Today I am sharing a very personal story. You might be able to relate to it or you might not. But the end reason for sharing it, is that you will be able to encourage yourself in the Lord during your own times of turmoil, fear, and anxiety.
The week before Christmas, my fifty-six year “young” beautiful mom had a stroke.
My family and I were about four hours away from home, for a high school basketball tournament my son was in. We received a phone call early Saturday morning letting us know my mom was taken by ambulance to the hospital for stroke-like symptoms.
I didn’t really believe it was a stroke because she is so young. We had no warning. I had spoken to her on the phone just two days earlier and had been texting her the night before. She was fine!
The weeks leading up to the stroke she mentioned a couple of times she wasn’t feeling very well. A headache or two, and was feeling a bit stressed with work and the responsibility of taking care of her elderly mother. But nothing that really screamed for attention.
But in just one night everything changed. We went from eagerly awaiting Christmas to get here, to wondering if she would ever walk or talk again. The days following my mom’s stroke were full of uncertainty.
She spent five long days in the Neuro Critical Care Unit. While in there she underwent two surgery’s to remove two blood clots. One blood clot removed from her brain, and the other from the carotid artery in the neck, at least five of each, MRI’s, CT scans, and ultrasounds. On the fifth day they inserted a feeding tube.
The aftermath of the stroke were loss of speech, complete movement of the right side of her body, and a little bit of memory loss and confusion.
I spent every single day with her in the hospital only going home to sleep at nights, until about day nine when she was finally transferred to a rehab hospital.
How Do I Encourage Myself In the Lord?
As I write this, she is still at the rehab hospital. She will stay there for two weeks and then I will be able to bring her home.
During these last almost three weeks I have experienced a myriad of emotions. Fear, overwhelm, sadness, mourning the loss of the independent life my mom has lived, regret, and even peace. The kind of peace only God can give, a peace that surpasses all understanding.
I don’t know what life is going to look like for her or myself once I bring her home. She will require a lot of care at least for the first few months. There will be a lot of doctors appointments, and a lot more rehab that needs to happen, as well as daily living care.
I will be the primary person in charge of making sure she’s taken care of and getting her to all appointments, all while caring for my own family of five and making sure all my grandmas needs are being met as well…..remember my mom was her primary care taker. Thankfully my aunt will soon be here to take over grandmas care, and for that, I am thankful.
I don’t share this to call for pity. I do it because I want to share the many ways I have found courage in the Lord.
The verses He has spoken through to fill me with hope and peace in the midst of uncertainty and life’s afflictions. The uplifting quotes friends have shared with me. The prayers that have been prayed. They all have been a needed form of encouragement during this trying time.
Bible Verses To Encourage Yourself In The Lord
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my righteous right hand.” -Isaiah 41:10
This is the first verse the Lord gave me in the early days after my mom’s stroke. It filled me with joy and peace because I truly felt like He was speaking directly to me at one of the lowest points of my life this far.
“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, nothing will be impossible for you.” -Matthew 17:20
Matthew 17:20 the verse of the mustard seed, is actually one of my favorite verses. This necklace (which I wear everyday) reminds me on a daily basis to hold on to my faith, even on days, or should I say “especially” on days when it feels hopeless.
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” -2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Can I get a resounding AMEN for 2 Corinthians 4:8-9!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” -Proverbs 3:5-6
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. -Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV
More Bible Verses About God’s Goodness…
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. -Galatians 2:20 ESV
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.” Psalm 23:1-4
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Psalm 91:14-16
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” -Matthew 19:26
Encourage Yourself In The Lord Quotes
“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done. -C.S. Lewis
“Faith is an affectionate practical confidence in the testimony of God.” -J. Hawes
“Cheer up now, you faint-hearted warrior. Not only has Christ traveled the road, but He has defeated your enemies.” -Spurgeon
“Stress comes from trying to do it all on your own. Peace comes from putting it all in God’s hands.” -@proverbs_31life
“This hard place in which you perhaps find yourself is the very place in which God is giving you opportunity to look only to Him, to spend time in prayer, and to learn long-suffering, gentleness, meekness – In short, to learn the depths of the love that Christ Himself has poured out on all of us. -Elisabeth Elliot
“Lord, give me a quiet heart that does not ask to understand, but confidently steps forward in the darkness guided by thy hand.” -Elisabeth Elliot
“Nothing is a surprise to God; nothing is a setback to His plans; nothing can thwart His plans or purposes; and nothing is beyond His control.” -Joni Eareckson Tada
More Christian Quotes….
