I am not one to be a reader. I cannot sit down for hours and read books or anything like that. I am just not the best with interpreting people’s work or knowing what most big words mean. So when it comes to the Bible, I struggle a lot. I can never read a whole chapter without getting sidetracked. But I did find one book that I felt I could understand and that was Romans. Paul is a very plain and simple writer so if you are like me and struggle with reading big books or interpreting text, read Romans.
But one thing I really love, is verses. I feel like verses help me through so much. I just say them to myself and they can get me through anything.
During a middle school summer camp where I was a leader, we had to go on this thing called high ropes. Basically it was a trust exercise. You would climb up this wooden ladder, then walk across a rope while holding onto a rope, then just walk on a rope, and then try and jump to this bar (which no one could even get close to). Well when I was walking across the rope with nothing to hold onto, being 30+ feet in the air, all I had was a cross in front of me. The people who were manning my harness, kept telling me not to look down. Because if you look down then you would fall. So I have anxiety and I actually started to panic in the middle of the rope. But what I realized was that I should be saying a verse and look at the cross. I kept repeating to myself, Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”. And it helped me get across. I just kept saying it over and over. Verses are very powerful.
“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
1 Peter 5:7
“Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares for you”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understandings, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.”
“For the Lord did not come to condemn the World but to change the World through Him.”
“She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”
“He preformed wonders that can’t be fathomed, miracles that can’t be counted”
2 Timothy 1:9
“He has saved us and called us to holy life- not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace.”