Life scriptures are portions of God’s Word I return to again and again. They form and inform what I value and believe. They center me when I am unsettled; ground me in the midst of change. What are you life scriptures?
In repentance and rest is your salvation;
in quietness and trust is your strength.
– Isaiah 30:15 (NIV)
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice,
but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.
– 2 Timothy 1:7 (NRSV)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God— what is good and acceptable and perfect.
– Romans 12:2 (NRSV)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him
and he will make your paths straight.
– Proverbs 3:5-6 (NRSV)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.
Put on the whole armor of God,
so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
– Ephesians 6:10-11 (NRSV)
Scriptures related to my calling to be a pastor
I will raise up for myself a faithful priest,
who will do according to what is in my heart and mind…
– 1 Samuel 2:35 (NIV)
The Lord called…
Here I am, for you called me…
Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening…
– 1 Samuel 3:8-9 (NRSV)
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
– Isaiah 61:1-4 (NIV)