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 the Word of God provides comfort anytime we need it.

No matter what you’re going through, I truly hope these 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?


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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”. They are the biblical definition of faith and show us what having faith in difficult times looks like.

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

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Short Bible Verses about Faith in Hard Times

These scriptures on faith in hard times are short and sweet. But very powerful!

They’re a great way to start the day or be reminded of God’s love and faithfulness when difficult situations arise in your life.

So, let’s read some great Bible verses about faith that will keep us going through bad times and good times.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

                                               Galatians 2:20 NIV


Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.

                                               Hebrews 4:14 NIV


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 your paths straight.

                                            Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB


By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,

                                           Hebrews 11:17 NIV


By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.

                                         Hebrews 11:30 ESV


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


Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.

                                         2 Thessalonians 3:16 ESV


Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

                                        1 Timothy 6:12 NIV


I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

                                         2 Timothy 4:7 NIV


Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

                                          James 2:26 NLT

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Encouraging Bible Verses on Faith and Strength

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.

The good news is, God’s Word is full of Bible Verses on Faith for times like this. And the best way to conquer fear is to turn to these scriptures for strength.

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

                                        1 Corinthians 16:13 NKJV

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

                                        1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV

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


Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

                                      Isaiah 41:10 New King James Version


The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

                                         Exodus 15:2 ESV


May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

                                        1 Thessalonians 3:13 NIV


In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

                                        1 Peter 1:6-7 ESV


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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

                                       2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

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Comforting Psalms for Difficult Times

The book Psalms is full of wonderful descriptions of God’s love and protection.

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 some of my favorite Bible Verses about Faith in Hard Times straight from the book of Psalms.

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 you trust God and follow Him.

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


The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

                                              Psalm 9:9 ESV


Hear my prayer, O Lord, Give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, And in Your righteousness.

                                             Psalm 143:1 NKJV


You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

                                          Psalm 32:1 New King James Version


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Best Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times

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!

So, let’s look for God’s goodness and celebrate the victory we have in Jesus by reading these Bible verses for hard times.

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


Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

                                             Philippians 3:13-14 ESV


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

                                            Hebrews 12:1 NIV

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 NKJV


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

                                           2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV


Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

                                            Matthew 6:26-27 NIV


For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

                                            Romans 8:18-19 NKJV


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Each of these 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!

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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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Living the Life of Job -Job 19:25 Devotional

Living the Life of Job Job 19:25

Do you feel like you’re living the life of Job? Then take heart because Job’s story is one of great triumph! So, in this Job 19:25 devotional, we will read about the Life of Job. His story is one of the most inspirational in the Old Testament. And we’ll learn how his life can be a reflection of our own even in the modern world we live in.

What is the meaning of Job 19:25?

For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;

                                               Job 19:25 NKJV

A few years ago, God told me that I would live the life of Job. Now, that’s a pretty big pill to swallow! And if I’m completely honest, I wasn’t thrilled with the news. No one wants the life of Job, because everything he had was taken from him.

True to His word, God has followed through on His “life of Job” promise to me. I have faced many trials in my life. Loved ones have been taken from me either through death or through broken relationships, my livelihood has diminished, my health has suffered and my faith has been tested.

I can see the parallels between Job’s life and mine. And I find myself referring back to the book of Job for inspiration often. With everything that Job went through, it would’ve been easy for him to curse God as his wife told him to and no one would have blamed him for it. (Job 2:9) But Job trusted God and refused to curse Him no matter what circumstance God placed him in. When everything seemed lost, Job said, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (v. 1:21) This kind of resolute belief Job had, inspires me to get up, keep moving forward and remain faithful to God no matter what circumstance I’m in.

God has allowed my faith to be tested, just as He allowed Job’s to be tested. But He didn’t do it to hurt me. He did it to bless me and teach me the lessons I need to know as I move forward in my life. And with each trial and lesson God has shown me His plan and will for my life in a way I couldn’t see before.

Proverbs 17:3 says “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts.” In this scripture, we learn that God allows us to go through trials and He tests our hearts. But He doesn’t do it as some kind of punishment. He knows what is ahead and He is preparing us for it. He is refining us like silver or gold, melting us down to our core, taking the impurities out of our lives, and leaving us with all of the good that He has in store for us.

Yes, Job faced many hardships and he was tested. But the lesson that I take away from reading the book of Job is not one of defeat. It’s a story of great faith and triumph over adversity. Through it all, God was there right next to him. He never left Job. He was Job’s mediator and ultimately his redeemer.

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By sending Jesus to die for our sins, God has given us a redeemer and mediator. Right now, this very moment, He is seated at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf. (Romans 8:34) When we face trials and our faith is tested, we can have complete confidence that Jesus is still there, in the fight with us.

It’s been a few years now that I’ve been living the life of Job. It’s been a hard path, full of unexpected twists and turns. But, when it seems that the world is against me, I can take comfort in knowing that Jesus is always for me. No matter what comes my way, I can face the future with confidence because… I know my Redeemer lives!

If you are facing a trial in your life today, I pray this Job 19:25 devotional has helped you see God’s grace in your life. And that you will turn to Jesus and trust in Him. He loves you and wants to refine you like the silver and gold that you are. To find out more about Accepting Jesus as your Savior, click on this link or go to the Accepting Jesus tab above. Cast your cares on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7) God bless!

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How to Resist the Devil 1 Peter 5:8

How to Resist the Devil 1 Peter 5:8

What does the Bible say about resist the devil?

One of the most popular scriptures is 1 Peter 5:8. In this verse, we’re told to resist the devil. But what does that mean? And how can we do it? Let’s read it together and learn how to resist the devil.

Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith.

                                                         1 Peter 5:8 NKJV


Temptation is everywhere.

Some temptation is just from being human, like eating that extra piece of cake.

But some temptation is more sinister and comes from our enemy, the devil.

We are under attack, not just from an unbelieving world, but from our greatest foe the devil himself. Satan knows he cannot have us because we already belong to Jesus. There is nothing that he can do that will ever take us away from our Savior. (John 10:29) But Satan can turn us into ineffective Christians so we won’t share our faith with other people who may also believe.

What does it mean the devil is like a roaring lion?

A lion prowls around searching for its next meal. It picks the weakest animal in a group. Stalks it silently, and ruthlessly. When the moment is right, the lion strikes and takes down its prey.

This is exactly how the devil stalks his prey, us. Satan’s goal is to devour and destroy Christians, and he will use every weapon in his arsenal to do it.

