Sunday, January 1, 2012

12 in 2012

H A P P Y  N E W  Y E A R !

another year. another chance. another try.

new goals. new dreams. new seasons.

as i contemplate and call to mind all this past year has held, i'm giving weight to my thoughts about where i failed....and how i can learn from my mistakes. a somber sentiment perhaps...but only at first glance. 

truly, i believe there is joy in getting up, pressing on, pressing in and pursuing (my word for the year!). and aren't lessons learned in the trenches, valleys, struggles and skirmishes of life?  often our eyes are opened only when we hit our head hard enough on the ground after we've been knocked down.  too much?  i don't know, i love a good action film/story and most of the time victory only comes after a couple of losses. the win seems sweeter when failure is familiar.  

one of the goals i set for myself in 2011 was REMEMBER.  that was the word that, for me, meant memorizing scripture each month along with Beth Moore...and thousands of other women across the country.  she encouraged us to choose and memorize 2 verses each month, posting them on her blog on the 1st and the 15th.  i can't say that i actually posted mine every time, but i did keep both a written record, as well as a digital one, of all of my verses. i share this with you for 3 reasons.

one: because i began this post talking about failures and mistakes, and i wanted to also mention the importance of learning from our victories and accomplishments... the fact that finishing well, achieving a goal, actually doing something you weren't sure you could do... is a HUGE motivation toward future efforts.  

two: because there is no better safeguard against sin (failing/falling) than committing scripture to memory, hiding the WORD in our hearts, letting the TRUTH be the light onto our path.  it will be a salve to our wounded souls, a healing oil for our broken hearts, the stone in our slingshot, an arsenal of ammo for our weary flesh... we cannot survive, let alone win, without it.  and next time we come face to face with failure, well, we'll have protection.

three: i want to do it again. with you!  do you want to join me?? 

so here is what we'll do, together.  
on the 1st of every month, i'll post my verse for the month here.  
you'll comment right here on the blog (not on facebook, or twitter) with your first name, city, verse (and where it's found) and what version of the Bible you used.   there really aren't any rules (other than 
please, lets not use this as a commentary or comment space)  
don't feel like you have to memorize the same verse as me...although, of course, you're welcome to!  let God speak to you where you're at, and i know he'll inspire others through you 
as you allow him to inspire you.
and by the end of 2012 we will have memorized 12 verses!! TODAY is the first day of not only a new month, but a new year, here is my verse for the month of January...

Crystal, Whitefish, '...PURSUE righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the true faith.' 1 Timothy 6:11 {NLT}

with anticipation of great things this year...


dona4jc said...

Donabelle, Jacksonville, FL. - Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect. (Romans 12:2 NCV)

Mary said...

Mary Venice, FL
I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the LORD
and put their trust in him. (NIV)

Mary said...

Mary-the verse is Psalm 40:1-3

Babs Coppedge said...

Babs, Dallas, TX
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
Romans 12:9-10 [NLT]

Kathleen said...

Kathleen CO Springs
Ezekiel 36:26. I will also give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. NHEBME

izzi ray said...

Isabella, Whitefish.
"Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary." Hebrews 6:18-19

Brad said...

2nd Peter 1 5-8

...add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Carrie Rowe said...

Carrie Rowe, Kalispell, MT and I want to do the same verses as you so you can hold me accountable!!!
I wrote this down in my resolutions!!
I need to make a craft to go along with it!!!!
Love you!

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Dayna said...

He has put a new song in my mouth-
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And trust in the Lord.
Psalm 40:3 NKJV

Poet Sylvia said...

I'm 9 days late however I'm ready for the journey I look forward to all that God has planned for my life despite all the heartbreak and tears of 2011. I pray that everyone I do know have known will be blessed on purpose every day. Psalm 30:5 The Gideon Holy Bible

jennie said...

Jennie Lusko, Whitefish MT
I'll memorize the same verse as you too :)

Yap Fam said...

Thanks for the amazing challenge. I will memorize same one as you too. I incorporate it into my homeschooling too. Luv ya

alaina said...

Alaina Guido, Kalispell MT
I'll do the same one as you! :)