Today’s Bible passages are: Numbers 25, Psalm 68, Isaiah 15, and 1 Peter 3

Psalm 68 ImageBy Lisa Velthouse

Blessed be the Lord,

who daily bears us up;

God is our salvation. Psalm 68:19 ESV

The story is simple. It is rooted in military realities and in far grander realities too.

My husband is a Marine. Our life’s rhythms are intricately tied to and dictated by the Marine Corps. It is a life we love and one that leaves us shaking our heads and feeling entirely off-kilter sometimes.

When I set out to launch this blog, Nathan and I anticipated (as much as a Marine Corps family can reliably anticipate) that 2014 and 2015 would look a certain way. Then during the first week of November last year, a surprise assignment came Nathan’s way, and the whole scenario changed rapidly. Now our life looks dramatically different than we expected it would—without getting into the details, one direct result is that I no longer have the capacity to manage both my family’s needs and this site’s needs well. I expect that to be the case for quite a length of time. With that in mind, I’ve made the decision to halt the postings here.

It’s not without some grieving that I let Pick Your Portion come to a close. These last nine months have been a delightful ride for me, not only as editor of this site but also as a reader and viewer. I had no intent of quitting any of that. After all, what a joy it is, to read these posts and view this art, to be challenged by words and images that respond to Scripture. What a privilege it is, to watch as strangers have become friends and kind supporters of one another, on a blog of all places. What a pleasure, to read the comments of those who follow our posts and interact with God and Scripture in new ways as a result. What an honor, to count myself among both the smart, God-honoring women who contribute to this site and the earnest, God-seeking women who follow it.

However, I’ve always told people that I intentionally chose as contributors for PYP, women who didn’t seem to be sell-outs to their work: women who actually seem to put God and family first, and don’t sacrifice what matters in order to be famous or rich or whatever else a growing career might gain them. I hope that my decision to end the site is evidence of my practicing what I’ve preached.

If I’ve learned anything from Pick Your Portion, it’s that God’s love and grace breathes on every page of Scripture. His story is alive from start to finish, even in the places where it might initially seem veiled or cloudy. You don’t have to have a seminary degree to find it and to find understanding in it.

And I’ve learned that if I start with my own life, I will find in Scripture only the answers to questions that my own life poses. But if I start with Scripture, the chapters and verses will call on my life to be the response instead. By beginning with Scripture, I am beginning with God himself. His questions for me are different from my questions for myself. They are the grand questions, the ones at the root of all those other questions.

Even though those other questions are the ones far more likely to come to mind, it’s the God-questions that I’d rather be asking. But the more time I spend in Scripture, the more I realize that I cannot even know to ask the right questions unless I am relying on God to reveal them. If I want to walk in the right direction, I need him to point me there first.

I hope, if you’ve spent any time here on Pick Your Portion, that you’ve come away longing for that same starting place. For every phase of life—your beginnings, your endings, and everything in between.

Blessed be the Lord,

who daily bears us up;

God is our salvation. Psalm 68:19 ESV

Notes: You can still expect some upcoming posts on the PYP blog—we wanted to publish everything that was completed before the decision was made to end the blog. These posts will continue to follow the M’Cheyne Bible reading plan, so they will publish sporadically in the next couple of weeks. Additionally, this site will continue to be live, though inactive. Please continue to enjoy the posts and the Lord they respond to.

You can continue following the PYP contributors in a number of ways, by following/fanning/subscribing to their blogs, sites, and stores. I hope you’ll keep tabs on them—they are every bit as wonderful as they seem. Find them all on our Contributors page.

image credit: Michael Cory cc

Today’s Question: What questions do you see in Scripture? How are they different from the questions posed by your life?

LisaV_200Lisa Velthouse founded Pick Your Portion as a way of encouraging herself and others to choose the good portion every day. Without accountability, she tends to save Bible study and prayer until “a better time,” which typically doesn’t happen until she’s too tired to keep her eyes open. Lisa has been working in publishing and public speaking since the age of 17, releasing two books—Craving Grace (a memoir) and Saving My First Kiss (for teens)—contributing to two other collaborative books, and speaking to audiences across the United States and abroad. Once the “2000 Brio Girl” for Focus on the Family’s Brio magazine, Lisa served for a time on staff at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, MI, and has written for a number of publications. Lisa is married to Nathan, an active-duty Marine Corps infantry officer; together they have one young daughter and live in southern California.

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  1. God can do any miracles. He is the almighty and protector of his child. He just wants us to surrender ourselves to him. Thanks for sharing your story.

  2. Asking questions are truly fastidious thing if you are not understanding anything fully, but this article gives fastidious
    understanding yet.

  3. Lisa, thank you for sharing your heart and vision here on PYP. Being a part of this community has been a tremendous gift.
    But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” 1 Corinthians 2:9
    Blessings, dear friends.

    • Kelli, what a perfect verse! Thank you for your response. I’m a new contributor to PYP and hate to see it go, but I know God is watching out for Lisa and will continue to use her and the site in other ways.

  4. Thanks for your vision and leadership for this site, Lisa. And thanks for following God’s lead, even when it means ending a good thing. Blessings!

  5. So grateful for you, Lisa, for PYP, and for the many incredible contributors and readers I’ve met in this space. Go with God, everyone.

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