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Being Intentional

 

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  Ephesians 5:15-17

Time is one of the greatest gifts that God has ever given us.  We all have the same 24 hours a day, and we all know that our time here on this earth is short. But way too often, we live our lives as if time is unlimited. Many of us try to be more intentional with our days and get as much done in each day as possible. We can do intentionally good things, but we can also make intentionally wrong choices.

To be intentional means to do something on purpose. As you think about the word “Intentional” and its meaning, what do you want to be more intentional about with your faith? I want to be more intentional about going to God and growing in Him daily. He invites me to give Him my burdens, to go to Him with my troubles and to trust Him for guidance and answers.

I know that I can find that guidance and those answers in His word. The old Sunday School song tells us, “Read your Bible, pray every day, and you’ll grow, grow, grow!” This is an excellent start! But it’s just that… a start.  If we truly want to grow, grow, grow in our faith, we need the words of Scripture hidden in our hearts.

One way we can be more intentional about growing our relationship with Christ is to renew our minds in Scripture daily by memorizing it. I have always struggled with this, I’ll be honest!  But I know that memorizing scripture will bring me peace of mind and will help me encourage others to follow Him.

Chuck Swindoll wrote, “I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture.”  

I want to share with you the latest tool I have found to help me memorize scripture. It’s a Bible Verse on a Ring set that can be carried with you wherever you go, or kept with your Bible so that you can pick a verse a day until you have it memorized. The ring can even separate to remove a card so that you can take it with you, wherever you go!

The benefits of memorizing scripture are numerous.  Not only does it improve your relationship with God, fellow believers and others, but it also brings a sense of peace and helps you better understand the difference between right and wrong.

Give it a try. This week, I want you to memorize a short, simple verse:  Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Have a blessed day!

~ Bev

 

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