Poverty is no stranger to me. Growing up, my father made sure that I knew what it was like for poor country folk. He drove the church bus on Sunday and for years, we visited folks on Saturday to encourage them to ride the bus to church on Sunday.
Illness is no stranger to me. My daughter, Taylor, is 19 and she was diagnosed at age 4 with a terminal disease, MPS. For 15 years, I’ve pondered and wrestled with the concepts of contentment and joy, especially in the midst of difficult circumstances.
And I’ve discovered that finding joy in strange places is not a NEW concept. In fact, since the fall of man, humanity has worked at seeking happiness. Only we haven’t gotten very good at it.
We have a tendency to look in the wrong places for joy. We think that somewhere, some way, somehow if we get enough money, or more time, or another relationship, we’ll be truly happy. And that’s not how God says it works at all.
Joy has nothing to do with the position of your body and everything to do with the posture of your heart. – One More Step
In my new book, One More Step, I mention that when I feel like giving up, pausing to take an inventory of my heart performs wonders. In chapter 16, I prompt the reader with a method of doing just that. After you’ve taken your heart inventory, then God’s Word will empower your renewed perspective. Just take a look at these verses, some of which are in the Pillars of Truth to Lean On section that concludes each chapter of One More Step.
Printable Bible Memory Verse Cards
Thanksgiving is upon us and while it seems to be one of those holidays that gets pushed further and further under the rug, so to speak, I really want to take the time to use these Bible verses to guide my heart. I want to remember that my physical location does not matter, it is the joy in my soul from the Lord that will provide the strength. The joy of the Lord IS your strength, amen?
Digital Bible Memory Verse Album
More recently, for Bible memory verses, I’ve been creating an album on my smartphone and then taking screenshots and saving the verses in one nice tidy little album. Then I can just thumb through them and read over them any time. You could also print these to share around the Thanksgiving table!
Printable Bible Verse Cards
To print out all 8 cards on two pages, simply click here or on the graphic below and the pdf will open. You can them save or print as you desire.
The point is, no matter how you choose to use the verses, whether digital or printable, God’s Word saturates our hearts and minds like nothing else can.
By his grace,
For more resources, check out One More Step: Finding Strength When You Feel Like Giving Up also, an interview with Joanna Weaver, author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.