Hidden Ah-Ha’s

Hidden Ah-Ha’s: No Fear of Bad News

There are few things in this world that make my heart jump into my throat faster than a phone call from my Beloved that starts like this:

“Hey, Sharita. So… I’ve got some news.”

Please excuse me until I stop hyperventilating. (Just kidding.)

But seriously. I can vividly remember early on in our relationship (during a deployment) how those words could bring me to my knees almost immediately.

See, my husband has a great perspective on life. (Plus one of his spiritual gifts is faith. Lucky.)  He’s been in the army for a decade and understand how things work (even when they are less-than-ideal.) He’s an optimistic and I don’t think I have EVER heard him say “I have BAD news.” To him, it’s just news.

Me, on the other hand– now I try to be an optimist, but I think I am more of a realist.  Or maybe a “panic-right-now-and-calm-down-later-because-I-know-it-is-gonna-be-ok-ist.”

Which brings us to today’s Hidden Ah-Ha Bible Verse:

No Fear of Bad News

“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” ~Psalm 112:7

How’s THAT for perspective? This verse is jam-packed with great stuff… So let’s break it down…

First: “They have no fear of bad news.” That in itself is the bomb-diggity as far as I am concerned. No fear of bad news. How many “bad news” things in life are we potentially afraid of? A call from the doctor with test results? Or a note sent home with our kiddo about behavior issues? A meeting with the boss about a job change? A peek at our bank account to see how much money we do (or don’t) have?

The list can go on for miles. But in this verse, we have no fear of bad news. Such freedom in that!

And WHY should we not fear?? The answer is obvious in the second half of this verse. “…Our hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”

So, I know the “now” definition of steadfast, but I wanted to see what it meant in Bible terms. In this Psalm, the word used is “fixed” which means established, firm, prepared, set in place, made ready, stable, faithfulness, perfect…

Hmmm… Makes you think, eh? Our hearts are firm. Our hearts are prepared. Our hearts are stable. Our hearts are faithful. Our hearts are established…

Our hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

And why are our hearts steadfast/fixed/faithful/prepared/etc? Because God is trustworthy. Loving. Sovereign. Ever-present. All-knowing.

God is a God of incredible character. Which makes our hearts steadfast– and then we have no fear of bad news.

I think I might have found one of my new favorite verses. 🙂

Friend, take a moment and think to yourself– do you fear bad news? Have you ever received “bad news” and God wasn’t there? (If you have an active relationship with Christ, I’m guessing the answer to that one is no.) So, then, why should we fear bad news? How can we start TRUSTING God at a deeper level so that we can live our lives anxiety free?

If you struggle with any of these things, I challenge you to mediate on this verse throughout the week. I can personally testify that God is a God of heart-change. While I still have my brief or occasional “panic” moments when life kicks me in teeth, I always remember that God is a God we can trust.

He is our steadfast God.

Because of this, we should have NO fear of bad news.

And that, dear friend, is great news.

Fixed on Him,
SGK

“He is not afraid of receiving bad news; his faith is strong, and he trusts in the Lord.” ~Psalm 112:7 GNT

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Hidden Ah-Ha’s: Stand Firm & Fall to God

I remember singing that old (as in 1993!) country song by Aaron Tippin.

He’d say you’ve got to stand for somethin’ or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to be your own man, not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what’s right and uphold your family name
You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything

Back when I was a little girl, I didn’t really give much thought to those lyrics. But now, “standing” for “something” has a totally different meaning for me.

And by standing for “something” I mean standing firm in Christ.  In fact, STAND is my OneWord for 2013 and it’s been interesting to see how it has developed over the past 10 months.

Which brings us to today’s Hidden Ah-Ha Bible Verse from Isaiah 7:9b…

Stand Firm

“If you don’t stand firm in your faith, you won’t stand at all.”

Oh, SNAP. That is some pretty straightforward stuff, right?

