When I found out I was preggers, I was a mess. And I remained a mess for the entire pregnancy. In fact, it’s still quite possible that I’m still a mess lol. But what I mean is I had lost all hope.
Eventually (cos ya girls hard headed), I learned to lean on God’s promises. They have sustained me through the good, the bad and the really ugly.
I don’t know what situation’s y’all are facing, maybe its the death of a loved one, a failing marriage, a broken heart, the loss of income, depression, anxiety or something else, but I thought I’d mention my faves and what they mean to me.
Maybe you can hold onto them too.
I couldn’t not start with Romans 8:28 - “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
This means no matter what has happened to you, no matter what you have done, if you allow God to, he can use it for your good and ultimately for His purpose for you. That means no matter what’s happened, God can and will use the ugly for his glory and as a part of your calling. Perhaps even the main part.
I do remember when I was reading this verse in the early days, I thought it meant that when things work out for my good, then it will work out to the good I had in mind. But that’s not the case. God’s good isn’t your good. But know like a good Father, whilst it may not be what you want, He will give you the very best in every circumstance. Trust that He knows better and will do better. If you let Him.
Isaiah 61:7 - Your shame and disgrace are ended. You will live in your own land, And your wealth will be doubled; Your joy will last forever.
I actually have this tatted on my hand. It means every terrible thing you’ve endured will come to an end. It also means because you have endured a terrible or hard thing, God’s hand is actually moved to double your wealth and your joy.
I remember listening to a message to Joyce Meyer where she explained it like this: because you have been afflicted and have lost joy, money, a family, love, a job etc, because the enemy stole those things from you and you remained faithful, God is actually required to give you a double portion of exactly what you lost! How awesome is that?!
Isaiah 61:3 - To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.
What I love most about this is beauty for ashes. I love that God promises to give you something beautiful for something that killed you. It’s a constant prayer topic of mine that God would make my life beautiful and fragrant of His glory.
Isaiah 43:1-5 - 1 But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you.
Yes this is a long one lol, but its actually the other tattoo I have. Its so easy to feel worthless in this world, like nobody cares, or truly understands but this reminds me that God does. He redeems you, so He sees you as if no mistake or sin happened. You are His. I strive to give my son nothing but the best and God feels the same way about you. When you walk through trials that burn and drown you, God promises to be there with you. He said He would give up a whole nation for you. Because you are precious, honoured, loved and cherished. Reading this reminds me of how much my maker will fight for me when I can’t fight. It reminds me of his faithfulness even in the hardest of times. It always encourages me. And its also the foundational scripture to the worship song Hillsong - Another in the fire, which I lalalove.
This was fun! These gave me so much hope. And they still do. I have so many more and will maybe release them once a week?
God’s word is so powerful that when everything dies, it will still remain. God is working out everything for our good! Keep praying his promises. He is faithful. Although it may not be pretty now, when He is done, your life will be beautiful and you will be so glad you trusted in Him.