Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


A Heart Thing

I think I mentioned a time or two (or twelve) that I’m memorizing Bible verses along with Beth Moore and some of the other members of the @Siestaville crew. We work on each verse for two weeks.

Hiding His word in my heart so I won’t sin against Him makes sense to me. 🙂

The last verse I memorized (June 15) was Deuteronomy 6:5: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your strength.”

Sometimes I plan ahead about what to put in my mind. This is one of those times. On July 1, I planned to memorize Ephesians 6:10–

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power!”

Great verse, huh? I thought I might go to verse 11 in another two weeks.

Then a health problem came to light. Not me, but the guy closest to me. G-Man has always taken care of me. Through babies, miscarriages, shoulder and nose surgeries and my hip replacement.

The problem has happened before to lots of other people. At least two other people in my life have had similar problems, but this time it shook the ground beneath my feet.

I needed to fix this thing! (Yeah, right.)

What’s the first thing you do when something like that happens and there’s really nothing you can do? I head for the Scripts!

Psalm 73:26– My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

I memorized that during the last round of SSMTs, so it was there in my heart, ready and waiting even though I was pretty shook up. (Thank you, Jesus.)

Next I started praying for a whole new heart in every way God could grant it. He led me to another verse.

Ezekiel 36:26–I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Exactly what I was looking for! Isn’t it beautiful? A NEW heart and a NEW spirit. Yes! (Check both our hearts, Lord, and if you find any stony parts, Lord, fix them both!)

Now I have two verses to memorize this go-round and one refresher verse.

We’ll see how I get along.

One Last Thing: The anxiety I’m feeling is small in comparison to the loss friends have had recently. I just heard about the loss of two friends in a text this very moment. Does God have something for their loved ones?

Ab. So. Lute. Ly.

John 5:24– “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

 What a deal.  ♥