A week ago or so I was lamenting over blogging statistics with my friend Christine from Simply Stine. I was sharing a bit about the growth I’ve seen recently, celebrating the goals I’d achieved, and whined about the goals I didn’t achieve. One of the things that left me feeling disheartened was the limited growth I saw in regular blog traffic / readers. While I know that it’s been a period of transition for me I was still disappointed to see that I hadn’t reached the traffic improvement goal I’d set for this beautiful space of mine.
I wanted to see…well…more from this space. I wanted community, friendships, encouragement, growth and while I’ve seen some of that it hasn’t achieved what I had hoped. Yet, we press on don’t we friends? As I was speaking to Stine I shared a story about something that happened to me the other day and I ended it with, “See? God cares and He always provides. Everything always works out in the end.” and it got me thinking about this blog and those goals I had set for myself.
It left me feeling reminded to focus, not on the people that don’t invest time here, but on those of you that do. It reminded me of the emails I’ve received from those of you struggling with your marriages; struggling with depression, anxiety, or overwhelm; struggling with infertility; or struggling with reconciling your sexuality with the church. It reminded me of the gentle spirits and the sweet souls I’ve connected with during my time here and how I know, just from your messages, that God always provides the right message at the right time. I know that it is not my place to worry or feel anxious over grief but rather to focus on providing the best I can for those of you that are here.
It also led me to finally sit down and share these verses with you. Many of you know by now that I consider Psalm 46:5, “God is within her, she will not fall.” to be an all-time favorite verse of mine but I was recently asked what other verses guide my heart and my life (since I often find my personal faith to be in direct conflict with other believers (like on tithing or sexuality).
As much as I love that verse (and I do) it isn’t the only verse that guides my life, here are a few others that I hold close to my heart which I allow to lead my heart and my mind as I work to become a better wife, daughter, sister, friend, etc.Seeking a Bible verse to guide your life? @AshleyFromFBL is sharing her favorites! Click To Tweet
On being a godly woman…
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. – Ephesians 4:29
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. – Luke 12:34
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. – Proverbs 31:26
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. – 1 Peter 3:3-6
On kindness and love…
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. – Luke 6:35
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, – Colossians 3:12
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? – 1 John 3:17
On hope and anxiety…
The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything. Philippians 4:5-6
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:19
When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. – Psalm 94:18-19
On controlling anger…
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. – Proverbs 15:1
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. – Colossians 3:8
What do you think friends?
Do you have any favorite verses to add to the list? Anything you think I missed?