Posts in Hard Times
15 Bible Verses for Encouragement and Strength in Hard Times

As a part of our human lives on this Earth, we’re destined to run into hard times. We all experience difficult things and times of trouble. Jesus even warns us of this specifically in Scripture (John 16:33). Fortunately, the Bible also provides us with plenty of encouragement for these hard times!

Our God is a loving God who, despite our sinful nature that brings negative experiences into the world, still helps us, loves us, and encourages us through our darkest hours.

If you’re going through a hard time, the absolute best thing to do is turn to the Lord! Through His Word we can find strength, encouragement, and guidance to help us in times of trouble.

Let’s dive in to the promises our God has provided to us in His Word for encouragement and strength in hard times!

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A Note to the Girl Struggling with Comparison featuring Shining for the Lord

God made you to be you.

As simple as loving yourself sounds, I know it isn't simple like that for most girls, including me. As I have battled comparison BIG time myself.

I’ll always remember coming home from school and telling my mom how ugly I was, that I just wanted to be like my friends. No matter what she told me, I argued back and didn't believe her that I really was a, “Special, one of a kind girl who is beautiful inside and out.” I vaguely remember trying everything to make me feel good about myself, hanging out with the “Cool group,” convincing my parents to buy me new shoes and all. Then, getting that one comment from the one girl. I remember starting to workout because I HATED my external appearance and at such a young age. Comparison really is the thief of joy. I wish I would've known this sooner.

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The Power of Your Words: Facing Any Situation with Truth and Faith

Not too long ago God showed me a powerful truth that I know needs to be shared. I believe this truth has the power to change so much about your current mindset, situation, and direction in life.

I know it did for me!

It deals with the very thoughts we think that lead to the words we speak, and ultimately where we’re getting the basis for our beliefs.

It has the ability to completely turn around situations in life and unlock a new level of relationship with the Lord!

Are you interested? Then let's dive in!

God tells us in Proverbs 18 that “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (v. 21), as well as in Proverbs 21 “whoever keeps his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble” (v. 23). All throughout the Bible we see evidence of the amount of power our words hold. 

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How to Be Thankful (Even When Nothing is Going Right)

It’s a fact of life that sometimes things just don’t go the way we would like them to. We’ve all experienced shortcomings, hardships, and journeys through the valley. Not every part of life can be spent on the mountaintop!

Jesus reminds us of this in John 16:33 where he says, “…In the world you will have tribulation…” However, there’s another verse (1 Thessalonians 5:18) that tells us, “give thanks in all circumstances…”

The two verses almost seem contradictory, like they shouldn’t be written in the same book. Yet, there they are. We are instructed to give thanks always, even through our troubles.

But such a commandment can seem so daunting and unrealistic at times, especially when life’s hardships are so painful. How could we possibly lift up thanks for such crummy circumstances?

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4 Steps to Forgive Those Who've Hurt You

Forgiveness can be a sticky, tricky thing.

We know we should.. But we don’t always know how.

We know we need to.. But we don’t always want to.

It can be so hard to completely forgive someone who’s hurt us or done us wrong in some way. Our human nature doesn’t want to let go so easily!

Can you relate??

I definitely can! Growing up, I had a couple of friends who did me wrong. I found out they were talking about me behind my back, making me look bad to others, and one even eventually dropped me with no explanation.

Like seriously blocked me on all social media, stopped returning my texts, and basically never talked to me ever again! Harsh right?

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How to Wait Patiently for God's Timing

A few years ago, I began a spiritual and emotional journey like no other. It took me through deep valleys and dark days. The road was long, and the weight was heavy.

Personally, I was waiting on a Godly relationship. For the Lord to bless me with my future husband and the man He had planned for me to spend the rest of my life with.

I prayed hard, tried taking the situation into my own hands at times, and got really discouraged along the way!

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14 Powerful Bible Verses for the Girl Who Doesn't Feel Skinny Enough

You're standing in the dressing room mirror again, about to cry because you think you can't pull of that cute outfit you want to buy.

You're scrolling through social media again, feeling less than because your body doesn't look like the Instagram model with all the followers.

You put on an over sized T-shirt and running shorts again because you don't feel confident in other clothes.

Again, you hide behind someone else in the picture because you don't want the camera to add anymore pounds.

Do any of those scenarios sound or feel familiar? 

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