Creating your own prayer room encourages you to set aside scheduled time in a quiet space to hear God’s voice through God’s Word.
What is a Christian Prayer Room?
In today’s very busy world, a designated prayer space simply makes sense. Some days it is hard enough to focus on one thing at a time in our normal environment.
We can easily be distracted by our “to do” lists, phones, work, chores, and many other necessities of today’s world. But Jesus calls us to look past this world and to set our gaze upon Him in Scripture.
Colossians 3:2 calls us to “set our minds on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” A prayer room is designated solely to pray and spend focused time with the Lord. Designating a prayer room or space is beneficial to a healthy Christian’s prayer life.
Where to Begin
A great place to begin is to determine why you want a prayer room in your own home. Will it be to simply appear spiritual? That shallow reason is why I created a prayer corner years ago. Needless to say, it did not get much use.
But a lot of life has happened. I have been bruised, hurt, and broken by this world. I bet you have, too. We need a serious place to spend extended time with the Lord. My prayer space is the specific place where I spend intentional time with my heavenly Father.
So the first thing you need to decide is why you want a prayer room. I can tell you first hand, God has done some serious work in my life and through my life because of time spent in dedicated prayer.
Finding a Small Room
I currently have a prayer corner in my study. I get distracted easily so choosing a small room or space is a great way to shut out distractions.
If your children have left home, that spare room could be the perfect place for years of prayer. Do you have a walk-in closet that only stores junk? Think creatively and purposefully!
I find that small prayer rooms or spaces are the best. That private space becomes a sacred space to deepen your personal relationship with Jesus without distraction. As you cover yourself, your whole family, and your loved ones with prayer, it will truly become the heart of your home.
Jesus said: “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:5-6).
What Goes in a Prayer Room?
Once your specific area is selected, there are a few key items that need to be included in your prayer room.
First and foremost, you need a Bible. Since there are times when we literally pray God’s Word back to Him, a Bible is essential. There are many excellent Bibles available.
Now that your Bible and ways to record your prayers have been chosen, it’s time to focus on personalizing your quiet place of prayer. Whether your prayer space is an entire room or simply a special spot, there are beautiful ways to personalize it.
If you are more artistic, think of painting wall art or filling the space with worship music. Your prayer space does not have to be elaborate, just to reflect you. God simply longs for us to spend time with Him in prayer.
This will vary greatly depending on the size of your prayer room. Again, let it fit your personal style. You may have room for a comfortable couch or recliner with cozy throws. A writing table and chair may even fit.
For a smaller space, perhaps a large floor cushion or a comfortable chair with a lap desk fits perfectly. You could even find a padded kneeling bench. It is up to you, your budget, and the amount of available space.
If your eyesight requires plenty of light, outfit your space accordingly. Hanging lights, table lamps, floor lamps, and ambient light all work well according to how much light you need.
Some people say that they need bright light in order to stay awake. Colossians 4:2 tells us: “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.“
Personally, I love natural light or a soft lamp with a candle burning brightly close by. The key is creating a calm place to pray to remove the speed and anxiety of the world.
God created an endless palette of colors to choose from, so choose what you love! Color is an excellent way to transform an empty room into your personalized space.
I love muted cottage colors, so there are a lot of blues, creams, and beige colors in my prayer space. Soft and inviting. If you love bright colors, go crazy! Simply put, make it a space where you long to spend serious time.
Spending Time in Your Prayer Room
The ultimate goal of your prayer room is for the purpose of prayer. This is where you intentionally and diligently meet with the Lord to tackle life on every level. And there are a few other necessities for this space, as well.
If you are new to prayer it can be daunting. Been there done that as a new Christian in my early 20s.
I wrote two helpful resources about prayer that I hope you will find beneficial along your prayer journey:
Prayer truly ushers us into God’s presence. We may begin our prayer time with anxiety and angst, but His inner peace will fill you up as His love and grace replace all else.
Reading and meditating on Scripture on a daily basis is food for the soul. Knowing God in His Word informs every aspect of a Christian’s life. Losing track of time during quiet reflection of His Word is always time well spent.
Reading God’s Word reminds us of His promises, His love, and all He has called us to do in His name. Knowing Scripture strengthens your prayer walk as you come to know the biblical stories of salvation and spreading the Good News. God’s Word is His love letter to us.
As we hear the melodies and sing those words to God, He reminds us of His goodness, faithfulness, and holiness. If you are not wired as a music person, spend time worshiping God by praying His psalms of praise back to Him.
Spending intentional time with the Lord is the whole purpose of a prayer room or prayer space. Over time, you will be amazed as you track your prayers and see how God chooses to answer them.
I pray that your prayer room, however large or small, is a space where Jesus becomes the central focus of your life. Your prayer requests never fall on deaf ears. God is for you!
That meaning of light is significant in the context of biblical history and theology. Scripture is clear that the power of God’s light expels darkness and all powers of evil. No darkness is equal to His great light.
What are the biblical and spiritual characteristics of light?
In the simplest terms, light results in removing darkness. Spiritually, light represents the contrast between God and evil forces, believers and unbelievers.
In the biblical context, every phase of light, from natural light in the natural world to the spiritual glory of the celestial, is found in Scripture. God “alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see” (1 Timothy 6:16).
Creation of Light
After God created the heavens and the earth, His Spirit hovered over the darkness (Genesis 1:1-2). Afterward, the first thing that God did was to illuminate the heavens and the earth.
“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day (Genesis 1:3-5).
It is important to note that this first illumination of the heavens and earth did not come from the sun. Natural light comes later in Genesis 1:14-18, which we explore below. We are not told where this original light came from, other than God.
Plants were created on Day 3, but the sun does not show up until the 4th day of creation. How can plants exist and flourish without sunlight? Yet we have “light” on Day 1.
Perhaps one of the reasons God waited until Day 4 to create the sun was to demonstrate that He alone creates light. He alone is light and life. The sun is just one of many instruments in His hands.
We worship the Creator, not what He created. In the Old Testament, God warned the Israelites not to worship the sun like the pagans (Deuteronomy 4:19). As God’s children, we do not worship the sun but God who made the sun.
Characteristics of Light
According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, light is “the symbol and synonym of all that is luminous and radiant in the mental, moral and spiritual life of men and angels.” That is a fancy way of stating that light matters in every realm of life.
Light is represented in many ways, and thus its characteristics to illuminate dark places vary greatly.
Natural light can be observed through the sun, moon, stars, and solar systems.
Artificial light can be represented by ancient oil lamps, candles, fire, and modern electricity.
Miraculous light is seen through Moses’ burning bush (Exodus 3) and the pillar of fire by day that protected the Israelites after they left Egypt (Exodus 13:17-22), among others.
Light and life go together in the bible as the product of salvation (we will discuss that more below). For the most part, light is an attribute of holiness that shines forth the glory of God.
The sun first appears in Genesis with these well-known familiar words:
“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:14-18).
All of nature’s bright lights (sun, moon, and stars) appear here in Genesis and elsewhere in Scripture:
“Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun” (Psalm 74:16).
“To Him who made the great lights, for His steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 136:7).
“…before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain” (Ecclesiastes 12:2).
“And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:5).
How does natural light affect us?
The characteristics of natural light in our daily walk are beauty, radiance, and life-giving. For instance:
“Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun” (Ecclesiastes 11:7).
“If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him” (John 11:9-10).
Life, joy, activity, and every blessing are dependent upon light. If you live in parts of the world where gloomy, dark weather descends during the winter, you truly understand the life-giving, joy-inducing effects of the sun.
Light is Good
The Hebrew word that portrays light is evocative. God’s initial creative process begins in Genesis where our eternal God spoke (Genesis 1:2) and light appeared without hesitation.
Before the beginning of time, light was the initial step of God’s creative spirit. Spiritually, physically, and mentally, all men stumble in the absence of light.
Without light, darkness and chaos run rampant over all the earth. The term for darkness is used for the wicked (Proverb 2:13), as judgment (Exodus 10:21), and death (Psalm 88:12).
Darkness evokes all that is anti-God. Moral man loses the right path when a plague of darkness shrouds him from God’s healing light. Light is good because:
God is the Father of light who dispels darkness: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17).
God is light: “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).
The Light of Christ
The Apostle John wrote down in the New Testament these very words of Jesus:
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12)
“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5).
Light is the revelation of God’s love in Jesus Christ. Christ’s love and light penetrate every life darkened by sin. That’s all of us.
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:5-7).
Jesus is the incarnate Word of God, who has come as the light for all people (John 1:4-14). The light of Christ residing in us through the power of the Holy Spirit enables us to shine His true light into the darkest circumstances.
