Ok- so my goal for 2012 in my spiritual life is to memorize Matthew 5-7, The Sermon on the Mount.
The back story: I have loved the Word of God since I was a young thing. I love the power of truth, I love the way it draws me closer to God’s heart and I love the ways it changes my behavior as it penetrates into the deepest places of my mind, bringing transformation, wisdom, renewal and strength in my life.
The confession: I have failed to pursue what I love. I have not been very consistent with a Bible reading plan or with memorizing scriptures since I’ve had kids (3 years). I have done Bible studies here and there, but I am looking for more; looking for a way to be more connected to God in His unchanging words.
The action: Instead of letting my lack of consistency be a source of discouragement and distraction, I am changing things up this year with a pretty huge personal challenge. I am doing something I have never done before, something I know can only be done in the strength of the Lord.
In His strength, by the way, is exactly where I want to live, the only way I want to live. Hiding His word in my heart will sure help get me there.
I am following the lead of a very inspirational lady, Lara G. Williams, who proposed on her blog, “To Overflowing”, the challenge of memorizing Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7 as a way to abide in Jesus. It’s about one-hundred and eleven verses. The goal: about 3-4 verses a week.
I am taking her up on the challenge. Last year she and a few friends memorized the book of Philippians and when I heard about it, I was challenged to the core. I was stunned, and a bit jealous to be honest with you. I wanted what she had: heart transformation that comes from the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2) and a deep connection with God in His Word.
This year I am joining the fun. Call me crazy but I just can’t resist.
Want to join us?
“For Your Yourself have taught me. How sweet are Your words to my mouth! Through Your precepts I get understanding;” Psalm 119:103-104