Let’s set a little bit of context here. God is talking to Isaiah because things are chaotic in Israel, everybody fighting everyone (shocker) but God is giving Isaiah a reassuring pep-talk. He’s saying that Judah’s enemies won’t prevail. He’s telling Isaiah to tell His people and his son to chill out, and stand firm.

Then it gets interesting.

Right after God makes this powerful statement telling Isaiah that if they stand firm in the faith they will be legit, He speaks to Ahaz, the current King of Judah. But Ahaz is a little overwhelmed with the whole situation. Then Isaiah steps in and prophesies the coming of a savior named Immanuel who will be born of a virgin.

Now, I am no history buff (that’s my husband’s calling) but I still think that is pretty cool.

God is calling us to stand firm in our faith on a daily basis.  He reminds us that Jesus has come, has gone, but WILL COME AGAIN.

I don’t know about you, but I think that is a pretty awesome rock to stand on.

Plus, I would much rather stand firm in our certain faith than not stand at all. Not standing at all sounds kind of scary. And painful. And lonely. And unfun.

So friends, think about the areas of your life that you are standing firm in the faith. What about the areas that we seem a bit shaky in? Perhaps it’s worrying about stuff we can’t control or casting a judgmental eye at a passerby or skimping on our tithe to the Lord?

Let’s be proactive and avoid falling for the junk in this world. Just as this verse reminds us, we MUST stand firm in the faith or we won’t stand at all.

It’s time to STAND FIRM… And fall to God.

Standing on the Rock,
SGK

“If you don’t take your stand in faith, you won’t have a leg to stand on.” ~Isaiah 7:9b MSG

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Hidden Ah-Ha’s: We are not Orphans

Growing up on a farm, we “adopted” dozens of orphaned baby animals to raise through the years.

Sometimes it was a family of tiny baby bunnies after a dog got ahold of their mama. Or maybe some kittens who’s mom went MIA. (We always waited for her to come back… but she didn’t.) Perhaps it was the baby calves who were born during a blizzard and took up residence in our bathtub, back porch or garage til they were back on their feet or a new mama could be found for them. Sometimes it was a baby bird who had fallen from the nest. You name it… we probably tried to raise it.

We were a tender-hearted bunch and couldn’t bear to see these little ones abandoned, orphaned and all alone to fend for themselves.

Today’s Hidden Ah-Ha Bible Verse reminds us that Christ feels the same way about us as we felt bout those dozens of abandoned animal babies:

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“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” ~John 14:18 NIV

What an awesome promise, huh? Regardless of whether we do have a biological mom or dad (or how loving and Christ-like they may or may not have been) we are NOT alone and abandoned in this world.

Jesus had a tender, loving heart towards us and desires to shelter, love, and protect us at all costs. God has given us The Holy Spirit to do just that.

Jesus promises us that He will NOT leave us as orphans in this messy world– but will be with us. Always.

He actually makes this promise to His disciples after He informs His boys that He will be “going away” (foreshadowing His imminent crucifixion) and they are (rightfully) freaking out because the disciples don’t want Him to go ANYWHERE. Like, ever. He’s the boss. But even more so, their friend and Christian brother.

So I understand their concern.

Although they (obviously) couldn’t talk, I am willing to bet that those little animals that we “adopted” were typically cold, hungry, weak, scared, overwhelmed, unloved and helpless.

I don’t know about you… But I feel like that some days too– even with a loving husband, daughter, parents and friends to cheer me on.

Sometimes, I need something greater. Stronger. More powerful. Holy. Mighty.

I need Jesus.

I’m guessing that you might too.

So dear friends, no matter what you are facing today, be it fear, loneliness, feeling unloved, overwhelmed, remember…

We are NOT alone.

We have NOT been abandoned.

We are NOT an orphans.

We are sons and daughters of the Most High, Most Holy, Most Tender, Most Loving…

We have a Forever Family… In Jesus.

