Sharing the Hope and Encouragement I Received
Do you have a “Life Verse”? Whenever I hear that phrase, I get a little squirmy, because I don’t have one Life Verse. I have a dozen! 😊 I always have a hard time choosing favorites of anything, because it’s comparing apples with oranges—each one has something unique and beneficial about it. But here are a few of my favorites, verses I return to time after time for hope, encouragement, and reminders (which I need often).
I believe that at least some of these verses will encourage you to hope and trust in the Lord, as they have for me.
Here is the list of verses that have helped me time and time again:
1. Jeremiah 29:13
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart (ESV).” This reminds me that God is not hiding Himself; He only wants us to turn our hearts to Him. When we do that, He is right there, waiting with open arms to receive us and be with us (Luke 15:20). Because Jesus is Emmanuel, “God With Us” (Matt. 1:23)!
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (ESV). This is my favorite practical verse right now: when I’m angry or sad or worried, this is the verse I can pull out, reminding myself to focus on the positive. I blogged an entire series about this verse, an introduction and a post on each of the eight positive traits. You can start reading it here.
3. James 1:17
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (ESV). Because James was the first book I dug deep into and studied word-by-word, I have a special place in my heart for it. This is one of my favorite verses from James, because it reminds me to give thanks for every good thing, and that they ultimate source of that good is always God. It also motivates me to give God’s grace to others, allowing myself to be conduit for His goodness to others through me. What a privilege!
4. Proverbs 13:20
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (ESV). When I was in high school, I met a girl at youth camp who reminded me of this verse. Every time I see it or hear it, I think of her and sing the old Steven Curtis Chapman song in my head:
“If we walk with the wise, we will grow wise
If we walk in the light, then our path will be bright, I know
There's someone who's already been where we must go
In the light of what they've learned, we find
That we will grow wise, if we walk with the wise
I've learned to look for answers in those born before my time
As I listen to them tell me what they've learned in their lives
I talk to friends with understanding much deeper than my own
And gain wisdom beyond measure I could never find alone.”
It also reminds me of another of my favorite verses, Daniel 12:3: “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”
5. Hebrews 11:1
“Now faith is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see” (New Heart English Bible). This is always a hard verse to interpret. Faith is a hard concept to understand, much less to explain. I tried to define it in this blog post. 😊
6. Psalms 91:2
“I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” (ESV). When I’m going through something hard, especially when I fear—yet again—this verse reminds me that I can always run to the Lord for everything, no matter how big or how small. He is my refuge, my defense, my fortress, the One who will protect me and wrap me in His loving arms. ❤
7. Joshua 1:7
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do” (NLT). There are things I can do right now, in whatever situation I’m in, to increase my chances of success. And I need the constant reminder to act even when I’m afraid; I tend to freeze with paralysis. This verse reminds me to keep taking the steps I know to do. Then He will help me successful. His definition of success may be different from mine, but I want His success.
8. Isaiah 41:10
This was my very favorite verse for years, one that got me through my years of fear as a child: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isa. 41:10; KJV). Do you see a theme? I was a very fearful child, and though the Lord has given me victory over fear, it still rears its ugly head from time to time. This verse is now one I can quote to my son when he’s afraid, too.
9. Matthew 6:27
“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (NIV). This whole passage always reminds me that worrying cannot accomplish a single thing. It reminds me of God’s faithfulness in providing for us, even in some dark financial seasons of our lives. And He will always provide the necessities of life.
10. Galatians 5:1
“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law” (NLT). Coming from a legalistic background, I need this reminder often. Because I love to-do lists and schedules and routines, I can easily make them my priority. I also need the reminder that not only is my flesh no longer a slave to sin—I don’t have to sin anymore. I am not free—free to be a slave to Christ, free to be a slave to righteousness, free to produce the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). You are freed from sin and freed to righteousness, too!
11. Jeremiah 17:9-10
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (KJV). Despite what Hollywood teaches, I’m not supposed to be just “following my heart.” My heart is deceitful and desperately wicked; I don’t want to listen to it shouting my own heart’s desires and playing on my emotions, drowning out the Spirit’s whisper to remind me of the truth.
12. 1 Peter 2:24
“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. ‘By His stripes you are healed’" (Berean Study Bible). Christ’s death brings me life; baring my sins in His own body brought me righteousness; His stripes have healed my soul! His perfect sacrifice has saved me, is saving me, and will eventually forever save me. He is therefore worthy to be our High Priest, touched with our infirmities (Heb. 4:14-16).
I hope these verses have encouraged you, too!
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