Bible Verses about Joy that will Fill Your Heart with Gladness

Bible Verses About Joy that will fill your heart with Gladness

Have you ever wondered…

What does the Bible say about joy?

Then you’ve come to the right place!

Today I’m playing “The Glad Game” by channeling my inner Pollyanna and sharing these Bible verses about joy that will fill your heart with gladness.

If like me, you’re a fan of the book or movie, you know that the glad game is a central part of the story of Pollyanna.

Her father made up this game to teach her how to deal with the disappointments in her life. And he showed her that by focusing on the things that bring joy instead of sorrow she could rise above and overcome any hardship.

Likewise, our Heavenly Father has given us the one tool we need to play our own version of the glad game, the Bible.

It’s through His Word, God teaches us how to overcome the difficult circumstances we are faced with every day.

Joy in the Bible is a big topic. And this powerful verse from Philippians has a very close relationship to the glad game because it tells us to focus on the positive instead of the negative …

whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

                                                            Philippians 4:8

Our version of the glad game is not about pretending we don’t know or see the bad things going on around us. Of course, we do.

But God commands us to not let negativity weigh us down or take hold within us. Instead, He wants us to put our thoughts and energy into the goodness that surrounds us every day.

When we do, God promises to renew our hearts and minds. Refresh our souls. And give us strength for the journey ahead.

We can choose joy over sorrow!

With that in mind, let’s play “The Glad Game” by looking at some scriptures about joy that are sure to fill our hearts with gladness.

Are you ready?

Bible Verses about Joy in the Lord

Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

                                                      Nehemiah 8:10


You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

                                                      Psalm 16:11


You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.

                                                      Acts 2:28


These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

                                                   John 15:11


Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

                                                   Romans 15:13


Bible Verses about Joy and Happiness


You have put gladness in my heart,
More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.

                                                   Psalm 4:7


You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

                                                   Hebrews 1:9


He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.

                                                  Proverbs 16:20


Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.

                                                Romans 14:22


You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.

                                              Isaiah 9:3 NIV


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Bible Verses about Joy in the Morning


Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.

                                                      Psalm 30:5


My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning—
Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.

                                                   Psalm 130:6


Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.

                                                  Psalm 143:8 NIV



Bible Verses about Joy in Suffering


Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

                                                    1 Peter 4:12-13


My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

                                                     James 1:2-4


Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

                                                     John 16:22


 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

                                                    1 Peter 1:7-8


Uplifting Joyful Bible Verses



Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

                                                     Isaiah 12:3


looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

                                                   Hebrews 12:2


Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

                                                   Habakkuk 3:18


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To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—  to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.                                             

                                                  Jude 1:24-25


 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

                                                    Galatians 5:22-23



Bible Verses about Joy and Thankfulness


Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.

 For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.

                                                       Psalm 95:1-3 NIV


With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord:

“He is good;
his love toward Israel endures forever.”

And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

                                                     Ezra 3:11 NIV


So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

                                                    Colossians 2:6-7


 What I love most about Pollyanna is her infectious positivity. The joy she had quickly spread throughout her town and changed the hearts of everyone she met. All it only took to make a real impact was one little girl who had the gumption to share her joyful worldview.

We can have that same gumption too.

By allowing these scriptures on joy to change us from the inside out, we can have a positive outlook and make a real impact for God’s kingdom.

And when we follow the simple guidance inside of these verses about joy, the fruit of the Spirit… love, joy, and peace will be with us wherever we go.

People will see the difference in us. And before we know it, the joy of the Lord will spread like wildfire to all those around us. And it will have a lasting, positive effect in our communities.

I truly hope these Bible Verses about joy that will fill your heart with gladness, remind you of all Jesus has done in your life.

And I pray everyone around you will feel the joy the Lord surrounding them today.

May the grace, peace, and joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

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Courageous Bible Verses for Memorial Day

Courageous Bible Verses for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a special time when we celebrate both the fallen and active members of our military. Through their dedicated service and selfless sacrifice, they have blessed us with the gift of a free society.

As we honor them this holiday, let’s also remember the most precious gift ever given, salvation. Through the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we have received a different kind of freedom. Sin and shame no longer have a hold on us. We have been set free from them for all eternity!

