I remember waking up in the middle of the night. It was a common occurrence, the interrupted sleep, the sudden grip of fear that would grab my heart and jolt me awake. Rest was a distant memory during those hard times. Fear and worry would keep me up all night. Unable to find peace, I would grab my bible and start to read.
Those quiet moments in the middle of the night found me desperately searching for bible verses about being thankful in hard times. I learned early on in my journey that if I could turn my thoughts from fear and anxiety to gratefulness, I’d be able to drift back to sleep.
Some nights I would only have to read a verse or two before I would feel peace and my mind and body would relax again. Other nights I had to read for hours through the night, battling my thoughts. Over the years I learned that one of the things that would steal my joy was a lack of sleep. I would be grumpy and short-tempered the following day and it would make my depression worse.
Scripture is a great way to find joy in broken circumstances. Sometimes though, the last thing you want to do is look up bible verses about being grateful in hard times. This is why I recommend that you write verses on index cards or in a notebook when you are able to look them up. It is also a great way to be able to carry these verses with you in your purse or diaper bag.
Likewise, singing songs about being thankful is a great way to battle against those dark thoughts that try to take over when we are going through hard times. You will often hear my boys and me singing hymns during the day, especially on those days when we just aren’t sure we’ll make it to bedtime. It always warms my heart to hear my children singing Amazing Grace or Blessed Assurance.
7 Bible Verses About Being Thankful During Hard Times
1 Thessalonians 5:18: Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (NLT)
Colossians 3:15-17: And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (ESV)
Philippians 4:6: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (NLT)
Psalm 106:1: Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! (ESV)
Psalm 100:4: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. (NIV)
Psalm 116:17: I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord. (ESV)
Psalm 28:7: The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. (NLT)
Reading these verses is a great way to start changing your heart and mind when it comes to being thankful during your trials. One other thing that I have found really helpful is journaling prayers and my responses to scriptures. It’s a great way to get quiet before the Lord to hear what He is whispering to the wounds of your soul.
Do you have any verses that you cling to during hard times?