7 bible verses to comfort you in tough times

12:23 pm Wendy van Eyck 0 Comments

This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. Psalm 119:50 (ESV)

Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room.

A young woman lay, packed in ice, as doctors attempted to somehow stop the swelling in her brain that threatened to take her life... and her family waited. 

Six days turned into eight weeks. Helo awoke to discover that she was not the same. She saw two of everything, couldn't feel half of her face, couldn't hear from one ear, and could not speak. 

While intubated in the ICU with a breathing tube, Helo Matzelle gestured for her sister-in-law to give her a pen and paper. She had undergone surgery for a rare brain tumor and then suffered multiple complications during recovery.

Helo writes, "This was the first time since surgery that I had initiated communication. I could've written anything, but what I wrote still moves me to this day. It took me five minutes with fragile hands to write three simple words, ‘God is amazing.’”

I’m pretty sure my first words after going through what Helo did would not be “God is amazing”. 

I kept reading, and was stunned to read in her book, “Halo found Hope”, the story of a woman who learned how to hang onto God while learning to walk, sit, and cook again. 

One bible verse she pointed out from Psalm 119 really struck me: 
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. (tweet this)
I realised as I read, how often in Xylon’s struggle with cancer, it was the promises of God that kept me going, that gave life.

These are some of the promises I hung on to:
1. God’s promise to always be right there (Psalm 34:18) 
2. God’s promise of peace (Micah 5:5)
3. God’s promise of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)
4. God’s promise to be a place of safety (Psalm 18:2)
5. God’s promise to be my help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)
6. God’s promise of life, life, and more life (John 10:10)
7. God’s promise to birth new life out of pain (Isaiah 66:9)

Ponder: What promises from God have helped you through hard times? 

Prayer: God, help me to remember your promises to me so that they can be a comfort and give me life. 

More about the book mentioned in this devotional: 
Halo Found Hope is the story of a beautiful, busy wife, and mother of three whose life changes instantly with the diagnosis of a rare brain tumor. An exceptional ENT, a brilliant neurosurgeon and a dedicated medical team tackle the tumor, setting off a series of unbelievable miracles. Helo's story is not one of survival, or of salvaging a life through a broken body. It is not about endurance through pain, but victory because of it. While the family heard her silence, God heard her prayer. Helo's story is simply this: Wherever you are and whatever you are going through, God is right there. He doesn't need to be recognized by you, to be there for you. He can replace fear with courage and discouragement with determination, if you let Him. Helo did, and that is how she found hope. 
Buy the book here: http://amzn.to/1Ftsx7D

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** I was given this book for free by LitFuse in exchange for an honest review. 

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