These Courageous Bible Verses for Memorial Day celebrate the freedom we have in knowing Jesus, remind us of His great sacrifice and give us the courage to face each new challenge.

May you be blessed with courage, and live free in Jesus today!

 Bible Verses about Sacrifice

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

                                                             John 15:13


Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 

                                                           Romans 12:10


This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

                                                           1 John 3:16

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Bible Verses about Courage


Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

                                                         Deuteronomy 31:6


The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

                                                          Deuteronomy 31:8


The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law;  but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

                                                        1 Corinthians 15:56-57


for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

                                                       1 John 5:4-5


Bible Verses about Freedom

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

                                                      Galatians 5:1


Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.

                                                     Psalm 146:7


But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.

                                                  Romans 6:22


Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

                                                    John 8:36


With the truth of these Memorial Day Bible Verses, we can live courageously for Jesus and share His love with everyone we meet each day!

I pray you’ll be blessed with liberty and justice knowing Jesus has made you free!

Happy Memorial Day!

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In His Presence Is Fullness of Joy Psalm 16:11

In His Presence is Fullness of Joy Psalm 16:11

Psalm 16:11 tells us… in His presence is fullness of joy. In this devotional, we’ll examine this scripture and discover the meaning behind it.

What does it mean in His presence is fullness of joy?

For the answer to this pivotal question, let’s read the Bible Verse that reveals the path to true happiness and fullness of joy…

 In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

        Psalm 16:11 NKJV                                                                        



To fully grasp the meaning of Psalm 16, we need to understand why David wrote this Bible verse in the first place.

When David penned these words, he was facing dire circumstances. He was on the run, hiding out, and waiting for the king’s army to find him and kill him. A painful death seemed absolute.

On the surface that doesn’t sound like a reason to be full of joy.

But David was able to look past the hardship and see the goodness of God.

He understood that true joy doesn’t rely on the outward circumstances we face each day.

Instead, it is a loving relationship with the Creator of the world that gives us a reason to rejoice, even in the worst of times.

That’s why David could say… in Your presence there is fullness of joy!

What does being in the presence of God mean?

Simply being in God’s presence brings joy into our lives.

There is nothing too big for Him to conquer and nothing too small for Him to care about. Whatever comes our way, God and His presence are always with us.

There are two ways God’s presence stays with us.

First, we have an audience with the Ruler of the Universe through prayer. No matter what time of day it is, we can take our troubles to Him and find joy in His presence.

Second, through the power of the Holy Spirit within us, we are in constant contact with our Heavenly Father. He resides in us, and we reside in Him.

It is a blessing from the Lord to reside with Him every day. And because of our belief in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have been granted this great honor.

Here’s how Psalm 21 describes this unending blessing…

Surely you have granted him unending blessings
and made him glad with the joy of your presence.

                                                  Psalm 21:6 NIV

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What is the meaning of fullness of joy?


In the Bible fullness of joy represents rejoicing and gladness. It’s a celebration of who God is and all He does for us every day.

Joy is not a fleeting feeling, here one minute and then gone the next. It has nothing to do with our outward circumstances, or whether or not we feel happiness in the moment.

For Christians, joy is a state of being. Something that remains inside of us no matter what is going on in our lives. And we receive our joy from the Creator of joy, the Lord Jesus.

With gladness and rejoicing, we can enter the presence of God, day or night, and find fullness of joy simply because we know Jesus.

Here’s what Jesus told us about this kind of joy…


But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

                                                       John 17:13 NKJV


This is the prayer Jesus prayed for His disciples and for us… that His joy would be fulfilled in us.

The scriptures impress upon us the importance of building our joy on the truth of who Jesus is. And not on anything we may find in the world.

By putting our faith in Jesus, we have His joy in us. And by trusting in Him as our Savior, our joy is complete.

Jesus is the true meaning of fullness of Joy!

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What is the meaning of at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore?

At God’s right hand sits our Savior, Jesus Christ.

In Him, we find salvation, acceptance, and pleasure, in spite of our current circumstances.

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

                                                      Colossians 3:1 NASB


We have a new life in Christ, one that doesn’t end with physical death.

And in this verse from Colossians 3, the Apostle Paul encourages us to keep seeking heavenly things. These are the things that matter, and the things that will last beyond this life.

