Your Theme Verse

What do you want? More importantly, what do you want from God?

Seeking God’s Truth from His Holy Word inspires me. Reading Scripture reminds me of how much I benefit from God and my relationship with His Son, Jesus. I also come face-to-face with how much more I need to know and apply.

This is where theme verses come in. Each year I ask God to direct me to verses relevant to what’s going on in my life and in the life of my ministry, Celebrate Kids. He is faithful!

Have you experienced the blessing of this practical use of God’s Word? Maybe you choose a word for the year. That’s fine. God has used theme verses to mature and motivate me. I’m grateful. It certainly doesn’t mean the verse or verses of the year are the only ones I pay attention to. But, the focus is a blessing.

Our Board of Directors meeting was last night so I knew God would again show me something relevant for this year. He led me to several passages that resonated with me that could have easily been justified as valid for the year. I ended up choosing these verses:

“The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary.
Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. … The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.”

~ Isaiah 50:4, 7

What Do I Want From God?

I want God to awaken my ear minute-by-minute to what I need to be taught. I want to use well the “tongue of those who are taught.” Both times, “who are taught” in verse 4 means “those who are discipled.” I want to be discipled by God – to grow up, to mature, to learn what I need to know.

And, why am I glad God will mature me? So I can “sustain with a word him who is weary.” As I write and speak, I want to be aware of people’s needs. Fatigue. Heartache. Concerns. Questions. Frustrations. Doubts. I praise God He uses me to speak life into people’s situations. What a privilege!

I have set my face like a flint.” All of us at Celebrate Kids are committed to continue on. At times, the work can be hard and discouraging. At times, we can be overwhelmed by what we seeing going on in the chaotic culture and in people’s lives. We will continue. We will not be distracted.

The Lord God helps me.” Oh yes He does! Without His leading, wisdom, clarity, love, and passion, I’d be dangerous. Ineffective. Tired. Lost. Confused. Unsure. Angry. Wondering.

All of Isaiah chapter 50 blesses me. I’m grateful God led me to see the relevance of verses 4 and 7 for these times. What verses might God have for you now and for the year? In case they inspire you, I’ll list my ministry verses since 1995. (God established Celebrate Kids in 1991, but I didn’t begin this until 1995.) Enjoy!

Theme Verses – Be Inspired!

2018 – Ephesians 3:20-21

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,

according to the power at work within us,

to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus

throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”


2017 – John 10:9-11

“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”


2016 – Psalm 104:34

“May my meditation be pleasing to Him, for I rejoice in the Lord.”


2015 – Psalm 107

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! …

Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.”


2014 – Proverbs 22:4

“The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor and life.”


2013 – Psalm 62:7-8

“My salvation and my honor depend on God, He is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.”


2012 – Psalm 29:11

“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”


2011 – 1 Kings 18:37, 39

“Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that You, O Lord, are God,

and that You are turning their hearts back again.”

[When people saw how God answered Elijah’s request, they cried,]

“The Lord – He is God! The Lord – He is God!”


2010 – 1 Samuel 12:24

“Be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart;

consider what great things he has done for you.”


2009 – Jeremiah 32:17, 18b-19a; 33:2-3

“Ah, Sovereign Lord, You have made the heavens and the earth

by Your great power and outstretched arm.

Nothing is too hard for You. …”

O great and powerful God, whose name is the Lord almighty,

great are Your purposes and mighty are Your deeds. …”

This is what the Lord says, He who made the earth,

the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is His name:

‘Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’”


2008 –  1 Corinthians 16:13-14

“Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”


2007 –  Isaiah 66:2

“This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.”


2006 –  Jeremiah 17:7-8

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.

He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.

It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.

It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”


2005 – Romans 15:13

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him

so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”


2004 – 1 Chronicles 29:11-13

“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.

Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; You are exalted as head over all.

Wealth and honor come from You; You are the ruler of all things.

In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.

Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious name.”


2003 – Psalm 90:17

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;

establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.”


2002 – Joshua 23:11

“Be very careful to love the Lord your God.”


2001 – Luke 1:49

“For the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is His name.”


2000 – 1 Timothy 1:2b and 2 Timothy 1:2

“Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”


1999 – Micah 7:7

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”


1998 – Mark 6:31b

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”


1997 – Romans 15:13

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him

so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”


1996 – 1 Peter 4:11

“If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.

If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”


1995 – Jeremiah 32:27

“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”