My morning quiet time is something I really hate to miss. The peaceful morning, warm cup of coffee just the way I like it, a diffuser running next to me with just the perfect essential oil in it to start my day off right and my iPad – with my YouVersion bible app with my daily devotional picks as well as my Kindle App to read, “Jesus Calling.”
I cherish this time and so love when I am reminded of little things that used to be BIG things, but I have let slip away.
Yesterday I was reading my devotional in my YouVersion App, Simplify a 10 day devotional by Bill Hybels and was reminded of having a life verse. I honestly really had not considered this, but you know…..I do have a life verse, and I have just forgotten and not really focused on it being my life verse.
Before I was a Christian and understood anything about who Jesus truly was, my kids were enrolled in a Christian school. This was a particularly difficult season of my life, where I was in the midst of getting a divorce – yet, my children were in a Christian school and I was not a Christian. I saw the joy in their faces and knew I needed to discover more about this Jesus they were learning about.
I decided to memorize their school year verse and to me, this is my life verse.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 4-5
That is the very first verse I ever memorized – and it was even before I had given my life to Jesus.
So this is my verse.
I loved what Bill Hybels said in his ‘Simplify’ devotion:
“Having a life verse is one of the most powerful tools I know for simplifying your life. It keeps you on course and helps you make wise decisions about where to invest your time, energy, and gifts. It drives you to live each day with fervency and passion.”
So perhaps, even if I wasn’t purely intentional with knowing that it was my life verse, I think I knew – there have been many times in my life I have had to just ‘hang-on’ when things seemed so out of control and did not make sense. But I just trusted and you know……He’s made it all alright.
Not always exactly how I would have done things, but ……perfectly His way.