All of Psalm 16 points to the birth, death, and resurrection of the Messiah, Jesus.

And the “pleasures forevermore” we experience, are the things we’ll have when we’re in heaven with Him for all eternity! They are our reward for a life lived for Jesus.

Psalm 16:11 is a moving scripture of praise and rejoicing. It shows us how to live in Christ Jesus, even though we face hardship and pain in this life.

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What does being full of joy mean?

And in my life, I’ve had a great example of how to live out this joyful Bible verse.

My Granny exemplified the meaning of fullness of joy in so many ways.

She was many things, tough, independent, smart, funny, loving and most of all… full of joy.

No matter what life threw at her, she had joy deep within!

At first glance, it doesn’t look like Granny had a lot to be happy about.

She began cleaning houses at eleven years old to pay the family’s rent. By this time, her father was elderly, and her mother was ill. So, it was up to her to provide for the family.

When she was sixteen, Granny got married and had four kids right away. Life looked like it was shaping up.

But tragedy struck her young family. Granny’s daughter died suddenly at only one-month-old. The same year, she lost her grandmother and her mother. The loss of all three in such a short time was devastating.

Years later, tragedy struck again. Her son was murdered. This loss meant two of her four children were gone before their time. The heartbreak was almost unbearable.

The grieving process was hard for Granny. There were many tears shed and memories shared. And there was, yes, laughter.

Granny wasn’t afraid to cry, but she wasn’t afraid to laugh either.

She reminisced about the good times and talked about the bad without fear. She remembered her loved ones who were gone too soon. And she remained joyful in spite of the hardships in her life.


How is it possible to have fullness of joy when everything is against you?

Granny showed me how to do many things in life. But the one I remember most is the way that she shared her joyful spirit with everyone around her.

Like David, she chose to walk with God through every circumstance, good or bad.

Knowing Jesus and walking hand in hand with Him gave her the confidence to live life fully and with joy.

Because she understood the meaning of in His presence there is fullness of joy.

We may not feel joy at times. But we don’t have to look far to find it, because God has promised us that in His presence there is fullness of joy.

If you feel like joy is something out of reach in your life. Enter God’s presence. Pray and ask Him to help you. He will show you the meaning of… in His presence is fullness of joy!

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How to Weather Life’s Storms – Isaiah 4:6

How to Weather Life's Storms Isaiah 4:6

What is the meaning of Isaiah 4:6? And what do we do when we’re facing the storms of life? In this Bible study, we’ll uncover the message of this popular scripture and find out how to weather life’s storms with God’s help.

Let’s read this Bible verse about the storms of life together…


It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.

                                                       Isaiah 4:6 NIV

Life is Full of Storms

Every spring I wait with great anticipation for my irises to bloom. I look forward to seeing them sprout up, as they emerge from their winter slumber.

They belonged to my Granny, who I loved and admired so much. And they remind me of how her laughter could fill the room or how her homemade chicken and dumplings were the best around.

My heart is full of these memories. And I always feel like celebrating when that first iris opens!

But this year was a little different, the irises decided to appear on a cloudy, stormy day. The sky was gray and the wind was whipping around. Later, I found out a nearby town was hit by a devastating tornado.

The trees were uprooted, and homes were destroyed. It was a mess!

It’s not surprising to have tornadoes here in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Because we have a lot of them, but this one was unexpected.

Life is like that too, you just never know when a storm will be brewing.

In fact, if you’re not currently in the middle of one of the storms of life, you can bet one is just over the horizon and headed your way.

That’s because life is full of storms. But with a little resilience and a whole lot of faith, we can face the storms of life and come out the other side stronger.

So, today I’d like to talk about how to weather life’s storms.

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The Purpose of Spiritual Storms of Life

There are three kinds of iris in my flower bed. Most of them are yellow with large blooms. Then there are the tiny blossoms of the small purple irises. But my favorites are the huge white ones.

I only have a few of them, but with their giant flowers, they’re showstoppers! What makes them so unique is that they have a special kind of beauty, one you have to look hard to see.

From afar, they’re completely white, but if you look closer you can see a faint hint of lavender peeking out from the center.

Finding the beauty in life’s storms can be just as difficult. You have to look closely to see it.