The devil prowls around seeking his next victim. He is constantly setting traps for us to fall into. And he knows our weaknesses and how to exploit them.

So, how can we resist the devil and live the life God has for us?

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Schemes of the devil

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

                                                       Ephesians 6:11 ESV


The truth is, we are at war. A spiritual war against the devil and his demons. And just like any military operation, if we want to successfully defeat our enemy we need to understand and recognize the tactics that will be used against us.

So, here are some of the most cunning schemes of the devil he plans to use in this battle…


Lying is what Satan does best. He is the father of lies. So, deception is the first tactic he tries.

His lies are cruel, and he knows exactly which lie will stop us in our tracks.

He will tell us that we’re not good enough, that we don’t deserve it, that we can’t do it, and so many other hurtful things.

Satan wants us to fail, and he will tell us whatever it takes to stop us from being effective Christians.

But we don’t have to listen to Satan’s lies and we certainly don’t have to believe them. Instead, we have this promise to hold on to.

He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

                                                      1 John 4:4 NKJV

While Satan delights in deception, Jesus delights in salvation!

We can resist Satan’s lies and fight back by knowing the truth. Jesus has already defeated him and is victorious!

We can rely on this truth, our Savior is greater than any enemy we face.

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Satan wants us to be discouraged and he accomplishes this goal by reminding us of our past sins.

He will make us feel defeated and like we are already a failure before we’ve even begun. Whether we are sharing our faith, getting ready to go on a mission trip or just going about our day, Satan will try to discourage us from doing what God has asked of us.

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.

                                                      Hebrews 8:12


Satan may remind us of our sin, but God doesn’t.

God not only forgives our sins, He forgets them. He doesn’t bring them up again and He doesn’t use them against us.

When the discouragement from Satan takes hold of us, we can turn to God and He will show us His love and mercy.


This sermon quote from the preacher Adrian Rogers tells us everything we need to know about this scheme of the devil.

“If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” Adrian Rogers

Distraction is one of Satan’s most effective tactics against us. That’s because it doesn’t look like an attack on the surface.

He steals the time away from us that was meant to be used for God’s kingdom. If we’re too busy cleaning up the mess he made then we can’t take that friend out to lunch and share Jesus with them.

And sometimes, Satan will use even seemingly good things to distract us from God’s plan. If we say yes to a project that a coworker or friend wants us to do, then that time is not spent connecting with God and making Him a priority.

The remedy to this attack is found in this Bible verse from Psalm 46…

Be still and know that I am God.

                                                       Psalm 46:10


Busyness and stillness are opposites just like Satan and God. If Satan can cause us to be busy then we can’t experience the peaceful stillness that comes from time with God.

Satan will keep us running around in circles all for the sake of busyness. But if we recognize when our time is being stolen by the enemy, we can change that and say no to his distractions.

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Resist the devil and he will flee

The message of 1 Peter 5 is echoed in the book of James…

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

                                                        James 4:7 NIV


These are just three of the many schemes Satan uses to make us ineffective Christians. Once we learn how to recognize his tactics, we can resist him by submitting to God, knowing the truth of who Jesus is, and being steadfast in our faith.

Then Satan will have no choice but to flee from us.

My prayer for you is you will know the love of Christ and how to resist the devil and his schemes today!

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How to Rejoice in the Lord Always – Habakkuk 3:17-19

How to Rejoice in the Lord Always Habakkuk 3:17-19

Rejoice in the Lord always is more than a hymn we sing at church. For a Christian, it is a way of life.

Here’s what the Apostle Paul told us in Philippians 4…

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

                                                  Philippians 4:4 NKJV

This Bible verse seems so simple. Just rejoice in the Lord no matter what.

But when life takes a turn for the worst, it isn’t so simple anymore.

That’s something the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk knew a thing or two about.

It’s through the story of Habakkuk that we learn how to rejoice in the Lord always, even in the face of adversity.

Habakkuk saw trouble coming a mile away in the form of the Chaldean army. And he knew his people were about to face some seriously hard times.

The basic necessities they needed to survive would become scarce. The food and water they relied on to sustain them would dry up and blow away. Fear and desperation would set in.

But Habakkuk also had confidence that if they put their trust in God, He would see them through.

Recently, I was going through a difficult time too. Maybe it wasn’t as dramatic as an invasion of the Chaldeans like the people of Habakkuk’s day, but it was a crisis in my little world nonetheless.

I felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders. And it was crushing me.

One day, my to-do list was getting longer instead of shorter. I was stressed and overwhelmed by everything I had to accomplish.

Then, a dear friend sent me what seemed to be a random text. In it, she asked me to read Habakkuk 3.

I immediately sent her a text back and said “OK”, with a smiley face emoji. 😊

But I had no intention of reading it, at least not right then. Maybe later when everything else was done. I was in the middle of a project, and I needed to get it finished.

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However, God saw things a little differently. He pulled on my heartstrings and gently whispered, “You need to read it”.

I answered, “Okay, I’ll read it later tonight when things calm down”.

But God whispered to my heart again, “You need to read it now”.

I sighed as I resigned myself to God’s plan for the day, grabbed my Bible, and started to read…

Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.


The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.

                         Habakkuk 3:17-19 NKJV

Wow! I felt like I’d been struck by lightning!

All these years later, Habakkuk can still cut straight to the point.

It’s easy to praise God and find joy in our salvation when things are going great. And it’s so much harder when life isn’t going our way.

But no matter what situation we’re in, we can still find a reason to rejoice in the Lord.

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Habakkuk 3:17-18 reads like a laundry list of terrible circumstances. Each item on the list represents something essential to daily life back then. And their absence would create an immediate emergency.


Though the fig tree may not blossom…

Nor fruit be on the vines…

Though the labor of the olive may fail…

And the fields yield no food…

Though the flock may be cut off from the fold…

And there be no herd in the stalls…

Alone, each of these things would be a disaster for Habakkuk and his people. But combined they are a catastrophe of epic proportions.

No fruit on the vine, no crops to harvest, no sheep on the mountain, and no cows in the stalls all mean one thing… starvation, pure and simple.

In our modern world, it’s hard to see how this affects us. But if we look closer and compare these crises to the things we value today, we’ll understand exactly how dire the situation truly was.

Recent events have forced us to deal with exactly the same things our Biblical counterparts did, just with a modern twist.

Coronavirus gave us more than an unknown disease to contend with. Supply chains were disrupted, there was no toilet paper on the shelves, meat shortages became the norm, and people were laid off of work for extended periods of time.

