My girlfriend was in town for a short visit with her family, and I wanted our lunch to be perfect. Our time together was precious to me, and I intended to make the most of it. I arrived at one of my favorite lunch spots a few minutes early to make sure we had just the right place to talk. I snagged a table by the window, ordered my salad and lemon cookie, and settled in to wait.
I began thinking about what I should share and how deep I should go in our limited time together. My husband had recently been released from the hospital, and we were trying to figure out how to return to some sort of normal life for our family of six. I knew my friend would be coming with her own story of loss and grief, and I wondered how I could share without adding to the burdens she was already carrying.
In the middle of my thoughts, I saw her walk through the doors. We hugged, and she ordered her lunch. To say I was grateful we were able to get a lunch date on the calendar would be an understatement. She was a brand-new mom and on a tight schedule. I was glad to simply sit at the same table with her, finding comfort even in the silences between our sentences. God had woven our lives together in extraordinary ways over the last couple of years as we each went through our share of heartache. It had been as though we were volleying support back and forth across an invisible tennis net. When she struggled, I was there for her, and vice versa. We had been stretched thin, and we were both now threadbare.
We quickly got through our meal, covering all the easy subjects before we dove into the hard ones. Eventually, I asked her pointedly, “How are you doing — really doing?” She paused as if searching for the right words and looked down at her hands before making eye contact with me.
“I’m not sure. This trial just felt so . . . personal.”
I understood exactly what she meant. Sometimes, trials feel as though they were tailor-made in such specific ways to cause us pain.
I exhaled and said, “I’m sorry. Maybe it feels personal because it just is.”
Since that day, her words have often come to mind, and I’ve gotten more honest with the Lord, telling Him that my trials feel personal and asking Him to help me make sense of it. And bit by bit, He has been taking my threadbare heart and doing that very thing. I offer Him my pain and confusion, my disappointment and worry, and He offers me comfort and hope through, what I call, Threadbare Prayers. These are prayers For the days when we most desperately need prayer but don’t have the words to form them, #threadbareprayerbook is the guide you need. Enter to win a copy!
That day, after our too-quick lunch date, I asked my friend to give me a verse so I could write a personal Threadbare Prayer especially for her. She shared with me Psalm 3:3:
But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
And this is the prayer I wrote for her:
Lord, it wasn’t the first sign of trials that sent me headlong into a pit. But it was the second, fourth, fifth rounds that have greatly discouraged me. Still, I find deep encouragement in knowing that when I come to the end of myself, You are not exhausted. Instead, I can face the enemy, my fears, any trial that comes my way because You wrap me up in Your embrace and provide abundantly in Your presence. You lift my eyes upward, and I know on my worst days and in my fiercest battles that I can cry out to You. I can rest easy knowing that the battle belongs to You.
And for the days when my friend finds herself lacking words to pray, I gave her this Threadbare Prayer: Lord, You wrap me up safe.
A simple prayer can carry us through hard days and seasons. Perhaps you’re in a place where you’ve also come to the end of yourself and need help to pray. Take this Threadbare Prayer then too, and may it remind you that you are embraced, held up by the loving arms of God.
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Michele Morin says
Fear not for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you.
I will help you.
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Joan Payne says
Every one of the ladies who transmitted Biblical verses reached my heart, and soul. If it were not for my faith and love for God/Jesus, I would be a nervous wreck because of the harassment of my neighbor. I have found the peace of Christ within and strive to continue feeling His presence and comfort…also, keeping my mouth shut.
Thank you for all the beautiful verses in overcoming the chaos and negative doings of these difficult times.
I appreciate it.
I can do all things through Christ, which strengthen me.
Bev @ Walking Well With God says
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. (Isaiah 54:10)
Robin in New Jersey says
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Christine L Solazzo says
91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Stacey Thacker says
Christine I love Psalm 91 so much too!
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29
Monica H says
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.(NIV)
It is my tendency to hide in my room, in my house, when feeling overwhelmed with hard things. This is my reminder that so many are going through hard things this year and that we need to encourage each other. . .so I need to not hide. . .
Stacey Thacker says
Hebrews is my favorite book in the Bible!
