Hi again, everyone! This week’s church notes are the first ones following the “Triggered” series.
I’m back again with another verse that has been impactful to me. In this series, I’ve been taking you through several verses that helped me get through various seasons of my life and have a special place in my heart. I hope that as I share these verses with you and what they meant to me that you’ll find they apply to your life also and that you’ll find some encouragement in these posts! Now, let’s get on to this installment’s verse.
My family, friends, and I went to the Yellow Daisy festival this weekend at Stone Mountain Park, and then did a sunset hike up the mountain afterwords. Along the way, we found some of the yellow daisies for which the festival was named.
This one in particular captured my attention and I took a picture of it—because there was just one flourishing among the dead.
It reminded me of the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37:
Well, it’s been a while since the last Life Verses post, hasn’t it? I got so caught up in sharing my travel adventures that I just never got back around to telling you about some verses that impacted me for a season of my life. In case you’re new here and don’t remember the previous Life Verses posts, let me catch you up on what’s going on. In Christian circles, it’s not uncommon to hear people saying they have a “life verse” or asking other what their “life verse” is. This would be a verse that has stuck with them throughout their Christian life. For me, there’s not just one verse that’s a favorite or dear to my heart: there’s several. Each one made an impact for at least a couple months of my life for the season I was in. In this series, I’m going back through verses that have been special to me and telling you what they mean to me.
For some reason, I never did get around to pre-writing and scheduling posts this month. Or even this week. That’s why every single day, I’ve had to sit down and write out that day’s post. Today is no different in that regard; its only difference lies in the fact that today, I have no idea what to write about. I’ve prayed before writing this post that only the words that God wants written will be written, so let’s see where this goes!
I normally try to do a devotional post on Mondays, but last week and this week, I’ve been more in the “update” mode. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t written all these posts out ahead of time like I did previously this summer. You may notice that this post isn’t coming out in the 9 o’clock hour, as I aim for my posts to normally do. That’s because this has been a spur-of-the-moment week this week. Incredibly spontaneous, it’s been a week juxtaposing “Be still” and “Go”.
Perhaps one of the most-loved pieces of Christian fiction, especially of the romance genre, Redeeming Love has been recommended to me over and over again. I finally read it last month and wanted to share my thoughts with you all!
The story is a loose parallel to the biblical account of Hosea, except it is set during the California gold rush in the 1840-50s. This fictional account gives a personal look at how God is faithful to us, time and again, no matter how often we leave Him or how far we run. Its power and timelessness lies in the emotional impact of the story and how relatable the characters’ feelings are. Its draw and effect were not lost on me; I sat down and read the whole novel in one afternoon (quite the feat since it’s around 450 pages). I, without hesitation, join the line of women recommending this book. It does have some mature themes and scenes, so I’d limit it to mature teenagers and up, but the message of God’s love, faithfulness, and pursuit is so relevant to all of us.
I’ve had this book sitting on the bookshelves for years, so the only incentive in writing this review was to share the story with you all! If you do end up buying it through the link above, there’s two things you’d ought to know: 1) I’d love to know your thoughts on the story, so please comment them on this post! and 2) I will receive a small percentage from your purchase of the book, but it doesn’t increase your price at all, just helps to support me.
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