How am I feeling? Hold on. Be right back. Gotta go watch 37 episodes of TV and do a little online shopping and bake some cookies and plan a vacation I’ll never go on real quick.
That’s an actual quote from me this winter.
Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating. But it’s no secret to my friends and family that I love to distract myself when the threat of negative feelings makes itself known. And the cold, dark Northeast winter is the perfect setting for that blah feeling to surface.
Are you feeling a little blah, too? Less motivated than usual? Maybe even a little trapped?
Whether it’s the weather or life’s circumstances getting you down, there’s a way out of your worries that doesn’t include escaping them. The Bible says that God longs to give us hope when we lack it. And he can give us joy when we call on him. That doesn’t mean we won’t still have blah days, but it does mean that God can fill us with hope and peace that help us get through the tough times.
If you’re longing for escape today, read through these 4 Scripture passages instead. As you read them, ask God to show you his peace and hope.
I know things might seem dreary right now. But God has a good plan for your life.
We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose. — Romans 8:28 (GNTD)
The world’s vision of goodness and happiness isn’t always God’s vision. Ask God to show you what is good.
Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect. — Romans 12:2 (GNTD)
Is your sadness tinged with envy? Do you wish you had a different life? Wish you were someone else? God made you. You’re special. You’re worthy of love.
You are the one
who put me together
inside my mother’s body,
and I praise you
the wonderful way
you created me.
Everything you do is marvelous!
Of this I have no doubt.
Nothing about me
is hidden from you!
I was secretly woven together
deep in the earth below,
but with your own eyes
my body being formed. — Psalm 139:13-16a (GNTD)
All our hope comes from God. I pray you receive the hope you need from him today.
May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit. — Romans 15:13 (GNTD)
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