even have desire to watch TV that often. But books, Lord? Really? Does it really have to be these books? I still did read one more novel a few weeks ago, but I felt so bad, I decided I would obey. It was especially hard when all of a sudden the Library called and said 2 of the books that I had been waiting for for several months were ready for pick up. And they were both from my favorite authors. “Can I make an exception here, Lord? Please, Lord!” And you what I heard Him say? “These books will still be there one year from now.” “One year, Lord? Really? Is that what you’re telling me? Am I supposed to stay away from these books for one whole year???” I must admit, I did go and pick them up, but I have not read them. My girls did, but I kept my resolve.
Well, all of a sudden I find that I have so much time! So I’ve been studying the Bible more and reading more books (yes, I’m glad there are more books besides the crime and political thrillers!!!) and I’ve been learning so much and I feel so free. I still have times, where I really miss a good thriller, but then I just pick up N.T. Wright’s book that I bought a few months ago and it’s all good again.
The place of obedience is a very good place to be. I can’t really describe it. It’s kind of surreal. There is real peace in the air. And there’s this incredible joy in my heart.
This morning, when I read in my chronological Bible, I came across Micah 6:8 “O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy and to walk humbly before our God.” (NLT) And this is what I’ll be memorizing for the next two weeks.
OK, family & friends, let’s hear your Bible verses. I know it’s summer, and we’re all busy, but let’s keep on filling our minds with God’s Word. No giving up, ok?