Friday 5: Verses that Encourage Me

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There are days when life is just tough. Days when the pressures of the world seem to closing in on us. When we're just tired and feel at the end of our rope.

These are five verses from the Bible that really encourage me and give me perspective in various seasons of life, whether for those challenging days or the good days as well.

I could have made a top 100 list but that kinda defeats the idea here. Take a minute to look these up in your own personal Bible or free Bible app.

1. II Corinthians 12:9-10 | Since my sophomore year of college, this verse has encouraged me to run to the Lord with my weaknesses and even rejoice in them! There is such freedom in what Paul says here.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2. Romans 12:9-13 | This is our marriage verse, the one we used in our wedding ceremony and the reference is engraved on my husband's wedding band. It reminds me to love him with all I am, that I am ultimately serving the Lord as I serve Jordan and others.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

3. Psalm 23 | Within one day of each other, God had individually put this chapter on both my and Jordan's heart to memorize. We hadn't talked about it at all. It's a classic part of Scripture and I'm torn between the NIV and ESV (more classically written) translation of the passage. There is such intimate knowledge of God by David in these verses.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

4. Psalm 37:7a | Lately this has been my battle cry, remembering to simply be still before God. To not make things happen in my own timing, but rest in His sovereignty, that He knows exactly when to act and what needs to happen to my heart as I wait on Him.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him...

5. Hebrews 11:11 | Awhile back I shared a sketch I did of the second half of this verse. I find this remembering of Sarah's faith so reassuring. Despite the serious mistakes she'd made in the past by taking matters into her own hands instead of waiting on God, she ultimately rests in His faithfulness. I love that God's consistency is so reliable and every promise He has made came to fruition. His record won't be messed up with me. 

And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.

Our God is able to do what is humanly impossible, and that's just a stinking awesome reminder for me to start this weekend off with. It's crazy how good it is for me to intentionally write some of these verses out and how the Lord uses them to encourage and spur me on. Try it out for yourself this weekend!

What verses from the Bible encourage you, whether it's a hard day or a good one?