This one reminds me of a verse that became part of me during my college years. Often weary, bogged down with multiple projects and studies, I was many a time encouraged by the words found in Isaiah 40.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
This one became a part of me just a few years ago at a Calvary Women's Retreat. Patrick and I had gone through a difficult church split which left us disallusioned and with a pervasive lack of trust. That weekend, I finally understood, through John 15, that I must stay connected to and abide in Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. As I drew close to Him once again, He drew close to me, forgave me, healed my wounds, and brought forth fruit.
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless
it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for
without Me you can do nothing.
This one was quite recent. I just completed a study of the book of Daniel with my Women's Bible Study, and our leader asked us to think about what impacted us from the study. I learned so much, and I couldn't seem to pinpoint one specific morsel... they were all so rich. But if I had to, I would have to choose this verse...
12:3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
Oh, how I long for more of His wisdom, to shine brightly for His Kingdom and glory. May He continue to refine me so that I can reflect more of His beautiful light.