Grief Recovery. You, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you.

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1 Grief Recovery Psalm 30:2 (NIV) Psalm 10:14 (NIV) O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. You, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you. Psalm 30:5 (NIV) Psalm 62:5 (NIV) Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. Psalm 147:3 (NIV) Psalm 42:11 (NIV) He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Isaiah 43:18 19 (NIV) Job 6:10 (NIV) Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. I would still have this consolation my joy in unrelenting pain that I had not denied the words of the Holy One. John 16:20 (NIV) 2 Corinthians 1:3 4 (NIV) You will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort... comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

2 HOPE (4673) Does anyone see my trouble and grief? Who can I call for help? Grief Recovery Grief Recovery How can I for my soul? How long will my weeping remain? Grief Recovery Grief Recovery How can I stop feeling so downcast and disturbed within my soul? Can my broken heart ever heal? Grief Recovery Grief Recovery Can I have any consolation with my unrelenting pain? How can I not dwell on the past? Grief Recovery Grief Recovery What happens when God comforts us in all our troubles? Will my grief ever turn to joy? Grief Recovery Grief Recovery 2009 HOPE FOR THE HEART

3 Anger James 1:19 20 (NIV) Proverbs 29:22 (NIV) Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins. Ephesians 4:26 27 (NIV) Proverbs 29:11 (NIV) In your anger do not sin : while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. Proverbs 15:18 (NIV) Ecclesiastes 7:9 (NIV) A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. Proverbs 15:1 (NIV) Proverbs 22:24 (NIV) A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 19:19 (NIV) Psalm 4:4 (NIV) A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you rescue him, you will have to do it again. In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

4 HOPE (4673) What does an angry man and a hot-tempered one do? Why should I be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry? Anger Anger A fool gives vent to his anger, but what does the wise man do? What will happen if I hold on to anger? Anger Anger Why should I not be quickly provoked in my spirit? A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but what does a patient man do? Anger Anger Who should I not make friends with or associate with? A gentle answer turns away wrath, but what does a harsh word do? Anger Anger God tells me to not sin in my anger, so what must I do? Why should I not rescue a hot-tempered man? Anger Anger 2009 HOPE FOR THE HEART

5 Psalm 89:48 (NIV) Deuteronomy 32:39 (NIV) What man can live and not see death, or save himself from the power of the grave? There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand. James 4:14 (NIV) Psalm 116:15 (NIV) Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. John 11:25 (NIV) Hebrews 9:27 (NIV) Jesus said... I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies. Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment. Philippians 1:21 (NIV) Isaiah 57:2 (NIV) For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; in death. 1 Corinthians 15:50 (NIV) 1 Corinthians 15:54 (NIV) and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written swallowed up in victory. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

6 HOPE (4673) What should my attitude be in regard to death? Can I save myself from dying? What does God say about the physical death of a Christian? How long is life compared to eternity? Will I really have to face judgment after I die? Can I be sure that there is life after death? What will the upright experience in death? Does God have all authority over life and death? As a Christian facing death, how can I have a spirit of victory? Why does anyone have to die why can t our bodies be imperishable? 2009 HOPE FOR THE HEART

7 Psalm 130:5 (NIV) Psalm 42:11 (NIV) I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 54:4 (NIV) Proverbs 15:22 (NIV) Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Philippians 4:8 (NIV) Isaiah 43:2 (NIV) Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. you will not be burned; Philippians 4:6 7 (NIV) Job 6:10 (NIV) In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. I would still have this consolation my joy in unrelenting pain that I had not denied the words of the Holy One. James 1:12 (NIV) Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 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. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

8 HOPE (4673) When I feel downcast and my soul is disturbed within me, what can I do? When I am depressed, in what can I put my hope? When I am depressed should I try to get counsel from many advisers? When I am depressed, who sustains me? When you pass through the waters of deep depression, what does God say to you? When I am depressed what should I think about and dwell on? When I feel depressed with unrelenting pain, consolation or joy? When I am depressed what will guard my heart and mind? When I ve lost all hope for the future, does the Lord still have any plans for me? When I feel depressed, what will motivate me to persevere under this trial? 2009 HOPE FOR THE HEART

9 Evil & Suffering... Why? Psalm 145:17 (NIV) Romans 8:28 (NIV) The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Psalm 55:22 (NIV) Psalm 10:14 (NIV) Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. You, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. Psalm 18:30 (NIV) Deuteronomy 32:4 (NIV) As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. Deuteronomy 10:17 (NIV) Psalm 1:6 (NIV) The LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. The Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. Psalm 25:3 (NIV) Psalm 9:16 (NIV) No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse. The LORD is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

10 HOPE (4673) Does God work for good all the bad things that happen to those who love Him? Is the Lord loving toward certain people or toward everyone He has made? Evil & Suffering... Why? Evil & Suffering... Why? Does God always see my personal grief... does He see when I am in trouble? Will God sustain me when I feel like my life is falling apart? Evil & Suffering... Why? Evil & Suffering... Why? If God can do anything, can He do anything wrong? Are both God s way and His Word perfect? Evil & Suffering... Why? Evil & Suffering... Why? Does the Lord watch over the way of the righteous and of the wicked? Can God be manipulated or bribed? Evil & Suffering... Why? Evil & Suffering... Why? How does the Lord make His character known? Who does God put to shame? Evil & Suffering... Why? Evil & Suffering... Why? 2009 HOPE FOR THE HEART

