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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Surround yourself with His Word

There are so many beautiful and inspiring verses in the Bible. I underline them, put exclamation marks and stars in the margins, rewrite them on the blank pages in the front and back of my Bible, write them on small pieces of paper and carry them in my daytimer.

Some people have posters or pictures framed with verses that are especially meaningful to them. The ones we’ve chosen as our life verses and the ones we love the most or feel like we really need to remember and work on – we want in front of us at all times.

God actually told the Israelites to do this! He said when He gave them the law, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart: and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Frontlets, also called phylacteries, were small leather cases containing pieces of parchments on which were written four passages from the old testament: (Exodus 13:1-10, 11-16; Deuteronomy 6:4-9;11,13-21) Men wore them on their foreheads and on their left arms during morning prayer.

We need God’s word in front of us daily; as we walk, sit, lie down and talk; to inspire, to comfort, to teach and encourage.

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