If you have been to the Encouraging Words website sidebar, you know I have been following along with Do Not Depart's Hiding Romans 8 in my heart.
The trek is almost over and the journey of trying to memorize Romans 8 will theoretically be at an end.
I wasn't quite aware of what I was getting into - and how God would speak to me and teach me as I went on that journey.
I learned that my brain doesn't memorize anything very well any more. I could consider the trek a failure, but I'm not. I'm looking at the verses I have memorized. I consider it a blessing to be able to know those I know.
From the beginning of the chapter where I found a verse to cling to when I feel I have gone over the line and there is no way that God could possibly forgive me:
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (verse 1)
To who I am in God's eyes:
For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” (verse 15)
Followed so encouragingly by:
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (verse 18)
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (verse 28)
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? (verse 31)
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. (verse 37)
To the verse inscribed on my daughters headstone:
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (38-39)
Those verses are now hiding safely in my heart.
There are many other verses that, though not memorized, are being internalized.
So, what next?
Well, I'm planning on starting all over - and going over the entire chapter two verses a week, once again. No, it won't be so formal. But I will do it because I WANT those words hidden in my heart.
I pray that as you search God's word, you find the encouragement and support you need for the times you need them. I guess I am just an old Girl Scout at heart - following the motto of "Be Prepared."
You know, this hiding verses thing is a pretty good idea - even when you fail.
Father God, May you lead each one of us to the verses we need to have hidden in our hearts. Thank you for your word and the blessings that flow forth when we capture your words in our heart. Amen and amen.
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