My Life Verse

My life verse, a blog by Yvonne

I grew up in a Christian home. I don’t remember a time when my family did not attend church. Well, at least until I got to college when my attendance fell off. My childhood revolved around church activities and Sunday services. These times secured my faith and formed me into the person I am today.

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I think back on the many amazing memories from my childhood church days. Like the times I attended church camp with old friends, made new friends and spent time in nature. Or the thoughts of my time as a Girl Guide (A Canadian group similar to Girl Scouts). I reminisced of the Christmas when we performed a live nativity scene in the church parking lot. The reason I recollected this event was that the temperature was -15 degrees Ferinheiht. Snow covered the ground with large snow drifts everywhere. Each child stayed outside for fifteen-minute intervals to avoid frostbite. Once inside the church, we got our fill of hot chocolate to warm us back up.

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As an adolescent, my parents encouraged me to start the process to select a life-verse. Mom explained that I should pray for God to provide such a Bible verse. She then told me to pay attention to any verses that kept showing up in my day to day activities. I followed her advice, and soon I noticed a Bible verse appear over and over. My life’s verse became Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

I memorized my verse, and I recite it often when l find myself struggling with circumstances in my life. This verse is the anchor of my faith when the storms of life blow me off course. I seek comfort in the words when I walk through times in the desert when God appears far away. And I find it a balm for my aching soul. Choosing a life verse is some of the best advice my parents offered me. In the more recent years, my husband picked a life verse also. I memorized his Bible verse as well. His verse is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” I believe I can use these verses as part of my armor of God to fend off any evil attacks.

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Finding a life verse does not have to be a complicated process. After a quick search on Google, I saw many sites that can help you with this process. Some include a quiz to take to help with the selection. I think the best method is seeking God. Ask Him to show you a verse and then wait to see what Bible verse keeps popping up. God is faithful and will provide when you take it to Him in prayer. If you pick one, and later on it does not seem right for you, you can choose again. There is nothing wrong with looking for a new verse to fit the new season of this life.

Do you have a life verse? I would love to hear about yours and the process you went through to pick one.


Yvonne, Blogger, speaker, and author

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This Post Has 42 Comments

  1. mimionlife

    I have heard people talk about their “life verse” and wondered how they chose a verse. I don’t have a particular “life verse” but I do refer to John 3:16 at lot. 🙂

    1. Yvonne

      That is a great one

  2. stephaniemgammon

    Interesting thoughts on picking a life verse, Yvonne. I’ve never really thought about it before. I guess I do have a go-to Psalm as I’ve memorized Psalm 34 and find myself going back to it over and over when I’m tired, down, and sick. Thanks for the insight.

    1. Yvonne

      Thanks Stephanie. I appreciate your thoughts

  3. Anne Mackie Morelli

    We hear so much about picking one word for the year to focus on, but have not heard as much about picking a verse for life or for the upcoming year. I really agree that we should have some go-to verses that we have memorized that we can quickly call on and turn to when we are struggling with something.

    1. Yvonne

      I find it so wonderful to have my fallback verse

  4. Claudio Morelli

    If I had to choose one today it would be Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your on understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.” Thanks for this wonderful suggestion.

    1. Yvonne

      That is a great option Claudio.

  5. Marcie Cramsey

    Yvonne, I love the fact that you write about a life verse. I do have one.

    It came to me many years ago when God called me to speak for the first time in front of a group of homeschooling parents. I resisted at first, feeling inadequate… much like Moses felt. But God persisted to call me.

    Then one day, as I was reading my Bible, I came across Jeremiah 1:5-10, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 6 “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” 7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. 9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

    During the struggle to obey God and speak for Him, He pointed me to this passage and I knew He was calling me to step out in faith. Since then God has used me multiple times to speak in front of groups of people and this verse encourages me every time I have fears and doubts.

    I like how you said that your verse is an anchor for you. I agree. It anchors us right in the middle of His plan for our life no matter what obstacles threatens to stand in the way. Thank you for your wisdom!

    1. Yvonne

      I love this story Marcie and what a beautiful verse for God to give you. God bless

  6. I don’t know exactly when I chose this life verse, but at some point as a new-to-the-faith Christian, I KNEW this was the verse for me. 2 Timothy 1:7–For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. Life was scary, but I had total trust in my Savior!

    1. Yvonne

      I love hearing about everyone’s verse. Another great one. Thanks for sharing

  7. Emily Saxe | To Unearth

    It’s so hard to chose just one! I have always held Psalm 46 close to my heart, knowing that whatever happens on this earth, God is my refuge and strength, and I don’t need to fear anything.

    1. Yvonne

      I love this one also. Our Bible is so rich in these nuggets of gold. Thanks for sharing your verse.

  8. ilooktojesus

    I love your verses. I can’t say that I’ve ever heard of that before!

