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Whenever we are feeling weary, exhausted and overcome, we can remember that God’s word is full of His promises for us. Here are 11 verses to help uplift spirits.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” With God having a plan for your life, there is no reason to fear what can and will happen in the future. He says so Himself that He has a plan to prosper you and to give you a future filled with hope. Take Him at His word. Let His plans come over you and embrace the days He gives you with joy in your heart.

Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” If God has already started a good work in you, will He not bring it to completion? Trust in Him and His word. He hasn’t let you down and He never will.

Romans 15:13, “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.” There is nothing better than the peace of God that surpasses all human understanding. Trust in Him and in His plan for your life. He will bring you peace when you need it the most.

Proverbs 19:20-21 “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Listen to any advice that is given to you with graciousness instead of being easily offended by what others may say to you. We have so much planned for our own lives. We want them to go exactly the way we plan, but the reality is that God is already in control of every aspect of our lives. If we want to be wise we must be able to listen to advice and criticism without getting angry.

Proverbs 3: -6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” In all your ways and during all of your days, acknowledge Him and He will give you the desires of your heart. Even when it doesn’t seem as though He is there, He is always guiding you and He will get you back on the path He wants you to take.

1 Peter 1:3-4 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you.” Wat a joy to know that He is keeping an inheritance for us in Heaven.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Everything that is unseen, including God and Heaven is eternal. We may not be able to see Him or Heaven yet, but we know both are waiting for us. Hat an amazing thing it is to know that God is waiting for us and preparing a place for us in Heaven. This world is not our home and we are not of this world. To know our place is in Heaven and our true home is in Heaven is so incredible.

Lamentations 3:21-23 “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Thank God that His mercies are new every morning and that we can find rest in the comfort of His word.

Proverbs 16:1-4 “To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue. All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. The Lord works out everything to its proper end— even the wicked for a day of disaster.” It is an amazing feeling to know that He knows exactly what will happen each and every day of our lives. If we give our lives to Him, He will bless our lives more than we can ever imagine.

James 4:13-17 “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” If the things that happen are the Lord’s will, then everything will be ok.

Psalm 103:1-5 “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” We can take the time to praise Him and give Him thanks for all he has done.

Hopefully, all of these verses will bring light into your darkness as you remember the goodness and daily renewed mercies of God.

 

 

 

 

 

appreciating everything

What you focus on in life, you’ll get. If you focus on trouble long enough it will only develop into more trouble and more problems and more drama. Whatever you focus on gets larger and larger in your life and it’ll get larger and larger to the point where it’ll make your life get completely out of whack and out of balance.

If you’re constantly focusing on how bad your life is, you’re not only making it harder for you to keep positive people in your life, or people in your life period. You are also making it harder for yourself to see the bigger picture of how wonderful God has made your life. If you look at what’s wrong with your life, it can actually get to the point where you actually hate your life.

You may think that you have the absolute worst life, ever, because of your circumstances, while someone else might actually be thinking you have the absolute best life ever compared to theirs. They could be begging for your life to be theirs because they absolutely want a better life, but have no way to get to it, or they don’t know how to achieve even one of the good things that they see you have in your life.

Think about it, a lot of people are envious, and jealous of the good things you have in your life, even when you think, “oh man my life is so messed up and so miserable”, someone out there sees what you have and is in the process of thinking, “man that person has it good. They are well off. Man, I wish I had their lifestyle, and all they can do is complain about it. What I give to have their life. Even for one minute.” There is always, always someone out there who has it worse than you. So be thankful for what you have in life, no matter how bad things may seem.

When someone else says you have it well off or that you’re well off in your life, listen to them. Or ask them what they’re talking about. You see, they’re seeing the great stuff in your life such as a family, a job (even if you don’t like it or hate it), an apartment, a house or financial security or friends, as something that they want and that you’re already blessed with. Someone else will see the stuff that you don’t like about your life in a completely different light and in a completely different perspective because they’re seeing the great stuff that you quit focusing on a long time ago, because you’re so into focusing on stuff that you don’t like, can’t stand or even hate about your life.

If you continue to focus on things you the in your life, you will eventually hate literally everything about your life and you’ll become one miserable person. You’ll become someone that nobody wants to be around. You will lose yourself in your own misery and your own negativity. When you’re focusing on the things that you don’t like in your life, you will literally forget what you actually do like about your life.

If someone ever tells you that they wish you had your life, take that to heart and talk to them about it. They normally mean it. Someone can see your life as amazing while you’re focusing on the negativity in life. Talk to them about it without venting about how bad your life is, and hopefully, you’ll gain a new perspective on your life. Ask what the person who wants to have your life, what they love or like most about your life. Ask them why they want your life so much and what they want to make the most out of their life.

Take a step back and realize how blessed you are. Remember your blessings. No life is that bad. Your life isn’t that bad. You’re going to get what you focus on. So why look at things in a negative way? Try focusing on your blessings instead of your problems.  Each day is a blessing.  So focus on the great things you have no matter how difficult things may get. Focus on the fact that you have a God that is bigger than all of your negative and your troubles and ask Him to take away the negative thoughts that hinder you. Try and focus on being happy no matter what happens and be glad about each new day of life.

 

belief in God

We have all had the issue of wanting to do things with friends and family when we should be focused on other priorities. Everything can be seen more appealing when you’re stressed out and wanting to get away from the normal routine of your life.

