Light–in a Dark Valley

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105).Free-animated-flashlight-clipart-clipartfox

LIGHT! If it’s true that God’s Word is lamp to our feet and a light to our path, then I think I just swallowed a flashlight! Just yesterday morning I finished memorizing Romans chapter eight. I don’t know how anyone can get through the dark valleys of life without the Word of God?

Last night my mother had a number of phone calls and three visitors and was rather worn out by bedtime. It can be hard to settle your mind to drop off to sleep after so many calls and visits, so she suggested that I quote Romans 8 while she listened and prompted me over a few rough spots.

Mom said, “Well, that is certainly a wise use of your time.”

I’d say. I’ve found that quoting Romans 8 over my mother and over other difficult circumstances lately has been as strong as prayer for me.  No kidding.  I find that I am walking through the sorrows, trusting Holy Spirit to intercede for me in my weaknesses, leaning on my Father’s arm as we walk together through a very dark valley. I tell you, the Father is so close, it’s as though I can feel His breath on my cheek when he whispers the next directive.

I bring my mother into this because her valley is dark, too. But mostly I mention her working with me on this chapter because she and my dad taught me to memorize scripture since I was old enough to talk.  With their help, I knew all of the 23rd Psalm when I was only three years old.

bible-by-candlelightI hope you’ll try it? Ask God to show you just one verse that speaks to your heart, and memorize it.  If you simply READ that verse five times a day for a whole week, you will have it down by day seven.  There is great treasure to be found in memorizing the Word of God, both in the dark valley below and in the glory that will be revealed in us above.  LIGHT!  Grab it!

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About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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11 Responses to Light–in a Dark Valley

  1. Diane tacka says:

    Beautiful word Hope! How is your momma? I love this word. Thank you so much for sharing. Thinking of you!

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    • Text me! You’ve been on my heart. Mom is about the same, but pain level up. Thank you for asking. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us.” I think of your mom and sister, too, when I quote that verse. Romans 8 is filling me with courage.

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  2. Larry Who says:

    I have memorized hundreds of scriptures. It’s how I meditate on the Word, by saying them over and over again in my mind while praying in the Spirit.

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    • Larry that is so powerful. I am bringing this up in the blog to try to introduce to parents and grandparents, especially, how important it is to memorize the Word. The Word of God itself is like its own complete armor. I have a picture on that which I received in prayer this morning and I hope to share it in a future blog. By the way, Which section of scripture do you find yourself turning to the most?

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  3. Billie Jo says:

    Love you much, lady. I WILL join you in memorizing this Chapter and relish the drawing close to Jesus and you in spirit as I do so. I’ve only done one other full Chapter…well two I guess. Psalm 23 and Isaiah 53. It is a uniquely touching experience…thanks for the nudge.

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    • Billie Jo, you’re such a woman of the Word! I never expected anyone to join me in memorizing the whole chapter! What a blessing! When my mother first faced a sarcoma tumor in her leg in 2015, I memorized Psalm 103 and it truly girded me with strength to pray for her. Now the Lord is equipping me with Romans 8. What is odd is that I’ve heard other people quote snatches of verses from this chapter over and over again this week. My ears pick up on it and my thoughts recycle back to that section. I guess I will have to draw another picture . . . coming soon to a theater near you. Haha!

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  4. lunamosity says:

    My dad was attending seminary when I was around 3 years old. He had to memorize masses of verses. Each night before he tucked me in, he would teach me verses..in order to learn them himself. I STILL RECALL those verses perfectly!! Then, beginning with age 7, I memorized two sheets , front and back and single spaced, of Scriptures, each week for months. We had to be able to quote them perfectly to someone in our church. The Prize? a free week at our denomination’s summer camp.
    I think I got 4 weeks in consecutive years. in the second of those years I met Jesus and called him “Lord”

    I still memorize chapters now. I have two pile of 4×6 cards with verses of verses I have learned in recent years and in this year (2017) I have begun to memorize entire chapters. (Adam Houge has an excellent small book on Bible memorization).

    I tried to get my church interested in promoting a memory program. They had me do a presentation. As far as I know only one person followed through with the program I introduced to them.

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  5. lunamosity says:

    Hope I just want to give you a word about the “Dark Valley” and God’s presence through his Word in the darkness. I was in the hospital with a dislocated hip. That kind of pain puts childbirth to shame. I was laying in that ER as they prepared to do surgery , sweating gallons and just crying..and crying out to God : Where ARE You?” then came the small whisper of Ps 22 “All my bones are out of joint” – in that beautiful section foretelling Jesus on the cross…And I had an all new understanding of the pain he faced there —for me. I knew God was right there and if I hadn’t at some point memorized Ps 22 that message would have escaped me. All I could whisper then was “Thank You—THANK YOU!”

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    • Wow. This comment takes me back to Romans 8. We are heirs with Christ “if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us.” We are going to enter heaven with immortality and at the last resurrection, God somehow raises our dusty bodies and fits them to that part of us already in heaven. Then we are clothed with immortality and a body that will never die. I can’t wait to get there and get the full revelation on how all that works. But I do know that from Philippians 3 we know Him by fellowshipping in His sufferings. I think that’s what you experienced, Luminosity? A fellowship with Christ and knowing Him that way. I want to preach! OK, as deep as our valley of suffering, we can bet that GOD will INVERT that valley into a MOUNTAIN TOP that is just as high as the valley was low. Glory to God!

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