Why You Need A Life Verse

Have you ever thought about a life verse?

I never really understood the impact of a life verse until I became an adult. I thought it was just your favorite verse, or the first one that you had ever memorized as a kid.

It is so much more than that though! Life verses aren’t just one you like the sound of or one that is easy to memorize. It is your war cry, your comfort, your encouragement.

It’s what you turn to when you are in a good mood or a bad mood. It is perfect for every situation in your life.

Something like that is powerful! I am not sure why everyone doesn’t have one.

Life Verse quote

So how do you use a life verse?

Well, here are 4 ways that I use mine.

My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

1. When You Are Under Attack

When I am under spiritual attack, I speak truth. The only truth that we know to be powerful like a weapon is scripture. I quote Jeremiah 29:11 over and over and over, until I feel God’s peace.

Quoting the truth of a life verse will protect our minds from the attack, and help us see the lies that are being shot at us.

For me, spiritual attacks normally consist of doubt. Doubting myself, doubting God’s goodness, and doubting that my future will be good.

Jeremiah 29:11 reassures me and reminds me that God is good all the time. He can be trusted.

2. When You Need Joy

God’s Word is alive and powerful, agree? (Heb. 4:12) It can change us and make us more like God. Scripture tells us to meditate on scripture (Psalm 1:2).

When we focus on the truth and power of God’s Word, God will fill us with His joy! It will give us joy because we will be getting to know God and His Character. There is nothing more joyful than that!

Quote your life verse when you need joy and a pick-me-up!

3. When You Need Peace

Phil. 4:7 says “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

God promises us this peace. But we have to be active to seek it out and ask for it. When we fill our minds with truth, we will get rid of the anxiety that the world’s lie’s cause. God will give us this peace and comfort that the world can’t even begin to understand!

4. When You Are Witnessing

When we build relationships with others, they should be able to see the stark difference between us and the world. This leads to questions like “Umm, how in the world do you stay calm and happy when the world is falling apart around us!!”

When you get these questions, you can easily respond with, “Well, I get my peace from God. I trust Him. Here’s a verse that He has specifically led me to.”

People will be awed that a simple “quote” can give us so much peace. But, as the relationship grows, they will begin to understand that God’s Word’s aren’t just mere quotes.

So, how do you go about getting a life verse? Well, it has to speak to you. If you have never felt that God has spoken to you before, here is your chance. Pray and ask God to send you a verse. When He gives it to you, you will know for sure.

It may smack you in the face, but it is normally a still, quiet voice. You know that it wasn’t something that you thought.

Also, dig into your Bible! Seek one out!

Here are a few suggestions

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight.
Philippians 4:13 I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.
Romans 3:23  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Psalm 5:3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you and watch expectantly.
1 Thessalonians 2:12 we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to live worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
1 Timothy 6:12  Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of eternal life to which you were called and about which you have made a good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
2 Corinthians 12:9-11 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and in difficulties, for the sake of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. I have been a fool; you forced it on me. You ought to have commended me, since I am not in any way inferior to those “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing.

If you have any other suggestions for a life verse, leave them in the comments!

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How To Be A Beautiful Woman

According To God

Our culture pushes women to be beautiful no matter the cost one moment, and then, with the same breath, tells us not to let others tell us what to do.

A beautiful woman, according to culture, should show whatever she wants on her body, should never let a man tell her what to do, and should do whatever it takes to get what she wants.

To me, that sounds exhausting! To be honest, this woman is not someone I would choose to be around. She is selfish, certainly not calm, and pushy. Not my type of friend.

With all of this confusion on how to be a beautiful woman, how are we supposed to figure this out?

Luckily, God tells us what a beautiful woman is to Him. (Spoiler alert! This is totally the type of person I would choose to be around)

How To Be A Beautiful Woman

If you haven’t read this weeks ***Scripture Sunday*** go do that now to see where I will be pulling from.

