The Best Bible Verses About the Power of a Woman

In God’s perfect wisdom, He knew that men needed women. That we needed each other. God created mankind for community, so it is not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18). But what exactly is the power of a woman?

Today’s culture argues that women need to be obnoxious and overbearing to be strong. Scripture teaches precisely the opposite. Compassion, wisdom, and gentleness are highly valued throughout the Bible. So let’s dive in.

The power of a woman comes from God. A godly woman faithfully seeks God in everything that she does (1 Chronicles 16:11). She is compassionate, kind, and brave – a woman after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). Here is how we can become such a woman. 

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What Makes a Woman Strong According to the Bible?

There are many young women and older women in the Bible that I view as powerful and strong. The stories of women show me in real time what being strong actually looks like. 

I did not grow up in the church so I learned about being a strong woman of faith by being around godly women. I hung around them in my congregation and got to know them. Their actions revealed their love for Jesus and me.

I also studied very carefully the women in Scripture. And what they demonstrate is profound.

Showing God’s Love

The first thing that makes a godly woman strong is living out and showing God’s love to others. A strong woman’s love enables others to be confident and strong in the Lord.

In the Orthodox Church, the third week after Easter is called the Week of the Myrrh-bearing Women. At a time when every disciple of Christ deserted Him, the Myrrh-bearing Women stood at the Cross to see His crucifixion and to lay His body down in the grave. Their devotion and love of Jesus Christ shone brightly at that difficult time.

We see women following and serving Jesus in the Gospels with great care and love. They also served others with love in His name. 

Love is truly a hallmark of a strong godly woman.

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Good Works and Good Deeds

Another characteristic is that a woman’s good works and good deeds show great strength of faith. Being diligent with our hands and time makes us role models for young girls. 

Can you remember a particular woman who was your role model? I bet that she did not just sit around the house.

The first example that God provided to me was my mom. Mom never got to watch a movie at home all the way through when my sisters and I would finally lasso her into sitting down. 

The clothes soon needed to be changed from the washer to the dryer. Or a cake needed to be taken out of the oven. Or Dad would need her opinion on something. She was like a jack-in-the-box.

My mom loved taking care of her girls, her husband, and her home. Women’s roles may have evolved, but truly important women keep the home fires burning.

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Being Gracious

Being a gracious woman is also a hallmark of the strong and great women of the Bible. 

A gracious woman is pleasantly kind. You show regard and respect for others in manners, speech, and behavior. Do you know a woman who meets that definition?

Whether a housewife or holding leadership positions, a woman strong in the Lord is gracious even to those who may be unkind. Much like Jesus was.

God gives you the strength to be gracious through the power of the Holy Spirit. Relying on the power of Christ given to all of God’s people makes all the difference. 

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What is the Biblical Purpose of a Woman?

The primary biblical purpose of a woman is no different than a man:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).

In addition, the Lord God blessed women with the unique ability to bear children. Although I never had children, each of my three sisters did. They all agree that motherhood is the biggest blessing and sometimes the hardest challenge of their entire lives.

However, there is much more to the power and strength of a godly woman besides motherhood.  

The Proverbs 31 Woman

When I first became a Christian in my early twenties I read Proverbs 31 with a sinking heart. I did not emulate any of those godly qualities. So I have tackled them one by one throughout my life.

1. An Excellent Wife

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life” (Proverbs 31:11-12).

I was married for thirteen years. As a corporate America career woman, I cannot say that I was always an excellent wife.

However, I was faithful and loved taking care of my husband, our home, and our kitty cat. I began serving in the music ministry at church because he had an excellent singing voice. We loved singing and serving together.

Being an excellent wife is far more than simply being present or good in bed. It means investing time and effort in making your house a loving home, whether or not you have children. 

Making your home a sanctuary of love and compassion is a special gift to you and your family. Creating a calm, peaceful, and safe space is a very godly and good thing.

2. Willing Hands

She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. And she makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant” (Proverbs 31:13-14, 24).

A powerful woman has willing hands. You are always looking out for ways to bless your home, family, and community. 

Working diligently with your own hands and mind is a holy thing. God has given you the ability to think and produce good fruit from your hands. You and those around you benefit greatly.

Willing hands can look like dusting your home’s blinds to keep dust allergens at bay. Making oatmeal protein cookies for the homeless. Or learning a profitable skill to increase your household income.

It is a blessing to nurture willing and diligent hands. They are a loud voice of action to show God’s greater love of care and compassion to the world.

3. Not Lazy

She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens” (Proverbs 31:15). 

I am not a morning person. Waking up while it is “yet night” sounds terrible. There, I said it. 

However, this verse means that you will not find a strong woman of the Lord still lazing in bed at Noon (unless she is ill). I love rising in the morning to feed my kitty cats and head out into the garden.

Gardening is hard work, but the rewards are immeasurable. I want to ensure that I have good, healthy fruits and vegetables for my table and to share with family and neighbors. Gardening also provides exercise.

When I look at the ingredients list of some store products, it makes me want to get up even earlier to ensure that I know what goes into the food that I put into my mouth. Like successful gardeners, godly women cannot be lazy.

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4. Resourceful

She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. And she perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night” (Proverbs 31:16-18).

In biblical times as in today, a strong woman knows the value of having profitable resources. 

That could be translated as committing money into a 401(k), investing in real estate, planting a garden, or forming a profitable homestead. The meaning here is that the ups and downs of the world markets will not break a strong woman of God.

When you are wise with the resources that the Lord gives you, you will always have enough for your home and to share with those in need. 

5. Generous

She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy” (Proverbs 31:19-20).

A strong woman is also generous with her time and resources. A beautiful grace of life is being able to help those whom God puts in your path. 

Understanding how much Christ Jesus has done for you opens your heart and hands to be a blessing to those in need. It can be as simple as sharing your garden abundance or volunteering an afternoon at a women’s shelter.

Being generous does not have to be complicated. When God gives you an abundance spend time in prayer to see who He wants you to bless with that overflow.

6. Homemaker

She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple” (Proverbs 31:21-22).

In my twenties, I would cringe at the mention of women being good homemakers. Liberation meant women were freed from the kitchen, right?

I did not understand the concept from God’s perspective. Taking care of your home means that your family is not lacking for any basic need even if the world crumbles around you. You are setting up your family for success.

For example, I have started making my own bread over the past year. Becoming aware of the outrageously unhealthy ingredients that are included in some store-bought items was the catalyst. Have you read the ingredients list on your favorite store-bought food lately? 

Being a godly homemaker means ensuring that your home environment nurtures your spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. Changing the world begins at home.

7. Role Model

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Charm is deceitful, and beauty is in vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:25-27, 30).

Our culture shouts that women who claw up the corporate ladder or become social media stars are perfect role models. That is not what God’s Word says.

Women with strength, dignity, wisdom, kindness, diligence, and unwavering love for the Lord are true influencers. 

Mothers who raise children to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matthew 7:12) can change society for the better at a grassroots level. 

A godly woman can be a catalyst for great things simply by nurturing and loving her own family.

