One of my children came downstairs, after being in their room for ages yesterday, with the following list of verses. They had obviously spent a long time going thru a bible looking at highlighted verses and choosing, as they put it, their “favorite ones”. I think its a pretty good list, actually, and I am grateful for the grace of God at work in this dear child of mine despite all their father’s failings and imperfections. Nothing that I could hope to ever accomplish with the blog will be of more lasting worth than anything positive that I can play some small part in building in the lives of these children of mine. Here is the list (also available in NIV and NLT) which brings tears to my eyes:
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
9 for they are a graceful garland for your head
and pendants for your neck.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
4 Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
11 Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?
32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.
18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
16 “For God so loved the world,  that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
1 John 4:20
20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot  love God whom he has not seen.
2 John 1:6
6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.
25 by the God of your father who will help you,
by the Almighty  who will bless you
with blessings of heaven above,
blessings of the deep that crouches beneath,
blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
15:1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.