Ideas for Memorizing Scripture 


 The goal of memorizing scripture is not to be able to get the verses correct but to know it so well you can not get it wrong.  John Piper has written a great article about the benefits here. He quotes Dallas Williard and Chuck Swindoll among others.  

Several of us are memorizing Psalm 16. I think it is one of the most rewarding spiritual disciplines. It will bless you many times over.  A verse that has been hidden in your heart will surface just when you need it.  

It is hard work to memorize. Here are some tips from Brooke at Rivers of Water. She advises that each day you (1) review the previously memorized verses out loud 10x (2) read the new verse out loud 10x (3) recite the new verse 10x out loud.  Her post is linked here. She has a lot more to say and it is well worth your time. 

I think this will help me have a method to my memorizing. I would add (4) write it out from memory.  The physical act of writing the verses out helps to solidify it in my brain. 

I hope this helps!

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A Delightful Inheritance


 What is your inheritance?  Will you inherit a boatload of money and assets?  Will you inherit debts and burdens or nothing at all?  The Psalmist, King David, assures us that we will have a delightful inheritance in Psalm 16:6. 

In verse 1, David asks God to keep him safe. The following verses tells us why he can ask this of God and ends with David’s complete confidence in God. David recognizes that God is currently keeping his lot secure and counseling him even at night.  By the end of this short song, David says that God makes known to him the paths of life, fills him with joy when he is in God’s presence, and has eternal pleasures at his right hand.

Psalm 16 

Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge 

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord, apart from you, I have no good thing.”

I say of the Holy People who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”

Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more, I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take their names on my lips. 

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely, I have a delightful inheritance. 

I will praise the Lord who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord, with him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 

Therefore, my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. 

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. 

NIV from Olive Tree app

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WPC:  Early Bird

The weekly photo challenge on WordPress is Early Bird.  I found a few pictures that I had taken in the early hours and have posted them here. 

This is on my way to work. The black cows against the green grass, covered in morning mist is beautiful to me.  


I took this in Nashville looking out my hotel room early one morning before class.  The heavy mist caught my eye. 


There are more pictures here at WordPress from really talented folks!

Have a great day!

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Simple Things Make Us the Happiest

The Today Show reported about a survey that was given to around 2,000 people to find out what makes them happy.  The survey indicated that it is the simple things that really make us happy.  Here is the list of the 50 things that make us the happiest from the survey.

So, their list made me think of some of the things that make me the happiest.

1.  laughter in my house

2.  a rainy day

3.  the smell of spring wild flowers

4.  finishing a good book

5.  a text from a friend checking on me

6.  laundry straight from the dryer that is still warm

7.   laughing with a friend

8.  all of my kids home and around my table for a meal

9.  Google calendar telling me that I have “no events scheduled” for the day

10.  a hug from a child

What about you?  What are some of the simple things that make you happy?

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One Word Photo Challenge: Eigengrau (dark gray)

This one word photo challenge has stumped me.  Eigengrau is the darkest color that the eye can see. Jennifer Nichole Wells has other entries posted on her site. Here are my selections.

Our Yorkie, Rocky, is eigengrau. I’m hoping it becomes the promised silver coat of a well bred Yorkie.  I’m not holding my breath.

This old iron gate is eigengrau on a rainy night.

Our wood fencing has worn into eigengrau.


I’ve enjoyed these photo challenges. There are more photos on Jennifer’s site.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Afloat



Just a boy and his dog afloat on a pond.  So many times when Locke was growing up, we were in a hurry.  We hurried to school, to ballgames, to church, to meetings.  I’m so glad that there were times when he was unhurried and able to drift on the pond.

This post was in response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.  You can see other entries here.

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She is Sooooo Beautiful

When I think about Kay, I think about her beauty. In fact, I heard about her beauty before I ever met her.
my in-laws with my oldest son

my in-laws with my oldest son

Scott took me to Newark, Arkansas to meet his granddad and mawmaw, Kay’s parents, when we had just started dating. When we first arrived, he said, “I want to show you a picture of my family.”  He started to walk off down the narrow hall, but he stopped and turned around and said,  “Wait till you see my mom.  She is soooo beautiful.”  And he was right. She is so beautiful.

When there is a celebration, a shower, an anniversary, a wedding, everyone wants Kay to be involved.  She makes things beautiful.  She can turn an old dark room into a showplace…with items from her closet…or Big Lots.

And she always brings laughter with her.

She is like the woman in Proverbs 31.  She can laugh at the days to come.

She embodies what Nehemiah told the people of Israel,  “the joy of The Lord is your strength.”  Kay is sought after when there is a celebration.

Kay is sought after when there is a crisis.  People want Kay around when they need comfort…when they need support.

Kay brings hope into these tough situations.  She has been through a lot of heartache and struggles in this life and she has been faithful to her God.   And God has been faithful to her.

Like Paul says in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, she has been comforted by God and comforts others with that same comfort.

She weeps with those who weep.  How many have witnessed this?  She has cried with me and so many others. What a blessing to go though this life with Kay as a friend!

I remember a young couple who was facing a devastating diagnosis and illness. The husband didn’t have long to live.  Kay spent many hours with them.  Trying to ease their suffering.   She would bring them small gifts to let them know she cared.  She even would go find videos for them to watch together when death was getting nearer.   The wife occasionally asked for a particular movie and Kay would do her best to find it.  One day she could not find the movie that the wife had requested even though she had searched all over town.  She asked the wife one more time what the title was….
“I have looked and looked for the movie, Peppermint Foot Lotion, but can’t find it any where.  Is that the right title?”   The wife said, well…I meant lotion that is intended for feet that is scented with peppermint.”

When Kay is involved, The weeping is usually intermingled with laughter.   Psalm 30:5 says weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Praise God for Kay!  The world is more beautiful and a lot more fun because of her.

The joy of The Lord is her strength.
This is a copy of a tribute to Kay that I gave at a tea in her honor a couple of years ago.

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