Monday, July 14, 2008

My Favorite Things

My sons are on a continual quest to find my favorite song. One of them will say, "Hey, mom, I found your favorite song!" Then they will play it for me and wait for my response. Sometimes I really like it. Often it is okay. Once in awhile I don't like it at all (and they know I won't!).

It is a very hard thing to find my favorite song. I wouldn't even know where to start. I love so many.

Recently I found my favorite passages of scripture. Okay, one of my favorites. It is so good I just keep mulling it over and over enjoying it every time I think of it.

It is found in Psalm 119. Verses 110-112 say, "The wicked have laid a snare for me, yet I have not strayed from Your precepts. Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever. For they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the very end."

Verse 110 is a miracle. To be kept out of the snare of the enemy is nothing short of Divine. It is proof that the Lord has blessed me with grace. I have heard grace defined as "the power and desire to do the will of God." Oh, for grace to keep me out of the grasp of the enemy.

Verse 111 speaks of the Lord's testimonies. The Psalmist says, "I have taken Your testimonies as my heritage forever." There is overcoming power in that verse. And then it says, " for they (the Lord's testimonies) are the rejoicing of my heart."

This made me think about my favorite things. What makes my heart rejoice? Do the Lord's testimonies make my heart dance?

Finally, verse 113 says, "I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes........forever, to the very end."

"I have inclined my heart..........." I have purposed. I have bent my heart on doing Your will. I choose to celebrate the life that is in Your statutes.

He says, "I am not going to change my mind! This is an eternal decision. When I meet you at my eternal destination, my heart will be in the position it has always been, bowed to Your will and Your ways."

These verses challenge me. I want to spend time with them. I want to remember them. I want to live them.

Now I just want to ask you, have I found your favorite verses?



Joyful said...

A favourite verse?...oh my goodness...I think that's harder than a favourite song!

I can share my theme verse for this year. Every year the Lord directs me to a verse that becomes my theme for that year. In the past I have focused in on being still and knowing that He is God; He led me through a year of surrendering pride; last year was, "There is...a time to dance" etc...

This year God called me to focus on Hebrews 11:(41). "By faith Joy... " This year God is making a Bible story out of my life as I step out in faith and trust Him like never before. It's such an exciting journey.

Love you,
PS. Be sure to check out my blog'll see someone you know... :o)

Paula (SweetPea) said...

It's hard to say a favorite verse but I would probably have to say I've always clinged to Prov. 3:5-6. Some others are Jer. 29:11 and Romans 8:28. Phil 4:4-7 is another.

I saw your name in print at Joy's. She sure left us with a cliff hanger of storyy today.

Renee Swope said...

Welcome to bloggy world friend. I love your blog and I really love hearing all about your family. What a great photo. Had no idea you had such a quiver full! What a legacy you are living and leaving.


Cheri Bunch said...

I'm so excited that you checked in! I am loving the bloggy world! My favorite part is keeping in touch with my new favorite friends!

Leaving a legacy is a prayer of my heart. It has been quite an adventure!

Many blessings,

Cheri Bunch said...

Sweet Joy,
I have tried to leave you a comment about this several times, but my computer was acting up. I checked your blog and was humbled! You are an amazing friend and such a gift from the Lord! I thank Him for your continual encouragement!
Love you, Joy!!!!

Cheri Bunch said...

Your favorites are my favorites. It seems I only have a daily favorite.....or maybe a week and then the Lord gives me a new favorite to ponder.
I love Joy's blog. She is an amazing writer and a dear friend. I am glad that she connected us.

Tugs said...

Well, there you go, you can just write your own favorite song using your favorite scripture!!!!!

One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 40:31 Yet those who wait for the Lord, Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

I'm with you on the it being very hard to pick a favorite song, for me it runs in seasons. Right now, "Just Give Me Jesus" sung by Jeremy Camp woudld get top billing.

Love ya,