5 Verses for When You Wake Up Feeling the Weight of Life’s Struggles

I love a good walk for exercise, but I’m not much for working out at a gym. It’s not so much the actual workout, but the days after that give me grief. When I’m in the moment, I feel so accomplished: fat-burning, blood-pumping, adrenaline-rushing. Oh yes, in the midst of the hard workout, I’m ready to conquer the world.

Waking up the next morning is a different story altogether.

Before I even move, I sense the effects of the previous day. Sore muscles make it hard to walk, sit down, or raise my arms above my head. Who am I kidding? It even hurts to breathe, much less put my feet on the floor to lift myself out of bed.

Fighting life’s battles can be like that.

When you wake up in the morning, your first thought is of the struggle. Instantly you feel this unbearable weight pressing down on your chest. Your heart physically aches, your head pounds, soreness and exhaustion take over. It even hurts to breathe, much less put your feet on the floor to lift yourself out of bed.

I’ve been there too, friend. In fact, I’ve felt those familiar effects of battle recently. It’s like the wounds are trying to heal, but with every intentional movement, they burst open again. In those times, all I want is to wake up without feeling the weight of life’s struggles sitting like an elephant on my heart.

But can I share something I’ve discovered? It’s all part of the healing process. We need to walk through those battles to strengthen us and develop our faith, but we can’t do it alone. So to help us in these difficult times, I’ve compiled a list of 5 go-to verses for when you wake up feeling the weight of life’s struggles.

I pray these verses will encourage you and bring you one step closer to relief from your battle wounds, just as they have done for me.

1. Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

2. Psalm 59:16 NLT

“But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.”

3. Isaiah 41:10 NLT

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”


4. Psalm 30:5 NIV

“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

5. Psalm 90:14 NIV

“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.”

I’ve created a free printable version of these Scriptures for you as well. Click the image below to download this beautiful reminder of God’s promises for our mornings. Print a copy to keep near when you feel powerless under the weight of worry, and you can’t seem to get yourself out of bed. God’s Word is true, and His promises are sure.

Let’s rely on Him today as our wounds continue to heal. We can face our days with renewed peace and joy, because of Him.




Am I Doing What Leads to Peace?

I stood a short distance away, pretending not to eavesdrop.  The neighborhood kids bickered back and forth about whose turn it was to be ‘it’ in the game they were playing. Every ounce of my controlling nature wanted to intervene and solve the problem for them, but I held back.

I wanted them to enjoy playing together, so I waited for them to resolve their differences or declare a truce.

Yet I also knew if they couldn’t come to an agreement soon, I’d have to step in and say something. Call it mom instinct. There are times when I can let the kids work it out themselves, but there are also times to let my voice be heard, loud and clear.

When these conflicts arise with our kids, we can rely on that parental instinct to give us a nudge in the right direction. But what about when we are in conflict with others? How do we know when to speak up, and when to be silent?


Life is full of conflict. Work, family, social media, church.


When conflict arises, we look to Jesus’ example for how to deal with it in a Christ-like way. I know this in my heart, but I still struggle with knowing what to do!

Jesus faced conflict all the time. Sometimes He spoke up, and other times He stayed silent.


“Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, ‘Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?’ But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to him, ‘I demand in the name of the living God—tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.’ Jesus replied, ‘You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.’” Matthew 26:62-64 NLT


In the passage above, Jesus demonstrates both the power of the spoken Word and the power of silence, all in one conversation. He experienced unfathomable battles and through it all He showed grace, uncorrupted by the sin of the flesh.


I don’t know about you, but my sinful flesh can get in the way. Ugh.


We can get so passionate about our beliefs can’t we? We want so much to voice our opinions, that silence is a struggle. But if I’m not careful, the volume of my own voice can mute God’s message.

Sometimes the volume of my own voice can mute God's message. (Tweet this.)


So what’s the answer? How do I know when to keep silent and when to speak up? Paul gives us hope through these inspired words.

“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:19 NIV

As I read this verse, a few questions come to mind...

Am I doing what leads to peace?

Am I relying on the leading of the Holy Spirit?

Am I trusting God’s Word in my heart for guidance?

Do my actions point to Him or to me?


The truth is, I can’t give you a fix-all solution for conflict. But I do know this. Using these questions to direct me through a conversation with God about it, I can push my sinful flesh out of the way and trust Him to direct my steps.

And this little sentence helps too.

Lord, help me always do what leads to peace. (Tweet this.)


So as we face conflicts this week (and you know we will), let’s remember God’s instruction through Paul. Whether it means speaking our minds or keeping our mouths shut, let’s do what leads to peace.