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My New Year’s Handle Verse is One to Hold On To for 2022

It was before dawn, Friday morning, New Year’s Eve. All was quiet around me, but not inside me. I sat in the dark, thinking about what has transpired in 2021 and feeling off balance, heading into 2022.

My habit is to consume a bottle of water first thing in the morning, and I often browse WordPress Reader while I drink it. I follow Cindy Dawson’s blog, on which she posts a ‘verse of the day’. That day, December 31, it was as if God had her share one just for me. The words sunk deep into my soul and the tears flowed as I felt my equilibrium return.

The text of Luke 1:45 against the background of trees and the ocean.
My handle verse:
one to hold on to for 2022

I have been holding tight to some specific promises God made. I have been repeating them and defending them and believing them, even though they seem further from being fulfilled now than they did when God made them. I think I was growing weary. I was yearning for the moment when I would see the reward of my fervent belief. And this verse clearly states that I am already blessed, simply because I believe.

I know the Bible is full of verses to ‘mankind’ which apply to women equally. But when I come across one that uses female pronouns, it really hits home. I clicked over to my Bible app and looked up the verse in context. Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist was talking to her cousin Mary, who was pregnant with Jesus.

“Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!’”

Luke 1:40b-45

I read it twice and I ‘heard’ a voice in my spirit say, “This is your handle verse”. “My handle verse? What does that mean?”, I challenged. The answer came immediately, “It is one to hold on to.”

I don’t know what 2022 will bring but God does. I don’t know if He will answer my questions or resolve my concerns. But I do know He wants me to rest in the knowledge that I am blessed for simply believing that He will do what He has said He will do. With that, I can be at peace.

I made a new lock screen photo for my phone. In case anyone else feels like this is a handle verse they want to hold on to for 2022, here it is in the format that works with my device. Maybe it will fit for yours too.

My New Years handle verse - one to hold on to for 2022
Handle verse for phone wallpaper

Do you have a handle verse? If not, I encourage you to pray for one. Of course, the entire Word of God is of utmost value, and I hope you will find yourself deeply immersed in it this year.

God was faithful to give me a New Year’s handle verse – one I will hold on to for 2022. Nothing which has happened or is happening, in my life or in the world, changes what God said. He knew all of it when He made the promises He did. There is blessing in simply taking Him at His Word!

“Standing on the promises I cannot fall,

listening every moment to the Spirit’s call,

resting in my Savior as my all in all,

standing on the promises of God.”

A stanza from the hymn “Standing on the Promises”, written by Russell Kelso Carter in 1886.

I own the photos in this post. I give you permission to use them, if you like, and would appreciate a link back if you do. Also, please visit Cindy Dawson’s Real Christian Women blog and follow her, if you don’t already. I think you’ll be glad you did, I know I certainly am!

22 replies on “My New Year’s Handle Verse is One to Hold On To for 2022”

Thanks so much for pointing out this verse! How have I missed this one in all my Bible-reading days?!? I had the experience this Christmas of seeing one of my long term prayers answered…and I am truly blessed by God’s faithfulness! Wow, I am putting this verse on my wall for 2022, to encourage me when I’m running short on hope!!

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That was what I thought! I have read the verse hundreds of times as part of the Christmas story, but I had not seen it on its own until Cindy posted it. And standing on its own like that, it just popped for me. I’m so glad it did for you too! God is speaking to us today through His word- and through those faithful women who went before us! And how wonderful to have a long time prayer answered! What a gift at Christmas!

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“I am already blessed, simply because I believe.”

Thanks for this precious reminder Bonnie that regardless of whatever specific promises of God we’re eagerly waiting to be fulfilled, each of us is already ‘Simply Blessed’

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Simply… and yet extravagantly! I am impressed that the best doesn’t have to be complicated. The simplicity confounds even the wise. Have a great day, Fred! Thanks for reiterating the “simply blessed”. I am so prone to overthinking!

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It’s a wonderful verse–and I’m learning that it makes life simpler if I “JUST TRUST & BELIEVE HIM”…instead of wasting my energy trying to figure stuff out. His thoughts and ways are higher than ours, and I’m fine with that! I follow Cindy’s blog too–she’s a lovely sister full of wisdom. Blessings to you 🙂

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I learned the old hymn when I was so small “Trust and obey
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus
But to trust and obey.”
It got more difficult, as I got older, not to take things into my own hands… but my hands will never handle anything as smoothly as Jesus and I’ve made a mess of many things. I’ve come full circle to “Trust and obey”! Thanks for reading, Zelda!

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You’re most welcome–I love the Words you bring! The other thing I’ve learned which helped me obey quickly (not doubt or over-think)–is that it’s okay if I didn’t hear Him correctly. He’ll just say it a different way, or a 2nd, 3rd time…He always gives me another chance because He knows my heart wants to please Him. Whew–takes a lot of the stress away 🙂

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Thank you for sharing too! That one is powerful and has so many valid applications! I’ve realized, lately, just how much I trust in my own understanding. Gods word is alive and active for sure!

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