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Strong Women in the Bible

There is no shortage of strong women in the Bible from whom we can learn much. Here are some of my favorite godly women.

Mary Magdalene

And also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out” (Luke 8:2).

The first time that Mary Magdalene shows up on the pages of Scripture, she has already been healed by Jesus. She is the most misunderstood and historically distorted follower of Jesus found in the New Testament.

Not once is she linked whatsoever in Scripture to any sexual immorality. She is only mentioned twelve times in the Bible. Eleven of those twelve times she is witnessing about Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

What Scripture does tell us about Mary Magdalene is that her past included demonic possession. She was in a desperate, hopeless, and helpless situation. Then Jesus showed up and healed her. She devoted the rest of her life to serving Jesus. Mary Magdalene is usually listed first in the list of Jesus’ female disciples.

This extraordinarily strong woman never forgot where she came from. She never forgot Who rescued her from it. And she spent the rest of her life serving Him wholeheartedly. 

I have written a Bible study called “Unshakable” that includes the incredible story of Mary Magdalene.

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Mary, the Mother of Jesus

The Virgin Mary offers a beautiful example of a strong woman in the New Testament. Mary of Nazareth was the mother of Jesus (Luke 1). She went from rural obscurity to highly favored.

When the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would be Jesus’  mother, she asked, “How can this be?” She struggled and had doubts, much like you and I. Mother Mary without a husband? Yet she trusted God wholeheartedly.

After such a miraculous start, no mother should have to watch her son crucified like a common criminal. Yet God gave her incorruptible strength.

Mary’s calling was not an easy one. God knew that. There must have been times when she did not feel highly favored or very strong. God knew that, too. God has chosen and prepared you for a specific calling, as well. He will give you HIS strength to survive and thrive.

I have written a Bible study called “Unshakable” that includes the incredible story of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

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Queen Esther

Esther was a Jewish orphan with a lot of character but not a lot of opportunities. However, when King Ahasuerus got rid of his queen for disobedience, God set the stage for Esther to play a vital role in saving the people of Israel from annihilation. 

Three things made Esther a strong woman of God. First, she knew God and trusted Him. Being raised in a Jewish household meant that she knew God and His Word. A strong woman follows the Lord. Her story is found in the Old Testament Book of Esther.

Second, she listened to wise counsel from trusted advisors. Her older cousin Mordecai faithfully raised her and looked out for her once she had been swept into the King’s palace. Esther only speaks eight times in the entire book of Esther. A strong woman listens more than she talks.

Finally, she bravely stepped up past fear to prevent the genocide of the children of Israel. Queen Esther approached the king uninvited, which literally could have cost her life. He listened to her and ended up passing a decree that would save her and her people from death. 

A strong woman is brave. I have written an entire, in-depth Bible study on the life of Esther called “Chosen.”

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Abigail, Wife of Nabal

Abigail, the wife of Nabal of Carmel, is the only woman in the Hebrew Bible who is described as both intelligent and beautiful. We find her story in 1 Samuel 25.

David requested food for himself and his band of six hundred men who were fleeing from the mad King Saul. They had been offering protection against marauders for the shepherds and flocks in the area. Nabal refused David and his men and called them riffraff. David armed himself intent on killing Nabal for the grievous insult.

This is where we meet Abigail for the first time. One of Abigail’s servants runs to her and begs her to intervene. Abigail quickly assembles an elaborate feast, loads it on donkeys, and intercepts a vengeful David and his men. She saves her foolish husband’s life with her generosity and apologizes to David.

Ten days later, God turns Nabal’s heart to stone and he dies. After her husband’s death, David hears that Abigail has been widowed and sends for her to become his wife.

Abigail’s kindness, quick mind, and generosity not only saved her life but also brought her great blessings. 

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Deborah

Deborah is the only female judge listed in Scripture. She is a charismatic military leader and instrumental in the story of how Israel takes the land of Canaan. Her story is found in Judges 4 and 5.

Along with being the only female judge, Deborah is also the only judge to be called a prophet. Deborah summons Barak to lead the battle against the Canaanites. Deborah, Barak, and his warriors destroy all the Canaanites (except Sisera).

In an era where women were relegated to the back burner, Deborah stands as a prominent leader in a male-dominated culture. However, we do not see her letting it go to her head. She remains a faithful, level-headed judge and servant of God.

Deborah’s story is truly inspiring. A strong, godly woman knows that true power is knowing when to use it.

Ruth

Ruth is a Moabite woman who married a Judean immigrant named Mahlon. Upon his death, she became a childless widow who decided to accompany her mother-in-law, Naomi, to Judah. We find Ruth’s story in the book of Ruth.

This strong young woman commits herself to an older woman in a world where life depends upon men. Ruth takes the initiative to find food and comes to the field of a prosperous man named Boaz, a relative of Naomi. Boaz allows Ruth to glean in his field and arranges for her safety. 

When Ruth reports back to Naomi, she learns that Boaz is an important figure and redeemer within their larger family. After clearing any prior marriage claims, Boaz takes Ruth as his wife and she bears a son.

Ruth went to a strange land with her mother-in-law to make a new life. She cared for and provided for them as best she could. She ended up not only securing her own future, but that of generations to come. Talk about a strong woman!

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Naomi, Ruth’s Mother-in-Law

Throughout Naomi’s story, she has a complicated relationship with God. Sometimes she blames God for her issues or concludes that God has forsaken her. Her story is found in the book of Ruth.

Naomi’s story begins as a wife and mother. But over time and through terrible tragedies, Naomi goes from wife to widow and mother to no-mother. She is stripped of all identity according to the culture of the day. She has a choice between death or carving out a new life. 

Upon hearing that the Lord has restored food to Judah, Naomi begins the journey home. She tells each of her widowed daughters-in-law to return to their homes, but Ruth will not leave her side. They journey to Judah together. 

When the women arrive in town, Naomi instructs the people not to call her “Naomi” (meaning “pleasant”) but instead “Mara” (meaning “bitter”). She is struggling to adjust. Can you relate? However, she successfully counsels Ruth to pursue Boaz to ensure their survival.

Naomi could have given up and disappeared into obscurity. Yet she was strong in the Lord and turned her face toward hope with her daughter-in-law. A strong woman never gives up.

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Pharaoh’s Daughter

She was one of the most powerful women of her day yet we do not know her name. She was the only daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh Thutmose I. Yet she is best known for her role as Moses’ adoptive mother.

Thutmose I realized that the Jewish nation’s sheer strength in numbers could threaten his dynasty. His sacred counselors also foretold of a Hebrew man who would lift his nation above the Egyptians.

The pharaoh’s scribes warned him that, “There would be a child born to the Israelites, who, if he were reared, would bring the Egyptian dominion low, and would raise the Israelites; that he would excel all men in virtue, and obtain a glory that would be remembered through all ages”  (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews 9:2). 

So pharaoh decrees that all young boys be put to death. Moses’ parents placed him in a basket and set him afloat in the Nile River to save his life. Pharaoh’s daughter discovers the floating basket. She pulls Moses out of the river and raises him as her son despite her father’s murderous edict. 

