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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How do you *think* best? Do you get a nice hot cup of tea and snuggle up in a chair by a fire? Do you go for a long walk in the country? Do you go for a drive? Or do you write?

I like to go for walks to think, but I think best as I write. It helps me organize and prioritize and just formulate my thoughts in general. Not that they come out organized to start with, but writing them down helps me work through them. It’s quite interesting. And then I can see them and re-arrange them…all that good stuff.

And it doesn’t particularly matter whether I’m writing on a keyboard or on paper, although I admit that I love to use old fountain pens and ink when I have the time (which isn’t very often). There is something particularly satisfying in the nostalgic look of ink.

Speaking of writing, boundless.org has had several excellent posts on writing: by writers, for would-be writers: Writing Without Inspiration, Becoming a Writer, On Writing [Concisely], Writing by the Book , and, A Moment to Write.

Hopefully these will encourage you if you are a writer (or working to become a writer-as I am!), and give you some useful tips that you can put into practice. I thought that “Writing Without Inspiration” was helpful, because so often that’s what we must do—write when we aren’t feeling at all inspired.

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