I didn't want 2015 to end because of those hearts but God began dropping hints in September when I memorized the verse above. I found it easy to remember because, 24/7. A heart to know...It was like a ping pong match in my head.
A heart to know....what do I know...a heart to know....what do I know...
What does 'know' even mean? And when I tell people my word will they think 'no' or do I have to explain it: know like know, not no. I am so confused.
Thank the Lord for the dictionary!
- a (1) : to perceive directly : have direct cognition of (2) : to have understanding of
2a : to be aware of the truth or factuality of : be convinced or certain ofb : to have a practical understanding of
I started the dialogue even then with the Lord about the importance of knowing what I say I believe. I could feel the Lord beginning to prepare for me what I didn't know. Does that make sense? I spent all of 2015 getting His Word into my heart and He was equipping me for war.
And then I remembered reading a blog post from Ann Voskamp several years earlier when she shared about why we memorize Scripture:
"All the heart really knows is what it knows by heart." She goes onto say, "What the heart knows by heart is all that can calm the heart." via
That was October 2015 and my one word for 2016 was not on my radar.
It wasn't even on my radar on November 8, 2015 when I was listening to part three of Judah Smith's sermon series called 'Friend of Jesus'. He had been reading out of 1 John 2 and since John the beloved only used a cool 300+ vocabulary words in his letter, there was gobs of repetition.
"And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments." (v. 3)
I felt the Lord prompting me but before I shut the sermon off and told God 'no' (hashtag don't judge me) I remember him saying, "This is friendship knowledge, not if your faith is genuine. It's a test of genuine friendship."
Quickly I found myself talking to the Lord, telling Him that word wasn't cute and no one will even understand. He told me it was for me to understand...to know what I know...to put into practice what I've been hiding in my heart all of 2015.
As the scent of pizza filled my silver Camry, I could feel my heart starting to beat faster which for me, is always an indication of the Holy Spirit working within. "Lord, are you sure?" This is my prayer as I exit the car a hero with our favorite lunch.
I don't recall even eating the pizza before I checked Instagram, but I'm sure I did. Because, pizza.
While on Instagram I see this from my friends at The Pointed Life:
"What helps keep my eyes on God's purpose and on eternity is reminding myself this: We are left here on earth after we are saved so that we can help others be saved also. We are carriers of His glory and tellers of His grace. We are God's plan for the world to know Him."
Have you ever noticed when you buy a car, whatever color/brand it may be, you all of the sudden notice that everybody and their mother has that same car? No? Just me? Well, that's what it was like when God confirmed my word know for 2016. It seemed like it was in every passage of Scripture I would read.
I came up with this list of, and in the words of Sara Groves, "really what do I know"...
I shall not be put to shame. Is. 50:7
I am fully known. 1 Cor. 13:12
God knows. 2 Cor. 12:2
He brought me out from under the burdens. Ex. 16:7
There is no one like the Lord our God. Ex. 8:10
I am known by name and have found favor in His sight. Ex. 33:17
He keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him. Deut. 8:3
He goes before me as a consuming fire. Deut. 9:3
He is in my midst. Joshua 22:31
Not one word has failed. Joshua 23:14
I am a worthy woman. Ruth 3:11
My eyes are on You. 2 Chronicles 20:12
My Redeemer lives. Job 19:25
What my lips know they speak sincerely and I declare what I know. Job 33:3,4
He can do all things and no purpose of His can be thwarted. Job 42:2
The Lord has set me apart for Himself and He hears when I call. Psalm 4:3
He has not forsaken me. Psalm 9:10
I have told the glad news of deliverance. Psalm 40:9
My enemy will not shout in triumph over me. Psalm 41:11
God is for me. Psalm 56:9
I am blessed and walk in the light of His face. Psalm 89:15
The Lord is great and above all gods. Psalm 135:5
He will maintain the cause of the afflicted. Psalm 140:12
My way is known by the Lord. Psalm 142:3
He gives treasures in darkness and the hoards in secret places that I may know the Lord. Isaiah 45:3
How to sustain with a word him who is weary. Isaiah 50:4
He knows. Jeremiah 15:15
He gives me a future and hope. Jeremiah 29:11
He has rebuilt the ruined places and replanted that which was desolate. Ezekiel 36:36
There is none else and I shall never again be put to shame. Joel 2:27
He has authority to forgive sins. Matthew 9:6
The Truth and the truth will set me free. John 8:32
His voice. John 10:27
The Spirit helps me in my weaknesses and He intercedes for me. Romans 8:26
Because I love God all thing work together for good. Romans 8:28
I am God's temple and His Spirit dwells in me. 1 Corinthians 3:16
The hope to which I've been called. Ephesians 1:18
I am not ashamed for I know whom I have believed. 2 Timothy 1:12
Love. He laid down His life for me. 1 John 3:16
He has set before me an open door that no one is able to shut. Revelation 3:8
And that's what I know!
Happy New Year!