“My faith does not rest in what I am, will be, feel, or know, but in what Christ is, in what He has done, and in what He is doing in me.” -Charles Spurgeon
“If you find yourself in uncertainty, let it lead you to a place of beautiful dependence on God and others. -Amy Carroll
“God speaks in the silence of the heart.” -Mother Teresa
“We shouldn’t deny the pain of what happens in our lives. We should just refuse to focus only on the valleys.” -Chuck Swindoll
“Because of the empty tomb, we have peace. Because of His resurrection, we can have peace during difficult times because we know He is in control of all that happens.” -Paul Chappell
“Let God’s promises shine on your problems.” -Corrie Ten Boom
“Your situation may look impossible, but don’t ever rule out the favor of the Lord.” -Joel Osteen
Encourage Yourself in the Lord Quotes and Bible Verses
A Prayer For Healing
This prayer was shared by one of my best friends. I am not sure who wrote it but it holds so many promises of God that we need to remember and hold on to.
If you are not in need of healing prayer, feel free to kip over it since it is a rather long prayer.
I wholeheartedly believe that nothing is impossible for God, and by the power of His mighty hand, with faith, there is healing to be had for those who ask.
This is a BOLD prayer! Dear brothers and sisters, pray it with FAITH!
We come to you in the name of Jesus,
we bless your Holy Name and give you praise.
We humbly ask for the forgiveness of our sins and (name’s) sins.
Wash us in the blood of Jesus and make us acceptable in your sight.
grant us grace and mercy as we petition
the throne room of heaven at your feet.
Right now we lift up (name) to you in the heavens,
Father pour out your Spirit and your fire upon (name) and cover (him/her) with your feathers.
In your word it says,
You are the God of all flesh, is anything too hard for you?
We ask your healing to flow into (name) and restore (him/her)
to divine health and divine alignment.
Father it says in your word,
that you are able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ask or imagine.
That your word is life and healing to our flesh,
and according to our faith, so be it unto us.
we believe with all our mind, body and spirit, that (name)
is healed by the blood of Jesus Christ,
and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
You sent your word and healed (name/them), and delivered them from their destruction.
let your power be made manifest and released through me,
and by the words of this prayer.
For it is not by our strength, it is not by our might, but by YOUR power,
and by the Spirit of the Lord which comes upon me,
the Spirit of might that comes upon me.
For when the enemy shall come in like a flood, Your Spirit lifts a standard against them.
Baptize me with the Holy Ghost and with fire!
Anoint my head with oil, and anoint my hands to heal.
That I shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Right now we lay our hands on upon (name)
to recover and be made whole.
For HE gave them power and authority over all devils to cure diseases.
In My Name shall they cast out devils, safety the Lord.
And these signs shall follow them that believe.
You said to ask in Your Name and it SHALL be done.
We ask You Lord heal (name) in the name of Jesus.
We decree and declare that the angels of the Lord encompass those who fear Him.
Therefore we now summons angels that excel in strength, to marshal and protect (name),
and to war on (his/her) behalf, for You have given your angels charge over us
to keep us in all our ways.
We declare war against the spirit of infirmity!
let your MIGHTY HAND fight against those, that fight against us!
Father, war against those that war against us!
Release your fire and destroy the strongholds over (name) in Jesus name!
For we rise to our seat of authority in the heavenliness,
and we come against the principalities, the powers, and spiritual wickedness in high paces.
