I Need a Verse

Isn’t God good? We got some cloudy, murky news yesterday that left me muddled. We don’t have enough information to worry yet. But the mind tends to wander through potential – all of the worse-case scenarios. When I finally got home, I sat thinking, “I need a verse.” But nothing would come to mind. My mind was literally empty. Tabula Rasa. Clean slate.

God didn’t let me flounder long. He reached into the blankness nearly instantly through a text message of an old friend who was praying with us.

Philippians 4:6-7

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


The lovely wife and I are rallying to get more testing today. We have made our requests known to Him. If you are a praying friend, I covet a word for my littlest, Kylie. She is a little worried and just wants her leg to stop hurting.



Artwork credit: Otto Greiner [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

38 thoughts on “I Need a Verse

  1. I love The Message translation of this verse: Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

    Prayers going up so the answers can come down.

  2. Paying her pain stops and you find the cause. Perfect verse for me as well. God IS good. He shouted this to me just as I needed to stop wallowing

  3. Praying for you all from Colossians 1:11 “that you’ll be strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness.”
    When my life goes on tilt I cling to Ps. 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me:)

  4. Psalm 118 focuses on the goodness and mercy of God. Psalm 118:8 is the exact center of the bible. Keeping your family in my prayers too.

      1. I understand. Last week I flew to Phoenix, my oldest (25 years old) required a pacemaker. Shock was the most difficult thing to deal with. Coming out on the other side, I see God’s hand all over the situation. He is faithful. Start praising him for His goodness even if you are in the waiting. I’m sending praise reports to my whole prayer group.

  5. Mark, I’m adding you and Kylie immediately to my prayer list. In prayer for wisdom for the medical team, for answers to be revealed and confirmation to be found. Be at peace.

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