Day 31 of the Best of my Life (tools – speakers and more)

“… then we shall see face to face… then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
 (1 Corinthians 13:12)

Until we see Jesus face to face, we still have a lot to learn.

—  Oh, what an understatement!

In the past, I’ve stared at my bookcases and said, “I don’t think I’ll ever need to buy another book.”  —  But then, Ann Voskamp writes One Thousand Gifts, Paul Tripp writes Dangerous Calling, or I discover Brennan Manning’s Ragamuffin Gospel, and  I think, I might have room for one more, and one more, and one more.

I’ve also said, “these are the teachers I will study under“, because I know that they are founded in the scripture and are trustworthy.  (It’s easy to grow comfortable with the safe, the familiar.)  “These are enough for me.  No more.”  —  But then, I find Susie Larson’s “Live the Promise” on Faith Radio who introduces me to an endless list of speakers, pastors, teachers, and authors.  I follow links, find new ministries, hear new sermons, check out new resources, and order a new study or series; okay, I could learn from a couple others.

As a seeker, I don’t want to be content to wade around in the shallows of what I’ve discovered a decade or two ago, or even in what I learned last month, last week, or yesterday.  When I venture forward, especially stepping beyond the familiar of what is “trendy” or the same-old and habitual of what I’ve been doing for years,  it’s as if I’m taking off my “floaties” and diving into the deep-end, entering uncharted waters.

We’ve come far.  But every time, after we ventur into the deep of the Word with no horizon in view and tread as long as we can in faith, we’ll find the LORD has “stretched” us, and we can again touch bottom.  Again, we’ll find we’re standing firmly on Solid Rock, the Rock of Ages, even way out here, in the “thus far”.  He never ceases to surprise me, and like Samuel, I want to raise a memorial stone, name it “Ebenezeer, saying ‘Thus far the LORD has helped me.'”  (1 Samuel 7:12)

I’ve known the LORD personally for 35 years and have been taught the scriptures since infancy.  How about you? What are we waiting for?  How old should we be; how long should we wait around before we declare that we will “live up to that which (we’ve) already attained” (Phlippians 3:16) and press on all the more to know Christ.  If we’re not ready to move on to be a godly “older woman” (Titus 2:3-4), who is and when will we?  This takes some of the sting out of aging and gives me new purpose as I look to the decades ahead.

What about you?  Are you, like me, longing to explore the Infinite, to know all that God will let you know of Himself.  Let’s follow the Berean’s daily practice, who “received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if these teachings were true”. (Acts 17:11)

The One source doesn’t change.  The Word of God is our only Authority, and all we hear we test to see if it is in alignment with that plumb line.  The LORD has made it possible for us to “receive the message” from the mouths and pens of preachers throughout the ages and potentially hear the fresh word He has promised to give to brothers and sisters in Christ as He pouring out His Spirit in these last days.  (Acts 2:17-18)  I want to receive with “eagerness” not with a cynical, close minded approach, only open to my few favorites or from one particular denomination.

Same book, same passage… timeless.

Recently, the story of a Father’s love for a prodigal son, a parable I’ve heard a countless times, brought tears to my eyes.  As I listened with fresh ears to a modern retelling in a sermon to a congregation with many new believers, the words were made alive by the Spirit.

Fresh word, new perspective… timely.

When the preacher was just about to finish, several in the group began to clap.  “Yes, you can clap!”, he said.  — and I did, too. —  It’s been a long time since I applauded God for a story well told.  Good job, Jesus; what a story!  What truth!  What a loving Father!  As this Word and the congregation’s response swept over me, what I thought of as comfortably safe became “…the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast unmeasured boundless free! Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!  Underneath me, all around me, is the current of His love…”

Are you comfortable with what you’ve been doing for the past year or decade?  Or does your heart cry out, “Higher!  Deeper!  More of Thee!  More of Thee!”

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.  (Ephesians 3:14-19)

 

Today’s challenge is:

ASK for TOOLS

(favorite speakers)

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I know, I’ve told you to “ask your friends” for tools before, and I’m not suggesting you make another Facebook post with an almost identical request.  Rather, I want you and your developing, intimate “soul-sister” friends to take up a quest, be on the search for “brand new to you” and share what you find with each other.  Not just for today, though I want you to start the hunt TODAY, but also for the rest of your life.

