Hello friends! Welcome to another week of His Encouragement, a weekly dose of biblical encouragement to help get you through your week! I’m so honored to be able to share a verse with you each week, in hopes that it will help you, uplift you, and encourage you. 🙂
Today starts a new series that I’d like to do for His Encouragement, titled Promises of the Bible. For today’s post, I’m going to share the verse that started it all, and a little background on why I chose to go this route for my posts. Let’s start right off with the verse. It comes from 2 Kings.
This year I decided I wanted to read through the bible again. I didn’t really have a clear direction for a bible study in the beginning of the year, and I’ve only ever read through the bible once, back in 2018. I figured why not give it another shot, but go through it in a different way. I’m following a group in my Bible app formed by Mesu Andrews (love her!) that is just reading the bible straight through, start to finish. (Back in 2018 I had read 4 different portions of the bible everyday) Each day gives you a reading prompt, and then at the end we have discussion about what we read. I have really been enjoying it. It keeps me accountable, and it’s so wonderful to see how God is speaking to others.
Recently I have watched a few different videos about how people are spending their time with the Lord, and journaling about it. Then my daughter started doing it, and I felt led to do the same, just in my own way. So each day I write down what I read, what verse jumped out at me (I also write out the entire verse), my observations of the verse and context around it, how I can apply it to my own life, something I am grateful for, and my prayer requests. I haven’t done it long, but I am already getting so much out of it. It’s really making me focus on what I am reading, which makes me learn and grow closer to the Lord!
The other day I read the verse I quoted above, 2 Kings 8:19. It really got me thinking about how God never breaks a promise. Ever. Even when we deserve for Him to break it. Judah was not in a good place during the context of this verse, and yet God still remained faithful to Judah. And He remains faithful to us.
For those of you who don’t know, I was saved as an adult. I did not grow up in church, or a Christian home. I didn’t even think about the bible, God, or anything until I started going to church with my husband when we were dating 20 years ago. I got saved during marriage counseling (thank the Lord!), but didn’t really have a zeal for studying God’s Word on my own. I only ever heard what was talked about in church. A few years ago this changed, and I have been more present in the Word of God, but I still don’t have that foundational background that most people have. So when I thought about God not breaking His promises, I wanted to learn more about them.
Sure, I know there are TONS of promises in the bible. I could probably name off a few of them. But now I want to look into ALL of them. I want to try and memorize them (which is hard for me to do, but I’m going to give it a shot). And in doing so, I’d like to share them with you, each week on my His Encouragement post. I invite you to try and memorize them with me. The verses I share here on Thursday’s will be my focus verse for the entire week. I plan to look at it each morning, put it on my desk at work, and just soak it up each day.
Would you like to join me in this friends? I hope that you do. Come back next week for the first promise!
What’s been on your heart this week friends? I hope you’ll share in the comments, and please don’t forget to visit my friends and see what they’re sharing this week!
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes
Andi @ Radiant Light
Leslie L. Mckee @ Edits & Reviews by Leslie
Claudia @ Claudia Moser