One of my goals for 2018 is to blog about my faith more consistently. I mean, it is half of my blog name after all and, ya know, basically what my life revolves around and stuff. However, this topic is one of the more challenging topics for me. It’s so controversial, I’m not super educated about the Bible, and there’s so much that is open to interpretation. I never want people to think that my way is the best/only way. We’re all living different lives and that’s the beauty of having a relationship with Jesus – it’s personal and we each get to forge our own paths with him. So whenever I blog about my faith, just remember that’s all I’m doing, too – I’m just also sharing it on a very public platform.
So let’s dive into the five Bible verses that have helped shape my life.
This is probably one of the hardest for me to share, so I figured I would tackle it first. I went through a really hard time in 2017 and, to be blunt, I just felt abandoned. And then I felt guilty and ashamed for feeling abandoned, because I know God hasn’t abandoned me. This Psalm was shared with me at a women’s retreat in October and I felt immediate comfort from it.
- It was written by King David, who was described as a man after God’s own heart, so for him to feel like this too meant I was in good company.
- Did you see the ending?! I have no idea how much time lapsed between verse four and the two last verses, but that doesn’t matter to me. All that does matter is that it ends with my heart rejoicing.
Honestly, the entire book of Romans is nearly highlighted in my Bible, but especially Romans 12. That poor chapter is six different colors! But the first two verses speak heavily to me because my life was transformed by the renewal of my mind.
In my testimony, I speak about not being raised as a Christian. I had a lot of views and beliefs that didn’t align with God’s Word at the time I was saved seven years ago. I can simply look back and see exactly how my life has transformed. All because my mind has been renewed by the Holy Spirit.
And even now, as I face spiritual trial at the age of 27, this verse reminds me that I am always in a state of renewal. It’s so easy to let the trash of this world clog your mind. Concentrating on this verse helps me to re-focus.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Other than John 3:16, this is one of the first passages of Scripture I ever memorized. When I originally memorized it six or so years ago, it was during a very busy time in my life. I was working split shifts and going to school in between, so this verse refreshed my inner self, even though my outer self was dog-tired!
Now at 27 years old, as a stay at home mom with a two year old, I find comfort in this bible verse, especially verse 18. As a mom it is so easy to lose track of the big picture. Between wiping faces, picking up toys, and washing dishes, it’s easy for me to lose focus on the “unseen”.
I imagine I will find comfort in this bible verse through all my seasons of life.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
Remember how a little bit ago I said I wasn’t very educated about the Bible? Well, end times prophesy is one of those areas. I find it very hard to muddle through, but not this verse. This bible verse gets me excited!
I remember memorizing it for a Sunday school class and just feeling electric as I read it over and over.
When I start to lose sight of the “unseen”, this bible verse helps re-focus my vision. This is the “unseen” that the passage in 2 Corinthians references.
The book of James is another one that is almost entirely highlighted! The struggle to pick just one verse from it was real!
This bible verse, while highly controversial, made a deep impact on me shortly after I became a Christian. After becoming a Christian as an adult, you have to learn an entirely new way to live – from making big decisions to your everyday routines. This bible verse helps to guide me in my daily decisions.
James expands on this concept in verses 18 and 19. This is not one of those instances that is left up to interpretation or personal conviction. Faith and deeds go hand in hand. Your fruit is how you show your faith.
These five bible verses have greatly impacted me in my short time as a Christian. Some of them help me muddle through the bad times, some help me live out my faith, and others help me keep my eyes on the big picture. Concentrating on these bible verses during my Christian walk have helped me to mature these last seven years. And reflecting on them to write this post was a very insightful experience!
What are some of your favorite bible verses?