Forever His,
SGK

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” ~John 14:3 NIV

PS: If you are feeling distant from God today or not sure where you stand in relationship to Him, I would love to talk with you about it. Feel free to send me an email via sharita{dot}knobloch{at}gmail{dot}com, shoot me a message on Twitter or Facebook or even leave a comment below.

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Hidden Ah-Ha’s: It’s not a Vocabulary Issue

Welcome to 7 Days Time.

Today, we will be talking about vomit.

Whoa, whoa, whoa! WAIT! Don’t leave. We aren’t talking about THAT kind of well, ya know… (Sheesh, give me some credit, man. Gross.)

I’m talking about WORD vomit. You know, that flow of words that just seems to bubble up out of the depths of your being and spew everywhere before you can say, “I think I’m going to be sick.”

Something that I am (unfortunately) pretty familiar with. SIGH.

For me, gross word yakking situations happen when I let my circumstances dictate my attitude.

And when my heart isn’t in the right place.

Which brings us to today’s Hidden Ah-Ha Bible Verse…

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.
For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
~Luke 6:45

I’ve always heard “What goes down in the well comes up in the bucket.” And this Scripture backs that statement up.

Because this “word-vomit” problem isn’t a vocabulary issue… it’s a heart issue.

Oftentimes, when we are saying words that are not helpful, encouraging or loving, it is an indication that our heart isn’t quite right. Maybe we skipped Quiet Time that morning. Or are harboring unrepented sin. Or Satan has wedged his slimy self into our attitude.

Whatever the reason, it’s not ok. And something needs to be done.

Because the mouth speaks what our heart is full of.

If our heart is full of gratitude, love, joy, peace, that is what we will speak. If it is overflowing with anger, bitterness, impatience… well, you get my drift.

Now, don’t beat yourself up for this. God isn’t calling us to be perfect… because let’s be honest, that ain’t gonna happen. (As much as I would like to convince myself otherwise.) BUT when we are self-aware and realize what we are saying, we can be proactive to fill our hearts with good God-things.

The truth is that the more God we have in our heart, the less room we have for the gunk.

And then the words we speak breathe life into those around us. Which puts more God in their heart, removes a little gunk… and the cycle grows in a positive direction.

Think about the last 24 hours… what kind of words have you spoken to your spouse? Your kids? Your co-workers? Your neighbor? Yourself??

Were they God-honoring, fruit-of-the-spirit-filled words of love? Or were they judgmental, harsh, or snippy?

If I’m being completely honest with myself (which I always try to do here at 7 Days Time) I would have to say my words in the last 24 hours were a combo of the two categories. Sigh.

So I leave you with this prayer…

“Father, cleanse my heart. Remove all of the junk and fill it with you. Help me to be slow to speak, quick to listen and slow to anger. Equip me to recognize when my words aren’t YOUR words. I pray, Lord, that just as Christ gave His life for us, that my words would be life-giving and hope-filled. In your precious name, AMEN.” 

If this is something you struggle with, please feel free to copy/paste/print it out and pray it daily until your words are words that Christ would be pleased to hear you speak.

And be encouraged, friends… we have taken the first step. We recognize that the mouth speaks what the heart is full of…

We know it’s not a vocabulary issue. It’s a heart issue.

An issue that Christ is ready to help us resolve.

Speaking His Truth,
SGK

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” ~Proverbs 4:23 NIV

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Hidden Ah-Ha’s: Stay with God~Don’t Quit.

Henry Blackaby said “Waiting is one of the hardest yet most important things we will ever do as Christians.”

I, personally, think that’s an understatement.

Think to yourself about how much time you spend waiting…

Waiting for the traffic light to turn green… 

Waiting for the microwave to beep so you can enjoy those delicious leftovers… 

Waiting to meet that special someone…

Waiting for that promotion at work…

Waiting for that phone call from the doctor…  

Waiting for answers from God… 

Waiting, waiting, waiting. 

