One of My Favorite Verses

I recently joined an on-line Bible study sponsored by Proverbs 31 ministries at the urging of a fellow Christian sister. During the study we will be reading and reflecting on the book Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. I had read the book at a church bible study previously, but cannot honestly say that I had applied many of Lysa’s suggestions and insights to my own life, or to my own relationship with God.

As I have been thinking about what I am hoping to learn and how I am hoping to grow this time around after reading it, I cannot help but think about how I want to crave more of Him in my life all the time. Not just when I need Him to solve a problem. Not just when I have a prayer request, But ALL the time! Every day. In every circumstance. In thinking of this longing, and the time I actually spend with him now (which could definitely improve), one of my favorite Bible verses comes to mind:

“What is the price of two sparrows-one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.” Matthew 10:29

And why is this verse one of my favorite? It brings to mind one of the songs I remember singing so many times as a teen, and as a young adult. “I sing because I am happy. I sing because I am free. His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.” This song and verse is always in the back of my mind. I still sing it often, but it wasn’t until this week when I paid a visit to my dear friend Julie’s blog (who is a very gifted and talented songwriter, pianist, and singer!) did I start to remember all the times in my past when I sang that song. In high school during a Sister Act musical, later as a young teen mom as I sat in my son’s room rocking him to sleep, and again as a young adult as I was going through the trials of a divorce.

God, even then, before I had ever given Him my life, or had a thought of walking with Him, placed these songs in my heart at a time when his sparrow needed Him the most. The thought that He was working in me even as a 16 year old on a high school stage is so awesome to me, and is proof that God “craves” us each and every single moment, of each day. Even when we are falling. Even when we are running. Even when we have made mistake after mistake after mistake. Even when we are 16 year old kids whose thoughts are not on God at all.

If He can have time to keep his eye on me with all the other sparrows that fall and need Him too, then I can certainly learn to keep my eye on Him a little bit more too.

This sparrow wants to crave more of God. Every single moment, of every single day.

10 Comments

  1. Reblogged this on Journey With Jesus and commented:
    When we consider how loving and caring God is of the sparrow…. How awesome it is to know the magnification of this love and care is toward you and me! Then to realize the all consuming desire of God to redeem His creation back to Himself, we too should find ourselves filled with an all consuming desire for Him! To think, His word tells us, “behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20 NASB. I see Him desiring to spend time at ease with you and me, engaged in loving time together! Funny stories, words of tender care and encouragement, seeds of His great love sown deep that bring forth a harvest of epic proportion in your life and mine; then this bounty spills over into the lives of those all around us, glorifying the “Name above ALL names”, Jesus Christ, God’s very best to you and me and for all!

    Thank you January!

  2. Thanks for your kind words 🙂 That is where the title of my blog came from. He is the reason I sing and there is nothing like the fellowship we have with Him when we sing His praises! This is a wonderful example of God’s prevenient grace- that He is calling us, wooing us to Him all the days of our lives- even before we know Him. I am thankful He put this song in your heart long ago, and am thankful to have you as a friend and ministry partner!

    1. As I am thankful for you! I had read your blog title so many times and never even thought of the song until the other day…then I thought-Wow, you mean he was speaking to me then! I can’t get over how amazing that is!

      Be blessed,

      January

  3. Such a beautiful testimony 🙂 I love how you are seeing yourself as one of God’s precious sparrows! He is indeed watching over our every move, and caring for us, craving us, and calling us to Him long before we turn to recognize that voice. I pray that this study would help in your journey to crave Him more each day and keep your eye on His face above all.
    Sarah Travis (OBS Small Group Leader)

    1. Sarah,

      I think it is amazing to look back and see all the ways he was working in my life before I actually accepted Him. It gives me so much hope for those who may not know Him yet. I am excited for what God will teach me and do through the online Bible study.

      Thanks for stopping by! Be blessed!

      January

  4. I just love reading your post!! Love for our Father just oozes from this post and it totally blessed me and put a smile on my face. I had only ever heard that song, from the movie Sister Act 2 which you mentioned and it’s so beautiful. Our God is so awesome and I’m looking forward to going on this OBS journey with you.

    Trish (OBS small group leader & blog hop team)

    1. Trisha,

      Thanks so much for reading! That song I heard in Sister Act is now one of my favorites! I am looking forward to what God will do through this on-line study!

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Be blessed,

      January

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading! Yes, he does crave us, and I am praying through this study that I can crave Him just as much!

      Be blessed,
      January

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