What’s Your Life Verse?

Do you have a life verse from the Bible? Is there some certain scripture that God has used in a life changing way for you?

These thoughts have been in my head recently because, while we were in Israel, we had the chance to have jewlery made for us with a verse written in Hebrew. Several of us were considering our life verse, and working to find ways to fit portions of the verse onto a ring or bracelet.

I spied a ring I wanted to buy and had difficulty deciding which verse to use. As it happens, I have several life verses. I dont think I realized it perfectly until yesterday, but for each stage of my life, there have been a couple of verses that really stand out, having guided me through the Lord’s process of sanctification.

My life verses are broken up by era:

Childhood:

Psalm 71:5-8, 17

5 O Lord, you alone are my hope.
I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood.
6 Yes, you have been with me from birth;
from my mother’s womb you have cared for me.
No wonder I am always praising you!

7 My life is an example to many,
because you have been my strength and protection.
8 That is why I can never stop praising you;
I declare your glory all day long.

17 O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood,
and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you

God rescued me from what could’ve been a very terrible childhood. My parents divorced when I was very young, and I never met my dad. While the absence of a true, flesh and blood father in my life has caused bitter roots of strife in my life, the reality is that my flesh and blood father was a reckless abuser who hurt  children. I discovered this Psalm in 2003, and found great encouragement therein, as David proclaimed that the Lord was with him from childhood, the Heavenly Father’s protection around him since the womb. Not only did God rescue me from a dangerous situation with my flesh and blood father, he adopted me as His own from birth and spoke to me through my Christian mother and grandparents who taught me about God’s love for me through Jesus Christ. My heavenly Father also gave me several other earthly fathers, an amazing grandfather, step-father, and two uncles who were not an actual flesh and blood fathers, but loved me like a daughter. God was at work redeeming me since the womb.

Teenage Years:

This is difficult, as there are two verses really, but the main ones are Matthew 5:14-16:

14“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

These are the verses that God continues to call to my mind on this trip. He preached these words first on the Mt. of Beattitudes, where I had the chance to visit a few days ago. I met the Lord there, and he reminded me of this calling. I had not forgotten, but I had lost sight of the light within me and my call to be “salty.”

The other teenage year verses were shared between my and my best friend April Grant Spain: Jeremiah 29:11:

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.

God brought April into my life at a critical time, and He used our friendship to mold me into the woman I am today. Her parents also loved me like one of their many kids, and allowed me to basically live at their house during an extremely difficult time in my life, the loss of my first true love. April and I clung to this verse and encouraged eachother throughout the tumultuous teen years. I am happy to report we both made it out safe, and happily married to amazing Christian men and April has been blessed with three beautiful children of her own:)

College Years: Isaiah 26:8

8 Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, (truth)
we wait for you;
your name and renown
are the desire of our hearts. (souls)

In 1998, I traveled to Austin Texas with a group from my college, Union University, to the Passion conference. This series of conferences radically impacted my walk with the Lord and continues to today. It was this year that I was first introduced to Louie Giglio, John Piper, and Beth Moore, spiritual giants in my life who I may never know personally, but whose teaching opened my eyes to an entirely new concept of God’s fame and His passion for his glory among the nations. It is here that my call to mission was birthed. After Passion 98, Passion 99 and One Day in 2000 (in Memphis!) the Lord called me to be “Salt and Light” in a political environment, in our nation’s capitol. He opened a door for me to work for my home state U.S. Senator on Capitol Hill, and after a commissioning from my pastor, I moved to D.C. only knowing a few people and trusting the Lord would use me for His Glory to be salt and light in the political world.

Adult years: Ephesians 3:20-21

20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

This verse is all about where God has taken me. From a child unknowingly in danger, through crazy teenage and college years, to the capitol of the free world and beyond, the Lord has never ceased to blow my mind and supersede my wildest dreams. Trusting the Lord with my life has made all the difference, in my sense of self, who I am, who God created me to be and for what purposed he created me to accomplish, from leading me to my amazing husband, my wonderful church, missions all over the world, and even being where I am today, saying goodbye to the Galilee. God IS ABLE to do EXCEEDINGLY MORE than we could ever ask or imagine according to His power at work within us. His power is in me because of Jesus Christ. Only by Jesus and the power of his Holy Spirit am I able to testify to the greatness, goodness and glory of God. To Him be the power, and the glory, in the church, in Jerusalem, in Washington, D.C., and in my life.

Amen.

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15 Responses to What’s Your Life Verse?

  1. Kevin Leggett says:

    Jeremiah 29:11-14

  2. Shannon D. Stewart says:

    Romans 5:3-5

    3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
    4perseverance, character; and character, hope.
    5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us

    God revealed Himself to me through this verse while I was in college. It made me realize that every experience I go through in life is developing me into who God wants me to be. It made me realize that when pain comes along in my life, it is not out of God’s control. I learned through what I was experiencing at the time God revealed Himself through this verse (which is another story for another day-most of which you know, because you were there) that the only way to have joy in life is to obey God in the good and the bad times. I knew, because of this verse, that my suffering would bring about perseverance, which would bring about hope. I knew that God would use the suffering and perseverance to teach me to depend on Him. I still say this verse to myself on an almost daily basis. I have learned that there are many ways to react to suffering in my life. I try to rejoice in it because I know that I will be a better person for it. I call it (in my own life) character development.

  3. Margarita says:

    John 16:20;22

    20I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. . 22So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.

    I’ve dealt with a lot of grief in my life. I lost a lot of my family at an early age and 2 of my friends in high school. After I found this verse, it just helped me realize that even though I am sad and grieving down here on earth, one day I will see them again.

  4. kelvlam says:

    Jeremiah 29:11 has been my life verse since middle of 2007 until now towards the end of 2009!

  5. Pat says:

    Proverbs 3:5-6 (Contemporary English Version)

    5 With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment.

    6 Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow.

    A high school teacher gave me a Bible with these verses highlighted and they have been my life verses ever since that time.

  6. Ana Palafox says:

    Timothy 4:12 forever and always :]

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  8. Philippians4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strenghteneth me.

  9. Celina says:

    Hey,
    I’ve actually been looking for a life verse because I got bible tabs and was tabbing on the weekend and there is a tab for life verse.

    I’ve only been Christian for a year and havent read the whole bible yet….
    but I really like Shannon’s verse:
    Romans 5:3-5

    3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
    4perseverance, character; and character, hope.
    5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us

    mainly because I have suffered alot during my life already – only being 21.

    Jeremiah 29:11 gives me reassurance that God knows all my plans, and plans that are good.

    Philippians4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strenghtens me.
    This one is particularly amazing to me because I am trying to quit smoking and it’s helping alot.

    But I havent found my true life verse yet, who knows – maybe one of those above are my life verse :)

    • AnnieLaurie says:

      Hi Celina, thanks for your comment. I am glad that you shared these great verses with us. I still cant choose one life verse, there are definitely verses for “seasons” of my life. But the ones you listed here are great! If you do decide one verse for your life verse please let me know! :-)

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  11. Jesse says:

    Matthew 11:28 ——”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” its that constant reminder that God will always be that place of refuge and rest you can always run back to

  12. Angela says:

    Psalm 19:14! “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, Oh Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”

    I picked this one out as my life verse for High school graduation. Class of 2013! :D There were others, but the Lord kept bringing me back to this one. It turns out I first learned it at age 3 while my brother was in Kindergarten. How awesome is that?

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