Complete chaos and hopelessness followed.

I imagine this is how Judah felt too. They were no different from us. They wanted to work and take care of their families the same way we do today. The devastation of watching their hard work turn to dust must have left them reeling.

And it leads us to wonder…

How long would we last without our state-of-the-art water plants producing freshwater each day?

What if farmers and ranchers suffered great losses year after year? How would we survive without the food they bring to market?

And if we lost our jobs for good, how long would it take for the money to run out and desperation to set in?

This is where the rubber meets the road.

And just when we think all hope is lost, in Habakkuk 3:19, we see the answer to all of life’s problems…

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord!

It’s true, we will always have troubles in this life. There will always be another crisis to tackle. Or another earth-scattering decision to make.

But even if the whole world falls apart right before our eyes, we can still say, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, just like Habakkuk did.


Because God has promised those of us who believe in His Son, Jesus, we will never face adversity alone. He is always with us. And His joy remains in us no matter what comes our way.

Jesus is the One who gives us the strength to get through the most difficult of times. And because of the joy of our salvation, we are never defeated.

So, if Habakkuk could rejoice always under such dire circumstances, then surely, we can too.

This is my updated, modern-day prayer to trust God and praise Him in every circumstance, good or bad using Habakkuk as an example.

I hope you’ll pray it along with me as we rejoice in the Lord always together…

Even though my house is filthy, company is coming over, and there’s not enough time to clean…

I will praise the Lord!

Even though the bills are piling up, and it seems there will never be enough money to pay them all…

I will rejoice in the Lord!

Even though my health is failing, and I feel weak…

I will joy in the God of my salvation!

Even though I’ve lost a loved one and my heart is broken…

I will rejoice in the Lord always!

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There’s no way my friend could’ve known what was going on in my life that day, or how much I needed these words of Habakkuk 3:17-19 spoken into my heart. But I’m so grateful she followed God’s lead and sent that seemly random text.

Thankfully, to God, nothing is ever random. He knew exactly what was happening in my life. And He used this scripture to take away the stress and overwhelm weighing down my soul.

And He replaced them with a song in my heart and praise on my lips.

God is good! And He is worthy of our praise in every circumstance!

Because the truth is… it’s our choice to rejoice.

Knowing that I pray this seemingly simple Bible verse from Habakkuk 3 has shown you how to rejoice in the Lord always! And that you will trust Him in both the good and bad times to come!

Please leave a comment below and let me know your own modern-day prayer of trust and praise.

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Faith in Hard Times 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Faith in Hard Times 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Learning to have faith in hard times is one of the most important lessons in any Christian’s life. In this short devotion, we’ll uncover the meaning of 2 Corinthians 4:8-9. And find inspiration and encouragement for faith during hard times.

How do you keep your faith in hard times?

Some days are hard to get through, and I’ve had quite a few of those days lately. We all face tough times. Maybe it’s the little things that add up and drive us crazy. Or maybe we are facing much bigger problems in life. Either way, we can take comfort in God’s promises. He is faithful! And He will show us how to have faith in hard times.

What is the meaning of 2 Corinthians 4:8-9?

God has continued to place this verse from 2 Corinthians 4 in front of me over the past few months. I have been facing a rather large trial in my life and the words that Paul wrote, speak volumes to me.

We’ll start this devotion by reading this scripture together…

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 NKJV


Each of the situations Paul describes in this Bible verse affects us all at some point in our lives. So, let’s take a closer look at this verse and break it down together.

hard-pressed but not crushed…

When I think of being hard-pressed, I imagine being in a trash compactor. The walls are closing in on me and soon I’ll be pressed into a small little box. It’s a feeling of being trapped.

Hard-ships will come in life but with God’s help, we can face them. We may be hard pressed, but He will not allow us to be trapped or crushed by life’s troubles.

perplexed but not in despair…

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that you just didn’t know what to do next?

I think we’ve all been there. Life can seem so complicated and confusing. There is so much to do and so many things that demand our attention. Sometimes it feels like there is no way out.

Maybe you are dealing with the grief of losing a loved one or struggling at work. Whatever your circumstance, I pray that you will be encouraged. You have a Heavenly Father who loves you. You don’t have to be in despair because God is in control and we can rely on Him fully to see us through these trials.

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persecuted but not forsaken…

There are different ways to be persecuted. It can literally mean that someone is trying to hurt you physically, or it can be in the form of a verbal attack. It can also be a general feeling that people don’t like you because of your beliefs. I know in my life I have felt this kind of persecution, sometimes even from people I’m close to. I have been questioned about my faith in Jesus on many occasions. I think questions are a great way to open up a discussion about Jesus, but when that discussion turns ugly, it can be a daunting task to keep it together and not lash out. In these times, I try to remember that I’m in good company. The Bible tells us that every Christian will face some kind of persecution. But the great news is that God promises to never forsake us! We can have complete confidence that He will never leave us!

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struck down but not destroyed…

Life is hard! Really hard. Sometimes things don’t work out the way we planned and reality hits us hard. When a huge emergency pops up in life, it’s easy to feel like we’ve been struck down. But we are only temporarily knocked down, not knocked out. God is there to pick us up, dust us off and send us back out into the world again. We haven’t been destroyed, we have become stronger.

Trusting God in Hard Times

I have been in each and every one of these situations.

I’ve been hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted, and struck down. I have felt despair and sometimes it has overtaken me completely.

But God has not forgotten me or left me alone to face these trials by myself.

He has shown me His love and He has fulfilled His promise to see me through it every step of the way. And I’m so grateful God has continued to put this verse in front of me over and over again. Every time I read it, I find the strength to face the trials of life and to have faith during hard times.

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Keeping Faith in God During Hard Times

Bad times come and go. But learning to keep the faith in the most difficult situations is what the Apostle Paul teaches us through this scripture.

And God wants to take all of the pain and sadness we find along the way and show us how to keep the faith. With His love and encouragement on our side, we can find hope for tomorrow and strength for today!

This is my prayer for you… whatever trial you’re facing right now, you’ll know you are never crushed, in despair, forsaken, or destroyed. God understands life is hard. So, He has given you the promise inside this verse from 2 Corinthians 4. He loves you, He is with you, and He will get you through it!

All you need is a little faith in hard times.