Strong women take a stand, not a selfie. Talk about bravery!

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The Jewish Midwives

Going hand-in-hand with the pharaoh’s daughter saving Moses, the Jewish midwives also played an important role during that time. Their story can be found in Exodus 1:15-22.

Pharaoh ordered: “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live” (Exodus 1:15-16). 

However, the midwives honored God and chose to save the children from the pharaoh’s orders. They placed their lives on the line to save innocent children made in the image of God. 

God blessed them for their bravery: “And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families” (Exodus 1:21).

Honoring God and cherishing life are significant traits of strong godly women.

Martha

Martha’s story is one that I can relate to easily. She was a strong Type A woman who liked to get things done. We see the most detail about Martha from Luke 10:38-42

Martha and her sister Mary opened their home to Jesus as he traveled with his disciples. As Martha works hard at cooking and cleaning for their guests, Mary simply sits at the feet of Jesus and listens. 

In Martha’s opinion, Mary was being completely unhelpful. So she tells to Jesus. “But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me‘” (Luke 10:40). Yet, Jesus took Mary’s side saying that Mary had chosen better. 

I invited my whole family over recently for my sister’s birthday. I had no problem asking them to help with preparations so that we could all sit down together when they were done. The power of a godly woman depends on Jesus and His perfect timing. 

There is a time for rushing and preparing. Then there is a time to simply sit at Jesus’ feet and listen. 

Mary, the Sister of Martha

We learned a bit about Mary of Bethany from her sister Martha’s story above. They lived in Bethany just on the other side of the Mount of Olives from Jerusalem. 

When Jesus and His disciples arrived, Mary’s focus is clear: “And Martha had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching” (Luke 10:39). While Martha rushed around to serve Jesus, Mary rested at Jesus’ feet. 

So how can you be a strong woman of God just by sitting and listening? Mary was listening to the wisdom of Christ. You and I do that every time we open the Bible.

Mary chose to soak in those precious moments with Jesus. And Jesus praises her for it: “Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42). Mary was not being lazy. She chose to spend time with Jesus. 

Despite the pressure of our culture today, spending time with Jesus is always a beautiful, strong choice for all Christian women.

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What are Powerful Verses For Women?

The Word of God has much to say about women. It offers powerful verses that we can take to heart to be a wise woman of God.

Specifically for women:

  • “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).
  • “A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth” (Proverbs 11:16).
  • “Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God” (1 Peter 3:3-4).
  • “A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands” (Proverbs 14:1).

Powerful Verses in General:

  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
  • “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).

Powerful Verses for Strength:

  • “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14).
  • “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
  • “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him” (Psalm 28:7).

God honors women who put Him first. He gives us the strength and love that we need to follow Him each day.

I pray that you are seeking to become one of those strong women in the Lord, sister!

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How Many Times is Joy Mentioned in the Bible?

In the New Testament, joy is listed as a fruit of the Spirit. I am a naturally joyful person because I know the Lord is in control of my life. But how many times is joy in the Bible?

True joy is much more than a happy feeling. Joy comes from deep within you while happiness is based on your outward circumstances.

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How Many Times Joy Appears in the Bible

Joy appears 165 times in the King James Version (KJV), 218 times in the New International Version (NIV), and 182 times in the New American Standard (NASB).

However, “joy,” “joyful,” or “rejoice” appear 430 times in the English Standard Version (ESV). Compare that to “happy” or “happiness” which only appears ten times. Which would you rather have?

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What is the Spiritual Meaning of Joy?

Biblical joy stems from the fruit of the Spirit given to you by God. The joy of the Lord provides comfort, contentment, and peace despite difficult circumstances.

You face trials of various kinds along this path of life, but God’s presence brings fullness of joy despite such things. Christ Jesus brought good news of great joy!

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What is the Hebrew Meaning of Joy?

The Hebrew word for joy is expressed through many synonyms. The most common translations are “to shine,” “to leap,” “to exult,” and to “rejoice exceedingly.” 

In the New Testament, Greek words for joy in the Christian life center around the Gospel. Pure joy is especially conspicuous in the Gospel of Luke.

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What is the Biblical Version of Joy?

Earthly happiness is vastly different from God’s everlasting joy. The word “joy” can look like shouts of joy, great delight, a joyful heart, and songs of joy.

Christian joy can also look like the quiet peace of God despite difficult times. Followers of Christ need to be known for an abundance of joy!

Joy Verses in the Bible

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, our God of hope gives you and I much joy! The book of Philippians is called the “Book of Joy” despite the trials endured by the Apostle Paul. Joy verses abound!

God’s gift of joy is much more than a “concept of joy.” Temporary happiness is absent in difficult situations. There is no greater joy than knowing the Lord Jesus Christ walks with you.

Here are some of my favorite Bible verses that I keep in my journal from both the Old Testament and New Testament about this fruit of the Holy Spirit. Take joy in scrolling through them.

Peace and Joy

  • “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).
  • “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).
  • “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:1-5).

Joy in God’s Presence

  • “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).
  • “And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).
  • “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you” (Psalm 5:11).
  • “Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 12:6).
  • “You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence” (Acts 2:28).
  • “For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence” (Psalm 21:6).
  • “For you are our glory and joy” (1 Thessalonians 2:20).
  • “Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place” (1 Chronicles 16:27).
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Joy and Rejoicing

  • “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)
  • “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
  • “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).
  • “Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do” (Ecclesiastes 9:7).
  • “Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure” (Psalm 16:9).
  • “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!” (Psalm 32:11)
  • “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness” (Psalm 30:11).
  • “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy” (Matthew 2:10).

God’s Joy

  • “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4).
  • “For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation” (Psalm 149:4).

Deliverance Joy

  • “And in every province and in every city, wherever the king’s command and his edict reached, there was gladness and joy among the Jews, a feast and a holiday. And many from the people of the land declared themselves Jews, for fear of the Jews had fallen on them” (Esther 8:17).
  • “And they offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and children also rejoiced. And the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away” (Nehemiah 12:43).
  • “And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the Lord had made them joyful and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, so that he aided them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel” (Ezra 6:22).
  • “So he brought his people out with joy, his chosen ones with singing” (Psalm 105:43).

God’s People are Joyous

  • “Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete” (2 John 1:12).
  • “For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you” (Philemon 1:7).
  • “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind” (Philippians 2:1-2).
  • “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part” (2 Corinthians 8:1-2).
  • “How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? How we thank God for you!” (1 Thessalonians 3:9).

Joy During Trials

  • “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12).
  • “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (James 1:2-3).
  • “So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” (John 16:22).
  • “For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
  • “And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10b).
  • “Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!” (Psalm 126:5)
  • “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Serving the Lord with Joy

  • “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:21).
  • “And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 13:52).
  • “Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith” (2 Corinthians 1:24).

