This year I am participating in the Siesta Sisters Scripture Memory Challenge with the lovely Beth Moor and Living Proof Ministries. On the first and the fifteenth of each month I have been posting a single verse that I selected.
If I'm being honest I haven't been that thoughtful about my verses, they were just random choices, verses that jumped out to me during my quiet times. Well I was writing them all down (to help with the memorizing bit) and looking at them collectively and I determined that God is definitely trying to tell me something big...
"Humble yourself, therefore, under God's mighty hand that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you!" 1 Peter 4:6-7
"But He said to me, 'my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ's power may rest on me." 2 Corinthians 12:9
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but rather a spirit of power, love, and self discipline." 1 Timothy 1:7
"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." John 14:27
"Whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of God will also acknowledge him before the angels of God." Luke 12:8
Have you picked up on the big overlying message? Let me spell it out for you like I needed it spelled out to me. In my head and heart I am hearing God firmly and patiently say: "Shannon, why are you doubting my power? Why are you still fearful?" So now I am praying that this year of scripture memory will teach me to not be timid, but to stand strongly and fearlessly with my God, to acknowledge his works in my life and praise him for the plan he has for me, rather than worry about what that plan may look like.
And here is the verse I selected for today:
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things shall be given to you as well. Therefore DO NOT worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:33-34
Hello! Duh Shannon!
Don't you just love how Jesus COMMANDS us not to worry about tomorrow, doesn't just suggest it... commands. "Do not worry, shannon. Just don't! Why? Because I am your God who loves you, that's why!"