Thursday, April 23, 2020

3 Reasons for Writers to Select a Writing Life Verse


A life verse is a verse of Scripture that one commits to memory because of its profound affect on the individual. It's a verse you tend to live your life by because of how much it influences you and your daily decisions.

My life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

To me, this verse means that when I put God first and trust Him with my life, He will let me know what He wishes for me to do and say and where he wants me to go. Daily.

In 2010, I had a bit of a mid-life crisis. (Early mid-life.) It was then that I knew God wanted me to be a writer. Because I've trusted Him with every aspect of my life since I came to really know Him in 1996, I trusted Him with my writing career. I stepped out in faith and pursued that area of my calling.

And He's directed my steps in my writing career, just as He has every other area of my life.

As writers, it's important to have a writing life verse.

Having a writing life verse does a few things:

  1. It gives us something to reflect on when we doubt ourselves as writers.
  2. It provides direction to our career. It points out purpose.
  3. It reminds us of Who called us to be writers and gave us the talents to do so.
My writing life verse is Psalm 45:1.

I also use this verse often:
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony...
(Revelation 12:11, NKJV)

I love the Lord. I love this life He has given me. I am blessed by Him. So I want my writing to bring Him honor and glory. And I want to be ready and willing to write what He directs me to write. Because I know that what I write (my testimony) has the power to help someone else grow closer to God.

Do you have a writing life verse?

Here is a list of other verses that may inspire you to claim them as your writing life verse:


This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord" (Jeremiah 30:1-3).

"We write this to make our joy complete" (1 John 1:4).

"Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry" (Habakkuk 2:2-3). 

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer" (Psalm 19:14).

"Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones" (Proverbs 16::24).

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things" (Philippians 4:8).

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" 2 Timothy 2:15).

 "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful" (Hebrews 10:23).

"And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works" (Hebrews 10:24).

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear" (1 Peter 3:15).

Tweetable: 12 Life Verses for Writers via @AlyciaMorales on The Write Editing

What is your writing life verse? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below!


  1. Great post, Alycia. Actually, Proverbs 3:5-6 has always been my life verse and has become my writing life verse as well. Thanks for sharing all the Scriptures! :)

    1. That's neat that we share a life verse! Thanks!