In the Beginning

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. 

– Four generations of love –

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! 

 

 

 

 

brenda

Hi, there! My name is Brenda McDearmon, and I love to encourage people! I created this blog to help overfiftyers to look beyond the transitions into a future of everyday adventure so they can focus on themselves a little, and on every other good thing in life a lot. I'm so glad you're here!

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17 Comments

  • Missy McClure
    January 8, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I love this message and would love to do the memorization with our grandchildren (now have 4 with another due any moment). I don’t think their parents would let us pay them but we might put it in a savings account for each one! Great plan and such a special way to pour God’s love and His Word into a child!

    • brenda
      Brenda McDearmon
      January 8, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks for commenting, Missy. That’s a great idea about the savings account. I also thought about some way to bind coloring pages into a book, and when we’re together, she and I can reinforce our memorization as we color. Your grandkids are so blessed to have you guys for grandparents. ❤

  • Sue Johnson
    January 8, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Love Love Love this idea. You are so blessed with this granddaughter but she is also blessed to have you for a Grammie! Thanks for the idea and praying for us all to accomplish it!!

  • Karen Weir
    January 8, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Brenda your blog really touched me today as I remember struggling with those very same feelings 13 years ago. I can truly say my granddaughter has been the most precious blessing God has ever given me. I love your idea of scripture memorization and I would love to try it with her. You definitely have a gift of encouragement and your blogs are so inspiring. Thank you. And by the way… you’ve had me crying all morning thinking of my little apple of my eye!

  • Wanda Finley
    January 8, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    What a wonderful idea!!! I will try to do the same with my granddaughters and great-granddaughter!!!

  • Candy Benoit
    January 8, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Oh my gosh – Love this so very much Brenda. How wonderful for you and her and truer words have never been spoken that this will be a great investment with returns that will last for generations to come. My heart is warmer having read your blog today. Thank you my friend.

    • brenda
      Brenda McDearmon
      January 8, 2017 at 11:51 pm

      Candy, you’re such a sweet friend and faithful encourager. Thank you for your kind words and for reading!

  • Jackie curl
    January 9, 2017 at 2:20 am

    What a sweet story and awesome idea! I don’t have a grand daughter yet, but I would love to join you, and try to do this with my God Child!

  • Jill Norman
    January 20, 2017 at 3:14 am

    I’m so glad you shared this with me. Highlight of my day. Your grandchildren are so blessed to have you and Mike. Such a wonderful thing to share with your granddaughter. 🙂

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