But the beauty is not in the struggle, it’s in the fact that there is a spiritual purpose in the storms of life.

God has something He wants to teach us, and He has put us in the eye of the storm for a reason.

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

                                                      Romans 8:28 NKJV


Sometimes it’s hard to understand how God could cause all things, good and bad to work out in our favor. But because we have been called according to God’s purpose, He promises that they will.

Even if we can’t see it now, we can have confidence in God’s ability to use the storm clouds overhead to bring about good in our lives.

So, I encourage you to look closely at the storm you’re facing and discover what God’s purpose is.

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God is our Hiding Place and Shelter from the Storm

Every year there’s at least one tornado that destroys a neighboring city. In the aftermath of the storm, the only thing in a house left standing is usually the bathtub.

That’s why we have storm shelters in this part of the country.

If you don’t live in the Midwest, you may not be familiar with storm shelters. They’re big metal boxes buried underground with a door that slides shut. They protect us from tornadoes and give us a place to hide from the storm.

In addition to these shelters, we also have tornado sirens. They’re loud, really loud! When the wind picks up and they go off, that’s our cue to run to the storm shelter and hunker down until the storm passes by.

Isaiah 4:6 makes it clear, during life’s storms, God is our hiding place and shelter from the storm. He is our refuge in difficult times. And He’s the One we run to for protection when life becomes too much.

David knew this very well when he needed a hiding place from Saul. Here’s what he and wrote in the middle of his own thunderstorm of life…

Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in Thee: And in the shadow of Thy wings I will take refuge, Until the destruction passes by.

                                                       Psalm 57:1 NASB

This inspirational Old Testament prayer of praise is an example of how we should weather any storm that blows through our lives.

What a comfort it is to know God, the Creator of the universe is ready to take us under His wings, give us a hiding place, and cover us with His grace.

As the storm rages on around you, run to Him and take refuge under His wings until the destruction passes by.

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Jesus Calms the Storm

When one of life’s storms hits us, it may feel like we are being tossed around by the wind and rain with no end in sight.

Peter must have felt this way too during the storm on the Sea of Galilee.


And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately, Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

                                                      Matthew 14: 29-31 NKJV

I’m sure we all know this story well, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded to keep looking to Jesus.

Peter started out with his eyes firmly fixed on Jesus and his heart was in the right place. But then he stepped out onto the water and became scared and distracted by the storm raging around him.

The moment he took his eyes off of Jesus, he began to sink and drown. So, he cried out for Jesus to save him.

The Bible says immediately Jesus reached out His hand to help Peter. There was no waiting or begging, just immediate assistance from the Savior.

Just like Peter, we start out with our hearts in the right place and our eyes on Jesus.

Suddenly, we’re distracted by the hurricane-force winds of life. We began to sink under the crashing waves surrounding us. And we cry out for Jesus to save us before we drown.

So, He gives us the same immediate help He gave to Peter, and we turn our gaze to Him again.

Until the next storm hits. And we start the process all over again.

But no matter how many times we wind up in the eye of a storm, Jesus is always there with us in the middle of it all. And He is always willing to reach out His hand and pull us out of the deep water.

Thank you, Jesus!

Trusting God in the Storm

Luckily for us, storms don’t last forever. They blow in suddenly and leave just as quickly.

My irises may have been a little beaten down when the storm was over, but their beauty was still intact.

And life’s storms may spin us around like a tornado, but when they’re over, we’ll be just like those irises, standing tall with our beauty intact.

Jesus promised us that in this world we will have tribulation. So, there is no doubt storms are sure to come our way. But with God’s help, we can learn how to weather them all.

If you’re in the middle of a storm right now, I pray you’ll keep looking to Jesus! Because that’s how to weather life’s storms the Biblical way!

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12 Uplifting Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times

12 Uplifting Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times

Are you wondering…

What does the Bible say about having faith in hard times?

Let’s face it. Life is hard! Really hard. Some days are tough to get through. And we all need a little encouragement every now and then.

There are so many stressful moments we struggle with each day. Maybe it’s the little things that add up and drive us crazy. Or maybe we’re facing much bigger problems in life.

Either way, we can take comfort in God’s promises. He is faithful! And His Word provides comfort anytime we need it. No matter what you’re going through, I truly hope these 12 uplifting Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times will give you the strength to carry on.