“New to you” can mean discovering something from the 1800’s, like Spurgeon’s sermons, which are in print and in audio form in stores and for free on-line, watching archived programs of Life Today with James and Betty Robison and checking out the ministries and resources that their wide variety of guest speakers represent, or even going to the theater to watch The War Room (or whatever is the latest movie by the Kendrick brothers at the time you read this).  Those films are sermons, parables on the big screen!

I want you to regularly experience a phone call like this one:  “You gotta’ hear this!”  I want you to regularly send and receive emails and messages with links and a comment:  “This message is life changing!” or “Here is a program that applies to what we were just praying about the other day!”

As an example:  Years ago, one of my dearest friends invited me over for a cup of tea to listen to a cassette tape recording from a homeschool conference she had attended the year before.  The memory of a few of his encouraging words were like manna that sustained me and even fed me again and again in following years.  Since then, I’ve heard Todd Wilson in person and my family has so enjoyed his humorous CD recordings.  — …and all because a friend showed a bit of hospitality and shared a resource.

Who can you invite over?  What DVD, CD, or Youtube link can you share?

Listening to a variety of teachers…

  • can capture our attention with a new voice and style,
  • can keep us from making an idol of one person or taking their words and opinions as an inspired or sole authority,
  • can introduce us to deeper and more text-focused preachers that challenge us to study the “meat” of the very words of God as opposed to depending on baby-bottle “milk” of the Word, growing too comfortable with self-help themes and devotional approaches to the same popular verses.

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Meditate on these verses:

As you begin your quest for “new to you”, I want to add a warning.  Whenever you allow someone to speak into your life, keep your “filters” up!  Listen with your mind attentive and your Bible open, running everything through the revealed truth of scripture.  Don’t just accept whatever they teach or swallow whatever poison is mixed in with their sweet drink of their words.  Be aware of those “…blind guides… (that) strain out a gnat but swallow a camel” that focus on little select details but miss the truth and promote a mammoth, that look and sound impressive on the surface, but the real content is filth and death: a “clean dish” on the outside, a “white washed tomb… full of dead men’s bones”. (Matthew 23)

  • Matthew 10: 16  “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.”
  • Genesis 3:1  Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
  • Titus 3:9  “But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.”
  • 1 Timothy 1:3-5  “…instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith…”
  • Galatians 1:6-9  I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

Day 30 of the Best of my Life (keyword craft)

  • artistically painted wooden letters
  • a penned canvas or plaque
  • a verse stenciled on the wall
  • a stitched throw pillow
  • a framed cross-stitch
  • a scrapbooked page or mini-book
  • cursive in starched and dried ribbon
  • spelled out black and white photo letters
  • a stamped and embossed card or bookmark
  • a water colored or oil painted symbol

Today’s challenge is:

CRAFT your WORD

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Make your word permanent somewhere in your home.  Even if you’ve told yourself you’re “not creative”, silence the lie by creating something of beauty with your word.

Let it be a “best day” reminder of your word, the verse, the symbol you chose, and all you have discovered about this …. word… (this concept, passion, character quality, longing, idea, …); and also, may it serve to remind you to keep seeking, or applying, this in your daily life long after these 40 days have ended.

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Meditate on these verses:

  • Deuteronomy 6:9 and 11:20  “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
  • Habakkuk 2:2  Then the LORD answered me and said, “Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run.”
  • Joshua 4:6-7  “”Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’  then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.”

Day 29 of the Best of my Life (hospitality hub)

One thing is certain, a clean house doesn’t keep.  As long as there are people there will always be more to do:  more dishes and laundry to wash, more floors to sweep and mop, more toothpaste and flossing splatter to wipe out of sinks and off mirrors, more beds to make, more miscellaneous clutter to put away…

and more late night laughter, more dinner conversation, more shared tears of joy and sorrow, more potential disagreements and disappointments, more apologies and forgiveness, more prayer, more music and singing, more goodnight and good morning hugs and kisses, more life!

More work, but more reward.

More refinement, more character and faith built.

As long as we are living and breathing here on the earth, we have not “arrived” at the goal of “it is finished”.  None of us are perfect, but those of us who have the Holy Spirit working inside us are becoming more like Jesus, being conformed to His image… and He does a lot of our refining at home, where we most take each other for granted and show our ugliest side.

And until we do arrive at our heavenly destination, HOME is the closest thing to heaven.

