Verses of Hope for 2017

 
 
 

The Lord says, “Be still, and know that I am God." -- Psalm 46:10

When my heart starts to race or my mind goes in circles, worrying and wondering what I should do, this verse reminds me to be still and trust God. When I'm praying, too, it reminds me to stop talking or thinking, to be still and listen for God's voice. -- Mavis Moon


For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. -- Romans 8:38-39

This verse is taped to the side of my computer where I can see it every day. I’ve had a number of occasions where I sat down at my desk literally in a panic over something in my family/country/world where I felt like the ground was giving way beneath me. God uses this verse to calm me and bring me back to the center of his love for me. -- Grace Monsma


"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who...made himself nothing." -- Philippians 2:5

I've found this as a good reminder to watch my attitude, way of thinking about things, when things don't go as I think they should or could. Christ gave up a lot to do what needed doing and only in Gethsemane do we hear any request for a change of plan... -- George Vink


The Lord replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." -- Exodus 33:14

-- Suzie Van Ewyk


Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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

It’s so easy to be anxious, and about so many things — far away family, the violence in our world, the fear mongering and lack of love so often prevalent in our country now — but then I remember that God is in control, that I can take it all to him in prayer, and I feel blessed and am thankful for the peace he brings to my heart. -- Arlene De Vries


Thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear Brothers and Sisters, stand firm and let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you are assured that your labor, in the Lord, will never be in vain.

-- 1 Corinthians 15:56-58

Clearly, the people who do the Lord's work should be encouraged because their labor will never be in vain. God can always use our labors (in the Lord) because of the victory of Jesus. I am blessed to know that whatever work that I do for the Lord, that it will somehow benefit his people and further his kingdom. -- Jake Buurma


The Lord is my light and my salvation. -- Psalm 27:1

This verse sums up my faith and where I try to keep my life headed — towards the light. -- Cecilia Coetsee

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity. -- 2 Timothy 1:7

Any time I worry about my kids or events to come, I remind myself that fear and worry is normally not from God. This calms me down and gives me strength. -- Cecilia Coetsee


"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

When we moved from Toronto to San Jose, it was a time of lots of change and unknowns. Before we left Toronto, I bought a plaque with this verse and we have it displayed in our living room. It helps us keep in mind that God has a plan for us here. -- Caroline Versteeg


8We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed... 16Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. -- 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 16-18

These verses are meaningful to me, especially in times of grief.       -- Paula Gallay


My life verse(s) for many years has been Ps. 16. Especially verses 5 and 6. When life seems difficult, I reflect on the spiritual inheritance that was passed down to me from my parents and many generations before them. God is good! "Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance." -- Sally Bouman


The Christmas story gives me hope. I find it amazing how God finds talents that are buried in each of us to spread his message, not matter what great skills or great disabilities a person has.

Listen to this video link about a 10 year old girl with autism who almost never talks but is just amazing when she sings the Christmas story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvlPF4bHPrk

The music and words were from Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah - it references a number of scriptures and integrates them into a picture of the Christmas Story.

Put yourself in the place of a parent of this child - an Autistic 10 year old, who virtually never talks, wondering why God has given this problem to their son or daughter, wondering about the child's future, maybe having no hope. And then out of such a problem God does an amazing thing, gives this child an amazing voice and ability to carry his message about hope forward to millions of people touching their hearts with His story of hope. I thought this was the most important message that I have on my heart – God sending his son, giving all of us hope. -- Joe Fatula


"Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of this earth will grow strangely dim,

In the light of His glory and grace".

Whenever I'm afraid or face challenges, I sing this chorus. It reminds me to keep my focus totally on Jesus; that's when the healing begins. -- Debra Underwood


I am fond of Psalm 23. I also love 1 Corinthians 13.

Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.            -- Psalm 33:20-22

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.  -- Psalm 34:18

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted; bring me out of my distresses. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins. -- Psalm 25:16-18

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?                       -- Psalm 27:1-2

I read all the psalms a little each day this year. These are just a few of the verses that made me feel better. -- Louise Blake


25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you— you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.                        -- Matthew 6:25-34

I read this passage frequently. It keeps me grounded. I gives me hope and peace, reminding me of what is really important and that many of the things that our society views as important and necessary are not at all.

And a second shorter passage would be Romans 8:31b – "If God is for us, who can be against us?" Now how can that not give you hope? :)  -- Mark Monsma


She is clothed with strength and dignity;

    she can laugh at the days to come.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;

    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

-- Proverbs 31:25 and 30

Many people might wonder why I didn't choose a verse like "God is my refuge and my strength." The reason for this is because I am constantly reminded about this. I chose these two verses because they remind me of things I tend to forget.

Verse 25 speaks about not being dressed in cool clothing - but in strength and dignity, and being able to laugh at the days to come - something I constantly forget, especially since it's so easy to be taken away with the "cool" and "popular" crowd, who dress in things that aren't God-pleasing.