Today, I have the pleasure of having a sister blogger in Christ guest post for us today. She writes today tying in her love for God’s Word with a situation when having memorized it helped her through a time in her own life as a daughter. Kelli Wommack is a busy woman as you will see in her bio after her post. She is also a friend of mine. Be blessed by her gift of writing. Thank you, Kelli, for sharing here today.
My motives were all wrong. I wanted the approval of the teacher or the piece of candy or the certificate. Yes, I memorized Scripture as a child so that I could get something. I didn’t realize that I was getting more than my Scripture memory reward. But with every memorized word came the very presence of the Living Word into my life.
This became evident as I matured into an adult. I would listen to a friend pour her heart out, and a Scripture would come to my mind. Although it was usually recalled in the good old King James version, the words ministered and brought life. All those years that I had memorized God’s Word because of the great incentives, God was penetrating my heart and mind with the Living Word that would eventually bring hope and life to a hopeless and dying world.
Little did I know that I might find myself hopeless and lifeless one day.
It was August 4, 2002. My mom, aka my best friend, was to have a biopsy on a swollen lymph node on her neck. Her otherwise healthy condition had given us no cause for concern. This procedure was just cautionary. That morning she went to the hospital for the biopsy, and I of course, was to be there to support her. Except that I could not get out of the bed. I was horribly sick to my stomach. Evidently, this cautionary procedure was causing me a lot of nervous stress. And as I lay there upset that I could not be present with my mom and the rest of my family, the Living Word became overwhelmingly present. He moved into my neighborhood of uncertainty and stress.
I had been attending a bible study and memorizing Isaiah 43. No teacher approval, candy, or certificate this time. But that morning in August of 2002, as I lay there nauseated, sick, and upset, God’s Word in Isaiah 43 brought healing and hope. I never had to look it up in the Bible. I had already inhaled it. And now it was serving as my life breath.
But now, this is what the Lord says—
He who created you, Jacob,
He who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43: 1 – 3)
I managed to get out of the bed and take my child to childcare when my husband called me. He was coming to get me and take me to the hospital to see my mom. I knew in my heart that he already knew something and he was coming to get me so that I would not be alone when I heard the news. When I got into his truck, I couldn’t speak a word. But the Word Himself was speaking to me, reassuring me that He would be with me through these waters, this river, and even bring me through this fire unscathed.
My mom, aka my best friend, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that week. She went through the fiery trials of cancer. But the Word became flesh and moved into her neighborhood of pain and sickness. I am thrilled to say that after months of treatment and tests, she became cancer-free.
Until November of 2010. When she was diagnosed once again. Yet, the gift of God’s Word and its engraving on my heart and mind are so evident this time as well. Visit http://www.kelliwommack.blogspot.com on Monday and I will share with you the verses God is using for my life breath this time.
So, what verse or verses have become your life breath in times of trouble? Or perhaps you need someone to minister to you through Scripture and prayer today? Comment here at Amy’s blog or go back over to my blog or both…we would love to hear from you and pray for you.
Unwrapping the gift of His Living Word,
Kelli passionately identifies herself as a child of God. She is the wife of a loving, funny, yet quiet man and the mother of two loving, funny, and not so quiet children. In her role as Serve Minister at Christ Community Church in Georgia, she has the awesome privilege of helping others find their unique place of ministry. In addition, she loves to speak, teach, and write. She is discovering that EVERYTHING is a gift of God and she wants to spend the rest of her life unwrapping those wonderful gifts! Connect with Kelli at her blog, Unwrapping the Gifts of God, on her Facebook Ministry Page, or on Twitter.