7 Amazing Bible Life verses that Rescued Me

Have you ever been on a long journey?  What thoughts pop into your head as you read that question? Some fun life experiences I hope!  There is a tremendous difference in being driven on a long journey versus driving yourself.  I remember as a pre-teen when me and my family traveled around the United States in a big old brown station wagon.

My brother and me spent the most time in the third seat of that station wagon. The seat had us faced towards the back window as we traveled down lonely highways, bumpy gravel roads, and busy expressways. The only signs we could see were going in the other direction.

This prompted us to inundate our parents with repeated questions like “Are we there yet?” “Can I have a snack?” or “How much further dad?”  We could not see the freeway signs that let us know where we were or what direction we were traveling but we had to trust our parents to get us to the desired destination.

Fast forward several years later and I admit I always loved driving myself on road trips.  Whether it was to go visit family, something related to my work, or an relaxing weekend getaway; there was something exciting about moving towards a new destination.7 Seven Amazing Bible Life Verses that  God continues to guide me on the Pathway of Life

This journey of life that I’ve been traveling has been filled with all types of bumpy roads, overwhelming challenges, and more than a few dark and lonely highways.  I am beyond grateful that my Lord and Savior has been right here next to me this entire time.   He guides me on the path He wants for me whether I am riding blind or those times when I think I know the way!

Looking back over the years, there have been several “divine road signs” that have directed me on my journey.    These “divine signs” are bible verse that have given me a a new life in Christ,  reminded me to trust Him,  and even prevented my life from falling into the abyss.

I was blessed with the opportunity to share this testimony of faith with those who attended my 50th birthday party last month.   There are so many verses to choose from but I want to share with you 7 of my favorite life verses from the bible and why they mean so much to me.

First Divine Sign: John 3:16. For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.”

I believe this may have been the very first bible verse I heard and memorized as a child.  I was five years old living on the second story of a farmhouse in Iowa overlooking giant walnut trees and my mom’s huge garden. I knelt down by my bed with my mother next to me and I asked Jesus to come into my heart.

At the time I believe I was more afraid of going to Hell and spending eternity there because I did not seek God as I grew older. I do not think I had truly grasped the responsibilities of being a Christian. In fact, by the time I was thirteen years old my focus was on athletics, girls, and earning money.

Second Divine Sign: Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the Lord will all your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”  

Funny thing about these verses.  When I was younger, I would bound down the stairs for breakfast.  My mother would greet me and kindly ask, “Have you read your bible and prayed yet?”  My shoulders would slump over as I slowly dragged myself back up the stairs to read my bible and say a quick prayer.

I am not sure why I picked those verses to read way back then.  Now as my faith in Christ continues to grow, I understand the relevance of these verses.  I know the true importance of trusting in God through the good times and bad.  

Recognizing that He is in control of everything and sees the big picture gives me hope.  He will give me the direction needed when I seek Him.  This is one of the first passages that come to mind when faced with things I do not understand.

Third Divine Sign: Psalms 27:14.   Wait on the Lord.  Be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.”  

When we would travel down those roads and I was not in the third seat, it always struck me the number of signs that read: food*gas*lodging 10 miles.  Remember those?   The advertisements for Howard Johnson also seem to pop up every few miles.  We loved it when we got to stop at a Howard Johnson for a bathroom break and food!

For many years my mother had this bible verse recited on her answering machine before the “we are not here please leave a message part.”  It used to drive me batty over the years waiting to leave a message!  I hung up several times instead of waiting or began to role my eyes when I would hear the voicemail.  I laugh now because waiting on God is necessary for every Christian.  When we jump ahead of God we are out of his will and that is not a place we want to be!7 Amazing Bible Life verses!

Fourth Divine Sign: Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans for welfare and not for calamity.  Plans to give you a future and a hope.”

My mother quoted this verse to me just hours after I had awakened from my stroke. She had just asked the doctor if I was going to be okay.  The doctor replied in a somber tone, “Your son will never be the same.”  I’m not sure how she was able to quote that verse as I could still visibly see the lump in her throat and feel her heart crying.  Up to that point in my life I don’t remember reading this verse before but it is one I will never forget! I listened intently as she prayed with me and tried to encourage me.

Now it is my desire to use my writing to remind and encourage Christians that God does have a plan for your life.  He wants you to have complete hope in Him…not in someone or something else.

