Over this week, I’m going to post short devotions just to keep in touch. With all the busyness over Christmas and the coming New Year, I decided to just keep them simple. This week I’m going to post some of my favourite verses and songs with a brief explanation about why they mean something special to me. I encourage you to reply with some of your own and why you like whatever you chose.
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
Philippians 4: 8 (NASB)
This was the first verse I wrote in the back of my Bible when I was a teenager – the first time I wanted to record something that meant a lot to me. Back then, at my church, writing in your Bible was something very important, something that you only did to show key verses. Writing in your Bible was almost a ‘holy event’.
I had a wonderful Sunday School teacher during my teens – Mrs. Grant who owned a jewellery store with her husband. She was likely 50 or more since her children were grown and gone. However, as teen girls, we thought she was amazing since she always looked gorgeous and dressed so elegantly. But more than that, in her very quiet way, she really reinforced how important it was for us as young Christian women to be all that God created us to be, and not to settle for something less.
I remember discussing Philippians 4: 8 in our class, and deciding that I wanted that verse to guide my life. I wanted to go after things that were uplifting and excellent, so when I got home I wrote that verse in my Bible on a blank page at the back. Over the years, I have often returned to that verse when I’ve gotten bogged down with negative thinking and wasting time with frivolous stuff.
Now, during the pandemic lockdown, that verse strikes home again. It’s so easy to get depressed with all the confusing, frightening news, and with being so isolated. There is a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccines beginning to arrive, but one can also be worried thinking we won’t get the vaccine personally for several months. Perhaps we should copy that verse on a piece of paper and stick it on our frig or bathroom mirror, or in our car. We need to focus on the good things, the wonderful things God has done for us. That verse keeps our focus in the right place.
Your favourite verse???
Our song for today is Hosanna (Praise is Rising) by Paul Baloche