In the beginning.
Three very powerful words. Pregnant with possibility, those words.
In the beginning, I had no idea how we had gotten there.
After a long, hard haul…
After a season of much despair…
After dinners with consoling friends…
After long bubble baths in a tub full of tears…
And after counseling with our pastor…
She was born.
Three very powerful words. Packed with possibility, those words.
Together, we started afresh.
Together, we napped while her Mama was at work.
Together we danced around the room, slowly swaying to lullaby tunes, easing the colic.
Together, we rocked on the front porch, out in the country.
Together, we mended a broken heart.
During all that napping and dancing and rocking, a lofty goal began to take shape in my heart. It was so lofty that I didn’t want to mention it to anyone. So I prayed about it for a long time. And I did my due diligence, thinking through what it would require.
And then, about a year ago, I became brave enough to tell my then 7 year-old granddaughter about my plan.
I want us to memorize a verse from every book of the Bible – together.
Even though her mom is the most amazing single mom, and she could surely do it if she wanted to, I saw this as a job for a Grammie.
A Grammie who would have done it as a Mom if she hadn’t been so busy doing laundry and making grocery lists and talking on the cordless phone.
A Grammie who, more than anything else in the world, wants her granddaughter to know Jesus, to know how much he loves her, and to be confident, in the dead of her darkest night, that he’s right there with her.
So, she said, “OKAY!”
(And then I promised to pay her $10 for each verse she memorized.)
We started at the start –
the very first verse…
on the very first page…
of the very first book…
of the Bible.
We’ve completed 12 out of 66 – BUT THIS YEAR, 2017, we plan to memorize the remaining 54!!!!! Do you know how many $10 bills that is??
There won’t be anything else this whole year that I’d rather be doing.
Looking back, I’m even less sure of how we got here – but I’m infinitely more thankful that we did. During that teary counseling session with our pastor, we heard him wisely say:
“This baby will be the apple of your eye.”
Eight prophetic words. Proclaimed with promise, those words.
He couldn’t have been more right.
Encouraging intentional adventure with the apple of your eye,
PS – The verses that Kynzie and I are memorizing will be the theme of my Sunday posts this year. I hope you’ll consider joining us on this journey, by yourself or with a child you love. Memorization comes so easily to their young minds, making now the very best time to help them hide God’s word in their hearts. Feel free to comment below if you want to jump in and do it with us – or if you just want to encourage us to power through!
Next verse: #2. Exodus 34:14