Fifth Divine Sign: Psalms 23. The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside the still waters.   He leads me in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake.  Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow  of death, I fear no evil.   Your rod and Your staff they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies, You have anointed my head with oil, my cup overflows.  Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

When I was in the hospital, it was terrifying for me.  My brain was trying to heal from the injury.  The injury caused problems with my vision and my dreams became mostly nightmares.  It was a very confusing time for me.  I felt isolated especially during the time spent in Intensive Care. I would lay there sometimes afraid to close my eyes and fall asleep.  I could not believe I was lying there in a hospital. I would wake up sometimes hoping this was truly just a dream but the tiles on the ceiling were a cold reminder of  where I was.  

To try and comfort myself I attempted to quote Psalm 23.  I could only remember the first few words but would get confused trying to recite the first verse correctly.  I made a  promise to myself that when I got out of the hospital I was going to memorize the entire passage.  I’m glad to share that the Lord has now helped me to memorize Psalm 23. (typed it here today from memory!)

Sixth Divine Sign: Philippians 4:13.  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

It is easy to apply this verse selfishly.   This is not about doing what WE want and asking God for strength.  It took me awhile after the stroke but I have learned the true meaning of this verse.  God gives us the strength needed to accomplish His divine will.  He empowers us in the midst of His will  This was a verse I quoted to myself as I was learning to walk and talk again.  I feel that God has allowed me to survive the stroke for a reason and I am determined to fulfill His will for my life.

Seventh Divine Sign: Colossians 1:10.  “So that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord to please him in all respects; bearing fruit in every good word and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

This has become the “mission verse” of both my blog and my life going forward.  I want God to be pleased with every aspect of my life as I seek to live for Him.  I want to continue sharing to those who read about God’s transforming power.  He continues to guide me along this journey with verses from His living Word and they continually transform and empower my life.

It is my prayer that you will be on the lookout for those divine signs from God on your highway of life.  Keep pressing forward with your eyes on Jesus and He will show you the way!

 

Do you have any Life verses from the Bible?  If so , please share some of your favorites in the comments.  I wanted to add Romans 8:28-29 as a more recent entry to my favorite list. Especially since my recommitting to Jesus.

 

Safe Travels to you and yours!

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48 comments on “7 Amazing Bible Life verses that Rescued Me

Horace, these 7 scriptures are so rich with truth! I think one of the greatest lessons I have learned is to not trust my human perspective and to practice waiting. God is so very faithful and never fails. I’m grateful for the reminders weaved into your story also. Praying God continues to use you to encourage and bring hope!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you for the visit Crystal and your words of encouragement. I am blessed you enjoyed the post. I humbly pray God will use me to encourage many and give hope to all who read! I hope you have a fantastic week and may God richly bless you and yours!

Horace, When I was in 5th grade, I had to give my testimony at church. That particular Sunday was a day focused on the church’s school. For two weeks, I worried over having to stand in front of all those people and give my testimony and what it meant to me to be able to attend the Christian school. My mom knew I was not comfortable with the whole thing and she shared Psalm 34:4 with me. I memorized that verse and it has been one I use often. “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” I am thankful to able to hide God’s Word in my heart so I can use them when I need to. Thank you for sharing.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Wow! Thanks for sharing your story Lori. Sounds like your mom is very wise. I love that verse in Psalm 34. Yes, God has blessed us with His word and for that I am thankful to be able to hold His words close to my heart. Thank you for visiting today. Always encouraged by your thoughts. Have a fantastic Sunday and may God bless you and yours!

Mom

I always felt God had a special plan for your life, but I had to wait for His timing. God has been sooo Faithful. His Word indeed will not return to Him void. I thank God for you Sweetie! Hugs!!!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    I know I was fighting it for many years but serving Jesus is the best thing ever! Through the pain, the trials and tribulations; He has always been here watching over me. Thank you for your prayers and support mom. Love you!

Horace, I enjoyed reading bits of your story intermingled with these verses that have meant so much to you over the years. The thing about your mom putting Psalm 27:14 on her answering machine is so funny! I have many favorite verses, but the one I always go back to when asked has got to be Deut. 31:8: “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” I hope you had a great birthday!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks for the well wishes Lois. The birthday party was amazing! I love this verse in Deuteronomy. Thank you for sharing. I glad you enjoyed the verses I shared. God continues to bless me every day with His word. I hope you have a fantastic weekend and blessings to you and yours!

Horace, how blessed you were to have such a faithful, godly mother. Love all these verses, and loved reading how they’ve impacted your life. Thanks for sharing! Hope you had a great birthday. (oh, and I remember many a trip in that way-back seat of the station wagon…) 🙂 Sweet blessings to you, friend. ((hug))

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Haha… I admit I loved those road trips Brenda. It was a fun way to be exposed to new things, people, and cities across the U.S. My mother is truly a blessing. She has been praying for me as long as I can remember and for that I am thankful. God continues to use her to bless our family and many others. I continue to be blessed by these verses in some way throughout my life Always great to hear from you Brenda. Blessings to you and yours too, friend

Wonderful post, Horace! I love all of those verses! What a great blessing to stop by and visit with you! Thank you so much for sharing! GOD bless you, my friend!

