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The Me He Created {Day 1}


Frayed

I am beginning a quest here today. Some of the women bloggers I follow online followed a prompt last month … 31 Days to: _______. Each lady chose a different goal; but one caught me and in my fear I didn’t follow fully and did not get in on it. Jennifer’s posts were too close to a journey I was procrastinating about … You can read all 31 of Jennifer’s beautiful posts right HERE! 

What I didn’t realize, when I delved into the reality of joining, was that over 600 women bloggers had connected. So here I am, again, late to the prom … but maybe it needs to be this way so that I truly reach my goal.

This is the real me … very little editing; just some artistic textures to give the feel of an old photo; other than that this is the true Andrea {the HOPEannFAITH face of this blog} .

The Real Me

This is the me that God made, Fearfully and Wonderfully! Yet, I am continually trying to improve upon the Master’s work … make more of His plan.

I’ve come to a place of fatigue, where I have found that I am wearing myself out. Trying to find, understand or improve upon Me … What am I looking for, why do I need to be better?

I think it is a common issue for many today, primarily women. We’ve been thrust into a station in life that I now believe was never intended for us. We are the caretakers, the nuturers, in a world that requires us to be providers and protectors.

Oh God knew we’d end up here, He knew the end from the beginning … and He knew we’d be thrust here.

After the fall {you know, Adam, Eve and the Apple!} He began building again … a better thing, one that could not have existed without this foundation.

Being thrust into these unnatural rolls, I believe, bread into me, at least, this need to be seen and heard.

But I had been conditioned by a traumatic upbringing [and aren't all upbringings traumatic, in some respect?] to believe:

You are less than.

Worthless

Unlovable

Unworthy

Not to be seen or heard …

While I believe that motherhood and wifehood are truly what we were built for, we now function in a world that does not respect those positions.

Motherhood and being a wife were held in such respect once upon a time. Now it is pishawed and looked down upon as something not important. For those reasons I never prepared to be good at those things, they were lesser things in the eyes of my parents, my father, society.

To look upon it now, I know it to be a tragedy.

Now, I am a work from home jack of all trades! A secretary and writer and amateur photographer ~ seeking to be seen and heard, for my own glory!

My children are adults, and what is done is done there; I did ok, I think. They are their own men now and I strive to be my own woman; Mother is nolonger needed or wanted. I wish I had been more aware of the importance when I was needed … but my boys are the Men God created them to be …

Now the Me He Created!

Back to my need for glory …

Why??? Because I feel invisible and in that sense of invisibility I strive, to fatigue, to know Who I am!

What am I supposed to be doing?

Blessed with these gifts I struggle to make all of them shine, at the same time. Yet I feel as if I am getting nowhere … and that my voice is fading in the crowd … and the most terrible of these is …

feeling as if I am not as good as those I aspire to be … my writing – not good enough; my photography – too amateurish …

So I begin today … to be content with the blessings of this life of mine. To find in this, seemingly mundane, existance the path on which God intended me to walk.

I am seeking the Me He created … then I will be heard, I will share His Word, His way and I will be seen in the Glory of Him!

What is keeping you from the YOU He created?

What obsticle, today, is making you feel less than who He made you to be, causing you to attempt improvements on the Master(‘s) Plan?

Will you praise Him with me today? Because we’ve been fearfully and wonderfully made; [we] knowing full well; our hearts knowing, that wonderful is the work of His hand. ~ Psalm 139:14

Let us strive today to be the Awesome He made us to be; together. Let me hear your voice today  … please leave a comment I desire so to connect with the awesomeness of YOU!

Blessings Loves! 

 

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The Real Meaning of Being Still


 Welcome to my weekly attempt to write an amazing and encouraging post in just a few words! No real rules apply and you may join me by linking to the Linkz button at the bottom. Don’t know the non-rules … double click the photo above ^ and check them out … and then join me and share what’s on your heart.

Now … Being Still!

 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; ~ Psalm 46:10

What does this mean to us? To me?

This scripture has been used to “magically” commune with God … when that is not exactly what it means. I have made this mistake too, many times!

I have sat myself down and tried, futilely, to make my mind blank so God could speak to me. So God could give me the answer to my problem; which He’s already done in the book! I say futile, because that it what it was … every time! While trying to clear it, this mind of mine would wander off to the laundry piles or the bills and the grocery list. This is what the human mind does … if left empty, it will amuse itself.