Dr. Blackaby is ever-so-correct… Waiting IS extremely hard, yet very, very important… Which is why my heart landed on the following verse as today’s “Hidden Ah-Ha” Bible Verse:

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” ~Psalm 27:14 NIV 

The Message version says it like this: “Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with God.”

Awesome words. One of my favs, actually. Because I’m not gonna lie… I kinda stink at waiting and this verse has personally carried me through A LOT.

In our seasons of waiting, no matter how long or short or big or small, we are forced to draw near to God. Because oftentimes, He is the only one that is in control of anything. He is our Sustainer. Our Comforter. Our Guide. Our Companion. The One we can trust to get us through until the storm passes, an answer comes or the moment we have been anticipating arrives.

As I was praying about this verse, my dear friend Sara came to mind. See, like me, Sara is an army wife. We joke that army life is sometimes a big game of “Hurry up and wait.” And recently, she had been waiting months (specifically: nine) for her beloved husband Glen to return from Afghanistan.

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The time for his return was rapidly approaching. Finally, instead of months, weeks or even days, they were down to hours.

But then, his flight got delayed.

UG. More waiting. Talk about an emotional roller coaster. I could identify with my sweet friend, because the same thing happened when my Beloved returned home from deployment… And back then, those extra 24 or so hours seemed like the end of the world.

But faithful Sara continued to wait… and… wait… AND WAIT. I was following Glen’s return to the States (or lack thereof) on Facebook. One morning,  I posted this verse, “Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with God” on Sara’s wall because I was getting impatient and I was only a spectating cheerleader!! (At one point of this long waiting process, I started to wonder if the army was building a new plane from the ground up or something. It was taking FOR-EV-ERRRR. But I digress.)

Then finally… FINALLY, after EIGHT (yes EIGHT) additional days of waiting, Sara and Glen were reunited.

Praise. The. Lord! I thought my heart was going to explode for them.

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But just as most things in our live, the waiting wasn’t fun. It wasn’t pleasant. But with God at the helm, it was (clearly) worth it.

So dear friends, regardless of WHAT you are waiting on today, be it a long anticipated answer from the Lord, some direction on which path to take, or you are waiting to see the other side of a storm, remember that God is right there with you in the midst of it all. Waiting draws you near to Him– and in all honesty, where else would we rather be?

So stay with God. Take heart. Don’t quit. Yep, I will say it again…

STAY. WITH. GOD.

Waiting with Expectation,
SGK

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” ~Psalm 5:3 NIV

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Hidden Ah-Ha’s: Doing a Great Work

I’m a big fan of routine. It keeps me on track, moving forward and constantly stretching for my goals while seeking God in the process.

But sometimes my daily routine gets a little bit too… routine.

You know what I’m talking about. Those days where you get out of bed and while you KNOW you should be thankful to have another opportunity to experience life on this earth, but instead you really feel kinda meh. Blah. Gah.

Whatever nonsense word you want to use, you are feeling it.

Just like it says in the movie Office Space: “Somebody has a case of the Mondays.”

Although my “Mondays” can strike any day of the week.

Not everyday is exactly the same, but for the sake of our sanity (and household functionality), our family MUST have some semblance of routine.  But occasionally the routine of “Wake up, get dressed, dress baby, quiet time, feed baby, feed self, do dishes, put supper in the crock pot, do assigned weekly chore, put baby down to nap, try to blogorcatchuponimportantmommystuff, baby wakes up, change baby, etc, etc”  makes me a bit weary.

Sometimes I can’t help but wonder… Does my work REALLY matter?

That’s when I need a sweet little reminder from this Hidden Ah-Ha of the Bible:

“I am doing a great work. I cannot come down.”
~Nehemiah 6:3 NIV

Here’s a little background on this verse to really make it hit home. Nehemiah is nearing the completion of the wall that God has instructed him to rebuild. His enemies (naturally) don’t want him to complete it. In fact, they want him dead. (Yikes.) But Nehemiah is well guarded, so they can’t just attack and take him out. Instead, they try to distract and  lure him down from the top of the wall.