As hard as it can be you need to stop trying to get people to do things that you want them to do and help them do what God wants them to do. You should encourage people around you to stop following the world and follow the calling and leadership of the Holy Spirit. Instead of offering people an escape for something they don’t want to do, you can instead offer them help and push them in the right direction.

You can say, “Hey instead of taking you to lunch, I’m going to come over and help you get your stuff in order and help you get the stuff that you need to get done, done.” A lot of people won’t like that all the time and some people may even tell you that you don’t have to come over just to waste your time to help them.

But if it is something that God is putting on your heart to help that person, then be lead by the Holy Spirit and do His good work. It can not only make you feel good and can make God smile, but it will also make the other person that you helped, smile because you went completely out of your way to help them even though you didn’t have to.

At times that push to get stuff done and having a friend help get things done is exactly what we need. God always knows what we need and who we need in our lives at the right time. That’s why He is the ultimate caretaker.

It takes discipline to get stuff done on deadline and around your house but it’ll always make you feel better when those things are done. When you get stuff off your to-do list it normally makes you feel accomplished and enjoy the things you want to do even more.

You can do the same thing for others. You can be there for others and help them get stuff done instead of being distracting to them. Instead of saying we will get them away from their responsibilities, we can help them get the responsibilities done.

You can give them nudges and push them in the direction God wants them and their lives to go instead of watching them suffer in the same old spot of their lives over and over again.

At times, all you have to do is be there for someone and encourage them to look at their lives and what they need to get done and where they want to be in life. Then the rest is pretty much up to them and God. The person that you are trying to help can only do the things that they can do and they can only do them with Gods help.

That is another piece of encouragement you can give to people. Listen to what God has put on your heart and say to them, “God has put dreams and tasks to be done in front of you, what can I do to help you do God’s work in your life? Only you can make the choice to follow God and His plan for your life. I want to help you do your tasks for God and help you feel better about your life through knowing Christ.”

There is a difference between wanting to do something and being led by the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit is leading you to do something, pray about it and if you feel Him tugging at your heart, then go ahead and do it.

If you feel like you want to do something, but you aren’t sure if it is the Holy Spirit talking to you and telling you to do it, keep it in prayer until you get a clear answer from Him. That clear answer can be a feeling of peace in your heart, someone else helping you make that decision to move forward, or it can be God speaking directly to you telling you to go ahead with what He wants you to do.

We need to stop being so distracting to others telling them what we want them to do and start encouraging them to follow the Holy Spirit’s call on their lives and in their hearts. You will not only help others if you do that, God will open up your eyes to what you need to be doing in your life as well.

appreciating everything

Have you ever thought about where God wants you in your life? What about asking yourself what God wants you to do with your life and with your unique abilities He has given you, not to mention the unique abilities that God has blessed you with? Think about it for a second or even a few minutes, what are your abilities? Are you a good cook that makes meals for your family and friends and for the people that eat at your restaurant?

If you are, how about expanding that gift of making food and taking it to the homeless? Or how about cooking food for someone who recently experienced a loss in their family or the loss of a close friend? Are you good at sewing? If you are, you can always make clothes for your family and friends and even make some clothes for others who aren’t as fortunate as you.

Everything you can do and everything that you’re willing to do in order to help others that are less fortunate makes God smile. These are just some of the many examples of what you can do with the gifts and abilities you have from God. But what if you are in a place of your life where you are unsure of where to go and unsure of what you want to do as a career or about what abilities you have? Don’t worry or be discouraged. We have all gone through times like that. Where you are upset because you may not be exactly where we want to be in life. Remember, even if you aren’t where you want to be, you are still right where God wants you to be

The good news is, God has you in whatever season you’re in for His reason. Even though you may not like the place or the season you’re in at the moment, God has a plan for you and a purpose for any pain you may be experiencing. When you ask Him why you’re at where you’re at and He doesn’t give you a specific answer, it means that He is probably trying to test your faith and to help you lean towards Him even more. He wants you to learn from this experience so you can grow into an even better person and an even better person of faith. He could be using this time to help show you and others that His grace is sufficient for you and that even when it feels like you’re weak or that you’re failing, He is still there with you through it. He could be helping you shine your light of faith to others even more. He could be helping mold you into the person He wants you to become. God knows exactly why you’re in the season that you’re in for this time in your life. Even when it seems it will never end, He promises things will become easier and get better.

Ask Him to take hold of your heart and to speak to your heart and to lead you where He wants you, even if it means going through hard times or the valley of the shadow of death. Ask Him to give you the clear-cut sign as to what actions you should and what actions you shouldn’t take in your life. For example, if you really want a new job or a promotion, put it in prayer and ask God for it, but also add “not my will, but your will be done for my life Lord”. Tell Him that you want His help and that you want to surrender your thoughts, your ways, and your life to Him so that your life can start going the way He planned it.

Have you ever asked yourself and Him why He has you where He has you right now in this season of your life? Have the attitude of, “God, this is where you have me right now. I may not like it. I may not understand, but I’m going to keep doing my best, knowing that you are going to use this to my advantage. Help me to lean on you for both wisdom and strength and to remember that even when it feels like things are out of my control, you are still the one in control. I let you in the driver’s seat and I give you control over every aspect of my life. Whether it is my career choice, my financial ability to provide, my skills at my job, the prospect of changing jobs. I give you everything in my life. Take it and let it be used as yours and yours alone and to glorify you.  Thank you, Lord, that you are working your plans for my life and that your plans always turn out better than mine ever could. Amen”