Years ago I made a sign to hang over my stove in the kitchen that said, “HOME: a Taste of Heaven” as a reminder to me that in this hard and broken world our home is to be a safe-haven.  My relationship with my husband is to be a reflection to the world, our kids, and especially to each other of Christ’s relationship to the Church.  Our house should be the happiest place where closest thing to “unconditional love” is on display.  We are to be united.  We are to be a team.  And, if this is our refuge, I’m going to do everything in my power as the “keeper of the home” to guard what has been entrusted to me.

My attitude, my words, and my expressions do more than anyone or anything else to bring a dark cloud or sunshine to this house.  I am the queen of hospitality to my family and every guest that enters the door.  It can be a “reign of terror” or a “golden dynasty of peace”, but that depends much on either my circumstantial-mood or my contented joy-in-the-LORD.

When I’m choosing to love and serve my LORD through blessing my family, I am blessed.  When I invest my time in prayer for my family in private and throughout the day as I work in my home, praying over each room as I walk through delivering shoes from the living room or giving thanks for the crew that tracks mud in each spring, my burden becomes a delight.  I have a different perspective, inspired to bring beauty and light, warmth and comfort.

When I am praying continually and keeping company with the LORD, I’m more inclined to bake a pie or make cinnamon roles, fix Handsome’s favorite main dish, light a candle or put flowers on the table.  And when I’m in this mindset of loving and blessing through the ministry of “home”, I notice a pattern… all of our family’s paths crisscross and linger in one central place:  the kitchen, the hub of this house.

When the mood is tense or grumpy, you’ll find the kitchen empty.

When the atmosphere is laughter and fun, everyone crowds into the square footage around the counter.

Today’s challenge is:

ASSESS your HOSPITALITY HUB

Where do people gather in your house?

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If you remember back to Day  7 (private prayer list), I wrote briefly about the history and meaning of hospitality/hospitals.  And like the “hospitalis” of old, your “Hospitality Hub” is a multi-purpose place of caring for the wounded sinner, welcoming and cheering the road-weary pilgrim, feeding the hungry teenager, flirting with the hard-working husband (okay, maybe I’m wander a bit from the “hostiles/hospitals” of old)…

My kitchen is not a bit like those clean and modern kitchens you find featured on upscale This Old House renovations or in advertisements in ladies’ magazines.  My counter is old with chipped Formica on the side edges and slightly warped in places near the sink that is often piling up with dishes, but it is ideal for gathering kids around on stools to catch-up on a missed day of Bible reading, perfect for playing a game of Yahtzee while I fix dinner, for having a cup of tea or hot-chocolate over a spelling test, for leaning against as I hear about Handsome’s day at work, informal enough for a young neighbor to perch on while we visit as I clean out long forgotten moldy-mystery-meals left in Rubbermaid containers and wash out science-experiment worthy bacteria from the drawers in the fridge…  The kitchen is where we “do life”.

I’ve played pendulum between coveting and contentment and circled round and round and back again. So, today I want us to find our perspective again, to remember what really matters, to quit complaining, quit comparing, and come to a place of contentment with our places of hospitality, to rediscover the “vintage”, “retro”, “country”, “antique” style (or whatever you want to call it), glorious faded linoleum or shag carpet and all, that is your hub-of-life, and to fall in love with it.

How?  Choose the most natural place for all this activity.  It could be a den or family room, dining room, deck, or game room.  Ask the LORD to give you a glimpse of possibility of what this space could become.  Then, remembering that the only critical ingredient is you and the people that traffic in and through this space, pray and bless this space as you tidy, clean, rearrange, simplify, decorate, or whatever you’d like to do to this room.

Ask the LORD, “What needs to change?”, not just in material things and physical order, but most importantly IN YOU:  in your heart towards your home and family members.

Then get ready to play hostess, to kiss your husband by the sink or snuggle up with him on a loveseat, play a game of cards or tic-tac-toe with one of your kids, sip lemonade with a friend, enjoy your “tea with jam and bread” or “crisp apple strudel” or “steak and ice-cream” or any of your favorite things (to borrow a few suggestions from the classic characters of Sound of Music and Pollyanna who brought sunshine to the most stuffy and miserable households). 

Just as when you invite Christ to be the Lord and Master of your life, He fills your life with His presence and your ordinary body becomes the temple, the dwelling place, of the Most High. It is your presence and those you choose to love, not the specific activities or things, that make a house a home.   When you, filled with the Holy Spirit, choose to love and serve the God of Come, the LORD of “hospitalis”, by extending the invitation to others, offering the cup of cold water or hot tea in His name, your home is transformed from building to home and gives all who enter a “foretaste of glory divine”, “heaven on earth”.

