Wow! Welcome to our final segment of the 2023 Dressed for My Day Scripture Meditation & Memorization Challenge. Can you believe the year is coming to an end? I do hope that you have found this challenge to be worthwhile and even life-changing. I know that every time that I commit to and follow through with a spiritual challenge of this nature, it produces dividends in my life. I have benefited from meditating on Scripture throughout the year, for sure, but I have also been encouraged and fortified by your participation alongside me. Thank you so very much for the privilege of doing this with you.
You may have heard that my first grandbaby was born Friday. We are still rejoicing that all went so well. She even showed up on her due date. Baby and mom seem to be healthy and healing and resting well. What a blessing. The parents have named our sweet baby girl Hannah James, and she is as beautiful as her name.
My Final Scripture Memory & Meditation Passage for 2023
While we are indeed rejoicing in Hannah’s arrival, I still feel ill at ease in this world. I look around and find little to bring me great comfort or joy. In fact, I find just the opposite. In every corner of life there seem to be more reasons for fear, unrest, disappointment and shock.
But this scripture passage reminds me that while there may be little cause for joy or peace in the world – even during this holiday season – our God can indeed provide those things for us…in relationship with Him. He is our source for joy. He delights us even more than prosperity, relationships or happy occasions. As we draw near to Him, He puts joy in our hearts, granting us security and purpose and significance and love beyond imagination.
God also gives us the stability we are looking for and cannot find in this world. He gives us the security we need in order to be able to sleep peacefully at night and rest in His provision as we walk through the day. Because of my relationship with God through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, I can breathe easy, walk forward with confidence and relax a little.
And so my final passage for 2023 is Psalm 4:7-8. As I meditate on these words each day I will remember that I do not need for the world or even another person or circumstance to give me joy or security. I find those things in Christ alone. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because He lives, life is worth the living. Amen.
I look forward to hearing about your final scripture passage. And don’t forget to let me know in this previous post if you will be attending our year-end celebration on January 7. I’ll send out invitations right after Christmas.
Bless you all. I love you dearly! And have a very merry Christmas.