But Nehemiah replies with this practical and Godly come back: “I am doing a great work. I cannot come down.” 

Touche, Nehemiah. And he’s right. Although building the wall seems somewhat routine and very labor-intensive, he was called to do this work by God. And anytime we are called to do something for God, it is far from insignificant or routine.

Nehemiah kept at this wall-building for 52 straight days. Amidst distraction, exhaustion, and threats from his enemies, he persevered. Why? Because he WAS doing a great work. A work from God, not just to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, but to restore the people of Israel.

Think about your own life and what God has called you to do. Although it might look routine on the surface, it’s a great work for the Lord. And we cannot come down. Consider…

Every diaper changed… We are doing a great work and can’t come down. 

Every crockpot meal prepared… We are doing a great work and can’t come down. 

Every email sent for work… We are doing a great work and can’t come down. 

Every budget updated… We are doing a great work and can’t come down. 

Every grocery trip made… We are doing a great work and can’t come down. 

Every sinkful of dishes washed… We are doing a great work and can’t come down. 

Every pair of socks matched… We are doing a great work and can’t come down. 

Every blog post published… We are doing a great work and can’t come down. 

Every yard mowed… We are doing a great work and can’t come down. 

Every nose wiped and tear dried… We are doing a great work and can’t come down. 

Every encouraging word said to a stranger… We are doing a great work and can’t come down. 

Every prayer prayed… We are doing a great work and can’t come down. 

Yes, my friends. We are ALL doing a great work. And we cannot come down.

Do work,
SGK

“And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?” Nehemiah 6:3 KJV

PS: What great work have you been called to do today? Let’s encourage each other… Leave a comment below!

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Hidden Ah-Ha’s: The One Who Called You…

Life. Ain’t. Easy.

Can I get an AMEN? Anybody? So yeah, life on this earth ain’t easy. And that is probably the understatement of the decade.

Maybe it’s just the culture that we live in, but there is so much freakin’ pressure. Every where you look, there’s a Pinterest dream of a home where everything matches and only costs a dime, a housecleaning chart or recipe shared on Facebook sure to make your life a fairytale.  It’s all bigger, better, faster, cuter, cheaper, neater…

GAH. There’s just so… much… pressure! 

Welcome to the first week of our Hidden Ah-Ha’s of the Bible verses. For the next few weeks (months??) we will be looking verses that are in The Word, are totally awesome, but you may not have ever REALLY grasped onto before.

This week we start with my life verse, one of my absolute favs, found in 1 Thessalonians 5:24~

“The One who called you is faithful and He will do it.”

Just take a moment to let that sink in… The one who called you is faithful and He will do it. What an incredible promise! I’m encouraged just thinking about it!

A bit of context/background… This verse is found near the end of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. It’s pretty simple: he is giving some final instructions and encouragement before he signs off.

Cool, huh? (Sidenote: This is why I love God’s word. It was encouraging thousands of years ago… And still encourages us today. Talk about a true treasure to hold onto. Legit.)

Now. Let’s dig a little deeper and add some additional application to it.

God calls us to A LOT of things in this life… Perhaps some are permanent roles to fulfill: Parent, spouse, friend, employee, sibling, son/daughter, co-worker, neighbor, minister, etc, etc.

Others calls might seasonal: Leading a club or cause, volunteering with a ministry at church, playing on a sports team, you name it.

Still other calls involve ourselves: Work out, pay bills, maintain the house, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Oh. And let’s not forget what we are called to do as Christians: Love others, spend quiet time with the Lord, pray, encourage, help, build up, learn, grow. And rest. (RIGHT.)

Are you overwhelmed? Good. That’s what I was going for.

Just kidding. This post is not to overwhelm you. But instead it is to bring attention to the challenges of living on this earth. Sometimes it seems as if God is calling us to A LOT all at once. Seriously, as an army wife, mama and minister, there are times that my heiferish self just wants to put a hand on my hip, look up and say “REALLY, GOD? REALLY?” (I wouldn’t recommend this. Thou shalt not backtalk the One who give you, um, everything. But that’s another post.)

