First John 4:19 was the first verse I learned by heart: "We love because he first loved us."
And as I've sat here in the dark this morning by the light of the tree, thinking and journaling and reading and praying about this year that's just begun, God brought it to mind again.
If you've been around here for a while, you know that the girls and I memorize Scripture together every week as part of our Bible curriculum for the Heim School. It's become part of the Memory Monday meme I've done for the past two years.
But after I read Beth Moore's post about the Scripture Memory Team the other day, I felt God prompting me to participate. To memorize just for me. And to memorize verses around the theme of LOVE, the word that God has impressed on my heart to focus on in the upcoming year.
So, all that said, the first verse I'm going to learn this year is the first verse I ever learned--but from The Message this time.
Oh, and not sure I mentioned this before, but Bible study starts again on Monday. We're going to be doing Loving Well. Coincidence? Not likely.