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Motivation and Encouragement: Bible Verses

Motivation and encouragement have been in short supply lately.  Sometimes, it’s difficult to keep a positive attitude when you can’t seem to get your career going, you don’t earn a paycheck, your kids can sometimes be… less that respectful, and more doors close than are opened.  I’m into my third year of trying to turn my passion for writing into a profession; three years without success.  I’ve written two novels in that time; both received many nibbles from agents and publishers, but no bites.  Then, I turned to children’s books; wrote a few good ones, at least I thought so, and still nothing.  I have received nice rejections (seems like an oxymoron) along the way, but no successes.  Now, I’m trying my hand at nonfiction.  I’m in the middle of that process – the torturous waiting game, checking the mail, watching my email… Ugh.  If the Lord has instilled this drive to write within me (I started my first novel in the 3rd grade), then why is it taking so long to get somewhere with it?  As you can see, I’m feeling a bit frustrated.

So, what should I do?  Writing is the type of thing that I couldn’t stop doing if I tried (and I have).  So, my brain automatically sends out the message Don’t Give Up! It’s ingrained, and anyone who’s ever had a dream or goal knows what I mean.  Work harder.  Do more.  Give it more time, more effort…. My inner cheerleader comes to life and tries to kick me back into gear.  And I will jump back in to it, after long days like this one end and a new light beckons me onward.  But, what do I do in the meantime?

Often in life, I turn to the Bible to help me.  Passages from the Bible pulled me through many of my anxiety problems, parenting issues, and general life situations from managing money to dealing with other people.  So, why not this?  What can the Bible tell me about pursuing my dream even when nothing seems to be going right?  Here are a few verses that have helped me:

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly.  He delights in every detail of their lives.  Though they may stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”  Psalm 37:23-24

“The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.  I will advise you and watch over you’.” Psalm 32:8

“For we are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 4:20

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

“Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.” Romans 12:11

“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize?  So run to win!… So I run with purpose in every step.  I am not just shadowboxing.”  1 Corinthians 9:24, 26

“Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Ephesians 6:7

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:13

“Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts.  Use them well to serve one another… Do it with all the strength and energy God supplies.  Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 4:10, 11

“My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you.  Stand firm in this grace.” 1 Peter 5:12.  (Out of context, but I still enjoy reading this one.)

These are just a few of many encouraging, motivating verses in the Bible.  Just in rereading them, I feel better, stronger, and even more hopeful.  If you have verses that have encouraged you, please share them in the comments section.

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116 Responses to Motivation and Encouragement: Bible Verses

  1. William says:

    Great blog – the scriptures were timely and very encouraging!

  2. Febri says:

    When I read this, It reminds me. DON’T GIVE UP!

  3. Tracey J. Brown says:

    Great post this morning!
    I used your words for encouragement for my youth group. Consider writing some devotionals?
    Great Job..don’t give up. As soon as HE knows you are ready, he will perfectly place you. :)

  4. Michelle says:

    You may not be a J.K. Rowling or Paulo Coelho but because of your writing, many people are reminded of God’s love. That’s what’s more important. Not everyone is destined to be famous but you are on the right track as you are touching lives.

    This is not a bible verse but this so-called Serenity Prayer is one of those giving me strength. It reminds me that what I wanted to be/do is not what’s best. GOD will provide me with the discernment to know what’s best — to live a life following HIS will:

    “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    The courage to change the things I can,
    And the wisdom to know the difference.”

  5. Pepe Abbott says:

    I love these verses(: Just a little testimony: If you want to be used by God and see more of his glory in your life, just take the time to say so to him. He always listens and if with your heart you ask God to help guide you every day. He won’t let you down. God Bless you guys!

  6. Marie Hughes says:

    I believe this verses! I am a Christian, and I believe of the word of God. Forgiveness is the secret to healing the hurt within us!

  7. Kieshk says:

    Thanks for posting this. I’m about to graduate and so confused about next steps: masters program, ministry, practising law…. the bible verses have given me strength… Thanks

  8. stacy cochran says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these verses i needed to read this because i have been feeling out of touch with god and unmotivetaed to stop worrying about the worldly things and keep my eye on god. Maybe you should write some christian books.

  9. WebMaxTeam says:

    I love your site! It is a good read! I got lost in it for awhile. Very wonderful.

  10. Administrator says:

    Thanks, Stacy! Keeping myself focused on God is a constant struggle. Looking for encouragement from the Bible and from others is so helpful in feeling closer to God. Hope it gets better for you!

  11. Administrator says:

    Choosing between so many great options is difficult. I pray that God gives you guidance, and I hope that you have time to breathe and rest and pray and wait for the answer to come. Blessings on whatever you do!

  12. Adebimpe says:

    Wow! I’m so happy for reading this. You just touched my life. I’v been thinking about my life, my dreams, my love for fashion and the future partner. I couldn’t sleep. I woke up in the middle of the night thinking, I decided to just browse on my phone. I just typed ‘how dreams come through and I saw yours. Now I think I just have to put them in God’s hands. I should let him have his way in my life. Thank you very much

  13. Administrator says:

    You’re welcome! Blessings to you and your future. I’m sure God will put you on the right paths!

  14. Chiluya Namulwanda says:

    Thank you so much! Im a university student writing exams and things werent going so well. Just reading this has given me so much hope and motivation. God bless you

  15. Administrator says:

    God bless you, too. I hope your exams go well, and that God gives you peace.

  16. dizzymomma says:

    Hi, thank you for your encouragement. I am a busy mom working nearly full time and going back to school to pursue a dream. It’s nearly killing me, I’m gone most nights of the week in class and all day Saturday. I miss my kids and my husband. While supportive, they are feeling this too. I can’t throw in the towel, but I’m really finding it hard to continue these days. Thanks for the scripture – the Lord is the only thing keeping me from snapping…. xxand blessings

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