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How to Overcome Doubt – Matthew 14:31

How to Overcome Doubt Matthew 14:31

Doubt is a dirty word in Christian circles. It’s something we don’t talk about just in case the pastor is listening. And we pretend we don’t feel it because we think our friends will look down on us if we admit it. So, in this devotional, we’ll read the words of Jesus from Matthew 14:3,1 and learn how to overcome doubt.

What is the meaning of Matthew 14:31?

Let’s read this scripture together…


O you of little faith, why did you doubt?

                                                   Matthew 14:31 NKJV

The truth is… No matter how long we’ve been Christians, or how strongly we feel about our faith in God, we all have doubt. Every single one of us.

I have doubt, and I bet you do too.

Having doubt doesn’t mean we’re bad or that we don’t love Jesus. It just means we’re human. Because it’s human nature to doubt what we can’t see.

We think if we can’t touch it or hold it in our hand, then maybe it’s not real. Sometimes doubt is just a fleeting thought. It comes to us in an instant and leaves just as quickly. But other times doubt lingers. It plays tricks with our minds, tears us apart on the inside, and robs us of our joy.

What causes doubt?

Before we go into how to overcome doubt, let’s look at where it comes from. If we can understand the source of our doubt, we can easily quiet it when it comes calling.

#1 Satan

All Christians have an enemy in Satan. He seeks to destroy us. And doubt is one of the many tactics he uses against us.

He will search for a way into our lives to achieve his goal of utterly demolishing us. And once he has found a way in, He is relentless in his attack.

He slinks in, like the snake he is and puts doubt in our minds leaving us feeling hopeless. Then he’ll slink off again to look for some other poor soul to terrorize.

But we don’t need to fear Satan or listen to his lies. Jesus has already defeated him. However, we do need to be mindful of his plan to place doubt in our hearts and minds and learn to recognize his devious actions.

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#2 Outside Sources

We are called to live in the world but not of it. But sometimes living in the world leaves us vulnerable to doubt. These outside sources are the things of this world that distract us from God’s plan. They could be the people we surround ourselves with, the things we read or watch on TV, social media, etc. Anything we put into our minds can cause doubt to form if we allow it to influence our thoughts and beliefs.

#3 Ourselves

Sometimes our doubt is much closer to home than we would like it to be. At times, we can be our own worst enemy. Our view of ourselves can leave us feeling like we’re not good enough or that we’re a failure. These negative thoughts can cause doubt to creep into our minds if we allow them to take hold.

How to Overcome Doubt in Faith

God, in His infinite wisdom, knows the innermost workings of our minds. He knows we have doubt and He knows we wonder where He is when everything goes wrong in our lives. He understands our hearts and He has not left us alone to face doubt on our own. We can recognize what causes doubt and quickly overcome it with one simple God-given tool…our Faith!


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

                                                   Hebrews 11:1 NKJV

Faith is the gift of God, given to us to help in the times we face doubt and unbelief. It is the evidence of the things we can’t see but know in our hearts to be true.

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How do you overcome doubt?

In Matthew 14:31, Jesus said to the disciples, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  But what does this simple scripture means?

The disciples had been with Jesus, and they saw Him perform miracle after miracle. They had the unique opportunity of being an eyewitness to the ministry of the Savior. And they still had doubt!

At some point, each of us made the decision to give our lives to Christ because the Holy Spirit showed us the truth of who Jesus is.

Unlike the disciples, we have not physically witnessed the miracles of Jesus. But we know for a fact God is real and Jesus is the Son of God because of our faith.

And even though We may not be able to reach out and touch God or witness the miracles of Jesus with our own eyes, but we can see what He has done in our lives, around us, and for us.

We have seen the hand of God at work. This is the evidence of our faith Hebrews 11 talks about. And our salvation through Jesus at work.

If we look around we will see God’s goodness surrounding us. And when doubt enters our minds, we can remember those times when we were so close to God it did feel like we could touch Him.

How to Overcome Doubt Biblically

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

                                                     Romans 10:17 KJV

We have the most powerful weapon on earth at our disposal, God’s Word. Faith comes by hearing the word of God and understanding the truth within it. We can grow our faith by reading the Bible and storing it in our hearts. When we become firmly grounded in God’s truth, doubt will no longer have a hold on us. Instead of allowing doubt to destroy us, we can simply turn to the Scriptures and lean on the promises of God to get us through. Because God’s word is real!

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Prayer to Overcome Doubt and Unbelief

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief!”

                                                      Mark 9:24

This is a prayer of a man who had doubt in his heart but still wanted to believe. It’s an honest and heartbreaking cry to the only One who could help him in his suffering.

We all know how this man felt because we’ve been there, on our knees begging God to help us in our pain and unbelief.

But when doubt creeps in, we have a direct line to God. We can shoot up a prayer to Him in a second and ask Him for strength and guidance.

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

                                                    James 5:16 NIV

Our prayers are not effective because we have great faith or because we are faithful to God. They are effective only because we are righteous through our belief in Jesus.

This is our promise from God… He is always faithful to us, and He will hear our prayers when we call out to Him.

How to Overcome Doubt as a Christian

Yes, we all have doubt, but doubt doesn’t have to keep us from experiencing the loving touch of God’s hand in our lives.

It’s okay to have questions. And it’s okay to ask God to help us when we doubt.

But we cannot afford to let doubt penetrate our minds and our souls. We must recognize it for what it is and stop it in its tracks.

Our faith is the tool that helps us to overcome our doubt and seek God’s face in times of need. Each of the Bible verses in this devotional teaches us how to overcome doubt in God and persevere in times of unbelief.

And this final Bible verse tells us where to find hope for such times…

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

                                         Psalm 71:5 NKJV


So today, I pray each of us will turn away from doubt, seek hope in God, and grow our faith in Jesus.

May God bless you! And help you through times of doubt and unbelief!

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Will You Stand Firm in the Faith? – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Will You Stand Firm in the Faith? 1 Corinthians 16:13

Will you stand firm in the faith even when it’s hard? And how do you stand strong in your faith when the world is against everything you believe?

I think we can all agree it’s easy to be a Christian on Sunday. We go to church where we’re surrounded by other people who believe as we do. We sing and worship together, and we listen to the sermon to find inspiration for the week ahead.

The challenge comes when we leave that church building. Waiting for us outside those doors is a world filled with people who oppose our beliefs and want us to be silent.

In their eyes, it’s okay if we believe our silly little thoughts as long as we don’t talk about them or try to persuade anyone else to believe them.

Have you ever had someone tell you that you shouldn’t talk about your faith? I know I have! And it always takes me by surprise.

