Life Verse? How To Find Yours To Be Encouraged And Inspired

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Fourteen years ago, I’d never heard of a life verse.

I was dealing with some heavy stuff in my life.  At the height of my fear and circumstance, I had a friend (who knew of my private pain) stop by my house and hand me a piece of paper.  God used a tiny shred of paper filled with scriptures to help me fall in love with His word …..

Life Verse

I must say that I was hearing biblical preaching at church also.  I was searching for what God wanted to teach me and He met me where I was.  Choosing a life verse can be a source of comfort, inspiration, and/or motivation that is unmatched in other parts of your life.

As part of our Encouraging September, I hope you are inspired to find your own life verses and be empowered with God’s perfect word.

What is a Life Verse Anyway?

You see, the day my friend came by, I faced something the very next day that I didn’t think I could handle.  I was right.  God had to help me. Superman was right by my side but felt helpless.  There was a piece of my past that I had to deal with, and for once, my hubby couldn’t fix it.

That little piece of paper listed a few scriptures that were unfamiliar so I researched their meanings.  One verse stood out among the rest and it seemed to speak directly to me.  Even though the scripture was about what God had said directly to Joshua, Moses’ successor, I clung to those words like the air I was breathing.

Life Verse

I literally crumpled up on the floor of a hotel room in Savannah Georgia and prayed over these scriptures.  I felt inadequate holding God’s words in my hands – I’d not been faithful to study them for myself.  For once, though, instead of asking God why He had allowed the suffering of my past to happen, I began crying out to Him by praying His own words over what I was facing.  I repeated the one verse of Joshua 1:9 that resonated with me over and over.

That, my friend, is a life verse – 

A scripture that brings relief or clarity to a situation in your life, or empowers you to face it head on.  It’s a verse that when read or heard, takes you to another place and time where you can remember how God showed up and showed out in your circumstance.

Let me stop right here and clarify that I’m not talking about any hocus-pocus or name it and claim it stuff here.  If you hear nothing else I say, know this …..

All scripture is inspired by God.

It’s profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 says so.  No magic or promising anyone anything here.  I’m simply speaking about an intimate relationship with God through His word where you feel a special love for certain verses that strengthen your faith.

Yep, God’s cool like that.  God can encourage us in all kinds of ways – life verses may be one of the ways for you too.

1. Ask God to Help

There are thousands of bible verses.  How in the world would one even go about choosing one or two?  If you’ve been genuinely learning about God through His word, I’m sure there are some that jump off the page at you from time to time.

After my experience with Joshua 1:9, I asked God to give me a better understanding of His word and He answered that prayer.  I’m certainly no scholar but I do get fired up about knowing Him better.  I feel as if an excitement has been stirred in me that was not there before and it’s as if the light turned on when it comes to piecing together God’s story.

When we ask, we must also listen.  Ask God to show you himself through His word.  I’m sure you will find verses that become very special to you.

2.  Look for Life Verses in Different Seasons

When my son left for boot camp, I knew he’d be unable to communicate to the outside world for weeks.  I wasn’t sure at what point he’d have his bible.  So every day I prayed that scripture he’d hidden in his heart would flood his memory.  The idea popped in my head to focus on the book of Joshua every time I wrote letters (if you didn’t know, Joshua fought wars in order to take over the promised land – with God by his side).  I would write a summary of the scripture and hoped he would find strength in it.

Yes, Joshua 1:9 and the whole book, really, is very special to me.

You can also have a life verse for a different life season.  Life changes and if you continue to study God’s word intently, it can take on stronger and stronger meaning.  Another scripture that has brought much comfort and clarity to my mind is Psalm 46:10.  I’ll wait for you to go look that up …..

When nothing makes sense in my world, I think about that verse and it reminds me that God is on the throne.  He’s in control.  He’s not surprised by the crazy of earthly things.  It reminds me that as a believer, this is not my permanent home.  Because He is who He says He is, we have an eternal home with Him when we accept that gift.