Leslie Reese says
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean in your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.
Deanna Whavers says
But Moses told the people, Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today….The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm. Exodus 14:13-14
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.
Emileigh Latham says
Isaiah 41:13 (MSG)
“That’s right. Because I, your GOD, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.'”
Kia C says
I raise my eyes toward the hills,
Whence shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip; your Keeper will never slumber.
Behold, the Keeper of Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your Keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm; He will preserve your soul.
The Lord will shield your going out and your coming in from now on for evermore.
Jen Vortriede says
My favorite Psalm!
I love this Psalm it is uplifting!
Holly Voldrich says
Psalm 77:19 NLT. Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters-a pathway no one knew was there,
I sing “God will make a way where there seems to be no way.”
Be still and know I am God Psalm 46:10. I broke my ankle and to say the least I had no choice but to be still and God has faithfully reminded me He is with me in this season that has stretched my patience.
Rebekah Ellis says
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! Psalm 27:13-14
Love this idea and would love this book – for myself and to give to a friend.
Stacey Thacker says
Thank you Steffanie! Praying for you today!
Angela Coakley says
For God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.-2 Timothy 1:7
Martha J. says
You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in Your Word.
Psalm 121 I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from…
Rhonda Fesperman says
There was a day that things were going on in my life that I just couldn’t comprehend. My friend and colleague shared this verse with me. I have kept it in my heart and have referred to it many times during this year of 2020. So much heartache, sickness and pure meanness that I just can’t understand. However, I try hard to keep the faith that God has this already figured out and that’s not my job to focus on. I just need to trust in him!
New International Version
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Stacey Thacker says
What a wise and loving friend! I love this passage!
Rhonda Briggs says
Roman’s 15:13. “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). This has been my life verse and more so now with all that we see daily happening around us. To add icing on the cake, my husband is going through a series of exams to either confirm or disprove a cancer diagnosis. More than ever I need to constantly remember this verse.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.”
“As the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are by ways gauche than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Carolyn Haney says
Psalm 16:5-6. The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup. You hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed I have a beautiful inheritance.
These verses give me the hope that I need, guiding my husband through Parkinson’s Disease and cardiomyopathy. I KNOW what lies at the end of my journey, no matter how difficult the road is getting there. Thank you for your daily encouragement!
Priscilla Reynolds says
This threadbare prayer interests me. I am dealing with a teenage son that has completely changed. Attitude, actions that are so unlike him, feelings of not feeling loved. I’m praying desperately to know how to help him. Many times I just sit with God not knowing what to say. I now have a name for my prayers.
Stacey Thacker says
Priscilla I am praying right now for God to wrap them up safe.
“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.”
Psalms 34:4 NLT
Psalm 73:26. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever
Debbie Minter says
“When you pass through the waters,I will be with you,and the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire,you will not be burned or scorched,nor will the flame kindle upon you.For I am the Lord your God, the Holy one of Israel, your Savior.
Denise Wetterlind says
“If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.”
Psalms 139:8 NASB
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
1 John 4:4 Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.
connie ker says
I am a senior lady with type 1 diabetes who became a widow in 2019. The verse Bible verse I hang onto is Isaiah 54:5-6. “Remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your maker is your husband, the Lord Almighty is His name.”
Carolyn White says
That is so beautiful.
Roselyn Young says
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13. My husband who has always been extremely healthy, never any meds, had an attack with diverticulitis and we took him the the ER on Feb 2nd. They did a scan to see what it was and it was an acute case of diverticulitis, but they also found something more significant, a very large aneurysm on his aorta valve in his heart. After many Dr. appointments and tests, they said they would have to do open heart surgery and replace the valve, repair the aneurysm. Covid came and we didn’t get to surgery until May 18th. Dr. said it could burst any minute and he would immediately die. But god didn’t let that happen. We claimed this scripture while waiting and still do. He is almost 5 months after surgery and doing great! We are so blessed and so thankful!!! Praising God!!!
Elaine Mellinger says
“The Lord your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will be quiet in his love. He will delight in you with singing.” Written in the front of my Mom’s Bible which I received when she went “home”.
