Verses I Love: 1 Timothy 1:17

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Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. ~ 1 Timothy 1:17

I conclude my series on “Verses I Love” with a verse about the One I love more than any other: My King, my Savior, my Master, that Friend Who is closer than any other, the Lord Jesus Christ. One reason I love this verse because I love the song, “Immortal, Invisible”. It is a song filled with praise to God. I even have a portion of it set as my ringtone.

I’ve shared a lot of verses that are special to me because of my parents. One is from my husband. Some are from my own personal Bible study. But all are because of my Savior. I would not be here were it not for the grace of God. His grace allowed me to be born to Ron and Carolyn Courtney. By His grace alone, I was saved June 12, 1993. By His grace, I married a godly man. Why, even this blog post could not be written if God did not give me the strength and ability to do so.

All that I am, or ever will be, is because of the “immortal, invisible, only wise God, the King eternal”. I praise Him with my whole heart.

Thanks for reading my ramblings the past two weeks.  I hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day. Most of all, I hope that you know Christ, Who loved you enough to die on a cross to save you from your sins.

I leave you with my favorite song:

With love,

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Verses I Love: Philippians 4:8

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Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8

Well, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! There are so many people in my life who I love with all my heart. I hope and pray, however, that the Lord has the first place in my life. Today’s verse has a special meaning that I share in more detail HERE.

God used this verse to bring me out of a difficult period of fear, worry and anxiety. Words cannot express my joy and gratitude for that! I once read this quote by Barbara Sher: “Imaginary obstacles are insurmountable. Real ones aren’t.” I agree! If we are defeated in our minds, then we have already lost the battle. I pray that I can continue to keep my mind on the true things – the things written in God’s Word – and trust Him moment by moment.

With love,

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Verses I Love: Psalm 34:18

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The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.  ~ Psalm 34:18

Another verse that I love is Psalm 34:18. The Bible-reading schedule I used for years had me reading Psalms in July and August. Shortly after my dad’s sudden death in 2004, I read this verse. I was grieving his loss so deeply the loss of my dad, and the loss of my family as it once was. Everything – and I suppose everyone – changed so much after Dad’s death. I realize that this verse is referring to someone who is repenting of sin, but I liked the first part and clung to it. A “broken heart” can be  caused by sin, by loss, by death, by loneliness, and many other things. I had a broken heart because of the death my dad, with whom I was very close. I had a broken heart because I didn’t get to say goodbye. I had a broken heart because my mother was hurting, and I didn’t know what to do to help. My sister was grieving in her own way, as was my brother. The familial bond was torn apart as we each tried to find healing and comfort for ourselves.

I looked for help from my husband. That didn’t work. He’s a great man, but after all, he is only a man. My friends, who were well-meaning, often added to the pain by their flippant comments. There seemed to be nowhere to turn. Then one summer morning, I arrived at my spot for to read my Bible and pray, and I read this verse. It was a blessing to know that the LORD was nigh! Jehovah, the Creator of the universe, was near me when everyone else had abandoned me. Of course, they hadn’t really abandoned me, they just couldn’t offer the help that I needed. No human could.

I did manage to keep going, to heal and to feel close to my family again. It took a while, but eventually life took on a new rhythm.

For each and every step of my journey, the Lord was, and is, nigh. Nothing is more comforting than that.

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Verses I Love: Psalm 34:6

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This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.  ~ Psalm 34:6

Today’s verse that I love is Psalm 34:6, my dad’s life’s verse. I can still hear him quoting it. I knew that he loved this verse, but I didn’t realize that he thought of it as his life’s verse until my mother had it engraved on his tombstone.

I love this verse because out of all the verses in the Bible, my dad chose this one. He always regarded himself as a “poor man”. He didn’t think of himself as poor financially, though I know there were times of financial struggle, but rather, he viewed himself as unworthy of God’s great love. (As are we all!) He never thought of himself as smart, or handsome or talented – though he was all of those things. My dad was just an average man, the son of a railroad foreman; nothing special to most people. Of course, he meant the world to his wife and children. He wasn’t a preacher, yet he preached every day. His audience wasn’t large, only one little girl with blonde hair and blue eyes, who hung on his every word. He lived his ordinary life in an extraordinary way.

Dad was a very humble man, and his life’s verse fits his life perfectly. God saved him, even though Ron Courtney was so unworthy.

My dad would have been shocked to see the huge crowd at his funeral. He would have also been stunned to read the lovely poem by Bro. Jim Payte. I’ve shared it before, but I’d like to share it once more.  I offer heartfelt thanks to Bro. Jim for giving this wonderful gift to our family. I could never fully express how much it meant to us during our darkest hour.

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In Memory of Ron Courtney

His wavy white hair
His finely honed wit,
The strength of his handshake
His encouragement to never quit.

The height of his stature
Is just but a mite,
Compared to his example
Of a man who lived right.

And, oh, to hear him pray,
That’s what I loved most.
He seemed as though he were best friends
With the Lord of hosts.

No thee’s and thou’s
No strain of thought,
Plain spoken words,
Not rehearsed or taught.

His head tilted back
As he uttered his prayer
I peeked I suppose,
It seemed the Lord was standing there.

The words that he spoke
Still ring in my ear
I want to pray like that
And feel the Lord so near.

Into God’s presence
Now he’ll abide.
For today he went home
Leaving his children and sweet wife by their side,

But don’t worry, don’t mourn, fret or despair.
Ron Courtney left a heritage…
He was a man of prayer

Now you can see him in Heaven,
As he talks with the Lord.
I picture it quite the same
As it was here before.

