12 verses to encourage the burdened heart

12 verses to encourage the burdened heart

Life is hard. Things don’t always go as we’d like. Discouragement, disappointment, fear, and anxiety can overtake us at a moment’s notice. Everyday we are faced with trials, hardships, and frightening news about the world around us. What should we do when faced with these feelings?

Everyone, at one time or another, needs to be reminded of God’s love and that He never leaves us.

God’s Word has much encouragement for the burdened heart. Here are 12 inspiring verses of God’s promises to be with us and give us comfort no matter what life tosses our way.

Isaiah 66 13

Jeremiah 29 11

1 Peter 5 7

Psalm 91 4

Philippians 4 13

Psalm 29 11

Psalm 46 1

Psalm 147 3a

Psalm 46 10a

Psalm 23 2-3a

Psalm 55 22

Isaiah 41 10

 

Other posts in The Scripture Series you may enjoy:

11 verses about God’s unfailing love

scriptural antidotes for fear

10 Bible verses to start off your day

Favorite devotional posts for 2011

Penny Zeller, Christian Author

Today is the first in a fun series I’ll be posting about for the next couple of weeks highlighting the “favorites” of 2011.

To kick it off, today I’m featuring my readers’ favorite devotional posts for 2011 (in random order). I have been blessed to have several guest bloggers on my blog in 2011. A HUGE thank you to Kerry, Jo, Joy, Rhonda, and Theresa for sharing their inspiring devotionals! Be sure to check out their websites (listed in their individual devotionals) for more of their inspirational writings.

I have more wonderful guest bloggers scheduled for 2012 on Thursdays, along with the usual fun Thursday book giveaways. I’ll also be continuing my Movie Monday Movie Reviews each Monday, (in case you missed any, they are archived here: https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/mom-approved-movies-for-families/ ) and of course, on Tuesdays, I’ll give you a humorous glimpse inside the life of a wife, mother, and author. Mixed in will be some family and marriage posts and a few other miscellaneous items. 🙂

For now, kick back and relax and enjoy these devotionals!

Training for God https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/training-for-god/  (guest blogger Kerry Johnson)

Hidden treasures https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/hidden-treasures/  (my devotional)

How to train a deer https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/how-to-train-a-deer/ (my devotional)

Back in business https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/11/10/back-in-business-devotional/ (guest blogger Jo Huddleston)

Lessons from a sage grouse https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/lessons-from-a-sage-grouse/ (my devotional)

Word games by heart https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/word-games-by-heart/ (guest blogger Joy Avery Melville)

The fifty cent prayer https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/the-fifty-cent-prayer/ (guest blogger Rhonda White)

Mamma, I need my pants! https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/mamma-i-need-my-pants/ (guest blogger Theresa Miller)

A HUGE thank you to you, my readers, for your encouragement and support in 2011. May God bless you in 2012!

The Fifty-Cent Prayer

Penny Zeller, Christian Author
 

 

Today I have a very special guest on my blog who has written a beautiful devotional about prayer. Her name is Rhonda White and not  only is she a gifted writer, but she is also a marketing expert on her website MommyRevenue.com. Please feel free to leave a comment and let Rhonda know how much you enjoyed her post – I know it will bless you as it has blessed me. 

The Fifty-Cent Prayer

I can still remember the day I was dropped off and abandoned by my parents.  Couldn’t they see that I still needed their watchful care?  I was left feeling terribly insecure, being separated from the comforts of my home and the pleasant memories…

My mother always cooked the same old-fashioned meals that she grew up with..cornbread with fried ‘tators’ and beans, biscuits and gravy, sauerkraut and weiners and for special holiday occasions, pickled pigs feet!  My dad was the meekest man that I ever knew.  Just for your own information, he was actually quite mischievous in nature. He always seemed to get me in trouble with Mom for acting unladylike while wrestling with him. (He always started it!  I’m telling the truth!) 

But here I was…nineteen and sitting in a dorm room ready to tackle Bible college.  My parents made their departure and I felt that the mere 300 miles away was in reality a million. 

I enrolled in classes, and with enthusiasm, I signed up for a gazillion credit hours.  (Boy, did I ever learn a lesson about being more sensible!)  Now that I look back, I’m so very thankful for that first year in Bible college.  It was the year that I learned the most about prayer.

Cooking class was one of my favorite classes.  After all, learning to cook is something that young ladies finally begin to take more seriously when they start counting down the days until their prince charming comes galloping into their lives.

My professor asked us to bring a dollar bill the next day to cover the cost of canned goods that would be used in the kitchen. Fantastic!  I was looking forward to getting out of class and having some fun in the kitchen.  The only problem, I realized after class, was that I had no dollar bill.  Mom and Dad was not nearby to lend a dollar at my request as before.  Searching my brain for resources, I decided to do something for the first time in my life….ask God to supply a dollar!

Later that afternoon, my roommate made a quick request while she rushing out the door.  “If you’ll just finish typing this page for me, I’ll pay you a dollar.”  I couldn’t believe my ears!  I gratefully took the job and proudly handed that dollar to my professor the next day.

I learned an amazing lesson that day on how God could really supply my needs. Just as we use repetition to teach a child, God soon taught me another lesson. (And I was glad for the repetition of learning His lessons.) 

It was laundry day for the dorm girls.  My turn was coming soon.  And although the dryer was free to use, I lacked the measly fifty cents that encouraged the washing machine to do its job.

Within minutes of my turn to wash, a knock on the door became my biggest encouragement for the day!  One of the dorm girls, who had to go to work, was willing to pay the required fifty cents to run a load of laundry if I but washed a few of her items with mine. 

That day God provided just 50 cents, but it seemed as though it was the most meaningful prayer ever answered.  God knew that I needed that repeated lesson to really “get it.”  The first time I learned that God could truly “provide” for our needs.  The second time I learned that God really “cares” about our needs…even the little ones

There seems to be some false assumptions about prayer that actually keeps us from praying more. Sometimes we feel that we must have a big emergency before God will actually pay attention to our need.  Other times we feel that we’re just not good enough to deserve God’s blessings. Although we truly aren’t deserving of all His goodness, we fail to recognize that He is our “Heavenly Father” who loves us more than we can even comprehend and knows so much more about taking care of us than we do our own children.

My husband also learned a very similar lesson about prayer while in Bible college.  If I should have the opportunity to tell it, I would entitle it, “The Ten-Cent Prayer.”  God’s goodness and mercies are not reserved for only people of big importance.  Just remember, no need is too small and realize that “God is no respecter of persons.” (Acts 10:34 KJV)  He loves you and wants to bless you every single day.

 “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” – I Peter 5:7 KJV

Rhonda White is a work at home mom who enjoys teaching women how to market their home business online. Sign up for your free membership at MommyRevenue.com