Wednesday, January 27, 2010

One Hundred and Seventy-Six!

Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2010 Houston, Texas

"Georgia Girls"

Deborah (Twinkle), Georgia Jan, Beth, me, Wendy (Mom of Eleven)

We Made it! We were SOOO excited!

Ok we are calming down... a little more sophisticated!

Ok time to "Press it In!" (Cliff Note Version!)

Wait one thing first... *** I just have to say something about scripture memory! I never in my life thought I could memorize 24 scriptures! I DID it! What an amazing, awesome, incredible thing to have these truths planted deep in your heart! I can't tell you what a gift this has been... thank you Beth! I am just so grateful to LPM for putting this challenge out there! I adore being able to pray them back... meditate on them... in a crisis lean on them... when you can't sleep go over them... and nothing is more exciting then when you are reading along in your Bible and you come across a scripture you memorized and you (or at least I do) leap with JOY inside your heart and think... "OH! Hi! I KNOW you! You are my FRIEND!" Anyway I have had that happen several times and it just makes me smile! : ) I am grateful!***

Ok here we go...

Psalm 119- How many verses... 176 verses... revealing Himself and His Will! 70 different Prayer requests!

I am a resident alien... seeking direction... in deep want of wonder.. in peril and need... troubled by humanity... especially my own... knowing that to follow is the only road... to a straying sheep longing to be found!

From Aleph to Tav (A- Z) 22x8=176... Testimonies 19x... Precepts 20x... Commandments 22x... Word, Promises, Sayings 22x.. Judgements 22x... Word 20x... TORAH- Law, teaching 24x

We Live to Hear Your Voice Lord!

- I am a resident alien
Built with a longing! We have eternity set in our hearts! : ) That is why death is so hard! Death is an enemy of God... last to go! Citizenship in a kingdom! 119:17-24 1 Peter 2:11 Ec 3:11

-Seeking Direction
We want to go with Him! If we are seeking Him we will know when to take the next step... Gives us enough light for the next step... Grace of God will carry us and sustain us!... If we know everything we will not need Him... we usually prophesy over our future with no grace! Your Word is like a lamp for my feet a light for my path! Psalm 119:105-112 Ps 119:34 Ps 119:66 Ps 119:125 Ps 119:144 Ps 119:169 Luke 24:45 Oh Lord Open our minds so we can understand! If we stay when His cloudy pillar moves we are going to dry up! We have choices!

- In Deep Want of Wonder
Only in Him can you find this wonder! Open my eyes so I can see your wonder! A deficit of wonder leads to depression and disenchantment! Psalm 73:13-17 Psalm 119:18 Open our eyes Lord to see the miracles in your teachings! Haven't been called into a cold relationship... but one full of Love, Delight, Joy, Wonder!

-In Peril and Need
We are constantly in peril and need- we are human on this terrestrial soil... when we feel our soul is in the dust- Cry out to Him! Revive Me! Breath Life into me again! A valid lament! Psalm 119:25 Ps119:28 Ps 119:107 Ps 119:58 If you see it in His word ask for it! (I love that!!!) Ask Him to give you Joy beyond your circumstances... to bring you a happy moment... give us some relief!

-Troubled by Humanity
Psalm 119:81-88 Ps 119:115-119 Ps 119:126 Ex 33:10 Psalm 139:11-18

- Especially My Own
I put myself here... how could you start something with the spirit and end it in the flesh... receive His forgiveness repent and get back on your feet... Lord make us a passionate people for God! Psalm 19:13 Blamelessness-not perfection (if we had that we would have will worship!) willful sin... dominion sin... LORD help me live free of these sins! It is for freedom that Christ has set you free! Psalm 119:9-11 Let the word take root! Hide it in your heart! Do not pass it on till it is planted! Hear the word then "PRESS it IN!"