God is Light
Since light represents goodness in opposition to the evil associated with darkness, it is a natural step for the biblical authors to understand God, the ultimate good, as light.
Our spiritual light and life can only come from God: “For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light” (Psalm 36:9).
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone” (Isaiah 9:2).
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
Psalm 27:1 does not mince words: “Yahweh (Adonai) is my light and my salvation.” God’s presence is our source of light despite any darkness around us.
Light of Salvation
Why is Christ referred to as the light of the world? He answers that question directly: “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness” (John 12:46).
As a young adult, I experienced life without the light of Christ. I will never forget the hopelessness and darkness of life without His love and light. (See my story here.)
When I received God’s gift of faith and believed that Christ died for me, it was an incomparable JOY!
His Light Penetrates Darkness
God’s perfect love and light can penetrate and redeem even the darkest heart. Christ’s life and light shine forth the good news of eternal life for all who believe in Him.
Everyone who responds by faith to God’s light is ushered into a life in which darkness is dispelled. Specifically, salvation brings light to those in darkness:
“The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned” (Matthew 4:16).
“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4-5).
“You will succeed in whatever you choose to do, and light will shine on the road ahead of you” (Job 22:28).
We are Sons and Daughters of Light
When we believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is our Savior, we are grafted into His eternal family by faith:
“While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light” (John 12:36).
“For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true)” (Ephesians 5:8-9).
“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or the darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:5).
Living as Children of Light
So, how are His children supposed to live with His light in us? How does living as a child of God look different from the rest of the world?
Paul intentionally contrasts the old life in darkness with new life in the light in Christ Jesus:
“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God…You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:17-18, 23-24).
What does that life look like?
Simply put, a believer’s words, thoughts, and actions are characterized by light:
“But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God” (John 3:21).
“For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:12-14).
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
Many bible verses in God’s Word refer to good deeds and good works as telltale marks of the children of God. People see the goodness of the Lord through the spiritual life of men and women.
We stand out, not blend in
As a child of the light, our old life stands in stark contrast with the new. As we rely on His strength each day, His light exposes and expels darkness.
Satan can disguise himself as an “angel of light”. Do not be fooled. Satan does not have the light of God. The devil’s goal is our complete and utter destruction.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:12-13).
However, God has given us His armor as the ultimate defense against Satan’s attacks: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
Pieces of God’s Armor
I wrote an entire eight-week Bible study on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20) because the thought of an invisible enemy attacking me 24/7 used to be flat-out scary. Here is what God has given us:
Belt of truth
Breastplate of righteousness
Shoes of the Gospel of peace
Shield of faith (to extinguish the enemy’s fiery darts)
God’s armor is not meant to hang useless in our spiritual closets. The enemy is powerful, so we wear God’s armor because we are God’s soldiers. His divine light and protection cover us from head to toe.
God is light, who dispels the darkness of this world. Jesus came as the light of the world, breaking through the darkness of sin by His work on the cross.
The first word of God is about light. The love of God is a shining light into a dark world. And as children of the light, we have the privilege of carrying His divine torch.
My family gathered for Mom’s 81st birthday just a few weeks ago. We celebrated her life with fun decorations, enjoyed lots of cake, and prayed for a successful surgery.
Mom bravely went under the hands of the surgeons in the operating room today. She is now in the recovery process.
The time during her healing process will tell us if the cancer removal was successful. She will need to come to grips with a scar on her face – a hard thing for anyone.
I spent a lot of time in prayer for Mom over the past several weeks. In fact, if you have never kept a prayer journal, that certainly helps see how God moves.
Always Pray in Jesus’ Name
As Christians, we understand that the power of prayer must precede everything. And that healing prayer is vitally important for the life of a loved one – especially a mom.
Jesus is our power source: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18, ESV). So with confidence and peace of mind, we pray in His name.
Prayer enables us to ask Almighty God in Jesus’ holy name to take control of the situation. So we start by asking the Great Physician to positively influence the hands of the medical people for a successful operation and speedy recovery.
God is our heavenly father who cares for us all the time, but most especially in our time of need. At the same time, He has given us free will to determine what we want for ourselves.
God is a gentleman and does not intrude into our affairs if we do not want him to. In fact, Scripture says, “You have not because you ask not” (James 4:2-3, ESV). So we trust His loving arms every step of the way.
Powerful Prayers Before Surgery
So what are the best ways that we pray for someone as beloved and important as a mom? And on such a sobering occasion as a surgical procedure?
Inviting our Lord Jesus Christ and Divine Healer is the most crucial step. Here are prayers that I have found helpful during this journey with my Mom to use as a starting point for your own prayers.
Gracious Father, we commit into Your hands the surgeon’s hand and medical professionals. Send Your guardian angels to guide them and preserve Mom with Your healing touch. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear God, I ask that You come into this operation room and take control of the medical team for Mom’s surgery today. Restore Mom to full health through complete healing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
O Lord, please give Mom (and her family) a peace that passes human understanding. You are the God of hope, so with grateful hearts, we ask You to guide the surgical team through the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Father God, surgery can be a difficult time with all of the worry that we let creep in. You are Lord of lords full of loving kindness, so ease our worry. Let the peace of God rule over any anxiety to bring perfect harmony today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer Scripture for Someone Going Into Surgery
Heavenly Father, your promises are as true today as they were in Bible times. You promised, “I am the Lord that heals you” (Exodus 15:26, ESV). I trust that promise while Mom is on the operating table today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Jesus, when you touched Peter’s mother-in-law, her fever immediately disappeared (Luke 4:38-40, ESV). Extend your healing hand over Mom today and completely restore her health. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Lord, You promise in Scripture that when we commit our work and plans into Your hands, You will establish them (Proverbs 16:3, ESV). I commit the work of the doctors and nurses into Your hands for successful surgery and Mom’s healing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear God, give my mom Your peace that surpasses all human understanding. Remove every fear, trouble, and anxiety from her, and fill her with confidence that she is safe in Your hands. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
A Good Prayer for Someone Having Surgery
Lord God, bring to the surgeon’s hands all of the skills needed for a successful outcome. Prepare them with sharp minds and grant Mom a full recovery surrounded by loving family and your good things. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father, give Mom peace from an anxious heart. Provide her physical body with the best care in that surgery room to give her long life and normal life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Jesus, only you can bring the healing power of God. Give the doctors and nurses the skill and ability to make the right decisions to bring Mom safety through surgery. enrich her daily life by granting her complete healing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Father, my prayer today is for Mom. As she faces surgery tomorrow, I trust you to guide the hands of the doctor. Calm all anxious thoughts and bring healing in the mighty name of Jesus.
Short Prayer for Successful Surgery and Recovery
Dearest God, we put all our trust in you. Bless the doctor’s hands and the outcome of surgery. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
O God, I pray that the surgery room is filled with the heavenly host. Let them surround Mom, the doctors, and the medical staff to bring healing through a successful surgery. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Loving Heavenly Father, let the doctors and nurses be extensions of your healing hand. We trust you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dearest Jesus, I entrust Mom’s body, soul, and spirit in your perfect hands during surgery. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Father, I know that you cherish her more than I do, and pray that you will bring her through better than ever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Lord God, full health is what I desire for Mom so I boldly pray that be her portion in Jesus’ name.
Prayer for Safe Operation
Father, as Mom’s surgery draws near, an anxious heart can make peace elusive. Calm her from the inside out as only you can do. Give her comfort in knowing that you are working for her good and your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Lord, give us comforting words of hope and healing to share with Mom as she goes in for her operation. Let those holy words wash over her to bring peace and hope. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Jesus, you can heal all sickness and disease, even those we may classify as incurable. I believe in miracles and pray that you strengthen and heal Mom through today’s operation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Lord and Friend, I ask that you renew Mom’s health today through a successful operation in such a remarkable way that no one can take glory for it but You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Father, you have brought Mom to this point so that you can bring healing to her body. Guide the hands of the surgeon and medical staff to ensure a successful operation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for After Surgery
Father God, thank you for bringing Mom through a successful surgery today. I praise you for working through the doctors to accomplish everything needed to heal Mom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Jesus, I pray that you complete the healing work that you started today in Mom’s surgery. Keep her stable and strengthen her hour by hour as you continue to make her well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear God, as Mom now moves from surgery to health, bless her with a strong body, mind, and spirit. Let her see Your hand in her healing and rely on You for all the days of her life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Father, I am so thankful that you have brought Mom safely through surgery! I pray that you continue to heal her body so that she can serve you fully with joy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Pray Without Ceasing
He wants us to live a life of constant prayer. In fact, Scripture specifically tells us, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, ESV). Those moments when you are waiting in the doctor’s office provide great opportunities to talk with God.
