Finding your life verse

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Do you have a life verse? If you are unfamiliar with what this is, it’s a verse from scripture that speaks to your heart, almost as though it was written for just you.  It’s very personal, and usually there is a story behind why we are drawn to that particular Bible verse.

This concept of a “life verse” was pretty foreign to me until about ten years ago, when I started hearing many Christian speakers talk more and more about their own “life verse” and tying it into their personal testimonies.  I liked the idea, and sought out my very own life verse.

Like trying on dresses, I looked in some of my favorite books of the Bible, starting with Romans.  Good stuff, but nothing seemed to fit.  I went on to Psalms.  David was so lyrical when writing this book; surely I could find something beautiful that fit my own life.  Nope.  I liked a lot of verses, but as soon as I closed the Bible, I couldn’t remember the verse. Like Cinderella’s step sister who wanted that pretty glass slipper to fit over her rather large and not-so-pretty foot… these verses were lovely, but didn’t fit me.

Over the next several years, I put the life verse search out of my mind since I was truly busy with my own life, children and marriage.  Honestly I began to think that maybe I didn’t need one.  If asked, I was just planning on saying something really pseudo-intelligent, like “How can ONE verse define my life when the whole Bible is so full of truth and relevance?”  Truth is, even in this, God’s timing was different than mine.

Let’s fast forward ahead to October 2006.  Our marriage had gone through quite a rough patch, and just as we were getting our lives back on track, my husband was diagnosed with a life threatening auto-immune disease that had caused him to go into renal failure.  While my husband fought to get into remission for several months, it was in the spring of 2008 that we received the diagnosis that my youngest son had autism.

It was a crazy time for my family. I felt so unprepared to deal with everything that I had been given. There were days I felt like I was carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders. Through it all, I never felt God had abandoned us, but I was so scared.  I remember trying to devour books on all the medical conditions and treatment options that my loved ones were going through.  If I inundated myself with facts, it would take my mind off of the “what if’s”.  It worked… for a little while.  Then the knowledge itself overtook my fear of the unknown!  What is that saying? — Too much knowledge can be a bad thing?  Yes, it can be!

We were left fighting a disease that would not respond to traditional therapies.  My husband, now on dialysis, was in need of a kidney transplant. But we couldn’t even begin that process until he reached a state of remission.  The transplant process, once started meant more months (or years) of waiting and watching!  Would we find a donor or would he be placed on the almost ten-year waiting list? Would his disease flare within that time period and knock him off the list?

At this point he was so ill, that all he could do was work a little then come home and sleep.  Because of my background in medicine, many of the medical decisions were left up to me.  It was a frightening place to be.  I felt so inadequate, but at the same time, knew that we had no other advocate.  So I pressed on, and continued to pray.

My prayer became one of desperation, “Please God, tell me what to do… Give me a direction.”

It was during one of my husband’s chemotherapy infusions that I was reading my Bible.  I came across Proverbs 3: 5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

Upon reading this passage, the weight seemed to lift off of my shoulders! The tears that streamed down my face were the validation that I had finally found my life verse.  It was a verse that would never have meant as much to me in the years before I had lived through this season of life.  But at that moment, I felt as though that verse had been written just for me. It defined me, inspired me, and to this day, still strengthens me.

Almost a year after being diagnosed, and several therapies, my husband did finally reach remission.  After going through a year and a half of dialysis and being placed on the UNOS waiting list, he was blessed to receive a healthy kidney, donated by his cousin, in November of 2008.  He is still in remission! He and his new kidney are doing great!

Have you found your life verse?  Please share it with us, and if you are willing to tell us, we’d love to hear your story!

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Jeanna Gipson
Jeanna Gipson

This season of my life is Proverbs 31: 10-31, last season was Philippians 4:13

alecnspencer
alecnspencer

Thank you for the explanation.  I was curious what it meant to have a life verse.  I googled it and this came up.  Mine, I've decided, is Matthew 6:25.  "Therefore I tell you do not worry about your life...."  That one speaks to me like it was written for me.  (My biggest problem throughout my life is worry.  I could write volumes but I will leave it at that). 


Anyway thank you for sharing your testimony.  I really appreciated it.  Glad your husband was able to get the kidney transplant and that he is doing well!!


