Verse 1: Isaiah 43:2 NIV
January 1st. I thought... I'll pick a verse that was important to me in the past.
I remember being at church for a prayer meeting on a Wednesday evening. Perhaps around March 2006? One of our friends, Jeff P., had went up front to share a verse... he didn't know why he shared it. He just felt compelled to do so. And I was on my feet before I realized it... with my heart in my throat. Reaching into my pocket I pulled out a scrap of paper that had Isaiah 43:2 written on it. Pastor Dave asked women to come down and pray for me. It was the first time I really remember having people surround me in prayer during my depression. It was a glimpse of hope.
Verse 2: Psalm 121:3-4 NIV
January 15th. By the time we were to pick out our second verse, I had watched Beth's mini-tutorial about RENEW (see this post). I was struck with the fact that it is helpful to memorize scripture you NEED. So, on January 15th, I thought... what verse WILL I need during the next two weeks? Wow! Being pro-active... you know I love it!
What was ahead of me... Anthony leaving for Ethiopia... and the inauguration. I asked the Lord to show me a verse that captured His care for me during Anthony's trip... and His concern for the changing times. Looking back... I can see where I was being a demanding, but God is faithful!
Verse 3: Mark 9:28-29 KJV
February 1st. Sometimes I think that what I bring to the table is enough. That I know what to pray... or what to say... or what the Lord would want me to do... in certain situations. Basically, a feeling of pride... "It's okay, God... I can handle this one from here."
But lately, I have been in situations that I can't handle. That when I come to the proverbial table... I've got nothing. No words. No thoughts. Nothing. Nothing, but God. And so, during these past few days, I have been brought back to the realization that there really are some things... well, many things... that I can do absolutely nothing about... except pray.
I decided to use the King James Version of this verse because it included "and fasting." Some versions do not include these two little words. Although I am not someone who "fasts" per se, those two little words add a punch to the verse. "Prayer and fasting" to me means... more than a little popcorn prayer that I throw up to God and say, "Help!" It reminds me that sometimes, there are situations that require more intense time in prayer. A more intense time of realizing that I shouldn't be trying to "cast out demons" without first going to the Lord in prayer.
And so, I have found out that there is much more to memorizing scripture than... well, memorizing scripture. There is an incredible, awesome God with this amazing plan who keeps His promises... who keeps me close... and who reminds me that in all things I can turn to Him and He hears me. Thank you, God!