10.14.2013

God's Promises

James MacDonald has a series called "Always True: God's 5 Promises When Life is Hard" - it's great.

It moved me to know - really know - God's promises for myself. A fire has been lit in my heart. I want to know the promises word for word. I want to know exactly where to find them. I want to be able to share them confidently with others. I want be able to meditate on God's word day and night. I want God's word to never depart from my mouth.
Happy 7th birthday, Laila!

Can you feel my hunger? It's real and I intend to feed it with God's satiating Word.

Then, God spoke to me: Share it with your family.

I believe that I would have, but He meant for us to learn together. Awesome!

That being said, we plan to focus on a promise every week. If necessary, we will stay on a promise longer - the point is that it gets planted in our hearts. We started with Deuteronomy 31:6 - James MacDonald broke this down in the Always True series.

I figured that I would share the promises we go over and any thoughts that come from our studies.

Be strong and of a good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the one who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

This is an awesome promise and it felt SO good instilling it in our 10, 7, 4 and 3 year old little people. They each know this verse now, either totally or partially, but they each have it in their hearts. What's beautiful is that they worked as a team to remember it - that was a benefit that I wasn't expecting.

Each day we went over the verse in the morning before school, during the day, during the evening and at bedtime. All during the week, there were multiple times that we were able to apply the verse and we shared those times with each other.

One of my favorite things that came out of our group study was "good courage". We talked about why God added the word "good". We discussed that someone can be courageous in things that aren't great ideas.
Courage is defined as the ability to do something that you are fearful of or know is difficult or dangerous. A person who goes 130 mph on a highway in a sports car is courageous. God wants us to be of good courage, not fearing the things that He has purposed for us to do.

I pray that you are moved to put this verse into your heart. It will indeed change your life when you live like God's Word is True!