Engaging in ongoing communication with Him as our closest friend. Such honest and open hearts enable us to build a strong relationship with Him. Over time, we learn to rely on Him for all our needs.
Silent prayers are just as effective as spoken prayers. God’s power resides in both, so if you are uncomfortable praying out loud or find yourself in a situation where you need to be silent, prayer is still possible.
The Bible is as true today as the days in which it was written. God is the healer of our souls and bodies, offering His resurrection life to bring healing, both physically and eternally.
God wants us to pray when things are going well and when they are going the other way. He wants us to pray about everything and never rely upon our efforts or abilities.
Why Is Prayer Important?
Almighty God is the giver of life. As the Great Physician, only He can bring healing into anyone’s life.
Prayer intentionally brings the power of God into any situation. Although Jesus is always present, He will not barge into your life. He gently knocks and waits for you to open the door.
Intentional prayer also brings an acute awareness of His presence in your life. As you pray for certain people or situations, you will be able to discern how God is moving. That is a strong way to strengthen your faith!
God promises: “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you” (Jeremiah 29:12, ESV). God is as close as our next breath and hears every word – both spoken and unspoken.
Some medical cases are not physical even though they may appear to be so. Some ailments can only be answered by prayers. Jesus said, “This kind will not go except by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21, footnote).
Do Not Be Ignorant of Satan’s Devices
Scripture clearly warns us: “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8, ESV).
That passage continues by letting us know what to do: “Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world” (1 Peter 5:9, ESV).
I wrote an entire 8-week Bible study on the armor of God called “Your Strong Suit” based on Ephesians 6:10-18. Understanding the defensive armor that God has provided emboldens us to fight the good fight with prayer leading the charge.
God has also given us the most powerful offensive weapon: “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17, ESV).
In order to use that all-powerful, spiritual offensive weapon, we need to know God’s Word. Studying the Bible is key. Here are several Bible studies that can get you started.
Regularly reading through Scripture is also a powerful tool in your spiritual arsenal against attacks of the enemy. Set yourself the task of reading through the Bible by picking one of these free Bible reading plans.
Knowing God’s Word is key to an effective prayer life. As you read through Scripture, pick out some key Bible verses to memorize.
Committing your life and the life of your loved ones into God’s hands is the most effective way to live a God-honoring life full of contentment and peace, despite any hard time that comes.
He is for you and not against you! He will bring about His perfect plan in your life that will be far better than you could have planned.
The goodness of the Lord and His higher power in your life are the greatest blessings that you will ever receive. He faithfully holds you in the palm of his mighty hand.
Since most of us do not read the Word of God in its original languages (Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic), I counted the number of words in English based on the ESV version, including chapter titles but not footnotes.
Consequently, if you have challenged yourself to study the Bible by reading the shorter book to the longest book in order (and in English), then start with 2 John.
Is Third John the Shortest Book in the New Testament?
In the original Greek language, the third Epistle of John wins the short book category. However, in the English language, the winner is second John. Actually, 2 John is a short letter rather than a book, which also contains the fewest verses.
The Apostle John, who wrote the Gospel of John (as well as the prophetic Book of Revelation on the Island of Patmos), also wrote the general letters of 1, 2, and 3 John.
Though these letters contain fewer words, their powerful message was to encourage believers in the wake of the rising controversy. Some believers had left their Christian congregations amidst rising trouble and false teachers.
The Top Five Shortest Books in the Bible
These five shorter books in the Bible contain the same number of chapters: only one. In order from the shortest first, they are:
The Book of Psalms wins the prize for the longest book with 45,262 words and 2,461 verses contained in 150 chapters (again, in English). In fact, it has double the total number of verses to the second runner-up, the Book of Jeremiah (1,364 verses).
In comparison to another poetry book, the Song of Solomon contains 2,750 words in 117 verses over 8 chapters.
The length of the books of the Bible varies greatly. However, its sacred texts reveal the meaning of life.
What is the First Book in the Bible?
The Book of Genesis is the first book of the Bible, as well as the first of the Old Testament books. It is the fourth longest book in Scripture with 38,302 words and 1,533 verses contained in 50 chapters.
Genesis is a great place to start studying the historical books of the Old Testament. It lays the historical foundation for the entire Bible. It is the epic adventure of the people of Israel that points to a promised land through encounters with specific individuals.
From the first to the last book, Genesis to Revelation, we encounter major prophets, minor prophets of God, Israel’s history, and our future into eternity with Jesus.
What is the First Book of the New Testament?
The Book of Matthew is the first book in the Bible. It is also the first Gospel contained in the New Testament. It outlines the genealogy and life of Jesus.
Matthew also shares the Good News of Salvation for new believers. Through this Gospel, we witness the saving ministry of Jesus for the first time in the New Testament.
There are four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The first three are called the “Synoptic Gospels”, while John’s Gospel is unique.
Which is the Longest Gospel?
The Book of Luke comes in first as the longest Gospel with 26,461 words, with the Gospel of Mark as the shortest Gospel with 15,479 words.
Incidentally, Luke’s Gospel is the longest book in the entire New Testament, with the Book of Acts coming in second at 24,845 words.
The Gospels hold the greatest love story of all time: Jesus Christ. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, those red letter words of Jesus in the Gospels still work to cultivate a strong faith in Christians today.
Where to Start Reading the Bible
As you work your way through Scripture in Bible study, you will eventually cover the whole thing. However, I suggest starting with the Book of John.
John’s Gospel is the beautiful story of Jesus’ life. Since John wrote this Gospel decades after the other three, this Gospel contains stories not found anywhere else in the entire book.
Then follow John with the Book of Romans. Romans teaches essential Christian doctrine and beliefs. Then follow Romans with the Book of Proverbs, which reveals how to live a good, God-honoring life.
Scholars generally recognize three languages as original biblical languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.
The Old Testament is written primarily in Hebrew. It is commonly known as Biblical Hebrew because it differs from Modern Hebrew.
The language of the New Testament is Koine, a form of Greek that was widely understood in the Mediterranean regions around 2,000 years ago.
However, neither Hebrew nor Greek was Jesus’ native tongue. He spoke in a third language which was used in the writing of some books of the Hebrew Bible: Aramaic.
Helpful Bible Study Tools
I became a Christian in my early twenties, about three decades ago. I literally opened a Bible for the first time and had no clue that there were Old and New Testaments.
Bible study is now my passion. I am constantly journaling. Not just for head knowledge, but so that I know how to apply God’s truths to everyday life. Hard things like forgiving when I don’t feel like it. Can you relate?
I did not know who Jesus is, much less what He has done for all who believe that He is Lord and Savior. Here are some useful resources that I put together:
We live in a world where people want to embrace their own truth and live their lives accordingly. Some choices do not line up with the Word of God. However, knowing the unwavering truth of Scripture changes everything.
When you realize how much mercy and grace Jesus extends to you on a daily basis, it affects how you treat strangers. It encourages you to be kind even when you are frustrated.
But most of all, it holds the truth that changes our eternity. Jesus Christ came to live the perfect life we couldn’t, took our sins on Him to the cross, and died on our behalf to save us from God’s wrath.
Because of Jesus, we have the hope to live eternally where there are no more tears and no more pain.
The Bible is not simply a book. It is God’s personal love letter to each of us. His perfect invitation to join Him in eternity through faith. And He will keep inviting you every single day.
Whether you read Scripture in book order, chronological order, from shortest to longest, or one collection of books at a time, just start reading.God will change your life through it.
There is almost nothing better than spending precious quiet moments with coffee in the morning before the chaos of the day begins.
My morning routine is simple: make a fresh cup of coffee and settle into my prayer chair with God’s Word. Many of my favorite coffee mugs have a morning Bible verse printed on them. It is a peaceful, serene, God-focused start to my day.
That morning pause for coffee lovers and pondering God’s love is a perfect way to get ready for a long day ahead. It also provides time to reflect on those things we are grateful for. So does the Bible talk about coffee at all?
Coffee as we know it today likely did not exist during biblical times. At least, there is no official record or documentation about this intoxicating strong drink. However, there is an interesting argument (albeit satirical) that may reference coffee in the Bible from the Old Testament book of Isaiah.
A few interesting verses in Isaiah 51 and 52 reference, “Awake, awake! Stand up, O Jerusalem, You who have drunk at the hand of the Lord, the cup…of trembling, and drained it out” (Isaiah 51:17). So perhaps it is simply not God’s will that His people be tired and groggy!
