I grew up in a Christian home. I don’t ever 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 attending services. These times anchored my faith and formed me into the person I am today.
I think back on many wonderful memories of those days. I loved attending church camp with old friends, making new friends and spending time in nature. I enjoyed my time as Girl Guide (A Canadian group like Girl Scouts). I laugh when I think of the Christmas when we did a live nativity scene in the church parking lot. I laugh because the temperature was -15 degrees Ferinheiht and snow covered the ground in huge snow drifts. Each child only stayed outside for fifteen-minute intervals to avoid frostbite. Once inside the church, we all got our fill of hot chocolate to warm us back up.
As a young adolescent, my parents encouraged me to select a verse out of the Bible and make it my life verse. Mom explained that I should pray for God to provide such a verse and then to pay attention to any verses that kept showing up in my church events. I followed her advice, and soon I did notice a reoccurring verse. 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. “
I memorized my verse, and I recite it often when l find myself struggling with a situation in my life. This verse is the anchor of my faith when the storms of life blow me off course. I find comfort in the words when I walk through times in the desert when God seems 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 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.
Finding your life verse does not have to be a complicated process. After a quick search on Google, I found many sites that can help you with this process, including quizzes you could take to help with the selection. I think the best method is asking God to show you a verse and then waiting to see what 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 pick again. As life changes, there is nothing wrong with looking for a new verse to fit the new season of this life.
I would love to hear about your life verse or the process you went through to pick one.
Yvonne with Orphan Relief Effort
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”