Joy Despite Affliction

  • “I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy” (2 Corinthians 7:4).
  • “And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 1:6).
  • “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:17-18).
  • “As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything” (2 Corinthians 6:10).
  • “Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice” (Psalm 51:8).
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Following God’s Commands with Joy

  • “The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes” (Psalm 19:8).
  • “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts” (Jeremiah 15:16).

Joy in Suffering

  • “But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:13).
  • “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).
  • “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance” (Psalm 32:7).

Joy of Salvation

  • “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory” (1 Peter 1:8).
  • “My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed” (Psalm 71:23).
  • “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance” (Luke 15:7).
  • “Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
  • “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit” (Psalm 51:12).
  • “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; the children of Israel shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isaiah 35:10).
  • “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3). 
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Worship with Joy

  • “I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High” (Psalm 9:2).
  • “And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy” (Luke 24:52).

Will of God Brings Joy

  • “Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart” (Psalm 119:111).
  • “So that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company” (Romans 15:32).
  • “Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24).
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Joy in the Lord

  • “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).
  • “And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:47).
  • “Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad” (Psalm 126:2-3).
  • “May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” (Psalm 70:4).

God’s Strength Gives Joy

  • “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him” (Psalm 28:7).
  • “This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” (Nehemiah 8:10).

Joy as a Gift

  • “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
  • “Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart” (Psalm 97:11).
  • “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10).

God faithfully provides you with joy from the inside out. I pray that you live in His joy today.

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Positive Monday Motivation Prayers and Prayer Quotes

It’s Monday. Monday sets the tone for the rest of the week. You can choose to view Mondays as one giant stumbling block, or you can tackle today in Jesus’ name. Where do we find Monday motivation?

At some point, each of us struggles with facing Monday. The start of the week can be hard, especially if you start it already exhausted.

Here are some beautiful Monday morning prayers, blessings, and great Monday prayer quotes to start a lovely week.

A kingdom perspective and a positive attitude are essential. Even if we view that upcoming business meeting as an evil plan of the devil. When we know we’ll flunk the test. Even if we know that surgery is on the agenda. Each new day is a stepping stone of God’s grace.

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Monday Motivation Prayers

Entering Monday motivated by the Lord can provide a new opportunity for a great day. Here are prayers for the different challenges of today. May God bless you with a wonderful day!

For God’s Presence

His presence goes with us everywhere during every moment of every day. Ask Him to guide your steps in Jesus’ mighty name. 

  • Lord God, thank You for waking me up and giving me a new start today. I ask that You give me the eyes to see Your open doors as opportunities. I trust You to guide me in Your mighty strength.
  • Heavenly Father, thank you for Your breath in my lungs this morning. I ask that You send me to just the right place today to be a blessing to others in Your name. Let them hear You in the words of my mouth to know that the best things come only from You.
  • Lord Jesus Christ, hear the mediation of my heart this morning. I already know that this new work week will be a challenge. I ask that You faithfully provide Your presence as a fresh start for a fruitful day. Thank you, Lord, for a beautiful morning all because of Your love.
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For Your Home

Distraction and disruption are the enemy’s most effective tools in spiritual warfare. Here is a free Prayer Journal you can download. When it comes to creating a loving, safe space for your family, rely on the Lord as your refuge and strength!

  • Dear Friend and Lord, Mondays can be hectic in my home. I entrust my house today once again to Your divine protection. Show me throughout today ways to rest in Your loving arms to bring harmony, peace, and a very blessed day to my home. 
  • Father God, I am so thankful for Your steadfast love and mercy over my life. You have blessed me with a cozy home to cherish time with with family and friends. Let Your peace always reign in this space. That alone makes this a very happy Monday. 
  • Lord Jesus, Mondays always signal new beginnings in my mind. Thank you for fresh opportunities to praise You, know You, and shine Your light. I ask that You multiply this simple prayer of thanksgiving into a beautiful week.
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For Your Health

When health issues arise, the meditation of my heart turns toward the Lord’s healing power. And if I am in good health, I thank my good God for that blessing every single day of the week, including Monday. 

  • Father, I am struggling with health issues today. I put my care in Your keeping to walk me through it. Let me see the work of Your hands as You bring relief, healing, and restoration to my body.
  • Dear Lord, I confess that my health issues over this past week were challenging. But You have given me a new day, which means You still have a purpose for me. Show me how to make today a good day for Your glory. 
  • Heavenly Father, You know my health struggles. You know the purpose for them and what You will accomplish in my life despite them. I trust You. Comfort me and keep my focus on You.
  • Lord Jesus, You have blessed me with excellent health. Do not let me take that blessing for granted. Show me ways this week to leverage that blessing to shine Your light.
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For the Workplace

I worked in a large law firm for over three decades. Consequently, I fully understand the challenges and blessings of today’s hectic workplace.

  • Father, Mondays are definitely challenging at work. Deadlines, catching up, keeping up, and being productive seem harder when I simply wanted to linger with You on Sunday. Thank you for providing this job to support my family and Your mission work. Keep my focus on You today, Lord.
  • Dear Lord, as Monday gets underway please let me see this day through Your eyes. Show me opportunities to be kind and encouraging to provide my coworkers with a pleasant day. Thank you in advance for walking with me through every moment of this lovely day.
  • Lord Jesus, thank you for the breath in my lungs to start a great week. I need an attitude adjustment this morning. Give me the eyes to see opportunities throughout today rather than only burdens. Shine Your light brightly in me and through me.
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Monday Morning Prayer Quotes

I could offer you lots of happy Monday quotes that might make you feel good temporarily. But the greatest Monday blessings begin with focusing on the steadfast love, good things, and divine purpose of Almighty God from Scripture.

  • Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 136:1).
  • But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).
  • For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
  • I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).
  • And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
  • For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
  • But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
  • Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).
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Monday Inspirational Quotes

Many gifted people through the centuries have penned and offered inspirational ideas that offer us food for thought on this first day of the week.

  • It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.” ― Maurice Switze
  • Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.” ― Max Lucado
  • All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.” ― Joni Eareckson Tada
  • To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” ― G.K. Chesterton
  • This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.” ― Corrie Ten Boom
  • I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” ― Abraham Lincoln
  • Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.” ― Mitch Albom
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Quotes About God

  • 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
  • Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” ― Bill Keane
  • Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ― Corrie ten Boom
  • I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple, but God declared: “Go down again – I dwell among the people.” ― John Henry Newman
  • You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” ― Anne Lamott
  • The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not.” ― C.S. Lewis
  • Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.” ― Dean Koontz
  • Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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Quotes About Ourselves

  • If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” ― C.S. Lewis
  • The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
  • Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.” ― Will Smith
  • Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” ― Augustine of Hippo
  • Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it, but also the father who wipes away the tears.” ― Criss Jami
  • What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” ― A.W. Tozer
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Purposeful Quotes

  • When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” ― Helen Keller
  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
  • When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.” ― Erma Bombeck
  • What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.” ― Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real. He is not only aware of us but cares for us. He is our Father. He is accessible to all who will seek Him.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley
  • But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.” ― Francis Chan
  • Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” ― C.S. Lewis
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Good Morning Prayers

We can think of these as good morning messages to Jesus. The best way to experience a blessed Monday is to focus on Him through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Prayers to Remove Obstacles

  • Heavenly Father, You are my light and my salvation! Whom shall I fear? I ask that you tear down every obstacle and stronghold in my life. Clear my path to embrace the amazing things that You have in store for me today.
  • Lord Jesus, Mondays can present unique obstacles. I pray that you remove every single one of them. Let worry fall away so that I can focus on You. Clear the right path, Lord!
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Prayers for Your Work

  • Dear Lord, walk faithfully beside me through this Monday morning. Show me Your divine purpose in each situation and the grace to respond with kindness. 
  • Father God, as I start this new week, lead me to walk it in faith and Your strength. Give me the eyes to see opportunities to encourage my coworkers and show them Your love.
  • Dear Heavenly Father, You have blessed me with work today. Whether in an office building, my home, or my community, let me see my work as Your work. Let me see others as You see them – wholly and dearly loved. Bless the work of my hands today, Lord. 