So, let’s jump in and discover…

How do you keep your faith strong in tough times?

The substance of our faith keeps us going in hard times.

We may not be able to see faith with our eyes, but just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t real.

We believe in gravity, yet we can’t see it. But we know that gravity is real and exists because we feel it and experience it for ourselves.

Likewise, we know our faith in Jesus is real because we feel it in our hearts and experience it in our daily lives. This is the substance of our faith and the hope that is within us. It is the reality that we have Jesus, and He has us. If we truly believe in Jesus, then we have the assurance of our faith because we “see” it in our lives. These two verses speak directly to this kind of “blind faith” and show us what exercising faith in difficult times looks like.

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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

                                                                Hebrews 11:1

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

                                                            2 Corinthians 4:16-18


Our faith is a firm place to stand when we are scared.

It’s so easy to be discouraged and feel defeated when things don’t go our way. We become scared of what tomorrow will bring and wonder if it will ever get better. But our faith in Jesus is our security and firm place to stand. When our faith is shaken, and life tries to tear us down, Jesus gives us strength and bravery. So, stand fast in the faith and be strengthened by the One who died to set us free. Run to Him and find safety and unshakable ground.

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

                                                            1 Corinthians 16:13

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.

                                                            Proverbs 18:10

The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you, He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.

                                                            Deuteronomy 31:8


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The book Psalms is full of wonderful descriptions of God’s protection and love for us. In fact, there are too many to list here, so I encourage you to seek out these comforting scriptures on trusting God in difficult times for yourself.

To get you started here are two of my favorites. They always give me comfort and inspiration when I’m feeling knocked down. I hope they will lift you up and give you comfort as well.

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.


Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

                                                 Psalm 46:1-5; 10


I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!

                                                Psalm 27:13-14

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There is no doubt that hardships will come in life, but with Jesus we have victory!

Hard times seem to sneak up and hit us out of nowhere. When we least expect them, they show up like an uninvited party guest who just won’t leave.

But the Bible tells us that we should expect hardships in this life and that we should find joy in them. I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking it too. How can we possibly find joy in suffering?

Well, it all goes back to Jesus. He suffered for us, and He promised that we would suffer for His namesake. But we shouldn’t let it get us down. Because even though we are participants in the suffering of Christ, we are also participants in His victory too! With Jesus, our current circumstances fade away in the light of eternity. We are victorious over this world and the hardships we face! And it’s all because of Jesus and His glory!

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

                                                            James 1:2-4

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

                                                            1 Peter 4:12-13

 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed-

                                                             2 Corinthians 4:8-9

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

                                                             1 Peter 1:6-9

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

                                                             1 Corinthians 15:57


Each of these 12 uplifting Bible verses for faith in hard times reminds us of God’s faithfulness. Yes, we face tough times in life. But God’s promises are always true. He is with us. He is for us. And He will never leave us alone in our despair. With God all things are possible. Even faith in hard times. So, take heart, the Lord is with you. Have perseverance, keep the faith and claim the victory in Jesus’ name!

A Prayer for Troubled Times

Heavenly Father, thank you that Your promises are true. Please help me to persevere and keep the faith during both the easy and hard times. And help me to claim the victory!

In Jesus Name, Amen!

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Our Hope is in the Lord – Psalm 71:5

Our Hope is in the Lord Psalm 71:5

In this short devotional, we’ll read Psalm 71:5 and discover… Our Hope is in the Lord!

We all have hopes and dreams. And we expect the goals we set for ourselves to work out exactly as we plan.

Sometimes they do, and we can celebrate our accomplishments. But other times life gets in the way of our best-laid plans.

We get up every day, go to work, and take care of our families. We’re just going through the motions as the hopes and dreams we started out with slowly fade away. Until one day we find ourselves wondering, is this all there is in life?

I know how it feels to have your hopes and dreams crushed under the weight of life’s demands.

A few years ago, I set out to accomplish a huge life goal. I put everything I had into it. And I truly believed it would change my career and my family’s future.

I was completely invested in it, both financially and emotionally. But no matter how hard I worked, it just didn’t happen.

I was devastated and became disillusioned with the work I was doing. I felt like a total failure who had let my family down. Try as I might, I couldn’t understand what I’d done wrong.

