This morning during family Bible study, Mom read from Psalm 119. As she was reading along, verse 11 particularly caught my attention:

Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.

I usually read from the King James Version, in which this verse reads slightly differently.

Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee.

Not a big difference, but the word that caught my attention was the word “treasured”. I’ve used this verse to remind me of the importance of memorizing God’s Word (and yes, I still believe that is very important!). But I think that, when I emphasize the total truth of His word, and how vital is is that we walk in obedience to His word, I sometimes forget the importance of truly treasuring His words. Hanging on His words. Being enthralled by, and soaking up His words. And it makes sense that merely “storing” His words in our mind/memory wouldn’t necessarily give us victory over sin. But if we truly were treasuring those words as we memorized and meditated upon them, and asked for the Holy Spirit to bring them to our remembrance when we desperately needed them?

It was a good reminder. Together, let’s treasure His word today.

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This week, thanks to a friend of mine, I read the trilogy by Penelope Wilcock called The Hawk and the Dove. Without writing a book report on it—although I may do that later—I’ll briefly say that the book is a collection of stories a mother tells her daughter about their ancestors who lived during the middle ages, two of whom were monks who lived in a monastery. Most of the stories are of the men living in community in the monastery. Now I’ve made it sound like a dull book, but it was just the opposite, and the characters in it were very real people. The Hawk and the Dove contained very honest portrayals of human struggles and suffering, and the questions we face in life. I’m still digesting all I read. But, to get to the quote I wanted to share…

In book two, entitled “The Wounds of God”, Melissa’s mother (she is the one telling the stories in the book) shares with her daughter:

…[W]e can offer no solutions, no easy answers, to other people’s tragedies. We can only be there. It is Jesus they need, not us, and even he offers no answers. He offers himself. It is when people find their way through to him that the pain of their life becomes the pain not of death, but of birth. A thing of hope.

That is so true. So often, there is nothing to say to ease someone’s pain. Simply being there, and loving them like Jesus, and pointing them to Him and to His love and His comfort is enough, and better than trying to say something.

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I kneel in awe…

23 May 2008

Have you ever been absolutely inspired by the gospel? Ever felt in awe at it, at the very thought of it?

When I think about it—really think about it—I cannot imagine why He chose to save me. All that comes to my mind is “Thank you! Thank you!”

Amazing love; how can it be? that you, my King should die for me…

I’ve been reading such wonderful, edifying books lately: The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew, and Through Gates of Splendor and The Savage My Kinsman by Elisabeth Elliot. In each one, I was overcome with the love these people had for the Father. They were truly willing to give all; to spend and be spent in His service that others might know and be reconciled to God. Through Gates of Splendor impacted me the most. Jim Elliot’s expressions of devotion were so moving, and deepened my hunger for a close, intimate relationship with my Savior.

Is there any way to really describe the ache one can feel to know Him, and to walk in His ways; to tell others of His marvelous, unfathomable grace? I can only say…

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have [free] course, and be glorified, even as [it is] with you: (2 Thessalonians 3:1)

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20

May we never, never lose our awe of the miracle of the gospel…

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I’m reading.

I’m reading.

In one instance, I’m reading from a book, and another time I’m reading on a computer screen. (Here’s a grammar question: do you read from, or on a computer screen?) These days I find myself reading on the computer more than from paper books. I greatly appreciate the variety of material available, and the ease of taking my laptop with me, and with it, a multitude of reading material (more than I could carry with me in paper!).

I’ve noticed, though—rather to my dismay—that I tend to read too fast when I’m reading on my computer, especially when I’m reading through blog posts in Google Reader. I tend to “skim” more than actually reading, and then realize what I’m doing and slow myself down. For some reason I seem to associate “computer” or “online” with “speed”. :) Maybe this isn’t an issue—maybe I’m saving myself time? It just seems like a waste of time to skim something and not remember very much from it. I’m seriously thinking about cutting back on Google Reader. Maybe limit myself to five blogs at a time, and rotate which blogs I follow?

Do any of you read faster on-screen than you do when reading from a book?

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