Friday’s Friends (#5)

Every once in a while I pass along a writer that I think you might be blessed by. This week, it’s a friend, a fellow Virginian, a child advocate, mother, teacher, chaplain with Marketplace Chaplains, and so much more. Her writings are honest and God honoring, introspective and people focused. We could gain wisdom from her words. Here is her current writing …

10 Bible Verses for Prayer and Meditation in 2021

  • By: Katie McConnell
10 Bible Verses for Prayer and Meditation in 2021

This week (well, way longer than this past week) has revealed some scary cracks in our nation, symptoms of sin deeply rooted in the humanity of it’s citizens. As Christ followers, it is easy to become fearful just like every other human but our trust is in something greater than an earthly nation, her citizens or the circumstances of our planet. This coming year requires strong intentionality to stay focused on God and his word that regardless of the circumstances, we stand firm in who our God is and His gospel for which we are primarily here to prosper. It is not for our prosperity but for the prosperity of the gospel even unto our personal persecution and sacrifice. God’s work in not denominational or political and it knows no boundaries or walls or earthly treaties. He did not die for one kind of man but for all human kind. I pray for all of us and hold firm to God’s word that while many voices vie for my attention, none holds my attention more than that of Jesus Christ.

Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever: wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things: he knows what lies in darkness and light dwells with him. -Daniel 2:20-22

Now brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you which you received and on which you stand. By the gospel you are saved. If you hold firmly to the word preached to you. Otherwise you have believed in vain. -1 Corinthians 15:1-2

God did not give us a spirit of fear or timidity but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. -2 Timothy 1:7

The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run to it and are protected. -Proverbs 18:10

Create in me a clean heart, Oh God and renew a steadfast Spirit in me. -Psalm 51:10

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. -Ephesians 3;20-21

For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what is promised. -Hebrews 10:36

Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1Corinthians: 13:4-7

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. -Hebrews 12:2

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