His Words

One of the biggest blessings about our adoption journey is that I have really had to spend more time in God's Word. It keeps me grounded, reminds me Who is actually in charge of all of this and, more or less, it keeps me from going absolutely crazy and tearing out all my hair. :)

So I thought I would use this page to share some of the Scriptures the Lord has been leading me to during this difficult, joyous, trying, blessed season of our life. I have tried to organize them by "category" to be helpful, and I will continue to add to this page as time rolls by, so check back every now and then!  And, of course, if you have a verse you would like to see added or maybe a new category for me to explore, leave me a comment below or get in touch with me on Facebook. I am welcoming input for this ongoing project! 

Obviously, this page has been borne out of the adoption season of my life, but these verses are in no way limited in their applicability. Lots of these are old favorites that have found new life and purpose for me in recent months. Also, you might see some repeats here and there. Sorry!

When you are afraid or anxious: 

"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

"But now, this is what the Lord says--He who created you, Jacob, He who formed you, Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name. You are Mine." 
Isaiah 43:1

"I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." 
John 16:33

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, with 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

"When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought be joy." 
Psalm 94:19

"Be strong and let your hear take courage, all you who wait for the Lord." 
Psalm 31:24

"Have I not commanded you? 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

"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

When you need reminding that God is good:

"The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen." 
2 Timothy 4:18

"Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." 
Psalm 37:4

"But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your hand." 
1 Chronicles 29:14

"The Lord is righteous in all His ways and faithful in all He does. The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them." 
Psalm 145:17-19

"As for God, His way is perfect; The Lord's word is flawless;  he shields all who take refuge in Him."
2 Samuel 22:31

"Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare."
Psalm 40:5

"Come and see what God has done, His awesome deeds for mankind!" 
Psalm 66:5

"Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His: we are His people, the sheep of His pasture." Psalm 100:3

"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
Psalm 73:26

"My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long--though I know not how to relate them all." 
Psalm 71:15

"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him." 
Psalm 34:8

"Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies." 
Psalm 36:5

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope that we profess, for He who promised is faithful."
Hebrews 10:23

"God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?" 
Numbers 23:19

"Oh, the depths of the riches and wisdom and knowledge go God! How unsearchable are His judgements and how inscrutable are His ways!" 
Romans 11:33

"Lord, you are my God. I will exalt you and praise your name, for in faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago." 
Isaiah 25:1

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen!"
Ephesians 3:20-21

When you are waiting (for anything): 

"Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture." 
Psalm 37:3

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end." 
Ecclesiastes 3:11

"Yet this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion. There fore, I will wait for Him." The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him. It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord."  
Lamentations 3:21-26

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap the harvest if we do not give up." 
Galatians 6:9

"Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among all the nations. I will be exalted in all the earth." 
Psalm 46:10

"Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, 
more than watchmen wait for the morning. Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love, and with Him is full redemption. He himself with redeem Israel from all their sins."
Psalm 130

When God calls you to something bigger than you are: 

"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." 
Exodus 14:14

"For He will command His angels concerning you to guide you in all your ways." 
Psalm 91:11

"With my God, I can scale a wall." 
Psalm 18:29

"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." 
Philippians 4:13

"The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand." 
Psalm 37:23-24

"He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries and saves them." 
Psalm 145:19

"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust int rename of the Lord our God." 
Psalm 20:7

"The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." 
Deuteronomy 31:8

"But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ's power may rest on me." 2 Corinthians 12:9

"He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it." 
1 Thessalonians 5:24

When you are crying out to God: 

"Hear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all the day long. Bring joy to your servant for I put my trust in you. You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love for all who call on you. Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me." 
Psalm 86:1-7

"'Because he loves me,' says the Lord, 'I will rescue him. I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.'" 
Psalm 91:14-16

"I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills His purpose for me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me. God sends His love and faithfulness." 
Psalm 57:2-3

"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things that you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3

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

"Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in You? Show us your unfailing love, Lord, grant us your salvation. I will listen to what the Lord says; He promises peace to His people, His faithful servants, but let them not turn to folly. Surely His salvation is near those who fear Him, that His glory may dwell in our land." 
Psalm 85:6-9

When you need reminding that God is able: 

"Look at the nations and watch--and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe even if you were told." 
Habakkuk 1:5

"Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you." 
Jeremiah 32:17

"I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?" 
Jeremiah 32:27

"Behold, the Lord's hand is not so shortened that it cannot save or His ear so dull that it cannot hear." Isaiah 59:1

"For the Lord is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory. No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You!" Psalm 84:11-12

"If you say, 'The Lord is my refuge,' and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 'Because he loves me,' says the Lord, 'I will rescue him; I will protect him for he acknowledges my Name. He will call on me, and I will answer him in trouble. I will deliver and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.'" 
Psalm 91:9-16

When you need reminding that following Christ is worth it: 

"What is more, I consider everything a loss when compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish that I am may gain Christ." 
Philippians 3:8

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds. For the testing of faith develops perseverance." 
James 1:2-3

"Blessed is t he man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the the law of the Lord, and on that law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields in fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers." 
Psalm 1:1-3

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: 
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke, 
to set the oppressed free
 and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, 
and your healing will quickly appear; 
then your righteousness will go before you, 
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
 and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, 
then your light will rise in the darkness,
 and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
 you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”
Isaiah 58:6-12

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