What Keeps Me Going

As I settle into this new world of blogging, I thought it might be fun to have a weekly feature focusing on inspiration.

What better day to begin than Good Friday!

When life is tough — or even when it’s not — I’ve found comfort in the Bible. My favorite parts change from month to month, week to week, or even day to day.  Honestly, I should read it more than I do, because I’ve also found that life is better when I hang on to its promises and truth.

Here’s the verse that’s speaking to me right now, Proverbs 2:7:

“He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.”

(Read more here.)

On this Easter weekend, what verses are meaningful to you?

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  • blackbird

    My Bible is on the headboard of the bed and I do not read it enough.

    One Light

    Imagine an artist painting a winter scene. She depicts a white, frozen ground and evergreens draped in snow. Her hand brings the day to a close as she paints night falling on the canvass.

    In the deep shadows of dusk, she has painted a grim, log cabin, barely visible to the casual observer. Then she dips her brush in yellow paint and, with a few quick strokes, places a brightly burning lamp in one of the cabin’s windows.

    Warm rays dance on white snow, now made brighter by the light. The lonely lamp completely changes the tone of the picture, replacing feelings of dark and gloom with warmth and security.

    Edith Wharton has said that there are two ways of spreading the light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

    Sometimes we are candles. We shed light of love and hope. We shine encouragement into dark souls. Or we illuminate with insight.

    But sometimes we reflect the light. We are mirrors to enable others to see the light of their own goodness and beauty. And when we have no other light of our own, we are mirrors which reflect a greater Light.

    For some, the world can be bleak and cold. They feel frightened, lonely and even hopeless.

    But it’s true that no amount of darkness can extinguish the light of one, small candle. You.

    By Steve Goodier: lifesupportsystem (dot com)

  • http://100%Sarah'sYouBetchaNation/FB John Norton

    Something about an Easter Morning one cannot describe its like after a good rain…

  • Frank lane

    Hi Bristol…This is one of my all time favourite Inspirational verses.

    Heb: 11-6 …King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
    And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

  • Stacy

    I have read the bible, cover to cover.
    It is the reason that I know no longer believe in it’s truth.

    • June

      how very sad…

    • Blythe

      Reading and studying are two entirely different things. I wish you well, but yes, I am so thankful for the scriptures and the understanding of them. God Bless.

  • Anonymous

    Please stop being a fake Christian and blog author. Let us know who you really are.

    • bellagrazi

      Let us know who you really are? You just posted that under “Anonymous”. Hahaha Oh, the irony.

      • Kelli

        Nice catch Bella :)

    • June

      how very ironic folks can’t put their name to something…but felt free enough to insult someone they don’t know..

    • https://twitter.com/#!/ Juli

      I noticed you wouldn’t give your name talk about fake. Are you afraid to show who you are. Bristol is a not in anyway fake. The idea of a blog is that you write it yourself. Her book she used a writter. Please get a clue or some common sense and Try being honest and not so full of hate. I am here to shield her becuase she walks with integrity. Now go and pray for wisdome. You need it.
      “He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.”

  • robhart

    John 13:7, “Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.’” (NIV) Are you submitting to Jesus and being washed? Let us take pause this day and reflect on the importance of His words to Peter and to all of us. Humble thy self in the sight of the Lord. Be filled with the Spirit and washed in the blood of the Lamb. Come closer to God and be transformed accordingly to the plan laid out for you as a life-call both uniquely and communally. Peace to all these next few days and may we grow in the transforming power of Jesus living in us as the Holy Spirit. Amen

  • bellagrazi

    Bristol, I must confess that I do not read the Bible. But I do believe in God. And I know that He gives you strength to deal with all the lies told about your family. You are good, decent people. Good will triumph over evil every time. Happy Easter to you and your family!

  • julie vaughn

    My love of God! Plus, I have children and a lot of people that love me and that is a great reason to live.

  • Kristen

    Exodus 14:14- The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still :)

  • Keri McPherson

    Luke 24:47.
    “there is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.”

