For the next couple of weeks, those of us participating in Memorizing the Classics will be study Psalm 23.

When I first learned this passage – again, no idea when/why I learned it, but it was early as it’s always been there – I learned it in the King James version which goes like this:

Psalm 23

King James Version (KJV)

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

But in this relearning, I’m going to work on the Amplified Version:

Psalm 23

Amplified Bible (AMP)

A Psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.

2 He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.

3 He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.

Isn’t it beautiful?!

Today I read the UnPsalm 23 too – how many of us say that to ourselves instead of the Truth?! Let’s know the truth so we can counter those bad thoughts when they come!

I bet if you ask 100 Christ Followers what was the first Bible verse they ever memorized, 99 of the would say John 3:16!  And, I would too!

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, Jesus, that whosoever believed in Him would not perish, but have eternal life.

(my own version – a mishmash of translations)

I can’t remember when or why I memorized it, but I did and it’s there in my head whenever I think God doesn’t love me and has abandoned me.  No, this verse tells how MUCH he loves me!

Through Hello Mornings, I heard about Do Not Depart’s Classic Bible Verse Memorization Challenge for the summer weeks.  And, I decided to join.  The first week’s (this week) verse is John 3:16.

For this challenge, I decided I would relearn this verse via the Amplified Version of the Bible.  If you aren’t familiar with this version, here is a definition from their website:

The Amplified Bible was the first Bible project of The Lockman Foundation. It attempts to take both word meaning and context into account in order to accurately translate the original text from one language into another. The Amplified Bible does this through the use of explanatory alternate readings and amplifications to assist the reader in understanding what Scripture really says. Multiple English word equivalents to each key Hebrew and Greek word clarify and amplify meanings that may otherwise have been concealed by the traditional translation method.

So, here is the verse again, in the Amplified version.

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

Isn’t that beautiful?! I’m working on learning this version to give me a better grasp of a verse that I take for granted that I already know! But this translation showed me I was missing some of the Truth of this verse!

If you want to know more about this challenge, anyone can join at any time, check out this link:

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Today I forgot to turn on my weekend alarm clock so at 7am when the 5 yr old wanted help getting dressed, I was still deep asleep.  Normally my body has been waking me up, but not today!  After I got up (grumbling all the way), I was met by a fight between the 12 yr old and 5 yr old. Nice, not.

Then a walk into the kitchen showed me that the dishes fairy had not come AND no one had bothered to rinse or soak their dishes.

Ok, I might have had a little tantrum then….I’m not sure as it was pre-coffee!

But that was just another opportunity to see that I am a much better wife (did you hear me grumping about my Hubs? hope not!) and mom (I definitely was grumpy mom this morning!) when I awake before my family!  I might still be grumpy about the dishes in the sink, but I can quickly rinse them out while the Lord reminds me that I am blessed because they are all here and healthy!

So, thank you Lord, for the lesson! Let’s hope I can really learn it this time!

Linking up with Miranda’s Random 5 on Friday – let me know if you join too!

  1. Our oldest came home last night and so far we are having a good time together! Maybe this last incident was really what it was going to take. I hope so because I am praying really hard for this kid!  
  2. Reading one of the books from my list and it is really making me think – so much that I’ve been thinking more than knitting or blogging – you know I’m serious then!  But it explains so much about how people work! Not sure who recommended this book to me – but THANK YOU!! The book is called “Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control” by Heather Forbes, check it out if you have kiddos or family who have dealt with trauma (it affects everything they do!).
  3. As you might have seen on Facebook and Twitter, Hubs and I joined a local health club for their aqua classes.  We’ve gone to two classes so far and had a blast (well, I have…he’s adjusting!)  I love, love, love anything in the water.  And, regular exercise is so helpful to my frame of mind!
  4. Next week is the last 4 days of school for my 2 youngest kids.  And, it sounds like it will be fun!  But I still wish they could just be home next week!
  5. I am finishing up week 4 with the Hello Morning gals and it is making such a difference in my day-to-day life.  It is so great to wake up before the sun, sip some coffee and just enjoy the quiet Bible reading time before the family is up.  Then I can greet them with a smile and a plan for the day! If you need to make a change, give it a try!  You won’t be sorry!

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For several years I haven’t been to do much reading. Maybe it was the mental space required to keep going that simply didn’t allow new thoughts to enter my brain and stay there or maybe it was the fact that I was falling asleep as soon as I got into bed.  Either way, if it wasn’t Agatha Christie or some little bit of fluff, it just wasn’t getting much attention.

But now I’m wanting craving reading time!  And, between my Kindle and my iPad, I have quite a queue of good books to read!  Here is a list for me to keep track of what I want to read!

  • Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control – volumes one and two, by Heather Forbes
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart, (reread) by Tedd Tripp
  • Instructing a Child’s Heart, by Tedd & Margy Tripp
  • Adoptive Parent Intentional Parent, by Stacy Manning
  • Hope for the Weary Mom, (reread by Stacey Thacker & Brooke McGlothin
  • What’s It like to be Married to me?: and Other Dangerous Questions, by Linda Dillow
  • Forgotten God, Francis Chan
  • Erasing Hell, Francis Chan

So, this might take longer than my Summer will allow!

What are you reading? Got any book recommendations I should consider adding to my list?