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Hiding His Word in Our Heart
by Julie Whitenack
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Everything was pretty normal when I started fixing dinner last Friday night. Liam had been sick for two days, but we’d just been through that with all of the other kids. It just came about that we realized that this pain in his right “hip” he had been talking about was actually in his abdomen and was getting a lot worse. I poked around and Sean did a Google search to find that Liam had every one of the symptoms of appendicitis. We realized that it could be very dangerous if his appendix ruptured.
We dropped everything and helped Liam to the car. Soon I was sitting with him in a darkened ultrasound room deep within the recesses of Mary Washington Hospital. We prayed and I wanted to share Scripture with him, but my mind was so frazzled that all I could think of was 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 which talks about leaving this earthly tent to find a heavenly body, and which was certainly not something I wanted to think about at that moment. I thought we would sing a hymn, but again, in my jumbled thoughts, I could not remember the words to any. I got on my iPad to look one up but remembered I had no internet connection. I looked through my purse for the little Bible I thought I had in there but didn’t find it. I tried to text Sean to tell him what was going on but had no service. As I groped around for something to grasp onto, the Lord provided by bringing to mind Psalm 121, which I had memorized last summer. The words were a comforting presence to us:
“He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.”
Another recent memory is from a visit to Jackie Geoffrion when she was in the hospital after she had a stroke in January. Her body was almost completely paralyzed, but when Sean started to read Psalm 23 to her, she mouthed the words with him. Still today she lives in the same state of near-paralysis, but she shows great joy in the Word of God being read and songs being sung to her; she still often mouths the words as if she had just been waiting for someone to say them out loud.
At the New Life Missions Banquet in March, we learned about those who have had their world shaken, and how those are people who may see more clearly their need for a Savior. Do we have God’s Word hidden in our hearts for those times when our world is shaken: those moments of panic, those times of hurt, those difficult conversations, those sleepless nights when we toss and turn? What about for the more mundane times: sitting at stoplights, walking to the mailbox, waiting for our computer to load? The Word of Christ dwells in our Bibles, in our smart phones, tablets, and computers, but getting it to dwell richly in our hearts takes a little more effort and a lot of prayer. Have we made the effort to study and memorize the Bible so that we know it like an old friend or when trouble comes, will we find ourselves flipping through it, hoping to land on an answer? Do we know the hymns of old with their poetry that brings the Scripture to our minds and hearts? As the women of New Life in Christ Church, let’s pray for each other and admonish one another, that we would know the Word of Christ and let it dwell richly in our lives.
“Daughters of the King” NLICC Women’s Retreat – May 3-5th
There is a short meeting this Sunday in the Fireside Room after morning service to pass important information and travel directions, and to tie up room assignments and carpool arrangements. You may also sign up for any of the following outing opportunities for our free time next Saturday afternoon:
Virginia Quilt Museum ($5 each for a group of 10+, $7 for less)
White Oak Lavender Farm ($8 each; a group of 6+ gets a personal guide)
The Shoppes of Mauzy, shopping at a special multi-building complex of unique gift and decorating options
Hiking the trails at Overlook, a trail map of the area will be in the retreat materials
There is still room available, come to the meeting with your $120 check or cash!
Please pray for Tamra Corbeau, our speaker, and Connie Both, our logistical wonder, this week for health and strength and rest in Jesus as well as for our worship team.
See you in the mountains next week!
Praising God for His provision of hostesses for the Preteen/Teen study this summer!
Let me know if your daughter (rising 6th – age 14) will be a part of this special time Sunday afternoons in June and July.
Ever delete the Update and wish you had the info to look back on or share with others? Did you know that they get posted to the NLICC Women’s Ministry Website Page? Or that there is a NLICC Women’s Ministry Facebook Page? Check them out. They are great ways to share with others what is available for women at NLICC.
In His grace,
For NLICC Women’s Ministry Committee