Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Walking After the Lord

Deuteronomy 11:25 - Deuteronomy 16:13

“…for the Lord your God proveth you,

to know whether ye love the Lord your God

with all your heart and with all your soul.

Ye shall walk after the Lord your God

and keep his commandments, and obey his voice,

and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

(Deuteronomy 13:3-4)

Today my thoughts are focused on what it means to walk after the Lord.

I remember reading that phrase yesterday, “ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him…”  (Deuteronomy 11:22)

I want to learn how to do that.

So this morning I read through the chapters again and I found a hint, right there in chapter eleven verses 18-21.  Interestingly, those verses are a repeat of chapter six.

I have learned that when the Lord repeats something, it is important.  And I realize this walking after the Lord must be worth understanding.  And to really understand it I need to study the counsel He gave.  Twice.  In chapter eleven and in chapter six.

It is that counsel I want to think about today.

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.  And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates…”  (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)

These words…in thine heart.

My thoughts turn to the scriptures.  His words.  And I want to make sure I have made a place for them in my heart.

And that I teach them diligently to my children.

And that I talk about them when we gather together in our house.

And when I walk by the way.

I want to read them before I lie down.

And again, when I rise up.

And I want them to be constantly before my eyes…upon the walls of my home, written on the posts, and upon the gates.

These words.

So they will always be in my heart.

I have spent some time pondering how well I am doing at following this counsel.  Because I really want to learn how to walk after the Lord.  As I pondered, I was reminded of some of my favorite moments this week.

Josh and I went to visit my parents.

They pulled out their scriptures, and they taught us, and we talked about His words in their home.

And in a conversation with a dear friend,

we spoke of what we had read that day,

and how much we were enjoying this journey.

And just before we went to bed, Greg and I gathered all of the kids so we could read together.

And when we were done we each shared our favorite scripture from the reading that day…because that is what we like to do

…just before our family prayer.

And Meg and I found one of our favorite scriptures written on a small block of wood, and we bought for a gift for Josh so that every time he sees it he will remember.

Is this what it feels like, to walk after the Lord?

Because those moments have been some of the sweetest moments of my week.

Take a moment to reflect on your week.

Have you found sweet moments as you read the words of the Lord?  Are His words finding a place in your heart?

Is this journey helping you to walk after Him?

I wish we could have one evening to gather as friends and read His words together.  I wish that we could share our favorite verses from this journey so far...the words we have settled into our hearts.

But since that would be nearly impossible, perhaps we could gather here.

If you would like, maybe you could share a favorite scripture in the comment section of this blog.

Then we could strengthen each other by the way.

On our daily journey.

Walking after the Lord.

Emily Freeman