Sunday, February 15, 2009

Memory Verse Challenge 2009 #4 and an answer to Nancy's question.

It's the 15th and that means it's time for my second verse for this month.

My first verse this month has been a favorite for a long time, but the past two weeks, Deut. 33:12 has been life to me. As I thought about the next verse, I kept thinking about how the Deut. verse had changed my thoughts and my attitude over the last two weeks. God reminded me that His word IS alive and powerful and that when I allow Him to, He uses it to transform my thinking. (Rom. 12)

My next verse is 2 Corinthians 4:16

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day."

Nancy in NC asked me what book I started with when I started studying the Bible. So I'm throwing this question out for you all to answer to. Leave her some comment love again and let's give her some ideas of just where to start.

Nancy, for me even in the times when I wasn't what we would describe as "close" to God, I always read a Proverb a day and a Psalm a day. Just one. When I started getting this desire to go deeper with Him, I was doing the Beth Moore study "Jesus the One and Only." I have heard my Dad and other pastors say that a great place to start reading the Bible is the book of John. It may take you a while, but don't rush it. Journal what stands out in your mind and talk to God about it.

Okay friends, think about it and give Nancy some ideas. I can't tell you how much your comments to her meant to ME! It was exciting to see and read your thoughts. Leave her some comment love here and let's encourage her as she goes a little deeper in her love and knowledge of our Jesus.

I'm off to finish laundry, pack our suitcases and then after choir the girls and I are driving to Chattanooga for a few days. We'll be taking care of my mom and my little nieces.

Have a great week!!


BethAnne said...

I agree with you about Proverbs and the Psalms. Also, I think it is helpful to have a Biblically sound concordance and commentary sitting around to help you with questions you may have.
I also think that it is a good thing to answer your own questions using the Word....for instance, if you are having a problem in a certain area such as being obedience....then you could look up all the verses on obdeience and study what the Bible has to say about it...memorize some verses about it and journal your thoughts/struggles along with what the Lord says about obedience...see how the Lord dealt with disobedience and obedience in the Bible ......that way you can "chart" your progress in the areas you have struggles...I do this and find it to be a practical way of keeping myself accountable and it leads to in depth study.

Heather C said...

I don't remember the first book I read, being raised in the church... but I know that as a young adult finding my way back to the Lord, Proverbs spoke practical truth to my soul. I love word studies as well... and always happy with the way the Lord leads in those studies and speaks to me so personally. :)