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File box with index cards—it’s old-school, but it works! (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)


I am storing up Bible verses
on index cards

a collection of river stones
against the day
I’ll need to remember*

a shed full of life rafts
for when I am in deep water

a freezer of cooked dinners
for a time when life is too hectic
to cook a meal from scratch
out of the day’s chapter.

© 2017 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)


Prompt – Inspiration:
This poem came out of my own spiritual practice of memorizing Bible passages which I write on file cards and file by subject. I have done this for years. You could write about spiritual practice of yours…


VintagePADThis April I’m celebrating National Poetry Month by posting some not-as-yet published poems from my files along with what inspired them. If the prompt inspires you to write a poem of your own, you’re welcome to share it in comments. Whether you write or not, thanks so much for dropping by!


Fearless 2013

Mount Maxwell - Salt Spring Island BC

Fearless on the mountaintop because of the fence that keeps us from going over the edge. (View from Mount Maxwell, Salt Spring Island, B.C., August, 2012)

I have for about a decade now, begun the new year by choosing a life verse for the next 365 days. This year I’ve added a layer to that choice in that I have also chosen a word for the year—a theme, you might say.

My theme for 2013 is “FEARLESS” and my life verse is one that goes with it:

“Do not fear, for I am with you
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God,
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NASB.

It was fascinating for me to notice how, shortly after I chose “Fearless” I noticed it in many other places, for example:

  • in the final instructions of an ebook I downloaded from this site (There is no room for fear of failure”Battle-Tested Branding, Robert D. Smith, pp. 16,17).

I am planning to do one better (eleven better, actually) and memorize a new anti-fear verse each month this year. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no better way to bring God’s Word to life in my life than by putting it in my head and heart through memorization.

– Do you have any suggestions for other ‘do not fear’ verses I could memorize?
– What life theme and verse would you choose for yourself for 2013?