Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Motivation for change....

Beth Moore, in her blog, lpm, asked:

What motivates you most effectively?

My answer:

April 25, 2011 at 11:38 pm
Getting sick of the mess or sick of myself. Not just intellectually aware that I should be sick of it, but genuinely sick of it, often accompanied by queasy stomach.

Yes, I think that is what motivates me for change.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Living Proof Ministries Blog, 4/15

I have been participating in this challenge with many others at Beth Moore's blog, Living Proof Ministries.

I even bought the cute spiral-bound index cards to keep track of my verses.

Beth's is a simple system that is working. I tend to go for the perfect, complicated systems in life (and they don't usually work for me), so this is good. The rules are here. This is my summation of them:

*Commit to a verse on the first and fifteenth of the month.

*Post it in the Siesta Scripture Memory Team post for that day. Try not to post late.

*Write it in my spiral. (Put spiral back in purse.)

*Try to remember to read it, review it and say it as often as possible. Eventually memorize it.

Biggest challenge has been picking the verses. (Again, with this feeling that I have to do it perfectly....) I have a lot from Isaiah, because of this year's BSF study.

And, I have included more verses in my spiral than I have posted in the SSMT posts, so I am not really sure which ones I posted. Oh well, it will all work out!

This is my verse for April 15th:

Isaiah 54:4 “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.
Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth
and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.

This will be my verse for May 1st:

Isaiah 54:5 For your Maker is your husband—
the LORD Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he is called the God of all the earth.

And for May 15th:

Isaiah 54:6 The LORD will call you back
as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—
a wife who married young,
only to be rejected,” says your God.

All from NIV translation.

The last verse made me catch my breath a little when I read it in my BSF study this year. I was married young and my husband wanted a divorce shortly after our first anniversary. Took me completely by surprise. There was another woman, who (or is it "whom"? I am never sure.) he married almost as soon as he could. Yes, I was rejected and distressed in spirit.

But my life turned out so much better than I could have ever imagined! This is so much better than that would have been.

And yes, I am late posting this on the LPM blog. Again.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bible in 90 Days 103rd day check-in with Mom's Toolbox


I finished on Friday, April 15th! I am so thrilled!

It took 103 days.

Thank you so much, Group 29 and Kendra, for your encouragement and prayers!

(Mom's Toolbox assigned us to groups and mentors. The accountability was crucial! I think I would have given up without it.)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bible in 90 Days 93rd day check-in with Mom's Toolbox


April 5, 2011

I’m still reading.

I hope to finish by the 100th day.

I’d appreciate prayers to that end. In fact, I seem to be struggling with depression or something, so if you want to pray about that for me, I’d be very appreciative!