Sunday, April 2, 2017

12 Verses for the Gloomy Days


Where I live, the rainy and gloomy days of March have continued right into April. It feels like it’s been weeks since we had a sunny day, and I’ve heard from several people that the weather is affecting their moods and attitudes. As I listen to the rain while I write, I have to agree.

The weather has an effect on us. So does life. Dirty dishes fill the sink, families share the same cold or flu over and over, unexpected household repairs come in multiples, bills pile up, we’re stretched in too many different directions for too long, and…I’m sure you can add something you’re dealing with to this list.

Whether it’s the overcast weather or the depressing days that string together, it takes its toll on us. We become worn out and need to remind ourselves that the sun will shine again, even if it’s only for a few minutes at a time.

More importantly, we need Someone to cling to, especially during the days that take more from us than they give. Someone who doesn’t show up for only a few minutes and then leave again, but Who stays and walks with us through the valley we feel stuck in.

I’ve been searching Scripture for the verses I need on the gloomy days. Here are a few that might help you too.

12 Scripture verses for the gloomy days…

Isaiah 60:19 NLT {Everlasting light}
“No longer will you need the sun to shine by day, nor the moon to give its light by night, for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.

John 1:4-5 NLT {Life and Light}
The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.

John 8:12 NLT {Light in the darkness}
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

Psalm 40:1-3 NLT {Trust and God’s help}
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.

You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

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.

Isaiah 9:2 NLT {Light in the darkness}
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!

Psalm 119:105 NLT {Light for my path}
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

There is hope for your future,” says the Lord.

1 John 1:5 NLT {God is light}
This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.

What Scripture verses get you through the gloomy days?

In Christ,
Laura 

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7 comments:

  1. Did you write this post while reading a weather forecast for the Northeast? Spring is still a promise in the closed hand of a long winter here, and there's mixed precip. in the forecast for tomorrow. So thankful to be reminded that my hope is in the Lord, not my surroundings!

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  2. Laura, such a great collection of encouragement in one place! Thank you!

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  3. Laura, I am your neighbor at Holley Gerth's link up. Thank you for posting all the verses, so needed not just on "gloomy" days. There are times the sun is shining and the heart-gloom overshadows the Sonshine. Great piece.

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  4. Thank you, Laura for these verses! I'm next to you at Chasing Community. Recently my go-to verse for encouragement has been Psalm 23:1-3 in The Message. The word picture of rest and refreshment has gotten me through some of Colorado's gloomy days.

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  5. I love these! Especially coming from "dreary Erie", PA. I'm sharing these on my personal and blog FB pages, visiting from Faith Filled Friday :)

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  6. More beautiful encouragement. Thank you!

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