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2 Samuel 22:30, 33, 47
"With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God, the Rock, my Savior!"

Nehemiah 9:19-21  
"Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. By day the pillar of cloud did not cease to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take. You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst. For forty years you sustained them in the desert; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen."

Joshua 1:9 
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

Psalm 4:8
"I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety."

Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14  
"The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident...I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD."

Psalm 31:14-16  
"But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God." My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love."

Psalm 73:23-28  
"Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds."

Psalm 91
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High 
       will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, 
       my God, in whom I trust." 
Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare 
       and from the deadly pestilence. 
He will cover you with his feathers, 
       and under his wings you will find refuge; 
       his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 
You will not fear the terror of night, 
       nor the arrow that flies by day, 
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, 
       nor the plague that destroys at midday. 
A thousand may fall at your side, 
       ten thousand at your right hand, 
       but it will not come near you. 
You will only observe with your eyes 
       and see the punishment of the wicked. 
If you make the Most High your dwelling— 
       even the LORD, who is my refuge- 
then no harm will befall you, 
       no disaster will come near your tent. 
For he will command his angels concerning you 
       to guard you in all your ways; 
they will lift you up in their hands, 
       so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 
You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; 
       you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 
"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; 
       I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 
He will call upon me, and I will answer him; 
       I will be with him in trouble, 
       I will deliver him and honor him. 
With long life will I satisfy him 
       and show him my salvation."

Psalm 139:2-6
"You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain."

Psalm 139:7-10
"Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast."

Isaiah 40: 29-31
"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

Isaiah 41: 10
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Lamentations 3:21-25  
"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him..."

1 Thessalonians 5:24
"The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it."


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Bible verses that offer hope & encouragement to the military community
Certain Peace in Uncertain Times
Embracing prayer in an anxious age
        Author: Shirley Dobson, Copyright 2008

Is the world spinning out of control--and taking you with it? Do you long to replace constant worry with a sense of lasting tranquility? Join award-winning author Shirley Dobson to see how the remarkable gift of prayer has brought peace to her life, and how it can do the same for you. Discover P.R.A.Y., a four-step approach to prayer--Praise, Repent, Ask, and Yield--that will lead you into a fulfilling, intimate relationship with God, the only true source of hope and security. 


Just Enough Light for the Step I'm On
Trusting God in the tough times
Author: Stormie Omartian, Copyright 1999

"More and more, God is teaching me to trust Him for every step I take. I follow His lead, even when I can't see where I'm going"

If you're experiencing a major life-change, making an important decision, or simply needing encouragement to make it through the day, you'll find inspiration and hope in this candid, refreshing look at how to walk successfully through the difficult times of life. By following God's lead and trusting Him to provide just enough light for each step you're on, you can trade in anxiety about the future and regret over the past for joyful anticipation and peaceful assurance in the present.

Being confident that when God calls you beyond your comfort zone, you'll be able to take His hand and let Him guide you into amazing possibilities. You'll discover how to:
  • overcome fear in times of darkness
  • learn to see the positive side of challenging situations
  • have enough strength to go through times of testing
  • surrender your dreams to God and listen for His call on your life
  • step out of the past and move into the future God has planned for you

Heartful prayers and helpful Bible verses assist you in moving ahead in your life, even without a clear picture of your destination, ready for the blessings and rewards that wait for you on the approaching shore.


Keep a Quiet Heart
     Author: Elisabeth Elliot, Copyright 1995

When you long for a quiet refuge away from the noisy, frenetic circumstances of day-to-day commitments--where do you turn? If you're Elisabeth Elliot, you look to one place alone: to the embracing arms of our omnipotenent and infinitely loving Heavenly Father.

Keep a Quiet Heart is a unique collection culled from the lead articles featured in Mrs. Eliot's newsletter over the past several years. "Mostly they are about learning to know God," the author says. "Nothing else comes close to being as important as that. It's what we are here for." Join Elisabeth as she points the way to a deeper, more fulfilling--and restful--walk with God.


One Thousand Gifts
A dare to live fully right where you are
      Author: Ann Voskamp, Copyright 2011

Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. 'How,' Ann wondered, 'do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long--and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?' In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. It's only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we've always wanted...a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved--by God. Let Ann's beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive. Come live the best dare of all!


When God Doesn't Make Sense
      Author: Dr. James Dobson, Copyright 1997

Every person who lives long enough will eventually encounter circumstances that are difficult to explain theologically. From years of counselling experience, Dr. James Dobson offers assurance of God's constant care, even when human suffering is beyond our comprehension. 

From Dr. James Dobson . . . 
An immensely practical book for those who are struggling with trials and heartaches they can’t understand. Why does disease, natural disaster, divorce, rejection, death, or some other sorrow seep into our lives when we are trying to serve the Lord? It just doesn’t seem fair!

This book deals unflinchingly with life’s most troubling question—the awesome “Why?” Drawing on his long experience as a Christian psychologist and family counselor, Dr. Dobson brings hope to those who have almost given up. When God Doesn’t Make Sense also helps believers avoid the “betrayal barrier”—the sense that God is abandoning them amid the storms of life.


Why?             
Trusting God when you don't understand
Author: Anne Graham Lotz, Copyright 2005

Called "the best preacher in the family," by her father, Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz speaks around the globe with the wisdom and the authority of years spent studying God's Word. In her latest book, Anne shares her heart and God's teachings on the universal problem of suffering.

Drawing her characteristically keen insights from the familiar story of Lazarus in the ninth and eleventh chapters of the Gospel of John, Anne offers Jesus' reassuring answers to our heartfelt cries for understanding:

Why doesn't God care? 
Why does He let these things happen? 
Why me? 
Why doesn't God answer my prayers? 
Why didn't He protect me? 
Why doesn't He perform a miracle?
Why? helps us understand and deal with suffering while guiding us to the ultimate answer-the Savior who shares our grief and our tears.