This post is for those whose hearts have been shattered in two. For those who put on a brave face but are crumbling on the inside. For those who are weak and weary and find it next to impossible to get out of bed in the morning. For those who are experiencing pain beyond what they had ever imagined possible. I offer this post to you. We all know pain is a part of life, but when it hits, there is nothing in the world that can prepare you for the heartache that agonizing situations bring. Now is the time to take off that exterior of “everything is okay”, and allow the Lord’s peace and comfort to surround you. I’ve gathered up a few of my favorite verses in hopes they will bring you comfort through times of struggle. My sincere wish is that they help lift your weary spirits and bring you comfort in the times you need it most.
” He heals the brokenhearted. And binds up their wounds [healing their pain and comforting their sorrow]” (Psalm 147:3).
Do you know the greatest healer? Will you give him a chance to soothe your brokenness? I can picture the Lord with his arm around you, listening to you, and drying your tears. I can picture him telling you it is going to be okay and that the pain will pass overtime. The greatest Father is here to be with you and do what every good father does, soothe and comfort you in your time of heartache. If you allow him to do this, he will provide comfort and rest for your weary soul.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged (Deuteronomy 31:8).
Going through hardships can make us believe God has abandoned us. But God will never leave you, He will never cast you aside. Through all of our experiences in life, but especially times of devastation, the Lord is with you. He is mourning with you and suffering with you. He loves you so much that he places himself in your shoes and experiences the pain with you. Never believe the lie that God has left your side, He is with you in time of sadness.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging” (Psalm 46:1-3).
Life can be scary sometimes. Through tremendous loss, it is easy to wonder if God is in control. This verse reminds us that although it may seems things are falling apart, God is in the driver’s seat of your life and will give you the strength to carry on. Imagine God pulling your hand out of rough waters and placing you on dry land. Although it may feel as if you’re drowning, the Lord is “ever present” in moments of distress. He is not distracted, his focus is on you. The greatest helper and comforter you can always count on.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).
When I read this verse, I imagine myself walking down a dark path, unaware of what surrounds me. But I am comforted by the image of God in front of me, with light shining all around him, showing me which way to go. You can rest in assurance that God is doing this for you, each and everyday. Although our path is unclear and some experiences dark, God is always right there next to us. He is leading us towards the path of his promise. He is supplying us with the comfort of knowing he is always by our side.
“Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
Hardship brings us moments where we feel we will never escape the dark pit of sadness. This verse reminds us that we will have days of mourning but one day we will be able to laugh again, smile again, and enjoy life again. Through suffering, we will only grow stronger. Like a caterpillar morphing into a glorious butterfly, we will emerge from our cages of sadness into a weightless butterfly basking in the glory of God.
God provided us with these verses to soothe our broken hearts during times of sadness. Remember, it’s okay not to be okay. You don’t always have to put on a brave face. Somedays, all you need is to cry and ask God to bring you comfort. Ask God to sit with you and he will remind you everything is going to be okay. Like a father soothing his precious child, Our Father, God the Father, will do the same. His love for you is so great, it is impossible for us to imagine how vast it is. When you’re ready, immerse yourself in his word, and begin your path towards healing.
I loved this song by Matthew West, Truth Be Told, about pretending you’re okay, when you’re really not.
Linked below is one of my favorite books by, Lysa TerKeurst, Seeing Beautiful Again, encouraging you to “hope again” during times of struggle. Check it out on Amazon below.
Learn more about navigating everyday emotions in my blog Release my Fears.