you asked - favorite scripture in rough times



angela asks... what is your favorite quote, or scripture that you read or can share with us when going through emotional, spiritual rough time in life?

just one? lol God has given us such a gift of scripture that we can turn to when we hare going through tough times. so many encouraging and comforting words! what comes to mind first for me is… psalm 16. i have it printed out and hanging on our bedroom wall.

after my husband was diagnosed with a giant brain aneurysm we had to wait for months for the surgery. it took months of tests and scans and procedures to develop a plan, with multiple surgeons for the surgery. waiting was so, so difficult. knowing he was walking around with an aneurysm in his head. knowing they were planning for a 12+ hour brain surgery. it was a very scary time. we turned to Him for strength. we found this scripture and it provided immense comfort and hope. we read it together every night before bed.

a prayer of confidence

protect me, O God; i trust in you for safety. i say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; all the good things I have come from you.” how excellent are the Lord's faithful people! my greatest pleasure is to be with them.

those who rush to other gods bring many troubles on themselves. i will not take part in their sacrifices; i will not worship their gods. You, Lord, are all i have, and you give me all i need; my future is in your hands.

how wonderful are Your gifts to me; how good they are! i praise the Lord, because He guides me, and in the night my conscience warns me. i am always aware of the Lord's presence; He is near, and nothing can shake me.

and so i am thankful and glad, and i feel completely secure, because You protect me from the power of death. i have served You faithfully, and You will not abandon me to the world of the dead.

You will show me the path that leads to life; Your presence fills me with joy and brings me pleasure forever.

sometimes i feel like God puts the scripture i need to hear in my path right when i need it. do you notice that? it may be something you hear on the radio, see on a blog post, read on facebook. it can even be a scripture you have heard before, but it really reaches your heart in a new way at a time you need it most. be open to those whispers from Him.  

i hope you are enjoying this q&a series. if you missed the other posts, you can find a list here. i will continue to answer a few questions in each post. if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below!