  • Brenda

    My favorite verse is: Jeremiah 29: 11-13
    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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

  • Chris in Ottumwa

    Psalm 37:23-24

    The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.

    God bless you and your family this Easter and to everyone reading this, have a happy Easter and all that it means!

  • Betty England

    2nd Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

  • Sue Lynn

    John 3:16……

  • http://AmericaWantsSarah Bruce O’H.

    Happy Easter, and Happy Passover to all.
    Dear Bristol. I hope that when you read these comments, that the two nasty ones do not outweigh the 18 positive ones for you. Anyone can see that the scales would be grievously wrong if that were the case.
    Friends…18
    Hyenas…2
    :-)

  • Patty Drew

    There is so many definitions of what “Good Friday” means, but only one “nails it”. Jesus was wounded and placed on a wooden cross for our sins, then and now. A New Way, the only Way to get right with God. Jesus, the Lamb of God was slaughtered and the blood He shed now covers our sinful ways. The only way to get right with God, is through His Son, Jesus. Thank You Lord God!

  • Robin

    that’s very good advice and it is so true. I’ve been thru lots of trials and my advice to myself and everyone else is in those trials remember to Grab His Hand and just hold on.

  • Kathleen

    Proverbs 3:5,6 are my life verses.
    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
    Also lean on Romans 8:28 a lot: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord; to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

    BTW, a blessed Good Friday and a very Happy Easter to you and your family, Bristol!

  • Melissa

    As I read the less than positive messages to you, it reminded me of something I have always been taught, that, when satan attacks it means you must be doing something right. So keep on keeping on Bristol! Draw on the Lords strength and comfort that is promised to you.

  • Penny

    Habakkuk 3:17-18:
    Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
    though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
    though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
    yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

    At first glance it seems depressing. But this verse says to me, it doesn’t matter what happens in the natural world. God is still my savior and I’m thankful to him.

  • Sis

    Bristol , I an so proud of you!! . Don’t ever get away from the “WORD.”
    It will keep you safe and happy! It’s the “COOLEST ” thing in life.

    • Mariah

      You are so right!!!!!!!!!!

  • Taylor

    My favvvv:) 1peter 5:6 “humble yourselves, therefore, under Gods mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”

  • Michael

    For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV)

  • Dirk Rockwood

    Here’s my favorite verse:

    I can tell by the way that you baby talk,
    I can see by the way that you switch and walk,
    I can tell by the way that you treat your man,
    But I could love you baby, it’s a cryin’ shame.

  • Barbara Riddle

    Romans 12:21 – “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” If we keep doing good to those who treat us badly, we will be the ones who reap the rewards in the end. And maybe the ones who are treating us badly will see there is more joy in doing good!!

  • Mariah

    The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called failure. A loop called confusion. Speed bumps called friends. Red lights called enimies. Caution light called family. You will have flat tires called jobs, but if you have a spare called determination. An egine called presewance. A driver called God. You will make it to a place called success!

  • Mariah

    John 3:16″for God so loved the world, he gave his only son. And whoever believes in him shall not parish but have eternal live” :) Did you like my quote??

  • Sarah Johnson

    Hebrews 4:12 my favorite:

  • http://EileenS Eileen Steller

    When I am in some sort of spiritual battle, I find the psalms the most helpful and comforting. King Davids life was in constant peril and he spent alot of his life on the run. Many times, while fleeing his enemies, he was overcome with sorrow and sobbing. Yet he always leaves us with hope in a mighty God whose hand is not too short that He can’t deliver us from every trial that comes our way. Our deliverer over came death on a cross so that we may have life and have it more abundantly. There is power in the name of Jesus and the blood that He shed for us can still defeat any evil that tries to come against us.

  • David

    John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him would not die but have eternal life. Amen

    Thankyou Lord for what you did for us all at Calvary. I will be forevery greatful.