Even if you are a single adult or widow, you need a Hospitality Hub.  Invite someone over, and start enjoying this special space.

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Meditate on these verses:

  • Proverbs 31:20 “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.”
  • Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…”
  • v. 40 “I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”
  • v. 45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.”
  • Romans 12:13  “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”
  • Hebrews 13:2  “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
  • Luke 10:27,29 And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”  — But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
  • Titus 2:4 “…urge the younger women to love their husbands and children…”

As you read this last passage ponder this, who are the “least of these“, “the “needy” in your household today?  Who of your nearest neighbors (the one sharing your bed, the children living down the hall,…) most needs your hospitality?  Are you substituting any other “religious” service or ministry of your invention for obedience to what God has asked you make a priority of love and hospitality, who He has commanded you to love and serve as unto Him?

Mark 7:6-13   Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’  8For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”

9Then he said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition. 10For instance, Moses gave you this law from God: ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’ 11But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’ 12In this way, you let them disregard their needy parents. 13And so you cancel the word of God in order to hand down your own tradition. And this is only one example among many others.”

Day 28 of the Best of my Life (passion prayer list)

What’s your passion?

What’s that one big dream, that driving mission, that calling you have tucked away in the back of your mind that you pull out to toss around in quiet moments?

What concern do you have for something beyond your self?  What impossible dream seems possible in your imagination, totally doable with a Sovereign-Miracle-Worker lining up all the details?

  • to be in a musical… or two, or three,…
  • to leave home and family to go to college
  • to become a teacher
  • to be on a singing team for ministry
  • to go on a summer missions trip
  • to marry a man who is all you have prayed for
  • to adopt a child
  • to write a story for someone special
  • to start a blog
  • to run a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, …
  • ______________???

Though some of these may seem insignificant or “sure things” to you, before they were realized, these were some of my “impossible dreams”(Someone, cue the music.  Aaaah, I can almost hear my opera-singing-friend bursting into song, “…to reach the unreachable star.”) 

We all have obstacles and challenges that make what seems ordinary to others an “impossibility” in our own eyes.  Sometimes the LORD gives us an dream that requires a miracle.

  • Noah – to build an ark and rescue a remnant
  • Abraham – to have a son
  • Joseph – to be a leader of his family
  • Moses – to deliver his people out of bondage
  • Joshua – to conquer a land of giants
  • Gideon – to defeat a mighty enemy though greatly outnumbered
  • David – to slay a giant
  • Daniel – to be God’s representative to the kings of three dominate empires
  • Nehemiah – to build a wall around Jerusalem
  • Esther – to go before the king and save her people
  • Jonah – to deliver a message of repentance to a wicked foreign kingdom
  • John the Baptist – to prepare a way for the Messiah and call for repentance
  • Peter – to build Christ’s church
  • Paul – to bring the gospel to the Gentiles

Naturally “shy”, most of my obstacles included a combination of fear, insecurity, and comparison (aka “pride”).  But, the lies of “not enough” and “too much” come in many forms.

Which of these have been obstacles for you?

  • not enough money
  • not enough strength or endurance
  • not enough courage
  • not enough patience, perseverance, discipline
  • not enough experience
  • not enough education
  • not enough connections, popularity
  • not enough time
  • not enough personality
  • too much weight
  • too much “baggage”, regret, past mistakes
  • too much / not enough time has passed, too old / too young
  • too much to do already, too many responsibilities
  • too much competition
  • too much work required
  • too much information/technology to understand
  • too many details out of my control
  • too many bad habits
  • “I’m ‘too much’ or ‘not enough’.”
  • … etc.

Today’s challenge is:

MAKE a “PASSION” prayer list

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You may have started this already after seeing some of the previous “prayer list” prompts, but today, I want to you to work on something very specific.

AFTER you read the verses below, make two prayer lists (the longer and more detailed the better).  One of obstacles to realizing your passion, and the second specific details of your ultimate passion “wish list”.

