Seven Scriptures to Inspire Resilience During Tough Times…

Hello World,

From “Occupy Wall Street” to the divorces of friends, 2011 has shaped up to be a year of change – and not necessarily good change for a lot of our fellow travelers on this earth…Having experienced some tough times in my own life, I’ve learned to consult the Word of God to inspire me and give me the courage to face my life daily when it seems easier to keep the covers over my head and sleep all my troubles away…

1. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28  This verse is my absolute favorite verse in the entire Bible because in this verse God promises that He is working together all of my circumstances (good or bad) for my good. The only caveat is that we must love Him first…

2. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. ” Proverbs 3:5-6. It is so tempting to try and figure out why certain things have happened to us, but I have learned in some situations that it is pointless to endlessly ruminate. Instead, it is more powerful and ultimately sane to trust that we are walking on an God-ordained path, a path that only He knows where it will lead…

3. “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18 I remember when someone first told me that I should give thanks to God for all things – even bad things…I was like, “Yeah right. I should give thanks to God for being fired from my job, not being able to pay my mortgage and not having enough money to fix my car.” But I did what I was advised to do, and it really helped me. When we give thanks to God for all of circumstances, we acknowledge His sovereignty. And God has shown me over and over again that He is more than able to work it all out…

4.  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 I have learned that God is always with me so I don’t have to succumb to terror and discouragement! Instead, I can focus on the strength and courage that God will give to me if I only ask…

5. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.” Psalm 23:6 This is God’s promise that goodness and mercy will permeate all the days of our lives – no matter what it looks like now…

6. “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 Sometimes, just some cold, hard cash would go a long way in solving our problems. I have discovered that the Lord will provide for all of our needs – even financial – when it is needed. I remember a time when I was in between jobs, and a close friend paid my mortgage that month!

7. “…Weeping may endure for a night. But joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5. There is no doubt about it. No one is immune from tough times. But tough times don’t last forever! Joy will come in the morning!

I hope these verses inspire you to be resilient as they have inspired me! The Bible is filled with Good News if we would only crack it open…Also, sometimes God speaks through other good books…Check out “Where Will You Go From Here? Moving Forward When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned,” by certified personal and executive coach Valorie Burton. (Incidentally, I interviewed her for my book.)

Any thoughts?

My favorite gospel song that inspires resilience…”This Battle is Not Yours” by Yolanda Adams…I got to meet her someday and thank her personally for this song because it has me blessed me sooo much over the years…

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14 Responses to Seven Scriptures to Inspire Resilience During Tough Times…

  1. Malika says:

    Good post. I needed that

  2. jackieholness says:

    Thank you Malika!

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  4. jackieholness says:

    Thanks Judy:) Sounds like a good book!

  5. Olivia says:

    Thank you for this. It really has saved me in my time of need.

  6. Michelle says:

    Ver helpful, thank you.

  7. Marlene says:

    Was devastated after being let go from a job I thought was secure…boy did these words help me this week. I will be clinging to them as I move forward now. Thank you. God bless!

  8. Michelle C says:

    God bless you. Thank you for this post. It’s amazing that a post authored in 2011 continues to bless in 2014!

  9. John says:

    I have had this page pulled up on my phone for the last three months and I can’t thank you enough for creating it. I was let go from my job that I thought was very secure and the first night I had such a whirlwind of anger and sadness that I couldn’t function. Then I read this the next day and it helped me slowly overcome my emotions. Tomorrow morning I get to finally start a new job where I know I’ll be happier and I can’t thank God enough for blessing me with this new path and speaking through you in my time of need. Thank you.

    • jackieholness says:

      So glad that my words helped you through a tough time…It’s hard to trust God sometimes, but I’ve found it is the best thing to do…I hope you visit my blog again…Blessings!

  10. Kathy Best says:

    Thank you for this post and scriptures! This is an area of weakness in my personality and again, I am facing issues with a micromanaging boss who is affecting my self-esteem and emotional health.

  11. Jethro Arenz says:

    Thank You.

    God Bless you.

  12. kelvin says:

    This is what I needed right now. there s ths scripture that says rejoice at all times and again I say rejoice. thanks for your message. God Bless You

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