Monday, March 26, 2012

Working on my Bucket List!

Back in February I created a list of 47 things I want to do this year. I’m a list maker and having a short term “bucket list” appeals to me. One of the items on my list is to memorize Psalm 139. I’ve never been good at memorizing Bible verses. I do okay for a while, but then it gets muddled and I end up saying things like, “Well, I can’t remember the exact words, but it goes something like…” Taking a year to memorize one Psalm might help engrain it in my life. A whole year, maybe it will stick :o)

Psalm 139 was one of the first things I learned after I came to know God 15 years ago. Thursday is my 15th rebirthday! Sometimes it’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since that night in a little church in the middle of a farmer’s field where I met the Lord, really met Him, and gave my heart to Him.

In those early days I used verses 23 and 24 as a way of letting God point out the things I needed to change. They read:

Search me, O god, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.

It never failed that God would show me things that I needed to work on in my life. It’s been 15 years and it still never fails that He shows me things that need working on when I pray those words.

But those verses are at the end of the psalm and I’m still working on memorizing the first part. The last few weeks I have been looking at the copy of the psalm that I posted on my bathroom mirror. (The mirror is called into duty for more than just making sure I don’t have spinach stuck in my teeth!) In the first 3 verses it says that God knows me. He knows my lying down and rising up. He is acquainted with all many ways. I find comfort in the fact that is acquainted with all my ways.

He knows my thoughts, my lying down and rising up, all my ways and He STILL loves me! Each morning I see those words I am reminded that despite me, He loves me. He knows my ways, so I can’t do anything to cause Him to not love me.

What verses do you find comfort in?


  1. And I think, by reading those verses on your mirror you might find yourself wanting to be a little better everyday.

    It is really hard to pick just one scripture. There are so many that I love. I used to have a book quote on my mirror where every morning I would read, "Today our memories are of happy things, today we think evil of no one, today the Earth shines." (It was a book written by an Indian.

  2. You know, it's been a long time since I memorized scripture. Thanks for the challenge. Going to go pick a psalm (a short one for starters! (Sound like the kids I used to teach.)

  3. It hurts me to say that I struggle with Scripture and verse memorization :(
    I'm also working on it.
    I'm up to verse 4 in Isaiah 53 and my new fav is Hebrews 10:24- Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. :)

    I'm glad you're working o your bucket list, I've been curious as to how it's going :)