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Scripture Box

17 Aug

“The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land!!”
Isaiah 58:11


My days are filled lately with non-stop activity.  If I’m not working in the dining hall at Higher Ground serving food to the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, then I’m at home packing.  Our projected moving date is quickly approaching and there is still so much to be done.

As I was cleaning off the few remaining items from my bookshelf, I came across a black recipe box, except it’s not full of recipes.  It’s full of Bible verses.  This is a very special box, given to me by my son many years ago when our family responded to God’s call upon our lives to move to Albuquerque, NM.  Knowing how much his momma loved the Scriptures and depended on them, Ryan wanted me to have them handy, organized, and within reach. 

Eight different tabs divide the box into topics, each one marking the correct spot for the corresponding verses.  Some of the 3×5 cards are printed out on a computer, while others are still in his unmistakable handwriting.  Some have the identifying book/chapter/verse address and some do not.  And lying in the bottom of the box is the all-time favorite verse that was once taped to the top of the lid.  Over the course of many years and a couple moves, the tape lost its stickiness, but the message still rings true to this day … the verse that our family knows by heart … Isaiah 58:11

“The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land!!”


Our family claimed that scripture as a promise from God Himself when we obeyed Him and made our home on the campus of Nazarene Indian Bible College in 1997.  Over the years, I have come to realize that the sun scorches more than just the high deserts of Albuquerque. The sun, along with the high humidity also takes its toll on the rolling hills of southeast Indiana.  Even in the midst of a snowy and cold winter, God promises to guide and to satisfy our needs.

Before I close my box of treasures and pack it away with other items that are dear to my heart, I would like to share some of the verses with you.

But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?   You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.   So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.   Genesis 50:19-21




Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice,
and no one will take away your joy.    John 16:22


This day is sacred to our Lord.  Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Nehemiah 8:10



God is within her, she will not fall;  God will help her at break of day. 
Psalm 46:5



For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11



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


This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 
Psalm 118:24



Ask and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.  
Matthew 7:7



No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses,
so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 
Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land
I swore to their forefathers to give them.  Be strong and very courageous.
Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you;
do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be
successful wherever you go.  Joshua 1:5-7



But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.  Matthew 6:33


Whether you turn to the left or to the right; your ears will hear a voice behind you,
saying,  “this is the way; walk in it.”  Isaiah 30:21


Such ageless messages of truth shared by the heart of a child so long ago.  God knew I needed to find this dusty box today for yet another reminder of a young boy’s love, but more importantly of HIS own unfailing love, protection, guidance, and mercy.

Until next time,