I received an interesting question from a faithful reader this week. Judie S. took me seriously when I offered, right here in this blog several months ago, to pray for specific needs of my BFFs. Judie has regularly sent me prayer requests and updates on Papa God’s answers. I’m talking details of her life and thoughts and discouragements and small victories.
And a cool thing happened.
Judie and I have become penpals. I totally look forward to her wonderful, newsy emails about the craziness of life as she takes care of her handicapped adult son while dealing with her own severe health problems. Yes, her accounts are truly wonderful because Judie has an incredibly optimistic Christ-centered view of life. She has chosen to “look for the funny” and inspires me and everyone around her with her upbeat and often hilarious takes on what you or I might consider the terribly hard things that she encounters daily.
So this week, Judie asked me to share with her my favorite verses. My eyes immediately swiveled to the corner of my writing cave (read: office) where I keep my personal Mt. Sinai. (That’s the place where Moses heard from God in the middle of the desert in Exodus 19.)
My Mt. Sinai is actually a Styrofoam poster board plastered with dozens and dozens of sticky notes bearing scripture that has jumped off the page of my Bible and into my heart at various times in my life when I needed specific guidance from the Almighty.
Yep. My Mt. Sinai is the place where I hear from God in the middle of my desert.
Not very pretty or organized or even dignified, I’ll admit. But it’s a whole lot better than when I used to keep the growing mass of sticky notes on my bathroom mirror. Hey, I wanted to SEE them conveniently and be able to meditate on them while performing everyday tasks that I couldn’t avoid. But when it got to the point that you couldn’t see enough of your face to successfully brush your teeth, Spouse tactfully asked me to please consider moving my spirit-motivators to a different location. So I came up with the portable styrofoam mountain that can go with me wherever I wander.
(Since we had our bathroom remodeled with an even bigger mirror, I’ve begun discreetly sneaking new sticky note verses back there until they start to impede visual contact – it IS SUCH a fabulous location – at which time I transfer the dozen or so verses to Mt. Sinai and start over.) Am I bad or what?
So here are some of the verses that have inspired, aspired, and transpired my life over the past decades:
My Mission Verse while writing Too Blessed to be Stressed: “The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.” (Isaiah 50:4 NIV)
“Joy seeds are planted in good heart-soil. So, God’s people, shout praise to God, give thanks to our Holy God.” (Psalm 97: 11-12 MSG)
“Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” (Psalm 37:7 NASB)
“Live generously.” (Matthew 5:42 MSG)
“We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corin 10:5b NIV)
“All this is for our benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause THANKSGIVING to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore do NOT lose heart.” (2 Corin 4:15 NIV, emphasis mine)
“When darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in.” (Psalm 112:4 NLT)
“Your task is to be true, not popular.” (Luke 6:26 MSG)
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21 ESV)
“My cry brings me right into his presence – a private audience!” (Psalm 18:6 MSG)
“I love you, God – you make me strong.” (Psalm 18:1 MSG)
Plus a few from my mirror stash:
“Hold on to the good.” (1 Thes 5:21 NIV)
“God in dependable love shows up on time …” (Psalm 59:10 MSG)
“I will always show you where to go.” (Isaiah 58:11 MSG)
“Consider carefully how you listen.” (Luke 8:18 NIV)
“Be free to enjoy God! Oh, I’ll make you ride high and soar above it all.” (Isaiah 58:14 MSG)
“Rescue the perishing; don’t hesitate to step in and help!” (Prov 24:11 MSG)
And the one I’ve leaned heavily on time after time after time during the past year:
“Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.” (Hebrews 4:16 NLT)
So, dearest BFF, won’t you share your favorite verse(s) from your personal Mt. Sinai with your soul sisters? I’ll bet you a double scoop of Chunky Monkey that someone in our BFF community needs to hear how Papa God ‘s Word has specifically helped you so He can speak to her heart also. Hugs to you from me!