This is a collection of my seven favorite Bible verses for hurting parents. They are words of hope. They are treasures to me. My lifeline. I’ve accumulated them after many hours of searching for comfort when I was grieving over the shattered dreams I’ve experienced with my daughter who has battled alcohol and drug addiction, self-injury, depression and suicidal thoughts.
They gave me strength when I was weak, encouragement when discouraged and hope when in despair. When I read them they’re like a cool drink on a hot summer day; a warm cozy blanket on a cold winter day; music to my ears and chocolate for my soul.
I give them to you to share the wealth I’ve found. When you’re so shaken that you can’t think and don’t know where to turn, you can turn to these words. Print them out. Keep them handy. Read them in your valleys, in your darkest moments. They are lights to help you find your way – gifts from my heart to yours.
1) Isaiah 41:10 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 victorious right hand.
2) Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
3) Jeremiah 32:17 Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
4) John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
5) Psalm 62:5 My soul finds rest in God alone, my hope comes from him.
6) Jeremiah 32:27 I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
7) 2 Chronicles 20:12 For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.
I trust these powerful words will help you as they have me. I keep them nearby, written on index cards. Some are tear-stained and quite worn around the edges. They’ve been on my bathroom mirror, the dash-board of my car, in my purse and at the kitchen sink. Through them God has comforted my soul and given me strength to keep going when I thought I couldn’t. May His words of life fill you with what you need to keep going, too.
It’s all here.
Drink it in.