Sometimes in life something wonderful and unexpected happens, and then it happens again. Several months ago I was in North Carolina visiting my dad. Jay and I went into a Chick Fil-A to get food before heading home. Suddenly I heard my name, “Ms. Sharon!” I turned around and when my eyes adjusted, I recognized a dear friend who had been one of my students at the small Christian school where I was principal and teacher several years ago. I hugged this dear one and was introduced to her two year old! As we were getting ready to leave, she gave me a gift I did not expect. She told me she still had the scripture key ring she had gotten at school and was teaching the A to Z verses to her little boy! This was incredible to me. It was a promise fulfilled and a dream come true.
Just yesterday, another one of my students, now a college graduate and teacher visited our church. She told me she had been thinking about me often as she was now a teacher herself, and said that she used her A to Z verses all of the time.
Nick, my own middle son designed the banners displaying the verses you will see each day in April. When I asked him if he needed me to send him a copy to make the banners, he said, “Puh-lease!” I could say them blindfolded!”
That was the whole idea. That these forty students who attended our school from 2001 to 2006 would get these verses in their heart so that they would always have them. The fact that they are still using them and passing them on to others is more than I could ask or think. I know there are others of the 40 who could be awakened in the night and if the letter,” F” was called out, they would sit straight up in bed and say, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
I know that perhaps some of our students have for a time fallen away from what they believed and what was dear to them, but the things they have learned and the reality of truth and Christ is still alive in their hearts and will bring them through in the end.
I am inviting you to take the adventure that 40 students and teachers took to learn and live the A to Z verses. You live them by getting them deep in your heart (through repetition and meditation) and allowing each verse to come alive in you. I promise you your life will be enriched.
Taking one a day and living with that verse throughout the day is only the beginning. After April is over, you can take one a week until these verses truly become yours! Once they are yours, no one can ever take them away from you, and you can pass them on to others. This is definitely an adventure you don’t want to miss!
How it works:
If you haven’t already done so, subscribe to the blog, so you won’t miss a day. Come by each day to get your verse. Take the verse with you everywhere you go. As you brush your teeth, open the door, or whatever triggers you to think of the verse, say it or think ten times each time with the reference said on number 5 and 10. At the end of the day, if you think you haven’t said the verse at least 100 times, tally them up until you have. You will not regret it. Be sure to leave comments sharing your adventure with us! Let’s get started!
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