Yes, they want us to be silent. But our faith is bigger than them and it’s bigger than us too.

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This quote from Jesus says “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32.

We have the truth because we have Jesus. We know who we serve, and we know what has been done for us.

So, it’s our job and our privilege to share our faith with the people around us. To stand up for what we believe in and tell them the good news so they can have the same assurance of freedom in the Lord Jesus Christ that we have.

Here’s what the Apostle Paul had to say in 1 Corinthians 16:13 about this challenge every Christian faces.

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.

                                                   1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NKJV

This is an inspirational Bible verse about standing up for what you believe in. And within this scripture, there are five distinct commands to follow. Let’s explore each one together and discover the meaning of stand firm in the faith.

#1 Watch

As women, we are taught to watch what is going on around us when we’re in a public place.

Our parents teach us when we are young girls not to talk to strangers. When we get a little older, we’re told not to park our car in a dark parking structure or next to a van. They say don’t go on long walks alone in a neighborhood park or on a blind date with someone we just met online.

We’re taught all of this to keep us safe from someone who may want to harm us physically. But this command, “Watch” is directed at our spiritual wellbeing.

Because there are people out there who are against our faith. And they would like nothing more than to cause us to doubt our beliefs. So, we should take this warning seriously. Be watchful and on alert. Be aware of who we surround ourselves with. And be mindful of what their agenda may be.

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#2 Stand Fast

As we just talked about, there are unsaved people out there who would like nothing more than to put doubt in our minds.

But there is another, more dangerous enemy to be on guard against. They are false teachers who sow confusion, not just in other religions, but within our own too.

These false teachers have a watered-down view of Christianity, or what I like to call the “rose-colored glasses” version of the Bible.

And they are not doing us any favors by misleading us about what the Bible says!

It is up to us to know what the Bible teaches and to stand fast in our faith, or as the NIV translation of the Bible puts it, stand firm in the faith.

I love that word, “firm”. It makes me think about Jesus being my firm foundation and the rock that I can stand on no matter what circumstance I face.

I hope when you hear the word firm, you have a similar image in your mind. Because our faith is built on the firm foundation and truth of Jesus Christ.

Our job here on earth is to stand fast in the faith. We are responsible for knowing the truth of God’s word for ourselves, understanding what is in it, and not allow false teachers to lead us astray.

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#3 Be Brave

It’s never fun to be called out and have to defend yourself. I get it, and I feel the same way. I don’t like confrontation either, it’s awkward and uncomfortable.

But we live in a world where our faith will be tested. We will be challenged, and we will be asked questions.

So when this happens, we have to be brave enough to face the challenge head-on. We can be ready with an answer and be willing to share our faith with an unbelieving world because we know the truth of God’s Word.

#4 Be Strong

Our society tells us that we are supposed to be politically correct. We shouldn’t say anything that might offend someone else. If we don’t agree, then we should just be polite and keep our mouths shut.

But God has not called Christians to be silent, He has called us to be strong.

Instead of silence, we should speak openly and plainly about our faith with those people who hold different beliefs and have questions about ours.

And we should be mindful that our words are always grounded in Biblical truth. If they are, then we should be strong enough to speak these truths with confidence knowing that God’s Word never returns void. (Isaiah 55:11)

#5 With Love

The four previous commands are forceful, maybe more forceful than we feel we should be sometimes.

But our Christian love for other people is the most important part of this equation.

Love is what binds us together and our love for the unsaved should be what motivates us to share our faith.

God doesn’t ask us to be judgmental or to beat people over the head with a Bible. Our kindness and love for our fellow man will go a lot farther than browbeating them ever could.

God wants us to show His love to an unbelieving world so that when they look at us, they can see Him.

Together we can show the love of Christ to those who need Him the most. With our love, we can be the beacon of light that shines the way to Jesus.

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Sundays are a great day for us to get fired up for Jesus, and connect with other Christians. But our challenge is to live our life for Jesus every day of the week. When we do the benefits of standing firm in the Lord will speak for themselves.

The quote, actions speak louder than words, is very true. And our actions are important because the world is watching us.

What will they see? Someone who loves them with the love of Christ? Someone who is standing firm in the faith every day? Or are we just casual Christians going to church on Sunday and living our lives as we see fit the rest of the week?

I hope I am not that person. And my prayer is that I will be able to stand fast in my faith when challenged, have love for those people God puts in my life, and share the truth of Jesus with them.

How about you? Will you stand firm in your faith? Have the courage to live for Jesus every day? And share His love with those around you?

I pray you will join me in taking up this challenge to live for Jesus and stand firm in the faith every day of the week!

As always, May God bless you!

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Hi, I’m your neighbor at #FaithonFire and a first time visitor. I so appreciate this meditation from Scripture. Beautiful thoughts, beautiful verse! Blessings!

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Hi Sandra! I’m so glad you could stop by. Thank you for the encouraging comment. May God bless you!

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A Promise of Hope in Uncertain Times

A Promise of Hope in Uncertain Times

Last year God gave me a challenge.

but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

                                                       2 Peter 3:18 

In January, I thought this challenge to grow in grace meant spending more time reading my Bible and more time praying and connecting with God. It seemed straightforward enough.

But by mid-March, our world was turned upside down. And along with it, this seemly simple challenge from God was too.

Truthfully, I totally forgot about it while we were reeling from the impact of coronavirus on our lives. But as we moved through the beginning stages of the pandemic, I realized exactly what God had challenged me to do.

It was bigger than simply reading my Bible and praying more. It was about seeing God for who He truly is. And how no matter what terrible thing comes my way, He is still in control!

This challenge forced me to stretch farther than ever before. And it changed me in ways I never could have dreamed of.

After everything we’ve endured this past year, you’re probably feeling the same way. 2020 gave us a new perspective on life and more importantly on our relationship with the One True God.

If you missed this challenge, don’t worry, you can still read it and take part in it by reading the Bible Study 3 Ways to Grow In Grace.

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Now it’s a new year and a new opportunity to grow closer to God!

This year, God is doing something new. Instead of a challenge, He’s given us a promise.

A Promise of Hope in Uncertain Times!

Here’s the Bible Verse God has placed on my heart for this year…


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


You might have noticed, the word “hope” doesn’t appear in this verse. But it’s there. Loud and clear.

Within it, there’s a promise of hope in uncertain times. Because that’s exactly what we’re living through.

