I didn’t choose my life verse.
It chose me.
And then a few years later, it chose Rev too.
Psalm 73:26 literally jumped off the page as I sat reading my Bible with a crumpled and defeated heart. Physically I was fine but emotionally I was wrecked. Then just a couple of years later, Rev’s physical heart was failing and we claimed this verse for him as well.
Whatever happens, God is our strength. The NLT says it this way…
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.
You and I can do “all things” through the One who gives strength.
I asked some friends to share their life verse and tell us why they claim those words as their own. I’ve been so blessed by their verses and their words. I know you will be too…
Good Friends Talk Faith, Inspiration, and Life Verses
Mary Dolan Flaherty @ SonRise Insights
Alison Tiemeyer @ Bold Living Rooted in Grace
“This verse reminds me to do good constantly, to love others fully, to be present daily. There have been many times that I just wanted to give up as a blogger, a friend, a wife, and a Christian. But it’s not really about me or what I’m feeling. There is a future glory waiting, and that is why I can love well, live well, and be bold in how I share the gospel. The key is to never give up and to keep pressing into Jesus.”
Life is filled with so many unfulfilled desires and dreams. In my world, this includes a very long, painful struggle with infertility. But the reality is, infertility or not, we all have struggles. We all need a Savior. And at the end of the day, it’s really just a matter of whether we can hold tight to the truth that God will use every struggle, every mess, every sadness, for His glory and His purposes. Even if we may not see it this side of heaven.
“No matter how long you have to wait or what you are waiting for… Waiting is hard! In the waiting, we can sometimes lose heart. Even King David had moments of discouragement as he had to wait. But, his hope never faltered in his God. We, too, can completely put our hope in our Father God. He will care for us. He will provide for us. He will strengthen our hearts. Waiting on Him is never in vain. Eventually, we will see His goodness right where we are living.”
Jer 29:11 gives me such hope. No matter what life takes us through we can take heart in knowing that God’s plans for us are good. When I look back on my life it is so clear that God had a good plan for me every step of the way, and His faithfulness in the past gives me hope for the beautiful future He has in store for me. Because I’ve seen this verse at work in my life, I can confidently share this hope with others.
“These were my life verses in college. Having led a fairly simple life up to that time, I found it easy to rejoice and give thanks (and sadly, I hadn’t yet learned to relate to others who were suffering). Years later, after my family and I had gone through several hardships, choosing joy became much, much harder. But when I keep in mind that this is the Lord’s will for me, He enables me to rejoice even when life is difficult.”
I tend to be a worrier. I love this verse because it reminds me that I can turn my worries into prayers and in return, the Lord will calm my anxious mind with His peace no matter what the situation. I’m always amazed at the peace He gives me because it truly is beyond my own understanding and capability. His peace gives me the assurance of His presence in my life and His love for me.
Proverbs 3:5-6 became my life verse after I lost a baby to a miscarriage. It was a time of intense questioning and trying to figure out why bad things happen. I was listening to the radio in the car and song with the lyrics, “God is God, and I am not” came on one day. It was a song I had heard many times, but that truth sunk deep into my heart in a way that I hadn’t understood before, and I began to heal from the pain of my loss. This verse from Proverbs seemed to summarize that truth to me and it has remained very important to me.
I read this verse about 20 years ago and ‘just knew’ it was my life verse. It was as if a huge “Yes!” spoke to my heart. Little did I know the ‘why’ behind the verse. Later when unexplainable health issues hit me, I began to live the verse, trusting that, truly, “His paths are beyond tracing”
Horace Williams Jr. @ Pleasing to the Potter
When I was a child, I had to read my bible before coming downstairs for breakfast. I chose these two verses because they were a quick passage. It was not until a few years ago after I recommitted my life to Christ, that I realized that God wants me to trust Him in every situation no matter what. He is the only one who can see the big picture of my life. When I acknowledge Him in everything, He will guide me and grant me the wisdom I seek.
Following after Christ is like running a marathon in the middle of a war zone. I must maintain a solider’s mentality and resolve to stay alert, to persevere, and to faithfully follow the path God has laid out or me. I want to finish strong and make my God proud.
Lauren Gaskill @ Lauren Gaskill Inspires
I love the idea of wearing love and faithfulness around my neck and writing them on my heart. Because without love and faith, what really matters in the end? All that we do must be done with love and in faith.
Lori Schumaker @ Moments of Hope
It is so difficult to choose just one verse, but when I became a Mom almost 15 years ago, Numbers 6:24-26 became one that settled deep in my heart. Each night, as I’d go kiss my precious sleeping babies, I’d pray over them and speak these words over their lives. And to this day, I still do it!
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