Saturday, July 25, 2015

Five Minute Friday: Ten

When I saw "ten" as the prompt, my mind went a lot of different places.  Here is what I settled on:

I use God's Holy Scriptures in my life every day.  I turn to them for guidance, for reassurance, for comfort, and for peace.  There are certain ones that I use over and over, and certain ones that I send to other people in their times of need.  These are ten that I rely the most on:

1). Genesis 1:1. In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.

   This really is the foundation of everything else I believe.  It all starts when God spoke life into His creation.

2). John 3:16. For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
  Again, this one is foundational.  If I don't believe that Jesus gave up His very life for me, none of the rest of it matters or makes any sense anyway.

3). Ephesians 3:20-21. Now to Him, who is able to do immeasurablely more than we could ask or even imagine, all glory and power on earth be given.

Ever feel like something is impossible or too big to handle?  This verse speaks P-O-W-E-R!  God can do so much more than we can ever even dream of.  Just ask Him.

4). Psalm23. (I learned this one in the King James, and it is so much more poetic that way.)
The LORD is my shepherd, and I shall not want.  He maketh me lie down in green pastures, he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul, he leadeth me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.  Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.  Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.  Thou preparest a table for me in the presence of mine enemies.  Thou anointeth my head with oil.  My cup runneth over.  Surely, goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.  

When I am stressed or anxious or feel threatened or even just sad, these verses give me so much comfort.  God's got this all under control.  He is guiding me, restoring my soul, and I don't need to be afraid.

5). Joshua 1:9. Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged.  For the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.  

Do not fear.  Don't get down on yourself.  God is with me.  Everywhere.  All the time.

6). Philippians 4:13. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

This one keeps me going when I can't do it on my own.  Do you know how many yoga moves I have gotten through by reciting this verse over and over?   

7). Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will make your paths straight.

I often don't know why something is going on, but God does.  Acknowledge Him, seek his will, and let Him show me the path one step at a time.  "Trust and obey, trust and obey, for there's no other way..."

8). Jeremiah 29:11. "For I know the plans  I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to give you a hope and a future.  Plans to prosper you and not to harm you."

When the future seems uncertain, when it seems like there is no way,  I can remind myself that God has a plan.  A perfect plan.  He has it all figured out.  He will work it out.

9). Matthew 11:28-29. Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you for the yoke is easy and the burden is light.

Sometimes I forgot to rest.  When I feel frazzled, worn out, and empty, this is a good reminder to rest in the One who made me.  Just taking five minutes to focus on my Savior can mentally turn me around.  Even Jesus retreated into solitude to have time with his Father.  Shouldn't I make time to do that too?

10). John 10:10. The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy.  I have come that you may have life, and have it abundantly.

The father of lies wants to destroy me.  Deceive me, steal my joy, and kill my soul.  In Jesus, the Prince of Peace, There is Truth and Love and Eternal Life.  It doesn't get much more abundant than that.

So many other verses I could talk about, but these ten are on my heart today.  Do you have a Top Ten list of verses?  I would love to hear which ones you turn to over and over again.

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