25 Verses For 25 Bottles

The day after my last morning walk, way back in September, I encountered something I never thought would bother me, nothing sinister, just a simple bottle of fruit juice, it sat right in front on me on the table all night, the problem was it resembled the wine bottles I used to drink from and when I say drink from, I mean I never bothered with glasses, it was straight out of the bottle, straight to the source, I didn’t need a glass.  That night I couldn’t take my eyes of the innocent bottle, it haunted me and I couldn’t get a handle on why I should, but it did.  The next morning I remembered I had recently come across a bag full of empty wine bottles which had been dumped in my cellar, I fetched them out, wrote out 12 bible verses, put one in each bottle and took them down to the recycle bins, I was rid of the ghost.

Or so I thought!!!!

When I went down in the cellar again earlier this month to fetch the Christmas tree, I came across another bag of bottles, at the time I wasn’t in a position to deal with them, so I left them and resolved that one day I would deal with them also.

So a few days ago I decided that New Year’s Day would be the perfect day to get rid of these once and for all, so this morning after my walk and a bath, I went down there to fetch the bag out, but to my surprise there wasn’t just one bag, there were three of them, I’m not sure how I didn’t find them before, they were right where I found the last lot, just buried slightly deeper amongst the rest of the old rubbish down there, in all I fetched out 25 empty glass bottles.

Because among them were also some empty beer bottles, I would say these are from Christmas two years ago, I never brought beer in bottles, I only ever received them as Christmas presents, so this last stash would be from around Christmas and New Year 2011, just three months before I quit drinking.

So I spent a couple of hours finding 25 verses and writing out two copies of each, my daughter Eve wanted to help, so she grabbed her bible and suggested a few verses, she helped write out a few of the verses too, in her best hand writing considering she’s only seven.  She helped until she got bored with writing.

The verses:

May he give you the desire of your heart and make your plans succeed.
Psalm 20:4

The Lord your God is with you, The Mighty Warrior who saves.  He will take great
delight in you; in His Love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

Look at the Nations and watch – and be utterly amazed.  For I am going to do
something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.

Habakkuk 1:5

Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the
wonders he has done, His miracles and the judgements he pronounced,

1 Chronicles 16:11-12

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.  Sing to the Lord,
praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare His glory among the Nations, His marvellous deeds among all peoples.

Psalm 96: 1-3

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your
heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
And I will put my Spirit in you and
move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

Ezekiel 36:26-27

A blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you.
Deuteronomy 23:5

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself,
is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.
Lamentations 3:22-24

Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
Hebrews 12:1

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord establishes his steps.
Proverbs 16:9

Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 23:18

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare
and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,
for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Isaiah 58:11

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:18-19

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the
 Lord will arise upon you, 
and his glory will be seen upon you.
Isaiah 60:1-2

And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.
Job 8:7

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14

Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.

John 6:27

And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,”
when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.

Isaiah 30:21

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV)

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
Isaiah 43:2

25 Verses

25 Verses

Last time I only put a verse inside the bottles, this time I stuck one on the outside, over the label and put a different verse inside each of the bottles.

25 Bottles

25 Bottles

Verses & Bottles

Verses & Bottles

I put them all back in the bags and took them down to the recycle bins this afternoon, mission accomplished.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5-6

Ezekiel 36:26-27

Ezekiel 36:26-27

I pretty confident that this is the last of the empties stashed down there, the last remnants of an old habit, they can’t haunt me any more, those ghosts that were hiding in the shadows are now gone.

Strip everything away till all I have is You
Undo the veils till all I see is You

Strip everything away till all I have is You
Undo the veils till all I see is You

I will pursue You, I will pursue Your presence 
I will pursue You, I will pursue Your presence 

I’m pressing in to You so do not pass me by
I’m breaking through the boundaries
I will not be denied

I will pursue You, I will pursue Your presence 
I will pursue You, I will pursue Your presence 

Open my eyes, search me inside
I cant live without Your presence
I can’t live without Your presence

3 thoughts on “25 Verses For 25 Bottles

  1. leftnfree

    Continued blessings to you on your adventure!!! God is in the job of redeeming you and when He sees you He says “well done my son”. Keep up the good work my friend…

  2. chaplynne

    Awesome post! Thanks for sharing. What a brilliant way to exorcise those things that plague us.
    When our foster children wanted to lash out because of all the hurts and hurtful people in their lives, we had them write on pieces of paper or draw, for those who couldn’t write, a different saying/picture for each hurt. Then we had them crumple them up and throw them in the trash. It worked for several, but one was agitated, still.
    We had him empty the trash and rip the paper into pieces. He shredded them into confetti size bits. That wasn’t enough.
    He emptied them on the floor and stomped on them. Then we collected the fragments and threw them in the fire place.
    I held him in my arms, as we watched them burn. The smell of the pine logs while watching those papers turn to powder scorched his soul clean. Much akin to the refiners fire. His body relaxed with each popping spark.
    Writing on a paper for each issue/bottle. It works. More power to you, one day at a time!
    Have a blessed new year!


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