Sincerely,


Alec Spencer

Studio City / CA

ricarich01
ricarich01

Like this story, before I dont know how to define my life verse..it didnt came to me just like a passerby..I asked it to my household head, how will I know if irs my life verse..she told me that you'll know it!!! It was during those times that when im focus to my career and nothing happened, I asked myself why? Then when I started turning to God again, attending Singles for Christ activities, then I started to feel better and have peace of mind..then things one by one started to be in he right form..then it comes to me that when I put God first, everything put into places,, then I search that line as I remember from the bible "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all thigs shall be added unto you".this is matthew 6:33..For this may God be praised!

wanwansmom
wanwansmom

mine is from exodus 23:20"Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared."i came across this verse the day i had my interview for a working visa at the canadian embassy in manila, philippines. i have this prayer book which i read every morning before getting off from bed. as i opened it that morning,i was so nervous, anxious & doubtful. i was seeking for a sign from God if i am going to make it. surely after i read my verse for that day, those negative feeling went right away. God truly is amazing. He is true to His promise. I got my working visa as an RN and few years later, i applied for a canadian citizenship. It was almost 10 years ago but the verse still remains in my heart & will be forever in my heart. God indeed sent an angel and brought me to the place which He prepared especially for me. i can't thank you enought for all the wonderful blessings you have showered upon me.

eleonor dapig
eleonor dapig

i'm blessed everytime i read a testimonies! to God be the Glory!

Nate
Nate

My verse came to me after 5 years training and working as a missionary airplane pilot. Missions work was a second career for me after after 11 years training and working in wildlife-biology. I was flying airplanes as part of some of my biology work and when my wife and I felt God moving us into full time misson work we figured aviation is what we had to contribute. We started down the path of support raising and gaining the required training while raising our two boys. The relocation and uncertainty was initially unpleasant but managable, then it eventually became our new"normal" and we enjoyed most of the training phase. Finally after four years of preparations we finally recieved an overseas position in Africa. We packed the family up and moved over. Once on the ground at our service location things did not go well for us on many levels and then one night our course changed abruptly. Our oldest son had fell from the second story loft in our grass roof house and sustained a life threatening head injury. I rushed him to a nearby clinic where the staff were not hopeful of his survival... The next morning we witness the beginning of an unfolding miracle. My son woke with full awareness and returned to full health in the weeks that followed. However the expreience filled us with the "why" questions and to a deep reevaluation of our lives. Within a few months we left that place of service to return home. I contiued to fly as a profession and feel confused over the whole exprience. As I traveled I began to pour over my Bible and search God's word for answers and clarity. I was in one of those valleys people talke about for sure. Then God's most basic promises I had always known began to take new life: "I am always with you", "All things work for good who love Me", "I will be your provider"... it was an incredible journey back to contentment for me... then one day on a freight run I was reading from Proverbs...16:9 In his heart a man plans his course but the LORD determines his steps. That's IT! I clearly found my lifes verse. As a pilot, I know how to plan a course but I don't know for sure if I will have to divert somewhere along the journey. GOD's got a plan.

Kathy
Kathy

For so many years our lives were defined by what "WE" were doing...what was on the schedule. What was the next phase or plan. After the unexpected loss of my husband job due to 9/11, our plans were on hold. What to do next? The fear and worry and busy work of trying to figure out what to do almost consumed me. Until, I realized the word "wait" in this scripture does not mean "do nothing" it means "waiter" as in server or to serve. Psalm 27:14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. And while this will be a LIFE verse and "season" verse I'm thrilled to have offered to the Lord as we move into a new area of life and we wish to serve the Lord in work and at home and in ministry is also found in the book of Psalms: Psalm 90:17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. Thank you for sharing your heart.

Sandy Cherrie
Sandy Cherrie

Isaiah 41:10 " So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." When I was in labor getting ready to give birth to my second child at home, I was saying/memorizing that verse with every contraction. It was an awesome distraction to the pain. The amazing thing was, a year later when I ordered my daughter's name plaque (meaning of name and a Bible verse) THAT was the verse on her plaque!!!! And He has been helping, strengthening and holding us all these years!!! That was 28 years ago!! God is GOOD!!

Beth Stone
Beth Stone

Psalm 139:14 - I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. I have been disabled all of my life. I have never asked why, and I have never once thought I missed out on anything by being disabled. Until I got married. You see, Ron is able-bodied. When we were just dating, I never thought how that would affect us. He was/always has been a kind, loving man, who never made me feel disabled. Then, we got married, and our relationship felt different. Not different in the way most married couples do once they get married. Our difference was in that I realized that instead of my mom, an attendant, or some other person helping me with my daily needs, he would be doing that. Something I had never experienced before regarding someone caring for me, crept in. Guilt. Now, I try to be as independent as possible, but there are still things that he does for me. Every time He did something for me, I would feel so guilty that I had put him in this position. Though this wasn't a shot gun wedding. He chose to marry me. I just couldn't accept that. Then, I found this verse quite by accident. It told me that He loves me just the way that I am, and he made Ron for me, to love me just as I am. So, instead of feeling guilty, I now praise Him for bringing such a wonderful, Godly, man into my life. I am so blessed!