God is Our Hope

The problem wasn’t the work I was doing or the amount of time I’d invested in it.

It was who I was counting on to see the project through. I was relying on myself and my abilities instead of relying on God.

The solution to my problem was simple… I needed to put my hope and trust in God and what He wanted for my future!

And when I began to put my hope in God, He led me in a completely new direction. One full of opportunities to serve Him that I never thought possible.

It may be a different life than what I had planned, but it is a better life than I could ever imagine.

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Our Hope is Not in This World

Our doesn’t come from material things. The perfect career, the dream home, or the big bank account. These are worldly things and not heavenly treasures worth possessing.

And when we put our hope in the world and what it provides, we are hoping in ourselves and trusting in our ability to make something happen. In doing so, we’re essentially saying to God, “I don’t need you, I can do it on my own.”

This path of thinking we don’t need God only sets us up for a fall.

Because in hoping in our abilities, we deny ourselves the opportunity to see the goodness of God’s plan in action. And we miss out on the many blessings He has in store for us.

Where does hope come from?

So, if our hope is not in this world or in ourselves, how do we find hope when we need it the most?

This scripture from Psalm 71 tells us exactly where hope comes from…


 For You are my hope, O Lord God;
You are my trust from my youth.

                                      Psalm 71:5 NKJV

Hope in God is different from hope in ourselves. It is grounded in His truth and faithfulness to us.

This kind of hope is a concrete confidence in God’s ability to make His will for our life happen.

When we surrender ourselves to God’s will and put our hope in Him, we no longer need to rely on our abilities. We can trust that God has our best future in mind, and He will lead us into it with faith and confidence in His abilities.

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My Hope is in the Lord, I will trust in Him

There are many Bible Verses that speak so well to the blessings of placing our hope in God and trusting in Him through thick and thin.

This scripture paints a beautiful picture of the strength that comes when we can say… my hope is in the Lord, I will trust in Him.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,

And whose hope is the Lord.

For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

                                       Jeremiah 17:7-8

The image of a tree planted by the raging river of life yet dipping its roots into the water and receiving all it needs to survive, reminds us of the root of our hope, which is faith in God.

Our trust in the Lord when hard times come and we are tested in ways we never imagined, produces this hope. And just like this tree we will make it through the heat and drought and still produce fruit because our hope is in the Lord.

So, when the heat gets turned up and hope seems lost, remember God will sustain you and make you into the beautiful tree this scripture describes so eloquently.

Jesus is Our Hope

Faith in Jesus is the essential element of the fruit that produces hope. He is the reason for our hope. And without Him, all hope is lost.

Here’s a perfect explanation of how Jesus is our hope…

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

                                                 1 Peter 1:3-5 ESV

God sent His Son, Jesus to this earth not only to give us hope but to be hope Himself.

That means Jesus is our living hope!

In Him, we have forgiveness, salvation, and a living hope that can never be taken away.

And because He is our living hope, we have an inheritance waiting for us in heaven where we will share in the victory of our sovereign Lord.

Praise God for our Lord Jesus Christ our Living Hope! Amen!

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Hope for Our Times

In our troubled times, hope is a fleeting feeling that only comes around every now and then.

But that’s okay because God understands how it feels when the hopes and dreams, we have for ourselves fall flat. And as His children, we don’t fall into a dark abyss of hopelessness, instead, we fall into the light of our Heavenly Father’s arms.

This is where hope for our times is found…

The firm foundation of our faith and trust that God has our future in the palm of His hand!

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I’ll leave you with this last thought…


 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

                                                  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Whatever may come our way, we can be sure of this. We have a loving Father who is always willing to hear us when we cry out to Him, support us when we seek His will, and give us hope for the future.

May you be blessed by placing your hope and trust in God! And in knowing Our Hope is in the Lord!

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Trusting God Even When It Doesn’t Make Sense Proverbs 3:5-6

Trusting God Even When It Doesn't Make Sense Proverbs 3:5-6

What does the scripture Proverbs 3:5-6 mean?

We’ve all heard the inspirational scripture from Proverbs 3:5-6. It tells us to trust in the Lord with all our heart. But how can we do that when life doesn’t make sense? In this devotion, we’ll read this verse and learn 4 Steps to Trusting God Even When It Doesn’t Make Sense.

