Most Christians have a verse that they claim is their “life verse.” It’s one that stands for something personal to them, or the outlook they want to have in their life.
I, too, have claimed a “life verse.” Except, as the years have gone by, I have found that my verse has changed. With each season of my life, I have gone through different things – had different outlooks – and changed, as well as grown emotionally.
So, I have claimed different verses that resonated more deeply with me at each one of these seasons/phases of my life.
So, far, I am on verse #3. Each verse is still very much a part of me. I still look at each verse as an extension of who I am, and what I want to be about. It’s just that the verse I may have at that moment in time, is one that seems to soak into my skin and into my heart just a little bit more, because of what I may be going through and feeling in life.
When I was a little girl, my life verse was Romans 8:28.
“All things work together for good, to those who love God, and to those who have been called according to His purpose.”
I had such an optimistic and positive outlook on life. I believed God could change ANYONE if you believed hard enough. I just knew that everything would be all right, because I loved God.
I still know that things will be ok, because God has them all in His hands. However, growing up, and living life have shown me that not everyone changes. Not everything turns out as it should. But somehow, I have to trust God in those moments anyways.
When I became a young woman, I changed my verse to Proverbs 16:9. I believe I first read it when my sister sent it to me, as I had moved from Oregon to Nevada.
“In his (or her) heart, a man plans His course, but the Lord determines His steps.”
I still very much love this verse. It resonated with me, because so many times, I would have an agenda, a dream, a path I wanted to go on in life…. But God had other things in mind. It was something a young girl who was growing into a woman was discovering. That life doesn’t always turn out like you want it to.
I’ve been searching for a new verse for a couple years now. I’m feeling like I’m in a different and a very much thankful spot in my life. I am so aware how faithful God has been to me in my life. And I feel so humbled and indebted to Him.
I stumbled across this verse recently, and fell in love with it. I have claimed it to be my “this season” verse.
“You surround me on all sides and hold your protecting hand over me.”
I can’t tell you how much the Lord has protected me over the years. It doesn’t mean that I haven’t had challenges, hardships, or scary times. I have. But ultimately, God has walked through those with me and He has always taken care of me. He has protected me, loved me, and blessed me. He has been so faithful.
And I’m so aware of His presence and love in my life.
Do you have a life verse? If not, I’d encourage you to claim one. It’s amazing how a verse can give your life extra focus or direction. It can reassure you as you go through tumultuous moments, and it can shower your heart with love, wisdom, or guidance.
If you do have one, leave me a note in the comments. I’d love to hear what your verse is and why you chose it. And for each one of us, may we always hear God speak clearly and personally to us through His precious Word.