Oh, and please let me know when your book is finished. I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Tai for visiting. Always great to hear from you! Glad you were blessed by these scriptures from God’s word. They continue to inspire, comfort, and give me hope in my Savior. Blessings to you and yours as well. I will definitely let you know once the book on Prayer is complete. God continues to inspire me to share and I pray it is a blessing to all who read. Getting closer to completion each day. Blessings to you as well, friend!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Elizabeth for stopping by. I am thankful for God’s saving grace and a mother who loves the Lord. God has guided me on my journey using verses from His word and I will hold these verses close to my heart as I seek to live for Him. Thanks again for visiting. Blessings to you and yours!

I love every single verse here! Such great encouragement from God’s word, Horace. I have a couple that I often cling to: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 AND Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

So glad that the fullness of God’s word is always available to us!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you for the visit Tiffany. I’m glad you were encouraged. I like being introduced to new scriptures from God’s word and those are definitely two gems right there. Thank you for sharing and yes I too am so thankful that God gave us His living word that speaks to us uniquely. Have a fantastic week as we head towards Fall…hopefully. May God continue to richly bless you and yours!

      I enjoyed hearing your favorites, Horace! It’s so hard to boil them down to just 7, right? God’s Word never fails and He never forsakes. Your life is a shining testimony. Praise the Lord!

        Horace Williams Jr Post author

        Yes, I know Kelly! My list of favorites continues to grow as I spend time in God’s word. What a treasure He has left us to guide us on our path. Thank you for visiting today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours!

Horace- those verses are life-filling verses! My favorite is sign 4. When I struggled through a hard time with anxiety, this became my verse. God has a hope for me and a future. I could cling to this verse because God had my future in His hands!
Great post!
Blessings to you Horace!
Julie

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Amen Julie! Yes,they are life filling verses. I’m glad you picked up on the “divine sign” mention throughout:) Jeremiah 29:11 is such a verse of comfort and hope. i’m glad to read it was a blessing to you as well Thank you for the visit and sincere comment today. I so glad you enjoyed this post. Have a wonderful week and may God continue to richly bless you and yours!

What neat verses alongside great stories, Horace. John 3:16 is a keeper, isn’t it? I believe it was my 1st memorized verse as well. And what a great mama you have. She fed you well. 😉 Those seeds produced fruit. #goJesus!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Kristi! It took awhile for those seeds mamma planted began to bear fruit in my life. I am thankful for her prayers and God’s guiding hand leading me on the path that He desires. Blessings to you and yours!

I enjoyed this so much, Horace. Having grown up the daughter of a traveling evangelist, I can certainly relate to those car trips, anxiousness, and trying to stay entertained {and at peace with my 2 younger brothers}. But I would not trade anything for those memories now. And every verse you shared is a favorite of mine. Thanks for doing what you do! {Visiting today from #MomentsofHope where we’re neighbors.}

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Karlene for visiting. I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I agree; I would not trade those memories of traveling with my family. I am thankful for the scriptures that God has used to guide me on my own life journey. Thank you again for visiting. I hope you have a fantastic week. Blessings to you and yours!

I love this, Horace. This line drew me – “He guides me on the path He wants for me whether I am riding blind or those times when I think I know the way!” Oh, so true. God’s love is so faithful and unconditional, isn’t it? I love all the verses you share and how God used them in your life. They encouraged my heart. Thank you. God has used many verses at one time or another in my life. I think Romans 8 is especially dear to me as there are so many verses in it that help me through this journey again and again. Also Isaiah 41:10 – “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with me righteous right hand.” Blessings to you!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Amen Trudy and thank you for visiting. The verses in Romans 8 are very comforting indeed and I love Isaiah 41:10 too. I am so thankful for God’s unconditional love and grace that He blesses us with. He will give you the strength to persevere through your pain and illness. Thanks again for visiting. I hope you have a wonderful week and God bless you and yours!

Hey there friend, this is good stuff. And I have the same vivid memories of riding in a 3rd seating area in one of those cars! I love how you tied that in here. I am so glad you are better now but even more glad you are shining God’s light for all to see. Keep shining!

These are some great verses, Horace! I’m so glad you wrote a post about this! What a blessing on your 50th birthday to share these. They’re some of my “go-to” passages as well.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Yes Betsy. I am thankful that God gave me the opportunity to share these verses and my testimony with my loved ones and friends. Such an honor that God left us His word to guide us on life’s journey. Thank you for the visit today. Always a blessing to hear from you. Have a fantastic week and God bless you and yours!

