Verse 18

Happy beautiful fall day, Siestas!

Did anyone have a chance to watch Beth Moore’s simulcast today? I’d love to hear about it!

Wow, 18 verses, that’s nine months of scripture memory work! If you have made it this far (and I think most everyone who has been posting has made it this far at least TWICE!), GOOD FOR YOU! And I mean good for you, as in good work! And good for you, as in, who can even imagine the amazing impact that memorizing 18 verses from God’s own Holy Word can have on a person and the ripple effect emanating from them? Twice??? Keep up the great work!

Last year at this time I found myself very anxious. Many changes outside my control were made in our homeschooling organization which were causing me a great deal of stress, plus my Dad’s battle with cancer was going downhill rapidly. The reality that he would probably die soon was overwhelming to me. So last September I chose some familiar verses from Philippians, 4:6-7:

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

These were and are a concise source of considerable comfort. Of course I don’t take them to mean that by our praying the Lord automatically gives us everything we want, rather that when we truly give our requests to God, He gives us His peace in return, which can seem incomprehensible in many situations. I experienced this myself, and I have seen it time and again in those around me. Oh it can be hard, I admit. To present a request for the healing of a loved one or whatever else is burdening us with thanksgiving… only with God is this possible. But He does not fail to bless us in return.

I find it interesting that the current verses we are working on in the Sermon on the Mount echo the same sentiment:

Matthew 6:25-34:

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

That is a long passage, and it overlaps with last week’s, plus probably goes past where we will end before my next post, but I think this is a good time to reflect on all these verses. It’s a time when people are worrying about elections and the economy and international political strife, among many other more personal things. It is good to be reminded that this is not our home, and that we are not supposed to worry. Jesus said so.

This weekend I was involved a discussion about the current climate of world affairs and the troubled times we live in, and someone I love very dearly and respect immensely said this:

“It is God’s world. He has a plan. And evil does not win.”

Amen.

Love you Siestas! Please post below! I am reading and thankful for your comments even if it is taking me forever to respond!

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5 thoughts on “Verse 18

  1. caragab says:

    phil 4:6-7 is one of my go-to verses. and i go to it A. LOT. funny how it goes hand in hand with that section in matthew – do not worry! i’m working on the tail end of 6 – this version from the message speaks to me:

    Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

    steep yourselves sisters!

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew%206:30-33&version=MSG

  2. Peggy says:

    Hi I am late and I can’t tell you much about the simulcast other than to say it was great because typing is too hard.

    Last year I was doing the same verse as you and Cara did a couple of months ago and we didn’t even know one another at the time!!!! Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor future, nor any power, neither height nor depth nor anything else in creation will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Amen and amen.

    These worry verses from Matthew are worrying me. 🙂 I’m having trouble memorizing them.

    • christypond says:

      You are funny, worrying about the worry verses! I’m having trouble too, but I think it’s more because my schedule is so different this school year and I haven’t settled on a good time to practice them. I used to do it in the car on the way back from taking E to school, this year I do not have a single solitary minute alone. Worrying about that. 😉

  3. Dear Christy,
    Thanks for the reminder that God does have a plan and He wins! Still in the midst of house selling. Definitely opportunities for God to be huge for us. Now facing my mother’s increasing needs and am trying to put that on God’s plate to address in His perfect plan and time.

    Last year, i continued in Romans 5, working on verse 10: For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!

    I’m still working through Isaiah 61, now at verse 4: They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.

    Hope we all can be worrying less each day as we see God prove Himself faithful each and every time.

    NW hugs,
    Delores

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