    1. Yvonne

      I am glad you visited. I hope God directs you to a special verse

  9. Lisa Q

    My life verse is found in Luke 7:47, “”For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” I was not raised as a Christian, even though we did go to church a few times (usually holidays) when I was a very little girl. But by the time I was in the 3rd grade, we stopped going altogether. When I hit those tumultuous teen years, I fell into hard living. It was not until I was 25 years old that I finally cried out to Jesus and He met me there – He forgive me. I had no problem knowing I needed a Savior because I was seeped in sin. It’s been 30 years now, and yeah…. I love Him much because I remember how much God first loved me, even while I was a sinner. It’s all grace.

    1. Yvonne

      Wow, I am so glad you found Jesus all those years ago. Also a great verse to bring comfort. Thanks

  10. karentfriday

    Yvonne, love your life verse. I became a Christian at 16, then in college a mentor shared with me her life verse. Then I started praying about a life verse for me. Here’s the one the Lord led me to and I still often share it with others and on social media or in blog posts today.

    “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 NAS

    1. Yvonne

      I love hearing everyone’s story and love the great variety of verses He gives to His people. Thanks for sharing

  11. Julie

    Jeremiah 29:11..God spoke this to me when I was going through a hard time in my life. I’m grasping hold of it in good and bad times!

    1. Yvonne

      Amen. I love this verse too. God bless

  12. thisgratefulmama

    The same verse has been used by God over and over in my life. I claimed it as a ‘life verse’ a few years ago, after realizing that was how God was using it.
    “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
    I’m so grateful God promises He won’t give up on us, or leave us as we are. Instead, He works in our hearts and slowly changes us to be more like Jesus. What a promise! He isn’t finished with us yet.

    1. Yvonne

      Amen, I am so glad He is not done with us yet. God bless

  13. Anneliese Dalaba

    The verse that I would say is my life verse is Isaiah 41:10 “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

    1. Yvonne

      Amen and He does. Thanks and God bless

  14. Jessica Brodie

    This is a great idea—to pray for a life verse. I always say “I don’t have a life verse; they change as I change,” but honestly, I’ve never actually prayed that God give me a life verse. So I’ll try it! 🙂 A current favorite is the one about putting on the armor of God, from Ephesians 6: “Pick up the full armor of God so that you can stand your ground on the evil day and after you have done everything possible to still stand. So stand with the belt of truth around your waist, justice as your breastplate, and put shoes on your feet so that you are ready to spread the good news of peace. Above all, carry the shield of faith so that you can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word” (Eph. 6:13-17).

    1. Yvonne

      Great verse and we do need to put on the armor of God to ensure we do stand against the schemes of the evil one.

  15. Amy Young

    I absolutely love the idea of a verse for life! It makes me want to go sit, study and pray right now!

    1. Yvonne

      I pray for God to provide one for you. Thanks and God bless

      1. Amy Young

        Thank you! God bless!

  16. Melinda Viergever Inman

    Through numerous circumstances of the Lord taking tragedies and blessings, loss and restoration, heartaches and kindnesses, disasters and recoveries, sicknesses and healings, rebellions and repentance, diseases and recoveries, he shaped Romans 8:28-30, Genesis 50:19-21, and Isaiah 61:1-3 as my core key passages, necessities for a life that contains disasters, betrayals, and ashes. All three passages have the same message, a message of God’s incredible grace and kindness. Thanks be to God!

    1. Yvonne

      All three of those are wonderful passages to help us remember we are loved. Thanks for sharing. God bless

    1. Yvonne

      Thanks for sharing. God bless

  17. Beth Bingaman

    I have never honed in on one verse – but the Lord does direct me to His Word often. Romans 8:28 is a favorite for me, too.

    1. Yvonne

      I find such wonderful comfort in it. He makes it all work out for each of us. God bless

  18. Melissa McLaughlin

    I love this post! Thank you for sharing about your childhood and what led you to have a life verse. I have many favorites, so it is difficult for me to say that one verse in particular is my life verse. I do love Psalm 119:10-11 – I seek you with all my heart. Do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
    My greatest desire is to draw closer and closer to the Lord. I think this captures my heart. Bless you!

    1. Yvonne

      Thanks Melissa. That is my desire too, to be closer with Jesus. God bless

  19. Stephen De La Vega

    Hi Yvonne. It’s such a blessing to have parents willing to raise you for God’s glory. That’s how I try to raise my kids. I didn’t have that benefit. I don’t really have a life verse, but one that I think about often is James 3:1: “Not many of you should become teachers…because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” God gave me the gift of teaching and usually when I prepare or lead a Bible study or write a blog post, I step back with fear that I may influence someone in error – that I may not teach correctly or adequately. Teaching is serious business and we need to treat it as such. We need to carefully and intentionally study and teach with humility.

    1. Yvonne

      Amen. I try to always think of Psalm 19:14 before I speak or write to groups. I want my words to come from God. Thanks Stephen and God bless

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