I write this post with the windows open, the breeze gently nudging the drapery, and a distinct autumn scent wafting in. As this year is getting ready to head into its final months, I’m beginning to reflect.
This past year has not been flawless. I have not awakened each day with an immediate desire to dive into the Word, feeling nothing but happy thoughts toward everyone I know, and driven to accomplish something worth noting. I have lost my temper towards those I love, had my feelings hurt, tended to and experienced illness, and failed to remember important events in my loved one’s lives.
Thankfully, I’ve been able to find joy in so many things, both great and small. Watching God answer prayers that seemed too lofty to even ask Him for, crashing toy cars with my son, going on dates with my husband from time to time, learning what true ministry is, letting go of that which was behind and pressing on to that which is ahead. It’s mind-boggling to try to comprehend all that has happened in the past nine months, so I stand before God and just say, “Thank You for helping us survive it all!”
Over the past year, I’ve worked to include scripture memory and meditation as a key part of my daily life. This simple act has revolutionized my perspective on situations that used to bury me in fear.
That’s why I would like to dedicate my Monday posts to a scripture. It may just be a verse with no thoughts from me, or perhaps a few thoughts or questions it brings to mind, I’m not sure yet, but I have learned this much through purposefully taking time to think about how God’s Word is speaking over my life: His Word is powerful! Mondays can come with a sense of dread, a series of unfortunate events, and an overwhelming to-do list, but if we all took a minute to be still and know what His Word says, how much more ready we would be to face the challenges of the week ahead.
The verse that I am currently working to memorize is Deuteronomy 31:6:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
I pray that God speaks to you through this passage as He currently is in my life. What verse are you currently memorizing or meditating on? Please take time to share it in a comment. Let God use you to encourage someone else today. Even if you’re not the comment-leaving kind, take time to share a verse with a friend or family member today.