Thursday, June 14, 2012

Brushing My Teeth: One Glorious Memory!

Psalm 119:11 (NIV1984)
I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
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Brushing my teeth isn’t my favorite task of the day. But I’d like to share with you one of my favorite memories that happened (many years ago) while I was brushing my pearly whites!

Finishing up my dental hygiene duty, I was rinsing off my toothbrush and studying one of my SMCs (Scripture Memory Cards) at the same time. I don’t remember what verse I was meditating on, but I do remember that suddenly it felt as if my entire being was enveloped in an amazingly overwhelming sense of love and awe.

I swirled around and leaned against the wall. I told the Lord (Who seemed very near) in a hushed voice, “I love Your Word, O Lord. I love Your Word!” I couldn’t stop saying it. I wasn’t just expressing my appreciation for the verse I was studying, but for His whole Word, His whole being – everything He is and everything He has meant to me!

And as I proclaimed my love for His Word, my heart was filled with indebtedness for the love I knew He had for me. And then (toothbrush still in hand), tears streamed down my face. My heart felt as if it would burst with love for my Lord. The sweetness of that moment has stayed with me; I will never forget how special it was.

I am a believer in the benefits of memorizing and meditating on Scripture.

And in my zeal to encourage others to join me in this amazing discipline, I began The Memorizing Scripture Blog. Since then, the blog has added another important feature: accountability. In fact, I have started a women’s accountability group, “Coffee with Sheryl,” as the result of the blog. Plus, God has opened the door for me to do a short radio program on Wave 94 in Tallahassee. The program will also be called, “Coffee with Sheryl.”

Therefore, within a couple of weeks, I have decided to tie this blog to my other ministry outlets and rename the blog, “Coffee with Sheryl.” We will still have a strong emphasis on Scripture. The goal of the blog will be to pray, support and encourage one another to overcome sinful or bad habits while meditating on God’s Word.

I’m excited to see how God will continue to mature me (and hopefully others) as we progress on this exciting – and holy – endeavor!
By the way, this week’s verse is the verse I chose for my very first post last July 6th! (See A Return to Memorizing Scripture).

What do you think?

• Will making accountability with other readers a more obvious part of the blog encourage you to take advantage of the extra support it will provide?

• Do you have a special memory which happened while you were studying God’s Word or having quiet time with Him?

Friday, June 8, 2012

He Won’t Quit!

Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Philippians 1:6 (AMP)
And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.
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Wendy stood at the large full-length mirror in her wedding gown with her bridesmaids. They talked excitedly as they prepped themselves for the very important day.

Okay, now as the mother-of-the-bride I should – should what? I panicked. I didn’t feel ready for this responsibility. Only a few months earlier I had begun my journey out of decades of severe chronic anxiety disorder.

I know I should be involved in some way – at least be saying something “motherly.” But I just stood there – almost unable to move or speak. It didn’t take much stress to send me into a panic attack. I took a deep breath and forced my feet to move as I walked across the room pretending to search for something in my purse.

Thankfully, my sister, Teri, entered the room. I mouthed “help” and unsuccessfully tried to stop my hands from shaking. Recognizing the situation, she tactfully coached me regarding what I needed to do for the next several hours.

Disappointed that I wasn’t where I wanted to be emotionally, I thanked God that at least I was better than I was a few months previously. A kind of peace surrounded me knowing I would be even stronger a few more months down the road. As I was learning to trust in His Word – rather than living by my emotions – I was confident that God was finally beginning His miracle helping me to be the stable person I prayed to be for so many years. And now, many years later I rejoice at His finished work! Well – almost finished work!   

This week’s verse encourages us that God will never stop working in us to make us the person He has designed us to be. In fact, no matter what area in your life you’re struggling with, I firmly believe that as we yield to His grace to obey His Word, we will see Him perform dramatic changes in us.

Even when we don’t see changes as quickly as we would like, it’s nice to know He doesn’t quit on us, isn’t it? Especially when we’re about ready to give up on ourselves!

Okay, so …

     • In what area do you need to trust God to finish His work in you? Will memorizing or meditating on this week’s verse help?

     • Or do you need to ask God to begin to work as you set a goal to overcome a sinful behavior or habit?

     • Are you willing to apply Philippians 1:6 for others, too?

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