no worries, just peace this summer

June 14, 2017

This is week 3 of our summer memory challenge and I must confess, the past week it seems to have been much harder to find time to review our passage with my family. As summer seems to be getting busier, let’s encourage one another to stay the course!

This week’s passage is one of my favorites. I learned it as a young girl. As I studied various other options for this week’s passage, I soon realized that my boys have not committed this one to memory yet.

I hope over the course of the next week they will write its truth on their hearts forever! Heaven knows, most of us struggle with anxiety of some sort at some point in our lives.

Week 3
Summer Memory Verse:
Philippians 4:6,7

6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

There are 3 things I want to talk through with them as we commit this to memory:

  1. The word ‘anything‘ in this verse means just that. There is not one single thing that we should be anxious over. We serve a faithful God who cares about every single thing we might worry about.
  2. Thanksgiving is mentioned all throughout scripture. Even the Psalmist, in some of his darkest moments, gave thanks to God. No matter our circumstances, if we look hard enough, there is always something to be thankful for. Giving thanks and praise through prayer is a powerful way to worship and scripture says ‘silences the enemy’.
  3. The peace of God. Which no one can understand. Will guard your heart and minds in Christ Jesus. I want that. For me and for my family. Peace can be so hard to come by in this loud, scary world in which we live. I can think of nothing better than to experience God’s peace each day. Perhaps, as our summer time seems to be a little hectic and hurried, we should start praying for that peace in our homes.

I also hope to read the 4th chapter of Philippians with them. Especially the before and after verses. Maybe even the entire book. The more we read, the more I am sure we will find verse after verse that speaks to our individual hearts and theirs.

So let’s do it. Let’s commit this verse to memory. Writing His truth on our very hearts.

Don’t grow weary in doing this good summertime thing {another verse for another week perhaps}!

Who knows, but that we or our children may dig deep into our memory years from now and use this very verse. I know I already use this one often…

For comfort. For teaching. For encouragement. For sharing with someone.

God says His word does not return void. It accomplishes His purposes.

I love that thought! It spurs me on to keep on keeping on.

He is faithful and His word is true.

He is really all we need – in summer and always!

 

 

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