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I am a wife, daughter, mother, bilingual teacher, poet, author, women's Bible study teacher, world traveler, orphan advocate, and an adoptive mother.  Our adoption journey has been filled with a lot of hurt and loss, along with even more hope, grace, and healing.  Through it we have experienced more of God than we ever bargained for and have watched Him miraculously redeem our story when we surrendered all the broken pieces to Him.

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Friday, December 30, 2016


It's that time again! Time to join hundreds, perhaps thousands, of other women across the country (and even into other countries) to commit to putting Scripture to memory.

You pick the verses and even the translation you want to learn them in. You can pick long verses, short verses, or verses that speak truth into your current season of life.

On January 1st, you post your name, your city, and the reference and translation of your verse, along with your verse. For the next two weeks, you practice it daily until you've got it memorized.

On the 15th, you pick another verse and do the same. Then you continue on the 1st and 15th of every month with a new verse (basically one verse every two weeks).

If you post at least 20 out of the 24 times throughout the year, you qualify for the celebration retreat in Houston, Texas with Beth Moore the following January.

I've only participated once, and I can't tell you how life-changing the Scripture memory part is and how much the retreat inspired me, getting to meet so many other women who memorized verses all year right along with you. You become part of this amazing community of women. I met women who acted like family, and little did I know that they'd met at one of the celebrations and just continued a friendship across the miles when the retreat ended.

I bought my special little spiral a couple months ago to write my verses in, and tonight I printed off the special SSMT17 spiral. Click under the picture for the instructions for you to do the same. I sure hope you'll join me! I'll put pictures of this year's event in an upcoming blog entry.

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