Friday, September 2, 2011

2011 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 17!!

I know yesterday was September 1st, but I as usual I am running behind. There is so much of God's Word I would love to be able to hide in my heart and I have such issues when I have to decide "which one" I want to memorize!! I have been so busy with changes in our lives that in my quiet times I haven't been settled in on any certain scriptures. Knowing I had to decide, I looked at my list and I just couldn't pick one just to say I did it. Well, in my prayer time I have asked God to help me with lots of things lately. And He will, if I will allow Him to work....I know everyone that may read this always allows Him to work and is "still" while waiting. BUT I rarely do. (being honest here people!!)  

This morning I still hadn't settled on a scripture and I was thinking, well maybe it's best. I am having a hard time keeping up with all of them anyway. So maybe I will just let it go. It's just one more thing to worry with. I could hear a friend's voice in my head. Don't you quit now! I quickly dismissed you (and you know who you are!!) And of course all of my excuses were straight from the kings of lies!! he was loving the fact that I was giving up. he has tried since I started. The Lord immediately convicted me and I realized I need to do this for ME and I would have to trust Him to give me what He wanted me to know. Shortly after, I opened an email devotion from Girlfriends In God, it was titled God Confidence by Sharon Jaynes. Today's truth is

".....apart from me you can do nothing" John 15:5

I didn't have to read anymore. Right then & there He was speaking to ME! I can't do anything without Him. EVER.The entire verse is “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5. 

I have read it many has been preached on many times... yet this morning this stuck out to me... I guess because the first part of the verse usually focused on more... the bearing the fruit lesson is too, but it is one of those verses you just sorta know YET this time I was reminded that without Him I will surely fail, and that I need to be able to focus on these words that JESUS spoke...".....apart from me you can do nothing" John 15:5

When I think I can't.
When I think I can't handle anymore.
When I can't deal with one more "to do" on my list.
When my schedule is so full I can't see straight.
When I think that noone cares.
When I think I am really losing it.

I NEED IT to remind myself that without Him I am nothing.
I need Him for my next breath.
I need Him when I am busy.
I need Him when I am tired.
I need Him when I am sick.
I need Him when I am sick & tired.
I need him when I want to scream.
I need Him even when I don't make time for Him.

Yes, this is my verse for SSMT. Not only that, I believe that this is the verse I need for this season in my life. I need to focus on His(these) words daily.

How about you? What are your whens? And why do you need Him?

Thank you Lord for speaking to me LOUD & CLEAR today!!

Piper :)

1 comment:

Deidre said...

I lost your blog address and just found it on a sticky note :) I didn't realize you posted past the firs one - ha! I have loved reading everything from all the changes to your verse you are STILL memorizing. I love you!