Some Hope-filled Words…

 

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This Week’s Topic: Choose a Verse ~ (choose any verse in the Bible and write about it. what it means to you, how God has used it in your life, a picture, a video, a poem…anything pertaining to that verse.)

I could not pick one verse, because there are three verses that are close to my heart in the bible that I would love to write about today. They are from the book of Philippians, chapter 4 verses 4-7:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Why did I choose to write about these verses?

When I traveled 5,267 miles from London to Phoenix, Arizona on my own when I was 18 years old, I embarked on the adventure of a life time. Arriving at my motel room, I took off my very heavy rucksack (filled with my possessions that would support me for 4 months) and slumped down on the bed.

On arrival in Phoenix...
On my own in Phoenix…

I began to cry.

Alone. Thousands of miles away from my family. In a new place. Strangers everywhere. The unknown stretched before me. I felt uncertain. Afraid. Oh so very alone.

Breathing in slowly, I noticed that there was a bible tucked neatly in a gap of a side table. I did not bring mine all this way because, to be honest, I was not sure if I was allowed to bring one along on the volunteer programme I had enrolled on. (Looking back, I realise I could have brought my own bible and it would not have been a problem.)

I reached for the bible and opened it up and my eyes were directed to those three beautiful, comforting verses. God spoke to my heart. In my moment of loneliness, He was there. My eyes kept looking upon them over and over again.

Rejoice!

The Lord is near.

Do not be anxious about anything.

In every situation (yes, including this one), by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving let my requests be made known to God.

God’s peace which surpasses all understanding (yes, including my own limited understanding), will guard my heart and mind in Jesus.

These hope-filled verses are such an amazing truth that can be held onto in all situations and circumstances. God is very much near to us. We can bring our prayers to Him. Although He may not answer them in the ways that we, in our limited understanding, would like, He will give us His peace through whatever circumstance we find ourselves in. Our heart and our mind is guarded in Christ. We are protected. We are comforted. We are loved.

In that moment, my loneliness was replaced by His awesome presence in my heart and mind. My fear was replaced by the hope that I have in Jesus Christ. I could give thanks because I had made it halfway across the world and had an amazing opportunity in front of me. I could be honest and open in prayer before God.

He knows me more than I know myself. He is faithful and true. I know that I can trust Him in all things.

These verses are still so close to my heart. I have a natural tendency to be anxious. But I know that I do not need to be anxious about anything because I have a God who is near, who hears my prayer and who freely gives me His peace. There is such a need to rejoice in that truth!

What more could I want in this life, than the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord? (Philippians 3:8).


Next Week’s (September 23) Topic: What Are You Reading? (share what book or books you are reading or have read that really lit your fire and why. are there books that have made a difference in your life? if you have a ‘library’ in your home, share some of the books that you have.)

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Hi! It's nice to see you here! A little about me: I am a Christian who loves Jesus. I am blessed with a loving husband Joel and we have a baby on the way. My time is often spent writing, planning a meal around dessert, looking after the home, visiting others or having others visit me, laughing, reading a good book, seeing new places, going for walks in the country, dancing and singing to music, and preaching behind my ironing board with the bible open on it (it's the right height & nobody's watching, I hope).

4 thoughts on “Some Hope-filled Words…

  1. Ruth, I love these verses, too. Most of the time I focus on the first one and the last one, but really the middle one is what make the other two possible – The Lord is near. Since He is near, I can rejoice and not be anxious.

  2. What a comfort those words must have brought you. I’ve been in low place and the sweet words of the Bible have filled my soul with joy, hope, and love too. Thanks so much for sharing.

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