For the past several years I have asked the Lord to give me a verse for that year. It is a verse that I meditate on, pray to Him and claim as a promise to me.
Last year, Isaiah 43:19 was the verse that He gave me.
"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."
I have always loved that whole chapter of Isaiah. It always spoke deep truth & insight to me. So, with my new verse I was anxious to see what the Lord had to show me & accomplish in my life. I had my idea's of what he could (& hopefully) do, but I of course didn't know.
It wasn't until I was reading the Bible in my quiet time a few mornings ago that I realized what the "new thing" was that God began in my life. He opened the door and gave me the opportunity to be the leader of a very exciting mom's ministry in my church. It is something that I have been involved in in a variety of ways for a few years, but didn't think I would be leading it. This has been very exciting to me as I get to do what I love most-minister to & encourage moms.
So, I began praying and asking the Lord to show me a new verse for the new year. I had actually forgot about it until I was at a meeting the other night & the one leading the meeting was sharing some verses and one of those really stood out to me & I felt the Spirit say, "That is it, there is your verse." I got really excited though no one else in the meeting knew what was going on.
Ephesians 3:20&21 is my verse for 2009.
"Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."
For about 3 years now, my husband & I have been on a roller coaster ride that we would really like to get off of. We have battled with our selves & are learning to trust & rest. It is a daily dying to self. It is a daily decision to to say, "God I know you are enough."
This verse is more confirmation to me & can arm me with the strength that he has for me. This verse is a daily reminder that of all that I try to ask for & think of for him to do for us, He has even greater things in store. More than I can imagine. WOW!
"He is able to do exceeding abudnatly more beyond all that we ask or think..."
That gives me chill bumps. Do you know why? Because we have been asking for a lot! Not material things, but we have been asking for wisdom, strength & understanding, and we often feel clueless. Have you ever felt like that?
I encourage you to ask for your verse. He knows what you need & He wants to pour His words into your soul.
What is your verse & how has it blessed you and strengthened you?