Learning to Just Be and the First Ever WIP Wednesday Link-Up

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Work In Progress Wednesday

For these WIP Wednesday posts, I’m going to *try* to relax a little in my writing and just talk to you. Tell you what’s rolling around in my head and heart. I can’t promise it will make sense, but I think that is sort of the point. We are “works in progress”. On Wednesdays, we are coming together to celebrate the work that God is doing in our lives, but all that work is still in progress, you see. So we may not have it all figured out and down pat just yet. And that is just fine.

I’ve been reading Grace for the Good Girl (affiliate link) by Emily Freeman and studying 1 Peter.

Last week, I focused on 1 Peter 2:1-3:

“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

Have you ever been around a newborn baby when he is hungry? I remember when my little man got hungry, nothing made him happy until he got mama’s milk. I just gave up on the whole schedule thing and fed him on demand. Mama’s milk was the good stuff, and he knew it. No substitute would do. After a feeding, I would get so tickled watching him grin in his sleep. “Milk drunk” we called it. Blissfully happy with a full tummy.

Do I feel that way about God’s word? That is what “spiritual milk” refers to in this passage. I have certainly tasted and seen that the Lord is good, but do I crave His Word? Honestly, some days yes, and some days no. At the end of my study of this passage, this question was asked: “What is this passage leading you to do?”

I knew the answer: memorize Scripture. If I have tasted and seen, I need to hide it in my heart. I think I’m going to join up with Do Not Depart in the Fall and memorize with them.

Which leads me to Grace for the Good Girl. This book has really opened my eyes to the motives behind some of my seemingly “good” actions. I’ve talked already about how fear motivates my behavior and my concern over letting people see the real me. Last week I talked about how I related to the righteous brother in the story of the Prodigal son. The one who stayed with the Father the whole time, doing what he was supposed to. What I realized then is that sometimes I am doing all the “good” things in an attempt to earn what I already have. Everything the Father has is mine. I don’t have to work for it, and my striving doesn’t change anything.

Which is where I meet my quandary. I don’t want to add Scripture memory to my list of things a good Christian girl does so I must do it too. I don’t want it to become a burden. I want to crave it like my little man craved his milk. How do I make that happen? I don’t think I can. Actually, I’ll say that I know I can’t. Emily asked a question that has lingered with me long after reading it:

“Are you trying to be who Jesus wants you to be? Or do you trust him to bring out who he has already created you to be?”
Grace for the Good Girl: Chapter 11, Receive

God created me to delight in His Word just like he created little newborns to crave their mama’s milk. You don’t have to force a baby to drink milk. They come out looking for it. So I trust that God will help me to be just who He created me to be.

What is God doing in your life? Link up a post below or let’s chat in the comments!

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  1. Great post! Thanks for sharing your heart. Looking forward to memorizing with you over at Do Not Depart.

  2. I’m so excited to see this, Mary Beth, on two counts. (1) I have “Grace for the Good Girl” awaiting me on my shelf; I need to push it up higher on the “next” list. (2) That you’re thinking about memorizing scripture with us in the fall. I pray that the discipline will be as much a blessing to you as it has been to me. Of all the spiritual disciplines, it’s probably been the most fruitful. There’s just something special about spending time specifically meditating word-by-word on thoughts breathed from the Spirit.

    So glad you linked up with us at Do Not Depart. Your post is encouraging.

    • Thanks! I’m excited to get started and a little nervous. I’ve never been good at Scripture memorization. I will need lots of accountability and encouragement! That’s why I wanted to join the group!

      • I’m still not good at it. ha. But the Lord still blesses me through it even in my failure. Doing it with a group has definitely been encouraging for me; I hope it will be for you, too.

  3. Kacey Bess says:

    Really good insight. I’ve heard about Grace for the Good Girl, but you really make me want to read it. Stopping by from the Allume link up.

  4. Just discovered this via Nikki at Simply Striving – look forward to returning!

  5. coming over from Emily’s … I am not for Scripture memorization either… but the passages that touch or the stories? Those I (mostly) remember. It’s like the lyrics to your favorite song. If you love it, you sing it so often, you memorize it. If there’s a story or a psalm or something that you love: you read it, and think about it often and you memorize it. (Or in my case, kind of memorize it!)

  6. great start to your link up—will come by next week…..still HAVE to get this Grace for the Good Girls book you keep talking about!!!!! :) Bless you girl!!! michy

  7. Jonathan Mansur says:

    Mary Beth ~

    This is the post that challenged me to memorize Philippians last year: http://theresurgence.com/2010/12/20/partnering-to-remember

    It was nice having it outlined like this! The first page has a couple “note-cards” that are quotes from Andy Davis and John Piper. In searching to find where the stuff form Andy Davis came from, I found it at this blog from Desiring God (http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/memorizing-scripture-why-and-how) which then led me to download his little booklet (the link is at the end of the post).

    Just wanted to give you some really good and practical aids that have helped me.

  8. Wonderful post! God’s been doing a wonder on me lately –using scripture I’ve had memorized for years! I’m amazed every day…. 
    What a fun link-up! just had to participate ;) Hugs to you!

  9. You’re so right about the importance of memorizing scripture. And when we roll it around in our heads and personalize it, that’s when true transformation begins.
    Thanks for sharing, Mary Beth! And thanks for the link-up!
    Hugs from VA,

    • I’m learning that part of memorizing is “rolling it around” in my head. I always think school when I think memorize, but with Scripture, it’s more meditating on it and the application for my life.

      Thanks for the encouragement!


  10. StephanieGlidden says:

    I think the key to craving the milk is having the hunger. I’ve never been hungrier for God than during times of trial in my life! Although I don’t wish trials on anyone, they do have a way of making us crave that precious Word of God more!

    • So true, I think it’s in those trials that we really realize we can’t do this without Him. His Word sustains us-even in those times when we don’t really “feel” it.

    • So true, I think it’s in those trials that we really realize we can’t do this without Him. His Word sustains us-even in those times when we don’t really “feel” it.

  11. Hi girly ;) I hopped over to link up, but I don’t see your link up tool. I’ll check back later ;) Blessings!


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