We have no idea what tomorrow will look like or how long our lives will be this way. So right now, the future seems like a hazy faraway dream. It’s a stark contrast to how we saw the future this time last year. Back then we thought we knew exactly how our lives would play out. We could see it so clearly and plan accordingly.

But even though our lives are in limbo right now, this promise laid out in Romans 8:28 gives us hope that everything we’re going through will turn around. Because that’s what hope is… an expectation that our current circumstances will change for the better.

So even with a hazy future looming over us, one thing is certain… God is offering us hope during the difficult parts of our life and for a brighter future to come.

So, let’s break down this verse and look at each part of this amazing promise of hope in uncertain times…


we know…

This verse starts us off on the right foot with a statement, a fact, that we know with absolute certainty who holds our future in His hand.

If we possess this knowledge, then we can have complete confidence that the One who saved us will see us through this hardship.

He reached down and rescued us from the miry pit. (Psalm 40:2) So why do we wonder if He’ll do it again?

all things…

When we read this verse, we usually think of all the good things that happen in our lives. It’s pretty natural to want to focus on the positive and put all of the bad stuff out on our minds. And it’s true, God will use all of the good stuff to bring about His plan for us.

But the phrase “all things” actually refers to suffering. It means the “suffering of the present time”. And if there’s anything we can relate to during a global pandemic, it’s suffering in our present time.

With that said, God doesn’t cause us to suffer needlessly or without reason. There’s always a reason and it’s found in the next part of the scripture.

work together for good…

God’s hand is always working behind the scenes of our lives, putting the pieces of the bigger picture together, and doing it all for our good.

Sometimes we can see what He’s up to and have an idea of what the picture will look like once it’s put together. But most of the time, we can’t.

Instead, we rely on faith, knowing that hope and faith go together like PB&J. We have hope, confidence, that God is on our side. And we have faith, believing without seeing, that God is doing what He said He would, working it all out for our good.

And we don’t need to look any farther than the Bible stories of both Joseph and Job to see this in action. They both suffered greatly. And they both had faith that God would see them through it. (Joseph’s story is found in Genesis 37-45 and Job’s is found in, well… the book of Job)

As we read their stories, it’s good to remember that they only represent a brief moment in their lives. The hardship they suffered didn’t last forever. At some point, God’s hand came into view as He put the pieces together for them.

And believe me, He is going to do the same in our lives! This moment of suffering won’t last. We will get to the other side of this hardship and God’s hand will come shining through in the end!

to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose…

This promise of hope isn’t for everyone. It’s only for Christians. Those who God has called and those who have accepted His offer of grace.

Unfortunately, not everyone will accept this offer. Jesus said… narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:14

But if God has called you into a relationship with Him, and you have accepted His invitation, then this promise for hope in uncertain times belongs to you!

And you have been given more than just hope, you have been called to a purpose. A purpose that is bigger and greater than yourself. God’s purpose, His perfect plan.

All of those plans we made at the beginning of 2020, were our plans, not God’s. They failed because we were focused on the here and now. And because we couldn’t see the bigger picture the way God does. Now, I’m not saying our plans were bad. I know all of mine weren’t, and I’m sure yours weren’t either. But God has a bigger purpose for us than simply getting by.

He wants us to join Him in His kingdom plan. You know the one, right?…

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.

                                                                                                           Matthew 28:19-20

This is our purpose and our God-given mission. To take the name of Jesus to those who haven’t accepted the call yet. To show them the love He’s offering. And to see the hand of God putting those pieces together for them, and for us, as He works all things for our good.

If you’re struggling in this present time to see His hand at work in your life, take heart. One thing is this crazy upside-down world is certain… A promise of hope in uncertain times is yours! All you need to do is accept it. Then sit back and watch God’s hand orchestrate it all!

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Monday Motivation – Lamentations 3:22-23

Every day is an opportunity to experience more of God’s goodness. This Bible Verse about God’s faithfulness describes His goodness perfectly. When our lives are filled with sadness and struggle, He is full of grace and truth. Each morning He loves us anew. And every new day gives us the chance to start again. Whatever happened yesterday is forgotten and we can move forward with confidence, God is faithful. He is good. And He will get us through today!

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Where is God When Bad Things Happen? Part 2

Where is God When Bad Things Happen Part 2

Last week we asked the question “Where is God when bad things happen?” and I shared with you some of the Bible verses that have helped me when life takes a turn for the worst. If you missed it, you can read it here…

Today I would like to continue our discussion by sharing with you the stories of the two hardest days of my life and the answer to prayer I received as a result.

Each and every one of us will be affected by the loss of a loved one at some point in our lives. When it happens, as it surely will, the pain can be devastating. I hope that by sharing my story, in some small way, it will help you to understand how much God truly loves you and wants to give you comfort when bad things happen.

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My Granny was one of the most influential people in my life. Her immense joy and strength were always a source of encouragement for me. Most people saw Granny as a fun loving lady who lived life to the max. And a handful of people probably would’ve said she was a little intimidating. That always makes me laugh. Because even though Granny was fiercely independent and would always tell it like it was, she was also a big hearted woman who loved her family and friends and would do anything in the world for us.

Growing up, I wanted to be just like Granny in every way. And I think I got my wish, because the older I get, the more I act like her. Some would say that is a good thing and probably others might say I should rethink my life strategy. But either way you looked at it, Granny was a force to be reckoned with because she lived life on her terms.

When we heard the news that she was in the ICU on life support my world stopped turning. It’s as simple as that. It’s the one time in my life when I completely lost it. I fell to the floor crying and screaming. I’ve never been one for hysterics and usually I’m in control of my emotions. But that moment was different. The pain came from so deep down inside, bubbly up and spilling out of me. All I can say is that I felt like life would never be the same again. And to some degree it isn’t.

I remember the drive to Tulsa from our home in Arkansas very well. There had been a huge ice storm the day before. That two hour drive turned into three because the icy roads were so difficult to pass. The time ticked by so slowly and all I wanted was to be by her side. I prayed, for her, for us and I asked God, “Why?” Why did this have to happen and why did it have to happen now?

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For a year and a half, my mom had been going through chemo treatments. We wondered if each day would be her last, never really having a grasp of what the future would hold. Our world was already extremely hard. The everyday had become unbearable, and now this. You see, Granny had been fine. It was my mom that we had been worried about. One day Granny was the picture of health, living vibrantly and fully. The next, she was in the hospital dying. It just wasn’t fair. But in the car on the way to see her, knowing it would be the last time, I prayed that prayer. “Why?” And God answered. His words were short and to the point but they have never left me. “I am still on My throne and all is right in the world”. That may not sound like the answer I was looking for but God’s words are always true. And there is comfort in knowing that.

