This is the start of a new series I'm hoping to be consistent with! For now I'm going with "Wednesdays In The Word" but I'm open to cooler name ideas lol.
Since I often talk about the importance of getting into the Word, I want to share one scripture or passage of scripture each Wednesday and talk about why it has meant so much to me. I hope it encourages you to get into the Word and to use these scriptures as starting points perhaps, but to also find meaningful things in the Bible on your own as well.
Ever since my first miscarriage I feel like I've been on a roller coaster; highs and lows that I feel are out of my control. But I've noticed there is one thing that keeps me stable, and that is God's Word. Hebrews 4:12 says that it is ALIVE, meaning that we can interact and engage with it! When you open His Word with an open mind, He will fill it as you read and you will walk away feeling encouraged, challenged, peaceful, and joyful no matter your earthly circumstances!
...and as thy days, so shall thy strength be."
| D E U T E R O N O M Y 3 3 : 2 5 b |
I decided to start with this verse because it is one I think of often. If you've ever dealt with grief, you know that things that used to be simple can become extremely overwhelming. For me, it was (and often still is) thinking about things in the future. When you're supposed to be pregnant or you're supposed to already have a child in your arms it's really hard to think about events where you had envisioned yourself to be really pregnant or to have a newborn in your care. I had a lot of friends that were pregnant after my first miscarriage and thinking about what it would be like when they all had their babies was so overwhelming that I literally would have to whisper "Jesus" several times to regain some peace and composure.
I was getting so sick of feeling overwhelmed all the time. Then I came across this amazing article from Desiring God. It completely changed my life. It helped me realize that God is always always always going to give me enough strength and mercy for TODAY and I just need to rest in that. It does me absolutely no good to ponder what my life will be like in six months when all of my friends have their babies in their arms and I don't. It renewed my confidence that the Lord would be there for me on those days, too. I just recently read that you only surrender to what you have confidence in, and this article gave me the confidence I needed in God to surrender my worries and fears over to Him.
This article also mentioned an old hymn, Day By Day, and as I read the lyrics I loved the peace they brought, not even realizing that I had been listening to a recording of this song for weeks, however it was mainly instrumental. There is one line from the song that I especially loved:
"As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure," This the pledge to me He made.
At some point I realized this line was scriptural and found Deuteronomy 33:25b. This verse has become such a comfort to me. It is a verse I live by because I have confidence that no matter WHAT comes my way, He will give me enough strength and mercy to handle it. He did on the day I found myself in the hospital, miscarrying our firstborn, and He has everyday since. He is so good.