Centering Scripture

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

Do you have a favorite scripture? If not, I’d like to encourage you to find some passages that speak to you. Maybe you would like to find scripture that brings you comfort. Maybe you would like a passage that will motivate you to never give up. Whatever the reason, the Bible holds a treasure trove of inspiration and truth.

Here are a few suggestions. I’ve paired them with some of my favorite verses.

Be still and know that I am God. -Psalm 46:10

When selecting scripture, decide if the verses will be something you want to print or write out and carry with you (in your wallet, purse, briefcase, glove box, etc.), or if you’ll memorize them. If you’re going for memorization, start small. There are plenty of gems to be had that are easy to remember. This is one of my favorites and it isn’t even the entire verse. I repeat this scripture to myself when I start to feel things getting a little overwhelming. It reminds me that I just need to stop, take a deep breath and remember that God is in control.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  – Phil. 4:13

Next, make sure the passage has special significance to you. This is my go-to scripture when I need reassurance that everything we’ll encounter in this life is manageable when we turn to God for strength and guidance. Our God is powerful and faithful. No matter what we encounter, we can always rely on the love and steadfastness of Christ.

For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. -Jer. 29:11

I love this scripture because it reminds me that God has a plan for all of us. That plan is filled with hope and goodness. I need to trust in God and keep an open heart in order to stay out of the way of God’s plans!

And remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Matt. 28:20

This is another wonderful reminder that we are never, ever alone. God’s loving presence is confirmed to us through these words spoken by Jesus. There will never be a time in this life when we are abandoned by our God.

I hope this encourages you to find the scripture that touches your heart.

I’ll see you in church!


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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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