Monday, December 12, 2011

words alive




my eyes want to droop and my body feels tired. i grab a cup of hot chocolate and drop beside the couch. sitting in front of the christmas tree, i open my Bible to Hebrews. as i do each morning, i read a few chapters from His Word. but this Saturday morning is different. the words on the crisp pages come alive. most mornings i seem to speed read through the daily portion in race-like fashion to get on with my next project, next day. but on this breaking of day, i slow down and grasp. grasp to understand what the eyes are seeing, to hold the Truths the Words are perceiving. things that i struggle with at this moment of time are being explained before me.

in starts in Hebrews and i see the person i want to be in Moses. the riches and pleasures in egypt were so close, so available to him but he chose to go the hard way and do what God wanted instead. why can i not also say no to the allurements of the world, my own egypt, and say yes to bigger and better plans God has for me? {though i can't see those plans or understand them now, i can know with faith that they are better in the end.}

my goal is to read the Bible through in a year, to read a certain number of chapters each day to meet that goal. but on this morning, i can't just read one day's reading. i am hungry-searching and the answers are here. i finish Hebrews and move to James. envy has been in my life in times past and wants to linger still. James addresses this with his Godly wisdom. {i take notes}

if you{bitterly} envy, do not glory..this is not from above but is earthly, natural\sensual, devilish...for where envy and strife is, so is confusion\tumult\unquiteness and every evil work.

he moves on to wars inside, pleasures, lusts and i know all too well. from James 4 i take three pages of notes alone. he speaks of elijah and i am encouraged. elijah was a plain person, like me, ordinary. just by earnestly praying he did great big things like make rain stop.

1 Peter is next and my loaded mind begins to leave this place. {the hot chocolate is gone and i pour water.} chapter one catches me. do i speak holy? it's all so much to take in and i grab my running shoes for a jog. sun shining, wind blowing, stray dog running beside me, the words attempt to sink as i run with endurance the race set before me {Hebrews 12:1}... praying earnestly as elijah did for my eyes to be opened.



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17 comments:

Dawson Cattle Company said...

love this! keep up the great work...

kaitlin said...

as always you are so inspiring <3. I don't think you realize how uplifting your posts can be and how much they mean to all of your bloggy friends who are also striving and yearning to do God's will :)

Purposely at Home said...

beautiful, mem, beautiful. you are great with words and an amazing example to theose around you. love you muchly.

Emma Frances said...

Beautiful writing! And I really need to work on reading the scriptures more! And really looking for answers to my questions in them. You are an inspiration!! :]

Sherri said...

I've been studying the scriptures in front of the Christmas tree with a cup of coco too! It's the best! Great goal! and I like how you use a study journal!

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Nana said...

What humble writings. I look forward to spending more time in God's word next year. God's promises are so genuine. You have a great comprehension of the scriptures, and a very obedient heart.

Love you,

Nana

Elle Sees said...

aare you following a program or just whatever you'd like to read? i do a verse a day. yikes!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

awww..i LOVED this post..i am terrible at bibly study but i need to do better starting this month and before the new year! thanks for the inspiration!

A Girl Named Leney said...

Wonderful post and thoughts. I encourage you to continue seeking after God whole heartedly, you're doing a beautiful job:)

<3 Leney

http://agirlnamedleney.blogspot.com/

Sherri said...

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Annie said...

this is beautiful & encourages my heart.

the lovebirds said...

beautifully written. inspiring!

ginanorma said...

love how you dig into the bible like this...His Words are LIFE, thank you for sharing where the Lord is taking you in His word, and where your heart is...

Christi Lynn said...

your posts are always so inspiring. i absolutely love them. thank you :)

Kim said...

Mem, I meant to talk about this at Christmas with you. I just love this post, and I realized we journal the same as we read the Word. I ended on Revelation this morning, and it is one of the best year's of Bible study I have ever had. The Lord met me daily right when and where I needed His encouragement, confirmation, and chastisement. Love you!