Hiding the Word

I was assigned another devotional for lent at church so I wanted to post it here too. Also, Joy did one that I will pay for her and the later I will post the one I wrote in case she didn’t have time to write hers up.

Psalm 119:11I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.”

This verse means a lot to me. I remember hearing this verse growing up in AWANA, and we try to recall it around our house occasionally. It could be easy to see this as a legalistic command to memorize scripture or else you are a sinner, but it is so much more.

I can remember times (particularly in college), when I would be on my own and thinking about something. I would likely have the radio or CD player on while I was fretting about something. And God would let me hear the lyrics to a song in a way that would bring peace more than any of the regular thoughts stewing in my head.

This verse reveals a truth to make that kind of experience more likely. As I study Gods word, or even more when I memorize it, my mind is shaped to think about things or in the ways that help me glorify God. Much like when I would listen to the radio in college, the Holy Spirit calls scriptures to mind more readily when I have memorized them.

Sometimes this can be comforting, sometimes it is convicting, but generally it will help me be centered on Christ. This devotional assignment is a good reminder to me, in this season of Lent, to see what scriptures I may need to review or what I may need learn new.

— this will be in the 2018 Lent devotional emails from HarmonySTL.org. I assume that they will have a signup for that. If you want the emails. If not you can just contact one of the staff and they can get the whole thing to you

Notes from a meditation recommended by church

This post is because I just would like to get a post out, and I thought that this was a good thing.  My blog is just for sharing thoughts and hopefully getting actual feedback (not just spam).

This was the prompt

  1. Take a walk or go outside pray through the apostle’s creed.
  2. Read Hebrews 11:3
  3. Observe: Identify  three things in nature that inspire or make you aware of God the Creator
    1. plants are fed by sun, air and soil amazing that God developed solar power for living things and amazing that he made
    2. A sun in space and inconceivable distance away that burns so brightly that we all live from its energy.
    3. God made living things in such a way that they can reproduce themselves and not only continue life but also develop more and differently than in the first place.
  4. Journal/Meditate: What do these things tell you about who God is?  What do they tell you about who you are in relationship to God?  Do you spend enough time looking for God in the world? Why or why not?
    1. Plants show that God is able to design great engineering that not only sustain but also propagate
    2. God provides what is needed in ways we don’t always recognize and he is very powerful
    3. Community is important:  plants may not require other plants to propagate but God designed us promote our species to depend on others to reproduce.  This reinforces the idea that it is not good for man to be alone.

So what this tells me about who I am in relationship to God: I am provided for many plants make food for me – I am not as smart as God, but he does provide us brains to learn how to make progressively more use of all he has provided.

He wants us to work together so much that he built family units into the design as a natural car grouping -> He made caring for others biologically rewarding

I could stand to take more time to recognize God’s hand working. I might be able to connect with him if I would seek him more.

*This is not a comprehensive discussion of what could come from that so I would love to hear other peoples thoughts, too.  I am not going to edit this before I post it, but I may go back reread it and fix it later if there are glaring grammar grievances