Yesterday I was out running errands, enjoying the sunshine coming through the sunroof and the quiet of being the only one in the car.
I was thinking through (re: worrying) the week's events, and realized that my blood pressure was steadily rising and I was actually beginning to breathe faster, trying to catch my breath, as I reran the week through my mind.
In a flash, I thought - I should listen to 'The Blessing'.
As the notes and lyrics washed through me and around me, my (non-driving) hand lifted and I began to praise God for all the ways He'd blessed me, my family and friends, my town, my state, my country. Tears streamed down my face and I was overwhelmed with peace, love, and assurance.
And then a series of verses, long memorized, came to my mind and I began to speak out loud words of hope, promise, challenge and truth:
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
Do not turn to the right or to the left, turn aside your foot from evil.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? ...in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.
(Romans 8: 31, 37)
Friends, today's reading is a challenge to memorize a verse. Many of us, myself included, skim over these parts of a study. I can attest though, that holding His Word in our hearts is a weapon of defense and a gift of blessing. I challenge you to make it a point to read this bible verse out loud seven times each morning and each evening - by the end of our study, it should be well-etched in your mind, for use when you need it most:
"Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance." 1 Timothy 4: 7b - 9
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