My Favorite Bible Verse

Ok, that title is not EXACTLY true, because I have as many favorite Bible verses as my 3 year old has favorite dresses. Which is essentially every dress in her closet. ;)

But, I do have a favorite for today;this one seems to be my turn-to verse.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.

I don’t know about you, but I really like to understand things.  I love to read and comprehend.  I want to know why. Having unresolved issues in my mind can drive. me. crazy.

But this verse reminds me that my comprehension of a circumstance or situation is not always the best one.

Relying on my own understanding is not the wisest solution; trusting in God is.

Our family just arrived back from a trip over the river and through the woods from Ohio to  West Virginia.  The roads we started on at home were fairly straight.  But the closer we drew to our destination in the middle of nowhere, the more hills and bumps we encountered in our path.

Were we headed the wrong direction?  Not at all.  But though the road seemed all swerves and curves, the direction we took was the most direct to my dad’s farm.  No other road would take us straight there. The path seemed long and the going seemed slow, but the end result was the exact destination we intended.

What if we had focused on the roads and decided to stop travelling this road because it just seemed too difficult?  We would have never arrived at our intended place to stay.

I believe that Proverbs 3:5&6 is NOT saying that God will straighten our paths and make them easy to follow.  Instead, when we are willing, He aligns our eyes with His.  Those circumstances that seem so bumpy and distorted? Suddenly, through His vision, the straightest path to our destination is revealed.  No other road would have gotten us there.

What is your favorite verse? (for today. :) )

 

Signed, Worried Wife

I was thinking of writing a letter to my husband for Valentine’s Day. The letter would be lovey and sweet, proclaiming all the things in my heart for him and feeling free enough to shout it out to the world. After all, we have such fun together and our family has blossomed into a beautiful,redemptive work of Christ.

For a few minutes, I’ll just be honest
authentic
real
and RAW.

I love my husband. Treasure him. Adore him.

But he’s going to Africa soon on a mission trip.

For eleven days. (What part about having 7 kids didn’t you understand??!!)

I’m thrilled, really, I am. I can’t wait to see what God wants to do through him and in him and wow, what an opportunity! When the dream of this journey first popped up, I had no hesitations. None.  God is on the throne. Who am I to hinder His plan?

However, it is becoming reality.

And I have some…umm, shall we call them hesitations?

Perhaps, WORRIES??!!

So this list of verses today is for the worried wife.

My husband is the rock of our family.  But praise Jesus, he rests on The Cornerstone, Jesus Christ. And I am trusting Him.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Phil: 4:6

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the LORD. Psalm 4:5

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Eph. 3:20 &21

It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night. Psalm 92:1&2

I would love it so if my comments were filled with more verses- reminders to me and those worried wives that read this post…that God is on the throne. He makes no mistakes and has a gorgeous plan for our lives. Every single one of us. 

So what verse do you claim when you are….a bit…. worried?