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When we started home education, Deuteronomy 6 was on my mind.  As we went along and I would get overwhelmed at the task, I would feel the Lord pressing me to lean into 2 Peter 3:18.  Go check that cool scripture out.  That became our school verse.  I would pray that each morning to give me direction, patience, and an insight of what was really at stake with the privilege I’d been given.

What scripture stood out to you when you were younger?  What verses stand out to you now when you read or hear them?

3.  Think of the Gifts God’s Given You

If you already know which physical and/or spiritual gifts God has given you, think about verses that relate to that and mean a lot to you.  For instance, if you have a gift of leadership, maybe Colossians 3:23 speaks to you.

 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men

Maybe encouraging others (exhortation) is your thang.  If so, some encouraging words that Paul gave to young Timothy could be an encouragement to yourself and something that you could share with others like the ones from 2 Timothy 1:7.

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

I’m not sure what your life verse is supposed to be that you could pray over your life. Those scriptures that you repeat to God in your prayers – Yes He knows the words but loves to hear you say them! I’m not sure what verses you’re supposed to choose to pray over your children throughout their life. Like I said, that’s between you and God.

I’m just a little encourager here that wants you to know that God loves it when you love His word. All I know is that you won’t find your life verse unless your nose is buried in the bible, so let’s have fun digging, shall we?!

Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

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Do you already have life verses that are special to you?  I’d love it if you share them in the comments!

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  1. Elizabeth @ Guilty Chocoholic Mama
    September 8, 2016 / 7:15 am

    This is wonderful…and I love your blog! I think Deuteronomy 30:20 is one of my life verses: “…love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life.” So glad I found you today at Thankful Thursdays!

  2. Michele Morin
    September 8, 2016 / 9:13 am

    Yes, my life verse has changed over the years. So important to be grounded in the Word of God in all seasons.

  3. Karen
    September 8, 2016 / 10:49 am

    My life verse is Eph 4:6 — one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. It reminds me that we can always find our Lord because he is over, through, and in EVERYTHING . That doesn’t mean just the spectacular, or the joyful things… but in the mundane, bleak and even confusing and painful things to. All means ALL. He is there. We just have to look for Him.

  4. Lori
    September 8, 2016 / 5:54 pm

    My life verse is Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. I chose this verse when I was in third grade while memorizing chapter 19, There are several other verses I cling to every day. Thank you for sharing with Thankful Thursdays, I hope to see you again next week,

  5. Valerie
    September 14, 2016 / 10:59 am

    Love this post! I currently don’t have a life verse but I’ve been working on finding one that best fits me. I will have to surely pin this post.

  6. Tami Qualls
    September 24, 2016 / 11:51 am

    I agree that our life verse will change from one season to another. Mine is Psalm 37:4, but find that it may be changing as I am now fulfilling the desire God planted within me – to raise my child from home.

  7. Katherine @ Katherine Lynn Fitness
    September 29, 2016 / 7:57 am

    Thank you for this! I love it. I have been trying to read my bible more, and I love the idea of a life verse <3

  8. Donna Reidland
    September 29, 2016 / 7:58 am

    I have had a number of life verses during different seasons and in different areas of life. I really enjoyed your post. I’m pinning and sharing so others can be blessed.

  9. candy
    September 29, 2016 / 8:43 am

    Start and end everyday with a verse, just read and learn.

  10. jehava
    September 29, 2016 / 9:44 am

    Really awesome and beautiful post!! God’s word helps me through everything!

  11. Lauren
    September 29, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    You bring up so many great points! I never heard of a life verse before , but I love this concept.

  12. Taria Shondell Faison
    October 6, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    All I can say is,”Ok. GOD. I hear you LORD.” This is the second blog post I have read TODAY about getting INTO GODs word….
    Thank you for this!

  13. Scott LaPierre
    October 13, 2016 / 11:40 am

    Hi Shan,
    When people read verses and are encouraged by them – especially when they choose them as a “life verse” – how important do you think it is to consider who the verse is written to? For example, while Pro 3:5-6 can apply to everyone, people will choose Jer 29:11 which was written – not even to all Jews – but to Jews facing exile in Babylon.

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