June 13, 2018

Nourishing Scripture Verses - Wendy L. Macdonald




Which Scripture Verses Nourish You Best?

The question of which Scripture verses keep me nourished as I travel the writer's path stumped me at first because I’m nourished by a new one each morning. Now, before I explain how that happens, I need to warn you not to be impressed I’m one of those people who gets up early and reads her Bible every day.You see, I read the Word each morning while holding a hot mug of coffee (with the works) and while leaning against a hot water bottle (to keep my osteoarthritis quiet while I read to my heart’s content).

It’s not a good work’s thing—it’s a joy thing because I—capital LLove my alone time in the Word—with the Word.

Drinking deeply from the Scriptures is one of the ways God healed me of eating disorders many years ago. I used to live a pretty crazy life before I understood:

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
 but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV   

That was the first nourishing verse I made note of during my recovery journey. And since then, I’ve feasted on a hearty fare of His words for most of the last thirty-five years. I’ve also continued to journal and jot down any verses the Holy Spirit nudged me to pay attention to.

A couple of years ago, I decided to share my verse of the day on my Social Media sites. Every day from Monday to Saturday, I schedule a post on my author Facebook page. Each post has a nature picture I’ve taken, a Scripture of the day I’ve chosen, and a short poem I’ve written that ties the photograph and Bible verse together.



Even if I think a post won’t be popular, I still share it because my words are from-the-heart-honest. I share out of obedience rather than for the pursuit of more followers. I wouldn’t enjoy pretending; but I do enjoy sharing how God is tending to my heart.

Now I’d like to share what my nourishing verse of the day was at the time I wrote the first draft of this post:

You are my refuge and my shield;
 I have put my hope in your word.
 Psalm 119:114 NIV

And here’s the tanka poem I wrote to go with it:

raindrops on roses
my garden drinks morning rain
I savour God’s Word
as I read pages of hope
finding refuge in each line.
~ wlm 

I’m nosey-to-know if you enjoy a daily dose of God’s Word.

Word Blessings ~ Wendy Mac 

Wendy L. Macdonald is an inspirational blogger and podcaster who loves to photograph nature on Vancouver Island. Her byline is: “My faith is not shallow because I’ve been rescued from the deep.” Her main website is wendylmacdonald.com where she enjoys interacting with readers.

    
 

14 comments:

  1. A most nourishing post, Wendy. Lovely thoughts. I, too, remember when those words in 2 Tim 1:7 became so real and alive in my heart many years ago now.

    And thank you very much for the link about tanka poetry. I wasn't aware of that form. Will do a bit of research now.

    Happy day...
    Brenda


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    1. Thank you, dear Brenda. I'm glad to have introduced you to tanka poetry. I learned about it from other bloggers. Tanka is similar to haiku except it has two extra lines. Enjoy. :)
      Blessings ~ Wendy

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  2. Lovely post - and the pictures are stunning!

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    1. Thank you, dear Tracy. We had a lot of rain last week and weekend.
      Blessings ~ Wendy

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  3. Wendy,
    I so enjoy your posts, pictures, and poetry. Thank you for nourishIng my soul ❤️. I am an early morning with the Word in the Word type of person too. My day just doesn’t go well if I miss that time. I used to share my morning treasures more often, but have been in a different season lately. That’s probably why I enjoy yours so much.

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    1. Thank you, dear Ruth. Yes, I get what you mean about "my day doesn't go well if I miss that time." I need Him every minute of every day. The best season to be in is the one God gives us--isn't it? My first reaction to life infringing on my writing time is to cringe. But then I look into the faces of those I love and know His will for me is better than mine. Hugs.
      Blessings ~ Wendy

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  4. Beautiful as always, dear Wendy!

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    1. Thank you, Gail. I appreciate your kindness, dear writing friend.
      Blessings ~ Wendy

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    2. Thank you, Wendy, for this pleasant reminder that God's Word never dries up. One of the Church Fathers, John Chrysostom said, "It is not possible, I say not possible, ever to exhaust the mind of the Scriptures. It is a well which has no bottom." (Hom. XIX On Acts). I can't say I read Scripture every morning but certainly without the Bible I would be wandering around lost in today's many philosophies.

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    3. Thank you, Alan. I'm with you in being grateful the Word keeps us safe from being lost. He never lets go of His family.
      Blessings to you both ~ Wendy

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  5. Wonderful post Wendy! Starting the day in the Word is the only way to start the day. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, dear Kim. I agree that the Word is the best bread to start the day with.
      Blessings ~ Wendy

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  6. I love reading your daily Scripture portions with your poetry and photos. Your honesty of heart and reflection of your time with God always shines through so beautifully. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for blessing me twice today--here and on your blog.
      Hugs, dear Bettie ~ Wendy

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