Category Archives: Scripture Memory

For When You Don’t Understand

Circumstances are rarely smooth sailing for long, in case you haven’t noticed. My heart has been hurting as I’ve been praying over several different situations that dear friends of mine are faced with right now. I wish with all of my heart that I could reach through text messages and hug the hurts away or say that perfect thing that will make their lives more bearable.

But I can’t.

Because sometimes words and hugs don’t cut it. What we all want to understand, at least a little, is what God is doing.

When fatigue overpowers, loved ones hurt, and loss is excruciatingly real, answers can easily become buried in the oppressive, swirling, confusing thoughts that are desperately grasping to make sense of it all.

What if, however, in the abyss of confusion we fought against the urge to understand? I know it sounds crazy, especially to this reflective mind who is constantly trying to understand the “why” behind everything I do.

My wise daddy made it a point as I grew up to squelch that urge that I have when my understanding wasn’t the answer with a sound piece of advice: “It’s not our job to understand; it’s just our job to trust.”

If anyone would know that fact to be true, it would be him. Having lost his wife and son and being a widower before 30 brought about some days of doubting and questioning as he grieved the life that he had but didn’t get to finish out with those he loved.

He has told me that when he got to the place where he stopped trying to understand the “why” behind everything he was able to move forward.

I recently heard the testimony of well-known author Anne Rice. She renounced her faith and left the church at 18. Decades later, as she was researching for a new novel, she came across some historical facts from the time when Jesus was on earth and ended up pursuing a search for the Truth. She found herself believing in God, but wasn’t sure what to do about following Him given all of the confusing and controversial issues in this world.

Here is the conclusion that gave her peace, “Well, what happened to me on that Sunday that I returned to faith was this: I received a glimpse into what I can only call the Infinite Mercy of God. It worked something like this. I realized that none of my theological or social questions really made any difference. I didn’t have to know the answers to these questions precisely because God did.

He was the God who made the Universe in which I existed.” Source

Anne Rice came to faith when she accepted that she didn’t have to understand.

These are only a couple of examples that prove an incredibly powerful scripture that unfortunately may have become less potent in the ears of those who are familiar with popular Bible verses.

Prov 35

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

These verses are game changers in how we live and view the difficulties we face in life.

Let go of understanding. Just trust in the LORD.

And remember that He will never leave or forsake you. (Deut. 31:6)

Words for Those Who are Hurting

Sometimes, the trials of this world are just too much to know what to do with, but thankfully God always has a reassuring word to remind us that He is there, He has not forgotten us, and He is worth trusting.

We all know someone who is hurting. It’s impossible to count the number of unbelievable, tragic, confusing, stressful, heartbreaking, exhausting scenarios that come to mind when I picture the people with whom I have a personal connection in some way.

While we all like an encouraging, relevant blog post to lift our spirits from time to time, God reminded me tonight that nothing can replace the power of His Word. It is perfect and just these five verses from Psalms speak volumes in way of encouragement to me tonight.

I’m praying for you, sweet friend, as you take them in. Find the comfort, restoration, and strength of God and His promises.

I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.

He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear and will trust in the LORD.

How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust, and has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.

Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, and Your thoughts toward us; there is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, they would be too numerous to count.

~Psalm 40:1-5

 

 

Messing Up with Scripture Memory

God gave me a passion almost two years ago for memorizing scripture. I’ve been amazed at the level of encouragement it’s been to me. I’ve actually comprehended what intimacy with God looks like on a new level. It’s been life-changing.

But

I hit a dry spell recently. I’m not exactly sure why, but when it came time to pick my verse for August, no verse came to me. I couldn’t settle on one, then I’d forget to look for one, then I’d wonder why God hadn’t just shown me one like He’s done nearly every single month for the past two years. By the time August was coming to an end, I was ashamed of myself for having this hole in my little spiral notebook of memory verses.

I was determined to remedy my problem come September. But on September 1st, I still hadn’t been hit over the head with a verse I felt compelled to memorize. I started getting desperate, searching through my Bible for some nugget that would put me back on track with my commitment.

I repeated this search for five days straight, and as I awoke this morning, I prayed, “God! What am I supposed to do? Why can’t I find a verse?”

His response was simple and humbling as always.

Sometimes relationship with me not about finding the glimmering, awesome, or deep truths I possess.

In that response I started to understand what He wanted me to learn. This relationship with Him is about the long haul, just as my marriage relationship with my husband is. My husband and I have a good, strong marriage, but no matter how committed we are to each other, we still have ups and downs. There are times when we talk about important issues that are going on in our lives, and there are times when we sit in comfortable silence in each others’ presence.

We don’t have to constantly have awe-inspiring things to say to each other to have a great relationship. We do, on the other hand, have to continue to make efforts to communicate with each other and listen to the simple wisdom we have to offer just as much as the sensational words we occasionally utter.

So I set to work this morning, finding a simple truth from God’s Word that I could hide in my heart. It’s often the simple truths that turn out to be the most inspiring after all. I let go of my criteria and just found joy in looking through verses I had underlined in the past. The first one I came across was Proverbs 3:21-22.

“My son, do not lose sight of these – wisdom and discretion, and they will be life to your soul and adornment for you neck.”

Those are the Words that God gave me today in a simple, quiet fashion. I’m more in love with Him now for opening my eyes to a lesson far bigger than what I expected, even after I had neglected relishing His Words for a month. What a picture of a true love relationship!

Want to join me in memorizing scripture? Just leave a comment or send me an email to let me know! I have a Facebook group with several other women who have committed to memorizing a verse per month. It’s pretty awesome to scroll down and read each others’ verses and to just know that we have an encouraging place of accountability. We’d love to have more join us. You obviously don’t have to be perfect to join, as I’ve proven through my confession in this post. We all mess up, but even if you only memorize one verse, you never know how God will use it to work in your life. I hope to see more of you sign on! 🙂

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