Your Loved Ones Need Prayers

  • Lord, You have blessed me with many loved ones to cherish. I pray Your protection and guidance over each of them today. Give them a sound mind to love and serve You.
  • Father, the plans of the devil are many, but none of them hold true power. Let Your power reign supreme in my loved ones’ lives today! Suit them up in Your armor to defeat every scheme of the devil.
  • Dear God, You love those whom I love so much more than I do. You created them and have unique purposes for each of them. Let them know You more deeply, trust You more completely, and follow Your purposes wholeheartedly.
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Prayers for Mental Health

  • Father God, I need Your Holy Presence. Set my mind on You to bring peace and calm to my mind. Thank you for covering me with the precious blood of the Lamb.
  • Lord Jesus, my mind is cluttered this morning. As I worship you, renew my mind, body, and soul. Lord, bring revival into my life for the glory of God.
  • Gracious Lord, the temptations of this world cause storms in my mind. I ask that Your tranquility and peace reign over the noise. Strengthen me, Lord, and uphold me with Your righteous right hand. 

Monday Morning Blessings

The most beautiful day (even a Monday) begins with counting your blessings. Reminding yourself of the grace of God and the great things He has blessed you with makes for a wonderful Monday morning.

  • Father, thank you for the health, sound mind, and strength that You alone have given me. Thank you for Your unconditional love and grace to navigate each day. Even when I fail, You will never give up on me. Thank you, Lord!
  • Lord Jesus, thank you for the beautiful nursery that You have provided to Your children. The sunlight, trees, flowers, and every good thing from nature soothe my soul and draw me closer to You. Thank you for the endless color, beauty, and life that we see blooming and growing in fields across the Earth. You have blessed me through Your creation!
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Bottom Line

Beginning your morning with prayer before you leave the house is an act of worship. It is the deliberate communication with the One who loves you most. 

God has your whole day in His hands. Spending time in prayer, devotion, and praise with a thankful heart leaves the past week behind you and sets up an amazing week ahead.

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Powerful Prayer for God’s Protection from Psalm 91

There is no reason to beat around the bush. You and I are facing serious times of trouble in the world, communities, and families. A prayer for protection from the Word of God is key.

Times of uncertainty in today’s world can threaten your safe place and sense of comfort. However, Christ’s followers understand that God’s Word and His divine protection offer hope in difficult times.

It is helpful to be reminded that the shelter of the Most High stands unwavering against the terrors of the night. Your prayer life does not need to cease in times of famine (whether spiritual, mental, or physical). God’s word is Spirit-filled.

If you are not comfortable with prayer, you don’t have to try to think of any new prayer point. You can simply pray the words already contained in the Bible right back to God.

Here are powerful prayers that you can pray for God’s presence, His hedge of protection, and great comfort in your daily life despite fierce lions and dangerous situations.

The Soldier’s Psalm

Psalm 91 is sometimes called “The Soldier’s Psalm.” It is one of the most powerful chapters in Scripture as a prayer of protection.

I recently contributed the forward to a brand new devotional from my publisher that focuses solely on Psalm 91 for peace and protection. Here is the beautiful cover.

God’s children experience daily warfare on the spiritual battlefield—both large and small. Some days you shout for joy when God brings victory. Other days exhaustion settles in and you wonder if you have the strength to endure. 

God’s inspired words tucked in this psalm of protection provide you with confidence in Almighty God when doubt and weariness step onto the battlefield in this world today. 

On those hard days, God wraps Psalm 91 around your heart and mind like a protective shield. He reminds you that He has not abandoned you to fight alone or unprotected. 

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God’s Promises in Psalm 91

Three players interact in Psalm 91: a believer (verses 1-2), an audience of encouragers (verses 3-13), and God (verses 14-16). 

The first two verses provide a humbling example of how to proclaim unwavering trust in God as your shelter and refuge. This beautiful statement of faith flows from a life thankful for His divine protection! 

When the Lord is your dwelling place, no evil, plague, or darkness ever triumphs. The Name of the Lord is mighty to save! Pray these words back to Him as a strong reminder:

  • Loving Father, you promised: “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my Name.” (Psalm 91:14)
  • O Lord, on the days when I struggle, help me remember: When I call to You, You will answer me; You will be with me in trouble; You will rescue me and honor me. (Psalm 91:15)
  • ​Dear Jesus, today and every day: With long life You will satisfy me and show me Your salvation. (Psalm 91:16)
  • O Commander of the heavenly host, you promise: A thousand may fall at my side, ten thousand at my right hand, but it will not come near meI will only look with my eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. (Psalm 91:7-8)

Prayers For A Place of Safety

Even though intense battles seem never-ending, you can trust that God is your strong tower. God’s angels stand guard over you at His command. Picturing that truth– actually envisioning His protecting shield in your mind—provides the strength you need to stand in times of great need.

The words of Psalm 91 provide the perfect Bible verses for the most powerful prayers of protection. Simply pray in the first person as you say these words directly to your dear Heavenly Father:

  • Dear Lord, you promise that: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” (Psalm 91:1-2)
  • Father, remind me each day that: “He will deliver me from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover me with His pinions, and under His wings I will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.” (Psalm 91:3-4)
  • Lord, only you can faithfully: “…command His angels concerning me to guard me in all my ways.” (Psalm 91:11-12)

Power of God Prayers

The Soldier’s Psalm concludes as God reassures you that He’s got this. He’s got you. He promises to deliver you from fear and trouble today, tomorrow, and into eternity. 

If you are struggling with feeling His divine presence in our fallen world, these Psalm 91 verses provide power and a sense of comfort through the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray the words back to Him:

  • Father God, “I will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.” (Psalm 91:5-6)
  • O God, “Because I have made the Lord my dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge—no evil shall be allowed to befall me, no plague come near my tent.” (Psalm 91:9-10)
  • O Lord, “I will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent I will trample underfoot.” (Psalm 91:13)

Prayers of Protection from the Word of God

Refuge awaits all who take shelter under His protective care. All who hold fast to Him in love. All who know His name. Consistent Bible study is a vital tool for knowing these truths.

