Words of Encouragement


I take great comfort in Scripture during difficult times.  Sometimes I am so overwhelmed that I have to read verses again and again before they bring any calm at all.  Let me encourage you to read and meditate on the verses below, which are personal favorites of mine.

The Book of Lamentations is, for the most part, one long expression of grief and sorrow. The author is an eyewitness to the complete destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. He expresses deep pain over the human suffering that he witnesses day after day. In the midst of his expression of grief is a little reminder that God is with us every single day, regardless of the circumstances.

You will not be consumed!
Lamentations 3:19-24

I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I remember them well, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

God has plans to prosper you!
Jeremiah 29:11-13

“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.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Find rest for your soul!
Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”