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Our Secret Place ~ God ~ and The Mega Memory Month Finale


 

 First let me apologize for being a day late with this final update. 

Life did what life does and I did not get a chance to post yesterday. Actually I had to work one of my usual days off…well…and I didn’t get to do what I wanted to do. So there it is…:) 

I did well, I think and I spent this morning creating my Celebration Piece! Than I had to run errands and prepare for our bible study tonight…life doing what life does…Life is Good! ♥ 

What I have planned is to continue working on memorizing this Psalm…in my last update post I shined the light on Meagan, she continued after last year’s January MMM to continue on until her chosen scripture was an integral part of her spirit. I believe that to be the TRUE premise or precept of God, when He speaks of renewing our minds. I encourage you, once again to visit Stand and Consider, it is inspirational.

God instructs us, in scripture to renew our minds… 

That renewal, or intimate knowledge, of even a piece of God’s Word, allows us to remain in Him;  protecting us from the ways and precepts of this fallen and lost world we reside in. Meagan acheived that in the last calendar year

I intend to be able to claim the same JOY come January 2012. 

I find another joy in this scripture today, as I do each day. As I am writing this, I came to the knowledge that this precept of renewing our minds is in direct corralation to Psalm 91. 

A precept, as you know, is a commandment or direction given as a rule of action or conduct, a procedural directive or rule. 

Renewing our mind is one of the ways we “dwell in the secret place of the Most High”. Renewing the mind with and in the Word of God creates the “Shadow of the Almighty” under which we can then abide. 

Staying in the Word is one vital way that creates that presence of the God, that we trust, creating in us a deep desire to Praise in  the manner of Psalm 91:2 

“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God , in Him I will trust.” (NKJV) 

This Psalm is a detailed description of God’s Love for us; a description of Our Secret Place in Him. God’s children can enjoy a deep abiding peace, even amidst the trial of life, when we cooperate with God and His  divine strategies. 

Like I said earlier, I think I did okay. Again, not great, but I am not disappointed like I was last year. Who could be disappointed when they are becoming intimate with Psalm 91 and the promises of God therein. Same rules apply from previous MMM Update Posts; RED for needing a prompt and STRIKEOUTS for things I simply got wrong: 

Psalm 91 ~ The Promise of God’s Protection in All Areas of Life

Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High will remain in the shadow of the Almighty. 

I will say to the Lord, You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. 

He is the one who will rescue from the hunters’ trap and from deadly plagues. 

He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge. His truth is your shield and armor. 

You do not need to fear the terrors of the night, arrows that fly during the day, 

Plagues that roam the dark, epidemics that strikes at noon

They will not come near you, even though a thousand may fall dead beside you or ten thousand at your right side. 

You only need to look with your eyes to see the punishment of wicked people. 

  

You, O Lord, are my refuge! 

  

You have made the Most High your home. 

No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your home. 

He will put His angels in charge of you to protect you in all your ways. 

The will carry you in their hands so that you never hit your foot on a rock. 

You will step on lions and cobras. You will trample young lions and snakes. 

  

Because you love me I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know My Name. 

When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble I will save you and honor you. 

I will satisfy you with a long life. I will show you how I will save you. 

~♥~ 

I’d like to add a small note here. The last three verses are my favorite, as I have stated before. I found it odd that I continue to forget particular words in these verses. As I was pondering this {I believe our ponderings, even the silent ones are like prayers} the Holy Spirit pointed something out to me. The Words I don’t remember HONOR, SATISFY and LONG LIFE, are key words. Is it that I have not yet been fully persuaded that God would fulfill these amazing things in MY life??? In my head I know that this Psalm is for everyone, me included, so what is blocking my ability to do follow the  two most important  precepts ?  To believe and to Abide… 

If that is true, focusing on Psalm 91 as my GO TO scripture for 2011 I believe, I KNOW, that I will conquer this lack of persuasion.  

Now…Here’s my MMM Piece de resistance… 

 

Celebrating God’s Protection

Blessings Loves ♥

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Final MMM Celebration: A Surprise Party!!


I so meant to do this post yesterday, January 31st.

Mega Memory Month 2010

but…

My son James,

James

planned my very first Surprise Party! Heck, it was the first birthday party I’ve ever had to my memory. I mean there are pictures of BD-parties when I was a toddler…but I don’t remember. I guess Mom was well then…and did not work 2 and 3 jobs at the time!

So there was an actual Celebration for me!

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Originally I had planned a mega MMM…that I decided quickly was overwhelming me. I choose to do these Mega Memory Months for me, for self improvement and to impress upon my spirit, scriptures that speak life into my life!  🙂

Genesis 11:6, Habakkuk 2:2-3, Isaiah 61, and Philippians 3:13-15. Isaiah 61 was put aside in my first ^^Update simply because my schedule did not permit the volume of scriptures I had chosen. MMM July is soon enough!  🙂

So, as I shared in my whopping 2 ^^Updates, my schedule has been jammed packed. G’ma was ill and in the hospital, my eldest Son had a birthday; James (pictured ^up there) turned 24! My husband had successful hernia surgery on my birthday, yet he made sure I had a beautiful card and cake…and we are going on a dinner date at Charlie Browns for steak and shrimp!

Within all of that was regular life and what that brings with it. 2 snow storms, family issues, work etc.etc.etc.

This is where I am (and was, as of Sunday, January 31st.). I agree with Ann, regardless of where I am at, this is a success because I accepted the challenge and pursued it to the best of my ability in all of January’s circumstances.

There is need for celebration for the simple tenacity each of us exhibited in not quitting when it was justifies and easy to do so!

There is need for celebration for our perserverence in attempting the challenges to get even the little bit memorized some of us did.

See my #1 MMM^^Update and reread the post on not comparing oneself to others. Embrace who it is God made you to be. While I may have learned and memorized some key scriptures, this MMM has taught me that I love who God made me to be, and that me comparing myself to you and your accomplishments is sinning against God and myself. I am perfect in Father’s eyes! Better…

YOU ARE PERFECT IN FATHER’S EYES! Embrace that!

Remembering that I used a memorization tool that can be found at Ann Kroeker’s 1st MMM post and my 2nd MMM post, this is what I accomplished: Missed words will be added in red and incorrected wording will be crossed out!   Here I go!  :\

FYI: These scriptures were memorized in the New American Standard translation.

Genesis 11:6

Then the LORD said, Behold they are one people, and they speak  all have the same one language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them,

Habakkuk 2:2-3

then 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 the 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.

Philippians 3:13-15

Brethern, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us, as many as are perfect, have that attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you.

There you have it!

Not too bad. That memorization tool provided in the above links is amazing, and one really retains what is applied to it! I would recommend that those of you who need to memorize something, anything, in times of stress and hey just the day to day, give it a chance. It will amaze you.

Aside from my amazing Surprize Party Celebration, that was really about celebrating me! This is what I created to commemorate The January MMM Challenge!

Variant Pink Peonies

 

Congratulation to all of us who met the challenge of this MMM! Congratulations to those of us who perservered through this!

I, again, agree with Ann. She is very wise!  🙂

May this experience bring you closer in the knowledge of our God! Pleasing Him in all respects, bearing fruit!  part of Colossian 1:10.

2 Peter 1:2

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord!

Blessings! many, Many, MANY Blessings!  🙂