I seem to have naturally developed a particular (possibly peculiar) strategy over time.
It began sometime ago and several circumstances back when God would bring a certain Bible verse to my attention that would apply appropriately to the given situation at hand. I would commit it to heart and God would strengthen and encourage me with each remembrance.
The next occasion He provided a Psalm and a song to add to a fresh verse. The last time around I added a little slogan.
Now, for each season of life, there are 4 things I search out and assign:
A Bible Verse
Allow me to provide an example. In my current circumstance I find myself drawing upon:
- Proverbs 3:5-7
- Psalm 62:1-2
- I Will Not Be Moved by Natalie Grant
- I will cry out, I will bow down, but I will not be moved. (Not necessarily original. It was inspired by the above song; thank you Natalie!)
"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. [Eph 6:13-18]
When the storm has passed (and they always do) and past verses are read or songs are heard again it gives me another occasion to rejoice, praising God for past deeds of grace and to again give thanks for being all I need - no matter the season.
For now, by God's hand, I will not be moved. Only He knows what the next effort may require, but thankfully He provides all the armor I need.
"For everything that was written in the past
was written to teach us, so that
through endurance and the encouragement
of the Scriptures we might have hope."