At the International Christian Mompreneur Network, we’re not making New Year’s Resolutions. We’re choosing a scripture verse to guide us through the year instead. We’re selecting a verse that speaks to our hearts and offers support, hope or motivation for us to live out the following year with purpose and direction. The following is part of a series of posts featuring members of the International Christian Mompreneur Network sharing their scripture verse of the year. We pray these posts will inspire and encourage you to select a scripture verse to guide you through the year as well.
Scripture Verse of the Year 2014 – By Christina Ryan Claypool
“He has plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future…” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
“Help me, Jesus!” Desperately, I prayed this little prayer wondering if Heaven was listening, because the cash register in my thrift/antique store hadn’t rung up many sales lately. It was about two decades ago and I was a single mom supporting my young son through my retail establishment. I tried my best to be frugal with the earnings my small business brought in. But there hadn’t been much income in awhile, and I was pretty frantic.
Today, I still pray these three powerful words whenever I don’t know how else to pray. I call this my breath prayer. It is not so much that I recite it while asking for divine assistance. Rather it just comes spontaneously from a place deep inside that believes God is still in control, when circumstances scream that all is lost.
And I have to be honest with you, that’s where I was for months lately. Like there is just no way that God can make everything alright. This is in contrast to my public image as a woman of steadfast faith who has written Christian recovery books and in the past worked in television ministry. So, when I first saw a post asking for guest bloggers to share their Scripture for 2014, I tried to ignore it. I didn’t want to be a hypocrite, and pretend that I had something significantly spiritual to tell others when I was experiencing my own dark night of the soul.
But the request haunted me. “What will your 2014 Scripture be?” a still small voice asked relentlessly. Suddenly, I knew what it was, because there is an old postcard on my refrigerator that seemed to shout, “I’m it. Look at me.” To explain about the postcard, I have to travel back in time. For my husband’s job as a school administrator we have had to move four times in the past twelve years. My spouse came into my life late. Even though our first move wasn’t far, it caused me to leave my hometown, and to be miles away from my by then adult child. I was grieving, and couldn’t be consoled.
The year was 2004, and I was also attending graduate school in ministry at Ohio’s Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. One day in the university book shop, I happened to notice a postcard with a sky blue background and beautiful rainbow with the printed words, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord…plans to give you hope and a future…” Jeremiah 29:11. I had always loved this verse. It also said, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13. Impulsively, I bought the postcard and tucked it away. I didn’t think much about it, until it came time for our move. [Read more…]