However, partaking in the enjoyment of coffee invites you to pause and allow the renewal of your mind. Take a deep breath. Gaze at something other than a computer screen. Enjoy a chat with a friend. There is nothing like a good cup of joe during times of trouble or solving practical problems as a warming source of comfort.
10 Bible Verses for Coffee Lovers
I have gathered some of my favorite bible verses that could be applied to coffee (along with the interesting origin and historical facts) that can sit front and center with your morning coffee to make a merry heart about God’s provision.
1. “Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress;let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.” (Proverbs 31:6-7, ESV)
2. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17, ESV)
3. “You cause grass to grow for the livestock and plants for people to use. You allow them to produce food from the earth—wine to make them glad, olive oil to soothe their skin, and bread to give them strength.” (Psalm 104:14-15, NLT)
4. “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:31-33, NLT)
5. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23, NKJV)
7. “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, NIV)
8. “Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” (Psalm 5:3, NLT)
9. ”Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.” (Ecclesiastes 9:7, NIV)
10. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4, NIV)
Does the Bible Talk About Coffee?
The Bible does not specifically talk about coffee, but nowadays we certainly love talking about the glory of God and the means of grace while enjoying coffee, don’t we? I love that such a simple thing as coffee can cause us to dig into the treasures of Scripture to discover a different verse and embrace new challenges of all kinds.
One of the most engaging ways to start a small group Bible study is by gathering at a local coffee shop. Meeting in such a non-threatening environment removes the stumbling block of church formality for people who are just starting to seek Jesus Christ.
Scripture tells us that you and I are temples of the Holy Spirit. One of our spiritual act of worship is to embrace the will of God every single day. I don’t know about you, but embracing that calling requires alertness and both eyes opened. That may be a tad dramatic, but coffee is my fuel of choice.
Is Coffee Forbidden in the Bible?
The question of whether or not Jesus drank coffee in the New Testament has yet to be fully answered. Historical records show coffee appearing centuries after Jesus. Consequently, the Bible does not forbid coffee.
In fact, there are numerous Bible verses that certainly could be applied to coffee drinkers. Personally, I believe coffee is one of the beautiful mercies of God for all of us non-early riser folks. The best version of me appears after I have my morning coffee. Talk about new life (in alertness, at least)! Can I get an amen?
We experience the love of the Father in so many ways, both large and small. Warming my hands and tummy with delicious coffee brings about much fruit in ministry.
The most effective way that I can focus on an intricately detailed biblical commentary is to do so with hot coffee steaming nearby. There is just something about a caffeinated living sacrifice that makes this Jesus girl tick.
The Origin of Coffee
The first recorded wild coffee plants, likely from Kefa, Ethiopia, were taken to southern Arabia for cultivation in the 15th century. There are many legends about the discovery of coffee, but the most popular is that of Kaldi, an Arab goatherder.
In about 850 AD, Kaldi noticed his goats frolicking and full of energy after eating the red fruit of the coffee shrub. He supposedly sampled the berries of the evergreen bush on which his goats were feeding. After experiencing a sense of exhilaration, he proclaimed his discovery to the world.
Second only to oil, coffee is the most valuable legally traded commodity in the world. We love it, we rely on it, and we drink it in massive quantities. It is estimated that 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed each day worldwide.
The History of Coffee Through the Ages
Whatever the actual origin of coffee, its stimulating effect undoubtedly made it popular throughout history. Interestingly, Islamic authorities pronounced the drink intoxicating and therefore prohibited by the Quran. Many Muslims were attracted to the beverage as a substitute for alcohol, also prohibited by the Quran.
Despite the threat of severe penalties, coffee drinking spread rapidly among Arabs and their neighbors and even gave rise to a new social and cultural entity, the coffeehouse. Caffeine addiction was here to stay.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, industrial roasting and grinding machines came into use, vacuum-sealed containers were invented for ground roasts, and decaffeination methods for green coffee beans were developed. Coffee in all its forms has found its way into homes across the globe.
Before coffee became our favorite morning beverage, it appeared in a variety of different preparations. In its unprocessed form, coffee is a cherry-like fruit, which becomes red when ripe; the coffee bean is found at the center of the red coffee fruit.
The ripened fruits of the coffee plant are known as coffee cherries, and each cherry generally contains two coffee seeds (“beans”) positioned flat against one another. About 5 percent of the cherries contain only one seed; called pea berries, those single seeds are smaller and denser and produce, in the opinion of some, a sweeter, more flavorful coffee.
The cherries are removed from the coffee bean pods by drying the seeds. Three techniques are used for processing coffee: (1) the dry, or “natural,” process, (2) the wet (and washed) process, and (3) a hybrid process. The coffee resulting from those processes is called green coffee, which is then ready for roasting.
Can Coffee Serve as An Outreach Opportunity?
If God is prompting you to engage in more outreach, suggest a coffee meet-up or Bible study at your local coffee shop. Away from the formality of a church and the familiarity of home, a coffee shop is relaxing enough yet just outside of your comfort zone to prompt meaningful discussions.
Such wonderful community-minded gatherings increase our own understanding of God in a non-church setting. It serves an important lesson as a reminder of God working in any setting and through any person.
Taking that outreach a step further, a local coffee shop with a food option also helps your community’s prosperity – especially if it is a family-owned small business. Building a rapport with your local community through a shared love of coffee can open the door for God’s presence to shine bright.
Each coffee drinker has their own way of justifying drinking their favorite brew. Just remember, like every other good thing in life, coffee is best when followed by this simple biblical guideline:
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.” (1 Corinthians 6:12, NIV)
So, perhaps, three cups of coffee a day would be more beneficial than three entire pots of coffee. However, we are not here to pass judgment.
So start your day in a beautiful way. Grab your favorite coffee, a fresh journal, and the Word of God during your quiet morning time. I’ll be here in my Texas cottage doing the very same thing. Just pass the cream and sugar, please.
Good morning! Every morning needs prayers and blessings from God’s Word and that certainly includes Friday.
Even though some of us view Friday as the best day of the week, for others it can be challenging for various reasons.
Whether you are a fan of Friday or not, it is still a day that the Lord has made, so we can rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24) So pour some coffee or tea into an inspirational mug and let’s dive into Friday.
I searched Scripture to glean many good things from the Word of God to bless your Friday morning. You can use these as anchors for your day or pass them along to someone who may need the good gift of a beautiful day.
Here are some good morning Friday blessings sorted by categories so that you can easily find the ones that offer the perfect gift for you today.
If the prayer or blessing are Scripture quotations, the biblical reference will be in parenthesis at the end. If it is a direct quote from another author, it will have quotation marks around it.
Unless otherwise indicated, all Bible quotes are from the English Standard Version with a link to Bible Gateway if you would like to see a different version.
Friday Prayer Blessings About the Love of God
The Bible says that God is love, which makes the Word of God the perfect source to know what love means and how we can love people. Knowing that you are loved beyond imagination is a beautiful way to wrap up your week!
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” ―C.S. Lewis
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13, NIV)
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:9)
Good Friday Quotes About the Work Week
God’s words tell us that working honestly, but with faith in mind, can lead to the great things he has planned for us. Allow these verses to encourage and motivate you to do the best you can do every day of the week.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24)
“Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.” ―Roy T. Bennett
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3)
“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” (Psalm 90:17)
“When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully. When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.” ―Steve Maraboli
Friday Encouragement for Friends
Friends are truly one of God’s great blessings in our lives. Friends walk with us through the tough times and rejoice with us through the good times. As you start out this Friday, spend time thanking God for those friends in your life.
“Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.” (Proverbs 27:9)
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” ―Elbert Hubbard
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17)
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-13)
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” ―Joan Powers
“My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.” (Job 16:20-21, NIV)
Friday Quotes for a Blessing-Filled Day
Whether or not we acknowledge them or even recognize them, God’s blessings fill our days. Like a parent who delights in blessing their children, God loves to pour blessings over our lives.
“Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.” ―Roy T. Bennett
“You are the only you God made… God made you and broke the mold.” ―Max Lucado
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” ―Elie Wiesel
“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” ―Herman Melville
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ―Confucius
“If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning… Face it, friend. He is crazy about you!” ―Max Lucado
Friday Morning Motivation for a Great Day
Pause and allow these Bible verses to encourage you to trust in God and be grateful for the blessing of life. Be inspired by the Word of God!
“For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)
We know it is a blessing-filled day because it is a day you created, O Lord!
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV)
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)
Prayers and Wisdom for Friday Night
The work week is over, so I am pausing social media to gather with my family members and loved ones to celebrate what the Lord did this week. Such times make life rich.
