Dear Sister, you might be gazing at this post with a deep longing for encouragement. For this very reason, it’s my genuine prayer that the words shared below (Scriptures) will fill your heart and mind today,…as they are the only ones which can truly meet the real need you hold.
Elisabeth Elliot, one of my favorite authors, penned trust with these words “If my life is surrendered to God, all is well. Let me not grab it back, as though it were in peril in His hand but would be safer in mine!” Be encouraged, friends- what is unknown to us, is known by God. (Psalm 139; Hebrews 4:13) What appears impossible to us, is not to God (Luke 1:37) And while we may not understand His plans, we can certainly trust His heart. (James 4:7; Proverbs 3:5) Wherever you may be right now, take a breath and pray. No question is too lofty; no sorrow is too deep; and no past is beyond His Grace. The hope God provides through His Son and in His Words (Bible) will be sufficient. God’s got you!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Psalms 34:18 “The Lord is near the brokenhearted; he delivers those who are discouraged.”
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.
1 Corinthians 13:13
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
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.
So that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
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.
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,
1 Thessalonians 5:8
But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?
Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,
And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
1 Thessalonians 1:3
Remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
But the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.
1 Corinthians 15:19
If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.
1 John 3:3
And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
Titus 1:2 ESV
In hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began
For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
1 Peter 1:13
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security.
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God,
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.
But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.
O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 4:13
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,
1 Timothy 6:17
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
2 Corinthians 3:12
Since we have such a hope, we are very bold,
But Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
1 Corinthians 2:9
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—
My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word.
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
A Psalm of David. 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. …
1 Timothy 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.”
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
The Lord roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth quake. But the Lord is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the people of Israel.
O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.
The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.
And in his name the Gentiles will hope.”
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
1 Peter 5:10
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
1 Peter 1:21
Who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
If indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face.
Because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel,
So that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;
Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end,
Having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
But for you, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.