Since spending some time recalling a couple of perfect days spent with family, I’m still very much riding high on a wave of happiness today.
My Favorite Bible Verses
I haven’t always been at peace with God. I spent quite a few years in my 20s without perfect faith, primarily as a result of losing things that were important to me. People, friendships, relationships. My own church even kicked me out because I lived in another city and wasn’t sending them money. Or at least that’s what I took away from it. My faith became weak, and I only relied on it when things were going poorly for me. Looking back, I question how sincere I was, even in times of need.
I can gladly say all of that mess is behind me now. I was welcomed into a new church home with open arms, and I am able to rely on God in most aspects of my life. Some might call me a salad bar Christian, but I’ve decided it’s easier to keep the faith when I don’t muddy it with all the nuances and rules spread around in the Bible. I spend a lot of time in prayer, usually asking for forgiveness, and I believe that the foundation of my faith is love and peace and that if I approach all situations with love and peace that things will always come out right. I fail miserably, but I try to be a Light to others, that they may see the joy that Jesus brings to me and want to be a Light for others, too.
I was confirmed into the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod when I was 14 years old. My parents chose a special Bible verse for my confirmation, and it’s been on standby for me ever since, even in those tumultuous in-between years. To me, Romans 8:38 and 39 signifies for me that I can always come to Jesus, no matter how far I stray or how much failure I encounter. I even have it tattooed on my leg.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8: 38-39
A second verse that resonates fondly with me is Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. The Byrds did a lovely rendition of this verse in their song, Turn, Turn, Turn. No matter where I’m at in my life, this verse is able to speak to me, boiling down to the universal theme that we are allotted just a certain amount of time on this earth, and we need to use our time for good. I am most amazed at the timelessness of this verse. Since the beginning of time, every human on earth has experienced the same birth, death, and free will to do as he pleases in between.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
In a world where passing judgment is cloaked as “ministry”, I prefer to think that Jesus would have chosen love over all else. First John, chapter three is all about loving and helping our neighbors. This one verse is easily a summation of how I try to live my life.
I could list wonderful pieces of scripture all day long, but I’ll close with one last verse from Galatians. It’s the Fruit of the Spirit verse and a wonderful guide for peaceful living.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Oh, and one more because I can’t help myself!
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philipians 4:8
I hope you’ve enjoyed this walk through my favorite scripture. It brings me a great deal of joy to share it.
Tomorrow’ topic: My Favorite Holiday