An Example

Titus 2

So, first Paul addresses older woman. They are to be calm and control their tongue. They shouldn’t be gossips just because they have seen a few things. Instead, they are to use their wisdom and experiences to teach the younger women! Also, they aren’t supposed to drink excessively.

Older women are called to be an example to younger women. They are to show them how to be a beautiful woman, not just tell them.

 

A Beautiful Woman

  1. Respectful

    Beautiful women, according to God, should first respect their husbands. This version of the Bible says to “love” their husbands. Most men, however, feel that love through respect. If there is no respect, they don’t see any love.

If you are single, then you should show this respect specifically to the men in your life (also do this after you are married, this is just your specific calling now). How a woman treats her father will show how she will treat her significant other.

When you hang out with your single guy friends, don’t just treat them as any old girl friend. This can lead to a closeness that should be saved for a serious relationship. You could be sending them mixed messages about your intentions and desires. If you just want to be friends, great! But treat him like a brother in Christ. Do things together in a group. Don’t treat him like a boyfriend. That way, you will be showing him the respect that you both need!

2. Loving

Beautiful women should also love their children. Children are such a gift from God. They are so impressionable, though. God wants you to pour your love into your children so you can point them back to His love for them.

If you don’t have children, love other people’s children. I love my niece and nephew like nothing else! I am in a position to really pour into them and show them love, along with their Mom and Dad. I really believe this will bring them such security when they get older.

If you don’t have any children in your family to love on, that’s okay! Get involved in children’s ministries either at church or in your community. Love on them there. Make them feel special and important. You will be blessing both the kids and the parents.

3. Self-controlled

A beautiful woman is a self-controlled woman. This woman does not explode at her husband, children, siblings, or parents. She controls her tongue and her actions when people are able to press the wrong buttons and get on her last nerve. She shows grace in her actions and power over her desires.

She is not able to do this of her own power, but she relies on God for this. When she just wants to let her desires lead, she lets God align her desires to His. She chooses between right and wrong, and she is not afraid to say no.

4. Pure

A beautiful woman is pure. She isn’t pure because she remained a virgin until she was married or because she only dated one guy. She gets this purity from God. She is pure because, as a child of God, her sins are washed clean. She turns back to Him for forgiveness and grace when she trips up, and she is constantly praying for a pure heart and mind.

God is using her prayers to change her behavior to be more like Jesus’s. He is ever shaping her and leading her actions.

5. Workers At Home

A beautiful woman works at home. This does not mean that she is never allowed to leave the house, or have a job outside of the home. It just means that we are supposed to make our home a good place. It is to be a loving and safe environment, and, as women, it is our job to do this (God tells us this because he knows women are just a little bit better at this than men).

6. Kind

What would happen if every person on earth was kind to one another? Could you imagine the world like that? It would be amazing right! Even though we will have to wait for God’s new world for that, God calls a beautiful woman to show the world His way now.

We are to show kindness to people. We are to show them God’s better way. We cannot show them that if we are not kind. Kindness rubs off on others! It is contagious.

A beautiful Woman Quote

7. Submissive To Their Husbands

A lot of people mistake the actual meaning of this. Being submissive to your husband does not mean you are a door mat and obey to his every “command.” It means that, as long as your husband is seeking God and speaking truth, we should encourage him by working with him and seeking God together. Since you both will be chasing after God’s will, there won’t be a “telling the other person what to do.”

However, if your husband is seeking after God and sees that you are sinning, he does have the responsibility to call out our wrong behavior and work with you to right it. We, as beautiful women, have a responsibility to let him lead us toward God. (This is why it is so important to choose to marry a Godly man!!!)


I hope that this clears up any confusion that our culture may have given you about what is a beautiful woman. God’s way is always a better way, and that includes the definition of beauty.

I encourage you to dig into this topic for yourself and see what God tells you specifically!

Scripture Sundays

Titus 2:3-5

“3 In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not slaves to excessive drinking. They are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, workers at home, kind, and in submission to their husbands, so that God’s word will not be slandered.”

How To Forgive Others

Even When We Don’t Want To

Forgiveness is a difficult task. This world teaches to hold onto resentment and that you are a strong person if you are tough and mean. It teaches us to watch our backs.

