Iin 2008 my life was turned upside down by a series of events that happened in a short amount of time. Although I have technically been a believer since 1992, my faith was never put to the test so much as it was that year or the next one. When God’s promises were all I had to cling to, they become much more than words on a page or beautiful calligraphy on a wall hanging.
My 60 Second Story
To sum up the trials I faced five years ago: My marriage of 13 years was over. I was reeling from the fact that I had been living with emotional abuse for most of it. I was marginally employed and carried a debt load I couldn’t repay in a hundred years. My children and I had to move and we were forced to find a new church when my ex-husband refused to leave our old one.
I had no strength left and could only pitifully cry out to God to rescue me. He did just as He promised, and along the way He showed me some Bible verses that are inspirational to me as much today as they were then.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
I did everything in my power to keep my marriage together, even thought the relationship was destroying my body, mind and soul to the point where I was a mere shadow of the person I once was. I believe there is a Satan and that he loves to see families destroyed. When mine fell apart, he assumed he had claimed another victory.
Not so fast. Less than two years later, I was remarried to a man who loves me unconditionally and who has helped my children to see what a healthy marriage should look like. I do have a full life now. It is happy, balanced and beyond my wildest dreams. Take that, Satan.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
As I was going through the most difficult challenges of my adult life, I had to cling to this verse and repeat it to myself over and over. With no money to fill my gas tank, children to feed and a household to run by myself, this was one of the Bible verses to inspire me the most. I had to believe it wouldn’t always be so hard.
My life today is as carefree as it has ever been. Because of my new husband, we live in a beautiful home and I am able to pursue the writing career I had always dreamed of. A little over two years from filing bankruptcy, I live a comfortable existence and even have money in savings. Financial stress simply is not an issue anymore, which leads me to my next inspirational Bible verse.
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
I am fully aware that I have been abundantly blessed. I was shown mercy and did not have to repay my debts. God expects that I will bless others with what I have been given, and I try to show my gratitude with gifts of both money and time.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Of all the Bible verses to inspire, this one does double duty. Not only has it proven to be true, but the numbers 8:28 symbolize August 28 to me, the date of my oldest daughter’s birthday. Less than three years ago, my life was a total mess. I was 40 years old and had to start over. I did love God and I did trust Him, but at the time I couldn’t see how any of what I was going through could be used for His purpose.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. My daughters and I have been transformed and have been able to point to our faith as the reason. What a perfect transition to the next inspirational Bible verse.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
You may not know me personally, but if you ask anyone who has known me for more than three years they will tell you that this verse fits me very well. I was once severely depressed and hopeless that my life would ever get better. I went through the motions but that was about it.
The love of Christ has reached those dark places and transformed me from the inside out. I love life and I enjoy people. I have been healed, and I will never stop praising the Lord for it. What’s more, because I am happy, my daughters are happy.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
This is one of those Bible verses that is inspirational because it speaks to the human condition. No one among us is perfect and we all mess up from time to time. God does not hold that against us. As sure as the sun rises each morning, so does his mercy and compassion.