No … being still and knowing He is God is a direction to a nation who is disregarding Him!

He makes wars cease
   to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
   I will be exalted among the nations,
   I will be exalted in the earth.”  ~ Psalm 46:9-10

In its proper context we can then compare these scriptures to our personal situations.

Is there a battle in your life where you have not regarded the power and might of God? Is there somewhere in your life that you are disregarding God entirely?

He is the One who makes these things cease, never to rise up again! He breaks the weapons of the enemy of our battles and the Glory is always His!

In the proper context can I then apply this direction to those areas or nations within me, can you?

The Word does say that we fight not against flesh but against powers and principalities!

What principality are you trying to fight without God?

For me, it’s (was) my health; and still there are times when I try to battle these things within my own understanding,  without regard to the power and might of God!

Silly-ness? Or is it sin?

The New American Standard says, “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Young’s Literal states “Desist, and know that I [am] God, I am exalted among nations, I am exalted in the earth.”

Is God directing me, when applied to my battles, to cease and desist my striving to repair, control, change those things which are not mine. Those things which are not within my power?

I believe, when applied within the context of this scripture, they way that we often want to apply the Word of God, Personally, that yes these can be used to remember God’s direction.

BE STILL: Cease striving … Cast your burden upon the LORD!

BE STILL: Desist resisting God’s power … better to seek His face… then His hand will move in your situation.

… BE STILL. 

Blessings Loves <3



 

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I will not wish … Few Words Thursday and InLinkz


Imperfect Beauty

Welcome Loves … It’s Thursday again, and I’m going to attempt the Few Words rule … whatever that means, because as you know, I demand no real word count. So join me by linking up at the end, here, and share with us your heart. ♥

LORD, I pray, Let my words be few, so that I may hear You.

I found myself in the sin of fear, yet again. Not from any outward danger, rather from the demons within, that plague the Who of Andrea.

I have been confessing, confiding in trusted friends and mentors, my inner self criticism. That internal voice that says, continually, “You are not loved, liked, respected.” … “You are not good enough, see … they correct and admonish you … they tell you how to be, who to be, how to act …”. That laughing voice tells me there is nothing I can ever do to be good enough … and inwardly I cringe and hide in a corner of pain and self loathing.

Wow … did I just say write that!?!

and … as that voice chatters away, I seek God, yet somehow the voice has become a resounding din and it becomes hard to be still and hear God …

but … God, He is faithful … He loves me. In my heart I know this, but the enemy plagues my mind … my thinking … and I begin, yet again, to question … how could such a love be for me … and I enter the sin of unbelief …

Laughingly I believe myself to be a woman of faith … A WOMAN OF FAITH … how could I believe this and feel this way … well …

I do all this afraid, empty, tirelessly, no matter how much I don’t feel. Lean not on your own understanding God’s Word says … and this brings me to my new friend Jennifer and the words from her heart that pulled me up into “feeling” again. I encourage you to read her words: Friend I lean with you, God has used her mightily and I am eternally grateful that He led me to her heart.

In her blog she defined so eloquently, what I had been feeling. Trust me, when you do not understand where you are in You … how or why you “feel” the way you do or don’t … If you trust God … if you diligently seek Him, He will bring you to a place … He will bring you on of HIS GIRLS or guys to give you exactly what you need.

Jennifer’s heart:

“paralyzed by self-critique – so that I cannot even hear His true voice, reminding me how much I am loved, feel His arms around me, holding me to His chest, His hand in mine urging me toward where He plans for us to go, together.”

… paralyzed by self-critique … I’ve paralyzed myself by hearing the voice of that inward loather … the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy … killing my confidence even as God takes my hand … “urging me toward where He planned for us to go …”

I have found the enemy and he is me … adapted from Walt Kelly‘s quote.

US … I am no longer alone. No matter the inward or outward words of an enemy who seeks to paralyze the Andrea God meant me to be …

All those voices hurt my heart … all those words froze the dream that God gave me …

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. ~ Jesus

So joined with Jennifer’s heart I vow … “I will not wish I were more than who You have made me to be, Father.”

I will not wish I were more … because I am exactly who He made me.

I will not believe that I am less than who He made me to be, either. I will crush the words of the loather with the Word of God …

My God who: Fearfully and Wonderfully made me …

Loves … what voice are you listening to? Is the voice loving and kind?

We are not able, in ourselves, to stay true to the genuine creation of God, that we are; without Him … without His Word of encouragement. We are incapable of sustaining a selfless belief that we are the Wonderful He made us … no, we must lean on Him.