Phyllis H. says
Sometimes the simplest prayers, ones that we can easily pull from memory and heart, pack a big punch. One of my favorites is Psalm 39:7 “And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My hope is in You.” I tell my family and friends, it doesn’t matter what you say in your prayers, God just likes hearing from us.
Stacey Thacker says
Love that Phyllis!
Diana Willis says
My verse has been Matthew 19:26 and thank you!!
Alison Kozlow says
“The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
Erin W says
I don’t know if have one, I could use one though.
Kathy Johnson says
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. Isaiah 40:31
What a treasury of verses of strength, hope and encouragement! I will save this post and come back to it often. We all need to receive and to be able to offer encouragement in this season. I love this concept of threadbare prayers. Often it seems I just don’t have many words, especially when my heart is aching.
John 16:33 … so that in me you may have peace. In this world you WILL have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Psalm 91:1-2 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
As I go through the second betrayal in my marriage, I’m holding on to Isaiah 41:10. All I can do is await on my Lord for His plan for me and my 2 children.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Vonda H says
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts I have toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
My tears are not wasted. Thank you Lord.
Sandy Montgomery says
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Kathy A says
Jeremiah 29:11. This verse gives me courage and hope.
Jennifer Cone says
you keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all of my tears and your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book Psalm 58:6
Carolyn White says
Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you Lord make me dwell in safety.
2 Tim.1:7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.”
Mallory Slone says
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
Jen Vortriede says
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.“ (Philippians 4:6-7)
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:6-7 ESV
As long as I’m being refined for YOUR glory Lord this trial is worth it …..
In recent years and in this particular season in time–Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, which begins: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…..”
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Anita Brown says
The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
Stacey Thacker says
Debe Miller says
121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
Isaiah 26: 3 ~ Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee.
I love this verse because I need the reminder so often.
Yes, so many great promises in His word! The verses that have been a comfort to me these past months have been Psalm 94: 17-19
17 Unless the Lord had given me help,
I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
19 When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.
Glenda Wray Jennings says
Nehemiah 8:10: This day is the Lord’s. Do not grieve for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Robin Girgenti says
God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble— more than enough and always available whenever I need you. So we will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away. We will not fear even when the earth quakes and shakes, moving mountains and casting them into the sea.
Psalms 46:1-2 TPT
Jan Perry says
The same, always. Philippians 4:8
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”
Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. Habakkuk 3:17-19
Maura Michael says
“God, the Lord, is my strength” – Habakkuk 3:19
Debbie Barr says
16) But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. 17) You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.
My dad sent me this verse yesterday as I wait on results: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3
2 Tim 1:7 (AMP)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].
Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Jan Grueter says
The verses that are always on my lips this year are 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 which says, “Blessed be the God And Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
Ruth Bak says
Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message) “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Amen and Amen. I received this for me Rebecca.
This is sooo heartfelt and uplifting. The ThreadBare Prayer. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. To God Be The Glory!! The scripture verse that is keeping me in this season is Psalm 103:6. May God continue to bless you to encourage us. Grace and peace to you.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Rose Nadler says
My brother passed away in April and we have not had a memorial for him because of COVID. My sister-in-law needs this.
Shelley Ridley says
Count it all joy when you fall in to various trials
Lauren Griesmeyer says
……..God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever………..Psalm 73:26
Marti J says
My friend, Jessica’s father was killed in an airplane accident 6 years ago. That left Jessica and her mother, Joy. They were the best of best friends! Joy was diagnosed with cancer and passed away this past August. The evening of Joy’s prayer service, Jessica’s husband had a massive heart attack (called a widow maker) he was 44 years old. Jessica has two young boys, 14 and 12.
Please prayer for them.
Stacey Thacker says
I am praying right now for Jessica. Thank you for sharing this prayer need.
Carol Brown says
My verse for the last few months–
So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.” Hosea 6:3
Stacey Thacker says
I love this verse!!!!
Be still and know….Psalm 46:10
Cindy Leonard says
“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” Psalms 27:14; also Psalms 37:7
It is very hard for me to “wait patiently on the Lord” but that’s exactly what He has been calling me to do in my body in times of physical pain and exhaustion…and admittedly anger at not having a body that will do what I want to do.
