15 Bible Verses To Mend Your Broken Heart

15 Bible Verses To Mend Your Broken Heart

Through it all, He is good.

C.S. Lewis once said, "Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties." As followers of Christ, we are not promised a free pass to perfection, but what we are promised is the forever certainty that we will find refuge in Him. As I reflect on the difficulties that this life brings me, I find comfort in his word. I decided to reflect on Scripture and compose a list of verses that have given me strength throughout my life. If you need some peace in difficult times, I hope this can be it.

1) "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9

2) "'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.'" - Jeremiah 29:11

3) "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." - Psalm 147:3

4) "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you." - Deuteronomy 31:6

5) "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." - Romans 8:18

6) "The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever." - Isaiah 40:8

7) "The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion." - Proverbs 28:1

8) "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

9) "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." - Proverbs 3:5-6

10) "I can do all this through Him who gives me strength." - Philippians 4:13

11) "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:38-39

12) "Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea—the Lord on high is mighty." - Psalm 93:4

13) "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." - Hebrews 13:5

14) "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." - Isaiah 41:10

15) "He says, 'Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.' The Lord Almighty is with us." - Psalm 46:10-11

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The Perfect Guy Is Out There, Trust Me

Little do you know there is one

We’re all guilty of it. It’s something in the back of our minds a lot of the time.

The guy who will hold us when we’re upset and accompany us when we’re lonely. The guy who will love us to the ends of the Earth, with all they have within them. The guy who will take you on extravagant adventures and fulfill all of your dreams. The guy who will carry your burdens with you to lighten the load. The guy who will fill your heart with unimaginable joy.

The guy who’s accountable, responsible, and kind. The guy with the smarts and wisdom to help you raise your kids just how you’d want. The guy with an indescribable compassion for life and people. The guy who knows and understands you more than you know you know and understand yourself. A guy with a sense of humor, but still a guy with empathy. A guy who would die for you. The perfect guy.

Oddly enough, that exists. I even know a guy.

This guy is literally perfect in every way. He is elegance and grace and wisdom. This guy is the very definition of absolutely selfless love. He puts others first always and always has your best interests at heart. He won’t take you anywhere that isn’t good for you and that won’t lead to better things. He’ll take you out on adventures you couldn’t imagine-- it’s like getting on a rollercoaster ride that never ends. Each worry in your head is put to rest and reassured every time. Each burden is no longer your to bare. He wants and loves you more than any other person could ever.

He would drop anything in a moment for you if you were having a rough day. He’s also an excellent listener-- I swear I’ve talked for hours on end before about the dumbest things. He literally wants nothing in return from you other than a relationship. Insane right? He’s kind of overlooked sometimes though, which makes me sad. He’s truly a pleasure to me and helpful to my heart, so I wish everyone knew.

His name? I thought you’d never ask.

He is God, my love. He wants you more than anything else on the planet. He led a flawless life full of nothing but love for even those who betrayed Him or didn’t believe in Him. He will listen to your cries for help and your rants for HOURS without hesitation, without growing bored. He’ll take you places you can’t imagine experiencing things you couldn’t fathom. He will reassure you that you are beautiful, you are kind, you are smart, your feelings are valid, you are worth it, and you are endlessly and unconditionally loved.

If you go to Him, He will not only help you carry your burdens, but He will take them from you entirely. He would undoubtedly die for you, and He DID die for you. He has your best interests at heart and will never lead your feet into a place that won’t help you.

From experience, I know this. I let my fears control me, even when He told me not to be afraid (365 times, one for each day, I might add). For example, I once was afraid of drowning, especially in regards to the ocean. It was a small fear, not overpowering, but there. On a vacation, it seemed that people were losing their lives to riptides –– one the day before my event. The next day, I got caught in a riptide, imagining only the worst outcome as the waves crashed over me and I started growing tired of fighting.

Yet, just as I felt like that was it, the current brought me back around and into shore, virtually unscathed. He showed me I am always safe with Him, and I should never be afraid. God has put me through situations that I thought I was incapable of even going through the beginning stages of. He helps me grow, learn, and love. The love is incomparable to any Earthly thing.

All in all, this is something you’ll have to experience for yourself. He only wants a relationship with you. He only wants YOU. Run to Him. Embrace Him. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

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10 Things All Catholic College Students Think On Ash Wednesday

Jesus Time!

In the Catholic Church, and some other Christian denominations, Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Lenten season in which we must reflect and repent for our sins. It is reflective of the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert, fasting and praying, before being crucified. In this season, Christians are in a period of deep prayer and reflection on their own lives.

1. I’m so hungry.

On Ash Wednesday, Catholics fast, meaning we don’t eat anything, so that we can remember what Jesus went through in the desert and be in communion with people in the world who are hungry and living in poverty.

2. What am I going to give up this year?

One of the most stressful things about the Lenten season is figuring out what to give up for Lent. Catholics usually take something of excess, like a favorite food or a luxury of some sort, and give it up for the 40 days of Lent. This is used to remind us of how we must always be thankful for what we have, because not everyone has what we do.

3. If I give up going to church, does that count?

No, no it doesn’t.

4. Please don’t let me be first in line.

At mass, Catholics grind up the ashes from last year’s Psalm Sunday and use them to write the sign of the cross on our foreheads. This symbolizes our devotion to Christ, our understanding that He died for our sins, and our pride in being His followers. But, you never want to be first in line to receive your ashes, because they will look the darkest of anyone else’s and you’ll look even more ridiculous than the rest of us.

5. Is everyone staring at me?

Considering during Ash Wednesday, most us Catholics have a huge black smudge on our foreheads, I think it is safe to say that, yes, everyone is staring at you.

6. Ey, there’s another one!

This is the one day where you can visibly see on your campus who is Catholic and who is not. It’s kind of fun to walk around and make eye contact with people who have ashes, realizing that you don’t know each other, but you still have a commonality.

7. Should I wear a hat?

Unless it is extremely cold outside, wearing a hat to cover up your ashes kind of defeats the purpose of getting them to begin with.

8. Will God hate me if I sneak a fry?

No, he won’t. Especially if you have a medical condition like I do, fasting all day isn’t always an option. Just do the best you can and God will appreciate it.

9. Do I have ash fallout?

As a girl who wears makeup, I often worry if my ashes caught on to my foundation and have littered my face in black specks. It’s kind of vain, but I always have the check in the mirror after mass to see what everything looks like before I can go outside.

10. Does any of this REALLY matter?

It matters if you make it matter. Use this time of reflection to get to know God better and be a good person. If you can’t think of something to give up for the season, add something new and positive into your life instead. Just do whatever can do for God and all will be well.

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