Thank you Jennifer … Blessings Loves!

Your turn … see, this was nothing close to a few words … so please write your heart and share it here, with us as Jennifer calls us … HIS Girls! :)

A Few Words Thursday @ HOPEannFAITH


Scriptures: 2 Timothy 1:7; Proverbs 3:5; Proverbs 8:16-18; John 10:10; Proverbs 4:23; Psalm 139:13-14

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In Faith I Follow: ‘though I walk through the valley of shadow…’


Dry

 

I thought I might be out of the desert.

I believed I was just inside the shade and cool of the copse of Cypress Trees that were my rest in the Lord.

A mirage perhaps, a delusion – illusion – a small welcome reprieve?

I thought this firmament was the place of rest; yet it seems a valley is vast in my path.

The desert I know is behind me, but I know to look back would cement me in this place.

I press on toward the prize, one that lies just around the bend.

Do valleys have bends; corners? As far as my spirit’s eye can see there is just the unknown.

...tho I walk through the valley

 

I can feel the soft breeze from those Cypress. The breeze offering satiation for my thirst there, sustenance for my hunger.

I press forward, in caution tempered Faith…

Though I walk through the valley of shadow…

The unknown, the foreign, the painful…

I must go through the valley to stand upon the mountain of God…

Ahh the breeze from the shelter inviting Cypress promising …

My Cypress 'Fir'

 

In faith I follow…Through Prayer I persevere…Through the pain of this awful desert’s valley, I cry out this prayer…

Knowing that God will recall, with affectionate heart, the words His David cried out to him in the ethers of centuries past.

Knowing that, even in my voice, He will hear the one after His heart, and know that I genuinely seek, no Crave His face alone.

If I can see His face, My Father’s face, I know I can endure this transformation…

Shall I hum,  I will sing with tears as if to cry out…

Palm 31

 O Lord, I have come to you for protection;

      don’t let me be disgraced.

      Save me, for you do what is right.

  Turn your ear to listen to me;

      rescue me quickly.

   Be my rock of protection,

      a fortress where I will be safe.

  You are my rock and my fortress.

      For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger.

  Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me,

      for I find protection in you alone.

  I entrust my spirit into your hand.

      Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.

  I hate those who worship worthless idols.

      I trust in the Lord.

  I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,

      for you have seen my troubles,

      and you care about the anguish of my soul.

  You have not handed me over to my enemies

      but have set me in a safe place.

  Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress.

      Tears blur my eyes.

      My body and soul are withering away.

 I am dying from grief;

      my years are shortened by sadness.

   Sin has drained my strength;

      I am wasting away from within.

  I am scorned by all my enemies

      and despised by my neighbors—

      even my friends are afraid to come near me.

   When they see me on the street,

      they run the other way.

 I am ignored as if I were dead,

      as if I were a broken pot.

 I have heard the many rumors about me,

      and I am surrounded by terror.

   My enemies conspire against me,

      plotting to take my life.

  But I am trusting you, O Lord,

      saying, “You are my God!”

  My future is in your hands.

      Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.

  Let your favor shine on your servant.

      In your unfailing love, rescue me.

 Don’t let me be disgraced, O Lord,

      for I call out to you for help.

   Let the wicked be disgraced;

      let them lie silent in the grave.[a]

 Silence their lying lips—

      those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.

 How great is the goodness

      you have stored up for those who fear you.

   You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,

      blessing them before the watching world.

 You hide them in the shelter of your presence,

      safe from those who conspire against them.

   You shelter them in your presence,

      far from accusing tongues.

  Praise the Lord,

      for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love.

      He kept me safe when my city was under attack.

 In panic I cried out,

      “I am cut off from the Lord!”

   But you heard my cry for mercy

      and answered my call for help.

 Love the Lord, all you godly ones!

      For the Lord protects those who are loyal to him,

      but he harshly punishes the arrogant.

  So be strong and courageous,

      all you who put your hope in the Lord!

Blessings Loves <3

 

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Our Secret Place ~ God ~ and The Mega Memory Month Finale


 

 First let me apologize for being a day late with this final update. 

