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October 9, 2015

Words in the Shower

Full disclosure, these are not just any words, but God's Word. Six sections of scripture from Ephesians, to be exact, one from each chapter. To give you a visual, the verses are printed on a piece of paper, which is inside a plastic sleeve, and taped on our shower wall with black electrical tape. Hopefully my friends in the decorating industry are still hanging with us after that last comment.

When I attended a Bible Study at my church, and Wendy our leader told us we were going to get weekly memory privileges, I was both excited and nervous. I humbly consider myself a student of the Word. I for certain love it, and therefore read it daily. That being said, I have never been able to embrace the spiritual discipline of memorization of scripture. Thankfully reading the Word never returns void. When a timely verse comes to my mind, I can always recall just enough of the words to be able to google it and find where it resides in the Bible.

I decided to embrace the challenge as we went through the six week study but was not feeling overly optimistic at my chances for success. I quickly had the idea to put the verse of the week in front of me as much as possible.  I took it in the shower with me, it was next to me as I did my makeup and ate breakfast, and it even went to a few doctors appointments with me. I guess I treated it similarly to a Flat Stanly. (Where else can my weekly verse travel?)  I was comforted with the fact that meditating on the Word would be a blessing to me even if I was not able to commit it to memory.

I wish I could say I went to each class with my verse perfectly committed to memory, but I didn't. I often thought I had it locked down in my mind only to find myself at a loss as I tried to recite it with my partner or group. When the class was over, however, the discipline was starting to take root. I first thought I would pick a verse each week to memorize but decided first to make these five sections such a part of me that they would be impossible not to recall. I was determined to learn them even if I had to sit with each section for months. This was when the fun began.

It is amazing, yet not really when we think how big our God is, that in reading and meditating on the same verses for weeks, one can still get new insight and council daily. It has been a little less than three months since our Bible Study ended and I am ready to start memorizing the last section from Ephesians 6. As I mentioned, I was going to take my time. Now I can with confidence say, I have these treasures in God's Word memorized, and that knowing and meditating on them has blessed me immensely.

One verse I found myself seeking more insight and clarity about was Ephesians 3:20.  I wanted to understand how I could be in agreement with the power referenced here. Was this power the Holy Spirit, our prayer life, our faith?

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

One morning, as I found myself once again reflecting on this verse, some of our pastor's words from the previous Sunday's teaching came to my mind. He had spoken about one of his greatest fears. It was that he would get to heaven and realize the Father had so much more for him on earth that he did not tap into or appropriate.

As I was thinking on this, the verse "according to your faith be it done unto you," came to mind. I did not know where this was located and wanted to know the complete verse, so I turned to google. As I scrolled down the words listing Matthew 9:29 in various translations, I found the answer I had been seeking. Ephesians 3:20 was listed in this search amongst all the listings of Matthew 9:29. Faith is the power that is at work in us being described in the letter to the Ephesians.

The Holy Spirit took me on a mini excursion that morning to tell me the answer was faith. Then He reminded me, faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the Word of God.