My Favorite Verse and *CONTEST*

When I was at bible school in New Zealand I struggled with feeling like God wasn’t enough.  I knew in my head that He created me, loved me and had a good plan for my life, but I still felt that He couldn’t truly fulfill all of my desires.

At the time I was stuck in an unhealthy relationship and struggling because I knew it wasn’t what God wanted for me.  But the thing that kept me from letting go and moving on was a fear that God wouldn’t be big enough to fill the hole left behind.  I had allowed myself to fall hard for this guy and I wondered if God was really enough.

One afternoon I was laying out on the lawn, looking up into a perfect blue-sky day and I came across Psalm 73.  It talks about how easy it is to question whether God’s way really is the best way.  It describes feeling jealous of those who aren’t walking with the Lord because sometimes their lives look so much more glamorous and fulfilling than our own (ever felt this way as you look at the lives of the rich and famous?)

As the writer is trying to figure all of this out, he suddenly has a revelation and it comes when he “entered the sanctuary of God” – when he spent intimate time with the Father.  And this is what is revealed, my favorite verses (25-26):

“Whom have I in heaven but you?
   And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
   but God is the strength of my heart
   and my portion forever.

The truth is the earth has NOTHING to offer us.  Nothing that can truly fill our desires.

But we’ve all gone to the world instead of God at one time or another.  Maybe you’ve gone to the world with your desire for love.  Your desire for affection.  Your desire for acceptance.  Maybe because of this you’ve made some pretty colossal mistakes.  You’re not alone!

Though your flesh and heart fail – God can be the strength of your heart!

He doesn’t want to shame you when you fall.  He wants to fill you up.

He wants to be “your portion forever”.

So when I’m drawn to the trappings of this world – popularity, wealth, fame, fortune, power, etc. I remember this passage and thank the Lord that He truly is MORE than enough for ALL of my desires.

Contest:  Today I’m doing a little giveaway!  A $15 Starbucks gift card.  There are just three easy steps to enter:

1. Become a follower of my blog through Google Friends Connect on the right side of this page.

2. Like my facebook page “Heather Boersma: Christian Speaker” and ‘Share’ this post on your profile.

3. Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite verse.

*Winner will be picked randomly on Friday, September 9th at 9am.*

18 thoughts on “My Favorite Verse and *CONTEST*

  1. I tried very hard to put this on facebook..but that was hard on my phone 🙂 anyways, my favorite verse is Song of Solomon 8:5, “Who is coming up from the desert leaning on her lover?”(NIV).

  2. My fav verse from my teen years is Zephaniah 3:17
    “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

    This verse gave me hope during my 6.5 years of infertility
    Proverbs 23:18
    “There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”

  3. My fav verse is Phillippians 4: 6-13. Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s a wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Summing it up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best bey filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, retuable, authentic, compelling, gracious-the best not the worst, the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise not things to curse. I’m just as happy with little as I am with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, i can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.
    This verse has helped me since my husband recently returned to medical school and I am still staying at home with my boys. It reminds me not to worry about not having things since money is a little tight right now and it helps me to stay out of a rut and gives me strength to know that even though parenthood is hard (kind of doing it on my own) God helps me and has made me the strong person that I am…

    1. I love those verses as well. It’s awesome to know that instead of worrying, we can specifically communicate our concerns to a loving God and in return He gives us peace!

  4. It’s going to be hard to only pick one…

    “My heart and my flesh may fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm Psalm 73:26

    I cling to this verse when things get tough {and even when they don’t. But especially when they do}. 🙂

  5. Hi Heather, your writing is always go encouraging so thank-you very much. I read your blogs every update as they come to my email:)Your blog has been tagged on my twitter!

    My favorite verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13.”No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” It reminds me that God will never give me anything that I cant handle!

    What part of Australia have you spoken in? Im currently living here right now, although Canada is my home!!

    Cant wait to read your next blog:)

    1. Thanks Jennifer! I appreciate your encouragement and thanks for sharing your fav verse too. I was living in Byron Bay Australia. Where are you? What are you doing there?

    1. Good one Kim! This is a great one for moms specifically isn’t it? I’m often wondering where my help is going to come from! : )

  6. My favorite verse for this season of my life is:
    ISA 43:18-19 “Forget the former things;
       do not dwell on the past.
    See, I am doing a new thing!
       Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”
    These verses remind that my past is just tha past. I do not need to worry or dwell on it. I also know that he is going to do more in my future than I can even dream.

  7. Thank you for the chance! This is so amazing and generous of you. And I love sharing verses too 🙂

    I follow via gfc as Dee

  8. I liked your page as Dee G and shared this great post

    My favorite two verse ever is definitely:

    2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

    I also really hold this one to heart because in today’s world it couldn’t ring more true and important: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and the needy” Proverbs 31:8-9

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