As I think about this verse "Love your enemies and pray for those who hurt you" I think about how many times I have unintentionally upset or hurt someone. How cool would it be to know that we pray for each other instead of intentionally thinking of ways to return the hurtful favor.
During these unique times it is so easy for us to say something or act in a way that we shouldn't. I find myself trying to be very intentional about my thoughts and feelings as well as catching myself when I start to grumble. Grumbling just takes me to another level of self-focus and self-destruction.
This verse reminds me to change my thinking and how I react to those who might say something or act in a way I might feel are offensive. Instead of feeling hurt and trying to justify my feelings, I need to simply pray. How easy is that! It takes so much less energy to focus on them than on me. Once I start praying, my entire demeanor changes and I find that I start praying for even more issues that weigh heavy on my heart. Prayer changes my attitude and instead of feeling hurt and alone, I feel empowered to want to react in a more positive way. All of a sudden, I'm not thinking of me but of others.
My new set of Memory Verse Cards will be available in my Etsy shop by August 5. My hope for these cards is they will cause you to memorize God's word, and pray about how the verse may speak to you. There are 20 memory verse cards printed on white card stock and tucked in a clear CD holder. Flip the lid and the CD holder becomes an easel for you to display a verse each day or display the cards individually wherever you like. And just to add that final little touch, each card has a printed pattern on the reverse side!
Also added will be my Memory Verse Card fans. These fans contain the same verse cards as the Memory Verse CD but are smaller and much more portable. They are easy to carry in your purse or tote of choice. They measure 2" w x 5"l and contain 10 verse cards each. Each fan is printed on white card stock and secured with a decorative brad. And don't forget the final touch of the pattern on the back! Each fan will contain different verse cards. Remove the brad and slip a ribbon or piece of twine through the brad hole and they become individual bookmarks. These fans are a great way to share God's truth with a friend who might need a word of encouragement or just needs to know someone is thinking of them.
Each week I will be sharing a post about each verse card and how the verse is speaking to me. Check back often and let me know your thoughts as well in my comment section. I'd love to hear from you and start a conversation!