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No one is exempt from problems. From the palace to the poorhouse, women throughout the ages have fought and conquered adversity in their lives.
Queen Esther risked losing her only relative and her people. Using her influence, she saved the Israelites from destruction. Interestingly, the Jewish name Esther means "Hadassah," which comes from the word myrtle—the tree whose leaves only release fragrance when they are crushed.
Are you facing adversity? Perhaps your faith has brought reproach or daily struggles have robbed your faith. Regardless, the scriptures ease the crush of adversity, releasing the sweet fragrance of God's overcoming power.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Romans 8:18 KJV
For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
2 Corinthians 1:5–6 NIV
If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
1 Peter 4:14 NASB
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 NKJV
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:7 KJV
I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!
Philippians 3:10–11 NLT
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
1 Peter 5:10 NASB
Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake.
Luke 6:22 NKJV
Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray.
James 5:13 NLT
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2 Timothy 3:12 KJV
Dear fiends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
1 Peter 4:12–13 NIV
For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.
2 Corinthians 4:17 NASB
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him.
2 Timothy 2:12 KJV
For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: "Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth"; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.
1 Peter 2:19, 21–23 NKJV
Our Creator never intended that we should shoulder a load of suffering ourselves. That's the whole purpose of spiritual community.
Linda BartlettCHAPTER 2
A near miss. Your car swerves to the side of the road avoiding a collision with an oncoming vehicle. How did you avoid disaster?
Fatigue zaps your strength but you still have much to do. You pray and amazingly you breeze through your work as if unseen hands carried you to complete the task. A coincidence? Or did God dispatch angels to assist you?
Angels are real. Unlike the stereotypical images of chubby-cheeked cherubs, these powerful, angelic beings minister to believers. At God's command, they delivered Paul from prison, shut the lions' mouths, provided for Elijah, and brought an amazing message to Mary.
Chubby-cheeked cherubs? Think again.
And God never said to any of the angels, "Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet." Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.
Hebrews 1:13–14 NLT
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Matthew 24:31 KJV
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.
Psalm 34:7 NASB
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38–39 NKJV
On life's busy thoroughfares We meet with angels unawares. ...
Helen Steiner RiceCHAPTER 3
It doesn't matter who was right or wrong. You feel wronged and anger simmers on the verge of full boil. Can we be angry and not sin? To feel anger is one thing, to act on it is another. When we use our anger to justify our wrongful deeds, we sin.
The Bible, however, gives us clear and concise instructions on how to handle anger or angry people. How can we curb anger, irritations, and flare-ups? Apply the calming influence of God's Word to our circumstance. Ah, yes. That's better.
He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick- tempered exalts folly.
Proverbs 14:29 NASB
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
James 1:19–20 NKJV
Don't befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.
Proverbs 22:24–25 NLT
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 KJV
Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
Proverbs 21:19 NIV
Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.
Colossians 3:21 NASB
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1 NKJV
Do everything without complaining and arguing.
Philippians 2:14 NLT
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, "Raca," is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, "You fool!" will be in danger of the fire of hell.
Matthew 5:22 NIV
A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
Proverbs 15:18 KJV
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.
Proverbs 16:32 NASB
Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
Romans 12:19 NKJV
Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.
Proverbs 17:1 NLT
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.
Ephesians 4:26 NIV
Being angry or unforgiving makes it impossible to have a gentle and quiet spirit.
Darlene WilkinsonCHAPTER 4
Women are caregivers by nature. Need a hand? We offer two! Yet sometimes our gift of giving wears old under constant demands and daily responsibilities.
God, however, is the supreme example of charity at work. He saw our neediness and sent His Son, Jesus, to save us from our sins. And He keeps on giving.
Having received so much constrains us to give more liberally. God's charity never ceases and neither should ours. Although needs differ—financial, physical, emotional, or spiritual—human benevolence comes from a giving heart. And our charitable giving begins right where we are.
Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORDwill preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.
Psalm 41:1–2 KJV
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his good deed.
Proverbs 19:17 NASB
But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.
Luke 14:13–14 NKJV
He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy.
Proverbs 14:21 NIV
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Acts 20:35 KJV
He has given freely to the poor, His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted in honor.
Psalm 112:9 NASB
I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; and his descendants are blessed.
Psalm 37:25–26 NKJV
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.
1 Timothy 6:17–19 NLT
Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Luke 12:33–34 KJV
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
1 Peter 4:8–10 NASB
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
Luke 6:38 NKJV
Charity begins at home.
A loved one passes away, and friends and family surround you with prayers and comforting words. Illness strikes a blow, but friends support and comfort you. Problems weigh heavy and there seems no way out, but the scriptures speak comfort to your heart.
Moms comfort their sick children with hugs and chicken soup. Similarly, God eases our pain and lightens our load through the comfort of His Word and His Spirit. Jesus called the Holy Spirit "the Comforter." He is the One who teaches, guides, soothes, and stands with us. The Comforter comforts like no one else can.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:3–4 NKJV
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
Psalm 23:4 NLT
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
Revelation 21:4 NIV
He will swallow up death for all time, and the Lord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces, and He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken.
Isaiah 25:8 NASB
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:16–18 KJV
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.
John 14:16 KJV
But as for me, I would seek God, and I would place my cause before God.
Job 5:8 NASB
You shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
Psalm 71:21 NKJV
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.
Isaiah 61:1–2 KJV
Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Matthew 28:20 NLT
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
2 Corinthians 1:3–5 NIV
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
John 14:18 KJV
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 NASB
I remembered your judgments of old, O Lord, and have comforted myself.
Psalm 119:52 NKJV
I will comfort you there in Jerusalem as a mother comforts her child.
Isaiah 66:13 NLT
Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
2 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
James 4:8 NIV
All you really need is the One who promised never to leave or forsake you—the One who said, "Lo, I am with you always."
Joni Eareckson TadaCHAPTER 6
Have you ever blurted out the wrong words at the wrong time? Mortified, you wish you could push Rewind and start again—but unfortunately, the words are irretrievable.
The scriptures tell us to keep watch over our tongue, and for good reason. Words have the power to create strife or peace; to uplift or destroy; to bless or to curse.
The old adage claims "words will never hurt me." That, however, is untrue. Wrong words do hurt, but the right words spoken at the right time have the power to heal and comfort. Words count—so count your words!
So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!
James 3:5 NASB
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Proverbs 25:11 NKJV
Don't make rash promises, and don't be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few.
Ecclesiastes 5:2 NLT
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1 NIV
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
Proverbs 15:28 KJV
Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
Colossians 4:6 NASB
A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16:23–24 NIV
A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
Proverbs 11:13 KJV
He who walks in integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will be found out.
Proverbs 10:9 NASB
Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say.
2 Corinthians 12:6 NIV
A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.
Proverbs 29:11 NKJV
But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.
Colossians 3:8 NLT
Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Psalm 141:3 KJV
There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Proverbs 12:18 NASB
We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.
James 3:2 NIV
A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
Proverbs 15:23 NKJV
A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
Ecclesiastes 3:7 NLT
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
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