Another year and a half after Granny passed away, my mom passed from the cancer that she so bravely fought for three years. Watching her suffer and die the way she did was the hardest thing I have ever gone through. Every day of those three years I prayed that God would heal her. On that final day sitting next to her bed, holding her hand and watching her struggle, my prayer changed. And I begin to pray, “Please God don’t let her suffer anymore. Take her home to be with You.” God heard my prayer, as He always does, and about an hour later she was in the presence of Jesus.

Those two days were the hardest of my life. Losing the two women I was closest too almost killed me. But each time God pulled me out of the pit of my despair. He didn’t leave there to sink all alone. He heard my prayers and answered them.

I will always love and miss these beautiful women who shaped my life in unexplainable ways. They meant more to me than I can ever tell. And my life will never be the same now that they are not in it. But I am so grateful that God let me have them for a little while.
So the question remains, “Where is God when bad things happen?” Simply put, God is still on His throne and all is right in the world.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
                                                                                            Hebrews 4:16

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God is not a faraway being in a gilded cage. He is a loving Father who knows the pain we feel and sees every tear we shed. When our world falls apart and the pain is too deep to comprehend, this is our invitation to bring all of our brokenness directly to Him. It’s an open ended invitation to seek Him in every situation we face. Nothing is too big for Him to fix and nothing is too small for His attention. God wants us to confidently come to Him and lay our burdens at His feet so that we can receive mercy and grace to help us in our need.

My dear friend, if you have lost a loved one and are reeling from the pain it has caused, I pray that you will understand that God is still on His throne and He has you in the palm of His hand. He will not leave you to face this hurt alone. Take your burden to Him and be healed by His mercy and grace. May God bless you always!

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Rebecca L Jones

10/13/2017 08:40:15 am

I am sorry for you loss, may He open our eyes to the fact that healing is ours, and how to believe He has already accomplished it.

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

10/13/2017 01:57:19 pm

Hi Rebecca! Thank you for your kind and reassuring words. God has healed my broken heart as only He can.

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Where is God When Bad Things Happen? Part 1

Where is God When Bad Things Happen? Part 1

Every time we turn on the TV there is another terrible tragedy unfolding right before our eyes. Hurricanes, floods, wildfires and terrorist have suddenly become common news stories. But these things aren’t just stories, they are earth shattering events in someone’s life.

We truly feel for the people touched by these tragedies and we want to help any way we can, so we give to charities out of the goodness of our hearts. Yet, somehow the tragedy seems far away and removed from our own lives. And we always think these same things won’t happen to us.

But the truth is, all of us will be affected by a serious tragedy at some point in our lives. Our turn to experience hardship will surely come, whether it’s the death of a loved one, our home destroyed by a natural disaster or another unseen event so bad that we never could have imagined it in our worst nightmare.

When a tragic event strikes, it wreaks havoc on our already chaotic lives, turning everything we know upside down. The little bit of security we’ve worked so hard to create for ourselves is pulled out from underneath us. And the peace of mind that we strive for becomes a distant memory. As the pain wells up in our chest leaving us breathless, we realize just how fragile life really is. Then, we’re left to wonder “Where is God when bad things happen?”

My dear friend, I have felt your pain. I have experienced the torment of watching a loved one suffer and die an agonizing death. I have seen everything I once thought important taken from me. And in my despair, I have searched for an answer to this question. But I want you to know that waiting for you on the other side of the pain is hope. Hope that the situation you’re in won’t last forever and hope that tomorrow will be a better day. I would like to share with you some of the Bible verses that have helped me to get through the pain and see that hope of better days to come.

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
                                                                        John 16:33

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It stands out in my mind that Jesus didn’t say trouble might come our way, or its possible bad things might happen to us. He said unequivocally you WILL have tribulation. I know that’s not a very comforting thought, but stick with me, I promise it gets better. Jesus backed that up by saying He has overcome the world! That’s a pretty amazing statement when you think about it. Jesus has overcome the pain and suffering we are currently facing. He has overcome every sin that separates us from Him and keeps us from the peace He offers. And He did it by dying in our place so that someday we will be with Him in heaven. Then, instead of sorrow and hardship we will have the unlimited joy and peace that only comes from knowing Jesus as our Savior.

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
                                                                        Psalm 34:18

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When we are grief stricken, words fail us. Nothing anyone can say will ever be enough to set things right again. In this moment, what we need most is to be in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. And that is exactly where we are. God has promised that in the midst of our pain, He is close to us. He understands our pain and all of the reasons we have a broken heart.  And He wants to comfort us and give us a safe place to rest within His care.

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
                                                                         Psalm 30:5

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The pain we have today may feel like it goes on and on with no end in sight. But God promises that tomorrow will come and with it, hope for a brighter future. So, whatever you do, don’t give up, because morning is coming.

As you read this verses, I hope they will provide you with the same source of strength and courage to keep going that they have given me over the years. But if you are still wondering “Where is God when bad things happen?” the simple answer is this…He is exactly where He has always been. He hasn’t left and He hasn’t changed. He is still right next to you, ready to lift you up and see you through this tragedy you are facing. So, I pray that you will feel the closeness with God that you are longing for. And that you will know, your hope for a better tomorrow is waiting just around the corner. May God bless you greatly!

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Rebecca L Jones

10/4/2017 03:04:19 pm

Joy comes in the morning. ( Love the handbag. )

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

10/4/2017 06:38:59 pm

Hi Rebecca! Thanks so much for your kind words. God bless!

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Does God seem far away? – Psalm 61:2

Does God Seem Far Away? Psalm 61:2

Does God seem far away from you? Do you feel like your prayers aren’t being heard? Is your heart overwhelmed by sadness and pain? We’ve all felt like the closeness we long to have with God is elusive. But we’re in good company because even David, a man after God’s own heart, felt the same way we do.

Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 

                    Psalm 61:2

We’ve all felt like the closeness we long to have with God is elusive. But we’re in good company because even David, a man after God’s own heart, felt the same way we do. #BibleStudyClick To Tweet

There will be times in our lives when God seems far away. We may be discouraged and feel that God has abandoned us in our time of need. But David’s psalm is a reminder to all believers that in our despair God is faithful. So, let’s dig deeper into what God has to say to us today.

