SUYL: Favorite Bible Verses

Today at Kelly's Korner, everyone is sharing their favorite Bible verses, and I figured this is one wagon I can jump on at the last minute without any preparation because I know my favorites already.

So here they are ...

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope. ~Jeremiah 29:11

This has been a favorite of mine for so long. It's the one I have permanently posted at the bottom of my blog.

Remembering it over and over leaves my soul downcast within me. But I will call this to mind, as my reason to have hope: The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent; They are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness. My portion is the Lord, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him. ~Lamentations 3:20-24

This is one I clung to and read over and over and over again after we lost Samantha. I even printed it up with a pretty border and hung it by my desk at work. It is still there and I see it everyday. It reminds me that even though I walk through dark times, my Lord is with me, and that gives me hope.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them. ~Ephesians 2:8-10

This is the scripture Hubby and I choose for Maggie's Baby Be Blessed doll. Salvation is our greatest gift from God and we can do nothing to earn it. Nothing, nothing, nothing. It is all from Him and given in love. AND ... we were created by good, for good, and find our greatest happiness in the service (works) He has set before us. It is up to us, however, to accept the gift and choose to serve. I love this reminder of how much I am *not* in control, and usually need it :)

Be sure to visit Kelly's Korner and check out all the awesome Bible verses. You never know when you may find a new favorite!

Also, be sure to check out this post from (in)courage. It is interesting that it was in my reader this morning when just the other day I asked Hubby "do you have any money we can give that girl?" and he said, "what girl?" He didn't even see the young, homeless girl sitting on the sidewalk outside the baseball park. Are we really so oblivious to the suffering right in front of us? And I don't mean to pick on Hubby because I know I can be guilty of that, too. Hmmm ... food for thought.

Happy Friday, y'all, and hope you have a great weekend!