Today I posted my tenth siesta memory verse. I stole Beth Moore's because ....well because she said we could and I liked it. I love the old testament. I used to think it was soooooo boring until I started doing in-depth bible study and saw how Jesus is smack dab all through the old testament too!!! You know how you hear and say you believe that the bible is the inerrant word of God, but then when you study the word and He allows you to see the connection and the consistency and the perfection of His plan ..well it is mind boggling to say the least and leaves me speechless and wanting to tell everyone what I just discovered all at the same time. I teach the Bible as Literature at my high school and my seniors just took their final. I asked them on the test what was the thing that they most enjoyed learning. Over and over as I read their papers they would say that the Bible and specifically the Old Testament were not boring like they always thought. Hallelujah and Amen!!!
Here is my verse for the 15th:
“Be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
I love that. So I started thinking what are the things that I want my children and my grandpeeps to know. I couldn't really do that without thinking back on what I learned from my parents and grandparents. I was blessed to grow up with two sets of parents and four sets of grandparents, so if I didn't catch something I am in trouble. My grandparents taught me the value of hard work. I mean the kind of hard work we don't see much today. The kind where you have to store up money and food for the next year's food and clothing. My mother is one of ten kids and over and over when she talks of her childhood and how poor they were she always says she never knew they were poor until she got older. Because there was so much love in her house they didn't know any different. That is because my grandparents loved Jesus and knew He loved them. Hard work and deep love. You know the kind of love that covers all things. The kind that says you are always welcome in this house no matter how far you have roamed.
From another set of grandparents I learned that I didn't have to be a biological member of their family to be in their family. My grammy loved to introduce me to people as their oldest grandchild but not their first grandchild. Unconditional love and acceptance. They showed me Jesus. Preparing my heart for the family He would bring to me.
From both sets of parents I learned commitment to prayer and faithfulness that God can restore and heal things which are broken. From one set of parents I witnessed first hand their faith and trust in the Lord in the face of tragedy when my younger brother died. I saw them live out Phil 4:13 for they could not have survived that without the strength of Christ.
So just like finding that Jesus is all through the Old Testament, He has also been ever present through every aspect of the lives in my family. So that is what I hope to teach my children and their children. He is in every part of your life. Seek Him with all your heart and soul and mind and ask Him to reveal His specific plan. For it is all part of our inheritance in Him and our legacy for future generations.
I vow to not forget the things my eyes have seen or let them slip from my heart as long as I live.