My one word for the year is Abide. In January I started looking up scriptures with the word abide to help me have a better understanding of the word. This is the first scripture I read:
“If you abide in me and my words abide in you…
What does it mean to have God’s words abide in me? The moment I asked the question, I remembered my Great Aunt Marie…
Last year Aunt Marie had a stroke. After weeks in the hospital and rehabilitation facility she was recovering quite well. There was only one more hurdle to get over before doctor would release her to go home. She had to count to ten.
Sweet Marie tried day after day to wrap her mind around this once easy task. And day after day here’s what happened:
Nurse: Okay, let’s count to ten.
Aunt Marie: One…love the Lord your God with all you heart and all your mind and all your soul…
When Aunt Marie’s mind wasn’t cooperating the overflow of her heart was God’s word. What a perfect, practical picture of His word abiding in a beautiful heart.
So instead of just saying: “I want God’s word to abide in me more this year”, I’m setting some measurable goals.
The first is to memorize scripture. This doesn’t come easy for me, so I’m going slow.
Secondly, as I memorize a verse, I’m going to meditate on it, saying each word and drinking in the message. Taking a verse every two or three weeks.
And lastly, I’ll need to practice saying the scripture I’m memorizing until it becomes so familiar that it rolls off my tongue. Over and over during the day to whisper my memory verse. Again, this is why I’m taking it slow.
Do you set measurable goals to go hand in hand with your one-word ? (If you choose a word for the year)
And if you regularly memorize scripture and have any tips for me I’d so love to hear them.
Sending you lots of love today my friends and as always, if you need prayer shoot me an email (or leave the request in the comments) and I’d be so honored to pray for you.