In just three short weeks, my book, Prayers for Hope and Healing, will go out into the world.
It seems like everyone I talk to about the book’s topic knows someone who’s going through hard times. My book speaks directly to those facing health struggles, but the reality is we ALL have hard days — whether they’re due to a physical condition or something else.
This is especially true in recent times, with wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and other tragedies filling our news feeds.
When I planned the outline for my book, I knew I wanted at least one Bible passage with each devotional. I scoured verse after verse, chapter after chapter, and jotted down the ones that held meaning for each topic.
Then I spent an entire day with papers spread all over my kitchen table, organizing and assigning each devotional with the Scriptures that best suited it.
Today I want to share eight of the passages I included in the book. I’m praying that no matter the cause of your hard day, you’ll find hope in God’s Word and presence.
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Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once more. (Psalm 71:20-21, NIV)
Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you. (Isaiah 41:10, MSG)
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. (Psalm 94:19, NIV)
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27, NLT)
Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord. (Psalm 27:14, AMP)
He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. (I Samuel 2:8a, NIV)
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:11, NIV)
My God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. (II Samuel 22:3a, NLT)