Welcome back to the continuation of Week 4 of “Weariness to Strength” Bible Reading series. I am so thankful that you have taken time out of your busy schedule to stop over. I hope you will be totally blessed today and take away a good dose of encouragement.
Is something ‘hard’ about your day?
A hard day can make us physically or emotionally weary.
You can find hope as you turn to the Bible and seek Jesus for answers that will uplift you with His strength.
In each of the passages for this week, there are 5 words that became my ‘key’ words to encourage you to walk in the strength of the Lord when you are struggling.
There are more words than just these but these are the ones that spoke to my struggling heart and I thought they would help you to stand strong in Jesus too!!
1. Psalm 48:1-14 – Praise
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. ~Psalm 48:1~
The thing I want to do the least when life hits me hard is to start praising the Lord. When I do, it isn’t long before my spirit starts to lift out of the mire that I am wallowing in.
It doesn’t come natural to praise the Lord for me.
Making a habit of praising the Lord will help you to start looking at your circumstances with a thankful heart more often as you practice praising God for all He has done.
2. Psalm 57:1-11 – Merciful
Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. ~Psalm 57:1~
Do I ever NEED mercy from God!
I know you are the same if you look at yourself with a scrutinizing eye. Moms tend to do that!
If we are honest, we fall way short of God’s expectation and no matter how we try, our life is a mess with sin as we learn to walk with the Lord.
I love that the Lord’s mercy is new every morning. How thankful I am for such a merciful God!!
3. Psalm 59: 1-17 – Refuge
But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou has been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble. ~Psalm 59:16~
Songs have been written and sung through the years about God being our refuge.
What if you started your day singing about how God is your refuge?
I have struggled with melancholy feelings as my day starts. What if I started by singing? I have calm Christian music playing off the internet when I wake up and it is incredible how much less (like never) I struggle any more with those thoughts and feelings of failure and doom.
Do you struggle with negative thoughts and emotions? If so, what time of the day are these thoughts raging in your head?
4. Psalm 91:1-16 – Abide
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. ~Psalm 91:1~
Ah!! I love the word ABIDE! Yes, and so much that it is my ‘word’ for 2016.
Do you have a secret place that you can learn to abide? It is good to start off your day in God’s Word before the day goes on without you!
Once you have spent that time alone (or ‘alone’ with your kids . . . been there) with Jesus it becomes much easier (although it can still be a struggle) to the level that we have learned how to abide.
5. Hebrews 6:13-20 – Hope
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil. ~Hebrews 6:19~
I absolutely love this verse as a wrap-up for this Bible study!!
Think of an anchor and that is what hope is to be for you.
An anchor holds a ship steady (or steadfast) even though the waves are trying to move it to a new location.
Hope is that anchor for you.
Is your hope in Jesus?
Have you been following this series? What did you like best about it? What improvements would you like to see when I do one again?
I hope that you printed off the FREE Printable that goes with this study because it will be an encouragement to you now and also in the future. You will have a list of twenty passages on weariness and strength.
Did you miss the earlier studies for ‘Weariness to Strength‘? Just visit the page where you will find links to posts from the Bible Reading Plan and Week 1 by ‘Clicking the Pic’ below. Subscribe to my weekly newsletter to receive the worksheet that will help you journal what you are hearing from God.