But first, let’s read the story of two people who decided to trust God’s plan when it didn’t make sense…

Mary the Mother of Jesus

Imagine being fifteen and pregnant, not knowing what would happen to you.

Could you turn to your parents for support or would you face your future motherhood alone? Would the kids at school still be your friends, or would they give you judgmental stares?

Mary, the mother of Jesus, faced a similar circumstance.

As a betrothed young woman, showing up pregnant was a big no-no. She was under contract to marry Joseph, and a breach of that contract meant she would lose everything.

Instead of judgmental stares from her classmates, she would have been shamed in the public eye.

At best, her husband would leave her, and she would be an outcast for the rest of her life. At worst, she would be stoned.

When Mary turned up pregnant, she faced a very unsure future.

And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”
“For with God nothing is impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” 

                                                              Luke 1:28-35; 37-38 NKJV  

Trusting God When It Doesn’t Make Sense

Even though it didn’t make any sense how she, a virgin, could conceive and give birth to a child, Mary believed what God’s messenger, Gabriel, told her with an open heart.

In the midst of her dilemma, her faith was unshakeable. She knew she could count on God to see her through because He is always reliable.

She chose to trust God’s plan for her life.

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At the same time Mary was facing the news of her pregnancy, her betrothed Joseph also had a choice to make.

He could continue with his marriage to Mary, knowing she was carrying a child that was not his, or he could cancel the marriage contract and leave her in disgrace, alone to face the crowd.

Being a godly man, Joseph chose to end the marriage quietly so Mary’s life wouldn’t be ruined. But God intervened on Mary’s behalf and sent an angel to speak to Joseph.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,  because he will save his people from their sins.”

                                         Matthew 1:20-21 NIV

It must have been confusing and frightening for Joseph to hear these words.

Because let’s be honest, it’s pretty crazy to think a woman could suddenly be pregnant and still be a virgin, right?

But Joseph believed what the angel said and took Mary as his wife. In doing so, He chose to trust God and to continue on the path God put him on.

Mary and Joseph both trusted God even when it didn’t make sense. They believed God is faithful and His plan would be fulfilled in their lives.

They didn’t understand it all, but they followed God anyway.

Because of their faith, God chose them to play a big part in the promised Messiah coming into this world. And we are all blessed by their decision to trust God.

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Trust God’s Plan

How does the story of Mary and Joseph affect our lives?

Because of our faith in His Son, God has chosen us too!

Just like Mary and Joseph, we each have a part to play in God’s amazing plan!

When we think of Mary and Joseph, we tend to put them on a pedestal.

We picture two amazing people, chosen by God to bring about His plan.

The perfect couple, unafraid, and trusting God in all things.

We see them like they appear in the nativity on our table, angelic and holding the baby Jesus in their arms. Halos surround their heads as they gaze into the eyes of the child who would one day die on a cross for our sins. It’s a beautiful picture of grace under fire.

And this is the way we want to see ourselves too. But we know deep down we’re not perfect, we don’t have halos around our heads, and we aren’t always the picture of grace we want to be. So how could God ever use us in His plan?

What does it mean to trust in the Lord with all your heart?

Let’s read this Bible verse from Proverbs 3. It gives us 4 steps to trusting God even when it doesn’t make sense…

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

 Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

#1 Trust in the Lord with all your heart

God wants our whole heart! Not a tiny little piece of it. So, the first step is simply to trust Him with all your heart.

#2 Lean not on your own understanding

Our understanding isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Because we see the world as it is right now.

But God sees things differently. He knows our past, our present, and our future. And He puts all of those together to work for our good. Once we realize we don’t know it all and our understanding fails us, that’s when God steps in.

#3 In all your ways acknowledge Him

Blessings come from God. Period.

And God is asking us to understand and acknowledge where everything we have, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual comes from.

#4 He shall direct your path

This is the result of trusting God even when it doesn’t make sense.

God is with us and when we put our trust in Him, He will get us where we need to be according to His perfect plan.

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One day it will all make sense

Maybe you don’t have it all together, I know I don’t. Maybe you don’t understand everything God has in store for you. Or maybe there’s something He’s asked you to do that seems impossible.

You want to follow God, but His plan just doesn’t make sense.