  • Dougman

    Jam 1:1 ¶ James 2385, a servant 1401 of God 2316 and 2532 of the Lord 2962 Jesus 2424 Christ 5547, to the twelve 1427 tribes 5443 which 1722 are scattered abroad 1290, greeting 5463 .

    The US is where the tribes have gathered again!

  • Dittobugs

    Proverbs 3:5-6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
    Seek His will in all you do,
    and He will show you which path to take.

  • Joseph

    Isaiah 53:5
     But he was pierced for our rebellion,
        crushed for our sins.
    He was beaten so we could be whole.
        He was whipped so we could be healed.

    You and your family have a happy and blessed Easter, Bristol!

  • bbmomof3

    Mark 8:36-37
    36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

  • Nicole

    Jer. 29:11
    Isaiah 40:30-31

  • Kery

    Isaiah 54:10 “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will never be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed.” :D

  • Tabathia

    I need inspiration right now. This might just do it!

  • Bevy

    Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding – in ALL yours ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path. Pr. 3
    Fear Not for I AM with you, … Is. 41:10
    Jesus wept. John 11:35
    A bruised reed He will not break – a smoking wick He will NOT put out. Is.

  • Lauren

    Genesis 22:2

    “And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. “

    What kind of a dick asks a guy to kill his son?

    • Louis Schnitzer

      I have to say that was really brilliant. I think you think you are the first person who has ever thought of that.

  • Rick Patel

    Happy Easter to Bristol & Tripp.

  • Doug

    Yes the bible is our hand book for life

  • Steve

    The apple never falls far from the tree.

  • http://www.prayerwarriorsforsarahpalin.org/ Irma

    “That whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
    John 3:15-16

  • Deborah Luper

    Thanks for this posting, Bristol! This has always been my favorite passage, an entire chapter, actually.

    Psalm 127

    1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
    2It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
    3Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
    4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
    5Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

  • Clifford

    I am a father of five (4 daughters and a son) ranging in ages from 5 to 23. We are also the grandparents of an ‘unexpected’ but much loved grandaughter. Her mother is a single parent like you, and also like you, doing a great job. It has been a challenge, however her journey has taught her (and her friends) some valuable lessons about how precious and wonderful life is. Your mother is an inspiration and so are you. Have a wonderful Easter.

  • Don Bland

    I am the father of one daughter, one granddaughter, and two Greatgrandchildren.
    They are precious. Some of the above were surprises nontheless so welcome and loved. There have been/are times when pressures age strong and burdens are heavy, however, in those times we have a marvelous Heavenly Father whom we talk with and he gives grace, strength and keeps us on line. God’s Word is precious to me and my daily habit is to get into the Word of God. God bless you and keep you and your little one in his loving care.

  • kate

    This is a great verse and it is a great idea to have an inspirational section. How is Trigg? He is what we call in our small family, a darling heart. Good luck to you.

  • Kimberly

    John 3:16 – and Easter is the fulfillment of God’s love for us in Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection.

  • AnyOldNameWillDo

    Hi Bristol :)

    I’m not a verse person but I do believe in purpose.
    My purpose is to solve problems. Once I discovered this it kept me from going astray and out of harms way.

    R.

  • Suzy Crabtree

    Pomp(Palm Sunday) and Circumstance:(
    Crucifixion
    John 17:20-23
    I’m praying for not only them but also for those who will believe in me
    The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind, just as You Father are in me and I in You

  • Suzy Crabtree

    Address correction

  • Suzy Crabtree

    Pomp(Palm Sunday) and Circumstance
    Crucifixtion;(
    John17:20-23
    I pray for them and for those who will believe in me
    The goal Is for all of trem to become one heart and mind just as you Father are in me and I
    In you so they might be one heart and mind
    With us

    Mind

  • Daina Kennedy

    I think you should share more of what you gleam from the scriptures…thanks for sharing!

  • Marilyn Loscombe

    I love the Bible verse that you choose.Yes ,life is better when I read my Bible daily.Thank you for the verse.