Here are key verses from both the Old Testament and New Testament containing the faithful promises of God. They are a beautiful source of comfort as you pray His words back to Him:

  • Dear God, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26)
  • God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
  • Father God, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)
  • O Father, I will: “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
  • Lord Jesus, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Prayers for Peace

Lasting peace only comes from God the Father. Despite war, natural disaster, destroying plague, perilous pestilence, or anything else, every child of God can rely on His peace that passes all understanding.

Grief is a natural part of life when dark days happen. God collects every tear in a bottle. But grief is not how your faith life ends. Your story begins and ends in HOPE thanks to Jesus’ life, death, and glorious resurrection.

Pray these words back to Him:

  • Thank you, Lord, for promising: “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)
  • I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
  • Father, help me remember: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)

Keep a Prayer Journal

Prayer is powerful, and you have the privilege to come to the Lord with what is on your heart and spilling down your cheeks. 

Logging your prayers and being watchful of how the Lord is moving equips you. It cuts through the noise of everyday life to find fullness in the presence of God.

I have kept a prayer journal for years. It provides a way to walk with purpose along my faith journey with my eyes open to the leading of the Lord.

If you are new to keeping a prayer journal, here is a FREE DOWNLOAD to get you started. Just print and go! Also, here are some of my favorite journals

When you call on the mighty name of Jesus, He will answer, He will rescue, and He will show you His salvation. 

A vibrant and faithful prayer life reminds you daily that you are the precious children of God. In that most intimate relationship, you enter into the secret place of the Most High and find rest in the shade of the Almighty. 

There is no terror of night or fowler’s snare in the whole world that the blood of Christ has not already defeated. In your times of need, the Lord Jesus Christ is your High Priest and holy hiding place. 

I wrote a popular Bible study about the armor of God that you may find helpful, as well.

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Thanksgiving Bible Verses for Gratitude and Thankfulness

As Thanksgiving approaches, hearts turn toward giving thanks for the good things Christ Jesus brings us daily. His steadfast love sees us through each day regardless of difficult times. Learning Bible verses of gratitude and thanksgiving are key.

Why Give Thanks?

Thankfulness to our great God expresses gratitude for all that He has done for us. Give a great shout in a loud voice! The glory of God and His wonderful works accomplish great things. 

The perfect gift of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice and the constant presence of the Holy Spirit tell of His unwavering, unconditional love for us. Each of us has a hungry soul, a longing soul, to experience God’s love in our everyday life because it may be missing everywhere else.

A heart of gratitude and thankfulness allows the peace of Christ to rule over our lives. All of us can use peace, can’t we? Especially around big holidays when a busy schedule and family/church commitments rush in. Try keeping a gratitude journal!

Is Giving Thanks Important?

Offering God thanksgiving is an integral part of our faith life. Through it, God strengthens our faith, nurtures a thankful heart, and opens our eyes to His wondrous works and wonderful deeds.

The name of God is above every name. We have a voice of joy to express our thanks through the Spirit. Whether through a good report, a psalm of praise, or joy despite hard times, the Lord of lords is faithful to provide for our every need.

Gratitude helps us remember every good gift and abundant grace that the Most High has bestowed on us. These thanksgiving scriptures will help you express gratitude to the God of heaven.

25 Bible Verses for Giving Thanks

Here are some key verses from the Word of God for this Thanksgiving Day or any time with a voice of gladness. I have included several translations so that you can pick the ones most meaningful to you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

ESV: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

KJV: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

NIV: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

NLT: “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

2 Corinthians 9:15

ESV: “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”

KJV: “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”

NIV: “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

NLT: “Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!”

Psalm 103:1-4

ESV: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His Holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.”

KJV: “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies.”

NIV: “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins    and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.”

NLT: “Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.”

Psalm 119:1-8 

ESV: “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules. I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!”

“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.”

“Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart—they do no wrong but follow his ways. You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.”

“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths. You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands. As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should! I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!”

Colossians 2:6-7 

ESV: “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”

KJV: “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”

NIV: “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.”

NLT: “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

Hebrews 13:15-16

ESV: “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

KJV: “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

NIV: “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess His name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

NLT: “Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.”

Isaiah 12:4-5

ESV: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.”

KJV: “Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.”

NIV: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for He has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.”

NLT: “Thank the Lord! Praise his name! Tell the nations what he has done. Let them know how mighty he is! Sing to the Lord, for he has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world.”

Ephesians 5:18-20

ESV: “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

KJV: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

NIV: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing songs of praise from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

NLT: “Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

James 1:17

ESV: “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.”

KJV: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

NIV: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

NLT: “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.”

1 Chronicles 29:12-13

ESV: “Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand, it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.”

KJV: “Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.”

NIV: “Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.”

NLT: “Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name!”

Hebrews 12:28

ESV: “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.”

KJV: “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”

NIV: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”

NLT: “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.”

Colossians 3:15-17

ESV: “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with a grateful heart. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

NLT: “And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”

Psalm 118:24

ESV: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

KJV: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

NIV: “The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.”

NLT: “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 95:1-5

ESV: “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In His hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for he made it, and His hands formed the dry land.”

“O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.”

“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 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. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.”

“Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains. The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too.”

Philippians 4:4-7

ESV: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

KJV: “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

NIV: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

NLT: “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

1 Chronicles 16:34

ESV: “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!”

KJV: “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.”

NIV: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”

NLT: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”

Psalm 107:1-3

ESV: “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.”

KJV: “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; and gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.”

NIV: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.”

NLT: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies. For he has gathered the exiles from many lands, from east and west, from north and south.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

ESV: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

KJV: “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

NIV: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

NLT: “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”

Psalm 50:14-15

ESV: “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

KJV: “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.”

NIV: “Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

NLT: “Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.”

Psalm 28:7

ESV: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”

KJV: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”

NIV: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”

NLT: “The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.”

Acts 4:33

ESV: “And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and the grace of God was upon them all.”

KJV: “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.”

NIV: “With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.”

NLT: “The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all.”

Jonah 2:9

ESV: “But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!”

KJV: “But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.”

NIV: “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.'”

NLT: “But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.”

2 Corinthians 9:11

ESV: “You are enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”

KJV: “Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.”

NIV: “God enriches you in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

NLT: “Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.”

Ephesians 5:4

ESV: “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”

KJV: “Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.”

NIV: “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”

NLT: “Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.”

Philippians 1:3-5

ESV: “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”

KJV: “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now.”

NIV: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”

NLT: “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.”

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Calming Prayers for Mom Before Having Surgery

My mom has faced some health issues in recent years even though she is in relatively good health. However, today she had surgery to remove a basal cell carcinoma from her face. I said a lot of prayers for Mom before surgery.

Even though the medical staff reassured Mom that she has the “best” kind of cancer, it is still cancer. A word that can bring fear to the bravest heart.

Mom loved laying out in the sun slathered in suntan oil when she was younger. And her dermatologist said it was only a matter of time before such spots appeared. So how did we prepare for surgery?

We Celebrated First

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 a Christian, you 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 your 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, you pray in His name.

