How are you feeling on the inside?

Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.    Ephesians 6:14

The other day I took my minivan through the car wash.  Oh, did it need cleaning so very desperately!  When I was done, I went to the grocery store.   Coming out of the grocery store I let out a happy sigh at how clean the van appeared.  When I opened the van to put the groceries away, the wind started twirling all the papers inside.  As I looked around inside the van I realized I could live in there for about a week with all the food and clothes I saw.  I couldn’t believe what a mess it was.

My house was a lot like my van.

This year after I put my Christmas lights up I had the kids get in the van and drive around the block so we could get a good look at them.  They were red, green and lots of white lights.  I felt good about it.  We got out of the van and went inside and while we were gone somehow a tornado went through our house!  I had wished I felt as good about the inside of the house as I felt about the outside.

This is similar to how we feel on the inside and how we look on the outside.    I can do my hair and put on nice clothes and feel somewhat together on the outside, but feel not so together on the inside.  I would love to always feel good on the inside.  One of the biggest blessings from God is feeling good on the inside.

I thought it would be a good idea to have a bible verse in our back pockets for every feeling we may come across.  When we are feeling depressed or insecure or however we may feel, we can turn to a bible verse and focus our thinking on God.

 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.  Ephesians 6:13

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Matthew 4:1

The devil is just waiting to tempt us, to squeeze into our lives, depress us, make us timid, make us insecure and to make sure we are miserable.  We can protect ourselves by reading scripture and living in His word, daily.

I have put together bible verses for different feelings we may have.   Let’s be equipped to handle any situation.  Print this page out and tape it up so you can read it every day.  Do whatever works for you to memorize the below verses.

(You can also print the page of verses from the free downloadable located at the right of this page.)

When I am angry…

 Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool.  Ecclesiastes 7:9

When I am anxious…

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Philippians 4:6

When I need to forgive…

 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.  Ephesians 4:32

When I need patience…

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Colossians 3:12

When I feel insecure…

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

When I need help…

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;  
Proverbs 3:5

in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
 Proverbs 3:6

When I feel like getting back at someone…

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  Romans 12:21

When I am fearful…

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  John 14:27

When I need a way out…

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.  1 Corinthians 10:13

When I am depressed…

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
Psalm 34:17

 When I need wisdom…

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  James 1:5

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Comments

  1. Mary Jo, Thank you so much for today’s blog. Although my divorce was long ago, I still struggle with all these emotions, pretty much daily. I am printing out the list of Bible verses and am going to tape it to my mirror for frequent reference. I’m even printing one out to send to my daughter at college along with her Valentine’s Day gifts! Thank you for your ministry, and God Bless.
    Susan

    • Hi Susan,
      Thank you for your comment! I too need these and have been looking at them daily! I am so glad that you printed them out and sent a copy to your daughter. I printed it out and put it where my son can see it every day. What a great idea to include it for Valentines Day.
      Thank you Susan and God Bless you!
      Mary Jo

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