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Leaning Not on My Own Understanding – MMM Update #4


I find it interesting that with each of these MMM challenges, I think this is my third challenge, I am met with a wall of stress.

Why???

Because, I always choose God‘s Word, and the adversary does his level best to ensure that I (we) don’t get these Mega Verses into our hearts and spirits!

So this week, I have written out, in hand, Psalm 91; I cannot tell you how many times!! 😉 

 I’ve found that I do not particularly like this particular translation, I chose to memorize, as I thought I might. It’s great for reading,  in reference to understanding the Word; however,  my mind wants the poetry of the NKJ or even the NIV versions. So this is a bit more tedious than I had planned.

This week, as I used point parts of this Psalm for my daily scripture guide and status on Face Book, a friend from, elementary school, mentioned that it was an amazing Psalm when understood. Well then I got my exhortation on! I answered her with:

“The full understanding of Psalm 91 is astounding! It is all of God’s promises of protection, from all over the bible, gathered in one message to us from God…and the only requirement is that we abide in his shelter and shadow! and……as if that were not blessing enough, that last 3 verses 14-16 are literal words from God, directly to us, that He loves us so much that when He rescues us He will have a celebration to honor us! Imagine, just like the Prodigal…with each step we take in the areas of our live in which we need rescue, he celebrates to honor our achievements in Him…it’s mind blowing! ♥”

Today I was able to rely upon this scripture while ministering to two women from church.

Then my day went haywire, in a big and stressful way.

My head knows this is the enemy’s way to keep me in a feeling of failure in regard to my writing. I haven’t written anything, except blog posts, for months! This is not a good thing (not the blogging),  I desire to write for a living, but I gotta write to earn, so distractions…focus…that is why I am here at 10 pm writing this post, instead of apologizing in the morning for being a day late. I will write, I will find focus, I will locate my routine again.

You see I have made the Most High my home! 🙂

I find I have a huge STOP in my spirit. One that must be revealed so that I can follow this calling God has so graciously returned to me.

A friend on FB posted this earlier today: Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge God, and He will direct your path.

While I don’t understand where this Stop originates, it will not stop me entirely, for the Lord is my refuge.

And how that answered my need, today. So back to the Mother of all comfort scriptures: Psalm 91. I’m going to try this in one shot here tonight, bear with me…  :/

Same rules as before: RED for having to look; Strike outs for those things I just get wrong,  outright.  My favorite verses…14-16 in Italics {new}.

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

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

3. He is the One Who will rescue you from the hunters’ traps and from deadly plagues.

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

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

6. plagues that roam the dark, epidemics that strike at noon.

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

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

9. You, O Lord, are my refuge! You have made they Most High your home.

10. No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your house.

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

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

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

14. Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name.

15. When you call me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble I will save you satisfy you with a long life. save and honor you.

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

Well, there you go. My progress, I’m not sure I did as well this update as compared to last weeks. And there is so much about this Scripture, revelation I have received, that I want to share. Like Meagan over on Stand and Consider  did with the last MMM, I see myself spending the rest of the year truly memorizing this until it wakes me in the night, or I realize I am reciting it like prayer throughout my day!

The Word is truly alive! Thanks Meagan, that encouraged me immensely.

Next week is our celebration and I intend on typing out Psalm 91 in Picnik , with a back round  I created last year…:) Whether I have to look or not…I am getting it.

You see, I have made the Most High my home!

Many Blessings Loves! ♥


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and now, My MMM Update #2 (should be #3…) Psalm 91


and now, MMM Update #2

Devotions and the MMM Challenge

I have decided to utilize the same memorization tool that I used last year. It worked, yet I didn’t manage to fully memorize my verses. So I try again!

The memorization tool I uses is the first one on this list that Ann Kroeker provides at the MMM Headquarters.

 This is Psalm 91, set up for Verbatim Memorization.

I also write it out longhand, yes with a pen and paper, at least once daily, and I read it several times daily.

I try to remember to read it out loud and with conviction. It really is a great Psalm read aloud! The Power of God fills the room when read aloud.  

The words in Red  are the words I had to look at.

The words struck out  are the ones I got wrong altogether.

I will now attempt to type this jewel of God’s Protection from my very, very stressed mind! J

Psalm 91 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

1. W l u t s o t M H w r i t s o t A.

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

 2. I w s t t L,“Y a m r a m f, m G i w I t.”

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

 3. H i t o w w r y f h’ t a f d p.

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

4. H w c y w h f, a u h w y w f r. H t i y s a a.

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

5. Y d n n t f t o t n, a t  f d t d,

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

 6. p t r t d, e t s a n.

plagues that roam the dark, epidemics that strike at night noon.

