Called to blog: 9 encouraging verses for when you’re doubtful or defeated

Called to blog: 9 encouraging verses for when you're doubtful or defeated

Called to blog: 9 encouraging verses for when you’re doubtful or defeated

Called to blog: 9 encouraging verses for when you’re doubtful or defeated.

Quick question: do you ever feel like you’re a total failure at everything you do?
Um, hello insecurities. *metaphorical hand raising*
More days than I feel confident I feel like a big ol’ mess. I can’t tell you how many times I have given up on something because it was difficult. (You should see the graveyard of blogs I have under my belt). That being said, those feelings come from a deeper place of seeking my self worth in arbitrary definitions of “success”.
Lately I have been praying specifically for self discipline to share weekly encouragement through this blog. I have a passion for writing and sharing the encouragement of the gospel; God has called me to write and by darn it I am going to do my best to do just that.
If you’re reading this, it is very likely you share that passion too. I am so glad you are reading this today.
Called to blog: 9 encouraging verses for when you're doubtful or defeated
Called to blog: 9 encouraging verses for when you’re doubtful or defeated

For the first time I feel things are being set in motion for this blog. I have been working to keep up the momentum and writing boldly, even when I was experiencing doubt about his blessing. I know He has instructed me to go and pour into my blog and my writing. He has affirmed that he establishes each step that I take, undoubtedly. That being said, it can be hard to write to magnify his Kingdom. Writing about the gospel is hard work! We are writing about the Creator of the universe and his law of love. That’s pretty daunting.
Today, I want to encourage you by helping you to put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20) and share with you some encouraging verses to assist your writing journey.
I have compiled a list of verses to pull out when you are experiencing doubt as a writer. Ultimately, we should aim to be strong in Christ, wise, and self disciplined. These are verses that reflect those qualities; they offer me the most comfort and encouragement when I experience doubt about His plan for my life.
Write these down, commit them to memory, carry them wherever you go in a journal or by flashcards. Pull them out when you feel that creeping sense of self doubt. I am always vigilant about committing verses to memory so that when I hear the voice of the enemy I can fall back on God breathed truth and instruction without batting an eyelash.
Called to blog: 9 encouraging verses for when you're doubtful or defeated
Proverbs 16:9

Called to blog: 9 encouraging verses for when you’re doubtful or defeated
Direction
Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
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.
Encouragement
Ephesians 6:7 Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
1 Peter 4:10-11 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Psalm 94 17-19 If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would have soon lived in the land of silence. When I thought, ‘My foot slips,’ your steadfast love, oh Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.
Wisdom
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Proverbs 24:3-7 By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory. Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth.

I would love to hear from you! What verses do you fall back on when you are experiencing doubt or insecurity? Please don’t hesitate to check out my first installment to my called to blog series as well: Called to blog: a lesson in spiritual boldness.

Be blessed and encouraged!

Rachel xo

15 thoughts on “Called to blog: 9 encouraging verses for when you’re doubtful or defeated

  1. Rachel, this is exactly what I needed to hear today. I’ve been feeling a little defeated this week, and I have a huge deadline I need to reach 😩. These verses give me hope and strength as I tackle my to do list. God Bless you!!

    1. I can understand that! The holidays are coming up; I think for a lot of us faith bloggers the pressure is on during this season. I’m so happy that you have found encouragement in what I’ve written! Bless you and your blog! Keep moving, keep writing, meet those deadlines. We are working for the Lord! 🙂

  2. These are beautiful, Rachel, and so timely! Yes, it is SO easy to feel discouraged and defeated, as though you’ll never accomplish anything, isn’t it? I especially love that you included 1 Peter 4:10-11. Great verses!!

    1. Thank you, Julie! I am so happy you appreciated the post; I know that blogging in general can be discouraging with all that there is to it and most especially during the holiday season.

  3. Rachel, thank you for these verses. I’ve definitely dealt with fear and discouragement. The things God keeps bringing me back to is that I need to trust Him with everything, including His timing and His plan on this writing journey I’m on. Second, some of the verses you shared reminded me just how important it is to have an accurate perspective. When I have this (and am trusting God), life’s discouragements tend to lose their hold. When I remember it’s not all up to me, there’s reassurance. God’s got me, and each of us, as we seek to live out this calling called “writing.”

    Psalm 94:17-19 have ministered to me many times. As has Jeremiah 29:11. When we trust GOD to work His plans in our lives, things will turn out for His good, which means for our good.

    Thanks for a great post!

    1. Thank you so much, Jeanne. In regard to what you’ve said about an accurate perspective, I completely agree. I often step back from what I’m doing or thinking or feeling to look at my life through God’s perspective. Doing that really helps me to remember his promises and cling to those when I’m experiencing doubt. When I do that, it fades to nothing! All that matters is whether I am doing right by the Lord in everything I do. x

  4. So encouraging, thank you! I’ve definitely felt defeated as a writer (and as a mom… and as a worship leader…) These verses are so helpful. I often remember Isaiah 26:3 when I’m feeling overwhelmed.

    1. Isaiah 26:3 is a beautiful verse. The peace that comes with trust in the Lord. I’m glad you found this encouraging and blessings to you in all that you do in Jesus name!

  5. Dear Rachel Chamberlayne

    This morning I read your blog post “Called to Blog: 9 Encouraging Verses for When You’re Doubtful or Defeated”.

    It was an encouraging post.

    You asked your readers if we’ve felt like we’re total failures at everything we do?

    The feeling of being a failure is difficult to keep away sometimes.

    The best weapon I know the keep this feeling away is to seek as much knowledge about our blogging topics as possible.

    I like your point where you say: “ arbitrary definitions of “success”.” Because that’s really what it is: all of us have different criteria for what success is.

    I’m glad to read that you feel that things are being set in motion for your blog now.
    That’s an important milestone to reach as a blogger.

    It’s a good habit that you suggest: Keeping a list with verses to pull out when we’re experience doubt as writers.

    With love,
    Edna Davidsen

    1. Thank you, Edna! You are such a blessing in what you are doing for Christian bloggers. I am slowly trying to build up my knowledge in this crazy thing we call blogging so that there is little to fear and action can be taken when I am feeling defeated. God bless!

  6. Thank you for this. It’s the first post of its kind that I’ve read – Biblical encouragement especially for bloggers. I need it sometimes when I feel like my enemy is undermining my confidence to silence me.

    1. Thank you so much, Charlene! I’m so happy these verses and this post was encouraging for you. It makes my heart sing!

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