At this time last year I was still scouring my Bible in prayer to find the Scripture verse the Lord had for me, for 2011. I had never thought of having a piece of Scripture to focus on, lean on, and trust in for one year’s time. BUT after reading a couple different blogs I started to realize there could be benefit to this New Year’s tradition. Totally different than a goal or resolution – instead of giving something up I was agreeing to focus on God and trust Him through His words.
My verse for 2011 was Isaiah 4:6, “It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.” There were many times throughout this past year I felt overwhelmed and nearly trampled with life’s hurdles yet this verse came back to me each time. I didn’t need to hide from the struggles but instead trust in His shelter and shade, His protection is sufficient when I trust. I’m thankful for this verse.
As I prayed and asked God to show me the verse of Scripture He had for me this year I always ended up in the Psalms. Each time I read I was drawn to the same chapter so I focused on this for a time. This past Sunday as I sat in church the urge to open my Bible up to Psalm 62 returned but this time with the verses. As I read, tears moistened my eyes:
“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him! He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress. I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”
Psalm 62:5-8 NIV
A longer piece of Scripture to study, memorize and trust in yet one that warms my heart even as I share it with you. It wasn’t until I was typing this blog that I noticed the theme of God as my refuge in both my 2011 and 2012 verses.
You might think this is my one-word for 2012 but it isn’t. You will have to wait until tomorrow’s blog to find out the one-word the Lord placed on my heart. Hint – It was and remains my mother’s one-word…I hope she will share. lol
I’ve written this verse on an index card to be used as a bookmark, similar to my 2011 verse of last year. I’ve included my one-word and Scripture verse of 2011 on the back as a reminder of God’s provision and love in the past as I move forward with a new verse and word, knowing when my eyes, ears, and heart are open to others as my year progresses in His will, not mine.
Be sure to read tomorrow's blog
for my One-Word of 2012!
What Scripture Verse will you trust in for this year? Feel free to share here or in the Forum. :) Lisa
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