“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” (Isaiah 41:13)
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” ―Kurt Vonnegut
“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” (3 John 1:2)
“It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.” (Psalm 92:1-2)
The best thing you did today, Lord, is simply show up and let your light shine on me and through me. Thank you, Lord!
Good News Friday Despite Hard Times
When we are feeling weak or timid, these scriptures remind us that God is present with us. Despite our fears and insecurities, God is near to us, providing us with strength in our time of need.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
“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)
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” ―Maya Angelou
“The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” (Exodus 15:2)
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2)
Good Deeds for a Blessed Friday
Jesus showed the ultimate selflessness in laying down His life to set us free. Imitating His selfless love by serving others instead of simply serving ourselves brings blessings upon blessings.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13)
“May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” (Ruth 2:12)
God is merciful and gracious and is abounding in goodness and truth. May all of those characteristics of God be clear to me this Friday so I may focus on God and all His goodness.
“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand.” ―Charles de Lint
“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:13)
Inspirational Bible Verses About the Peace of God
God can bring peace amid struggles, worries, and fear. In fact, He promises that His peace “passes all understanding”. Use these verses to step back from the pressure of life and come into the presence of God to hear His promises of hope and comfort over your circumstances.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Joy-Filled Friday Bible Verses
At the end of a long week, you may feel short on joy. Yet Joy is one of the most prominent themes of the Bible. Happiness is circumstantial, but the joy of the Lord has already been given to us. Allow these verses to remind you of God’s joy!
May our praises be as big as our blessings this Friday.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
“Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:24)
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” (3 John 1:4)
Friday Praises for the Lord
Beginning our Friday by praising the Lord sets our minds on Him and His goodness. Praising God gives us the eyes to see Him and His bountiful blessings throughout each day.
On this Friday, “I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works. Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your righteousness.” (Psalm 145:5-7)
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
“But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’ ” (Jonah 2:9)
“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” (Psalm 103:1-2)
Friday Thanksgiving to the Lord
It’s so easy to become overwhelmed with all the tasks and activities to do that we forget to stop and reflect on why we should be celebrating Friday and heading into the weekend. Read these verses aloud!
“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.” (Psalm 7:17)
“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.” (Psalm 95:2-3)
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:6-7)
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” (Psalm 100:4)
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1)
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (Colossians 4:2)
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” (Psalm 107:8-9)
Whether today is a Friday or Tuesday, the power of God never diminishes. He gave us the life of Jesus at the proper time so we have the hope of eternal life.
I pray that the Word of God sings over your life in a loud voice. I pray that God’s love makes your face shine today. And perhaps write it down to remember on those hard days.
God created the entire world, but he knows you individually. The best way to start any day is to seek the will of God before your feet hit the floor.
Your heavenly Father loves you more than you can possibly imagine. God’s blessings and the Word of the Lord of Hosts are rich food to feast on any day of the week.
“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” Psalm 31:24
“My Son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed.”Proverbs 23:15
“This is my comfort in my affliction that your promise gives me life.”Psalm 119:50
Jesus Quotes for Instagram Bio
“Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” John 10:11
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven–for she loved much.” Luke 7:47
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Matthew 6:14
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.” Matthew 6:34
“Ask, and it will given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
“Take heart, my son, your sins are forgiven.” Matthew 9:2
Best Instagram Bio For Christians
If God is for me, who can be against me?
The Lord is with me wherever I go.
All things are possible with God.
Victory and peace in life come through knowing Jesus as Savior.
My enemies face defeat because my face is plastered on Jesus.
Faith in Jesus Christ is winning at life.
Jesus is my refuge, so I am safe and at peace.
When I call on Jesus, he always hears and helps me.
I can overcome anything through Christ who loves me.
Amazing Instagram Bio For Christians
The Word of God is my source of truth.
Trusting God and slaying enemies through His power.
God is my strength so I will never be broken.
Trusting Jesus because he keeps every single promise.
Peace is a Person, not a place.
God is in me and He put me in this world, so let’s talk about Him.
God’s love never fails. He is faithful in all things.
Best Tips For Making Instagram Bio Stand Out
Crafting an Instagram profile that stands out encourages your audience to keep reading. Never copy another person’s bio! God made you original and has given you something unique to say. Be original and be you.
This world is full of fake news. As Christians, we have the truth that sets people free. Social media is not about gaining more followers. It is about sharing what God has done in your life and letting people know who you are in Him.
Keep It Simple
Most social media scrollers have the attention span of a gnat. If your bio is long and wordy, a reader will scroll right past it. Keep it short and sweet with just a few words and a snippet from God’s Word. For instance: “Jesus loves me. He loves you, too”.
Go with your strengths. If you’re a singer, take selfies of you and your friends singing about Jesus. If you are a biblical scholar, offer some interesting and funny Hebrew insights. Just have fun with your bio to draw people into faith conversations.
This is super important. As a Christian, I want to follow and be followed by people who are truthful, faithful, and share the same Christian values. Lies eventually come to light and tarnish your witness about Jesus. If you’re struggling with your faith, say so! Invite others to make the journey of faith together to encourage and build each other up.
Use hashtags in your posts, not your profile or bio. Hashtags simply clutter your profile and make it confusing to discover what you have to offer.
If you are going to post vulgar content or lewd pictures, don’t claim on your profile to be a Christian. Your Instagram bio needs to reflect who you are as believer saved by grace through the love of God.
Since teenagers may find your profile, do not curse or post explicit pictures. Teens spend much time online, so talk about living a Christian life, list powerful Bible verses, and always point to the good things of Jesus and how to serve others.
Above all, your Instagram can be a powerful tool in pointing people to Jesus and strengthening your faith walk. Have fun, but ensure that you are contributing Christian values to those who follow you.
Whether you know your pastor’s wife very well or just met her, wishing her “Happy Birthday” on her special day will bring a beautiful smile to her face.
Her birthday is a special time to lift her up and shower the love of God on her for the coming year.
Here are 50 well wishes to provide inspiration for you to bless her with on her birthday!
#1 You are such a beautiful example of a life well served in Christ. May God give you continued good health to keep shining His light. Happy birthday to an exceptional lady!
#2 You may not have anticipated this calling to be a pastor’s wife, but God has equipped you for this noble work. As you embrace this new year in your life, I pray that God’s love meets you at every turn. Happy birthday!
#3 You are loved! May the light of the Lord fill your heart as you celebrate this day that He unveiled you to the world. Your guidance lights the way for so many on their journeys of faith. My God bless you and keep you always all the days of your life. Happy birthday!
#4 I want you to know that I understand that your calling as a pastor’s wife is hard and can get lonely. But you are standing on the Rock of Ages! I pray that the good Lord grants you the desires of your heart and much more. Have a blessed Birthday!
#5 May the light of God’s life continue to be the best gift that you receive this year. I celebrate you and praise God for your long life. May the Lord bless you on this day, and always. Happy birthday!
#6 My birthday prayer for you is that God will faithfully provide helpers to you who love you unconditionally, find joy praying for you, and commit to walking alongside you. Happy Birthday today!
#7 Wishing you God’s grace and His exceptional birthday blessings to you today. I pray your heart is filled and overflowing with the joy of the Lord, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Happy Birthday!
#8 You have one of the most difficult callings that exist: a pastors wife. You are a spiritual teacher for so many who are at different stages in their spiritual journeys. I admire your energy, your strength, and your commitment to this church and us. I thank the Lord Jesus for your selfless devotion to us. Happy birthday!
#9 Thank you, dear friend, for the joy you bring to so many. May you experience the radiant presence of God in you and through you, as you serve Him so faithfully. Happy birthday!
#10 I often neglect to tell you, but please know this: You are loved.You are beautiful. You are valuable. I pray only good things for you on your big day. Happy Birthday!
#11 Thank you for being a woman who loves the Word of God! May your birthday be filled with happy moments, love, and joy. God bless you and may He strengthen and protect you daily. Happy Birthday!
#12 Dearest Christian friend, you have helped me so much in my Christian walk by encouraging me along the way and keeping me moving forward. I pray that your birthday this year is a peaceful and memorable special occasion. I thank Jesus that you are in my life. Happy Birthday!
#13 Happy birthday to an extraordinary pastor. You are a gift from God to His people and your faithful service will be rewarded as you serve with love and grace. Happy Birthday!
#14 Happy birthday, Pastor! With your infinite compassion, wise advice, and the Godly example you always set, you go above and beyond, and I am so thankful. Happy Birthday!