Life did what life does and I did not get a chance to post yesterday. Actually I had to work one of my usual days off…well…and I didn’t get to do what I wanted to do. So there it is…:) 

I did well, I think and I spent this morning creating my Celebration Piece! Than I had to run errands and prepare for our bible study tonight…life doing what life does…Life is Good! ♥ 

What I have planned is to continue working on memorizing this Psalm…in my last update post I shined the light on Meagan, she continued after last year’s January MMM to continue on until her chosen scripture was an integral part of her spirit. I believe that to be the TRUE premise or precept of God, when He speaks of renewing our minds. I encourage you, once again to visit Stand and Consider, it is inspirational.

God instructs us, in scripture to renew our minds… 

That renewal, or intimate knowledge, of even a piece of God’s Word, allows us to remain in Him;  protecting us from the ways and precepts of this fallen and lost world we reside in. Meagan acheived that in the last calendar year

I intend to be able to claim the same JOY come January 2012. 

I find another joy in this scripture today, as I do each day. As I am writing this, I came to the knowledge that this precept of renewing our minds is in direct corralation to Psalm 91. 

A precept, as you know, is a commandment or direction given as a rule of action or conduct, a procedural directive or rule. 

Renewing our mind is one of the ways we “dwell in the secret place of the Most High”. Renewing the mind with and in the Word of God creates the “Shadow of the Almighty” under which we can then abide. 

Staying in the Word is one vital way that creates that presence of the God, that we trust, creating in us a deep desire to Praise in  the manner of Psalm 91:2 

“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God , in Him I will trust.” (NKJV) 

This Psalm is a detailed description of God’s Love for us; a description of Our Secret Place in Him. God’s children can enjoy a deep abiding peace, even amidst the trial of life, when we cooperate with God and His  divine strategies. 

Like I said earlier, I think I did okay. Again, not great, but I am not disappointed like I was last year. Who could be disappointed when they are becoming intimate with Psalm 91 and the promises of God therein. Same rules apply from previous MMM Update Posts; RED for needing a prompt and STRIKEOUTS for things I simply got wrong: 

Psalm 91 ~ The Promise of God’s Protection in All Areas of Life

Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High will remain in the shadow of the Almighty. 

I will say to the Lord, You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. 

He is the one who will rescue from the hunters’ trap and from deadly plagues. 

He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge. His truth is your shield and armor. 

You do not need to fear the terrors of the night, arrows that fly during the day, 

Plagues that roam the dark, epidemics that strikes at noon

They will not come near you, even though a thousand may fall dead beside you or ten thousand at your right side. 

You only need to look with your eyes to see the punishment of wicked people. 

  

You, O Lord, are my refuge! 

  

You have made the Most High your home. 

No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your home. 

He will put His angels in charge of you to protect you in all your ways. 

The will carry you in their hands so that you never hit your foot on a rock. 

You will step on lions and cobras. You will trample young lions and snakes. 

  

Because you love me I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know My Name. 

When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble I will save you and honor you. 

I will satisfy you with a long life. I will show you how I will save you. 

~♥~ 

I’d like to add a small note here. The last three verses are my favorite, as I have stated before. I found it odd that I continue to forget particular words in these verses. As I was pondering this {I believe our ponderings, even the silent ones are like prayers} the Holy Spirit pointed something out to me. The Words I don’t remember HONOR, SATISFY and LONG LIFE, are key words. Is it that I have not yet been fully persuaded that God would fulfill these amazing things in MY life??? In my head I know that this Psalm is for everyone, me included, so what is blocking my ability to do follow the  two most important  precepts ?  To believe and to Abide… 

If that is true, focusing on Psalm 91 as my GO TO scripture for 2011 I believe, I KNOW, that I will conquer this lack of persuasion.  

Now…Here’s my MMM Piece de resistance… 

 

Celebrating God’s Protection

Blessings Loves ♥

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Leaning Not on My Own Understanding – MMM Update #4


I find it interesting that with each of these MMM challenges, I think this is my third challenge, I am met with a wall of stress.

Why???

Because, I always choose God‘s Word, and the adversary does his level best to ensure that I (we) don’t get these Mega Verses into our hearts and spirits!

So this week, I have written out, in hand, Psalm 91; I cannot tell you how many times!! ;) 

 I’ve found that I do not particularly like this particular translation, I chose to memorize, as I thought I might. It’s great for reading,  in reference to understanding the Word; however,  my mind wants the poetry of the NKJ or even the NIV versions. So this is a bit more tedious than I had planned.

