Several years ago the Holy Spirit urged me to memorize Philippians 4:8-9.  To memorize Scripture, I copy the verses several times on index cards and then post them all over the place: on my kitchen cabinets, bathroom mirrors, purse, etc. 

 These are the words from God through Apostle Paul woven into my heart from Philippians 4:8-9: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice.   And the God of peace will be with you.”  To help me remember the order of the words, I came up with the acronym TNRPLA: true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.

About three weeks after memorizing the verse, we were hit with a substantial storm in our family.  It was then that I heard God remind me of the verse I had just memorized, TNRPLA.  What is true about this situation?  What is noble?  What is right?  What is pure? What is lovely? What is admirable?  Think about such things. 

My time with God was intense to say the least.  He used this verse to help me process a very difficult situation.  He reminded me that even in the most deadly, terrifying storms he is God, period.  He showered me with love and provided me with the peace He promised in the later part of the verse.   When I wanted to slide into a very understandable freak-out, I found that keeping this verse in the front of my thoughts helped.  I repeatedly picked apart the verse bit by bit, and applied it to the situation.

God wants you and me to know that when we cling to Him and his Word, our storms are manageable.  He wants to guide us through them, refine us in them, and show us the best way to navigate. 

What is your current storm?  What verse(s) is God calling you to memorize, study, and live by?  I can guarantee this:  no matter how awful your storm is, God is exponentially greater!    

                                                                       COMFORT SOUP

My kids named this!

1 whole chicken

1 medium onion, diced (optional)

1 pound carrots, sliced

1 bunch kale or spinach, chopped

1 Tablespoon salt

4 C cooked rice

Place washed, whole chicken in a large pot. Fill pot with water 2 inches from the top rim.  Add salt.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and let simmer 1 ½-7 hours.  (The longer it simmers, the richer the broth will taste.)  Remove chicken and set aside.  Add veggies to broth and bring to boil again, reduce heat and simmer some more.  Meanwhile, with a fork or your fingers, remove meat from chicken bones.  Add the chicken back to the soup (discard the remaining skin and bones).  Once the carrots are tender (about 30 minutes) add in rice. Taste and add more salt if desired.  Serve.  

For extra flavor add dill, thyme, tarragon and/or rosemary when you add the veggies.

  1. Lynn Zook07-18-11

    Beautiful words to live by….God’s Word is our sweet peace in the storm. Thank you for the reminder.