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Valentine’s weekend is a wonderful time to pause and reflect on the beautiful sacrificial love that the Lord has toward us. This week, I thought I would share a verse that has meant a lot to Brett and I, and a practice we’ve put into place since our first year of dating. Brett and I met the fall of 2011 and it was pretty much instant attraction on both sides. =) We were both trying to find creative ways to be able to get to know each other and Brett found out I was memorizing Psalms 34 for one of my classes. He graciously volunteered to memorize the chapter with me and set a time each week to say the verses to each other. Little did I know he was trying to create extra time with me, but had I known, I wouldn’t have minded one bit. =) When we had memorized the chapter, we decided to keep sharing verses with each other and one verse in particular became very special to us.


Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.


Shortly after we shared this verse with each other, Brett ended up in the hospital with a blood clot! Part of the clot had broken off and was making its way to his lungs. Thankfully he made it to the hospital in time for the doctors to be able to stop the blood clot from progressing. I remember sending him a text message with the verse Joshua 1:9 while he was in the hospital and that night it became “our” verse.  When Brett asked me to be his girlfriend, he gave me a hand-made card with the verse written on the front of the card. I thought it was more romantic than anything else he could have chosen. Throughout the next few months, there were many times we sent that verse back and forth to each other encouraging each other in the Lord, but our biggest test came in March 2013 when my dad became very ill and without much warning, went home to be with the Lord. The words; “Be strong and of a good courage” were like a balm to our hurting hearts.


Joshua 1:9 will always be “our” verse, but each year, we have prayed and asked the Lord to give us a specific verse for that year. Every year, we are amazed at the verse the Lord gives us and how it encourages us through trying and joyful times.


Here are 3 things Brett and I do when picking a verse for the year:


  1. Pray and ask the Lord to guide you.

Matthew 7:7 tells us that if we ask, it shall be given to us. The Lord knows what our year holds and He knows the exact verse that will be an encouragement to us.

  1. Read your Bible every day.

The Lord won’t be able to show you a verse if your Bible is closed.

  1. Once the Lord shows you a verse, memorize it!

You won’t always have your Bible on hand, but if you have the verse in your heart, those words will always be close by when you need them.

Do you have a verse that the Lord has given you for the year 2016?