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.
No unbelief or distrust made him waiver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God. – Romans 4:20
Last year was the first year that I have chosen a verse of the year. I say “I have chosen” very loosely because what I actually need to say is that God has given me a verse of the year and I took the attentive time to listen.
Last year I was so empowered by the dream God spoke to me that gave me my verse that I had invited my women’s small group to listen for God and choose a verse as well. We then got together and cut words and pictures out of magazines that represented what the verse meant to me. In the middle I used a personalized paraphrase of Hebrews 13:20-21 “I will provide every good thing you need, Sheryl, to do My will.”
I set my framed reminder on my vanity counter and it served as a daily reminder as I took steps to fulfill a big “God-sized” dream in 2015. You see the “God-sized” dream was to start an online magazine for Christian women reminding them that they are chosen, cherished and loved. You see I say it was “God-sized” because I didn’t really know what I was doing…I had no magazine experience. But as I look back over the past year, God really did provide every good thing I needed.
This year when Theresa put out the request to pick a verse of the year I realized I sought it out with a bolder confidence that God was going to willingly give one to me. I actually said to God, “I know you used last year’s verse to help me so I know you will provide me the path to the verse during Sunday’s service.” During that Sunday service I wrote down every scripture reference in grand anticipation of what 2016 had in store for me. Nothing really resonated with me that day but I was so confident that God was using Sunday’s message. I felt the nudge to start reading the verses before and after the ones I wrote down and there we have it. Romans 4:20 just touched my soul.
It says “No unbelief or distrust made him waiver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God.”
Then I felt the nudge to personalize it.
“No unbelief or distrust made Sheryl waiver concerning the promise of God, but Sheryl grew strong and was empowered by faith as Sheryl gave praise and glory to God.”
You see… though every good thing I needed was provided for my God-sized dream, in my mind I looked at all the things not going my way (like an entire month without new subscribers plus a family situation that was really bringing me down). The last few months I had been fighting through the confidence that He even gave me the dream in the first place. I have been working through this wavering and had recently declared I will produce it for an entire year without any new subscribers if that was God’s will.
I do believe He led me to Romans 4:20 to remind me to continue to trust and a reminder to give praise to God for all He has done. He is there beside me through the good and also in the things that I consider bad. I’m looking with great anticipation for what 2016 brings.
Sheryl Siler is a devoted wife, homeschooling mom as well as an author and speaker. She has a passion for learning, enjoys teaching and inspires others with her heart of service. Sheryl is the founder & editor-in-chief of Cherished Magazine and creator of GrowBloomInspire.com. A place she encourages women to grow out of the negative thinking, bloom into a confident women and inspire to love themselves and to pay it forward by encouraging others.