The goal of lowering television viewing has been surprisingly simple to achieve, and I find I don't miss it much at all. I'm a sucker for sports, though. So I must admit March Madness has been in my recent purview. (Go Duke!) -- I'm proud to say I've increased my reading in lieu of tv.
Slowing down and taking in my surroundings has been a top priority, as well, and I'm happy with the progress there. (I'm sure to expound on that with other posts.)
That still lives priority numero uno: strengthening my walk with God. While I consider that to be a constant, ongoing goal, I wanted to take this specific time to put in some work. I have been more consistently reading my Bible and teachings in book form.
Are you familiar with the term "life verse"? Until fairly recently, I had never even heard this term. According to What Christians Want to Know, "a life verse is a verse from the Bible (or a small passage) that you choose to be your most favorite verse; it is the one that you commit to memory to share with others."
Well, I have a lot of favorite verses! Yet somehow I felt like I was lacking a life verse. "How can that be?" I briefly wondered. Then I put it out of my mind.
About a week ago, I downloaded Charles Stanley's Handle with Prayer: Unwrap the Source of God's Strength for Living. I'm on chapter 3, and was blown away from the start. (Partly, I'm sure, because my prayer life needs a huge makeover.)
I talk to God every day. All day. That part I have down. I'm confident God hears and answers my prayers. The area I feel in my soul needs improvement is listening. I know I receive guidance from the Holy Spirit, but it's highly doubtful I "get it" the first time around. Know what I mean?
The part of the journey I'm on now, for example. The idea of making a change and taking my life in a different direction has been on my heart for years. Yep, I said years. But I was likely listening to my own understanding so hard, I failed to hear God's perfect plan. The one that would have gotten me on the right, bright path sooner.
The title of the first chapter of Handle with Prayer is "Unveiling the Hidden". I want to know everything God has in store for me. Don't you want that for yourself? Well, that would require listening. Some patience and waiting. And listening.
To apply this more directly to my everyday life: I want to know how to use everything God put on this earth for good. What does that insect do to improve my life? How can that weed improve my health? How can I spread the word and widen the movement? How can I save the resources He provided for future generations?
Yes, there are resources (many! and good ones!) that I can use online and off to facilitate answers to a few of those questions. But the passionate, all-encompassing answers? I believe they come from Him. The one who knows all. The one who knows His plan better than any. The one who put those resources there in the first place!
And that's where I found my life verse. It's not just a new favorite verse. It's a verse that I will recite to myself constantly. Write it on the walls of my heart. I know where to go to get my questions answered.
So sayeth Jeremiah 33:3 --
Do you have a life verse? Share it in the comments below! Do you remember how it came to be the one?
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