I love baking bread. All shapes, all sizes. Banana bread. Rye bread. Yeast rolls. Submarine rolls. Zucchini bread. Focaccia. Garlic bread. Pizza dough. White bread. Wheat bread.
I love the feel of dough. I love the kneading process. I love the smells of fresh baked bread. I love freezing sweet breads, so that we can enjoy them all winter long.
As important as bread is for physical sustenance, the Word of God is essential for all of life.
My list of favorite verses keeps growing! The more that I read the Bible, the more I want to know.
These are some of my favorites…
My “life verse” is 1 Corinthians 15:58~
“Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
My basis for salvation is found in Acts 4:12~
“Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name, under Heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved” (in context, the name of Jesus!).
My understanding of my own sinfulness, forces me to fall daily at the feet of Jesus~
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) and “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).
When I feel like weeping, I always turn to Lamentations 3~
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope. Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed. His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness.” (verses 21-23).
I have two favorite Psalms. Psalm 1 which I memorized in 3rd grade and Psalm 139 which I read every day while I was on an 8 week mission trip in Australia.
When I want to go my own way, I remember Proverbs 3:5,6~
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”
When I am tempted to think too highly of myself, I meditate on Philippians 2~
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” (this is just the beginning of an amazing passage of how Jesus is to be our example for life).
When I am fearful, I read Philippians 4:6,7~
“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 minds in Christ Jesus.”
When I feel inadequate, I quote Philippians 4:13~
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
The truth is that I could go on and on and on sharing “favorite” verses and passages from scripture. The Bible is full of truth and instruction, encouragement and promises, hope and abundance. It gives us purpose and meaning and puts the difficulties of life into a beautiful perspective.
It forces us to take our gaze off of the daily struggles of life and raise them to our mighty God- the creator of all things, the sustainer of life, the author and perfecter of our faith. It teaches us how to live. It gives us an endless opportunity to get to know God more.
So, if you are tempted to think that the Bible is dull, I would challenge you to start reading it on a daily basis. Read the Word of God as often as you eat. Pray that God would help you to hunger and thirst for His Word. And ALWAYS read verses in context. Find out why the author said what he did. There is much to explore and discover.
Please add your favorite verse(s) to the comments!!!!
(verses are quoted from the King James Version and New International Version)