Friday, March 23, 2012

Encouragement for my soul!

I've really been struggling this week with all the new symptoms, tests & possible diagnosis. So when I couldn't sleep this morning, I dug into God's Word & pulled verses that comforted me in some way. So I thought I'd share here in case someone else is struggling.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV84)

Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things You planned for us no one can recount to You; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. (Psalm 40:5 NIV84)

The 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 NIV84)

I will be glad and rejoice in Your love, for You saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. (Psalm 31:7 NIV84)

I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4 NIV84)

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them. (Psalm 34:7 NIV84)

The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness. (Psalm 41:3 NIV84)

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1 NIV84)

Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall. (Psalm 55:22 NIV84)

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. (Psalm 62:1 NIV84)

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise You more and more. (Psalm 71:14 NIV84)

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:26 NIV84)

He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. (Psalm 112:7 NIV84)

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NIV84)

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27 NIV84)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 NIV84)

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12 NIV84)

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV84)

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10 NIV84)

For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (Philippians 4:11b NIV84)

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13 NIV84)

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV84)

Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 2:3 NIV84)

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4 NIV84)

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7 NIV84)

And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (1 Peter 5:10 NIV84)

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 NIV84)

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