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Am I just memorizing or am I hiding God’s Word in my heart. There IS a difference you see. I can just memorize the words or I can meditate on those words and allow them to saturate my being and cause it to make a difference in my life.
I am making progress in memorizing the 3rd portion of Psalm 119. It is slow progress, because I am not studying everday.

GIVE ALL DILIGENCE~a reminder to myself.

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Good morning, Ladies, on the beautiful rainy cool day. I love rainy season here in the tropics. The air is not so sweltering or so muggy. A cool breeze is blowing.

I have coined Thursday’s updates as “Thirsty Thursdays”: Am I thirsty for God’s word? Do I long to have it hid away in my heart? In 2 Corinthians 3:3 it says “…written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of  stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.”  Is God’s Word written on my heart? Thursdays are my days to update on how my Bible Memory is going. I am striving to memorize Psalms 119. I have left it rest for several months. (or rather I have just neglected it) But now it is time to resume it and get my mind in gear again.

I am ready to begin segment 3, titled GIMEL, which starts with verse 17. I am memorizing it in the King James Version.

“Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.” Psalm 119:17

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After a long silence, filled with lots of noise and activity, I am back to post. When I am writing I tend to be more purposeful. I tend to analyze what I am doing with my life and how to be purposeful and actively striving to be diligent in all areas.
Today in an effort to give diligence in all areas, I am going to houseclean a few closets. We will be moving the end of this year and it is a move across the ocean with only an airplane to carry what we move. So we need to downsize greatly and prioritize what we want to take.
I will be going through the children’s clothes and getting rid of the stuff that is too small and to ugly to wear anymore.
My List for Today:
Breakfast dishes
Quiet time 
C’s closet
H’s dresser
A’s dresser
Talk to G about leaf pile
Finish wash from yesterday
Water mess

Tomorrow I will be back to talk a little about where I am with memorizing Psalm 119.

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It still continues to be a challenge to memorize. But I am sure it is still easier to memorize at my age than it will be when I am a grandma. So I persevere because of the rewards I will reap in the coming years because of it.

I also want to continue to give all diligence to this area of my life. I want to hide God’s word in my heart and memorizing it is one step in that direction.

I have the first 16 verses memorized. This coming week I am going to spend in reviewing them all. So that they come easily and flow together. Next week I will start on the third portion of the chapter.

Please come join us in the challenge. I would love to have others striving along side of me to keep me encouraged. If you would like to join go on over to Ordinary Inspirations and sign up. 🙂

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What can I say? Except that I have been terribly lax with the Psalm 119 Challenge. Not only with updating on Thursdays, but also with the memorizing part. A very wonderful, inspiring blogger over at Ordinary Inspirations has started this challenge. The Challenge to memorize the entire Psalm 119. Please join us. I think we all could use some more encouragement and new inspiration. Well, at least I could. Pray for us as we endeavor to not give up but to give all diligence to completeing the task. But like Traci over at Ordinary Inspirations said just yesterday in regards to memorizing Psalm 119, "It is not about the Duty". And that is soo true. I don’t want this just to be a duty that needs to be completed. But a wonderful time of inspiration and a time of drawing close God.

Here is what I am doing to help myself memorize.

1. I am printing it out and hanging it above my kitchen sink. (But that is not a cure-all. I need to remember to look at and say it over and over again as I am washing dishes. So often I can do all the dishes and never even think about it although they are hanging right in front of me at eye level.)

2. I am/was writing them down. (I have a notebook that I was writing them in every morning. That helped tremendously. But it takes soo much time even to write out 8 verses, so I quite. But I really must make myself resume that, because it was the BIGGEST help.)

3. I am just beginning to try the little trick of having just the first letter in front of me and saying them that way. Just by seeing the first letter of each word. (I don’t know if this will help yet or not.)  

This is what the verses look like with only the first letter in each word.

I do have the first 8 verses memorized, and about the first 3 in the second set of 8. My goal is to have the first 16 verses memorized by next Thursday. See you then.

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Memorizing Psalm 119 is a challenge!!

Challenge ~ something needs to be done, but it will not be easy. It will take hard work, perseverance, diligence to complete. (my own definition)

And I need to keep reminding myself that this is a "Challenge". It will not come easily. I want to do it. I want to complete it well. So I WILL keep persevering.

The first week, I read over the first 8 verses over and over again. I could not make anything stick. I read the 1st verse over and over again and it would NOT stick. It was beginning to feel like Satan was blocking my mind from memorizing. I could NOT memorize even the first verse or two for anything. I ask my husband for some suggestions on what I should do. He suggested writing it out every day. So I began writing out the 8 verses everyday and I finally got it. I am ready to go on to the 2nd set of 8 verses. But I will continue to write out the first 8 verses or I will lose them in the meantime.

I am still thrilled to be doing this "Challenge". I believe that it will strengthen me as I take the time to memorize it. Come join the challenge. Stop by and let me know you did. You will be strengthened and encouraged.

Here are a few thoughts on Psalm 119:1-8

Verses 1, 2, & 3 are the authors reflections on the life of a person who is striving to walk in the ways of the Lord. He is blessed and he seeks with his whole heart.

Verse 4 – His thoughts turn to God and realizes that God has commanded us to walk in his ways.

Verse 5 – A longing that he had within himself, that his ways would be directed by the Lord

Verse 6 & 7 – His thoughts turned to what could/would happen within his own life if he learned more of the Lord’s ways and obeyed His commandments.

Verse 8 – He is committing himself to keep the Lord’s statutes, and a plea that the Lord would not forsake him.

I echo with the Psalmist "I WILL keep Thy statutes."

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