As believers, we know that God has our backs. We know that it takes a strong person to be kind, especially when our instincts tell us otherwise. This is wisdom. And it comes from God.

Forgiveness may feel like swimming upstream. Why should we willingly let go of some wrong someone did to us? No one else does!

Well, we are called to be different from everyone else. God wants us to be set apart and noticeably different. It’s so people will notice, and then ask us why we are the way we are. It’s an important opportunity to point them directly to God.

Forgiveness is a big part of this testimony. It doesn’t make sense to people to willingly forgive without holding a grudge. They just can’t wrap their heads around it because true forgiveness comes from God. We have to have His help to forgive.

Even knowing and believing all this, it can still be really hard to forgive. We have to have the right heart for it. We have to let go of the hurt and rejection we feel to forgive. God can do that for us, but we have to give it to Him first.

THAT is the hard part.

We know that when we give all of this hurt, anger, or rejection over to God, He will take it completely away from us. But a lot of the times, we don’t want to give that away. We want to hold onto it, because in the moment, it feels good. It makes us feel powerful. Like we have control over the hurt that they dealt us.

How to forgive others quote

We have to face the lie that holding onto hurt gives us power over these feelings.

The only thing that gives us power over our emotions is giving them to God.

So, until we release these feelings to God, we cannot truly forgive others.

Forgiving others also becomes much easier when we dig into what God says about it.

Matthew 6:14-15 says “For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your offenses.”

That is a hard verse to swallow. But I don’t believe in sugar-coating God’s Word’s.

If we don’t forgive others, we will not be forgiven. This is because everyone has been given grace. Absolutely everyone. Not everyone takes this free gift, but it is offered to everyone equally. How amazing is that!

However, when we except this free gift, we will now be responsible to give it out. This is because we didn’t deserve our forgiveness in the first place. God was still amazing to give it to us though!

Colossians 3:13 “bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive.”

When we feel that others don’t deserve our forgiveness, we are right! They don’t! But that is the whole point of grace! It was given to us freely without us deserving it, so we should give it to others, especially when they don’t deserve it.

Ephesians 4:31-32 says Let all bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”

So freely give those hurt feelings to God. He will free you of bitterness, anger, rejection, wrath, and anything else the world tells you to hold onto. These will only hurt you, not help you!

When God takes them, though, He won’t leave you empty. He will replace them with kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.

Filling our minds with these truths will make it so much easier to forgive! Download this free verse card to read every time you need these reminders! Forgiving Others Verse Card

How To Forgive Yourself

Have you ever messed up? Like, really messed up?

You don’t ever do that sort of thing. Your aren’t even sure why you did it in the first place!

You probably felt confused and very guilty. I know because I have been there. You feel that you have to gain back everyone’s trust, and that is a daunting task.

You may be able to gain their forgiveness, but the worst part? You aren’t sure if you can even forgive yourself! Where do you go from there?

Well, you now have 2 choices.

  1. You can try to earn everyone’s forgiveness (even your own) and try to be the perfect human being. Which you will be disappointed with.
  2. You can choose forgiveness.

Before anyone else forgives you, you have to forgive yourself.

There is no way around it. You won’t be able to let anyone else’s forgiveness heal your own wounds, until you let go of your hurt.

It’s hard, but important.

How to forgive yourself quote

Before we go any further, read this weeks Scripture Sundays about forgiveness.

Now that you have scripture in your head, here are 4 steps to take to forgive yourself.

1. Identify The Behavior

First, we have to pinpoint exactly what the behavior was that caused this hurt. This may seem easy, but make sure to be as specific as you can about this. For example, “I said hurtful words to this person because I was hurt by their previous words or actions” is more specific than, “I said hurtful words to this person because I was angry.”

Once you have identified the behavior, then ask yourself, “why was that wrong?” Dig into scripture to find your answer. You can also go to Got Questions. They give solid Biblical answers that are backed up by scripture.

