Monday, January 19, 2009

What's on Your Mind '09? - Anchor Verse

This week's topic of conversation for What's on Your Mind '09? is anchor verses. Not sure what an anchor verse is? Well, according to Elaine it's a verse one chooses to have as their focus - on which they rely, and to which they cling during difficult times.
Sounds like a good idea, don't you think?
I will admit, I have yet to sit down and consciously choose an anchor verse for 2009. But as I thought about this concept it occurred to me that perhaps God was choosing one for me. Because I have noticed His habit of repeating things to me when He really wants me to "get it." And He seems to be repeating Himself again.
I am in the process of going through Psalm 121 and am convinced of one thing as I am taking this journey.

God is watching me.

Read this, and see if you agree.

I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you - the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
Psalm 121:5
That's as far as I've gone, but I have looked ahead and noticed that "watch" shows up again in two of the remaining three verses in this psalm. It seems to me that "watch" is also implied by the facts that God won't let our feet slip, He doesn't slumber or sleep, and He's at our right hand.
God is convincing me again of His care for me as I spend time in this psalm. He is near to me, and I know His eyes are ever on me. How He can simultaneously pay as much attention to you - and the rest of the universe - while He's concentrating on me, is beyond my comprehension. But I trust Him. And I believe He can do it.
Yes. God is watching me - when my feet are on slippery surfaces, night and day, wherever I go. I think I might hold on to this entire psalm as my anchor this year.

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Anonymous said...

oooo - I like this! Very thought provoking! And I love the word picture from the Psalms of God looking over us. Thanks Karen.

Jerralea said...

Awesome scripture, Karen! I may have to use this one next year!

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite Psalms. It is so good, the loving and caring He shows us in it.

Winging It said...

I love the way you bring the scripture home and personal, Karen. Truly you bring out the sweetest parts.

Oh, looking froward to hearing about Ocala, already talking to friends about it.

luvmy4sons said...

A great is both comforting and chilling to know God is watching to you!

kreed said...

Awesome verse - I love this one! BTW, I got your book for Christmas (finally!) - can't wait to read it!

Amanda said...

I do agree with you. And I don't know why, but this all seemed so new to me today. Like, I have never really thought about God watching me. But I like it. Most of the time. Maybe not when I'm watching MTV.

I think the idea of an achor verse is awesome.. but where do I start???

Many blessings!

Jenileigh said...

I love that scripture!

How are you? Long time no see. Big hugs my long lost friend!

Justin and Mary said...

This is a great idea. I'll have to start listening for God so He can show me what to focus on. He seems to be reminding a lot lately that He is in control. So I think I'll start there.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Ah, the watchful eyes of our God...on you and on me at the same time. Who can fathom such a truth? I can't, but I'm glad it's mine to contemplate. You've chosen a good verse for the new year (as if there would be a bad one in God's Word).

As you walk these days of 2009, may the hills that surround you be but the shading of God as you go.

peace in your journey this day~elaine