Hello everyone! Well, today was a very big day for me and my family. Our youngest son turned three and had his upsherin! If you missed me talking about this special event, you can read about it HERE. It was such a joyous and beautiful occasion. Laurie knew how much I had to do to get ready for the party, so she wrote this week’s challenge again. Thank you, Laurie! I don’t know about anyone else, but I really enjoy the perspective and heart that she brings to the challenges! So without further ado, here’s this week’s challenge!
Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O L-rd my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
As a little 7 year old first grader, I had this verse memorized, as my class said it every day after prayer before we went to lunch. By the time I was in high school and life was busy, stressful, and the stuff of life was all around, this verse was constantly going through my mind. Constantly. I wasn’t sure why, and I couldn’t quit repeating it in my mind. It wasn’t until recently when I slowed down and really looked at this verse that I’ve “known for ever” and realized why that was probably always going through my mind. It was written on my heart and had a very good purpose. Granted, I didn’t always have words coming out of my mouth or meditations in my heart that were acceptable through my younger years, but I know I was generally seeking to live out a life that was acceptable to my Father. And to this day, I fail but I get back up and continue to seek the ways of my Father, and to give glory to Him.
Having His words written on our hearts is so amazing. The challenge for week 10 is to work on memorizing His words. Did you notice this past week during the week 9 challenge, how Yeshua spoke the Word oh so often! Oh, how beautiful! To be able to have these words of truth coming out of our mouths day in and day out because they are written on our hearts!
Shema (Hear, Listen, Obey), O Israel: The L-RD our G-d, the L-RD is one. You shall love the L-RD your G-d with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Here’s a song written by Marty Goetz that my children and I have listened to over the years. It’s not the entire Shema, but it gets you started.
So this week, pick scripture that our Father has been pressing on your heart as you have been reading and studying. As we have been journeying these past 10 weeks through various challenges, perhaps there are verses that you’ve desired to remember…well challenge on and let’s stick to it and memorize! Some people copy over and over and over and that helps them memorize. I wonder if perhaps this is why the kings of Israel were commanded to write their own copy of the Torah? It does help you remember when you write things down! Others repeat it verbally over and over. I sometimes need to put the words to a tune and sing it and that helps me to remember it all.
Shalom and blessings to you this week as we write His words on our hearts!