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30 POWERFUL Bible Verses for Every Battle [+ Free Printable Verse]

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am certainly not a faith expert—if that’s even a thing for anyone who isn’t named Jesus.

I haven’t been to seminary (although I was accepted once). I don’t lead a church. I’m not on some powerful Elder board. I do not have “Pope” written on my business cards.


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But here’s the beautiful thing about following Jesus:

he is obsessed the broken, the hurting, the unfiltered, the stuck, the exhausted, the super unfamous, the pornstars, the underdogs, the unpolished speakers, the burnouts, the addicts, the untouchables, the salt-of-the-earth regular, broken, messed up humans like you. and me.

I mean, sure, He loves the Kings and the Justin Bieber’s too, but His specialty is to raise up the David-types who are crazy enough to take on the Goliaths—to find the unlikely, authentic, underrated Hobbits and use him or her to change the freaking world.

And in case you’re still on the fence, those God calls upon are often… reluctant.

Take this scene with Moses:

Moses raised another objection to God: “Master, please, I don’t talk well. I’ve never been good with words, neither before nor after you spoke to me. I stutter and stammer.”God said, “And who do you think made the human mouth? And who makes some mute, some deaf, some sighted, some blind? Isn’t it I, God? So, get going. I’ll be right there with you—with your mouth! I’ll be right there to teach you what to say.”He said, “Oh, Master, please! Send somebody else!” -Exodus 4:10-14

No wonder my middle name is Moses.

Okay that’s a lie… although Samuel MOSES Eaton does add a certain amount of street cred.

Last week my (very large) Church asked if I would share my story on video to be used during one of their services. I took a deep breath as my stomach dropped and barely said, “Sure.”

I don’t ever enjoy telling the story of my suicide attempt. Helping people? Yes. Spilling my crap out for everyone to see? Hard pass.


A few days later, two cameras and microphones were set up in my living room, all of us crying and crying as I share the insane pain and desperation of those weeks.

And oh by the way, this amazing church of mine is going to use this video in all of their Christmas services—at all 8 of their campuses—and show it online to their 40,000+ weekly viewers.

Fear. Nerves. Moses-worthy excuses.

Yet, I was reminded for the quajillionth time that truly following Jesus isn’t about never making a mistake as so many religion-minded folks would have you believe. We all have struggles to confess.

For all have sinned and all fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

Following Jesus is actually more about the courageous, stomach-turning times we reluctantly utter “sure” than trying to be perfection re-incarnate.

Cuz guuuuuuurl you ain’t no Jesus. mmmmmkay?

Please, if you’ve got big struggles in your life, don’t bury them: get the help you need to break free.

But instead of beating yourself up for the past, send up an honest confession to God, tell someone about the stuff you’re struggling to change, accept that He has forgiven you by sending his son Jesus to die on the cross, and GO LIVE ALREADY.

Go enjoy your life. Go take a homeless person out for lunch. Step into a church for the first time since you got stabbed in the back. Step into a counselors office. Go ride the tallest roller coaster in the world.

DO SOMETHING AWESOME.

And take little steps every day to move towards God, whatever that looks like in your life.

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“What changed for you spiritually after the attempt?” Travis, the videographer extraordinaire man asks from behind the camera.

I was so nervous I don’t remember what my actual answer was. Something about “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” I think.

The unglamorous truth to how the trajectory of my life changed?

I spent time building a relationship with God. I read my Bible. I volunteered in tons of different ministries where we constantly learned and taught about Jesus. I spent two weeks in missionary training and 4 week serving in Zimbabwe. (Followed by trips to Haiti and Puerto Rico).

I did little things day after day that moved me towards God. I messed up, stood back up and tried again. And again (and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again).

So whether you are brand spankin’ new to this awesome Jesus thing or a season-salted Bible expert with shoulder-pads, everyone can learn and grow from spending time in this really old, beautiful and confusing book.

Do you struggle with the Bible too? Check out these posts about my journey with this book.

  1. 10 Ways to Fall in Love With Your Bible

  2. 7 Bible Verses Christians Hate

  3. 6 Reasons to Quit Reading Your Bible

  4. 75+ Ideas for Choosing the Perfect Life Verse

And because I’m decidedly not a faith expert, I asked you all two questions on Instagram:

  1. What are your favorite Bible verses?

  2. What Bible verses have gotten you through the hardest times?

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After receiving over 200 responses, I took the most common answers (and threw in a few of my favorites). Along with the list, I created a set of 30 Bible Verse Printables that you can print and hang out anywhere you will see them.

And because we’re homies, here’s one of my favorite verses for free.


The set of ALL 30 verses are available in the Recklessly Alive Etsy Store in a variety of colors!

So without further adieu, SHOW ‘EM THE VERSES!


1. “And we know in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” -Psalm 8:28

2. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9