#15 I just wanted to tell you that I am praying for your body, your soul, your ministry, and your family, especially on your birthday. I support you and the selfless work you do in our church and in our community. I hope you have a Happy Birthday!
#16 May your birthday be a refreshing fountain of joy to your soul. May the Lord pour out the riches of His grace in your heart and fill your cup to be overflowing. Happy birthday!
#17 Thank you for being ever-present for your congregation when we need a helping hand or a word of wisdom. It means so much that you are there for us, and are praying for us. Happy birthday!
#18 It’s a pleasure to be in a congregation with a pastor who has as much integrity and biblical knowledge as you do. I pray that you have a birthday filled with all the blessings and joy you could ever imagine. Happy Birthday!
#19 Happy birthday, to a pastor who is caring, wise, and a shining example of Godly compassion. My family is so thankful for all that you do. Happy Birthday!
#20 I pray that you have a birthday filled with blessings, joy and heavenly love, Pastor. Thank you for dedicating your life to growing and strengthening Jesus’ flock. Happy Birthday!
#21 May your birthday be filled with all the blessings, love and compassion that you spread each and every day to all of us. Happy birthday!
#22 You’re more than a pastor. You’re a mentor, friend, and source of great comfort and wisdom in times of worry. Happy birthday!
#23 May your birthday be filled with all the joy and warmth you give to those around you each day. We’re truly blessed to have you as our pastor. Happy Birthday!
#24 Wishing a sweet and wonderful birthday to a pastor who is caring and kind. Thank you so much for filling our hearts with joy. Happy Birthday!
#25 Wishing a day filled with happiness, joy, and love to the first lady of our Church! Your good works and good heart are beautiful reflections of Jesus. Happy birthday!
#26 On your special day, I want to thank you for all the guidance and wisdom you’ve given to me throughout the years. I pray that God’s peace is present every day of your life. Happy birthday!
#27 Your wisdom, compassion, and strength are a much-needed example for us all. You’re so caring, selfless, and kind. I pray every blessing of God on you as your birthday gift. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!
#28 I am so very blessed to call you a friend! You always have the right words and Bible verses to share at just the right times. I am thanking God for you and am praying for you on your birthday. I look forward to seeing you in church! Happy Birthday!
#29 You are a woman of the Word, deliberate and purposeful, kind, compassionate and thoughtful, a burden sharer and bearer, and the Lord’s battle axe. I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up. Happy Birthday!
#30 May goodness and mercy accompany you today and all the days of your beautiful life. I pray that God blesses you with many meaningful chapters over this next year of life. Happy Birthday!
#31 Happy birthday to a woman with listening ears and a cheerful spirit. May your days be long and your years be crowned with glory. Happy birthday!
#32 I want to thank you for your kindness and the love that you always share. Your friendship has enriched my life and I appreciate your support. I hope your day is full of happiness and special memories. Happy Birthday!
#33 My special birthday wish is that the grace of the Lord covers you like beautiful robes of His love and strength. Happy birthday!
#34 I want to thank you for all the years of love, support, and friendship. There is no one I’d rather have by my side in the good times or bad. My life is a little brighter because you are in it. Have a blessed and Happy Birthday!
#35 You’re an inspiration to everyone that you encounter. As you celebrate another year today, may your life continue to inspire people to Christ. Happy birthday!
#36 Thank you for making the church home for me. Being so far away from my family, I’m thankful to Jesus Christ that I found a place where I truly feel like I belong. Happy birthday!
#37 I’m so grateful that God brought you into my life. Each year I have the opportunity to celebrate another year with my best friend. You are the most beautiful person on the inside and out, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you in the years to come. Lovely Birthday wishes for a lovely lady!
#38 May you continue to enjoy victory on all sides of life because of Christ Jesus. Your tireless efforts in our church community have truly made this place home for many, including me. Happy birthday!
#39 To an amazing woman of God, you are the epitome of humility and beauty both inside and out. I wish you many more blessings and best wishes over this next year. Happy birthday!
#40 I can’t believe how lucky I am that God put you in my life. You are so special, so loving, and warm-hearted. God’s Word just flows out of you like living water to a parched soul. I can’t think of anyone who deserves to be as happy on their birthday as you do. Happy Birthday!
#41 Today I get to celebrate you! I cherish the wonderful times and joys we have shared over the years. You are a blessing to me and all of our church members. Happy birthday!
#42 I know that God is already turning hard situations around for good and making ways where there seem to be none. I pray that God’s blessings flow like a faucet over your life today. You deserve it! Happy birthday!
#43 You may not know it, but your kindness and Christ-like actions have spurred me to chase after the Lord. Thank you for your exemplary leadership and transparent joy. You are a blessing! Happy birthday!
#44 May God enrich your life like never before. On this special day, I pray that you experience unending blessings and much joy as you celebrate another year of the Lord’s favor. Happy birthday!
#45 The very first time we met the Lord’s love just poured out of you. Your kind words, selfless service, and joy-filled praises have been a special blessing in my life and to everyone who walks into our church. I pray God’s abundant love overflows into your life today. Happy Birthday!
#46 How has another year already gone by? I pray that many wonderful things come your way today because you Christ is the constant source in your life. Happy Birthday!
#47 The best thing about today is the fact that I get to tell you what a wonderful person you are! You inspire me to greater heights because Jesus shines so brightly from you. I pray God’s abundant blessings over your special day. Happy Birthday!
#48 I am so thankful that God brought us together as friends! Your relentless pursuit of excellence in the Lord is such a beautiful example to me and everyone you meet. The love of Christ flows out of you and I pray today that it overflows in your life. Happy Birthday!
#49 This year has been a tough one for you, yet no one would know it. You faithfully show kindness and love even when it is not reciprocated. I pray that this next year of life is full of joy and lots of love. You deserve every bit of it. Jesus has your back and so do I. Happy Birthday!
#50 It is such a joy to call you my dear friend and sister in Christ! You shine the light of Christ so beautifully. Your kind welcome to everyone who walks into our church makes all the difference. I pray every blessing on you today and every day. Happy Birthday!
The Truth About Being a Pastor’s Wife
These dedicated women gracefully stand silently in the shadows while people clamor for their husband’s attention while we may not even acknowledge their presence.
Pastors’ wives live in glass houses where we notice every fingerprint, yet they faithfully keep those windows clean by extending forgiveness that we often don’t deserve.
When we unjustly criticize their husband or how he runs the church — even when it’s so nasty that there should be a smackdown right there in the narthex — they smile graciously and assure us gently that they will pass along our concerns.
They often volunteer for tasks in the church that no one else wants to tackle — often areas they are not gifted for — yet they trudge faithfully ahead while we slander their efforts.
These amazing women long to help the multitudes alongside their husbands and willingly lay down their very life for the beautiful body of Christ.
And some days that makes her very, very tired.
God’s Promises to a Pastor’s Wife
Her calling is hard and it can get lonely, but she is standing on the Rock.
God will faithfully provide helpers to her who love you unconditionally, find joy praying for her, and commit to walking alongside her — whether inside or outside her church.
And since you want to wish her a Happy Birthday, perhaps you are one of those wonderful encouragers that will bless her with your birthday card. God bless you!
As someone who has been single, married, and single again, I can tell you firsthand that your single years matter. A lot. Like the Apostle Paul, you need a clear vision of the mindset and purpose of your single years.
God’s Word has much to say about singleness. In fact, Scripture refers to singleness as a gift. But why would God give you a gift that you may not want?
Simply this: what we want is not always what is best for us right now. And what’s best for us is not something we always value and appreciate when we have it.
You are single today. That may change one day. But what can you value and appreciate about your singleness right now?
What God has to say about your season of singleness is intended to affect the way you live. How you operate. What you focus on. Here’s how Paul put it:
“I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another. To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.” 1 Corinthians 7:7-9
You may read that and determine that you fall squarely in the “burn with passion” category. Bring on the future spouse! And that’s perfectly fine. That longing to pair up for as long as you both shall live is Genesis 2 stuff! It’s a godly longing.
However, there is much more to marriage than a romantic relationship. Even though sex with your spouse may be the best thing you do on a given day, it will not be how you spend the vast majority of your time as a married couple.
You are single now and God calls it a gift. Why?
Singleness is a Gift from God
If your single season has lingered for years, you may start to wonder if God’s way for your life got misplaced on His heavenly “to-do” list.
As a Christian, you believe that God’s plan is perfect. However, you may struggle between the desires of your heart and God’s timing.
The longer that you remain single, you may start to resent the gift of singleness. Perhaps you have always wanted children. You want to start a family and simply get on with the rest of your life with your true love. So again, why would God ordain singleness?