7. T w n c n y,e t a t m f d b y o t t a y r s.

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

 8. Y o h t l w y e t s t p o w p.

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

 9. Y, O L, a m r! Y h m t M H y h.

You, O LORD, are my refuge! You have helped me have made the Most High your home.

 10. N h w c t y. N s w c n y h.

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

11. H w p h a i c o y t p y i a y w.

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

 12.  T w c y i t h s t y n h y f o a r.

They will cover carry you in their hands so you never hit your foot on a rock.

13. Y w s o l a c.Y w t y l a s.

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

 Not too bad, so far. But obviously more work needs to be done…

Now my favorite part…God’s personally speaking to us! Let us see how I do…

 14. B y l m, I w r y. I w p y b y k m n.

Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name.

15. W y c t m, I w a y. I w b w y w y a i t I w s y a h y.

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.

 16. I w s y w a l l. I w s y h I w s y.

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

 Wow! Only 3 words I had to look for…good, but a bit disappointed, this is my favorite part. The part I show to others how much God loves us.

So how are you doing?

Blessings Loves ♥


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MMM Update: Ps. 91 God’s Protection: Standing on the Promises in My Weakness


Hello Loves! 🙂

This is my MMM Update…I really thought I would have to be doing this on Fridays or Saturdays, but here I am on Monday! My stats always say I post most times on Mondays! 🙂

I don’t have a real knowledge of how much I have memorized of Psalm 91, but I can say I have been deep in this wonderful Psalm of God‘s Promised Protection. I have decided to changed the translation I want to memorize to the God’s Word translation. I will be going back to the original post to edit it for the correct translation! 🙂

Hopefully, I will be able to post mid-week, the progress I have made actually memorizing this most important Psalm! 😉 As well as give a link to the tool I choose to use to help me memorize this time around.

At this time I am reading Peggy Joyce Ruth’s:  Psalm 91 God’s Umbrella of Protection. In it she writes:

“There is [however] a uniqueness about this psalm. Promises of protection can be found throughout the Bible; but Psalm 91 is the only place in the Word where all of the protection promises are brought together in one collection – forming a covenant written by God Himself.”  With her I exclaim, “How powerful that is!”

I have, personally, been delving deep into meaning of Psalm 91 since June 2, 2010, and my diagnosis of heart problems.

I don’t know how many times I have said it here…on my other blog..on facebook… to people face to face; but I will, I MUST, say it again…THIS IS A LETTER FROM FATHER GOD…WRITTEN IN HIS HAND TO ME…TO YOU…HE LOVES US…HE LOVES US!!! 🙂

 A love letter with His promises; not the promises of a mere mortal man, NO!

The promises of Omniscient Father who never leaves or forsakes us. And  the last 3 verses…did I already say that they are an actual letter to each of us, individually, of God’s absolute, unwavering love for us!

David or Moses may have written this Psalm, from verses 1-13 by direction of the Father, however I know that the verses 14-16 is a personal letter from Father to us and signed by His Holy Spirit directly.

Because I have chosen Him as the LORD of my life…because I have chosen to love Him above all  people, places and things…

 Psalm 91: 14-16

14. Because you love me, I will rescue you.
I will protect you because you know my name.

15. 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.

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

♥  ♥ ♥

   

I am feeling weary…weak.

Like you, I have a tremendous amount on my plate from day to day. Like you, this has a way of causing stress in our day to day and in our hearts.

Then I look at my life…I am truly blessed; and I begin to feel dishonest and convicted within myself.

I have been obedient in Christ and my relationship with the Father. I am resting in those rewards that are a result of that obedience. Daily life and it’s challenges does not negate that I am walking in the Promises of God in many areas of my life. Yet I am weary and weak.

With heart and health issues as my  main, personal focus,  stress is a NO NO! A big one! I cannot lose sight of the very vibrant fact that God saved me and gave me a “new” heart seven months ago on that gurney in the ER! So stress mustn’t have its way in my heart; figuratively and literally.

A transition and change of Pastor at our church is proving to be a strenuous faith walk. One where I often feel starved and thirsty in my spirit. It’s the “style” change…it’s the change in the style of Praise; ultimately it is my flesh screaming for the old, when the new is where God himself has placed me.

