Forty verses for 40 years

Tomorrow is my 40th birthday. Four decades old. Wow!  I am excited to celebrate and reflect on the many ways God has worked in my life these last forty years.

God’s Word has played a big role in my life especially since I became a Christian twenty two years ago. To celebrate my birthday this year, I am going to share forty of my favorite scripture verses in four sets to represent each decade. My prayer is that you will be encouraged and blessed by reading God’s word.

Set One 

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28


“For the Lord, your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17


“He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.” Psalm 23:2


“My heart is confident in you, O God; no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart!” Psalm 108:1


“Be still, and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10


“I love you, Lord; you are my strength.” Psalm 18:1


“He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.” Psalm 23:3


“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” Psalm 18:2


“He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me.” Psalm 18:19


“In your strength, I can crush an army; with my God, I can scale any wall.” Psalm 18:29


Set 2

“God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.” Psalm 18:30


“Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” Psalm 116:2


“She believed that God would keep his promise.” Hebrews 11:11b


“But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15


“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”  Deuteronomy 31:8


“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14, NIV


“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31


“I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food.” Job 23:12


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5


“But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory.” 2 Chronicles 20:17


Set 3

“Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:6


“We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy.” Colossians 1:12


“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13


“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14, NIV


“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28


“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2


“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4


“For the word of God will never fail.” Luke 1:37


“Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders— he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. He’ll never let good people topple into ruin.”  Psalm 55:22, MSG


“For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.” Psalm 48:14


Set 4

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26


“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7


“For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me.” Luke 1:49


“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8


“The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10


“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” John 15:4


“Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.” John 21:25


“God is my strong fortress, and he makes my way perfect. He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.” 2 Samuel 22:33-34


“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3, NIV


“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah 26:3


God’s word is amazing

Wow!! I really enjoyed looking up verses to share with you. God’s word is AMAZING! It is alive and active. (Hebrews 4:12) Isn’t that just incredible? God’s word does not return empty. His word accomplishes what God intends it to. (Isaiah 55:11) Amen and Amen!

I am excited about my 40th birthday tomorrow. God has shaped and molded me to be more like Jesus over the last forty years. Through the highs and lows, I am grateful that God never changes.

Which of the forty scripture verses spoke to your heart and resonated with what you are going through? Please comment below. I would love to hear about it. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will continue to encourage and refresh your heart with His word.


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  1. Sue Archer on October 15, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Loved all the scripture. I looked each one up. Many were already highlighted in my Bible. Thank you for your insight.

    • Anastasia Corbin on October 20, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      I am so glad you enjoyed all the scriptures!

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I am a daughter of the King of Kings, wife, mom, friend, and bookworm. I love to encourage women in their everyday life. I also feel passionate about sharing God’s word. My desire is to provide a place for you to fall deeper in love with Jesus and be refreshed. I am so glad you are here! I hope you’ll stick around and enjoy reading these blog posts.



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