12 in 2012 {october}





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i write each months verse in several different places for a couple of reasons. one, because writing it more than once helps me commit it to memory.  two, because i want to see it at every turn.  i want to be reminded of it several times a day, during various tasks and interactions. so, i'll put it on my laptop desktop, i write it on a small card that i have up in my office, i have it on my phone... and i write it on my chalkboard that hangs in the middle of our dining/living/kitchen area. you can't miss it.  i can't miss it.
i recently watched a video clip of John Piper talking about his method of sermon-manuscript writing. it's very interesting and unique. and inspiring. {you can watch it here}
motivated by his method, i chose to write my verse for October on the chalkboard in a different manner than i have before.  as a way of explaining the reason i've chosen this verse... i'll walk you through my doodle-diagram.

Habakkuk 3:19
a:: the sovereign LORD is my strength.
the LORD is my all. my everything. my raison d'être or reason for being... this is a subject you'll {hear} more about in coming weeks, and months. hint, hint.
HE is my strength. the amplified version says..."my personal bravery, my invincible army".   i need HIM in order to accomplish, continue, perform, achieve... you get the point... anything. i can't. he can.




b:: he makes my feet like the feet of a deer.
have you observed deer? they can move their feet, and fast. they soar, seemingly in slow-motion, over fences. they are agile and sure footed, they don't trip or stumble. my heavenly father gives me the spiritual ability to 'move my feet',  to make decisions based on discernment, to take action when wisdom says, 'go'.

c:: he enables me to tread on the heights.
to enable means to authorize or allow, to facilitate, permit or qualify.  again, the amplified version says..."make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering or responsibility]."  i named the 'mountains' to the right of the word heights  'mt. impossible', 'mt. no way', and 'mt. i can't'. according to the Word of God, those mountains are surmountable.  by his enabling, and with his strength, i can climb them.


d:: for the director of music, on my stringed instruments.
i'm convinced that there is a reason this little phrase is included as part of the verse. God has been showing, doing, moving, pruning in me as of late.  so much of what he is beginning to reveal to me revolves around focus, purpose, simplifying, and straining toward what lies ahead. i'm still not entirely sure what that means for me specifically, but i'm positive that this verse is intentionally meant to help me figure it out!

Habakkuk 3:19
the sovereign Lord is my strength, he makes my feet like the feet of a deer. he enables me to tread on the heights. for the director of music, on my stringed instruments.

what verse has God put on your heart this month?