12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since, I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip

No haters are going to bring me down.
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This piece is intended to be a satire of an experience at Coachella.

With Coachella officially over, lives can go back to normal and we can all relive Beyonce’s performance online for years to come. Or, if you were like me and actually there, you can replay the experience in your mind for the rest of your life, holding dear to the memories of an epic weekend and a cultural experience like no other on the planet.

And I want to be clear about the Beyonce show: it really was that good.

But with any big event beloved by many, there will always be the haters on the other side. The #nochella’s, the haters of all things ‘Chella fashion. And let me just say this, the flower headbands aren’t cultural appropriation, they’re simply items of clothing used to express the stylistic tendency of a fashion-forward event.

Because yes, the music, and sure, the art, but so much of what Coachella is, really, is about the fashion and what you and your friends are wearing. It's supposed to be fun, not political! Anyway, back to the main point of this.

One of the biggest things people love to hate on about Coachella is the fact that many of the attendees have their tickets bought for them by their parents.

Sorry? It’s not my fault that my parents have enough money to buy their daughter and her friends the gift of going to one of the most amazing melting pots of all things weird and beautiful. It’s not my fault about your life, and it’s none of your business about mine.

All my life, I’ve dealt with people commenting on me, mostly liking, but there are always a few that seem upset about the way I live my life.

One time, I was riding my dolphin out in Turks and Cacaos, (“riding” is the act of holding onto their fin as they swim and you sort of glide next to them. It’s a beautiful, transformative experience between human and animal and I really think, when I looked in my dolphin’s eye, that we made a connection that will last forever) and someone I knew threw shade my way for getting to do it.

Don’t make me be the bad guy.

I felt shame for years after my 16th birthday, where my parents got me an Escalade. People at school made fun of me (especially after I drove into a ditch...oops!) and said I didn’t deserve the things I got in life.

I can think of a lot of people who probably don't deserve the things in life that they get, but you don't hear me hating on them (that's why we vote, people). Well, I’m sick of being made to feel guilty about the luxuries I’m given, because they’ve made me who I am, and I love me.

I’m a good person.

I’m not going to let the Coachella haters bring me down anymore. Did my parents buy my ticket and VIP housing? Yes. Am I sorry about that? Absolutely not.

Sorry, not sorry!

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How Deep The Father's Love For Us

Loving others well.
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I put all different types of random thoughts in the "Notes" app on my phone. I was going through it looking to see if I had written any ideas down when I came across a prayer that I had been thinking of last semester. It said:

I want to be able to love others so well that I enjoy celebrating them more than I enjoy being celebrated.

When I read this I was convicted that I have not taken any steps in that direction. I have not sought out ways to love people, celebrate them, and encourage them. I wrote that prayer down and then just went on living my very self-centered life that sought out my own recognition and attention.

But this is not the life that my sweet Jesus demonstrated, nor is it the life we are commanded to live. Jesus fed people, He taught them, He prayed for others, He had compassion for them, He healed them, and He died for them and rose again. He loved them, and He continues to do so. He is an encourager, a friend, a savior, and a servant.

I have this awful habit of not loving people well because they don't love me back. It's a pretty broken way of thinking and a sad excuse, but its one that I unconsciously use nonetheless. It leaves me unfulfilled because I have missed an opportunity to love like God loves.

I was designed and called to share a love that loves even when that love isn't mutual. Jesus did not just love the people that loved Him back. He loved those that mocked and ridiculed Him. He prayed for those who had crucified Him. He died for the very ones who nailed Him to the cross and all of us who have sinned against the Father, and yet His love never waivers.

Another example of this sweet love we are commanded to live out is how our incredible God has loved us. He desires our hearts, pursues us, and seeks us out even when we run from Him into darkness. How deep the Father's love for us. I want to love like the Father loves.

So as we are temporarily living in this broken world full of self-promotion and living in this broken body that desires to love selfishly, I pray that people not loving us back wouldn't hinder us from loving others well... we weren't called to love our neighbors only under the condition that they reciprocate that love. Let's encourage and serve. Let's celebrate and find joy in other's success. Let's care about their good days and bad days. Let's love well.

Let's love how Jesus loves. Sacrificially.

Let's love how the Father loves. Relentlessly.

Let's love how we are commanded to love and let's love in action and service.

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