One Good Thing Every Day 2014

One Good Thing Every Day: June 2, 2014

Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.


Life verses are similar to memory verses in that they are memorized. But, the quality of the memorization is wrapped up in experienced memory as well. Often, more than one life-changing episode brings the particular passage to mind.

My parents gave me a new Bible when I was baptized at age twelve. Proverbs 3:5-6 in the New International Version was the scripture my pastor wrote under his words of encouragement to me that day. I committed that scripture to memory, not realizing I would need to cling to it that spring after my family’s move to Missouri. I was surprised when I needed it after we moved back to Minnesota. It helped me understand why they moved to Ohio, and I didn’t. When I found myself living a town away from where that baptism Bible was given and inscribed, I understood anew God’s personalized plan for each person. Whenever I face difficult decisions, I repeat it in my mind until my heart renews its belief. As in the “yellow wood” of Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” following its path “has made all the difference.”


What verses in your life have made a difference in the paths you have taken?

DPChallenge, One Good Thing Every Day 2013

One Good Thing Every Day: November 11, 2013

I am thankful for the divergent paths in my life. At the time, each seemed to distance me from someone or something cherished. But, these paths–whether rocky, smooth, twisted, straight, well-lit, foggy, rutted, or resurfaced–have strengthened my adaptive muscles. Just as my cross-country training in high school continues to be a benefit when years and pounds weigh me down, my adjustment time to the varying landscape of life’s seasons often pushes me to a “personal best.”