Prayer enables you to ask Almighty God in Jesus’ holy name to take control of the situation. So start by asking the Great Physician to positively influence the hands of the medical people for a successful operation and speedy recovery.

God is your heavenly father who cares for you all the time, but most especially in your time of need. At the same time, He has given you free will to determine what you want.

God is a gentleman and does not intrude into your 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 trust His loving arms every step of the way.

Powerful Prayers Before Surgery

So what are the best ways to pray for someone as beloved and important as a mom? And on such a sobering occasion as a surgical procedure?

Inviting the 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.

Helpful 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 you to live a life of constant prayer. In fact, Scripture specifically says, “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.

Engage in ongoing communication with Him as your closest friend. Such honest and open hearts enable you to build a strong relationship with Him. Over time, you learn to rely on Him for all your 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 your soul and body, offering His resurrection life to bring healing, both physically and eternally.

God wants you to pray when things are going well and when they are going the other way. He wants you to pray about everything and never rely upon your own 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 your 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 you 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 you 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, you need to know God’s Word. Studying the Bible is key. Here are several Bible studies to 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.

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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.

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70 Inspirational Friday Bible Verses and Prayer Blessings

Every morning needs prayers and blessings from God’s Word and that certainly includes Friday. Consequently, inspirational Friday Bible verses and prayer prompts can uplift your heart.

Even though I sometimes view Friday as the best day of the week, it can certainly 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 you 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 says 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 of life. Friends walk with you through the tough times and rejoice with you 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 you 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. 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.

  • “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” ―Nicolas Chamfort
  • “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 you are feeling weak or timid, these scriptures remind you that God is present with you. Despite your fears and insecurities, God is near to you, providing you with strength in your 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 you free. Imitating His selfless love by serving others instead of simply self-serving 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!

  • “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)
  • 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.

  • “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 you forget to stop and reflect on why you 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)

Friday Thoughts

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.

​Have a Happy and Blessed Friday!

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25 Encouraging Bible Verses for Addiction Recovery

If you have struggled with addiction of any kind, you fully understand that addiction recovery feels like a never-ending battle. Whether drug addiction, alcohol addiction, substance abuse, sexual immorality, or other addictive behaviors, the Word of God is the first step on the right path.

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Throughout my whole adult life, my struggle has been food. I have struggled with yo-yo dieting and obesity for decades. Food has always been my way of escape when faced with difficult times, celebrating the good times, and any time in between. 

But I had not faithfully fought that addiction by relying wholeheartedly on the grace of God found in God’s Word. I allowed my own glutinous desires to take precedence over the work of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps you can relate to that struggle in your own addiction battle. 

Enough is enough. I went on a journey through Scripture to discover the most helpful Bible verses for encouragement and great power when temptation hits hard. I pray that these verses will help you, as well.

1. For the Weary

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

Any type of addiction recovery falls heavy on your heart, mind, and soul. You need to share the burden. Most days you wish you could simply push a magic button and it would disappear forever. A support group is a wonderful place to share those burdens. Journaling is also an effective tool for offloading.

However, the Good News of the power of Christ gets to the heart of your mental health. Knowing that Christ Jesus initiates the healing process by shouldering your burden gets to the heart of the battle.

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2. Seeking Peace

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

Struggling with addiction recovery is a constant source of unrest. Whether alcohol abuse, drug abuse, lust of the flesh, or food, the power of addiction affects all areas of life.

However, this beautiful verse reminds you that even in the midst of sinful behaviors and poor choices, the peace of God has not bypassed you. No power on earth is stronger than God’s love and God’s grace over you.

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3. Prayer for Healing

And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:15-16

This beautiful verse encourages us to share your struggles with each other for prayer and encouragement. When you call on dear friends and family members, their prayers help us through tough times. They can alleviate the heavy loads of accountability that encourage a fresh start and recovery journey.

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4. The Right Friends

Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals.1 Corinthians 15:33

Temptation lurks around every corner, as well as from old friends who may also struggle with addictions. This verse wisely instructs you to surround yourself with the good character and godly lives of the right people. Only those family members and friends who truly care for you will actively help you with addiction recovery.

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5. Healing Process

Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.Jeremiah 33:6

The healing process following addiction treatment can be a long haul of ups and downs. You have to deal with cravings, relapse, boredom, loneliness, and difficulty finding purpose.

However, by faith, God can bring about complete and lasting healing. This verse promises, “I will.” And He will.

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6. Abundant Hope

And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security.” Job 11:18

If you have struggled with addiction for years, you may feel that addiction recovery is hopeless. Processing stress, shame, anger, and sadness are difficult emotions to wrangle.

Your addiction may have caused financial or relationship problems, as well. However, this verse reminds you that the hope of God is a promise that He keeps. Holding on to the hope of God will bring about healing and a rebuilt life.

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7. Perseverance

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5

Any time we face tough times, trials, and sufferings, God allows us to grow stronger and braver. Just like muscles in a gym, resistance builds physical strength.

This verse provides truth and hope that fighting through addiction builds spiritual strength. Feelings of emptiness, shame, and loneliness will be replaced by a sober mind fixed on eternal glory with God.

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8. Walk with God

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

Addictions are truly works of the flesh. God does not tempt you to become an addict. Temptation is wholly the devil’s scheme to draw you away from God. The list is long, but none is stronger than the higher power of God Almighty.

Worldly passions surround you every day, yet the Spirit of God lives inside of you. He never leaves nor abandons you to addiction, but calls you to walk in His light.

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9. Be Filled With the Spirit

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18

There is no room for misinterpretation here: abusing alcohol leads to sin. Indeed, any overindulgence follows similar consequences of addiction.

But being filled with the Spirit brings life, peace, freedom, and hope. Such a life includes prayer, confession of sins, gratitude, and living in such a way that honors the Lord God. 

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10. Cast Away Anxiety

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.1 Peter 5:6-8

Feeling anxious goes hand-in-hand with working toward addiction recovery. However, anxiety does not help, which is why the Lord tells you to hand your anxieties over to Him. In His hands, they are cast away for good, not just for a little while.

God desires for you to have the crown of life not a crown of thorns. He is trustworthy. Even though the devil prowls like a lion, our Lion of Judah devours your anxiety.

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11. Just Say No

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.Titus 2:11-12

The addiction recovery process is more involved than just saying no, but that’s where recovery must start.

Saying no to ungodliness and passions of the flesh marks the beginning of living a life that honors God and His calling on your life. Saying no inspires you toward self-control and building a closer relationship with God.

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12. Facing Trials

Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” James 1:2-3

Joy is the last thing that comes to mind when faced with addiction recovery. However, James does call the addiction a joy, but rather that through the struggles God forges strength and persistence.

Those valuable qualities are necessary to stay the course and remain clean. Steadfastness is key to overcoming any addiction through Christ alone.

13. Conquering Temptation

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16

Jesus Christ experienced temptations while He was here on Earth yet did not fall into sin. This means that Jesus understands firsthand weakness and disappointment. He can sympathize and emphasize with such pain. He even paid the price for your sins with His life.

