Lasting Effects

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:11, Holy Bible, King James Version).

I’m a perpetual student—always learning something that will enhance my life. It could be a class on computer technology, attending a writing workshop, or a simple as pulling a flashcard from a box of Spanish/English words. Too soon the things I’ve learned fade and I have to go back to the source for constant review.

Before there were multiple versions of the Bible, I memorized simple verses from the King James Version in Sunday School. My childhood favorites were “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) and “Rejoice evermore,” (I Thessalonians 5:16) because of the brevity. Then came the reality Scriptures. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD (Deuteronomy 6:4) followed by the words of salvation, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38).

Unlike other topics I’ve studied, the Scriptures have stayed with me. Their light still shines on my path because I have hidden them in my heart.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I trust in Your word to continue to bring me light in a dark world. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

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