Hear my cry… Attend to my prayer…

David’s longing to hear from God is echoed in our own lives. He asked God to hear his prayer and to answer him. But for some reason, David didn’t feel like God was listening. I have experienced times in my life, where it seemed like God was very silent. During these silent times, I want more than anything to hear from God. I pray “just tell me what to do and I’ll do it”, and the response I get back is crickets. The silence is deafening and seems to go on forever. But we can rest assured that God will not remain silent forever. We are His children and our pain does not go unnoticed. He hears us when we pray and He sees us when we cry.

Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
                                                           Jeremiah 29:12

From the end of the earth…

David may have been a little overly dramatic when he wrote these words, but haven’t we all stretched the truth a time or two. I think we can all relate to David feeling like God was far away from him at the end of the earth. Sometimes it feels like God’s just out of our reach and no matter how far we travel we can’t get to Him. We wonder where He has gone to and why He has left us all alone. But God has not moved and He has not changed. He is exactly the same as He was when we felt the closest to Him. Our perception of our closeness with God is the only thing that has changed. But our emotions can play tricks on us. They can cause us to twist the truth in our minds to fit what we are feeling at the time. Just because we don’t “feel” close to God doesn’t mean that we aren’t. Thankfully God has given us insight, through His word, into who He is and the promise that He will never change and He will never leave us. When we feel like God is far away from us, all we have to do is read His word. If we search for Him, we will find Him.

And you will seek Me, and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
                                                                Jeremiah 29:13

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When my heart is overwhelmed…

When my mom died, I learned what it means to be truly heartbroken. She was not only my mom but also my best friend. David described this feeling perfectly when he said his heart was overwhelmed. It’s a feeling of total hopelessness and grief, that nothing will ever be okay again. It completely consumes you from the inside out leaving you empty. For a while after my mom’s death, I was so overcome by emotion that I didn’t know what to do with it all. The flood of tears from deep down inside of me just wouldn’t stop. The grief left me feeling overwhelmed and worn down. Have you felt this way too? Maybe you’ve lost a loved one, or you’re in the midst of a crisis that seems impossible to get through. If your heart is broken and overwhelmed, here is God’s promise to you.

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart…
                                                                Psalm 34:18

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I…

Trying to get from one side of a raging river to the other side all alone is an impossible task. You just can’t do it by yourself. The waters are too strong and you will be pulled under in no time at all. So, you have to look for something to help you cross the river, like a huge rock to stand on. Every day, we are faced with a world full of metaphorical raging rivers to cross. And just like we can’t face a real river on our own, we can’t face life’s rivers alone either. God is our rock and firm ground. He is our safe place to stand when life becomes too much to handle. He will get us through the raging waters ahead.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you…
                                                                Isaiah 43:2

We will have struggles and disappointments in life and sometimes God may seem far away. But He is exactly where He has always been, right next to us, listening to our prayers, comforting us in our grief and helping us through the raging rivers of life. Seek Him with your whole heart and you will find Him.

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Theresa Boedeker

7/14/2017 08:41:57 pm

Your pictures with the hands are pretty neat. Combining sign language and words.

I love the words of David because they are so truthful, full of real emotion, and even questioning. I can relate to them. By reading them and seeing how David prays helps me be honest with God in my own prayers.

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

7/15/2017 08:16:24 am

Hi Theresa,

Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. I agree with you wholeheartedly, the words of David are something we can all relate to. God bless you!


7/18/2017 12:40:45 pm

My journey with god has been with ups and downs. Sometimes He felt far away, other times close. He surprised me many times, I thought I’m far away and still He answered my prayers. Thank you for these reminders.

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

7/18/2017 02:34:18 pm

Hi Teodora!
Thank you for your honesty. We all feel like God is far away sometimes and I’m no different. But God promises us that He will never leave us and He is always faithful to answer our prayers. Keep the faith! And may God bless you.

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When You Feel Lost – Isaiah 43:18-19

When You Feel Lost Isaiah 43:18-19

Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
                      Isaiah 43:18-19

Have you ever felt lost? I’m not talking about the I’m not a Christian kind of lost, but rather a feeling of floundering and not knowing what direction life is taking you. I’ve been there. I know what it feels like to be listless and longing for some direction. Maybe you have a vision of where you want to go, or maybe you’re looking for a little bit of inspiration. Either way, our feelings of being lost can’t stop God from getting us where He wants us to go.

Recently, I was feeling like I knew what direction I wanted my life to take, I just couldn’t see the path to get there. Even though I could see it clearly in my head, I couldn’t figure out the steps to make it happen. I was feeling hopeless, thinking that I would never get to that place. I was in need of some major encouragement! So, I turned to God’s Word and this verse from Isaiah jumped out at me. God was so good to show me His great promises within it.

Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old…

It’s okay for us to let go of the past. All of the failures and heartbreaks that we’ve experienced over the years can really bring us down. I fall into this trap a lot. I think about all of the things I’ve done wrong or failed at and I let it keep me from trying again. But God is saying to let it go and move forward.

Behold, I will do a new thing…

When we let go of the past, then God can do something new in our lives. He has a new plan just around the next corner for us. We can move forward knowing that God is in control and is about to make that new plan happen.

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Now it shall spring forth…

This verse makes me think of a very charming town close to us here in Arkansas. Eureka Springs is only about forty- five minutes away and we love to visit there. It has some great antique shops and beautiful Victorian homes. But it was originally built so that people could bathe in the natural springs that flow up from the ground there. Nothing can stop these springs from flowing. They are a natural force that just happens. That’s the kind of force God is promising us. It will happen because He has made it so. Whatever it is that God has promised you, it will happen in His perfect timing. It will spring forth and flow.

I will even make a road in the wilderness…

When you’re hiking or camping it’s much easier to follow the game trails. The tall weeds have already been knocked down, the thorns have been pushed to the side and the trails wind around the trees instead of into them. This is what God promises to do for us. He has already gone before us and blazed the trail, making it so much easier for us to follow His path.

And rivers in the desert…

I remember years ago, I was traveling with my dad through the Mohave Desert on our way to California. It was so hot that the car’s tires started to melt a little! I can’t even imagine what it would have been like if we had been walking instead of driving, especially without water. This is why God has promised to give us a river in the desert. When we lose hope and feel like we’ve lost our way, God offers to give us rest and restoration along the way. Then when we are refreshed we can continue the journey.

I pray that this verse from Isaiah will encourage you the same way that it has encouraged me. God is ready to do something new in your life! All you need to do is follow His path.

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