When words fail and our hearts are weak and confused, when all the truths that we thought we believed feel like a lie, when God doesn’t feel good or near, our hearts need constant reminders of truth. Objective truth that doesn’t change when dealt devastating circumstances. We need reminders of that truth even when we don’t believe, even when doubt.
Just hours after my son died I sat in a living room surrounded by friends and family. The air was thick with grief and confusion and despair and then a friend opened God’s Word and broke the silence as he began reading from the Psalms. After he was finished he passed it to the next person and the next and the next. Those first hours of mourning, when words failed, when our hearts had just been shattered, when all that we knew to be true suddenly felt like a lie, God’s Word reminded us of Him, of His goodness, of the forever hope we have in Him.
The days following my son’s death I opened God’s Word over and over and over, not because my belief was strong, rather I searched God’s Word for hope because my faith was weak, gone even. I opened God’s Word to believe again.
When our hearts are grieving the reminders of hope and truth need to be constant. I carried verses in my pocket, in my purse, in my car. There were verses taped to walls and cabinets and mirrors. It wasn’t pretty or perfect. It was necessary.
In case you are in that spot where you are desperate to be reminded of God’s goodness and His help and His nearness over and over and over again like I was (and still am) I pulled together 8 of my favorite verses. They are listed below but you can also print them out to use everyday. My advice is to take put them in the places where your heart wanders the fastest.
TO THE FRIEND OR FAMILY OF A MAMA GRIEVING
One of the most helpful things anyone did for me after my son died was to write out verses of truth and hope. That gift did two things: 1. It reminded me that they were thinking about me, they were praying for me and they had not forgotten that my heart was broken. 2. It gave me a tangible source of hope and reminder of God that I was desperate for. If you know a mama grieving, save these verse cards, print them out and gift them to her. It is a simple, small gift that will have eternal value.
BIBLE VERSES FOR THE GRIEVING MAMA
- Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
- The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
- He heals the brokenhearted & binds up their wounds.
- In the day when I cried out you answered and made me bold with strength in my soul.
- For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion says my soul, therefore I will hope in Him.
- When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.
- For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
PRINTABLE BIBLE VERSES
PRINTABLE CARD INSTRUCTIONS
- Click on button above
- Save to your computer
- Print on heavy cardstock
- Cut in half vertically
- Cut in half horizontally and then in half horizontally again