This week, as I used point parts of this Psalm for my daily scripture guide and status on Face Book, a friend from, elementary school, mentioned that it was an amazing Psalm when understood. Well then I got my exhortation on! I answered her with:

“The full understanding of Psalm 91 is astounding! It is all of God’s promises of protection, from all over the bible, gathered in one message to us from God…and the only requirement is that we abide in his shelter and shadow! and……as if that were not blessing enough, that last 3 verses 14-16 are literal words from God, directly to us, that He loves us so much that when He rescues us He will have a celebration to honor us! Imagine, just like the Prodigal…with each step we take in the areas of our live in which we need rescue, he celebrates to honor our achievements in Him…it’s mind blowing! ♥”

Today I was able to rely upon this scripture while ministering to two women from church.

Then my day went haywire, in a big and stressful way.

My head knows this is the enemy’s way to keep me in a feeling of failure in regard to my writing. I haven’t written anything, except blog posts, for months! This is not a good thing (not the blogging),  I desire to write for a living, but I gotta write to earn, so distractions…focus…that is why I am here at 10 pm writing this post, instead of apologizing in the morning for being a day late. I will write, I will find focus, I will locate my routine again.

You see I have made the Most High my home! :)

I find I have a huge STOP in my spirit. One that must be revealed so that I can follow this calling God has so graciously returned to me.

A friend on FB posted this earlier today: Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge God, and He will direct your path.

While I don’t understand where this Stop originates, it will not stop me entirely, for the Lord is my refuge.

And how that answered my need, today. So back to the Mother of all comfort scriptures: Psalm 91. I’m going to try this in one shot here tonight, bear with me…  :/

Same rules as before: RED for having to look; Strike outs for those things I just get wrong,  outright.  My favorite verses…14-16 in Italics {new}.

1. Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High will remain in the shadow of the Almighty

2. I will say to the Lord, You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.

3. He is the One Who will rescue you from the hunters’ traps and from deadly plagues.

4. He will cover you with His feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.  His Truth is your shield and armor

5. You do not need to fear the terrors of the night, arrows that fly during the day,

6. plagues that roam the dark, epidemics that strike at noon.

7. They will not come near you, even though a thousand may fall dead beside you or ten thousand at your right side.

8. You only have to look with your eyes to see the punishment of wicked people.

9. You, O Lord, are my refuge! You have made they Most High your home.

10. No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your house.

11. He will protect you in all your wa put His angels charge of you to protect you in all your ways.

12. They will carry you in their hands so that you never hit your foot on against a rock.

13. You will trample step on lions and cobras. You will trample young lions and snakes.

14. Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name.

15. When you call me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble I will save you satisfy you with a long life. save and honor you.

16. I will save you satisfy you with a long life. I will show you how I will save you.

Well, there you go. My progress, I’m not sure I did as well this update as compared to last weeks. And there is so much about this Scripture, revelation I have received, that I want to share. Like Meagan over on Stand and Consider  did with the last MMM, I see myself spending the rest of the year truly memorizing this until it wakes me in the night, or I realize I am reciting it like prayer throughout my day!

The Word is truly alive! Thanks Meagan, that encouraged me immensely.

Next week is our celebration and I intend on typing out Psalm 91 in Picnik , with a back round  I created last year…:) Whether I have to look or not…I am getting it.

You see, I have made the Most High my home!

Many Blessings Loves! ♥

 

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and now, My MMM Update #2 (should be #3…) Psalm 91


and now, MMM Update #2

Devotions and the MMM Challenge

I have decided to utilize the same memorization tool that I used last year. It worked, yet I didn’t manage to fully memorize my verses. So I try again!

The memorization tool I uses is the first one on this list that Ann Kroeker provides at the MMM Headquarters.

 This is Psalm 91, set up for Verbatim Memorization.

I also write it out longhand, yes with a pen and paper, at least once daily, and I read it several times daily.

I try to remember to read it out loud and with conviction. It really is a great Psalm read aloud! The Power of God fills the room when read aloud.  

The words in Red  are the words I had to look at.

The words struck out  are the ones I got wrong altogether.

I will now attempt to type this jewel of God’s Protection from my very, very stressed mind! J

Psalm 91 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

1. W l u t s o t M H w r i t s o t A.

Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High will remain in the shadow of the Almighty.

 2. I w s t t L,“Y a m r a m f, m G i w I t.”

I will say to the LORD, “You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”

 3. H i t o w w r y f h’ t a f d p.

He is the one who will rescue you from the hunters’ trap and from deadly plagues.

