Encouragement for the Heavy Heart

By Shelby Hawks

Hi there, friends. I’m not sure about you, but lately I have felt the losses grow larger and the surrenders become harder and the trust grow weaker. I have felt my heart shrink in the face of such uncertainty as my mind day after day waits for the world to return to a state of normalcy.  But it just doesn’t seem to be coming.

Yet there is a deeply providential reality here. 

The reality, brothers and sisters, is that in some way, the Lord has chosen us to be disciples in this time. In this particular moment of history, he has spoken your name into existence to be a beacon of light and an image of joy and a face of peace in the midst of a storm. You. He has picked you. 

So, what do we do? How do we disciple? How do we stay fixed on the face of the One who loved us until the end (John 13.1)?

My heart has been seeking the Scriptures, because the Word is a sure place I can hear His voice. I encourage you to spend time in prayer, allowing these Scriptures, these Sacred Words, to be a healing balm for your heavy heart. Let the Lord speak to you here and prepare you for a deeper surrender, a fuller fiat, a more confident mode of discipleship. It has never been easy, but He has always been with us.

I thought I would share a few passages that have been like balmy oil to my heart in prayer. Perhaps they can be a remedy for you too, friend.

“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

“He got into a boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?” – Matthew 8:23-27

“Therefore, do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” – Matthew 10:26-31

“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat, or about your body and what you will wear. For life is more than food and the body more than clothing. Notice the ravens: they do not sow or reap; they have neither storehouse nor barn, yet God feeds them. How much more important are you than birds! Can any of you by worrying add a moment to your life-span? If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest? Notice how the flowers grow. They do not toil or spin. But I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass in the field that grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? As for you, do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not worry anymore. All the nations of the world seek for these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these other things will be given you besides. Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.” – Luke 12:22-32

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.” – Romans 8:18-25

May His Peace envelop you.

May her mantle protect you.

May He turn His face toward you and give you peace.

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