Do you ever have days or weeks when it seems like nothing you plan is getting accomplished? Your pretty little planner has tasks crossed out instead of neat little check marks in their prospective boxes. Appointments have be canceled and re-scheduled more times than you care to admit. Perhaps feelings of discouragement and resentfulness begin to grow with each change to your plans. Or maybe that’s just me…
I recently watched a video by Joy Forney where she suggested women to make 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 their most important “to-do list” for the day (and every day) in order to keep their attitude and actions in check during difficult moments.
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
As a recovering perfectionist that is often frustrated when my day doesn’t turn out the way I planned, this idea really resonated with me. Along with loving God and loving others (Matthew 22:36-40), these three things are God’s will for me each and every day. If I am rejoicing, praying and giving thanks in all things as I allow the Holy Spirit to lead me, I will be doing God’s will and He will be faithful in bringing about His purpose in my life…and for my day.
Because I found this to be so encouraging, I decided to make 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 my new memory verse for the Book to Brain Scripture Challenge. Below is a free printable I created to pin up somewhere to help with memorization. Feel free to print it off and join me in memorizing these verses!
What if our main focus was on the attitude of our hearts instead of being productive and crossing everything off our lists? What if we did these three things every day? What would our lives look like?
As we memorize this, let us remember that we strive for godliness out of love for the Lord and gratitude for His grace bestowed upon us, not to gain His acceptance. Nothing we do will make God love us more or give us a better standing before His holy throne. Let us not forget the Gospel truth: We are accepted by God, not because of our own good works, but as a result of Christ’s work on the cross.
What verse(s) are you currently memorizing? Share in a comment!
Would you like to join me? I would love that! Check out the main Book to Brain Scripture Memory Challenge page for full details.