Verse of the Week 1 : Psalm 119:1

“Give me your Words” I have my Grandmother’s Bible. The kind that is tattered, written throughout and falling apart. The very tangible sign of the inheritance of faith she left all her grandchildren. The wonderful surprise is getting to read her notes. Her jots and scribbles next to the verses, in-between lines. So when I went to Psalm 119:1, the very first verse of the 48 I am trying to memorize weekly, I loved finding this: “Give me your words” that is the very goal for the Year! To learn, to meditate, to memorize, to give and to receive His Words. Won’t you join with me on a journey that has been traveled over the past few years and still has far to go? Pledge to memorize the first 48 verses of Psalm 119, one a week, for the year of 2015. This longest chapter in the Scriptures deals with memorizing God’s Word, the how and why of this exercise. SO we are going to try, to try to take a little bite of yum and commit this to heart. Go ahead 2015, go ahead hard world and hard times in front of us, go ahead on this path: “Lord, give me your Words.”   ” Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD”  Psalm...

Make a V.O.W.

On 12/28/14 we are launching an exciting movement called “Make a V.O.W.” — a call across social media for scripture memory to go on throughout 2015. Scripture spoken aloud makes such an impact on those who hear. Just imagine pulling up Facebook, Instagram, emails, and hearing the voices of children reciting scripture. The soft tone of a mother speaking the gospel to her child. The booming voice of a grandfather sharing a long-time favorite from the Psalms. then challenging another to do the same. Why 12/28/14? We’re moved by Deuteronomy 12:28. “Be careful to obey all these things I command you, so that you and your children after you may prosper forever, because you will be doing what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.” HCSB So, how can you join the movement? Select a verse that moves you where you are in your life that day and make a pledge to memorize. Do so with your family, children, friends.  Record a video and challenge a friend(s) to do the same. Post the video and then commit to continuing to memorize scripture throughout 2015.  We can’t wait to see all the videos – to help see the movement in action, use the hashtag #makeavow and then follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. Let’s flood social media with scripture.  Be a part of the V.O.W.   For inspiration head to...

Thanksgiving Pumpkins into Carriages

  I am so thankful for traveling this year’s twisting and turning journey. From tightly closed doors to wide open opportunities, it has really been a gift of a year, tied up with ribbon on top. Each year begins with a blank slate. A custom canvas ready to be filled. It may have holes, or be a little crooked, but it is yours to decorate nonetheless. To look at that piece a little differently sometimes requires vision, sometimes perspective, but always faith and creativity. Perhaps, it needs to be flipped over, turned upside down, or just hung a little differently. God has provided everything we need to decorate that year, we just have to look for it.  The very essence of faith is that all will be provided, at the right time and place. It has been, for all this year, but sometimes it is hard to see. We concentrate on the pumpkin, not the carriage it could become. Even as life is unraveling, perhaps it is just preparation for it to be unrolled, pressed free of worry wrinkles, revealed, then tied into a beautiful bow. It has been a beautiful year of unraveling, of losing control in only the most wonderful ways. Faith. Fullness. Chaos. Grace. Growth. Fun. and for that perspective, I give thanks to my great God today. May your Thanksgiving be overflowing in grace and...