There are quotes, Bible Verses, and proverbs that people have used for centuries in times of distress. When meditated upon or quoted often, they have the ability to encourage and motivate. Following are seven of these curious sayings that have withstood the test of time. Any or all of these quotes have the ability to lift your spirits and empower you to make it through this day. They will give strength to you as well as peace of mind that will help you tackle the next 24-hour period. These phrases and scriptures will help you to focus on the present rather than regretting the past or worrying about the future.

Make good use of them and enjoy the gift of now.

Bible verses that motivate

The first curious saying comes from Matthew 6:34 when Christ gave his sermon on the mount. He said to the people who were gathered: "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." The second Bible verse that will motivate you through the day comes from Romans 8:31: "If God be for me, who can be against me?" The third scripture is Matthew 6:11 which is part of what is known as The Lord's prayer: "Give us this day our daily bread. It's only natural to want to plan for the future but recognizing that each day has its own ups and downs."

The fourth Bible verse is First Samuel 30:6: "And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God." Just for today, be like David and encourage your own self.

Whatever happens today keep thinking,"I can encourage myself through this 24-hour period."

Phrases wrongly thought to be Bible verses

There are three popular phrases that are often thought to be proverbs from scriptures when in truth they are not. People say them all the time and adding "The Bible says," without knowing their true origin.

The firth curious saying is "This too shall pass" which is actually a quote from medieval times. Number six comes from Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind."

After her child died, and her husband walked out on her, Mrs. Rhett Butler declared, "After all tomorrow is another day." Although this mentions the following day, it can encourage you in case you believe you fell short in any way on that given day, and expect better on the morrow, which brings us to the 7th proverb.

The origin of this wise saying has been attributed to both Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde. It is "Never put off till tomorrow whatever you can do today." These seven phrases should help you focus on the day at hand. Tomorrow is not promised so be motivated with this 24-hour period.