Monday, January 21, 2013
100 Verses ~ Week 4
Can I tell you a secret?
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with dirty diapers, dirty dishes, and dirty kids. Sometimes I have days when I have to force myself out of bed and then I have to battle my desire to not climb right back in all. day. long. Sometimes I feel like nothing ever goes my way.
Sometimes in my world of many, many people I feel very alone.
This past week, I was having one of those days. And in my lonely moment, I cried out to God and this is what I said to Him.
"Oh, Lord. I know that your word says that you love me, but I'm not feeling very loved right now. I'm just feeling exhausted and weary. I want Your love to fill my cup to overflowing so that it can spill out on those around me, but how God? How do I feel your love in the midst of the chaos, and mundane tasks, and disappointments? And how do I know you love me if I can't feel it?"
And do you know what He did? He whispered the words of a verse I have been memorizing...
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
Oh yes! That is exactly what I needed. I needed the truth of God's word to shine through the darkness of the lies that I was believing. How could I feel anything but love when I was confronted with this truth...While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Yes, I am loved...I am loved by the One who loves so deeply that his love for me led him to the suffering of the cross. I am loved by the One who gently reminds me of this truth when I selfishly and ungratefully forget it.
And this is the beauty of scripture memorization. It allows the opportunity for truth to be spoken to our hearts when we most need it.
This week's verses:
Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 10:9 "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
I hope that you are enjoying this journey of memorizing 100 Bible Verses in 2013. This week marks a full four weeks of scripture memory! If you are reading about this for the first time and would like to jump in, please feel free! Click on the 100 Bible Verses tab at the top of my blog for more info.
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