September 19, 2012

Verses To Sustain- Getting Acquainted Part 10

This is part of a series to answer reader questions and help friends become better acquainted with Art's Chili Pepper.  To read previous posts click the links below.

Part 1- Getting Acquainted 

Part 2- My Testimony

Part 3- Advice to Aspiring Homemakers

Part 4- On Homeschool

Part 5- What's in a Name

Part 6- You Guessed It!  We love to eat

Part 7- Coffee

Part 8- Past times and Hobbies

Part 9- Movie Characters I Love
Michaela:  What stand-by passages in scripture help you cope with tough situations?

Most people have a life verse that defines who they want to be in the Lord. I think we should always be changing and growing and so should our goals. So I have a new life verse each year. By the end of a year, I find I have outgrown my goals, and consequently my verse, from the previous year. When I reach that point I start asking the Lord to show me what next year's verse should be to see me through. Sometimes that verse holds promise of something wonderful to come. Sometimes it is a verse showing challenges are in my future. Always it is just what I needed.

2010, the year we lost our baby Gussie and my family disowned us. That was a hard year. My theme verse was Job 1:21  "And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."

2011 my verse was from Psalm 30:11 "Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;" That was the year our Carmella Joie was born. We didn't know what a miracle she truly was until after her birth, when the danger was passed, but it sure did cause us to marvel once again at the Lord of all!

This year I turned 40 and I thought it would be hard. On January 2nd the Lord gave me this verse from Isaiah 43: 18-19 and I knew it would be fabulous! "Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."

I've had this amazing friend for 17 years. She lives about six hours from my home. She and I hold each other accountable for all sorts of things... exercising, eating well, Bible study... this year she had a great idea that we should memorize a verse a day. We both had been struggling to memorize more scripture. It does not come as easy when you are an adult. This has been such an encouragement to me! I don't remember the verses word for word, come the next day, but something amazing has happened. Almost every single morning the verse (which is completely random from a calendar Dawn's Pastor gave her last Christmas) is exactly a verse I need at some point in the day.

So, dear Michaela, what I am saying is God has been so good to give us His word! How can we narrow it down to just a few verses? 

Readers, what verse has sustained you or encouraged you this year?

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