I turned the door knob and opened my bedroom door this morning. A bit surprised, I was immediately and delightfully hit by brightness. So much light streamed into my kitchen windows. The sunshine was like a congenial greeter at a fancy hotel welcoming me to a brand new day. Aw! It’s a beautiful day. I’m a huge fan of light and sometimes it’s the little things that help us enjoy the journey, right? This was true for me today.
Here are a few simple things which filled me with joy today:
- Waking up from a great night’s sleep in a bed with newly changed clean sheets. (Heavenly)
- Eating a piping hot blueberry waffle made by my honey! (Delicious and thoughtful)
- Breakfast enjoyed together with him and not alone. (Important)
- The crisp March air filling my lungs as I walked outdoors with a friend. (Invigorating)
- Praying as we walked and enjoying God’s presence. (Vital)
- A friendly reminder text on my phone “Good morning Ms.Blogger today is blogging day!” (Needed)
As I started to write today, I had so many things in mind and I couldn’t get my mind to land on anything. Then when I finally sat down to write all thoughts and ideas that had been ping-ponging around in my head vanished. “POOF!”
Shocked by my mind’s completely blank canvas, I sat. What? My mind is NEVER blank. I’m always thinking about something. Why am I at a loss for words? Well, Rachel if you don’t know what you’re thinking how are you going to articulate any thoughts to anyone else? Oh, just grab the laptop and get started anyway.
I opened my laptop and entered the password, but something caught my eye beyond the screen. I saw a small stack of verse cards with a green bow tied around them. These verse cards we had used when our three children were tiny. I found them in a cabinet months ago and have used them from time to time. I flipped through a few again today. Maybe I was stalling or looking for inspiration. I ‘m not exactly sure. But I landed on one. It hit my spirit today. It was a zinger! In quietness and trust is your strength.
This set is called “Foundation Verses” It contains a note to the parents on the first card. Here’s part of the note:
(Children are never too young to begin memorizing Bible verses! Although their minds may not understand every word, our prayer is that their spirits will be touched. As their life experiences add to their understanding, these verses will come to mean even more to them. Foundation Verses are intended to be used with preschoolers but may also be used by others. These verses have been chosen for the basic truths they contain. God bless you, David and Sally Michael.)
Sometimes it’s the little things that matter. These simple truths are so important not only for the preschooler but to ME. They may be short enough for the pre-schooler to memorize but that doesn’t mean they are any less profound. (As their life experiences add to their understanding, these verses will come to mean even more to them.) That sentence in the note to parents rang true in my mind. It was incredibly impactful to me.
My life experiences have taught me the importance of these verses and do mean so much to me. This is exactly the lesson I am learning. I’m learning to trust God in many situations and quietness is a great companion for trust. In quietness and trust is your strength. Isaiah 30:15
Here are a few “Foundation Verses” I’d like to share:
- The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10
- And do not forget to do good and share with others. Hebrews 13:16 a
- What is impossible with men is possible with God. Luke 18:27 * I needed this one too!
- I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 411 b
- This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
- Every good and perfect gift is from above. James 1:17
And I’ll repeat and conclude with the simple yet profound verse I needed today:
- In quietness and trust is your strength. Isaiah 30:15
Maybe you needed one or more of these above mentioned foundation verses today. Select one and say it aloud because as I mentioned in last weeks blog post, it’s good to talk to yourself.
What verse or passage has been helpful to you recently? Do share!