Paul directly answers that burning question: “I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 7:34b-35)
Two specific reasons are given for your single years: (1) to promote good order, and (2) to secure an undivided devotion to the Lord. Let’s look closely at those reasons.
To Promote Good Order
The Amplified Version says it like this: “to promote what is appropriate.” Appropriate is defined as that which is suitable or fitting for a particular occasion. What is appropriate for your single years?
What is “appropriate” fits the context of a given circumstance. Inappropriate would be wearing a string bikini at a family Christmas dinner with grandma. Nothing wrong with bikinis, but it’s inappropriate in that circumstance’s context.
In your singleness, God wants to promote what is appropriate in your context and environment. Counseling couples regarding marriage problems when you have no real-life experience does not fit your life’s context. What is your environment according to Scripture?
“This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.” (1 Corinthians 7:29-31, ESV)
Your environment is a fallen world. God reminds us here that being single or married is not the main storyline of your life. Sharing the hope of Jesus is every believer’s main storyline.
God is on the move to seek and save the lost. God sent His one and only Son Jesus Christ to provide certain hope for eternal life with Him. And He will leverage every season of every believer to accomplish it — including your season of singleness.
To Secure Your Undivided Devotion to the Lord
Single women and single men have a unique purpose. This life season is the appropriate time to develop a strong relationship with Christ without distraction. As a beloved child of God with His Holy Spirit active inside of you means living in a different way.
Have you spent significant time in prayer ascertaining God’s call on your life? Singleness offers more free time than any other group of people, regardless of age.
Whether you are twenty or eighty, now is the perfect time to devote a significant part of your energy to serving the Lord.
The Dating Process
Head into dating understanding that it is a process. It is not a social media “status” that you sit in for endless years. Dating is intended to progress you through the next step to finding that life partner.
Dreaming of marriage is a godly pursuit so diligence in finding a godly man or godly woman is vital.
However, if you spend endless hours scrolling through online Christian singles dating sites or hours at the local bar, ask yourself: Am I as diligent in investing that much time and energy to seek an intimate relationship with the Son of God?
Dating is great, but dating is distracting. Looking for the right person means being very aware of how you look, smell, and sound to the opposite sex.
It’s no wonder that churches long ago sat women on one side of the church and men on the other! It can be hard to worship God wholeheartedly when a cute possibility sitting next to you smells fantastic.
Only God Meets All of Your Needs
Our culture is far more concerned about a person’s relationship status than the state of a person’s soul. Just look at any social media channel.
It is alarming when someone says, “I’m looking for someone to complete me and make me whole.” It is emotionally, mentally, and spiritually dangerous when we look for a prince or princess to do what our King can do.
But you may be asking, “Can’t I serve the Lord married? My spouse and I will seek after God together! Why do I have to be single?”
As a single person, you have much more discretionary time than a married person. Your waiting period holds a high calling and the clock is ticking. As Paul said, singleness is intended to secure an undivided devotion to the Lord. So, is it different for men versus women?
The Single Woman
“The unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband.” (1 Corinthians 7:34b)
There will be all kinds of things that please your husband that you have never had to worry or care about before that go beyond sexual intimacy. There may be a steep learning curve to manage his expectations.
He may enter into marriage assuming that you will do certain things that his mom used to do for him, like cook a hot meal three times a day and keep a perpetually spotless home. He may expect you to be a financial co-earner, yet also be a PTA mom, carpool queen, and homework helper all while wearing high heels.
Marriage is great, but it can certainly be distracting. Paul reminds unmarried women to be anxious about things of the Lord without distraction. Your single season contains a significant purpose.
The Single Man
“I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided.” (1 Corinthians 7:32-34a)
Similar to above, there will be all kinds of things that please your wife that you have never had to worry or care about that go beyond sexual intimacy. There may be a steep learning curve to manage her expectations, as well.
She may enter into marriage assuming that you will provide financially like her father used to which allows for a certain lifestyle, like new cars, a big house, and exotic vacations.
She may expect you to be the sole breadwinner while she remains at home with the children, yet also expects you to make time to attend all of your children’s sporting events, be home all weekend, and be consistently emotionally supportive.
Marriage is great, but it can certainly be distracting. Paul reminds unmarried men to be anxious about things of the Lord without distraction. Your single season contains a significant purpose.
It may sound like I am poo-pooing marriage. Not at all. I loved being married, sharing life, and cherishing that special someone. However, there is a tendency in every human being to devalue the benefits of their life stage and inflate the benefits of another.
Don’t miss out on the benefits of your singleness that you will not have as a married person. Longing for something that God may or may not have ordained for your life is a thief of joy.
Unique Benefits of Singleness
What you have now as a single person is freedom and time. Those are valuable resources that God gives to you in your singleness that will significantly decrease with marriage and parenting. So how will you leverage your freedom and time?
A wonderful friend of over 25 years is nearing sixty years old and has remained single. Though she wanted to be married, she did not sit in a corner and mourn her life away. She is a smart professional and sold-out follower of Jesus who volunteers her free time to help others in various ways.
Your freedom has a purpose. Not to fill your time with distractions, but to pursue an undistracted devotion to the Lord.
What Defines Your Singleness?
Paul says that the unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. The unmarried woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit.
So the million-dollar question is simply this: Does that define your singleness?
As you take stock of how you spend your days and what you focus energy toward, is pursuing an undistracted devotion to the Lord at the top of your list?
If you find yourself frustrated in your singleness, you are missing the point of why you are single. It would be like playing golf without clubs. It’s confusing and doesn’t make sense.
The most content single people I have ever met are the ones who understood that the purpose of their singleness was to secure an undistracted devotion to the Lord.
What Does Undistracted Devotion Look Like?
One of the daily practices that I have done for years is to write out books of the Bible. I type like the wind, think fast, and read fast, so I realized that the only way God’s Word would sink in past the blur was to slow down and handwrite books of the Bible a little bit at a time.
I also keep a journal. Even though daily events may slip in, the purpose of that journal is to reflect on what the Lord is teaching me. Where is He drawing my focus? What Bible passages does He keep bringing to mind? How do those things fit together? Where is He leading me?
I serve the Lord in my local congregation. Whether it’s teaching Bible class, serving refreshments as the need arises, attending women’s Bible classes, or partnering in mission work, God gives me great joy and fulfillment in the godly community of my church.
I carve out time to attend lectures at a local theological library. My podcast library is full of sermons by gifted teachers of God’s Word. My playlist is full of worship music that fuels my soul and prompts me to look up to the Lord.
I have been single again for thirteen years. I am more content, fulfilled, and at peace in the Lord than at any other time in my life bar none.
I do not know if God has planned a happy marriage to a good Christian man for my future. But I know this beyond any shadow of doubt: if singleness defines the rest of my time on earth, it will be a rich blessing because I understand the purpose of my singleness.
Is Singleness More Spiritual?
The Apostle Paul offers this wisdom: “To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single, as I am. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion” (1 Corinthians 7:8-9).
You may determine that you’re burning with passion and it is your heart’s desire to pursue marriage intently. Or you may determine that you want to serve the Lord without distraction for the rest of your life and are open to remaining single. Jesus said this to His disciples:
The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it” (Matthew 19:10-12).
If God has called you to singleness, He will give you the grace to receive and endure it. Like Jesus. Like Paul. Like me.
If God has called you to marriage, He will give you the grace to receive and endure it. Like Peter. Like your parents.
God’s Love and Wisdom
It is vital to grasp the bigger picture of the kingdom of God: “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
All things include your season of singleness. If you believe that the Bible is true and accurate, you know that your heavenly Father is the embodiment of love and wisdom. He only desires good things for you. He has called you for a purpose, whether single, married, widowed, or divorced.
You can trust anything that comes from God’s hand. That includes your singleness, your love life, and any future relationship. Whether or not God has a future marriage in store for you, His good reasons will bring about great things.
The Bottom Line
An honest assessment of your spiritual life may reveal that God needs to do serious work in you before bringing a future husband or future wife into the mix. If so, hit pause on the dating game.
Take six months to get your relationship with God right first. Invest your freedom and time living Romans 12:2: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
You may believe that your single season has dragged on far too long. Yet as a Christ follower, you know that God has your best interests in mind.
Use this single season to develop an undistracted devotion to Him. That heavenly investment will significantly increase your life’s value.
Mother’s Day is fast approaching. While it seems like we do a lot to remember moms on that day, what about the other 364 days of the year?
Let’s face facts. Moms have a LOT going on. Some days your to-do list far exceeds your bandwidth and hours in the day. Who you look to for strength matters.