We pull down strongholds, and cast down every vain imagination that exalts itself against the knowledge of Christ.
We war against the spirit of affliction, pain, and suffering.
We bind and rebuke the spirit of infirmity.
We bind the strongman, and we brake your power over (name) in the name of Jesus!
We cast you down and destroy your power.
We decree and declare that your assignement over (name)’s life is
cancelled, nullified, and void.
We loose the blood of Jesus and the Holy Spirit against you.
We cut every attachment, every hook, every spear, and every wire, from off of (name) by the sword of the Spirit.
We renounce all ungodly covenants made knowingly and unknowingly in the name of Jesus,
and we ask for forgiveness of those unholy covenants and agreements.
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Hold thy peace and come out of (him/her) in the name of Jesus!
Spirit of infirmity, we command you to release (name) and come out of (him/her)
in the name of Jesus, and by the power if the Holy Spirit!
We speak to (name)’s body, and we decree and declare (name)
to be divinely aligned and healed, in the perfection that God created it to be.
And it SHALL be established unto (him/her).
And the light shall shine in all of their ways.
I/we decree and declare that (name) is set free,
for whom the Son sets free, is free indeed.
We decree that the Word of God is Life and healing to their flesh.
Heal (name) oh Lord,
and (he/she) will be healed.
Save (name) and (he/she) will be saved.
We decree that (name) is healed by Your Stripes and by the power of Your Blood.
We speak that the blood of Jesus flows through (name)’s body bringing life, health, and healing,
restoring every fiber of their being.
We decree that (name) is revived and made whole by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We decree and declare that no weapon formed against thee shall prosper.
A thousand shall fall at (name)’s side, and 10,000 by (his/her) right hand,
but it shall not come near thee. For surely You shall deliver them from the snare of the fowler.
For you have given Your angels charge over (name), to keep (him/her) in all their ways.
Bless the Lord oh my soul and forget not His benefits.
Who forgives all our iniquities, who heals all our diseases, who redeemed us from destruction,
who crowned us with loving kindness and tender mercies.
Who satisfies our mouth with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagles.
He took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.
Jesus come that (name) may have life and have it more abundantly.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their wings like eagles.
(he/she) shall run and not grow weary.
And 9he/she) shall walk and not faint.
many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivered (name) out of them all.
Thy faith has made thee whole, for thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
(name) arise, BE HEALED, and made whole in Jesus name.
I wish above all that (name) may prosper and be in good health, as their soul prospers.
We believe with all our heart, mind, body, and spirit, that the Word of God is true, and it that it does not return to Him void.
For the Word of God accomplishes that to where it is sent.
God’s Word is like a hammer that breaketh the rock into pieces.
We believe that (name) receives Your healing in Jesus name.
And we that you Lord that you are Our healer and deliverer.
That we shall decree a thing, and it shall be established unto us,
and the Light shall shine upon all our ways.
In the Name of Jesus our Lord and Savior,
Encourage Yourself in the Lord Affirmations
- Myself and my family members already belong in God’s kingdom through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Even though I sometimes may struggle with little faith, Jesus is the stronghold of my life.
- My heart trusts in the MIGHTY THINGS God will do because NOTHING is impossible for my God!
- God is a God of hope, a very present help in the midst of trouble.
- Our Heavenly Father has already given us a promise of eternal life.
Encourage Yourself in the Lord Closing Thoughts
What or who would you say your enemies are?
How about Fear?
Let me remind you friend, none of those things are from the Lord.
Don’t allow them to take up any space in your being.
Instead hold on to what IS from the Lord….
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness.
Submerge yourself in God’s word and in prayer and you too will experience a peace that surpasses all understanding, just as I have during this time of sorrow after my moms stroke.
I sincerely hope my writing this helps at least one person out there who is facing what may seem like an impossible reality.
I have so many angel friends and family who have sustained me with prayer. Their prayers and help with meals and many other things through this time have meant the world to me. I could cry a puddle of tears, and actually have, just thinking about the love that surrounds my family.