- Knowing That to Follow is the Only Free Road!
I have chosen the way of truth! Psalm 119:30-32 I run in the path of Your commands because You have set my heart free!(I LOVE that!) Prayer is meant to relieve you! We don't need to take on the weight of the world! We are not God to people! If we get burdened after we pray we are still playing God... Get up and be FREE! Give it up to Him! : )

- To a Straying Sheep Longing to be found!
Psalm 119:169 Hear my cry to You Lord! Prone to wander Lord I feel it prone to leave the God I love! He sought us out!

One more point... not sure where it fell but one of my favorites! "You can't talk behind God's back because He will never turn His back on you!" : )

Ok time for some more pics! Love my Siestas!

Sunday at HFBC

Going Home : (

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Thursday, January 7, 2010


New Years is always such a neat time of year because I am always reminded of fresh starts! I love new beginnings... the thought of a clean slate... makes me smile! Every year the last week of December my mind starts racing! How am I going to do it better?!?! I am such a mess! This time I am going to do it right! This will be the year! New Year- New ME!

The list goes on and on through my head... I need to have better quiet times, pray more, maybe even read the Bible in a year, yes good idea the Chronological one so I can know the exact timing of events, need to eat better, exercise more, be a better wife, mother, daughter, friend, volunteer, spend less money, have my house be in better order, cook more, definitely more sit down family meals!

It always involves some sort of resolve that if I could just get my act together... try a little harder! Then I can finally be _______ (fill in the blank) Be less lazy so I can be _______ eat less/exercise more so I can be _______ on and on it goes...

So the whole week before January 1st... I am just a slob... because you know- I better get it all in! Food, naps, shopping, more food, drink... December 31st, New Years Eve... I can feel the excitement of the New Me just around the corner, Whoo Hoo, I am pumped! Then inevitably it happens... the morning of Jan 1st comes and I Panic! Ugh... Really? Now? Then I say to myself, I can't start anything new on a Friday... Monday! Monday that is the day for new beginnings! The kids are still out of school I'll start Jan 4th! Yes! Then I will be a success! Who can start anything before a weekend? More resolve, Monday! Yes! I am fired up!

Then God gently reminded me over the weekend, Emmy, you can't do any of this yourself... I know God, I know, only You can do it (but still in my heart I am plotting away! I am going to do it this time! This will be different, I am fed up with me!) Then gently again God spoke to my heart, Emmy, surrender to Me! Lay it all down... give ME all that striving, wanting, longing! Come just sit on My lap and let it all go... beautiful just like HIM, tender, loving, gentle... peace! Even though I hadn't even started all of what I wanted to accomplish I was already exhausted! My burden is light... He spoke again... to my heart... and I was like Yes, Lord, Yes! I just collapsed in His arms, and wept at the thought... so freeing, so light... so sweetly reminded... I am nothing without Him, I am nothing without You Lord! One by one I laid my desires at His feet, and peace immediately set in... In ME you will have peace, In ME, only In ME! Yes Lord! Why do I always forget! Peace!

So "TRUE Surrender" that is what I long for this New Year! It is all about Him! Why is it so simple... yet so hard! The only way any of us will change IS through the power of the Holy Spirit! We know that in our minds but have we let that truth sink deep in our hearts? Do we really have any idea of how much He cares and longs for us! How much He wants us to live every moment through Him!

"I am my Beloved's, And His desire is for me!" Song of Solomon 7:10

Oh how I long for Real change... lasting change... change from inside out! I don't care if I loose another pound (well maybe), have a clean, organized house (well maybe), I am tired of myself... I need a Savior! I need to be renewed! I am hungry and thirsty Lord... I am weary of always trying on my own... help me lay it all at Your feet! When I take it back up... remind my heart! It is all about You! It is ALL about You!

He wants us girls... all of us! We are His Beloved! Isn't that freeing! Thank goodness... God is always about fresh starts... true and lasting fresh starts!

Lord Change us from the inside out! We need you!

"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" Matthew 6:33

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