2. Make A Change

Now that we have identified the behavior and we know why it’s wrong, we have to be determined to change for the better. You have to ask God to help you with this. We may be able to change on our own power for a little bit, but without His help, we will always revert back to our old ways.

Make it a priority that every morning you ask Him to give you a new heart. To take this behavior from you and help you to change. He will be faithful.

3. Fill Your Mind With Truth

In order to make any changes, we have to change our habits. If you don’t already, start every morning with God. Find a good devotional, reading plan, or just read your Bible from front to back.

Spend time praising God and getting to know Him.

Then, fill your mind with even more truth throughout the day. Be cautions of the certain music, the entertainment, and the people you fill your head with. Make sure they are all speaking truth to you.

This will invite God’s presence with you throughout your whole day! You will be sure to see a change.

4. Remember That You Have Been Given Grace

The final step to forgiving yourself is to actually do it. You have to now let go of your hurt. This will be a much easier task when you remember Who has already forgiven you.

Here is 100 Verses about how Jesus has paid the price for our sins. You don’t have to read them all, but just read a few. Fill your heart with them.

We will always be forgiven when we turn back to God. That is a promise!

Knowing that the Creator of the Universe forgives you freely, without strings attached, should fill you with so much hope and forgiveness! Let that grace sink into your soul and heal all of your broken places!

Leave all of your hurts and regrets at the cross (visually if you need to), and know that God always welcomes you back with open arms!

Verses On Forgiveness

Setting the stage

Forgiveness is tough. It’s against human nature to put an offense to the side. To hand over your hurt, anger, and rejection to God. To not only co-exist, but to be kind to the one who caused you all this pain.

I sometimes wonder what our world would be like if we all had a heart to forgive. If we didn’t bring up someone’s wrong every time we saw them or mentioned them. If we could move past everyone’s mistakes.

No one is deserves forgiveness. Not even me. We all deserve death for our sins (Romans 3:23). But God gave us grace. He said “Ya, you have messed up. Let Me give you another chance. And another after that. And another after that.”

Grace is something that we get when we don’t deserve it. Like forgiveness. 

Since we are now being remade by God, we are called to give out grace. To forgive when others don’t deserve it, because we didn’t deserve it either.

This week I will be talking about how to forgive yourself and how to forgive others. This is important, not because it helps out the person we are forgiving, but it lifts a heavy burden off of us.

When we don’t forgive others, we are the ones that are really getting hurt from it. We hold onto hurt, anger, and rejection when we choose not to forgive. These feelings can do immense damage to us because they feed us lies. Forgiving others frees us from those lies and hurts, and gives us more satisfaction and contentment.

There is so much that the Bible has to say on forgiveness and I am only scratching the surface.

If you are struggling to forgive someone (maybe even yourself), fill your mind with these verses and pray over them. I find that the best way to fight off any of the world’s lies is to fill our minds with truth. Overflow with truth so nothing else can creep in!

Forgiveness Verses

  • 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
  • Matthew 6:14-15

    14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
  • Luke 17:3-4

    3 So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
  • Ephesians 4:31-32

    31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
  • 1 John 1:9

    9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
  • Isaiah 43:25-26

    25 “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. 26 Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence.
  • Acts 3:19

    19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
  • Isaiah 1:18

    18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17

    17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
  • Ephesians 1:7

    7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
  • Hebrews 10:17

    17 Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
  • Daniel 9:9

    9 The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;
  • Colossians 1:13-14

    13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
  • Psalm 103:12

    12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
  • Numbers 14:19-21

    19 In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.” 20 The LORD replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked. 21 Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the LORD fills the whole earth,
  • Micah 7:18-19

    18 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
  • Matthew 6:9-15

    9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from the evil one.’ 14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
  • Mark 11:25

    25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
  • Matthew 26:28

    28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

 

 

Scripture Sundays

Matthew 6:5-15

5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 
6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 
7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 
8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 
9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name, 
10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 
11 Give us today our daily bread. 
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
13 And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from the evil one. 
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 
15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.