The Key to Success, Purity, and Hope

We can memorize poems, memorize names, or memorize our multiplication tables … head knowledge.

We can meditate upon the Word, apply it to ourselves, pray the words as our own, consume God’s Word as if it were the life-giving manna and living water that it is … heart knowledge.

When God’s Word is in my heart, it becomes a part of me, and as a part of me, I am empowered to restate it with passion and love.

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A Grandmother’s 9 Favorite Bible Verses

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My grandmother, fondly called Momo, was one of my spiritual mentors. She loved the Lord dearly and loved her Bible. When she died, my mother gave me her Bible.

I pulled her Bible out this morning and read what she had written in the front and back of her Bible. There were quotes from commentaries, notes on books she needed to read, and verses that she wanted to remember.

These are the verses that were important for her to record in her handwriting in her Bible.  Continue reading A Grandmother’s 9 Favorite Bible Verses

5 Tips to Falling in Love with God’s Word


Flitting from one flower to another, sucking pollen or nectar until her sac is full, then off to the beehive where thousands of honey bees feverishly work. It takes 300 bees 3 weeks to make 450 grams or almost a pound of honey. (Australian Honey Bee Industry Council)

All that hard work for a pound of sweetness. Honey was used in Bible times instead of sugar, and the Promised Land was a land flowing with milk and honey. It was an honored gift, Genesis 43:11. Honey also coats a sore throat and revives energy.

How sweet is the Bible to you? Is it sweeter to you than honey?

The Word of God will always be sweet to the Christian because it so completely quickens him to every good thing when it comes in contact with him. Spurgeon Continue reading 5 Tips to Falling in Love with God’s Word

Seven-Mile Miracle, A Review


From the cross, Jesus speaks seven short statements. Seven, the number of completion, perfection. Steven Furtick calls these seven statements mile markers in the Christian’s walk to Emmaus, the Christian’s journey in relationship with Jesus.

I was intrigued by this claim and eager to read this megachurch pastor’s ideas and learn about the seven mile markers on the road to Emmaus.

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31 Verses to Write on Your Heart … A Review



I grew up in Oklahoma. We went to church every Sunday, and I went to the youth group on Sunday evenings. We read Christian books, and sometimes, we heard sermons based upon the Bible.

I loved the Bible early on and studied it like I studied my school lessons. When I was 19, my Methodist minister visited me in the hospital and introduced me to my life verse, Isaiah 40:31.

Yet, those who wait for the Lord;
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles;
They will run and not get tired;
They will walk and not grow weary.

Although I did not intentionally memorize that verse, I read it so many times that it is alive in my heart. The verse’s promise became my treasure.

When we moved to California, Keith and I became Awana leaders. There was a great emphasis upon Scripture memorization. We did not have the advantage of Liz Curtis Higgs‘ insight to help the youth with their memorization efforts, and many times, the memorization was tedious work for them.

Higgs approaches Scripture memorization in a unique way. She illustrates the Scripture with an anecdote and then takes the reader on a journey through the words, their meanings, and their everyday applications. It felt much like praying the Scriptures. In fact, each devotion ends with her personal prayer and a memorization tip.

At the end of the book, she lists the tips again and provides a study guide for a more indepth look at the Scriptures.

There’s a rhythm about Higgs that delights me. On Proverbs 4:23, she writes, “Each time we love and trust instead of fret and fuss, God changes our stop-and-go into flow.” (page 35)

I am returning to Scripture memorization. But this time, I’ll think of it as writing treasured Scripture upon my heart.

Or shall I call it heart engraving?

I received this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.


My prayer

Father, You have given Your children a treasure of promises, guidance, and truths in Your Word. Thank You. Thank You, for Liz Curtis Higgs and the insight You have given her in handling Your Word and writing it on her heart. Bless her as You guide her in her next project. Holy Spirit, guide us as we engrave Scripture truths upon our hearts. May Your great Word flow in us, through us, and onto others. We love Your Word. Your Word reveals Your holiness and great love for us. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Are you writing God’s Word on your heart?
Please share techniques that you use in the Comment Section.


hand in Hand, God’s sovereignty and man’s free will

HandinHandCover “Surely our lives are greatly enriched when we recognize the mysterious beauty of the interplay between God’s ways and ours.” Randy Alcorn

If God is sovereign and has predestined our lives, then how does man practice free will, or meaningful choice? In hand in Hand, Randy Alcorn takes the reader up the mountaintop to experience Arminianism (man’s free will) and down the mountain to brush against Libertarianism and a few other “isms.” On the way up the opposite mountain, the reader encounters Determinism and finally Calvinism (God’s sovereignty).

A thoughtful approach to a difficult subject, hand in Hand clearly demonstrates that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, and God’s ways are not our ways.

Alcorn recognizes the value of each of the theories while acknowledging that they are man’s wisdom and not God’s. He encourages readers to be good Bereans, studying the Scriptures, opening our minds, and letting God teach us His truths.

“When I think of the examples of Paul, Elisha, and Daniel, I can’t help but marvel at the beauty of the unequal but real partnerships forged when we submit our choices to God and walk hand in Hand–His the strong and sovereign Hand lovingly reaching down, ours the weak hand eagerly reaching up.” Randy Alcorn

Whether Arminian, Calvinist, or somewhere in between, according to Alcorn, each position has “snags.” He recommends that the reader study the Scripture “unguarded, shield down,” to let God lead where He wants to go.

Complete with pithy pull quotes that have Tweetable qualities, Alcorn has created a beautiful gift for thoughtful small groups to go deeper with God. Small group study questions are included in the book.

Although some might think that God’s sovereignty and man’s meaningful choice are contradictory, if we consider them from the eternal perspective, they are “Yes,” and “Amen.”

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

My prayer

Sovereign Father, thank You for revealing Your nature to Your children. I revel in the fact that Your thoughts are not my thoughts, for You are my God. Thank You that You have taken me by my right hand and lead me into Your ways. I love You Lord.