For hurt feelings….

Have you ever had your feelings hurt?

Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.

Has anybody ever said something to tear you down? Have you ever done something wrong, and have no idea how to fix it?

I have.

If you’re anything like me, when your feelings get hurt, you shut down, and forget you have access to the best and most wonderful resource for encouragement and advice.

The Bible.

A friend once told me that when she was sad or upset, she would read tragic stories from the Bible to help her look at her situation differently. (i.e. The Crucifiction, Job, etc.)

I have found that very useful. But there are other ways of using The Bible when you are upset. Look up encouraging verses. Read them. Study them. Dwell on them.

I’d like to share some verses that have really helped me and many others when they are sad.

  • Joshua 1:0

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

  • Lamentations 3:22-27, 31-33

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke in his youth.

31 For the Lord will not
cast off forever,
32 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
33 for he does not afflict from his heart
or grieve the children of men.

  • Romans 12:14

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

  • Matthew 5:7

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

  • Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

  • Jeremiah 32:17

17 ‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.

  • Romans 8:31-39

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[i] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[j] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Aren’t those verses amazing? There are many more verses that are encouraging and uplifting, so many that I cannot name them all. Every single one of these verses are true. The Lord will never leave you for forsake you. Never.

Even when it feels like your whole world is falling apart, God is with you. He will lift you up.

Here’s a quote from a song that is so true and amazing.

“All this time
From the first tear cried
To today’s sunrise
And every single moment between
You were there
You were always there
It was You and I
You’ve been walking with me all this time
You’ve been walking with me all this time

Ever since that day
it’s been clear to me
That no matter what comes
You will never leave
I know You’re for me
And You’re restoring

Every heartache and failure
Every broken dream
You’re the God who sees”

~All This Time, by Britt Nicole

 

What do you do when your feelings are hurt? What Bible verses encourage you? What songs do you listen to?

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“Until you know that life is war, you cannot know what prayer is for.” ~John Piper

 

“If you live gladly to make others glad in God, like will be Hard, risks will be High, and your JOY will be full.” ~John Piper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Elizabeth

John Calvin Quote

 

“If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house, then in a field,…it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light.” ~John Calvin

 

Think about it: Abortion is horrible. To kill, murder, a tiny child…  That child, that poor baby, could have been a missionary to a civilization that doesn’t know Christ. That baby, that little adorable baby, that gets aborted, is being murdered.

 

When Karen and I discovered this quote, I thought it deserved its own post. John Calvin said this in a way that we could never say it: It is truly a crime to murder somebody, even if they haven’t been born yet.

 

Anna Elizabeth and Karen

Song

I’d like to share a song with you girls that I think you’ll like and find comforting. It’s by Jars of Clay.

All My Tears, by Jars of Clay
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“When I go, don’t cry for me
In my Father’s arms I’ll be
The wounds this world left on my soul
Will all be healed and I’ll be whole.
Sun and moon will be replaced
With the light of Jesus’ face
And I will not be ashamed
For my Savior knows my name.
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It don’t matter where you bury me,
I’ll be home and I’ll be free.
It don’t matter where I lay,
All my tears be washed away.
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Gold and silver blind the eye
Temporary riches lie
Come and eat from heaven’s store,
Come and drink, and thirst no more
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It don’t matter where you bury me
I’ll be home and I’ll be free
It don’t matter where I lay
All my tears be washed away
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So, weep not for me my friends,
When my time below does end
For my life belongs to Him
Who will raise the dead again.
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It don’t matter where you bury me,
I’ll be home and I’ll be free.
It don’t matter where I lay,
All my tears be washed away.”
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~Jars of Clay, All my Tears
Anna Elizabeth

Amazing Inspiration Moment.

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2012/09/18/how-a-16-year-old-girl-explained-the-sacraments-to-a-catholic-interrogator-in-1554/

Look at the article, please read the whole thing. Isn’t it amazing?

Here’s a quote from the article:

“In early 1554 Queen Mary I sent John de Feckenham to seek to persuade her 16-year-old Protestant cousin, the Lady Jane Grey, of the truth of the Catholic faith, thereby avoiding execution. Feckenham was unsuccessful, and she was beheaded February 12, 1554.”

Wow…

Wow, you really have to read this…

“I Choose Love…
No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.
I Choose Joy…
I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.
I Choose Peace…
I will live forgiven. I will forgive so I may live.
I Choose Patience…
I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so, Rather complain that the wait is to long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.
I Choose Kindness…
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for that is how God has treated me.
I Choose Goodness…
I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I accuse. I choose goodness
I Choose Faithfulness…
Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My friends will not question my word. And my family will not question my love.
I Choose Gentleness…
Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it only be in praise. If I clench my fist, may it only be in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.
I Choose Self-Control…
I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then when this day is done I will place my head on my pillow and rest.”
― Max Lucado 

Anna Elizabeth 

Quote from John Piper

It says: “True Womanhood is a distinctive calling of God to display the glory of His Son in ways that would not be displayed if there were no womanhood.”

-John Piper

Think about it. Study those words. A “distinctive calling of God to display the glory of His Son” thank about those words. Do you display Christ’s glory? Are you leaving a legacy for the children of God?

What do you think?

Anna Elizabeth