be strong and courageous
Since starting Hide and Seek Scriptures, I have often been given suggestions for what themes I should add to the set collection. Each time I receive such a suggestion, I express my appreciation and tell the person I will keep it in mind. But one suggestion that immediately resonated with me was when my uncle asked if I had considered making a set for those serving in the military.
As someone who has had the opportunity to travel and see other parts of the world, I’ve grown in my appreciation for the freedoms we as Americans hold. But those freedoms have come at a cost; not one I have paid, but one the men and women of our Armed Forces have paid. So, when my uncle made the recommendation, I knew I wanted to put together a set of personalized Scripture cards to encourage them.
When I told my uncle that I would put together a set, I asked him if he would recommend some verses that he thought would be good to help me get started. John 15:13 was included on the list of verses he sent, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
As I read that verse, I thought about how that verse takes on a different meaning for someone serving in the military. For me, a civilian, I read that verse and think about it metaphorically, not literally. But as we head into Fourth of July weekend and celebrate the many freedoms we have as a country and even more, as believers in Christ, I think of the men and women who have given their lives, along with those who continue to give their lives, so we can be free.
So, to those who have served and to those who are serving, thank you. Thank you for the sacrifices you have made – time away from family, as well as the physical, emotional and mental sacrifices made so we back home can live freely. It may not be said often enough, but I, for one, am truly grateful for you and the sacrifices you have made and continue to make.
And so, it is you that I had in mind as I created the newest theme set of Hide and Seek Scriptures verse cards, Be Strong and Courageous. With these verse cards I pray you are encouraged to keep going when things look grim. And I pray that with God’s Word you will find His peace and His strength to press on.
While it was the men and women of the Armed Forces that inspired this theme set to be created, Be Strong and Courageous is a set of verses that can encourage anyone who serves regardless of the cost. Each set includes 30 personalized paraphrased verse cards from throughout Scripture and can be purchased with card holder, hole punched with a binder ring, or simply as a set of cards. Visit our website today to place your personalized order!