I was tagged by Elizabeth at Startling the Day in a meme which starts with the question: “What are your three favorite Scripture verses?” I have listed three, but I could probably list 20 or more. These, however, are three of my favorites:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13
I have this Scripture verse taped to the bottom of my computer monitor. Often, I feel overwhelmed with the day-to-day activities of being a wife and mother, as well as the duties of my (three) part-time jobs at home. Sometimes it seems like there could be 48 hours in a day, and I still wouldn’t be able to accomplish everything on my “to do” list. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I know I can look down at that simple little piece of paper with the short verse and feel less stressed.
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you….It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.” John 15: 12-17
This particular passage was the Gospel at our wedding mass 29 years ago. Both James and I not only felt called to marriage, but also called to be open to life. We saw that one of the “fruits” of our marriage would be the children God would create through us. Never did we realize that in our openness to life, we would be called not only to create life, but also to face the loss of seven precious babies through miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy, as well as the near loss of my life with one of the pregnancies.
“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body .” Genesis 2: 24
This has always been one of my favorite verses because it describes the origins of marriage.
Dana, Elizabeth and Sue, I’d love to know what your three favorite Scripture verses are! So I am tagging you in this blog post. When you post your “Three Favorite Scripture Verses,” tag three other bloggers and include the link back to this post!
Dana from Catholic Working Mom
Elizabeth from Will You Be My Voice
Sue from Sue Elvis Writes
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