These are wonderful life verses, Horace. My husband and I have claimed Joshua 1:5-9 as our family’s verses. For myself, I have Psalms 19:14 and Hebrews 12:14. Isn’t it amazing to have these precious verses we can lean on when we need extra encouragement? We are blessed to have access to God’s Word.

Thank you for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    These are great verse Lori! I just looked yours up. Those are powerful…I may have to add them to my list. Yes, it is such a blessing to be able to carry these verse in our heart as we travel along this journey called life. Thank you for the opportunity to share at Thankful Thursday. Praying everything gets finalized in your move and you leave Montana in the rear view;) Blessings to you and yours, friend.

Hello Horace,

All of the verses listed are a part of my arsenal through life’s bumpy journey. One of my verses which remind me of God’s favor is: “For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor, You will surround him as with a shield.” – Psalm 5:12

God’s favor surrounds me with a shield.

P.S. I love the story about the Bible verse on your mother’s answering machine.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks for visiting and your comment Yvonne. I love that verse in Psalm 5. I will have to remember that one! I am thankful for God’s protection and provision on my journey. May you and your fiance continue to seek Him in all that you do. Blessings to you and yours!

Horace, what a wonderful group of verses to not only guide your life but share with all of us. I could not help but notice that you mentioned your mom several times. As parents, we are so instrumental in the development of our child’s faith. It will never develop by accident. We must be intentional in growing in our walk with God. This post spoke to my heart on several levels today. So glad we were neighbors this morning at Thought Provoking Thurs.! Blessings!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Hello and welcome Joanne! Thanks for visiting here today. Yes, my mother has played an instrumental role in my life. Her and I have always been close. In fact, she enjoys proofing my posts for the site too. I thank God for both my parents and the love they give me. I agree with you; I like the thought of being intentional in our walk with God. In any relationship, when you are intentionally investing in the other person, the benefits in return are amazing but with God they are priceless! Thank you again for visiting today. Such a pleasure to “meet” you. I hope you have a fantastic weekend and may God richly bless you and yours!

All my favorites, Horace! So much hope in each of those verses!!! I also love the road trip story 🙂 I never did enjoy the road trips, though, until I was a Mama and my kiddos were old enough to sit quietly and watch movies! lol! It was my time for reprieve 🙂 Now, I love them!

Blessings, friend!
Lori

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Lori for your visit and the opportunity to share! Our road trips were epic! We loved to travel and this was before DVD players were around:) We played sight games looking out he window looking for things..anything to keep us entertained. I was not much for reading back then but I love to observe. Anyway, I’m glad I was able to share these verses and the story behind them. I thank God for the hope He gives each and every one of us. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and may God richly bless you and yours!

I’ve found that Bible verses grow in meaning and significance as we journey with God. This one has been a mainstay of my writing and life in general: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It’s not by human might or power but by His Spirit that we achieve. And it becomes crystal clear when we need (and rely on) God’s grace and strength to sustain us on a daily basis. Blessed by my visit, Horace. This is a beautifully encouraging post! Thank you for sharing these wonderful verses.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Amen Joy! That is so true… these verses have definitely grown in meaning in my journey with Christ. It has been such a pleasure to “meet” you this week. I love what you are doing with your site, wordsofjoy.me. May you continue to spread joy to all who visit. I thank God for his grace and for bringing alongside other Christians to encourage and support on this journey called life. have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours!

What a wonderful collection here of life verses, Horace! I love every one. Psalm 23 is one of my all time favorites. I recite it in my head almost every day and it never loses its meaning. Thanks for sharing these and the important roles they played in your life and recovery. Special!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Lisa! It is amazing how these verses from God’s word have taken on such special meaning in my life. I thought about adding Isaiah 40:31… “mount up their wings as eagles” as another favorite one but I might have do a series of posts to list all of my favorites. These though were the verses that I wanted to share with my loved ones at my 50th last month. I am thankful God has given me the opportunity to share here as well. Have a fantastic weekend and God bless you and yours!

What an honor to read the verses God has used to shape you into the man you are, one who has overcome adversity with grace and faith. The latter verses take on a deeper meaning reading about what you were going through when God brought those verses to your attention. I’m blessed by your story and the verses you share:)

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks for the visiting Caleb! Thank you for the kind words. I am blessed that God has been with on this journey guiding me into His will. I’m glad to read you were blessed! I hope you have a wonderful week and may God richly bless you and yours!

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