May God grant us grace
to see hidden beauty
as most desirable.
…but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart
with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit,
which in God’s sight is very precious.
1 Peter 3:4 ESV
Also: Proverbs 16:31, 31:30
Plunging headfirst into a situation we’d rather avoid
is an act of faith; it’s trusting God to work, in spite of our fears.
By faith, we depend on God’s ability, rather than our own.
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9b ESV
Also: Hebrews 4:14-16
There is a longing
in the heart
of every man
that will give
meaning to his
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 ESV
Wait for the LORD; be strong,
and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!
Psalm 27:14 ESV
It’s good to remember,
there is never a situation
where God is not in control.
God gave us the Psalms
to get us through those times–
those troubling times–
when it seems we have fallen
out of His hand.
Also: John 10:22-30
Let there be joy.
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Psalm 90:14 NIV
For this very reason, make every effort
to supplement your faith with virtue.
2 Peter 1:5a ESV
for further study: 2 Peter 1:3-11
“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,
and I will remember their sins no more.”
Hebrews 8:12 ESV
Also: Matthew 18:21-35
He will again have compassion on us;
he will tread our iniquities underfoot.
You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
Micah 7:19 ESV
Also: Matthew 6:14-15
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
Matthew 6:11 ESV
See: Exodus 16:4
Go, eat your bread with joy.
Ecclesiastes 9:7 ESV
Also: Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, 5:18-20
Whatever you do, work heartily,
as for the Lord and not for men.
Colossians 3:23 ESV
Also: Colossians 3:17, 1 Corinthians 10:31
Love one another with brotherly affection.
Outdo one another in showing honor.
Romans 12:10 ESV
Know this, my beloved brothers:
let every person be quick to hear,
slow to speak, slow to anger.
James 1:19 ESV
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
Psalm 95:6 ESV
Also: 1 Peter 5:6
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy,
always being prepared to make a defense to anyone
who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.
1 Peter 3:15 ESV
“Be strong and courageous.
Do not be frightened,
and do not be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you
wherever you go”
Joshua 1:9 ESV
The wicked borrows but does not pay back,
but the righteous is generous and gives.
Psalm 37:21 ESV
And this is the confidence that we have toward him,
that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
1 John 5:14 ESV
[Pray] also for me, that words may be given to me in
opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel.
Ephesians 6:19 ESV
“…with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another in love.”
Ephesians 4:2 ESV
Aslo: Colossians 3:12-14