In looking back at my “Memories” on facebook, I noticed a number of scriptures that I had shared on this day over the last few years. Some of these have become favorites of mine. Which got me to thinking… Just exactly what makes one scripture more special to me over another one, anyway? I suppose my favorites are verses that stood out to me; verses that I clung to during an especially trying or difficult time; or even verses that just make me happy – they paint a picture in my mind – they give me something visual that I can revisit whenever I need to do so.
The verses in my memories today were these that were shared on March 9, 2013:
I love this verse, not because of the picture here, because that would just make me sneeze and make my eyes water. I love it though because it reminds me of Easter weekend. Weeping may endure for the night but HIS joy cometh in the morning!! It’s like that little phrase that you hear on Friday during Easter week… “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s comin’!!” It was Friday and Jesus was placed in a tomb… but come Sunday morning, that tomb opened and there He was!! Bright and shining in all His glory!! Don’t you just LOVE that? Well, I do!!
I love this verse because it reminds me where I was and what Jesus brought me out of when He took me back in July of 2009. I was deeply depressed. And I mean DEEPLY depressed. I had heard people say that they were in a ‘dark’ place at one point of their life without really understanding. Well, I know exactly what they mean now. I was in a very deep, dark pit. I would never have been able to climb out of that pit if it hadn’t been for Jesus Christ and the Grace and Mercy He offered me. I saw something one day that said, “Jesus loved me when I couldn’t love myself.” That was so very, very true in my case. I was totally incapable of even caring about myself – – or anybody else as far as that goes. I was in such a dark place that I saw no way out other than taking my own life and I thought everybody that knew me would be better off with me gone. But Jesus loved me anyway. He LOVED me at my darkest! So, of course, this verse is special to me.
Colossians 1:26-27 – “The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” There are a couple reasons why I like this verse so well. One reason is because, according to my study Bible, it was Christ’s fulfillment of a plan of God that He would be the Hope of Glory and would be able to be known by everybody and not just a elite few like the false teachers were claiming. God’s plan was that His Son, Jesus Christ, would be able to live in the hearts of all that believed in Him, confessed their sins and walked with Him daily. The other reason I like this verse is that I heard somebody say one day that it didn’t matter what the vessel was (what we looked like, how our lives had been lived) but it mattered what the vessel contained… “Christ, in you, the Hope of Glory. It mattered that we allowed Him in our life and allowed Him to change our life. Isn’t that wonderful, that He takes our old battered, used-up ‘vessels’ and turns them in to the Hope of Glory? It is to me! It truly is to me!!
On March 9, 2011, I shared this verse that I have come to love. Max Lucado shared this. His comments after the verse sort of sums it up for me…
It’s Not What You Do:
“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Jesus Christ.” Romans 8:1 NIV And Max said, “There is never a point at which you are any less saved than you were the first moment Christ saved you. Just because you were grumpy at breakfast doesn’t mean you were condemned at breakfast. When you lost your temper yesterday, you didn’t lose your salvation. Your name doesn’t disappear and reappear in the book of life according to your moods and actions . . . You are saved, not because of what you do, but because of what Christ did.
There are many other verses that are favorites of mine – and I have shared them many times.
The first verse I think of is Isaiah 41:13 – “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.’” Talk about a verse that is a visual!! Doesn’t that remind you of the painting Michelangelo did on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? It shows God’s hand reaching for Adam’s hand, representing God breathing life into Adam in the Garden in the book of Genesis. This was one of the first verses that really caught my attention when I started reading my Bible again after 20 years away from God. Since then, I have often prayed to Him, “I am afraid, God, reach down and hold my right hand. Please? It makes me feel safe and secure. I keep a bookmark in my Bible for this verse because I still go back to it so often. And even though I know the words, I like reading them and like reading in my Bible what I wrote about the verse.
Another favorite of mine is Psalms 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God.” I was praying for a verse to be ‘my’ verse at the beginning of one year and this was the verse I felt like He put in my mind. I didn’t exactly ‘hear’ it the way it was written in Psalms, but I heard it like this – in four very short sentences…
The last one I am going to talk about is Zephaniah 3:17 – “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” This verse just makes me happy to think that God is with me, takes delight in me and rejoices over me with singing. Think about how a Mother will sing to her baby, even after the baby has gone to sleep. She loves that baby so very much that her heart is bursting open and she sings over her baby even while the baby is sleeping. Well, God loves us so much more and He sings over us – even while we might be sleeping! I just LOVE that!
There are also a couple verses in John that a very dear to my heart… not because of what they say, but because of what they taught me. It was a hard lesson but a very sweet lesson at the same time. Maybe one day I will feel led to write about them. I will save that for another day, though. It is late and I need my sleep… Goodnight friends… God bless!!