Saturday, May 14, 2022

How God’s Word Holds Us Steady in Hard Times


by Beth K. Vogt @BethVogt

The last few weeks have been challenging—so much so that it’s been difficult for me to write. My word count on my various works-in-progress (WIPs)? Basically nil. My creativity? Hovering around non-existent.

The one thing I have done during this time? I’ve leaned into God. Every. Single. Day. 

To be honest, some days my faith seems to make no difference to my circumstances. Nothing changes. My troubles are, well, still troublesome.

But then I’m reminded God never changes. (Hebrews 13:8 NIV) He’s also very honest about the reality that in this world we will have trouble and he promises us that he will give us peace. (John 16:33 NIV) 

One of the ways God has given me peace during this time of upheaval is through his Word. I’ve relied on a list of “Anchor Verses” I’ve compiled through the years. I’ve read them again and again throughout each day, steadying my thoughts and emotions with the truth. I’ve also added new anchor truths to my list of favorites. 

Maybe you’re going through some difficulties right now. I thought I’d share some of the Anchor Verses that have steadied my heart to encourage you. If you don’t need them right now, that’s fine. Tuck them away for later. Or maybe you’ll find a writing friend or family member who needs some reassurance. 









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Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Having authored nine contemporary romance novels and novellas, The Best We’ve Been, the final book in Beth’s Thatcher Sisters Series with Tyndale House Publishers, releasers May 2020. Other books in the women’s fiction series include Things I Never Told You, which won the 2019 AWSA Award for Contemporary Novel of the Year, and Moments We Forget. Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, a 2016 ACFW Carol Award winner, and a 2015 RITA® finalist. An established magazine writer and former editor of the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth blogs for Learn How to Write a Novel and The Write Conversation and also enjoys speaking to writers group and mentoring other writers. Visit Beth at bethvogt.com.

12 comments:

  1. Beth, the last eight weeks have been challenging for my husband and me. Thank you for this reminder of leaning into God. I appreciate the verses you listed and I'm going to make me a list of "go-to" verses for times like these. Blessings!

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    1. Edwina: I'm encouraged to hear you're starting a list of go-to verses too. Praying for you today.

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  2. I'm facing the hardest physical difficulty of my life right now. Thank you for the reminder that God never changes and for sharing your anchor verses.

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    1. Deena, as the wife of a family physician in private practice, I understand how difficult physical difficulties can be. Praying for you, Deena.

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  3. These are strong, encouraging words, Beth. Thank you for sharing. So many of us need to read them.

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    1. Diane, There are so many of us -- and our families and friends -- who facing ongoing struggles right now. We get weary and we need God's strength to carry on. I've learned hope is a renewable commodity -- new every morning.

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  4. Beth,

    Thank you for the ransparency in this article. I've been through some challenging times recently but I continue to move forward--in spite of my circumstances and in God's strength. You gave great Scripture reminders and how we must hold on to Jesus.

    Terry
    author of Book Proposals That $ell, 21 Secrets To Speed Your Success (Revised Edition)

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    1. Hi, Terry. Always good to connect with you, my friend. Have a good day -- yes, in God's strength.

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  5. Thank you for those special verses.

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