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My MMM UP^Date…feeling a bit less than about things right now….:( (: Good thing God is Good!

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Mega Memory Month 2010

This is my first update and I must say, past the first two days I have not been able to pay much attention to this endeavor of ours. This is my third attempt at MMM and I would very much like to succeed this time.

I look at my daunting task  realizing that I chose the volume of scriptures I wanted to memorize. I believe I may have bitten off a bit more than I can chew, so to speak. If I think about it, I often do give myself  too much to accomplish, at one time.

Lately I have been trying to regain my focus. Desiring my routine back from the frey of the holidays. Then this morning I get up and spend my coffee time with God, as I do each morning, reading devotionals and daily scripture that I receive by e-mail. As I spend this prayerful time with God my heart lands on a need to focus. To focus on God.

With this almost desperate desire to get my routine back in synch I hear Father say…why do you want old things? Stopping dead in my tracks I find that I must consider , do I really want what I had yesterday? Or, rather, would I desire the New Things God has for me today?

So I FOCUS on Father.

One of my motivational e-mails, from a New Thing Ministries and Kim Potter gave me this:

 “God is still saying this to us today – as far as you can see, I will give it to you.”

Back to my MMM Up^Date:

I chose a daunting list of scriptures for memorization! Then my grandmother got ill and was in the hospital on the 3rd, for just over a week. The day after I posted my intentions! Haa! Isn’t that a statute in Murphy’s Law!!   🙂     Simply not over the overwhelming of Me, from the holidays I was thrown, once again, into the role of caregiver.

Now it is the 12th and aside from some of my normal memorization techniques, nothing amazing here…read and write it over and over, I have done nothing but be grateful that my church has adopted and repeated 2 of my 4 choices as focus’ for 2010.  So I will try here to catch the 1st one. It is one of my favorite!

The RED is where I missed it!

Genesis 11:6    The Lord said, Behold they are one people and they all have one language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing they purpose to do will be impossible for them.

Habakkuk 2:2-3

The LORD answered me and said, Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail, though it tarries wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.

The other two Isaiah 61 and Philippians 3:13-15 I will not even attempt as yet.

Infact, if it is okay with all of the other participants, I am going to put aside the Chapter of Isaiah 61 for MMM in the summer. What do you think? Please let me know.

Philippians 3:13-15 is one of the scriptures I memorized in Bible school about 3 years ago. I am hoping that it will come back easily. Praise God for giving us the mind of Christ!

Upon reading Ann’s update I clicked on over to this link she provided for us to check into. I have put my scriptures, including Isaiah 61, into the converter and I am going to give it a go. I let you know how it goes.

There you have it. My MMM Up^Date!

In reference to the feeling less than. Due to feeling overwhelmed I would like to leave you with this exerpt from another of my e-mail devotional/motivationals… 

Jesusfreakhideout.com Weekly Devotional
http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com

Often times, I find, I bite off more than I can chew in my life because I feel as if I am not accomplishing enough. This devotional also hit home when I got it this evening. I compare myself to others, mostly the women I have given my loyalties to, and feel less than. Like what is wrong with me that I cannot accomplish what they have accomplished. I forget that I am who God made me to be…not who He made those women to be.

And that my loves is a post for another time!

Here is a reminder not to compare yourself to others and to be true to the You God made you to be! Blessings!

Galatians 6:4 (TLB): “Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done, and won’t need to compare himself with someone else.”

“Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.” (Romans 12:6 MSG)

If we will concentrate on becoming who GOD created us to be–instead of who we think we ought to be, or who someone else wants us to be–we will experience a sense of peace and security that will enable us to resist focusing on what those around us are doing. You are unique! And God is fitting you for a purpose like no one else’s. Cooperate with Him and His plans for you, and you can rightfully declare as David did–“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me”! (Psalm 138:8 NIV)

~~Jesusfreakhideout.com Weekly Devotional

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

3 thoughts on “My MMM UP^Date…feeling a bit less than about things right now….:( (: Good thing God is Good!

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  2. I love how you ended with those two passages reminding us not to compare ourselves with others, and to do our best. Nice translations to bring that out!

    The Lord has called you to serve someone in need–by all means, save that passage for summer!

    May God fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

    • Thanks Ann. You are a great encouragement!

      BTW that memory technique I decided to help me through the rest of these scriptures…I find this morning I can read the better part of the first two of my mmm choices! Genesis 11:6 and Habakkuk 2:2-3!

      Without really following the instructions except having read it to decided I would try it-this morning I could get through the first two with some amazing accuracy…so cool!

      Blessings!
      Andrea

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