There are many reasons many of us struggle like this. Maybe you made a mistake and hurt someone and you're beating yourself up. Maybe someone has hurt you. You might be gripped by fear about what is to come - you're really struggling to have hope for the future. Or maybe you left a position and there is awkwardness and hurt that you're carrying from that organization. Some of us have family difficulties and pain from the past that plague us. There have even been times when I'm not even sure why I feel so heavy-hearted. Whenever I struggle like this, I eventually do what I should have done at the very beginning: turn to scripture and wisdom and allow God's Spirit to remind me of some truths.
So if you're struggling at all or maybe you just want to tuck some of these away for later, please allow these verses to kind of wash over you (a bit of a brain wash):
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
1 Peter 5:10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Psalms 55:22 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Psalms 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Isaiah 43:18 Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.
Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
1 Corinthians 13:7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
And here are some quotes:
“Leave the broken, irreversible past in God’s hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.” ~ Oswald Chambers
“Your most profound and intimate experiences of worship will likely be in your darkest days – when your heart is broken, when you feel abandoned, when your out of options, when the pain is great – and you turn to God alone.” ~ Rick Warren
“Was I bitter? Absolutely. Hurt? You bet your sweet ass I was hurt. Who doesn't feel a part of their heart break at rejection. You ask yourself every question you can think of, what, why, how come, and then your sadness turns to anger. That's my favorite part. It drives me, feeds me, and makes one hell of a story.” ~ Jennifer Salaiz
“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.” ~ Willian W. Purkey
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“Pain is a pesky part of being human, I've learned it feels like a stab wound to the heart, something I wish we could all do without, in our lives here. Pain is a sudden hurt that can't be escaped. But then I have also learned that because of pain, I can feel the beauty, tenderness, and freedom of healing. Pain feels like a fast stab wound to the heart. But then healing feels like the wind against your face when you are spreading your wings and flying through the air! We may not have wings growing out of our backs, but healing is the closest thing that will give us that wind against our faces.” ~ C. JoyBell C.
"And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." ~ Jesus