So when we are feeling up to our eyeballs, in, well, life, there’s some great news. The one who calls you is faithful and He WILL do it.

This verse doesn’t say He might do it. Or He will think about it. Or He wants you to give it a shot on your own before He gets involved.  It says He WILL do it. If God calls you to it, He will help you through it. (That should be on a bumper sticker. I’d definitely put on my car.)

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The one who calls you is faithful and He WILL do it.  How. Awesome. Is. THAT?!?

God is with us every step of the way to answer the call(s) He has placed on our lives.

HOWEVER… This does not mean that it will be easy (darn) OR that He will allow us to do everything that WE want to do.

Which goes back to my original point of our culture putting so much pressure on us to be that Superstar Mama or Pinterest Homemaker of the Year.  Yes, He wants us to experience full, abundant life– But He never meant for life to be a hurried, flustered stressful existence. We (most of the time) bring that on ourselves.

So today, as we embrace this beautiful hidden Ah-Ha from 1 Thessalonians 5:24 “The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it,” let’s consider some of the following thoughts…

1. If you are currently feeling overwhelmed by the God-calls in your life, how can you lean on this promise to help you through? Where do you see God working TODAY?
2. Can you clearly draw a line between the loving expectations that God has for you versus the expectations you (or others) have placed on your life? Do it… Then embrace those God-calls and release the world-calls. (FREEDOM!!)
3. How does this promise encourage your heart? I always welcome feedback… Comment below!

Dear reader, no matter WHAT you are facing today as you answer continue on your God-called path, please take heart and remember… The one who calls you is faithful… And HE. WILL. DO IT!

All my prayers and encouragement to you.

He is Faithful,
SGK

“The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!” ~1 Thessalonians 5:24 MSG

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Hidden Ah-Ha’s: Starting out Popular

So, I have to admit that I wasn’t really “popular” in high school. (Shocker, right? You would think that with my love of inky pens and new school supplies, I woulda been a shoo-in…)

Honestly, I didn’t really want to be popular.  Because even in a high school graduating class of 18 (yes, 18!) people, the popular kids always seemed to be dealing with more trouble than their “social status” was worth. (Sidenote: Nothing against the popular kiddos, especially if that included you. 🙂 )

I was friends with pretty much everyone but sure wasn’t fashionable or the party gal or the most entertaining. (Heck, I’m still none of those almost 10 years later. Ha.)

After a while, though, the “popular crowd” would usually lose some of their… um, popular-ness.  Maybe it was because someone new moved into town or we all went our separate ways after graduation. Nowadays, those individuals are still valued and loved (as they should be) but people’s love for them has deepened in a new, rich kind of way.

So here’s my point. (You knew I would get to it eventually…) The idea of the “popular crowd” relates to our new Monday series here at 7 Days Time: The Hidden Ah-Ha’s of the Bible.

Today, we address the “popular crowd” of Bible verses before we dig into our hidden, less well-known ah-ha verses.

The “popular crowd” of Bible verses are just that– popular… You know ’em, you love ’em, you probably even have them on a sign in your living or on a bookmark in your journal.

They are incredibly powerful and remind us of God’s love. The popular verses, just like ALL verse in the Bible, are inspired AKA “God-breathed.”

And I couldn’t very well skip over some of the classics before we embark on our Hidden Ah-Ha treasure hunt next week.

Think about some of your favorite verses. Oftentimes, folks share the following as their favs:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” ~John 3:16

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” ~Romans 8:28

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” ~Philippians 4:13

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6

Again, these verses are very powerful, very important, very loving and certainly must be acknowledged.

But they are only the beginning.

In the coming weeks, we are going to be digging much deeper into His Word, searching for verses that aren’t necessarily on bumper stickers and signs in our living room. We will discover hidden gems of the most wonderful Love Story ever written.

