Saturday, January 8, 2011

Learning Scriptures by Heart

I hate to memorize; I always have.  It sometimes seems like such a waste of time when I can always find what I want to know by looking in my Bible or on-line.  But, after reading Beth Moore's challenge to be a part of the Siesta scripture memory team and learn 24 scriptures in a year, I felt like God was nudging me to get out my box, stop being so lazy, and just try.  So, I joined up, and it has already been a blessing to me.  I decided that I would take a photo or pick a photo that I have already taken and add the scripture to it.  Hopefully, this will help me have a visual to go with the scripture.  

My first scripture is Proverbs 4:23, "Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of your life."  I have mulled this scripture over in my mind, asking God....."just what does this mean?"  In Luke it says, The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks."  Sometimes it's hard to store good things in my heart, especially when times aren't so good.  But, God tells me to guard my heart, so I pray that He will be the one who provides protection.  

This picture was taken at the St. Joseph Retreat Center in Cohasset, Massachusetts.  I spent 8 heavenly days there on a silent retreat.  The rocks on the beach were a jumble of beautiful jewels, rolling round and round in the surf.  That's why they have such unique shapes and textures. Sometimes we are tumbled by life, but God uses this as an opportunity to shape us into the unique and colorful people that we are.  I trust that He will protect my heart in the process.

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