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

scriptural antidotes for fear

antedotes for fear

Fear. A common struggle for many people. Dictionary.com defines it as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.

We, as Believers, know from God’s Word that we can trust, rather than fear. God knew, however, that His precious children would struggle with this at times. I read somewhere that “fear not” is mentioned in the Bible at least 365 times.

I love that God knew we would worry. That He knew we would fear. That He knew we would need an antidote for angst, panic, and anxiety. Indeed, there is much to fear in today’s crazy world.

Yet, we know that God loves us so much that He sent His Son for us, that we are invaluable to Him, and that He goes before us in those stressful situations. In Matthew 10:31, He talks of us being more valuable than the sparrows, whom He cares and provides for.

The next time fear comes to knock on your door, take some time to dive into God’s Word and let these verses comfort your soul.

Psalm 9 10And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. ~ Psalm 9:10

 

Isaiah 41 10So do not fear, for I am with you…for I am your God. ~ Isaiah 41:10

 

Psalm 34 4I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. ~ Psalm 34:4

 

Philippians 4 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:7

 

Psalm 16 8I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. ~ Psalm 16:8

 

JOhn 14 17Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. ~ John 14:27

 

Isaiah 41 13For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” ~ Isaiah 41:13

 

Psalm 56 3When I am afraid, I put my trust in You. ~ Psalm 56:3

 

Isaiah 26 3

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in You. ~ Isaiah 26:3

 

Psalm 23 4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. ~ Psalm 23:4

 

1 John 4 18There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. ~ 1 John 4:18

 

Psalm 27 1The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? ~ Psalm 27:1

 

Isaiah 12 2aSurely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. ~ Isaiah 12:2A

 

Matthew 6 34Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. ~ Matthew 6:34

 

Psalm 46 1God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. ~ Psalm 46:1

 

 

Fear Verses real

 

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10 Bible verses to start off your day

a season of hope

20 upbeat songs to encourage you

Where is your focus? Finding peace of mind in a world of negativity

the great toilet paper caper

the importance of authenticity

the importance of mentorship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 suggestions for dealing with the corona virus situation

10 Suggestions COVID-19The Corona virus has caused a panic that has been unparalleled in recent years. Lack of food on the grocery store shelves, rationing, quarantines, school and business closures, job  losses, and travel restrictions have suddenly become the new normal.

There’s a lot fear involved in such huge changes. People respond in different ways. Some remain calm and steadfast in their reliance on God, some struggle with depression and anxiety, and others resort to crime. One of my friends saw someone filling up a Mason jar with hand sanitizer from the dispenser at the hospital. Another person was stealing disinfectant wipes. (Yes, from a hospital!)

Still others fear daily how they will cope with the never-ending media hitting us from all directions.

Today when we made a grocery store run, we noticed that the store shelves were becoming bare with some aisles having no food/supplies at all. The panic we are facing has escalated into bizarre proportions. I get that this can be a deadly virus (my daughter and I had a severe case of influenza in January. That illness was the sickest I have ever been besides a high-risk pregnancy that landed me in the hospital with Hyperemesis gravidarum and pneumonia). I understand that this is a scary virus and I certainly don’t want anyone in my family or myself to get it, especially since several in my family are immune-compromised. However, it’s causing so much undue panic that is spiraling down into every area of our lives. So what can we do in the midst of all this craziness?

1. Pray. Pray for the health and safety of your family and friends. For wisdom for our leaders. For the eradication of this virus. For calm in the face of panic.

Isaiah 41 10

2. Eat healthy. (No one does it perfectly. Do the best you can). Strive for healthy snacks that have long shelf lives, such as pumpkin and sunflower seeds, almonds, and air-popped popcorn.

3. Get outside! Vitamin D is good for the immune system and fresh air is an added bonus.

4. Stay hydrated.

5. Keep your stress levels down. Yes, make sure you are staying up-to-date with the current happenings, but limit your exposure to the media. It can be toxic.

Isaiah 26 3

6. Put others above yourself. Know an elderly neighbor or someone who has an underlying health issue who may not be able to get out to purchase needed items? Help them out by offering to make a grocery run.

7. Get some exercise*. Studies have shown that exercise is an immune system builder. This can easily be done at home. Some suggestions? Jumproping, walking throughout your house (including going up and down the stairs), lifting some weights (bottles of water work great if you don’t have dumbbells), dancing to your favorite music, playing tag (or hide and seek!) with your kids, or heading outside (if you are able) for a walk, job, or bike ride. A chiropractor friend of mine also notes that getting adjusted can help your immune system.

8. Stay busy. If your job has asked you to work from home, you’ve been quarantined, or you are “socially distancing” yourself by staying home, be sure to stay busy. Most of us go at a crazy-busy pace. While we should be able to take a deep breath and strive for some relaxation during this stressful time, it’s also important to keep busy and fill your day with productivity. Whether its tackling some clutter, working on that new project you’ve put on the back burner, or immersing yourself in that TBR pile of books, keep your mind and body active.

Philippians 4 7

9. Stay social. Just because you can’t get out as much, doesn’t mean you can’t still fellowship to a degree. Connecting with others is important (and not just for those of us who are extroverts!) If your church has chosen to keep their doors open (and it is safe for you to leave your home) be sure to attend.  If you are homebound or trying to stay home more, call someone. That special someone you haven’t spoken to in awhile would love to hear from you.

10. Most importantly? Lean on the Lord. Corona virus did not catch Him unaware. Give your anxieties and fears to Him. He loves and cares about you more than you can ever fathom.

Mom Corona quote

 

*Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.

 

 

 

 

 

Lessons from a sage grouse

Penny Zeller, Christian Author
Not long ago on my way home, I noticed in a neighbor’s yard several sage grouse. I pulled over and stopped the car so I could take in the amazing site. I never miss an opportunity to watch one of my favorite of all God’s animals – birds.

Most of the sage grouse appeared perfectly content while sitting calmly in the blanket of snow. The chilly 30 degree weather meant nothing to them. Others rested peacefully on bare tree branches with nary a problem in the world.  But there was one sage grouse, who while he looked just like the rest, had one major difference. He wasn’t relaxing in the snow, nor lounging on a tree branch. Instead he trodded through the snow on skinny legs, every step taken seemed painstakingly difficult.

I stared for awhile longer and realized it didn’t appear that the sage grouse was injured. Now I know that birds don’t have facial expressions, but this sage grouse just seemed to have a scowl on his face that told me it wasn’t his day. Perhaps he woke up on the wrong side of the nest that morning. No, birds don’t have shoulders, but this bird appeared to carry the weight of the world on his feathers.  He plodded through the thick snow, exaggerating each step he took.

We’ve all had days like the sage grouse above. Days when things go awry and we feel frustrated and discouraged. Days when we feel we have to bear all the burdens of the world on our shoulders and nothing goes right. As I watched the grouse, Isaiah 41:10 came to mind: do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my right hand.

Thank you, Lord, that when we have difficult days that You never stop loving us and You never stop being there for us. Thank You that You are but a prayer away, offering comfort and strength to burdened hearts. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.