Take time this week to think about some of the more popular verses, perhaps some of them listed above.  Which one(s) is/are your favorite? And what are you most looking forward to in this new series? Any hidden ah-ha verses you want to see included in the new series?  Don’t be shy– comment below.

So grab your tea/coffee/soda/beverageofchoice, get into some comfy clothes… and get ready to explore some of the beautiful Hidden Ah-Ha’s of His Word.

Hidden in Him,
SGK

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” ~Hebrews 4:12

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Get ready to go on a Treasure Hunt for Truth.
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Series Intro: Bible Verses~ Hidden Ah-Ha’s!

I love AH-HA moments.

I have them randomly throughout my day. Some happen when I am messing with my blog online (oh, THAT’S how that widget works…) Or sometimes when I’m doing dishes (Seriously, just a couple of weeks ago I discovered that the bottom of our bottle brush comes off to wash the bottle nipple… It only took me 4 months to figure that out. DUH.)

But most often, my greatest AH-HA moments happen when I am at church or immersed in His Word.

So, for the next undetermined number of Mondays here at 7 Days Time, we will be working through a new series that I am calling “Bible Verses: Hidden Ah-Ha’s!”

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Dontcha love it when the lightbulb FINALLY comes on? AH-HA!
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Here’s the idea… I have been (and will continue to be) praying about some of the most helpful Bible verses I have found throughout the Word. However, these verses aren’t usually the ones found painted on a sign in a Christian bookstore or engraved on a bracelet. Instead, they are the hidden gems that when you read it, God flicks that switch in your heart and it’s like “AH-HA! Now I get it!!”

A few things to know about this series. First, ALL verses in the Bible are vital and important. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  With this in mind, we certainly aren’t discounting the “major” or “popular” verses that we all know, love and possibly memorized or sang about in our days of youth. Instead, this is to take us deeper into His word, and possibly provide a few fresh AH-HA’s for all of us. 

Secondly, I am NOT a well-versed theologian nor do I know everything about Scripture. (Relatively certain THAT isn’t going to happen til I get to heaven… or Jesus comes back. Whichever happens first.) But I am going to be approaching this prayerfully and potentially doing some cross-referencing, perhaps shedding new light on verses that you might not have known existed in the first place. (At least that’s my hope. Really, it’s gonna be up to Jesus.)

Finally, know that it really doesn’t matter what version of the Bible you have… as long as it is legit Christian, ALL versions are God’s word. I use everything from New International Version (my primary source) and sometimes supplement it with The Message (my major daily Bible is an NIV/MSG parallel, because sometimes, I really don’t GET what the Bible is saying til I dig deeper.) But you can use whatever version you are comfortable. (Might I recommend Bible Gateway as a fast and productive source?)

I’m excited about this series… and looking forward to what God reveals to us as a community of believers over the next several weeks (months?)

And although this is just the first week as an intro, I want to share a recent AH-HA moment I had when reading my baby girl a few pages out of her “Jesus Storybook Bible.”   It describes the Bible in a new, fresh, easy to understand way… (In case any of you out there are scared out of your mind/intimated by Scripture like I used to be just a few short years ago…) Here’s what it said…

“No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves His palace, His throne- everything- to rescue the one He loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life. You see, the best thing about this Story is– It’s true.”

Now, if that doesn’t get you fired up about this series, I don’t know what will. (My heart is pounding. Is it next Monday yet??)

I am hopeful that there will be a lot of AH-HA moments to be had as we walk through this experience together. But first, I would LOVE suggestions of your “life verses” or any Bible AH-HA moments you have had… because this series is flexible, and I would love to learn and explore right along with you! Please leave your suggestions for Scripture or AH-HA moments in the comments below.

Buckle up, my friends. And get ready to discover those Hidden Ah-Ha’s!

Ready and Waiting Expectantly,
SGK

“And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” ~Isaiah 40:5 NIV

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