Following on from yesterday about the weekend I have just been on, I have found a new love, that of scripture. It's not that I didn't enjoy reading it before - I did, but suddenly I find I am so much more interested, particularly in the words themselves - there are some really beautiful phrases and words that I have found. The right phrase can be a real comforter, an inspiration, a healer, there is something for every situation.
Our speaker for the weekend, Cindy Riches, really focussed on how important it is to know your scriptures - she gave a great example of Satan confusing Eve in the garden of Eden by twisting Gods words slightly. We need to know them to know the truth and distinguish the lies. I have started sticking scriptures around the house, just to remind me on a daily basis and hopefully I will remember them too. I have always had a terrible memory for words. I can read a book and someone can ask me about it the following week and I will have forgotten already what happened in the plot! A friend of mine says I shouldn't keep repeatng this - that you can speak things into your life, so I need to say 'I can remember them!'. So now I am making an effort!
On arrival in our rooms at the weekend each of us had a note from the girls who organised it, with some words and bible references. Mine was perfect for me. One reference was in Deuteronmy 32. So I read the chapter and I found this:
Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. Deut 32:2
Isn't that just lovely? I love that - thinking of myself as a tender plant, just eager to soak up the Word.
On Sunday night a friend was over and he had a phrase in his head about Peter the rock, and while we were all looking through our bibles for another reference we had been talking about, I just kept getting rock references. It was so funny, like every page I turned to another rock reference would jump out at me. I'm sure the Lord was just reminding us all that he is our rock, on which we stand.
To you I call, O Lord, my rock... Psalm 28:1
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and me deliverer... Psalm 18:2
I am so excited about reading the Word now and finding new phrases like this. It is so uplifting!
So I leave you with one more for the day:
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24