Wednesday Verse

When our children were small, this verse was one that I included in their memorization. It was a great one for me to think on too. So, I printed it out in a lovely font, and I framed it. There is a copy in our hallway, and one in our dining room.

These two places seemed appropriate. School work was done in the dining room, and of course our meals took place there. Any bickering was usually stopped with a finger-point to the verse and a recitation of it by any child, or all. The copy in the hallway is passed by me at the beginning and end of each day, and I always need reminding of it.

Ephesians 4:31-32 King James Version (KJV)

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

I think our nation needs reminding of this as well. Insults are being flung, minds are focusing on items that are of little or no value. We’ve already been forgiven. Let’s extend that to others.


Wednesday Verse

Wednesday, that day of the week that you look toward on Monday. That day you reach, starting to drag a bit, and wondering how you’re going to make it through two more days of school, work, or parenting until you have help on the weekend.

For all those reasons I stated above, I believe that mid-week church services were held to help encourage Believers to forge ahead. I haven’t researched this, and I don’t really know when mid-week services became popular, or the proper thing to do. Paul speaks of having services every day. That probably wouldn’t fit into many of our schedules. So, daily devotions are another option.

I would like to share a verse each Wednesday. One that God has led me to, or seems appropriate for the day. Just a bit of encouragement to get through the rest of the week.

Philippians 4:13 King James Version (KJV)

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

When our children memorized this one, it was like a blank check to them. And rightly so. Children take things literally, and accept with an innocence that we lose as we grow older. But this verse doesn’t give you super powers, or a new house, car, better-paying job, or make you popular on social media.

It is saying, that with Christ, you are strong. You can face those battles of financial struggles, raising children, cancer, loss of a job, etc. He gives you the ability to do what you need to do…and I’ve witnessed this in my own life over and over. To be with Christ, you need to be in His Word, praying without ceasing, having Him the center of your world. Rather like learning the words to a new song you heard on the radio, and you love it. Your mind keeps straying to it. Or a new boyfriend/girlfriend. Your thoughts are filled with that person. And you feel as though you can move mountains.

Philippians 4:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 I can do all things [a]through Him who strengthens me.

It’s Wednesday, and you can do it!



A Balm to the Soul

I have always been amazed that whenever I go to the Bible, God leads me to be where I should be reading. It is not always what I want to hear or apply to my life. Some of it is written for a certain people in a different time period, but applications can be made. This is what I turned to this morning, and I wanted to share it with all of you.


Psalm 111:1-10:

1)Praise ye the Lord, I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. 2)The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all of them that have pleasure therein. 3)His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.  4)He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion. 5)He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant. 6)He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen. 7)The works of his hands are verity and judgement: all his commandments are sure. 8)They stand fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. 9)He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. 10)The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. (Scripture copied from the authorized King James Version of the Bible.)

Wow! My Christian walk has been a little shaky over the past few weeks. When you have been through a battle, and injured, you have to heal. Not just physically, but mentally and spiritually. That takes time. You start out with small, shaky, baby steps, but you keep walking, and you stay on the path. God will lead and direct, he will provide light and shelter when you need it.

I encourage you to read the above passage again and again. I used the King James Version today because that is what I use in my writing. I think it is a beautiful translation, one that I had our children memorize in. It flows and sounds very pretty. For everyday reading, I usually use my New American Standard, a little easier to understand at times. But I think the above is pretty clear.

Christmas is drawing near. It is very easy to ‘get off the path’ and put our minds on other ‘things’. We get caught up in the hustle and bustle and all the ‘things’ we ‘should’ do. Please remember that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior. Keep him FIRST in all your activities and thoughts of the day. It will not return void!