My Life Verses: Psalm 16:11

As previously stated, I am participating in Write31Days where bloggers post every day in the month of October on a topic of their choice.  Join me in my series as I look back on “Life Verses” God has given me over the years and for particular seasons of my life.  Enjoy!

Day One: ” You will show me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of joy” Psalm 16:11

This verse was one that was “discovered” and mulled over by a young girl in the children’s book, Rainbow Garden, by Patricia St. John.  “Fullness of joy” was a phrase that resonated with the protagonist in that story and with myself as a young child when I first read the book.  Growing up in a Christian home, I think this may have been the first time I saw the Bible as being able to potentially transform a person’s life (as opposed to just being something dry and boring or needing to be memorized).

In the book, Rainbow Garden, the young girl is miserable and unhappy with her life and so desires to have that “fullness of joy” she had briefly heard read about from the Bible one night.  But she had somehow missed the first part of the verse and kept wondering where this fullness of joy came from – In what is “fullness of joy?”  Finally, after trying and failing  for quite awhile to somehow find this joy on her own, she learns about the first part of the verse which is “In thy presence.”  So she realizes it was in a Person that true joy is found and that it was actually a relationship with Christ she was searching for all along.  Patricia St. John shared this truth in such a way that wasn’t preachy but in a way that children, such as myself, could easily relate to.  Obviously I remember it to this day!

For many years I just thought of that verse and that phrase in relation to that book and didn’t even know where it was in the actual Bible itself.  But, a few years back, I was going through my One Year Bible and stumbled across the actual reference.  I had hit gold!  All the memories about the book came flooding back and I realized how deeply it has affected me as a young girl.  Yet, while that childhood perspective is still valid in my life, there is so much more that this verse means to me now.  I feel like, for me, it is almost the first part of the verse that I resonate more with at this time – “You will show me the path of life.”  For whose life ever turns out as planned?  Whose pathway in life is every straight and sure, with no detours or uncertainties?  And yet with that also comes the  realization that in following God’s path for my life instead of my own I can find true and lasting joy!  And so I leave you again with my very first life verse:

Day One: ” You will show me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of joy” Psalm 16:11

 

 

6 thoughts on “My Life Verses: Psalm 16:11

  1. Joyce

    What a wonderful theme. I love this idea! I really like the verse you posted today, and this past year have memorized Ps 143:8 which has really come to mean a lot, it relates to this verse you posted today. I’m visiting from the linky list as we’re nearby neighbors there. My oldest daughter got married in January and moved to the PNW. She’s closer to Tacoma and also a blogger if you’d like to visit. She is sweet as pie : ) http://www.sincerelyshannon.com I made my first trip out there in May and fell in love with the spectacular scenery! Best of luck with the challenge. I’ll hop back this month.

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    1. Bethany Post author

      Hi Joyce, Sorry I am new to blogging and just figured out how to turn on and view my comments so just saw this! Thanks so much for your encouragement and best of luck to you too. What is the name/number of your button on the linkylist so I can visit it? I remade my button so it moved down the page to #439 now. And I will make sure to check out your daughter’s blog soon as well – glad you got a chance to visit this beautiful part of the country!

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  2. Sarah

    I loved Patricia St. John books when I was a child (Rainbow Garden was one of my favorites too). You make me want to re-read them now…I think the ones I owned are all still on a shelf at my parents’ house.

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    1. Bethany Post author

      Thanks Sarah. 🙂 Patricia St. John books are always good for a re-read! I just re-read The Secret of the 4th Candle over last Christmas at my parent’s house and it spoke to me even now as an adult.

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