I had the pleasure of talking to a dear friend for a while tonight, and was deeply blessed and encouraged. I told him how I have always struggled with taking time to stop and pray, and devote my thoughts to God, and he said that the spiritual battle for our hearts can only be fought on our knees. I had never quite thought of it like that before, but it is so true. If we aren't on our knees the Lord has to work twice as hard to hold our hearts while the enemy can relax a little, knowing we are susceptible to failure. He told me that memorizing scripture is a wonderful tool for the battle, which reminded me that a while ago my best friend and I tried to devote ourselves to reading and memorizing the book of Philippians and it went really well. I had Philippians 1-6 down, but that's as far as I got. Eventually we stopped checking in with each other and practicing together, and now I don't remember any of it. I decided that I needed to get back to memorizing, and that I wanted to memorize scripture so that I would know how to answer questions from people if they have any for me. Wes suggested to me to begin with John 1 because that is a heavy book for evangelizing, so that is where I am going to begin. I'm telling you all this because I think it will help me stay motivated and on track, so feel free to at anytime, in person or via blog comments, ask me how it's coming along. I am considering this as a part of my missions trip, a personal preparation. So I would appreciate your support in this aspect as well as every other aspect of the trip. :D I Hope everyone is having a blessed week, and thank-you for reading!
P.S. Speaking of John 1, I would like to share my favorite Bible verse with everyone! John 1:23~I am just the voice of One calling out in the wilderness,'make straight the way of the Lord,' as the profit Isaiah said. I love this verse because it is John the baptist telling the people he is no one but a voice of the Lord. It is a good reminder that as a Christian, I need to be a bold voice of the Lord.