On this #faithfilledfriday, I want to hear from YOU! While this may seem like a typical #faithfilledfriday post, I am looking for your participation here!! I want to hear what verses keep you faithful! What are the verses you tend to cling to when trudging through a mess?
While I know there are so many powerful verses, and we tend to cling to different verses at different points in our lives, I’m wondering what ones you always return to for encouragement through a trial?
One verse that I always recite to myself is:
“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 ESV
This verse takes me back to my sickness. One of my best friends sent me flowers while I was sick, with “Isaiah 41:10” on the note that went with them (I still have the note.) This verse reminds me of how sick I was…both physically and spiritually. This verse reminds me that I can NEVER be too far from God for Him to heal me (physically, emotionally, or spiritually) because He is constantly with me. This verse reminds me not to fear. He has taken me to near death – I know what it looks like, smells like, feels like…I have been there and He has brought me back. With God, what shall I fear?
He is carrying me through every trial, fear, unknown, and mess…He is right there with me. And the best part? He knows the outcome…He WROTE the outcome. And because God is good and just, the outcome will be good and just. I wear this verse around my neck on a necklace and it will always hold a special place in my heart and Bible because of what it represents for me.
One other verse I always repeat to myself and share with others who are scared, doubting, filled with worry, anxious…
“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 ESV
Ah. This. This is so powerful. These verses took me through our surrogacy journey…and comforted me through our losses in it. It comforted me because IT IS TRUE. When you surrender everything in prayer at the foot of the Cross, the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding of the hard, painful, and heart-wrenching situation at hand, that peace WILL guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. It is true.
This peace allowed me to survive the loss of 3 babies. These peace enabled our marriage to survive the extreme trials we faced together as (technically) newlyweds.This peace gave me closure and comfort as my heart accepted and rested in the truth that “Avery is enough” because JESUS is enough. What greater blessing is there in this dark and broken world than to have the inheritance of eternity spent at the feet of Jesus?
I spoke about this unexplainable peace in this post and I encourage you to read it if you haven’t in the past.
Now…I want to hear from you!! I want to hear your verses and your stories that go with them! Would you share them? Comment below with your verses and stories or share on the Mess into a Message facebook page!
Have a great weekend, everyone!
His will, His way…