My Job, my Pleasure, my Choice

I have stored up your word in my heart, 
that I might not sin against you.  (Psalm 119:11)
Long ago, I "hid" this verse in MY heart.  "Hidden" is the King James translation of  the word translated here "store up".  In another version, it's "treasure".  Over the years, I've been storing up this treasure.  I thank God for parents, Sunday school teachers, Bible quiz coaches, and professors who encouraged me by example and teaching to prospect PERSONALLY.  No one else can hide it, store it, or treasure it into my heart.  That's MY job.  That's MY pleasure.  That's MY choice. 
Matthew Henry, a great Bible student, commented on this verse saying:  "God's word is a treasure worth laying up, and there is no laying it up safely but in our hearts; if we have it only in our houses and hands, enemies may take it from us; if only in our heads, our memories may fail us; but if our hearts be delivered into the mould of it, and the impressions of it remain on our souls, it is safe."
Sometimes my choices indicate that I'm beginning
to treasure something else.
I am so attracted by "things".
Lesser things -- like these vintage linen calendar towels.
Silly me!
Oh, to be able to say (truthfully) with Job,
"I have not departed from the command of His lips; 
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.."  (Job 23:12)

Jesus said, "The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good ."  (Matthew 12:35)

I'm 63 years old, but not too old to hide, store, and treasure the Word!
Not too old to organize my day around it and let it be my rule.
Not too old to "bring forth good" out of this Good Treasure!
It's my Choice.


  1. The Lord knows you do not place these treasures above Him...enjoy them. :) If I neglect the word...I feel distress it is our life line.

  2. Oh yes, this is the most important often we get sidetracked, but God is good to bring us back to His word!


  3. I like this reminder to treasure Scripture in our hearts.

  4. I love everything you've said here today and these passages are ones I have been clinging to for so many years. There's just something so very sweet about storing up treasures in your heart and there's no greater treasure than His loving word.
    I also enjoy looking at those same magazines and collecting various things and I don't believe the Lord faults me for that. He is the one who gave women these nesting instincts and causes us to want to make our homes pretty and comfortable for our families.
    Lovely post today.

  5. Such a wise post, Rebecca. It really is easy to substitute "fool's gold" for treasure! (I only need to look at the number of pairs of shoes in my closet to know how true that is :)

    Isn't is amazing how much power His words has? A little goes a long way; and we can go a long way on just a little. Priceless!

    1. Have you developed that phrase a little more, Kathleen? ("A little goes a long way; and we can go a long way on just a little"...) You should. It's a great statement!

  6. Hello Rebecca,
    Found your blog by linking from Kindred of the Quiet Way, I have enjoyed Embers (Penelope's) blog for a long time.
    I live in NE Indiana too, a few miles north of Leo and Grabill.

    Blessings to you,


  7. Great post, Rebecca! Great wisdom...great advice!

  8. I would like to add that I love that your bible looks so well used :) It looks as if it has been with you for a long time and cherished as it should be.


  9. Rebecca, such true words that strike a cord with me. Thank you.

  10. First things first, second things second. This is such a hard one for human beings to remember. Thankfully, God is merciful and knows we're dust! :)

  11. Lovely post Rebecca. As always, your post speaks to me in a deep way.

    Psalm 119 is one of my favorites. Hiding God's word in my heart is also one of my deep desires.

    And I love vintage calendar towels too. I usually find them in flea markets and thrift shops.


  12. Hi Rebecca,
    Great post, and oh so true. It is wonderful to be able to pull up scriptures in your mind when you need them. I am good at knowing them, but sometimes forget their address. Hubby is good at that part too.
    Hope you are doing well. Have missed you the last few days, hope you are doing okay!
    blessings, Nellie

  13. You are in golden years in which you can remind all of us what are true treasures...which you always do here in this blog...thanks for sharing the truth with the practical of walking it out

  14. I like Henry's thoughts here... to treasure God's Word in our hearts is to live differently. When it makes its way down, deep down into the recesses of our souls, when we chew on it, pray about it, linger with it, then we are transformed by it.

    So good, Rebecca. Thanks for sharing.



Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)