We’ve all been there. In “that situation”. The one that leaves our head hanging a bit low and takes the spring out of our step.
It’s when a co-worker whispers unkind words. Or when a dear friend’s advice stings a bit. It’s when that promotion goes to someone else. Or when a child or spouse speaks cross words that deflate our spirit.
Often times, my first reaction is just that … a reaction. An emotional response that does nothing to soothe my soul, or encourage me to respond with love and grace.
They can tangle up my thoughts and threaten to reframe my worth and identity. And if I don’t take “that situation” to the truth-giver early on, I can find myself spiraling down to the basement of my heart to hang out with the other lies spoken into my life.
When the untruths speak too loudly, I need a quick fix. A remedy that will speak truths guaranteed to drown out the lies and quiet my heart.
I found a great way to recall God’s truths at a moment’s notice from my good-friend-I’ve-never-met, Wendy Pope. Don’t you just love the internet? Where people you read feel like friends you know!
While I can’t take credit for this ingenious idea, I can confirm it’s a great one.
It’s a spiral bound deck of 3×5 cards where verses that have spoken to me in various situations are captured. I call it my Spiral Bible. I’m not sure what Wendy calls it.
Here’s how to create your own. It’s simple and fast.
- Grab yourself a spiral bound 3×5 index card deck at any office supply store.
- When “that situation” happens, do a topical search in a Bible app or Bible index. Example: Let’s say “that situation” left me feeling worried. I search “worry” and find all the verses with “worry” in it.
- Read through the verses from your search. You will find one or two that God will use to speak to you about “that situation”.
- Write the verse on one of the cards plus any personal note or prayer.
- I add hashtags # at the top of my entries so I can easily find that subject again.
- I also have my One Word theme for the year written on the inside cover.
When “that situation” happens, and we all know it will, you will be armed with plenty of truths. Truths at your fingertips. Truths you can pray over yourself in that moment.
You can add some favorite verses that, in the past, have helped you get your happy back. Or you may want to wait and do your search when you’re in the middle of “that situation”. Why? Because God comes to us in a fresh way through every trial.
We may find a verse in our search we’ve read a thousand times, but it speaks to us in a brand-new way. Later, when we re-read that verse again, we will recall the trial and how that verse moved us from overwhelmed to overjoyed.
My Spiral Bible restrains me from reacting emotionally and keeps me from spiraling away from His truths. It puts me in a proactive posture so I can reframe my thinking and respond appropriately.
And bonus … it helps me memorize verses! I’m so not good at that.
God promises that in our weakness, His power shows up (2 Corinthians 12:9a). So it helps to have His whispers readily available to take on the world’s lies.
Speak God’s truth over yourself; multiple times. His are the real truths about who you are, and will keep you on the journey He planned just for you.
Thank you, Wendy Pope! Your great idea helps me find comfort in my chaos.
What is your “that situation” that can jostle your joy? Do you have any favorite verses that pick you up? Please share them in the comments below so others might be encouraged on their journey. And let me know if you have a Spiral Bible or if you plan to create one!
A Truth: Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist. Ephesians 6:14a
A Song: Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns (click here to listen)
A Read: Trusting God for a Better Tomorrow by Wendy Pope
A Prayer: Oh, Lord, thank you that I can carry your words of truth with me everywhere. Let me place your voice, and who you tell me I am, above any negative voices that speak into my life today. Help me to let your truths wash over me in troubled times so that I don’t spiral out of control. Place others around me who will encourage me to chase hard after your voice until my soul is soothed. In Jesus’ name, amen.