God gives us promises throughout scripture. We can apply these scriptures to our situations and circumstances to give us peace, to build our faith, to encourage us, and sometimes to even turn the situation around. God also tells us to remind Him, or put Him in remembrance, of His Word. When we remind God, we remind ourselves too! (Here’s a great post on the subject by Victoria Osteen.)
“Put me in remembrance; let us argue together; set forth your case, that you may be proved right.” Isaiah 43:26 (ESV)
In order to remind God, we have to find and know the verses first to be able to use those scriptures for troubling times. It’s helpful to make a list of some go-to verses to access when those times arise. I’ve put together just a few of my personal favorites here.
This is the story of my life! 🙂 “Crap. I gotta go. I can’t find my cell phone anywhere!” My mom sent this image to me after I “lost” my cell phone twice this past weekend when I was with her. Once I had just handed her my phone to show her something on it, and then 10 seconds later I said, “Crap. I can’t find my phone.” A couple of hours later when we were walking around at a plant festival I pulled my phone out of my back pocket; then moments later I started feeling my back pocket for my phone…”Crap. My cell phone is missing.” Then I cracked up laughing because I realized that I was holding it in my left hand! I’m telling you…if my head wasn’t screwed on. 🙂 Maybe somebody has prayed a hedge of thorns around me??
“Look how I’m blocking her path with thorns and building a wall to hinder her, so she can’t find her way.” Hosea 2:6 (ISV)
I thought this would be a fitting Funny Friday photo this week since we were just talking about getting lost and following directions and guidance. It’s no wonder I got lost in Texas with a road sign like this! The only thing missing is the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. 🙂
“Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.” Isaiah 30:21 (NLT)
I would consider myself “directionally challenged”. Just ask my husband. It doesn’t take much for me to get lost. I’m a HUGE fan of GPS now though. Where were personal GPS devices 17 years ago when I was driving to my in-laws’ new house in Texas for the first time? A GPS would have saved me several wrong turns and a very tearful conversation on the phone with my father-in-law (there might have even been some frantic yelling on my part 🙂 ) as he was trying to verbally direct me to their ranch. Apparently you can turn both ways on a loop, and if you go the wrong way and then take a right-hand turn you will end up completely opposite of where you want to be. Oops.
I’ve discovered that sometimes I can be “directionally challenged” in life too, and like a lot of people, I don’t always seek direction and guidance. Sometimes I even flat-out ignore it. It’s either…
“I don’t need your help. I can do it by myself.”
“No way! I’m not doing that!”
“That’s got to be the wrong way.”
“I think this way might be better.”
“I don’t trust you. What if you’re wrong?”
or something similar
Next thing I know, I end up lost or completely opposite of where I should be. What’s even more sad is Continue reading →