But ultimately I do “see the Light” and find peace in HIS PRESENCE AND IN HIS WAY.
As external forces have altered life, some aspects are quieter while others are overwhelmingly loud. And in the midst of it, I’m not nearly as sure of my purpose or ability to execute. I ran across 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12: Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. I’ve had many moments when the Bible has liberated me and my thinking but this was huge. I’m supposed to be seeking a normal life… quiet, self-supporting and that’s… that’s enough to influence, to spread seed, and to be.
2 Timothy 1:12 has carried me over a lifetime:
“…because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.”
Tania Kallish says
I always cling to Matthew 6:34 – do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. This verse reminds me to live day to day and stay in the present. Too many times I spiral thinking of too many things and this helps me breathe and focus on one thing at a time.
Laura Dieguez says
Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God…”
This verse has covered a multitude of concerns Ive had this year.
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord ~ Proverbs 21:30.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
Jennifer Mock says
So glad this book is out now!
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. The Lord protects you, He is a shelter right by your side. Psalm 121: 2,4
AMALIA JULIEN says
Ephesians 6:12 For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers of the unseen world.
“The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11 A much-needed verse going through a broken ankle w/weeks on crutches and now my husband’s shoulder surgery recovery besides various family members going through a variety of health issues.
Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”. Over the past two years I’ve had to run to God for refuge as my husband invested his time in and out of pornography, something he says is “no big deal”. He’s doing better, but the wounds are deep and I still feel that crushed spirit, a sense of something precious lost, a not measuring up. Trust, security and peace are fleeting But God is the anchor I hold onto. Your prayer to your friend was perfect for me. Thank you! The enemy is real but the battle belongs to the Lord…
Love threadbare prayer…..I’ve heard if your hangin by a thread let it be a thread from Jesus garment. Lately I don’t even feel that. Like I missed Jesus…. This Season & the enemy…. some days I feel like I can’t .It is too much. Beyond overwhelemed… Drowning & not sure how to get back to the surface. Last Night I said I give up God & yet here I write. Simply because My God is too Good & says not yet daughter…not yet
Linda Tenniswood says
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Wonderful timing for your book Stacey! God has always been faithful to guard that little spark of faith for me. Jeremiah 32:40-41. ‘I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them…. I will rejoice in doing them good.’ A lot of times I confess my faith is as small as a mustard seed. May God have mercy on me.
Stacey Thacker says
Thank you Dee! He will not turn away for doing good to them (and me!) Oh that is good!
Babette Lee says
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13
Terry De Lisle says
Martha Kirkman says
Would love to have a copy, since it would be nice to have more words to say than “I’m praying for you.”
Joan Moore says
My “ go to” verse this year has been Isaiah 41:10
“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your Hod. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will hold you with My righteous right hand.”
Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book.
Joan Moore says
not Hod. ♀️
Toni Gehman says
Rejoice not over me oh my enemy
When I fall I will rise
When I sit in darkness the Lord will be a light to me
Marcene Saxman says
Psalm 32:7 You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
Perfect timing, God knew about covid 19 before it attacked just as He knew about our political quagmire and must shake His anthropomorphic head at our audacity and pride and imaginary self sufficiency. Need a devotional to touch my threadbare soul as don’t consciously stress about all this turmoil but subconsciously must.
Fran Graham says
Be strong and of good courage. Joshua 1:6
Only be thou strong and courageous.. Joshua 1:7
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Joshua 1:9
Be still and know that I am God. Psalms 46:10
Philippians 4:4-8, 9b Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers (sisters), whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, what ever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. And the God of peace will be with you.
My daughter is struggling with depression at this time. I sent her a book about this passage of scripture. I am praying that her depression will be lifted.
Vera Page says
Caring for my 88 yr old parents has been challenging this yr with arrhythmia, pacemaker, falls, hospitalizations & PT. We strive to maintain balance & strength for each of us.
Sensing fear entering the hospital as a designated care provider for my parent, I sensed peace was needed by the staff as well as the patient & caregivers.
We earnestly prayed for peace for each shift as outlined in John 14:27 (HCSB): 27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.” Gratefully the Lord filled each one.
