Many years ago while grieving my failed business, I cried out to God, pouring over the pages in my bible in the middle of the night, looking for answers. My heart ached. I had never before experienced failure in my life.
God spoke to me at 4 a.m. and told me to read, Jeremiah 29:11. I rifled as fast as I could through my Bible until I came upon this passage: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
In the midst of my affliction, God heard my cries and answered me just as plain as day. Although it was a dark time I now know that God had something greater planned for my life than my own limited perceptions.
I have carried this verse in my heart and mind since that night and understand that God had given me this verse for my life.
Since that time, I have had many additional dark moments in my life and in ministry. Choosing to serve God is not always easy. We learn through our mistakes and through pain, but if we look closely, God is always on the other side of our pain, holding out His hand.
Oh, how I have clung to the words of Jeremiah 29:11….silently weeping alone in my office at the church while I was being persecuted as a female pastor, the sleepless nights when our daughter was doing missionary work in Tuva (on the border of Mongolia) and we had no communication with her, in times of turmoil with self-employment, in times of sickness with friends and loved ones, in times of loss, and in times of hope.
This little verse brings me great strength.
Do you have a life verse?
It can be a bible passage that speaks to you, a poem, a prayer, a quote, something that someone spoke to you, something you read, or something God spoke to you in a time of need.
Choose one. Use it. Go back to it. Make it yours.
Make it something that speaks to your heart, your mind, your soul.
Pray about it.
Another example of a life verse is our daughter, Ashley’s: The Beatitudes
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Ashley has made the Beatitudes a part of her daily living and tries to live her life in a way that honors this passage. I was actually lucky enough at Christmas to find her a leather bracelet with this entire passage inscribed! How rare is that!
By: Mary, Hope Filled Living