In 2018 we cleared the ground with a year long fast. In 2019 we will build the house on the Rock of God's Word. Each month we will receive one building block (i.e. a Scripture passage) and we will memorize the passage so deeply that it will sink down into the depths of our soul.
Psalm 51:1 (August)
Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
Galatians 5:25 (July)
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
Mark 4:40 (June)
And he said to them, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
Proverbs 4:6 (May)
Do not forsake [*wisdom], and she will guard you;
Love her, and she will watch over you.
*or her. Wisdom is a feminine noun in Hebrew.
Psalm 63:7-8 (April)
7 For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (March)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Matthew 22:37-38 (February)
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment.
* Based on Deuteronomy 6:5
Psalm 1:1-3 (January)
Blessed is the man
1 Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
Lord, form me into the shape you designed for me.
What needs to be cut away, cut it.
What needs to be sanded down, sand it.
What needs to be polished up, polish it.
As my form becomes acceptable to you, animate me, Gracious God.
Breath into me,
So that I may be truly your creation: A being of life. So be it. Amen.