Five Everyday Scriptures You Need To Hold Close
I know, just five….
These are my everyday go to scriptures. Without question my heart contains hundreds more which I draw from often, but these are the five I find myself claiming every single day.
1. John 14:27 ~ Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Ahh fear and worry. As a woman and a mother, I know these two quite personally. When T was brand new and we struggled just to keep him breathing and worked our way through surgery after surgery, I became very familiar with these two. Too familiar. Because T survived and even thrived and healed miraculously fast I found myself realizing that I actually didn’t need to own that fear or that worry. God had everything covered. My fear of losing him caused me such intense suffering. I need not have owned it. He is strong and healthy and absolutely amazing. But, while I know that God has it covered, owning it in the difficult times can feel impossible. I often remind myself that it is written….
2. Psalm 118:24~ This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
It’s easy to let a small thing ruin your day. It’s easy to get so overwhelmed with your every day that you lose sight of your blessings. That’s why it’s important to me to remind myself of the truth in this verse. It doesn’t simply say today is to be endured, or even today is to be a source of contentment but rather, today is to be a source of joy. We should be rejoicing. The hearts within our chests are beating, the sun outside is shining, we love and are loved, we are the children of the one true God, we live in a beautiful world full of amazing places, majestic creatures, inspiring people, with a canvas of blue sky and sun rays over our heads. We are blessed in millions of ways and to sacrifice that gratitude over a bad mood or a headache is a loss that costs too much. We are to be glad. Every moment of every day our Heavenly Father is blessing us with sources of joy and reasons to be glad. Sometimes we only have to open our door and step outside, sometimes we have to climb out from beneath the covers, and sometimes we have to look within to find our gifts and use them in order to truly recognize that this life we have is full of opportunities to be glad and rejoice.
3. 2 Timothy 1:7 ~ For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
I mentioned up there in number one about fear. I mention it because we do live in a fallen world. We do not, however, live in a fallen world without protection, guidance, grace and mercy. It is important when you see that scary headline or hear of a neighbor being robbed, or have a frightening thought that you claim this verse. I have to be reminded. We all have to be reminded from time to time. We are not given a spirit of fear but instead we ARE given, POWER – LOVE and a SOUND MIND. I’ll take those over fear every day. They are mine. It is written…
4. 2 Corinthians 5:7 ~ For we walk by faith, not by sight.
This is the follow-up verse I always confess after 2 Timothy 1:7. The world can look really scary. We need to remember that though the things that frighten us are real in this world, so is our God, so is our armor and so are the angels that surround us. His word is realer than anything else. It contains truth we are rarely exposed to in any other form. It is bigger and more powerful than anything out there. We walk with Him, by His word recognizing that His favor is upon us, His presence surrounds us, His spirit is within us and we need not be swayed by the things in this reality. The truth is much bigger than anything our eyes could see. It is our heart that knows.
5. Psalm 23: 1-3 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Do you have a verse that you find yourself claiming again and again. Don’t be shy. Share with us.