My Spanish teacher, Dunia, has started this new thing with me were each day she gives me a bible verse to memorize in Spanish. I'm thinking "My head is already full from just trying to process the information and make sense of it all, and now you expect me to memorize verses. Just another thing to add to my memory." When she gave me the verses there were some words that I knew just from how much Spanish I have learned so far, which made memorizing them a little bit easier.
Then I though about the importance to continue to memorize God's word and store it in my heart so that when the time presents itself I will be able to recall the verses I learned. Not only will I have to remember the verse in English, but I will also have to be able to translate it to Spanish. It will do the Honduran people no good if I only know the Bible in English. In order for me to be able to witness to them I have to be able to tell them scripture in their own language. I am hoping that with more language school and time spent here it will get easier to memorize.
Here are some of the verses I was given....
"Jehová está lejos de los impíos; pero él oye la oración de los justos." Prov. 15:29
("The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.")
"A Jehová he puesto siempre delante de mí; porque está a mi diestra, no seré conmovido." Salmo 16:8
("I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.") Psalm 16:8
This verse speaks the most to me right now. Going through language school I don't always understand what I am learning or I feel as if I can't possibly learn anything else. It is comforting to know that God is right beside me. I won't let my fear of not being able to learn the language shake me from God's plan for me. God has called me here and he won't leave me to fend for myself. He will help me to understand and speak the language in his time. As long as I am doing my part, learning what I can, and praying for the gift to speak and understand the language he will not forsake me. I have faith in my God.
"Todo aquel que confiese que Jesús es el Hijo de Dios, Dios permanece en él, y él en Dios." 1 Juan 4;15
("All that confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.") 1 John 4;15
I encourage yall to try something new and memorize one or two of your favorite bible verses in another language, you never know when it will come in handy.
* Ben, Julie, and the girls only have 6 days left until they leave the States for Honduras. (Austin and I are getting so excited that they will finally be here to experience this new lifestyle with us.)
* Emma is doing well. She is growing so big. This Tuesday I will be 28 weeks and Emma will be the size of a large eggplant.