Sometimes, life is just hard. And one of the hardest things about a difficult season is feeling like nobody can relate to you.
We rounded up some impactful studies for hard times to help you feel less alone during times of difficulty. From biblical examples from thousands of years ago to authors’ struggles today, each resource offers strength, encouragement, and understanding amidst hardship. The words from each author will feel like a hug from your best friend!
In each of the studies below, we hope you’ll find comfort in knowing that even when life is anything but easy, God is right there with you.
With Us in the Wilderness by Lauren Chandler | 7 Sessions
The book of Numbers is a story of identity, wilderness, and God. While it accounts for 39 years of wilderness roaming, it’s also a story of God’s presence among His beloved. In this in-depth study of the book of Numbers and God’s people, you will discover how even when they rebelled—and this book tells of many rebellions—God’s love and promises remained. It’s in that love and those promises the children of Israel found their identity and where we must find ours today.
Anxious by Scarlet Hiltibidal | 8 Sessions
Learn how we can practically take hold of the perfect peace that is only available through God as we dive deeply into His Word, embrace the practice of prayer, and live authentically in the support of our communities of faith.
Ruth by Kelly Minter | 7 Sessions
Discover a journey of unbearable loss, redeeming love, and divine legacy. This study delves into the virtuous character of Ruth, her unique relationship with her mother-in-law Naomi, and her blossoming love with Boaz. If you’ve ever felt devastated, struggled as a stranger, longed to be loved, or wept along the way, you’ll find a loyal sister in Ruth.
Take Courage by Jennifer Rothschild | 7 Sessions
Do you ever feel like the happy ending of your story is a million miles away? In this study on the book of Haggai, you’ll learn to walk confidently in your calling, stay motivated despite opposition, and courageously invest your life in God’s purposes, trusting Him for results you may never see in this lifetime.
Elijah by Priscilla Shirer | 7 Sessions
Join Priscilla Shirer on this journey through the life and times of the prophet Elijah to discover how the fire on Mount Carmel was forged in the valley of famine. And how the emboldened, fiery faith you desire is being fashioned by God in your life right now.
Job by Lisa Harper | 7 Sessions
How is it possible to hold onto joy in times of sorrow? Just ask Job. In this study, you’ll learn to use pain to strengthen your faith, point others to the gospel, and remember God’s providence will never take you to a place where His grace will not sustain you.
Trustworthy by Lysa TerKeurst | 6 Sessions
When hard times come and it seems God is deviating from the plan we assume our life should follow, we’re much more likely to want to tame God, not trust Him. In this study of 1st and 2nd Kings, join Lysa TerKeurst in Israel as she honestly reveals the places of distrust in her own heart while exploring the deeply personal applicable Scriptures that will teach us how to truly trust God.
Isaiah by Melissa Spoelstra | 7 Sessions
Following God isn’t about striving; it’s about trusting. As you study the chapters Isaiah wrote, you will learn to rest in God’s promises and trust God more than your own human effort or the counterfeits the world suggests. You won’t be striving harder, but instead trusting more deeply in the Faithful One who is so worthy of our utter dependence. In Him, you’ll find the comfort and peace you need to sustain you.
Have any of these studies helped you or a friend during a difficult season? If so, tag us on social media @lifewaywomen and share your story!