Romans Project- Week 12

So I am still truckin’ along with memorizing Romans chapter 1. No I have not been perfect with each week’s verse, and I have had to review some weeks because I didn’t quite get it… but I am still committed to obsessing about God’s Word and not all the other things that threaten to take up space in my brain.

After reciting Romans 1:1-20 to my accountability partner tonight, I come home and flipped the card to this week’s verse and it is already messing with my heart. This week’s verses are Romans 1:21-22

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools,

I do know God. But I have been realizing that there are some gods in my life that I may have been glorifying rather than the one true God. And then it hits me… How often do I forget to give thanks… How does it slip away so often? My heart falls back into panic and worry and fret mode. And I forget that to be dependent on Jesus, I must continue to give thanks to Him for all the good gifts He gives. I must do this the in midst of health issues and family stress and learning to parent foster children and all of this on top of normal every day life stress like laundry, bills, groceries, packing lunches, etc.

So again, I pick my list…
490- the prayers of a friend
491- good company at Missional Community
492- celebrating small victories

I don’t want my heart to be darkened. I do not want my to be a fool.

I want to be sold out for Jesus and give Him my everything.


Romans Project- Week 3

This week’s verses are:

Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:5, 6 NIV)

I just love it when God stops me dead in my tracks with His Word. That kind of a pause moment just happened. But, of course, there is some backstory to it…

I began to get fully committed to memorizing God’s Word because I want to dwell on God instead of some of the negative things that I can’t control. Well, this afternoon some of those “negative things I can’t control” were showing themselves and so I went to my memorizing spot in the kitchen and started working on this week’s verses some more. I couldn’t even get 5 words in…

Through Him we received grace… I know in situations I can’t control, my first response needs to be grace. But man, is that hard!

And why do I need to show grace? Because of the end of this section… I have been called to belong to Jesus Christ. If I want to be the Jesus girl God is calling me to, grace needs to be first response, not my last.

Praying that as you read and memorize God’s Word, you will allow it to go further than your brain. All the way down to heart. Where it changes who you are.