For example, one of my favorite “impossible dreams” to recall was traveling to Israel, and here are just a couple from each of my passion prayer lists:

Obstacles: (specific fears, needs, personal challenges,…)

  1. money
  2. safety
  3. leaving family for length of trip
  4. traveling alone…

Vision:  (specific details of the final-goal, a “wish list” of steps along the way, personal longings, scriptural promises, eternally significant and God honoring desires…)

  1. wish list of top 20+ places/things I’d like to see/do
  2. teacher/group I’d like to study under and travel with
  3. wish list of 4 specific souvenirs
  4. off the scheduled-tour interactions…

You can come back another day and make more prayer lists of this type with other prayer request, but for today, choose just one “passion”.  I have made these types of lists for countless requests, and looking back over them to see answered prayers and remembering the stories of how the LORD did exceedingly abundantly above my lists are incredible encouragements.  So, don’t just make a mental list; write them down!

When I see what God has done, my faith is built.  The LORD’s attention to detail and ability to work miraculously, divinely appointed “coincidences” cause me to be a little embarrassed at how small some of my requests were.  He cares about the BIG and small dreams, and some of our small dreams are seeds for something MUCH more eternally SIGNIFICANT than we could have known.

Something is at stake with your obedience or disobedience to the LORD’s leading.  If you sense Him leading you to do something, if there is a specific dream or passion on your heart, seek Him to search out your motives and His will.  Then, obey His leading!   Don’t miss out on what the LORD is doing in your life and what He wants to do through you for others.

So, dream, ask, believe, and watch for the LORD to open doors and direct you in how to push through your perceived obstacles.

— Again, meditate on the following verses before you start your lists

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Meditate on these verses:

  •  Matthew 19:26 – Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
  • Genesis 18:14 – “Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
  • Job 42:2 – “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”
  • Jeremiah 32:17, 27 – “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” — “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
  • Luke 1:37, 38 – “For no word from God will ever fail.” — “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
  • 2 Kings 3:18 – “This is an easy thing in the eyes of the LORD; he will also deliver Moab into your hands.”
  • James 4:2,3 – “…you have not, because you ask not.  You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives…”

Day 27 of the Best of my Life (keyword symbol)

a field of flowers, an anchor, a book, a crown, a tree, a blazing fire, a castle,…

symbols

  • a representation, a reminder
  • a visual emblem, token, or sign
  • a logo or picture
  • …associated with an idea, person, or event

WORDS:  …grace, abide, freedom, beginnings, mind, favor, content, love, calling waiting, trusting, believing, chosen, accepted, pilgrimage, prayer, Sabbath, faithfulness, humility, simplicity, intentional, words, look,…  so ABSTRACT without SYMBOLS, context, settings, characters, stories, definitions, connotations, context…

I have a devotional I bought in high school that I used year after year through college and into my early married life.  In the front cover, I wrote “key words” that summed up a season of my life as I sensed it drawing to a close.  Year after year, word after word, and only I knew the real meaning, the context.

My sister on the other hand, would chose a word “prophetically”, speaking into the future what she hoped for the coming season.  I loved her approach; because, throughout that period of time, she was attentively seeking and anticipating new insight and experiences to associate with her word.

Years ago my sister gave me a word picture of a dream she had of me.  A few days later, she sent me a picture from Google Images that best fit what she saw in her mind.  When I printed that picture her words took on a whole new meaning, and I had something tangible to remind me of her vision and her prayer for me.

Today’s challenge is:

SELECT a SYMBOL

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A picture can take an abstract concept or idea and make it more concrete, more memorable, especially for those of us visual learners or “creative types” who prefer our idea captured in a color image rather than simple black and white letters.

Think back over your previous challenges that involved your key word, what associations did you make, what stories, what modern examples from life or literature?  Reread the definition and synonyms you wrote down.  Recite your verse.  Skim through your favorite quotes.

Ask the LORD to inspire you as you brainstorm objects or images that would possibly fit with your word.  Give it some time to “marinade” in your mind.  Then, after you decide on one, look for a symbol or picture that comes closest to what you’ve visualized.

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Throughout the Bible is filled with symbols, parables, visual illustrations, and feasts as reminders for God’s people and for us.

Read this list of random symbols from the Bible, what scripture passages and stories come to mind?

  • lights and lamps, stars, salt, sheep, water, bread, arks, crowns, cups, trumpets, doves, a rainbow, fire, trees, colors (blue, red, gold, white,…), a sword, manna, thorns, keys, oil, rocks, fields, treasures, …
  • sons, fathers, husbands, mothers, wives, harlots, prophets, priests, kings, orphans,

Meditate on these verses:

Exodus 13:16  “And it will be like a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead that the LORD brought us out of Egypt with his mighty hand.”

Deuteronomy 11:18  “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.”