I thought it would be fun to settle on some regular posts for my blog, and after some time the idea came to me to blog on my favorite bible verses once a week.
When I started my blog, I knew I wanted to write, but my vision of “what to write” wasn’t quite clear. I knew I wanted my faith to be throughout. I also knew I wanted it to be for my children. Complete honesty was also a priority, so keeping my identity anonymous allows me more freedom to talk about my thoughts, struggles, finances, etc. As these first few days of the new year and new blog have progressed, my vision is becoming more clear. My hope is one day to look back with my children through this blog as sort of an online album of the ins and outs and ups and downs of our life.
Bible verses are a natural extension of sharing about my life, our family life. There are so many verses I cling to as encouragement against the struggles of the day, hope for the future and provision for filling my cup everyday. This is a place where I can expound on those verses on a regular basis. Maybe one day my children will be struggling with similar experiences. Maybe these verses will become their lifeline, too. I want to show them how dependence on God’s Word will not only help them survive difficult times but be overcomers every single day. And, maybe, help someone else, too. Maybe even you, dear reader, will be encouraged by these posts. I pray God will use them to His glory.
The verses are in no specific order. They will simply come as the Holy Spirit directs. Also, I will be using the King James Version, because I love the poetical way the words are phrased there.
So, without further ado, I offer you my first “Favorite Bible Verse” Friday:
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
This verse was one of the first I came upon in my early Christian life. I knew about Jesus my whole life, because my family was another denomination. However, it wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I was baptized in the Protestant faith and came to know Him as my Lord and Savior.
So much led to that moment. My parents divorced in my early twenties, which really rocked my world. I had just finished my first year of college and was still living at home when our family life completely crumbled. There were many things that led to the divorce, which I am sure will come out in later posts. For now, suffice it to say, it was a difficult time. It led me to question everything they taught me. Being in college, I turned to the world for answers. If their marriage couldn’t survive after twenty years, why should I think any marriage could last? I met a guy, quit school and went off to another state to live with him. It was short lived and I was back home in a few months. I knew college was important, so back I went. Thankfully, the full time job I had reimbursed college tuition, as long as my grades were high, so this time I enrolled in night classes. I met a man at my job, who had his life together. We dated and became engaged. It wasn’t until we sent out the invitations that I got cold feet. Did I really think it would work? Was I sure? He was a nice guy, and I hated to hurt him. But I knew it wasn’t right, so I broke off the engagement. From that point, I told myself I was never getting married.
From then on, I dated a few different guys. They were all really nice for the most part. While my relationships were struggling, my career was going great. I graduated university, became an accountant and started working in a public accounting firm. Over the years, I continued to climb the corporate ladder. I bought a house, owned a car, had a great job, but something was missing.
During this time, a young woman joined our firm who forever changed my life. I’ll call her “Lindsey”. Lindsey was so amazingly sweet. She had recently finished college and married her sweetheart, and they moved to our city to study at a local seminary. Her heart was for the Lord! She had scripture verses on her computer screen and in her car, and I know she prayed for me. Words cannot express what an impact she had on me as my heart began opening to the Lord. Also, at this time I had a client who loved the Lord and His deeds and words were always on her lips. I know she prayed for me, too.
One day, my client invited me to church and I went. Over the next few months, I continued to go and hear the word of God. Then, my church did a sermon series on politically correct vs. biblically correct. I felt God’s call heavy on my heart during this time. He was breaking down my barriers one sermon at a time. Finally, at the end of one sermon, the preacher had an alter call and I stood up and walked forward. I was baptized and began serving in the children’s ministry where I met another amazing, Godly woman, who eventually became my mentor. I asked her to be my mentor to help me learn to know God’s will for my life. It was around this time that Proverbs 3:5-6 came into my life. The Lord was asking me to trust Him and I was at a point where I was finally ready to submit.
Father God, I pray that whoever is reading this verse today knows you. And if they don’t know you, may they come to know you. May they put all their trust in you relying on your promise to make their paths straight. Amen.
Friends, if you have a prayer request, please let me know in the comments. I will pray for you. May you know God and His son, Jesus Christ.