Our world has been thrown into upheaval in recent weeks. I’ve shied away from posting about it or sharing memes. It’s not in my best interest mentally to allow myself to be sucked into every article and graphic that is being posted.
Recently, though, I have been thinking about how I could encourage others during this time. I had a few ideas pass through my mind, yet, it seemed like those ideas were already being utilized by other bloggers. I wanted to share something different: something that reflected the purpose of my blog.
Then I remembered this verse that I had read in my devotions.
While I completely recognize the context of this chapter (I’ve been reading through the book of Jeremiah), I’m also struck by the fact that as Christians this world is not our home. We have to live here and interact with people on a daily basis, though. Our goal, as Christians, should be to seek the peace of the country we are in. As the verse states, “pray unto the Lord for it:” How powerful!
Every country could use peace.
Every country could use prayer!
Seeking peace for our country starts with us seeking the Lord first! Isaiah 26:3 reminds us that we can have perfect peace when we keep our mind on Christ. Although I struggle with having perfect peace some days (anxiety is a by-product of some of my health issues), in my heart I know that God is in control. I’m so thankful for the verses He has given me that I can quote to remind myself of His faithfulness.
Scripture memory is an important part of the Christian life. It is doubly important if you want to experience that “perfect peace”. Psalm 119 tells us that we need to hide God’s word in our hearts. Anxiety and worry are just as much sin as those things we can outwardly see.
In wanting to help others, I came up with a set of memory verse cards. I kept them simple to make it easy to print them. I’ve included some of my favourite verses (including the one above from Jeremiah) on peace, not being afraid, and on trusting the Lord.
You can print them to display around your house or keep them together and work on memorizing one a day with your kids. You could also take them with you and place them as you are out and about. That way you can encourage others as you “seek the peace of the city.”
I have tried to keep them to shorter verses to make it easier to memorize, especially for young children. I think even my 3 year old would be able to learn most of these easily in one day. The Jeremiah verse shared above would be one of the only longer ones I have included.
I’m offering these verse cards for free, add your email to the subscribe bar on the right hand side of the page or click the link below. Once you’ve entered your email you’ll be redirected to the page where you can download them immediately.
I hope these verse cards are a blessing to you. I’m hoping to do more sets in the future and have them available here in the Shoppe.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7