This morning, I woke up with a heaviness on my heart. I’m usually a pretty optimistic, cheerful person… I guess it’s just my natural disposition. But not this morning. This morning, I just felt really weighed down by everything going on in this world.
Needing comfort, I turned to the one source that always fills my cup… the Word. And just like He always does, the Lord met me right where I was at and reminded me of His goodness, His faithfulness, and His love. This is the verse I opened to, and it deeply encouraged me:
“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.“
His unfailing love is what allows me to be glad and filled with joy all my days, even on the ones that feel heavy. I needed that reminder today, and I’m so thankful He knew that before I even did!
I took to Instagram stories to share that moment with y’all, and asked you to share with me the verses you turn to when you’re needing comfort and a reminder of God’s love. You all came through with so many replies… I can’t tell you what a blessing it was to open up that thread and see reminder after reminder of the Lord’s love! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for sharing them with me today.
I also received more than a few requests to share your replies, so I thought I’d round up a few of them right here. I wish I had room for every single verse that was shared, but we’d be scrolling for a long, long time! (How encouraging is that?!) So I selected a few pretty much at random to share with you today.
My heart in sharing these is that if you ever find yourself struggling and need to be reminded of how much the Lord loves you, you can simply open this page and scroll through promise after promise. Spoiler alert: the Word is filled with these promises, including so many beautiful ones that aren’t included in this short post, and I can’t encourage you enough to open the pages and see for yourself!
I especially love that these were all submitted by you! Ladies who follow along here on Lonestar Southern… what a community of encouragement!
For some of the verses, I decided to share the full corresponding passage and I hope you don’t mind! Sometimes when I focus on one singular verse, I miss out on the encouraging words that come before and after it. It was so refreshing to look these up and read through them as a whole, and I hope you find it encouraging as well.
Praying these touch your heart like they did mine today!
scripture to soothe your soul
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth! He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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.
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.
Psalm 139: 1-18
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
Thank you again for sharing these beautiful verses with me… and with all of us here reading this! If you have a favorite that wasn’t included above, I would love nothing more than for you to share it in the comments below.
Love from the Sunshine State,