His head tilted back
Now Glory in his eye,
Face to face, praying and waiting,
For you and me to arrive. – Jim Payte

I look forward to that great reunion day.

With love,

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Verses I Love: Psalm 68:19

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Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. ~ Psalm 68:19

Today’s verse is near and dear to my heart.  Psalm 68:19 is my mother’s life’s verse. I have heard her quote it often. I wrote a little story about it on April 29, 2008, which I called “The Dump Truck at My Door”. I decided I’d share it again today. I hope you like it.


I awoke to the loud beeping of a reverse alarm and an engine noise near my house. This truck sounded strangely close. It wasn’t trash day. There was no construction going on in my area. What could this be? I reached for my bathrobe on the bedpost, and without even stopping by a mirror to comb my hair, I went to the front window. Before my eyes, and my front door, was a large dump truck. My heart started pounding. What in the world was this?! I heard the hydraulic lift raising the bed of the dump truck. Just then, a knock on my door. I ran to open the door, despite my “sleepy head” appearance. A man stood before me in cover-alls to guard against the nippy start to the day. “Hi ya, lady. Where do want the load today?” The man had a kind of northern accent, and was chewing gum. (I thought this to be quite odd at 6 AM. I hadn’t even had a cup of my vanilla flavored coffee yet!) Pushing these thoughts aside, I stared at him rather blankly. “Load?” I asked. “Yeah.” he replied. “Ya know, your load of benefits for the day? Just tell me where ya want ‘em and sign here.” He said, shoving a clipboard with an attached pen in my face.
“Oh. Of course!” I said, looking down at the paper before me. It read:

Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

This was my daily load of benefits from my Father! I hastily signed my name and smiled. “I’ll take them right here.” I said pointing at my office, where I read my Bible every day, and talked to my Father. “You got it,” the man said to me while smacking his gum. He released the back of the truck and I watched in amazement as the benefits poured into my home. There was good health for the day. I saw “love, joy, peace, gentleness, long-suffering, meekness, goodness, faith and temperance. Gal. 5:23″. There was the Holy Spirit! I saw “good husband, Mother, children, sister, brother, and in-laws” pass by me. I smiled at “godly and praying friends” as it rolled past. I had a tear to my eye when I watched “a goodly heritage, Psalm 16:6” come inside my home. It was a blessing to my heart to open a small package that contained “God’s compassion for the day. Lamentations 3:22-23″ There were so many more, that I haven’t time to tell you all of them! I did not earn any of these benefits, they are all just perks to the Christian life.

How could I forget that these benefits would be arriving? This was something that the Lord gave me everyday! Probably because, like all of us, I tend to take things for granted. Nevertheless, the Lord is there everyday, with His “dump truck” load of benefits and blessings. Today, however, I was reminded to thank Him for them.

Of course, this story is fictional, springing forth from my overly-active imagination. I thought that if I could literally receive a “load of benefits” at my front door everyday, then maybe I would be more grateful for that which I already do receive each and every day. Because they are not always visible, I often forget about the benefits and blessings that the Lord bestows upon me every single day of my life, and for eternity. Why, even during times of trial and testing, His “load of benefits” still arrives at my “door” every morning.

I thank the Lord for this unspeakable gift.

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Verses I Love: Psalm 19:14

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I’m nearing the end of my little series on verses that I love, and I’m finding that I need more than fourteen days in which to share them! Perhaps I can do this again another time. Thank you for joining me.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. ~ Psalm 19:14

This is a verse that my husband taught me. We discuss the Bible often. One day, I realized I didn’t know what his life’s verse was. He told me it was Psalm 19:14. As soon as he quoted it, I knew it was one I needed to learn because of my trouble with my words. As I thought about this verse, I realized that it says a great deal. I pondered it: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” If I could keep my words and my thoughts right, I wouldn’t sin! All sin begins in the mind, or the heart. Of course, I can’t keep myself from sinning, but the LORD, who is my strength, and who has redeemed me from my sin, can do that. In fact, He has already done that! In His eyes, I am spotless. That doesn’t mean I’m free from care about my words or my thoughts, but it means I have Help. I don’t need to do it alone. Jesus Christ has conquered sin for me. I only need to rest in Him and depend upon Him for help.

Today, I want to remember to keep my thoughts and my words right in His sight. It’s a tall order for someone like me, but Christ is an all-sufficient Savior.

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Verses I Love: Proverbs 3:27

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Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. ~ Proverbs 3:27

This is another verse that is special to me because of how God brought it to life in front of my very eyes.

During a time when money was particularly tight for me and Terry, my dad found a way to help us. It wasn’t anything huge to him, but it was to me. He heard me mention that I was hoping to buy an electric blanket sometime before winter got too severe. As we were loading up to go home after visiting them one night, he brought out an electric blanket, still in its package.

“I can’t take this; you just bought it!” I said.

“I want you to have it. We’re not using it.”

Then he said the words I’ll never forget. “The Bible says not to withhold good from someone if we are able to do it.”

I smiled and thanked him. I used that blanket for years, until the wires poked through the flannel in some places. My dad had been in heaven for several years when I finally had to part with it. Because I’m crazy and sentimental, I couldn’t bear to throw it out until I’d “bronzed” it. I told the story to my children and then had them pose with it. Here’s the photo, taken in 2011:

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I’m thankful for God’s Word; the only living book.

With love,

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