7 bible verses for tough times

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In the Bible I keep next to my bed there are 7 pink post-it's that stick out between the pages.

I remember placing each of them there in the days after Xylon's first cancer diagnosis. In my fear and dread of the future I put these little reminders in my bible so I could easily find reminders of God being for me on the days when I couldn't feel him near me.

I love The Message bible. There is something about the way Eugene Peterson writes that opens up the word of God for me so I'm sharing this version here but I know that no matter what bible version you enjoy God can still speak to you through these verse in tough times.

1. Psalm 23:6

Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.
Read my devotional on this verse here

2. Isaiah 30:18

But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you.
    He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you.
God takes the time to do everything right—everything.
    Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.

Read my devotional on this verse here

3. Lamentations 3:22-27

God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
    his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
    How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
    He’s all I’ve got left.

God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits
to the woman who diligently seeks.
It’s a good thing to quietly hope
quietly hope for help from God.
It’s a good thing when you’re young
to stick it out through the hard times.
Read my devotional on verse 25 here

4. Zephaniah 3:16-17
Jerusalem will be told:
    “Don’t be afraid.
Dear Zion,
    don’t despair.
Your God is present among you,
    a strong Warrior there to save you.
Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love
    and delight you with his songs.

Read a devotional on this verse here

5. Romans 8:31-39

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
Read my devotional on this verse here
6. Ephesians 3:20
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Read my devotional on this verse here
7. 1 John 3:18-20
My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.
Read my devotional on this verse here

What are the Bible verses that get you through tough times?

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