Addiction may have once had you, but this verse reassures you that Jesus’ mercy and compassion has the final say.

14. Victorious Strength

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Feeling weak and overwhelmed is common as you focus on overcoming addiction. It is normal to feel self-directed anger and shame for the damage your addiction has caused in your life and the relationship with family and friends you hold dear.

But this verse confirms that all things are possible in Christ – even defeating addiction. God faithfully provides His strength to stay focused and on the path to your new life.

15. Faithful Guide

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Matthew 6:13

The last thing that Satan wants is your addiction recovery. He will lob every fiery dart at you in order to bring you down. But God will never tempt you, much less lead you there. The enemy’s temptations may be strong, but God has unlimited power to defeat that enemy.

So when you are tempted to fall back into old patterns or places where your addiction thrived, pray this prayer for God to deflect the enemy’s evil plan.

16. Helping Others 

Brothers and sisters, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” Galatians 6:1

You may have family or friends who also abuse addictive substances. If so, you could serve as part of their support network. By listening to their struggles without judging, you could provide an excellent example by living a healthy, God-centered lifestyle.

By abstaining from drugs, alcohol, or other addictive behaviors, you can demonstrate that victory is possible through Christ. Your example can help prevent them from succumbing to their sinful temptations. You can point them to the One who can bring ultimate victory.

17. God Listens

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13

God is as close as your next breath and hears your prayers without fail. God listens to you and knows the content of your heart. Your heart is likely heavily burdened with the shame and trauma caused by addiction. Some days may feel like it is simply too much to handle.

But God promises that He will listen to your prayer and always be available when you call on Him. He never abandons nor forsakes you.

18. God Enables Recovery

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.Mark 10:27

Overcoming addiction, especially one you have struggled with for years, may feel impossible. But God reminds you in this verse that absolutely everything is possible with Him.

The addiction recovery road may be rough, but God’s love and grace will bring you healing. Seeking His help is the first step toward healing. Do not hesitate to call on Him. He is ready and able to sever the tentacles of addiction.

19. Renewing Your Mind

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.” Romans 12:2

The struggle with addiction always begins in your mind. Battles are won or lost in your mind long before they play out in real-time.

The thoughts and content that occupy your mind make all the difference. This verse points out that renewing your mind is key to overcoming addiction.

Such a transformation can only be accomplished in Christspending time in His Word and prayer. Such discipline produces perseverance that is necessary for victory over any substance use disorder.

Spending daily time in prayer and studying God’s Word provides the unbeatable combination to defeat addiction once and for all.

20. Facing Temptation

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.” James 1:13-14

Satan will use every opportunity to put the stumbling block of temptation in your path. He can use a tempting environment in your area of addiction. He can leverage careless words spoken by unsupportive friends. You have a choice whether or not to give in to that desire.

God will never tempt you. God tests you toward success, as in a classroom. The enemy alone tempts you toward failure for destruction. Keeping your eyes on God and turning over the temptation battle to Him will keep you on the right path toward addiction recovery.

God is faithful and wants you to live a life free of addiction. Trust Him. 

21. Defining Desires

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.1 John 2:16

The desire to sin and fall into addiction never originates from God. This verse reminds you that the culprits of are the temptations paraded before your eyes in this world. The God of all grace designed you to live in different waysways that honor Him and build your life on His promises.

A life free from addiction can be leveraged in serving Him for Kingdom purposes. The best treatment plan is calling on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and trusting in His holy treatment program of love, mercy, and grace.

22. Not All Things Are Helpful

“You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’—but not everything is good for you. And even though ‘I am allowed to do anything,’ I must not become a slave to anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12

This verse hits a key point: you are allowed to do anything. But addiction stops short of asking a crucial question: “Is it helpful?” Or even further: “Am I becoming a slave to this thing?”

The Apostle Paul answers those questions flat out: not everything is good for you.

And even though you are allowed to do anything, there will be consequences for harmful decisions. God allows consequences to fall based on your choices in order to change behavioral patterns toward better choices. In spite of everything, remember that God consistently and faithfully forgives you because He loves you. 

23. Resist the Devil

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

The devil is going to mess with you. But God promises that when you resist the devil he will flee. He has no choice. That does not mean he will not keep trying and tempting. Yet every time you resist in the name of Jesus the devil will flee.

So when addiction temptations start running through your mind, speak the Word of God aloud. Open your Bible or this list of Bible verses and start speaking them out loud.

There is POWER in the name of Jesus and the devil holds NO power against it. Memorizing some or all of these verses will enable you to fight effectively against every single temptation the moment that it raises its ugly head.

24. Call on the Lord

Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” Psalm 50:15

As you walk the road toward addiction recovery, there will never be a time when God is too busy to help you. Whether at two in the afternoon or two in the morning, He will come to your rescue.

God alone deserves all the glory for rescuing because you know all too well that you cannot rescue yourself. You have tried more times than you can count to save yourself from addictive behavior, but your sinful nature has been a relentless stumbling block.

Yet when you call on the Lord, there is no stumbling block that God cannot blast out of the way to rescue you every single time.

25. Freedom in Christ

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

What a perfect verse to wrap up our list of Bible verses to overcome addiction. When Jesus sets you free from your addiction, it’s freedom from the inside out. He transforms your mind, which changes your future behavior to live a God-honoring life.

A mind set free by Christ experiences new life that can only come from Him. Keep fighting the good fight against addiction with His Word and the power of His Name. 

Take heart! You have started your journey toward overcoming addiction, which is very brave indeed. On those days that you feel discouraged or defeated, keep these verses close by.

I have set up a prayer “war room.” Perhaps a dedicated prayer space is precisely what you need. Here is how you can do it.

Keep the Word of God on your lips and His name in your prayers. And when He sets you free, you will be free indeed.

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50 Best Happy Birthday Wishes For Pastor’s Wife

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!

Thankfulness for Pastor’s Wife

#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!

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#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!

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#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!

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Blessings for Pastor’s Wife

#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!

Gratefulness to Pastor’s Wife

#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!

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#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!

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Special Birthday Blessings

#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!

Personal Thanks to Pastor’s Wife

#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!

Celebrating the Pastor’s Wife

#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!

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#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!

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Donna is a sought-after author, speaker, and Bible teacher. Her path from being unchurched to becoming passionate about sharing Jesus was not easy. Read her God-breathed journey: “From Unchurched to Becoming a Multi-Published Author and Sought-After Speaker.” If you want to send Donna a quick message, then visit her here.

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Why is God Making Me Wait for a Husband or Wife?

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. So why is God making you wait for a husband or wife?

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 while you wait for a husband. That may change one day. But what can you value and appreciate about your singleness right now?

Biblical View

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

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.

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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 Distracting

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.

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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.

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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 Can Be Distracting

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?

Being single again has allowed me the time to write a dozen Christian books and the freedom to travel the world to teach from Scripture. The vast majority of my discretionary time is spent studying God’s Word, researching for my next Bible study, and devoting significant prayer toward both.

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.

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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.

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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?

Serving the Lord

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’m 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. Or 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.

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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.

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