A couple of years ago, I was in a bible study with a group of really amazing, lovely women. Our leader shared with us a bible verse that she said was her line, a verse which completely changed the direction of her life. Hearing this, I realized I had a couple of those lines too. They didn’t exactly change my life, but they really spoke to me, giving me encouragement and comfort.
I share them with you for today’s for mid-week inspiration. Enjoy!
Hebrews 12:1, two translations:
“And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us.” (Contemporary English Version)
“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (New International Version)
This verse really jumped out at me. When I first read it, my husband was recovering from his near-fatal illness and, due to this illness, adjusting to his new life as a double amputee. Plus, we had a new baby girl in the house, along with two elementary school-aged boys. Life felt very hectic, and we were going down a completely unexpected path.
In reading this verse from Hebrews, I pictured our family running in a huge race, perhaps a marathon. Both sides of a big city street lined with people, us running like mad toward the finish line. I imagined huge smiles on our faces, running toward the finish line, all the spectators waving their arms and cheering us on. This tiny little verse, written in a time when the world was very different, wrapped me in comfort at a time in my life when I really needed some encouragement. It made me feel like, “come on gang, we can do this!” This is my bible line.
1 Peter 3:4
“Be beautiful in your heart by being gentle and quiet.” (Contemporary English Version)
This one just speaks to me, in a world that always seems so loud, and moves so fast. It reminds me to be mindful, and that calm and quiet can be just as powerful as their opposites.
Blessings to all for a beautiful rest of the week…
and I encourage you to share some of your favorite verses too!