4. H w c y w h f, a u h w y w f r. H t i y s a a.

He will call cover you when he with his feathers, under his wings you will find refuge. His truth is your shield and armor.

5. Y d n n t f t o t n, a t  f d t d,

You do not need to fear the terrors of the night, and the fiery darts arrows that fly during the day,

 6. p t r t d, e t s a n.

plagues that roam the dark, epidemics that strike at night noon.

7. T w n c n y,e t a t m f d b y o t t a y r s.

They will not come near you, even though a thousand may fall down dead beside you or ten thousand at your right side.

 8. Y o h t l w y e t s t p o w p.

You only have to look with your eyes to see the punishment of wicked people.

 9. Y, O L, a m r! Y h m t M H y h.

You, O LORD, are my refuge! You have helped me have made the Most High your home.

 10. N h w c t y. N s w c n y h.

No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your house.

11. H w p h a i c o y t p y i a y w.

He will put his angels in charge of you to protect you in all your ways.

 12.  T w c y i t h s t y n h y f o a r.

They will cover carry you in their hands so you never hit your foot on a rock.

13. Y w s o l a c.Y w t y l a s.

You will step on lions and cobras. You will trample young lions and snakes.

 Not too bad, so far. But obviously more work needs to be done…

Now my favorite part…God’s personally speaking to us! Let us see how I do…

 14. B y l m, I w r y. I w p y b y k m n.

Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name.

15. W y c t m, I w a y. I w b w y w y a i t I w s y a h y.

When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble I will save you and honor you.

 16. I w s y w a l l. I w s y h I w s y.

I will satisfy you with a long life. I will show you how I will save you.

 Wow! Only 3 words I had to look for…good, but a bit disappointed, this is my favorite part. The part I show to others how much God loves us.

So how are you doing?

Blessings Loves ♥

 

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Happy New Year and 2011 MMM Challenge – UPDATED


 

Happy New Year Loves ♥

Here we are at the beginning of a New Year, a New Beginning.

Here at HOPEannFAITH we are working on Intentional Positive Thinking and Living. 

One of the things I have participated in here at WordPress.com are some of the Carnivals that my BlogFriends hold. These are positive and productive activities that build, encourage and strengthen a person, a writer and the blogging community.

And…they are fun for all!

My favorite Carnival is actually a challenge of sorts. Ann @AnnKroeker.com holds Mega Memory Month. This will be my third challenge and I did better the second time than the first, so I anticipate further improvement this time.

Last year God provided revelation and understanding of Psalm 91 during some very, very difficult times this year. Therefore I plan to not only memorize this Psalm, but delve deeper into it’s meaning and strength.

Psalm 91 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

1. Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High
will remain in the shadow of the Almighty.

2. I will say to the Lord,
“You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”

3. He is the one who will rescue you from hunters’ traps
and from deadly plagues.

4. He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge.
His truth is your shield and armor.

5. You do not need to fear
terrors of the night,
arrows that fly during the day,

6. plagues that roam the dark,
epidemics that strike at noon.

7. They will not come near you,
even though a thousand may fall dead beside you
or ten thousand at your right side.

8. You only have to look with your eyes
to see the punishment of wicked people.

9. You, O Lord, are my refuge! You have made the Most High your home.

10. No harm will come to you.
No sickness will come near your house.

11. He will put his angels in charge of you
to protect you in all your ways.

12. They will carry you in their hands
so that you never hit your foot against a rock.

13. You will step on lions and cobras.
You will trample young lions and snakes.

 

14. Because you love me, I will rescue you.
I will protect you because you know my name.

15. When you call to me, I will answer you.
I will be with you when you are in trouble.
I will save you and honor you.

16. I will satisfy you with a long life.
I will show you how I will save you.

While doing this I hope to hone my memory while assisting others in understanding the incredible depth of love and protection that this very important Psalm holds for the children of God!

I am going to do my level best to share my results and the tool, that I found last year, through Ann’s postings,  for memorization and maybe…just maybe try a new tool this year!

I’m excited for this challenge for it’s proven effect of deepening my understanding of God’s Word, it’s affect when applied to my life and deepening my relationship with God. Very Excited! :)

I’d like to thank Ann for holding this Challenge for all of us, as well as the opportunity to use it to improve our minds, memories and spirits with it.

Join us, won’t you!

Just use Ann’s Coral Brain button above to pop over to Mega Memory Month Headquarters to check the How to Participate guidelines and join in the fun!

Blessings Loves.

 

 

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