We also prayed for strength which the Lord provided. Nehemiah 8:10 (HCSB): 10 Then he said to them, “Go and eat what is rich, drink what is sweet, and send portions to those who have nothing prepared, since today is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, because the joy of the Lord is your stronghold.” His Word blessedly us & those in the midst. Appreciate your thoughtfulness in making this offer. May peace be yours as well <
Martha Troxel says
First Peter 5:7,” Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
The Lord gives strength to his people and blesses them with peace. Psalm 29.11
Karen Beth Burke says
Psalm 23:1 The Lord IS my shepherd.
Mary Castrovill says
“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.” –Psalm 23:4
Gwendolyn Allen says
Hebrew 13:5. I will not leave you, nor forsake you.
Meka Roberson says
The verse that I’ve been holding on to in this season…
“Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.”
John 16:32 KJV
My verse is Today is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Ps 118
I know two songs with a version of that verse and it takes about 20 seconds to sing the choruses, so that is what I do as I wash my hands.
Rebekah Bailey says
“Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:8
Psalm 46:10 — Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Regardless of what’s happening!!!
Psalm 51:8 let me hear joy and gladness. Let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
For me the prayer is, let what is broken praise. What is broken and lost release praise and Thanksgiving.
debbie kuklies says
This is just what I need
Devon Shaver says
“She is not afraid of tribulation, for all her household is covered in the dual garments of righteousness and grace.”
Joni Gerking says
Doreen Eager says
Thank you for sharing this. The verse I have turned to this year is Isaiah 41:13; “For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.”
Joni Gerking says
Psalm 16:8 is one of my go to verses when I feel overwhelmed. Because God is always before me and beside me, He keeps me from stumbling.
Joan Munro says
Isaiah 30:21 (NLT) “Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go.” whether to the right or the left.” This verse deeply touches me because my threadbare prayers often occur when I am walking outside…..seeking God’s face…..filled up with heart ache, pain, sadness, and brokenness. There are literal and life paths that I could take or divert from, but I desire to hear God’s voice behind me and speaking to me. May this verse also do that for you!
Ify Etuokwu says
I have four scriptures that anchor me in life’s disquieting situations:
“When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst.”
Lamentations 3:28-30 MSG
“From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Psalms 61:2 NKJV
“The LORD is good, A strength and stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows [He recognizes, cares for, and understands fully] those who take refuge and trust in Him.”
Nahum 1:7 AMP
“And when I was burdened with worries, you comforted me and made me feel secure.”
Psalms 94:19 CEV
Thank you Lord for always being there for me.
Be Still and Know I AM your God.
Kathy Francescon says
Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us.
Psalm 16:5-11 is the passage most comforting to me in these days:
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Christina Vingerud says
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. -Ecc 3:1
What a season this has been!! I find so much comfort knowing that God is with us in each season, walking with us, guiding us, loving us. There is no season outside of God’s timing, and I look forward to better seasons ahead!
Melanie Nichols says
With everything that’s been going on John 16:33 helps me remember who’s in charge.
“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”
2 Thessalonians 3:3
Laura King says
Thank you for this.<3
Exodus 14:14 – The Lord will fight for you. You need only be still.
Sharon Timmer says
Jeremiah 29:11 has been the verse that has sustained me over these past 6 months. God is so good!!
Melissa Clemons says
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
On repeat, over and over some days!
Leigh Ann Burton says
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Terri Thomas says
Nothing can shake me; he’s right by my side. I’m glad from the inside out, ecstatic; I’ve pitched my tent in the land of hope. (Acts 2:25-26 MSG)
Beth Williams says
in John 16:33 God says “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” We know trials & troubles are coming. This year seems to throw more at us than ever before. Just know that God has overcome & we are overcomers as well. The verse I’ve been ruminating this year is Psalm 23:4-5 “Yea thou I walk through the valley of shadow of death I will fear no evil for thou art with me. Thy rod & staff they comfort me.” We are walking through the valley that is 2020. We can take heart & not fear as God has overcome this sin darkened world. We know that in the end we win!! Praise God!
Sherry Lee says
The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing
Leanne May says
◄ Isaiah 49:16 ►
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.