It’s okay if you don’t understand the big picture plan God has for you right now. Step out in faith the way Mary and Joseph did. Chose to trust God to lead you on the path.

Take the first step. He will give the next step, then the next one, and then the next. Eventually, you’ll get to the place He wants you to be. And one day it will all make sense.

My prayer for you is, you will take that first step and allow God to direct your path. All it takes is trusting God even when it doesn’t make sense.

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How to Abound in Hope – Romans 15:13

How to Abound in Hope Romans 15:13

Romans 15:13 tells us to abound in hope. But what did the Apostle Paul mean when he wrote these words? In this short devotional, we’ll read this scripture and discover How to Abound in Hope.


What does Romans 15:13 mean?

Let’s read this Bible verse together and find the meaning behind it and how it affects our lives today…


Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

                                                   Romans 15:13 NKJV

The message of Paul’s words in Romans chapter 15 is a call for all Christians to abound in hope.

To abound in hope sounds like such an amazing thing to aspire to. On the surface, having an abundance of hope and being hopeful in all things sounds like a great idea.

But in reality, we don’t usually think about hope much or wonder whether we have it or not.

Our days are filled with so many other things that need to be done in a short amount of time. Things that seem so much more practical at the moment, like getting the laundry done or dinner cooked.

It’s true, we fall short of experiencing the hope God has for us when get caught up in the day-to-day stuff. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to experience the hope of God or to feel hopeful about the future.

So, I thought today would be the perfect time to talk about what it means to abound in hope.

But first, we have to ask…


What is the true meaning of hope?

Hope is an expectation that our current circumstances will get better.

The world sees hope as just wishful thinking, a Pollyanna kind of attitude that doesn’t really get you anywhere.

But hope in God is different.

As Christians, we don’t need to walk around with rose-colored glasses on. We have God on our side. And we can have complete confidence that He has everything under control.

This knowledge that God is in control is real and creates a lasting hope in us.

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What does God of Hope mean?

Romans 15:13 tells us our God is a God of Hope.

That’s because God has not left us to face the struggles of life alone. He is with us in both the good and bad times.

He knows we have temptation and that we sin in spite of our faith. And that we need hope to carry us through those times.

So, in our sin and shame, He created a way to salvation and gave us a living hope.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

                                                     1 Peter 1:3 NIV

Jesus is the source of our hope!

Because of His great mercy, God sent His Son, Jesus, to be our hope and to die in our place.

Because Jesus paid the price for our sin on the cross and rose again on the third day, He is our living hope.

Without Jesus, all hope of a future in heaven would be lost. But because of Jesus and His resurrection, we have hope if we believe in Him.

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How can hope abound?

If we want to claim this hope for ourselves, we don’t need to look any further than our original Bible verse for today, Romans 15:13 to find it.

This scripture tells us exactly how to abound in hope… “by the power of the Holy Spirit”.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,

                                                        Acts 1:8 ESV

When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we automatically receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)

So, if we believe in Jesus, we already have the power of the Holy Spirit within us.

The joy and peace we have in knowing Jesus lives inside of us. And along with this joy and peace, the Holy Spirit and hope remain in us, ready to be mobilized in our lives.

But just like following Jesus every day is a choice, so is harnessing the power of the Holy Spirit.

But don’t worry if that sounds hard. It’s not. We can tap into this power easily by walking with God every day. That means reading His Word, praying, asking for guidance, and seeking His will.

When we do these things consistently, we’ll see the hope we receive from the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.

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May the God of Hope Fill You

There will always be ups and downs in life. Some days we’ll feel hopeless and like nothing we do seems to work.

Sometimes those days will be few and far between. And sometimes they’ll pile up on top of each other.

On those days, we may feel alone in our hopelessness. But we can be sure, the God of Hope hasn’t left us all alone. He has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit and His power to guide us through life’s struggles.

And during these times, God wants us to not only have hope but to abound in hope!

If we turn to Jesus, the source of our hope, He will see us through whatever trials we may face.

And no matter what our current circumstances are, through patience and perseverance, God will give us joy and peace in believing, and the ability to abound in hope.

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My prayer for you is this…  May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing. And may you know the power of the Holy Spirit and How to Abound in Hope in Him today!

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