Those moments when we search for something meaningful to say, yet come up empty-handed, are frustrating. We want to help, but our words feel shallow — insufficient. Then there are also those moments when it’s not about others. Those moments when we are in need of hope for ourselves.
I believe we cannot fill our deepest needs with things of this world. Our needs and our stories are God-shaped and meant to be filled by Him. Thus, there is always one place where we can turn to gather hope. One place where hope for others and for ourselves is always found. Where meaning is found.
In the Word of God — in meaningful Bible verses and in prayer.[bctt tweet=”I believe we cannot fill our deepest needs with things of this world. Our needs and our stories are God-shaped and meant to be filled by Him. Thus, there is always one place where we can turn to gather hope. In the Word of God” username=”lori_schumaker”]
I’ve been in the busiest season of my life. I kept thinking life would slow down as my children became more independent, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The blessings in our lives are most definitely evident and abundant. Yet, there is much that has been difficult, as well. In all honesty, I’ve experienced anxiety in a new and more complicated way than ever before. It frustrates me, of course …
But it brought me back to the heart of God.
Back to His Word — where we find hope, life, and power.
And I want to share that with you.
When life gets busy, adrenaline kicks in and a check-the-box mentality often comes with it. We forget what matters. As I became busier and busier, I’d rush through my time in the Word of God or, to be honest, skip it altogether.
Maybe you respond to busy the same kind of way? Maybe you haven’t poured through God’s Word and given Him the space to renew your soul?
When I realized what I’d been doing, I knew I needed a re-wind. I needed to prioritize. I began soaking in His Word every single day again. And friends, my hope began to renew.
Which is why I’ve decided to close out this year with a series that goes right back to the anchor of our faith. Each week I will share with you meaningful Bible verses and Scripture-based prayers. Verses and prayers I personally have turned to and ones that I know will give you hope.
Each week I will share my 10 (at least) favorite meaningful Bible verses and prayer for things like:
worry and stress
a grateful heart
not giving up
This week, I want to start with 10 of my personal favorite meaningful Bible verses on faith and hope. And because there is something beautiful and powerful in praying Scripture, I will also share a prayer incorporating each of these 10 Bible verses.[bctt tweet=”This week, I want to start with 10 of my personal favorite meaningful Bible verses on faith and hope. And because there is something beautiful and powerful in praying Scripture, I will also share a prayer incorporating each of these 10 Bible verses.” username=”lori_schumaker”]
10 Bible Verses for Hope and Faith
“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” -Hebrews 6:19 NLT
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” -Romans 15:13 NLT
“And His name will be the hope of all the world.” -Matthew 12:21 NLT
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16 NLT
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” -Romans 10:9 NIV
“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” -1 John 5:5 NIV
“Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” -Mark 5:36 NIV
“For nothing will be impossible with God.” -Luke 1:37 ESV
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:13 ESV
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” -Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV
A Prayer for Hope and Faith
Dear Jesus, You are the hope of the world. Your love is unfailing and Your desire to welcome us into Your family humbling. I praise You for all that You are and all that You do.
Forgive me, God, for when I place my hope in things of this world and forget that You alone are the anchor for my soul. And that You have welcomed me into Your inner sanctuary. What an honor and privilege that is!
Father, You are my source of hope. Please fill me with joy and peace as I trust in You. I thank You in advance for the overflowing holy confidence You will give me through the power of your Holy Spirit.
Lord, that You would love me so deeply as to give Your one and only Son as a sacrifice, leaves me in awe and gratitude. To know I am loved in this way, gives me hope beyond measure. It convicts me of all I can do with Your strength that is in me. It convicts me to walk with courage and bravery because I know You will never leave me. I know You will fight for me. And I know that NOTHING is impossible with you. Therefore, I will not be dismayed or lose hope.
I will believe.
I claim You, Jesus, as my Lord and Savior – as the Son of God. Therefore, there is nothing I cannot overcome. I love You and praise You.
In Your precious name, I pray.
Amen.[bctt tweet=”A Prayer for Hope and Faith along with my 10 Favorite Bible Verses for Hope and Faith | Getting back to the basics of faith … back to the Word of God #meaningfulbibleverses” username=”lori_schumaker”]
The Series at a Glance
I can hardly believe Surrendered Hearts is about to turn 1!
Sharing a message of hope through surrendering has been an honor. When we made the decision to adopt, it was simply out of obedience to what God had placed on our hearts. The me back then had no idea of all God would do through that decision.
Looking back gives me this super emotional feeling, insufficiently, I can only describe as awe. Most of the time, I only knew the next right step to take. And often, I didn’t even know that it was necessarily right — it was merely the only next step to take.
Now I get to see how each step joined with the next in order to create an intricate map branching out in a multitude of directions. A map where not only our daughter and our family have walked paths to redemption and renewal.
But a map that lead to the inspiration of thousands along this road.
The many with whom I have spoken and have read our story through the book and through this blog … each have taken their own steps toward living surrendered. To finding peace. To finding purpose in this complicated life.
God is reaching us all with His message of the power of living surrendered to Him. Together, we are discovering the peace that comes when we walk in God’s will and trust wherever He takes us.
I’d love nothing more than to look back in one year, five years, or ten years and feel those same emotions 10-fold. So, if you haven’t read the book yet, I’d love for you to do so … then pass it along. If you have an event where you’d like me to share the message of Living Surrendered, I’d love to do so!
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