Favorite Bible Verse

Kelly’s Korner is having a blog party of favorite Bible verses. Mine is Psalm 16. I love the entire Psalm.

1 Keep me safe, O God,
for in you I take refuge.

I have always loved the Psalms, and I’m sure I read this one many times, but it became my favorite verse during my first summer at Centri-Kid Camp.

2 I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”

Camp is hard. As a staffer, you give 100% from 7 a.m. till bedtime. You pour out love and energy and everything you have for those kids. You try to be God’s love for them. It gets tiring.

3 As for the saints who are in the land,
they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.
4 The sorrows of those will increase

who run after other gods.
I will not pour out their libations of blood
or take up their names on my lips.

I was beaten down. Satan was attacking. We had a morning quiet time every morning at camp, and I remember laying on the floor of the gym at Mississippi College and reading this Psalm and just crying.

5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
you have made my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

surely I have a delightful inheritance.

I felt so secure. God had ordained me to be there. He secured my lot. He would keep me safe from the Enemy. I read the second verse: apart from God I have no good thing. Here at camp, I was immersed in God and his word and his work. Even though this was wearing me out physically, I was in the middle of a good thing! A great thing!

7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.

He would give me everything I needed to be love to these kids and be God’s hands and feet.

8 I have set the LORD always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.

I come back to this verse often. It helps me in rough times because I feel like if I seek God, He will keep me safe, and guide my path. And the last part of the Psalm is the best because after it all, we are reminded to praise. My tongue rejoices and my body will rest (sometimes rest is praise! Amen! Dr. Duvall in undergrad would tell us “sleep is spiritual.” I believe that) because of the great things the long has done. He guides me, protects me, and gives me reason.

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the grave,

nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
11 You have made known to me the path of life;

you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

My Oh My

I feel so in transition. Going from little old Miss, to Mrs. Tyler and I talked about when he would move his stuff up to my apartment. I think Saturday is the day.

I am so excited to be getting married. I mean, we are SOOOOOOOOOOO close. Just 12 days left! But for some reason, thinking about him moving in made it just so real. And I’m still excited, but as I’ve been thinking about it all day, I have a funny feeling about it.

Its not being unsure, I know that. I’ve never been more sure about anything. I love him, he loves me, we are ready for this venture. But this feeling was just maybe a little bit of uncertainty. I know God loves uncertainty because in those moments we can really depend on Him.

I don’t know where we will live in June once my lease is up. I don’t know what I’ll do after grad school to contribute to our family.

I don’t know a lot of things. I don’t know exactly where Tyler will keep all his belongings. But I do know I’m ready. I will have lots of uncertain moments, but I know between God, Tyler, and my Mom (whom I still call several times a day to discuss things…thanks mom!) I’ll get it all figured out.

I DO know how blessed and fortunate I am. And I can’t lose sight of that.

Today’s Post: Brought to you by the letter E

Excercise…Tyler was practicing some jumps and trails and on his dirt bike at his grandpa’s farm in Oklahoma yesterday. Entourage….then we all hopped on various motorized vehicles and took off down some country roads…

I drove this: a big Rhino side-by-side with Tyler’s mom Nancy in the passenger seat. I floored it. It was fun.
Elderly, smelderly….Tyler’s grandpa in his late 70s…rough and tumble and spunky as ever. He had double bypass surgery like 3 months ago…he jumps on a trampoline almost daily, tends to cows and horses, and loves to climb through ditches and holes on his four wheeler.

Expedition…Next we trailed up some muddy, rocky dirt road up a mountain. Enjoyment…we made it to the top of this mountain. It was beautiful.

Expanse. See how beautiful? God is so good.