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Faith Filled Friday: Birthday Verses

July 22, 2022

Connie Terpack 7/22/2022

There are several birthdays mentioned in the Bible besides Jesus’ birth. An Egyptian Pharaoh in Joseph’s time (Genesis 40:20) and King Herod in Jesus’ time (Matthew 14:6; Mark6:21). Romans 14:6-12 tells us it is okay for us to celebrate as we feel appropriate, but to always remember we are the Lord’s.

For my birthday, which was on 7/21, I wanted to share my two favorite Bible verses. God shared these verses with me years ago when I was going through a particularly rough time. I have posted about them before, but I believe you can always learn something new from the same verses.

But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10

Let all things be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40

In my prayer I asked the Lord to share some verses with me to help me get through the ordeal and then I opened my Bible. Both of these verses are at the top of the page, one in the left column and one in the right. My eyes landed on 1 Corinthians 15:10 first even though it is in the right-hand column because it was already highlighted. My husband used this Bible and I had the benefit of his marks and notes.

I am what I am. It was reassuring to know that God loves me just as I am. It was comforting to know that God’s grace and love are with me always. So no matter what ordeals I had God was with me and would help me get through it.

In spite of not getting an answer to my why or my and but, I did feel a great relief.

I wrote down the verse location so I would never forget it. When I double-checked to make sure I had written it down correctly, I discovered I had written 14:40, not 15:10. Naturally I had to look at the other verse.

Since there was such a huge difference between the two numbers I guessed the Lord was not done with me yet. The new verse told me He knew what he was doing and I needed to be patient. Having worked for years as a nurse I was used doing things on a schedule and I felt that the Lord was letting me know he had his own schedule. That answered both my ‘why’ and ‘and but’, and also gave me a chuckle.

I keep a marker on the page so I can review these verses any time. Each time I read them I feel a comfort and peace that only God can give.

Today I’d like to share another verse: Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

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