Hello, friends! Today we welcome back the wonderful Abby Bell, who is part of our Core Team at Ecclesia. She's sharing five of her favourite Scripture passages that comfort, encourage, and enlighten her even in the most difficult times. Grab some coffee or tea and enjoy!
(This was originally published on Abby's own blog. Check it out!)
God gave us this beautiful book to turn to at any point of our lives; in joy and happiness, but also when life gets tough to face. This book, in my opinion, is life’s survival guide and the story of the ultimate unconditional love story. This book is the Bible.
In this post, I’m going to be sharing some verses that I heard/read when life got really tough. I’ll also give a quick little explanation on what the verse means to me specifically!
1.The Life Verses: Jeremiah 17:7-8
“The person who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed.
8 He will be like a tree planted by water:
it sends its roots out toward a stream,
it doesn’t fear when heat comes,
and its foliage remains green.
It will not worry in a year of drought
or cease producing fruit.”
This verse is my life verse that has brought me through so much! I remember hearing this verse from my mom when I was having a rough week; I was in high school and I was feeling so discouraged about my grades and being a teenager. Since that moment, this verse has brought so much encouragement that I can do anything when I give it to Jesus. The visual of being a strong tree reminds us that we need to be constantly seeking the Lord in all everything and that we will see “the fruit” when we do.
2.The Verses That Reminds Me to Keep “Marching On”: Philipians 3: 12-14
“12 Not that I have already reached the goal or am already perfect, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus.
13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead,
14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”
Sometimes we lose sight of the big picture in life. I remember when I was struggling through university and wishing that I could find purpose in what I was doing when this passage had the most impact. These verses remind me that I do have purpose in what I do, and that as long as I keep marching on and pursuing a relationship with Jesus, that alone is what I’m called to do.
3. The Verse That Tells Me I’m Loved Beyond My Weaknesses: Psalm 73:26
“26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart,
my portion forever.”
Weakness is inevitable, we are all broken and in need of healing and restoration at many points in our lives. I know that I am in need of a Saviour; one that loves me and can carry the burdens that I try carry by myself.
I’m extremely independent and can be very stubborn, so to know that I have a Heavenly Father who is willing to break my walls down and love me is all I need to know.
4. The Verse That Helps Me Find Faith Over and Over Again: Hebrews 11:1
“11 Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.”
This verse is so sweet and simple, yet sometimes one of the hardest things to fully understand. Sometimes putting faith into something that my human brain can’t always comprehend is difficult, but so worth it when I do. Because that’s when Jesus shows me his love, joy, peace and hope and that I need to keep going.
5. The Verses That Reminds Me to Find Joy In Everything: 1 Peter 1: 5-9
“5 You are being guarded by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.6 You rejoice in this, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials 7 so that the proven character of your faith—more valuable than gold which, though perishable, is refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; though not seeing him now, you believe in him, and you rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
I’ll be the first person to admit that it’s hard to find joy when life gets hard. Sometimes I fixate on the negative and fixate that life is awful and it will never get better. But then I remember who has been by my side since the beginning and who has brought me through the storms in life: Jesus. Even in the highest points in life – the mountains, and the lowest of the lows – the valley, he is there. This verse also encourages that we can come out of the storm stronger than we were before and find joy in that. I can’t find joy in anything else but the Lord himself.
I hope that you found this blog post encouraging. I think it’s important that we are vulnerable and willing to share with each other what we found to be encouraging when life gets rough. Tell me a couple bible verses that have encouraged you!
Until next time,