I learned this term, Life Verse for single parents, at a Wednesday night bible study during my early walk in faith. It was a term I’d heard before but it really just flew over my head. A “life verse” is a scripture verse that speaks specifically to your life and it’s meaning is one that is personal to you. At the time, I really felt overwhelmed in having to choose one. Did you know there are well over 31,000 verses in the bible? I knew no scripture from memory and I barely knew where to find even the most common books for reading… well, except for Genesis and Revelation of course, duh!
As I went deeper and deeper in my faith, I grew closer and closer to God. I learned what true thirst and hunger is, and I was so excited about the person I was becoming spiritually. I began to see what God was doing in my life and it became apparent that the enemy knew how valuable I was. Things were happening in my life the moment I said “Yes!” to Jesus but I’m so thankful God snatched me just in time.
I remember the day I felt His presence. I was in living Florida at the time and on my way to a foster home for a visit. It was already an overwhelming day and I was dealing with a lot of stress in my home. For some reason I got lost en route even though I’ve visited the home a number of times. I had driven all the way South at the end of the highway when it dawned on me that I was heading the wrong direction.
I was suppose to be up North. After looking at the time and realizing that I would be at least 45 minutes late, out of nowhere I suddenly wept. I cried. I cried that cry when every bit of breath in you is squeezed out from the pit of your lungs. Oh, it was an ugly cry! Suddenly, I heard “Don’t you know how much I love you?” It was the most amazing moment. Every thing I’ve been through that brought me to that moment was flashing before my eyes. Rejection. Disappointment. Worry. Hate. Fear. Stress. Loneliness. All those events attached to those terms came to mind but the interesting thing was seeing specifically the hand of God taking me out of it each and every time – when God blessed me. When He showed up. How He sovereignly worked everything out in my favor. So when I was asked, “Don’t you know how much I love you?” the “love” refreshed me that very moment. NEVER, have I felt that kind of love.
It was during that time scripture spoke vividly and my life verse for may years has been from Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all you heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” It was what identified my life at the time. It called me by name. That wrong direction of me heading South instead of North, God snatch me, His daughter, and placed me in the right path. He did that for me! He did that for me!
When I felt overwhelmed and didn’t know what else to do. Looking at where I was and how I got there. Not being able to see a positive future for my kids and I. Shouting out and crying out to God, “What happened to my life!”
Over the years, I’ve saved many scripture verses that spoke to me in that same manner.
Jeremiah 29: 11 “For I know the plans that I have for you” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
When unexpected circumstances occurred and shook my comfort zone including When I felt mocked by those simply waiting for something to go wrong in my life as a single mom.
Romans 8:28-29 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”
When I felt the threat of loosing my job and worrying about income. Times when there’s more month than money and having to consider which bill is lucky to get paid. When efforts to seek help from the absent parent remain consistently unstable. I thought I wasn’t a good enough mother for my kids because of limitations. When I felt at any given moment, I would surely fail.
Isaiah 41: 10 “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am you God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Psalms 55:22 “Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”
Because I’ve advance to another season in my life, which I believe is the season of GRACE, I’ve carried a new life verse with me for the past 2 years,
1 Peter 5:10 “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”
There are many more I could share with you. These are just a couple of scriptures I’ve kept in my heart through the years and have even spoke against the enemy! Certainly, there’s no pressure to having a life verse, but in those stormy times where you need a bit of self encouragement, life verses immersed in your personal journey inspires you to pray, worship, believe and surrender.