  • Dale & Nancy Herrmann

    Levi probably has no idea how much of a loser he is.

  • Martha

    Good post! My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11-13. When you don’t understand what to do with your life its nice to know somebody has a plan for you that’s far better than anything you can come up with yourself. You just have to listen and wait until he reveals it to you.

  • Mark Lopez aka Maze

    Matt 26:62-64:
    Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent.
    The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”
    “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
    .
    AAAA-Men!… If that don’t shiver a believer’s timbers, I don’t know what will!

  • http://c4p indemind

    Bless your heart Bristol Palin… May you and your entire Family have a great Easter/Passover …. God Bless………… SarahAmerica

  • Jenna

    Thank you Bristol, may you and your family be blessed on this Easter Day and always.
    I posted this “Bible on One Page” on Team Sarah in 2008. It is wonderful!

    http://www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  • Andrew Stoner

    “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:8-11 :-)

  • Mariah

    Bristol, here is a wonderful quote I found:
    “For we walk by Faith, not by Sight” 2 corinthians 5:7 :) hope you like it!!

  • CJ

    Good Morning, Bristol :)
    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your idea of a weekly focus on “inspiration” and what better way than to find it through our Lord’s “Love Letter” to us…….HIS WORD :) PROVERBS 2:7 is awesome as are the others shared by Martha and Andrew thus far. Psalm 91 and Joshua 1:9 are two very special scriptures to me. As a single mom, they have been a never ending source of comfort and strength. Since Psalm 91 is lengthy, I would like to share the first 2 verses, which say it all…….”He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare of the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I am trusting in Him.”…….Psalm 91:1-2. “Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed, for the LORD thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest……Joshua 1:9
    I’d also like to share that through the years, carrying these and so many other scriptures in my heart, I have witnessed the LORD fulfill each and every promise they carry, over and over again. Whenever, I reflect on how lovingly He has watched over and taken such good care of my precious son and I throughout the years, it never fails to bring tears of love and gratitude to my eyes. If only the world could see and comprehend how empty life really is without HIM…….

  • Louis Schnitzer

    The question was asked: “Why would God command Abraham to kill his son”? I have asked the same question. Another great question to ask this Easter is: “Why would God send his only Son to be horribly killed?”
    Here is the story of a man who had a terrible choice: to save his son from being killed,or to see his son killed while saving dozens of innocent people.
    Its the story of John Griffith, the bridge keeper, as presented on Youtube.

    • Louis Schnitzer
  • Jessica Pierce

    I have a tattoo on my wrist that says Matthew 6:14-15. “Forgive those of their tresspasses so that God may forgive you of your own”. I got pregnant at sixteen and my daughter’s biological father was only there a few weeks. He and I went our seperate ways and I haven’t seen him since. I went on to Marry when my daughter was just over two years old only to get divorced shy of 4 years later and carried around alot of anger towards these two guys The first one for leaving, the second one for knowing what leaving did to me before and then doing the same only the bad part was for him to leave while I was 7 months pregnant with daughter number two. I got the tattoo to remind me that eventhough they have wronged me and my daughters, that I to do wrong in God’s eyes and need his forgivness. Needless to say, my husband that I divorced and I got remarried 10 months after the divorce and have been together now married the second time around for 4 years, (7 years total). My insperation has been that although people can kick me down, I have two little girls that watch my every move and for them I have to keep going. My inspiration is to forgive, and move forward.

  • dwsteen

    John 8:12
    [ Jesus, the Light of the World ] Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

  • http://facebook Cricket Nichols

    Happy Easter Bristol and Tripp….can’t wait to see what GOD has waiting for you and Tripp.

  • Anne Powell

    Matthew 28:6 ‘He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.’ Because of the empty tomb, we have hope!!

  • Maleena

    What I love most is when, I am in need, I open my Bible and there it is….Just the verse I need. I do not have to look. God leads my hand where it needs to go.

  • Christine Greco

    Enjoy seeing how you are finding the positive in so many things. :)

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