Thursday, November 17, 2011

Scriptures for the year

GreaThings 2011

Today in the GreaThings challenge we are looking at Scriptures that have been meaningful to us this year. While there isn't a single scripture overarching over the entire year, there have been many that have been an encouragement to me during specific circumstances.

 Earlier this year when my new-to-me car was totaled, and we had three job schedules divided between two people and one car (that I couldn't drive), the verse that my husband I claimed was Philippians 4:19. We claimed that verse again a couple months ago when our ONLY car bit the dust and we had two job schedules, divided between two people and NO cars. Then there were the months
when Miss Inez's health was failing. The loss of both a friend and a job loomed on the horizon, along with concerns about finances once I was home full time. Miss Inez did go home to be with the Lord last month, and though things did get a bit tighter, God has faithfully provided for our needs.

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 
Philippians 4:19

When we lost our first little one, Christian William, in June the verse I claimed was 2 Cor 4:16-17. It was one of the most difficult I've walked through, but I remembered that God had a purpose, and that I would only be parted from my little one for a short time here on earth--then eternity together.  

 So we do not lose heart. [...] For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison 
2 Corinthians 4:16a,17

Another verse that has encouraged me this year is Psalm 139:17-18. This is one of the meditation verses in the Quieting a Noisy Soul Bible Study I've been working through with some ladies from church. As I can't list all of the meditation verses that have been special to me, I picked this one as a representative. It has been so encouraging to be reminded of God's great love for me!!

 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 
If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. 
Psalm 139:17-18

Although I said at the beginning that there wasn't an overarching verse for the year, I realized that there actually has been. As many life changes as my hubby and I have faced this year, there has been one verse that we've constantly turned back to as a reminder that God is in control--no matter what happens. That verse is Romans 8:28.

 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 

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