Talk about STRESS.  I find in life that there is no harder strain on a spirit as loosing people and accepting new; as if they could ever replace the love and family we had when our sisters and brothers lived at home!

I ask what is this? What am I to do? How will I live without them?…Sinful, selfishness loose and winding within me!

I step back, after talking to trusted friends in Christ who have dealt with this before; the hurt, the loss, the surprise when a sibling in Christ hurts and rejects who you know God has made you to be! Still the tears fall right here on the keyboard as I type.

What do I do?

Run to God!

RUN…………..of course this is after days and weeks of trying to figure it out on my own strength; weakening the very Spirit in me…sinful behavior…I forgot (?) to trust God in my sorrow! How incredibly human of me!

God’s Protection is the only way to Walk in Faith while we are weak in our spirits…RUN to GOD…RUN to that Umbrella of Protection promised in Psalm 91.

Blessings Loves, Many, MANY Blessings.


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Mega Memory Month ^^ Update…


Mega Memory Month 2010

I find myself with time today because I am home sleeping off the end of a very nasty cold with sore throat.  With prayer in thankgiving and much Theraflu …

what every cold needs...

 I will conquer this.

As last week I find that the enemy is too interested in my walk with God. I pick a few key scripture verses to memorize and the enemy comes instantly.

 If you read my last update you are aware of my initial road blocks. So I determined for the 3rd time to succeed at this MMM. So I chose to experiment with one of the suggestions from Ann Kroeker. At Productivity 501 you will find “How to Memorize Verbatim Text”. I found it interesting and was obviously in need of assistance with fitting this memorization task into my demanding and ever eventful schedule.

What I found was amazing. Not only does it work, but it worked without any real concentration on the instructions. Honestly I still have not read more than the first few paragraphs of the instructions. As I stated in my last post I put my scriptures into the converter, honestly I copied and pasted them from Biblegateway.com !  When I copied out the converted scriptures I found that I could already get much of the scripture from the conversion sheet!!!

All I can say is God intricately created us and our brains! It is amazing what our brain retains from a single glance. From this…

Verbatim Memorization

I can do this…I will cross out where I miss the mark or look at the scripture for the word I cannot decipher.

Genesis 11:6

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

Amazing right. I promise you, I have put very minimal effort into these scripture with what I have had on my plate this month.

Habakkuk 2:2-3

Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, then the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.

and finally…

Philippians 3: 13-15

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

So I would have to say that this memorization technique truly does work! I will be using this again, I assure you! Not too bad I’d say! Not too bad at all.

Thank you Ann!

So just some FYI: My plate remains heaping!

1. We are in the midst of beginning my Dachshund Breeding business. We have 6 rambunctious 8 week old Doxies and we are entertaining people who are interested in adopting our beauties!

2. Don has finally gone to a doctor about his hernia, an Inguinal Hernia, and we met with the surgeon on the 14th. Just a bit over a week after Grandma got out of the hospital. He is scheduled for surgery on my birthday! January 27th.

Many people have inquired if that upsets me. While I find it amusing that yet again the enemy is attempting to step in and ruin a day that should be mine and about me, I am grateful that I will be receiving a healthy husband for my birthday!   🙂   What better gift is there? Really.
3. …and whatever life brings along in my day to day life!

So off to bed I go…feeling the fever returning! Glad I got this update in!

Remember to enjoy your life…tell them you love them, bless someone and finally…be good to yourselves! God expects these from us.

Blessings my friends!


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


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


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MMM Confessions! :)


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Hello Fellow Mega Memory Month friends. Hopeannfaith here to confess that she has not been able to spend as much time as needed to memorize the whole of Isaiah 55 , as she would have liked.

July has been a mega month at home and at work.  :/   This is not a comlaint, not at all.

Being the church secretary I can tell you that busy means the Fire of God. The Word and activity that is flowing at RLFC is just, that the very Fire of God! We spent the beginning of the month preparing for a conference we attend each year. And although much of what I personally handled last year was not a burden for me this year, the piece I am responsible for had it’s issues.

The result is more work unto the Lord.