11 Guilt Proverbs 20:9 (NIV) Isaiah 64:6 (NIV) Who can say, I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin? All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. Isaiah 53:6 (NIV) Romans 8:1 (NIV) We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Proverbs 28:13 (NIV) Psalm 32:5 (NIV) He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the LORD and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Hebrews 10:17 18 (NIV) 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NIV) Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more. And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. Hebrews 10:22 (NIV) Acts 24:16 (NIV) Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

12 HOPE (4673) Can t the good outweigh the bad my right actions outweigh the wrong? Is everyone a sinner or can anyone be without sin? Guilt Guilt Will I be condemned for the sins I ve committed after becoming a Christian? Since God knows each time we have gone our own way, what does He do with our record book of sin? Guilt Guilt How can I know if the Lord has forgiven the guilt of my sin? What is the consequence of not confessing my sin? Guilt Guilt What is the difference between godly sorrow and being sorry that I got caught? Although I know I ve been forgiven, what do I do if I keep remembering my past sins? Guilt Guilt What can I do to keep my conscience clear? What should I do if I confess my sin, but still have a guilty conscience? Guilt Guilt 2009 HOPE FOR THE HEART

13 Loneliness John 16:32 (NIV) Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. 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. Psalm 68:6 (NIV) Philippians 2:4 (NIV) God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Psalm 139:7 8 (NIV) Hebrews 10:25 (NIV) Where can I go from your Spirit? presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see Psalm 62:5 6 (NIV) Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV) Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake do not be discouraged. Isaiah 43:18 19 (NIV) Revelation 21:4 (NIV) Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!... I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

14 HOPE (4673) Who will strengthen me and help me? Can I be all alone but not lonely? Loneliness Loneliness Should I try to get others interested in my interests or involve myself in the interests of others? How does God use families to help those who are lonely? Loneliness Loneliness What should we do if we are in the habit of not meeting together with people? Can I ever go from the Holy Spirit s presence? Loneliness Loneliness Has God promised to never leave or forsake me? rest for my soul? Loneliness Loneliness Will my tears last forever? How can I forget the former things that caused me such pain in the past? Loneliness Loneliness 2009 HOPE FOR THE HEART

15 Rejection 1 Samuel 12:22 (NIV) Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own. 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. Lamentations 3:22 (NIV) Psalm 34:18 (NIV) Because of the LORD s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV) Luke 10:16 (NIV) The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. not be afraid; do not be discouraged. He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me. 1 John 3:1 (NIV) Psalm 27:10 (NIV) How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. Psalm 66:20 (NIV) Romans 8:38 39 (NIV) Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

16 HOPE (4673) What will God do when I have fear or become dismayed? Why will the Lord not reject you? Rejection Rejection How does the Lord respond to those who are brokenhearted and crushed in spirit? What will never fail because of the Lord s great love for us? Rejection Rejection How can I know that when others reject me, they are actually rejecting Christ? Why should I not be afraid or discouraged? Rejection Rejection Even when you are forsaken by your father and mother, who will never reject you? Why are we called children of God? Rejection Rejection never separate us from the love of God? How should you respond to God, who has not rejected you or withheld His love from you? Rejection Rejection 2009 HOPE FOR THE HEART

17 Terminal Illness Psalm 119:50 (NIV) Psalm 23:4 (NIV) My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Psalm 10:17 (NIV) Psalm 56:3 (NIV) You hear, O LORD, ; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry. When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalm 73:24, 26 (NIV) Psalm 61:2 (NIV) You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory...., but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 120:1 (NIV) Romans 8:18 (NIV) I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Philippians 1:21 (NIV) 1 Corinthians 15:54 (NIV) For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: Death has been swallowed up in victory. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

18 HOPE (4673) When I face the shadow of death, why should I fear no evil? Is there any comfort in suffering? Terminal Illness Terminal Illness When I am afraid of dying, what should I do? What happens after the Lord hears the? Terminal Illness Terminal Illness What can I do as my heart grows faint? What will God do if and my heart fail me? Terminal Illness Terminal Illness What perspective should we have in light of our present sufferings? If I call on the Lord in my distress, what will He do? Terminal Illness Terminal Illness When will the saying come true, Death has been swallowed up in victory? In light of heaven, which is better for a Christian: to live or to die? Terminal Illness Terminal Illness 2009 HOPE FOR THE HEART

19 Widowhood Psalm 68:5 (NIV) Isaiah 54:5 (NIV) A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. Your Maker is your husband the LORD Almighty is his name the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. Psalm 27:13 (NIV) 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. My is made perfect in weakness. Isaiah 58:11 (NIV) Isaiah 43:2 (NIV) The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) Psalm 94:18 19 (NIV) for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. When I said, My foot is slipping, your love, O LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. Isaiah 46:4 (NIV) 1 Peter 5:10 (NIV) Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong,. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

20 HOPE (4673) Now that my husband is gone, who can I trust to care for me? Who will defend me now that I am alone and vulnerable? Widowhood Widowhood How can I possibly survive in my present state of weakness? Will I ever again see the goodness of the Lord in my lifetime? Widowhood Widowhood Since my spouse is no longer with me, who will be with me and walk beside me in this time of sorrow? Who can I turn to for direction and where will I get my needs? Widowhood Widowhood Who will console me when anxiety and fear grip my soul? strength to go on? Widowhood Widowhood Will God ever restore my strength and make me again? As I grow older and am all alone, will God provide all of my needs to sustain and rescue me? Widowhood Widowhood 2009 HOPE FOR THE HEART

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