Monthly Archives: June 2012

Verse 12

Halfway there! I am a day late, my apologies! The summer is starting out to be quite hectic rather than restful as I might have hoped. But we press on!

I woke up on June 15 last year without a clue as to what my memory verse for that day was going to be. I was reading through the book of Proverbs in June, one chapter each day, so I opened up my Bible to Proverbs 15, and there it was:

Proverbs 15:1

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Boy do I need this right now. In the midst of a harried start to the summer my temper has been short, and my harsh words are stirring up anger in my children. Lord, I ask you to help me be gentle in my words and actions, and to spread love among my family, not anger. Because the truth is I reserve my harsh words for those closest to me. So glad for this reminder today!

This year we continue with the sermon on the mount, coming to the end of Matthew Chapter 5.

Matthew 5:43-48

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Please click here for a more in-depth discussion of this passage, and even more importantly, please join me in truly trying to love everyone around us as Jesus did. It is not easy, but He himself has called us to it!

Thank you so much for coming and sharing your verses and comments here. The Lord bless and keep each and every one of you!

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Verse 11

Wow, can it be June already? Today was our last day of school/first day of summer vacation, all rolled into one, after one crazy hectic week. Whew!

I remember that last year at this time my family was embarking on a long summer vacation. I had mixed feelings about this, looking forward to a great trip with lots of fun beach destinations, but concerns were looming large about my Dad’s health. He was in the midst of a heated cancer battle, including daily radiation treatments, massive chemotherapy doses, and long, uncomfortable car rides back and forth between home and the hospital. He was always in the forefront of my mind. My verse for June 1 last year came straight out of my favorite devotional, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, and it hit me again this morning.

Isaiah 41:13

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

 13 For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

This verse was perfect for me, and helped me to remember to trust that everything was in God’s capable hands. Still one of my favorites. If you don’t have a copy of Jesus Calling, I can’t recommend another book more strongly, other than the Bible itself, for a daily dose of love and wisdom straight from God’s Holy Word to you.

This year, in the Sermon on the Mount, we are in a tough passage about turning the other cheek.

Matthew 5:38-42

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

There is nothing easy about this, but Jesus never said “Come, follow me, it will be easy!” In fact, later in the Sermon He says,

”But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:14

Click HERE to learn much more about the Sermon on the Mount.

Please post your own verse for this year below, and any verses you were working on last year, or just say hello. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate each one of you!