There are inspirational Bible verses that remind moms of the love of God. There are inspirational stories that point us to the Good News of eternal life.
But what about those moms who still have kids at home and are struggling just to survive the day? When she turns off her nightstand light, her mind still races producing a sleepless night.
You need more than inspirational quotes, Christian stories, or social media comparisons. You need the steadfast love of the Lord and the grace of Christ Jesus to settle deep in your soul.
Moms Matter – a LOT
You can easily feel like you are simply a grocery store fetcher, mess-up cleaner, and carpool guru wondering where your personal life went.
The beautiful sacrifice that you make is more than a momentary affliction. The powerful message of God’s love is working in you to become one of His role models to the next generation.
Perhaps it has been a long time since you even had time to read a book besides the Bible. Perhaps you are a Sunday school teacher who reads the Word of God to teach from instead of soaking in.
If you still have children at home you are still in the trenches. You can certainly use the encouragement of God’s grace!
Whether you have a little boy or a little girl or several of each, you need encouragement that you are doing the good work God has called you to do.
Moms are Cultural Influencers
You have a vital influential role in our culture as you nurture and raise the next generation of leaders for our country and in the Church.
Here are 15 inspiring and encouraging books for Christian moms, in no particular order. And although I am not a mom, my three sisters and the vast majority of my friends have children of all ages.
As a Christian writer, I am connected with many gifted writers. And most of them have children.
These are the book titles that they have mentioned to me over the years. They found them to be especially uplifting, encouraging or provided a new perspective in their crucial role as a mom.
Any one of these books would be the perfect gift for a special mom in your life (or even yourself) who could use biblical truths and encouragement from the God of hope on Mother’s Day. Here goes!
Whether you’re juggling a career, kids’ schedules, and church commitments or you’re covered in spit-up and anxious about what the next eighteen years might hold, you can carve out a few quiet moments to rejuvenate your spirit.
SNIPPET: Kids bickering? Schedule jam-packed? Dishes and laundry both piled up high? Perhaps it’s time you pressed pause and took a moment for yourself.
This book offers you a calm way to start your day, refresh yourself in Jesus, and drink deeply of His presence so that you are ready to pour out love, time, and energy into the people who matter most to you.
This book is for moms who love their children to the depths of their souls but who have also curled up under their covers, fighting back tears, and begging God for help.
Whether you are struggling through a difficult time or difficult situation, the love of Christ woven in your work of the Lord still wins.
Beyond great stories, she focuses on the greater love of God shining through your Christian faith.
SNIPPET: Whether you are a first-time mom or an experienced mom, this book will inspire you to be a part of the no-more-desperate-moms movement.
There are Bible study and journal exercises in each chapter that identify ways to grow as a mom, as well as mentoring for real-life situations.
The authors began talking about motherhood on their podcast. They took some of that content and turned it into a book.
Risen Motherhood is a wonderful resource for moms who still have kids under the age of 5.
SNIPPET:You might think that Scripture doesn’t have much to say about the food you make for breakfast, how you view your postpartum body, or what school choice you make for your children.
But a deeper look reveals that the Bible provides the framework for finding answers to your specific questions about modern motherhood. We live in a world of five-step lists and silver-bullet solutions to becoming perfect parents.
If you feel pulled between high-fives and hard words, with culture’s solutions only raising more questions, you’re not alone.
The End of Me
This book does not pretend that motherhood is not hard. It offers honesty about the deeply challenging aspects of motherhood and how God works through them to make us more like his Son through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The End of Me offers encouragement to lean into and rely on the Lord’s strength when you reach your limits―physically, mentally, and spiritually.
You will find that God will supply everything needed to cope with the daily sacrifices and challenges of motherhood to make you more like Christ.
SNIPPET: Coming to the end of who I was, and what motherhood was stripping me of, was a good thing that drove me to Christ and to the power that he supplies in every failure and weakness of motherhood.
This short, easy-to-read book encourages mothers to depend on Christ when they reach their limits.
The Warrior We Call Mom
This book shows the connection between spiritual warfare and your role as a mother in order for your kids to experience an awakening of their own.
The Warrior We Call Mom is a passionate call for moms to break out of the box of normal and dare to be led by the Spirit in their day-to-day parenting.
SNIPPET: There is a spiritual war raging against the next generation. We look at biblical examples, including the mothers of Jesus, John the Baptist, Samuel, Moses, and Samson to empower mothers today.
The heart of a mother is to see her child serve God with passion, and this book will be the catalyst for that revival.
Walking With God in the Season of Motherhood
This is an 11-week devotional Bible study that moms with kids of any age can do by themselves or with others. It conveys how God’s imprint on a mom’s heart can make a lasting impression on their children.
SNIPPET: Each week offers four days of study geared specifically to a mother’s concerns, with the Bible passages already printed out for your convenience. The fifth day is a warm-hearted devotional reading to help you reflect on and apply the truths you’ve learned.
As your relationship with God deepens through prayer and studying His Word, you’ll discover how His imprint on your heart can make a lasting impression on your children.
10 Gifts of Heart
Written from the author’s 30+ years of motherhood, this book shares biblical wisdom and practical insights with mothers who want their children to grow into God’s plan in their daily lives.
SNIPPET: Every parent wants their child to grow into a gracious and competent adult. Faith, character, manners, initiative, and gratitude that children need to take to heart before they leave home.
Yet parents today do not always have a clear vision for how to cultivate those traits. What does it look like for a mother to train her child’s heart to excellence and goodness?
A Mother’s Heart
Although this book was written in 1996, many women still mention it to moms who are in the early years of motherhood. It provides an inspiring look at motherhood from a Biblical perspective.
A Mother’s Heart looks at the values, vision, and character of the Christian mother as a “Pilgrimage Growth Guide.” It is perfect for the new stay-at-home mom or for veteran moms who want to re-envision what God called them to as mothers.
SNIPPET:Overwhelmed by the stress of parenting? This book reveals to women what it means to be a godly mother and offers encouragement to moms of all ages and backgrounds.
This book shows women how to distinguish between their role and God’s role in raising children. It explains how to take a spiritual inventory of a child’s life and how to pray effectively for children.
Whether you’ve just realized you’re an introvert, or if you’ve known it all along, this book is for you. When the volume of family life clashes with your personality, frustration, guilt, and feeling overwhelmed naturally result.
Introverted Mom offers vulnerable stories from the author’s own life as well as thoughts from other introverted mothers, letting you know you’re not alone.
It also includes valuable insights from four beloved writers: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, and L. M. Montgomery.
SNIPPET: Life as Mom is LOUD, but you long for quiet. The author lifts the burden from your shoulders, reminding you that your steady strength is exactly what your family needs in this chaotic world.
It’s time to honor who you are and savor life as an introverted mom.
Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full
This book is great for moms of babies because each section can be easily read in just a few minutes. Motherhood is tough, and it often feels like the to-do list just gets longer and longer every day―making it hard to experience true joy in God, our children, and the Gospel.
SNIPPET: This encouraging book shows how to pursue a vibrant relationship with God even when discouragement sets in and the laundry still needs to be washed. This book will help you treasure Christ more deeply no matter how busy you are.
Devoted: Great Men and Their Godly Moms
This book is a fascinating historical look at the moms of famous men. This would be a great gift for a boy mom.
SNIPPET: Raising children to honor and glorify the Lord is the goal of every Christian mother, but how can you do that? Who can teach you?
One of the best ways to learn is to read examples of women who have succeeded at the very task you are attempting. We will learn together of Christian men and their godly moms, mothers who were used to shape the men who changed the world.
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World
This book shares the author’s ups and downs in her own family’s journey of discovering why it’s healthiest not to give their kids everything.
SNIPPET: It’s never too late to raise grateful kids. Learn how to cultivate a spirit of genuine appreciation and create a Jesus-centered home in which your kids don’t just say―but mean!―“thank you” for everything they have.
This book zooms in on those moms who struggle with serving their children with their industrious hands, but their exhausted hearts have switched to auto-pilot.
SNIPPET: There’s no such thing as “just” a mom. Despite the routine tasks and mundane to-do lists, motherhood is anything but insignificant.
God has designed motherhood as part of His greater plan to draw people to Himself―instilling all women, whether called to traditional mothering or not, with an eternal purpose in nurturing others.
The Bottom Line
Looking around at the state of the world, moms have a greater challenge than ever in raising godly children. Culture, social media, and the influence of friends have much to say about how children live.
But those influencers usually do not line up with what God holds as important. Encourage the moms in your life today with one or more of these books to encourage them in the battle.