Posts tagged hardships
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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A Prayer for Depression

In today’s world, we all face troubles, fighting numerous battles that can make the day-to-day more difficult than we would like.

Some battles are fought in the open, physically and for all to see. But other battles are more internal, sometimes never being known or acknowledged by others around us.

Mental health problems are a huge crisis today, with illnesses such as anxiety and depression debilitating countless people. Some may think that Christians wouldn’t have to deal with these battles, but it is far from the case.

The body of Christ is being hit with the same mental struggles as non-Christians and the result is saddening.

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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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