I am at the conference now. I can attest that I am enjoying it so far. Again, the Word flowing is simply God ordained and is speaking to my life. God has been awesome to me. The blessings are abounding and the joy it has brought is hard to put to words. But there will be pictures over on Hopeannfaith’s Hope Chest (my photography blog!).

~~~~~The conference got very busy…as refreshing as it is to attend these conferences, and stay in a hotel! It remains work much of the time. Therefore I am finishing this blog post at home.

 Home is good and busy as well.   A few days before we left for the FCM International Conference on Prevailing Faith in Challenging Times ~ Imminent Breakthroughs, I adopted a 5 year old Red Sable Minature Dachshund. She came from a home that did not like her. Although we do not believe she was abused, the family just could not integrate her into it. Therefore my sweet brandy “Honey” has behavioral issues. She is gaining much ground with acceptance in our home. I know she will do well.

All that said, I have not put the time necessary into memorizing all of my Isaiah 55. I have however spent time with it…it just is not sticking! Yet! I intend to keep with it after the end of the month. I am determined to understand completely, this chapter that invites all of us back to the Father for reconciliation. So I believe I may have some of the first 3 verses in memory, let us see  :/   …

Isaiah 55:1-3

1.Come all you  everyone who are is thirsty, come to the waters; and all you without money, come buy, and eat drink Come, buy milk and wine, with no without money, at no and without cost! at all.

2. Why do you spend money on what is not food; and your wages on what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to m  Me, and eat what is good and you will enjoy the choicest of  foods.

3. Pay attention to Me and come to Me; so that you will live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, the promises assured to David.

Well I guess I have some of it! Like I said I intend to keep at it.

I am very impressed with those of you who had multiple memorization goals!

I don’t know what I have planned for the end of the week…maybe an appropriate photo with the 3 verses!  I am enamored with these three verses! Satisfaction without cost, the choicest of foods (the Word of God), everlasting life and a covenant and the promises of God. Not just any promises either, but those reserved for King David! A man after God’s own heart….Oh how  He Loves Us.

That reminds me of a wonderful song sung, at the conference, by the Youth Worship Team from Faith Outreach Church in Orlando, Florida! Here is a video of the original singer Kim Walker:

I hope you enjoy it.

So that is it my friends! My month got away from me, like much of the summer did, with all that has occurred!  Such is life, and what a wonderful life God has given me!

many, Many, MANY Blessings to all of you!


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Isaiah 55 ~ Recalling the Invitiation of God


The Book of Isaiah was Prophesy as most will know.

To quote the NKJ Study Bible:

“In an extraordinary vision of the heavenly court, God Himself called Isaiah to be a messenger to his people.”

The calling was glorious and challenging. Isaiah was charged with confronting the people of Judah with the truth! Even while warning the wicked of a tragic fate, he encourage the repetitent and sorrowing to place their hope in God! Even though the nation would face discipline, salvation would come!

Isaiah means: ” the Lord saves”

Isaiah 55 is an invitation to Abundant Life.

It is God, a loving Father, speaking to His children to return. There are 2 invitations in the beginning of Isaiah 55…to come to the Lord and participate in the blessings of David. The Davidic kingdom. And to seek the Lord and receive the pardon of sin. Because God’s grace is unfathomable the promise is guaranteed.

I chose to memorize Isaiah 55 for two reasons.

I am in a season in my life where I desire only the Word of God in reference to any area of my life.  I have been blessed with the ability to audibly hear God’s voice, and like the scripture say…His sheep will hear His voice. This is one way I know He loves me special! I can hear Him! I used to think it was because I was so very stubborn, but now, in my spirit, I know it is because my life has been such that I was graced with this lovely and very loving gift.

Secondly, when our associate Pastor began her series on Hearing the Voice of God; the first few passages of this chapter were referred to as God speaking! That was on July 1st…and I had decided to spend the week reading the passages that she had used for a foundation for these messages. So there it was, God’s voice again, choosing what I would spend the month doing in His word.

I can only imagine what I will gain in this study and memorization. I am quite excited about it! So as I ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten me while I listen to God speak I expect the heavens to impart peace and understanding.  In it I hope to find a deeper understanding of my salvation and a quieter, more humble personality in the Lord.

We Have God's Promises...in His Voice!

We Have God's Promises...in His Voice!

Isaiah 55

1 Come all you who are everyone who is thirsty, come to the waters; and you without money, come, buy and eat! Come buy, and eat  wine and milk without money and without cost.

This is my progress today…I try to read the chapter several times a day…then I will begin to write it down repeatedly once or twice a day…that is my memorization process…However, there are a few ladies who participate who have awesome methods of memorization, and quite impressed me with their video and audio presentations of their pieces in January! Here is one such method from Amy on her blogspot Lavendar *Sparkles*

In expectation of huge things I move forward!   mmmsplat2

Blessings!