Oh, how I don’t want to do this–too much work for my tired brain.  Memorizing Scriptures? I failed the last time I tried, you know…

But Holy Spirit is calling, so I am beginning.

It feels like I am being stretched like plastic wrap on a bowl a bit too small. And each week, I must add another verse or two; oh my goodness!

One tiny step, but I am taking it–delightful view.

One tiny word at a time, but I am swallowing it–sweet as honey.

One string of words at a time, but I made them mine–I feel so rich.

One verse at a time, but I am owning it–treasure from heaven.

And they are doing me such good, those words that are being stretched upon my mind; and it is strengthening me, that Word that feels like a blanket upon my heart; and it is making me come alive, that Life that surrounds me when I go left, or right, or when I just stand here.

And then, all of a sudden, I remember.

I remember that when I was a child in Belgium, we never used the word  “memorize.”  At school, we were required to “learn by heart.”

Learn by heart. 

And then I see it.

I am learning to know Him by heart. By my heart.

I am working on letting His Word fill that heart of mine so full that it will be reshaped.

I am learning to live by that new heart He has placed in me.

I am learning by heart. By my heart.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

#291 The way God talks to me

#290 My phone calls with my daughter

#289 sitting outside at night

Linking up with Hearts 4 Home, Faith Filled Fridays, Consider the Lilies, Gratituesday