Why Everyone Should Have a Life Verse

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I think everyone should have a life verse that casts a vision for their future. Plus--get a free download when you sign up for The Modern Mary newsletter.

My Life Verse

Psalm 40:1-3

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him.

What is a life verse, anyway?

A life verse is a part of the Scriptures that can become a touchstone in your faith journey. It can illuminate, reassure, uplift, and energize us to live a life you’re called to live in Christ. Once you prayerfully pick out your life verse, you will probably start to see or hear it everywhere. That’s what happened to me–it was showing up in books, sermons, podcasts, and Bible studies.

It’s like a secret language between you and God.

Do you have a life verse?

A few years ago, after reading The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, I decided to circle specific pieces of scripture in my Bible for myself, my husband, and each of our kids.  God’s promises for our lives that I could pray over.

It took a while, but after a lot of prayer and searching, I came up with the perfect life verses for myself and for each of my people.

Why do YOU need a life verse?

  1. It will give you a specific way to pray for yourself, your husband, your kids, your home….
  2. It helps cast a vision for your life (or the life of the person you’re choosing the verse for)
  3. It helps to make the Bible personal–as if something that was written so long ago was written just for YOU.

How do you choose a life verse?

I started with prayer–asking God to lead me to exactly the right piece of scripture. Then I started thumbing through my Bible for pages with a lot of writing or where the pages were worn–because I thought maybe God had already shown me what I was looking for.

After that, I looked online for ideas–and that ended up being where I found most of my answers. I totally feel that God led me to each of these verses because they are perfectly suited for each of my guys.

Because my kids are young, I chose their verses for them–but if your kids are older, they might have some ideas of their own. I also picked a verse for our family as a whole.  (I also picked out my husbands because, at the time, I didn’t think to ask him.  Haha–but as it turns out, it’s perfect for him!)


Now for the good stuff–a FREE PRINTABLE!

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I think everyone should have a life verse that casts a vision for their future. Plus--get a free download when you sign up for The Modern Mary newsletter.

I created this printable for my family as a way to record all of our life verses in the same place. I keep it with my Bible so that when I’m praying, it’s right there!  I’d love to share a blank copy with you–it’s all black and white, so you can color it in to your heart’s desire.  After you sign up using your name and Email address, you’ll be sent a confirmation and once you confirm your Email address, a link to the download will be sent to you.  Enjoy!


Let me know how you like it–Oh! and also–I’d love to hear what YOUR life verse would be!


3 Reasons YOU need a life verse--and how to find one. Also--a free download "life scripture log" #lifeverse #Printable


  1. Mary says:

    Oh my goodness- I LOVE this! I never even thought of having a life verse. I know some people have personal mantras or sayings that they repeat throughout the day- but I never thought to do that with a verse. It’s a beautiful thing to keep close to your heart and a great reminder! I know what I will be doing this weekend 🙂

  2. Valerie says:

    I love your printable! I would love to have a life verse for each of my family members! Mine is Psalm 71:16 “I will go in the strength of the Lord God. I will make mention of your righteousness, of Yours only. O God YOu have taught me from my youth and to this day I declare your wondrous works. Now also, when I am old and gray headed until I declare your strength to this generation,”

  3. Tiffani says:

    My life verse is Philippians 1:6 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.

  4. De Bolton says:

    I do have a life verse one for myself and my family has one too. I also gave my daughters each a verse and their handprints are over it in our family Bible! I agree life verses are great to check and balance yourself.

    • Ally says:

      I have always loved the idea of a family Bible! That sounds like a good Christmas gift idea…thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. Pamela Kuhn says:

    Love your printable!

    My life verses:

    I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD;
    I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. O God, You have taught me from my youth; and to this day I declare Your wondrous works. Psalm 71: 16-17

    My writing verse:

    My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.” Psalm 45:1

  6. Kristi says:

    Such cute printables!

    The verse that I’ve been hanging onto for dear life this year is Psalm 16:8 – I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

  7. thyristor says:

    If it were important for us to have a life verse — if this was truly necessary — then surely the Scriptures would have mentioned this. Nowhere does it even hint at this concept.

    Personally, I recognize that certain Scriptures may have more meaning for me than others at certain points in my life. This is entirely different from having a life verse, though. As a rule, I think it’s much more important to dwell on the entire counsel of God rather than considering one’s life to be directed by a particular verse.

    • Ally says:

      Yes…I agree with what you’re saying–the image of “dwelling on the entire counsel of God…” gives me chills…love the idea of that!!

      With that being said…I think it’s important to “chew” on scriptures. And for every season of life there is probably a different verse that “fits”

      Thank you so much for your insight!

  8. Dawn says:

    I love this post! My life verse is Psalm 46:10 – Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

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