Resources for The Still Standing Series
Resources for Parents
Resources for Bible Journaling
Bible Verses, Journal Prompts, Blog Posts
|Day||Bible Verse||Journaling Question||Blog Topic|
|1||1. Matthew 24:13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.||Sometimes it’s a victory to be still standing at the end of a tough day. When have you felt this way lately?||Still Standing|
|2||2. Forever, O Lord, your word
is firmly fixed in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
91 By your appointment they stand this day,
for all things are your servants. Psalm 119:89-91
As you think back on your life, were there times you sensed a dark time was coming? What did you do?
|What I Saw the Day of the Family Photos|
|3||Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
|Have times of suffering produced endurance and character in your life? Are you going through a time of suffering now? Talk to God about it.
|The Downward Spiral of My Son’s Behavior|
|4||1. Only let your manner of life be worthy[a] of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, Philippians 1:27
|How can you use your life experiences to be a witness to others?||How Do I Talk to My Adopted Kids About Their Birth Family?|
|5||As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
|Think back on painful parts of your life that you, your children, or other family members have experienced. You may still feel intense grief (and understandably so), or maybe a dull sadness. This Bible passage in Genesis 50 is from the life of Joseph. It shows a fresh perspective of how God meant a tough life situation to be used for good. How does that shape your experience?||The Day We Told Our Son About His Past|
|6||By your endurance you will gain your lives.
|Thing about a time when your life felt chaotic and out of control. Where did you go for help? Did you find the help you were seeking?||I Called the Police for My Own Son…and I’m a Good Mom|
|7||For the righteous will never be moved;
he will be remembered forever. Psalm 112:6
|Psalm 112:6 says the righteous will never be moved. God allows us to stay steady even in the most difficult of circumstances. Write about a time when God gave you the strength to stay steady.||The Worst Father’s Day…but It Wasn’t|
|8||Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
|Think of a time when you stood firm during a crisis situation. God says you are “blessed” if you remain steadfast under trial. How does that help you in the struggles you face today?||What It’s Like When Your Child Goes to the Hospital for Mental Health Care|
|9||…in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation[a] under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
|Think about a loved one you know who is hurting. Write a prayer asking God for his or her healing and protection.||What It’s Like When Your Child is Inpatient for Mental Health Care|
|10||‘For I will restore you to health And I will heal you of your wounds,’ declares the LORD, ‘Because they have called you an outcast, saying: “It is Zion; no one cares for her.”‘
|We often want to “fix it” for those we love, but sometimes our calling is simply to be present. Think of a situation right now where you calling is not to fix, but simply to be present.||What Visits Are Like When Your Child Gets Inpatient Mental Health Care|
|11||Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12
|What is one of the worst days you ever experienced in your life? How did you endure it?||What Life is Like When Your Child Has Mental Health Issues|
|12||Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. Hebrews 4:14
|Are you facing a tough decision in your life currently?||When Grief and Hope Come in Waves|
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
|Psalm 145:18 says “The Lord is near to all who call on him.” How does this verse bring you comfort for times when you are afraid to start something new?||Attachment Therapy: When a New Start is Scary|
|14||Jesus said… “Do not fear, only believe.”
|What miracle do you need in your life right now? Do you believe Jesus can do this? Do you believe he will?||When You Beg God for a Miracle|
|15||And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, Hebrews 6:11
|Think of a time when you say “no” to something big. Was it with great sadness, relief, or both? Did you pray about it first? If so, how did God provide direction?||Tough Vacation Decisions for Kids with Special Needs|
|16||O LORD my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me.
|God provides healing and restores health in many ways. Write a prayer asking God to heal you or someone you love.||When Kids Take Medication for Behavior|
|17||But Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope. Hebrews 3:6
|We all need more fun in our lives! Laughter is healing! Write 3 ways you can bring more laughter and love to your family this week.||Water Balloon Therapy|
|18||I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever;
with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
2 For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever;
in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”Psalm 89:1-2
|How do your words reflect your faith? Do your conversations show your lately show your love for Christ?||When You Are Humbled|
|19||The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! Psalm 33:1-2
|It’s tough to accept Godly counsel sometimes. Do you humbly allow others to advise you? What advice do you currently need to seek, or adhere to?||He Goes to the Park|
|20||Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
|Is there an area of your life that you feel you are making no progress? Pour out your heart to God about this. Ask Him to provide clear indication you are on the right path.||How to Measure Progress in Tough Situations|
|21||No one is established by wickedness,
but the root of the righteous will never be moved. Proverbs 12:3
|Just because something is painful, doesn’t mean you are doing it wrong. Is there an area of your life that is very painful, but simply must be experienced? Rather than run from it, talk to God about it.||When My Adopted Child Cries for His Birth Mom|
|22||For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
|How are you called to advocate for what is right in your life today?||The Two Equally Important Jobs of Every Parent|
|23||Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58
|How can you be steadfast in God’s work for you?||How to Shift Conversations with Tough Kids|
|24||Psalm 93:5, “Your decrees are very trustworthy;
holiness befits your house,
O Lord, forevermore.
|Do you trust God to follow through on his promises?||What to Do When Your Kids Lie to You|
|25||So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter. 2 Thessalonians 2:15||How do you know when to stay with tradition (as this Bible passage mentions) and when to change things up?||Dodge and Weave|
|26||Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. I Peter 5:9
|How does it make you feel to know you are not alone in your daily struggles?||When the Life Has Been Sucked Out of You|
|27||For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23||Do you feel you or your family members “deserve better”? Do you often feel that life treats you unfairly? Talk to God about it now.||What Kids Deserve|
|28||Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, Ephesians 6:10-14
|Which part of God’s armor do you need most in your life right now?||Morning, Bedtime, and Other Routines for Kids with Trauma History|
|29||Job 40||When problems come, we all sometimes question God. It’s humbling to read Job 40. God says, “Who are you to questions me?” What is your response to that?||To the Mom of Special Needs Kids who Feels Sibling Guilt|
|30||Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
|How has God used other life experiences to prepare you for what you are now facing? Be creative in your thinking!||I’m the Most Stubborn|
|31||Psalm 61 Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.||What is a miracle you see God working in your life?||Watching Miracles Unfold (Woman of God)|
|Epilogue||Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God.||What has God taught you from this series? What do you want to change in your life going forward?||How Our Family Is Doing Now|