At the End of My Rope: "One Day at a Time"  

 

Many of the songs that are meaningful to Christians were born out of human adversity. That would be an understatement concerning the writing of the song “One Day at a Time.” Its author, Marijohn Wilkin, went from one mountaintop of joy and success to another, but between those peaks were valleys filled with excruciating mental suffering. 

Ernest and Karla Melson were blessed with just one child, Marijohn, born to them in Kemp, Texas, in 1920. Ernest played violin, piano, or led the singing at First Baptist Church of Sanger, Texas, and Marijohn quickly followed in her father’s musical footsteps. By age five, she could play the piano by ear, and one year later, when her hands had grown a little larger, she could immediately repeat the songs she heard her father play. 

A straight-A student, by age fourteen Marijohn was thrust into the family business, Melson’s Veribest Bread, when Ernest was stricken with cancer. She did a variety of tasks, from store deliveries to working in the plant. Before his death three years later, which was a devastating blow to Marijohn, Ernest secured a twofold promise from her that she would go on to college to study music, and that she would take care of her mother. 

Though she spent long hours in the bakery, Marijohn graduated as salutatorian of her high school class. This, coupled with her tremendous musical ability, earned her a scholarship offer from Baylor University. She attended Baylor for a short time before opting for a smaller school, Hardin-Simmons University, where she also was granted a full scholarship. At Hardin-Simmons, she was invited to join the University Cowboy Band as the only female member ever. She excelled in college as a musician and a singer, and was given numerous unusual opportunities to travel and perform with the Cowboy Band. 

Three years after she graduated from college, Marijohn’s husband, Bedford Russell, whom she had married two months after commencement, was killed during World War II in South Africa, where he was a pilot. Rising above the sorrow, Marijohn continued as a schoolteacher and sang as an alto soloist in her church choir. She also made an attempt to write songs but thought so little of her efforts that she didn’t keep the manuscripts. 

By age thirty-seven, she had moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she became one of the leading songwriters in the country music industry and founded Buckhorn Music Publishers. By this time, she had remarried and had a young son named John Buck. She wrote more than four hundred country songs, and many of them rose to the top of the charts. She was associated with such stars as Mel Tillis, Johnny Cash, Patti Page, Charlie Pride, Patsy Cline, Glen Campbell, and many others. One of her writers at Buckhorn Music was Kris Kristofferson. She published more than seventy-five of his songs. 

Amid the acclaim, money, and success she enjoyed as a country music songwriter, Marijohn stopped attending church and eventually became addicted to alcohol. On more than one occasion, she attempted suicide. But God, in His merciful grace, spared her life. 

At age fifty-three, Marijohn wrote her most famous song, “One Day at a Time.” Here’s the story behind the song, just as she told it to me: 

“I really could not understand why I was having so much success in the country music field. Although I had enjoyed quite a rush as a country writer, I had reached the end of my rope. I truly felt that I had been called to be a gospel writer, but I couldn’t seem to get there. I was in the music scene up to my ears in Nashville. Wherever it was ‘happening,’ I was there, helping to make it happen. Yet I became frustrated! I’d had it! 

“I stopped by a small church and asked a young minister if I could talk with him. I found out later that I was the first person he had counseled. I drove up in my new, midnight blue Cadillac, dressed in a full-length mink coat with sparkling jewelry and my cowboy boots. I said, ‘I have all kinds of problems.’ He looked at me and said, ‘You look like you don’t have any financial problems.’ I answered, ‘No, I don’t.’ He said, ‘You look pretty healthy.’ I said, ‘Well, I guess I am.’ He then asked, ‘What is your main problem?’ I said, ‘I don’t know.’ He didn’t seem to know what more to say to me. 

“At that point in our conversation, he said a funny thing, but it was okay, because it worked. He asked, ‘Did you ever think about thanking God for your problems?’ (Ephesians 5:20). I left his office and drove back home. 

“When I reached the house, I found it was empty, and I was glad. I sat down at the piano and began to play and sing—out loud—the entire chorus to ‘One Day at a Time.’ ‘That’s all I’m asking from You. Just give me the strength to do every day, what I have to do.’ It just dropped into my heart. And when I had finished singing, my ‘Nashville mind’ said, ‘That’s a hit!’ That was the first thing that popped into my head. I then recognized that the song was a prayer—and I got some relief. 

“I wrote the chorus on the back of an envelope as fast as I could write. I then continued to sing, ‘Do You remember when You walked among men? Well, Jesus, You know, if You’re looking below, it’s worse now than then.’ I wasn’t quite sure the Lord knew where I was. I’d never quit believing in Him, but I was in Nashville and God was in heaven, and never the twain shall meet. I really didn’t know if God actually knew where I was. I realize that some don’t believe that, but that was where I was at the time. 

“The following morning, my mind went back to the song. I had the second verse and the chorus, but somehow I couldn’t get the song started properly. Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge, who were married at the time, were in town. They had just had a huge hit, ‘Why Me, Lord?’ written by Kris. Their recording had won a Dove Award for them. I called Kris and asked him to help me with the first verse. He had written songs for my company, Buckhorn Music, and we’d had some pretty big hits as a publisher. 

“When I showed him how I started the song, ‘I’m just a mortal . . .’ he looked at me and said, ‘Why don’t you say, “I’m only human, I’m just a man . . .” I said, ‘That’s good! That’s what I need.’ We finished the first verse in about twenty minutes. The lines just flew out from each of us.” 

The song, first recorded by Marilyn Sellers, rose to become the number one song in several categories. In this country, it was first a hit on the country charts and then it crossed over to the pop charts. It was the number one pop song in England, the number one country song in Ireland, and among the top ten in two other countries. Each recording has been by a different artist in that particular country. It has long since passed the six hundred mark in artist recordings and has crossed over into the Southern Gospel Music genre. 

Marijohn Wilkin, as a singer, went on to record four fabulous albums for Word Music. “One Day at a Time” was on the first album, which she titled I Have Returned. It was Marijohn’s way of letting America know that she had come back to the Lord. She is now a happy, alcohol-free Christian and has written approximately three hundred gospel songs. In 1975, she was once again honored, this time with a Dove Award. She shared the platform with other winners, including Brock Speer and James Blackwood, both of Southern Gospel Music fame. She continues to make her home in Nashville. 

Reflection 

Though each day of our lives can bring seemingly insurmountable challenges, always keep in mind that God has stated He will never leave us or forsake us. Be at peace in His presence today.

LETTING THE MUSIC OUT 


 

I have a great friend, Dave Roberts who is Sr. Pastor at Montrose Church in Montrose, Ca. I have borrowed this excerpt from a recent sermon series he sent me, because I love it's truth Hope it blesses you.
                                               http://montrosechurch.org/​
. Dave and Cyndi Roberts



Psalm 19 

“Many people die with their music still in them…  Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.”  (Oliver Wendell Holmes) 

  

I love the thoughts in that quote.  There is beauty to the thought that our lives let out music, but there is also a warning in those words that should strike a little fear into our hearts.  I am pretty sure your life emanates sounds.  You are leaving a sound track.  I suppose the greater question is what is the genre of your sound track?  It’s a very simple principle.  Many people die with the music still in them.  They spent their lives emitting noise rather than music, or music so dissonant that it was a constant source of irritation.  Which is more true of you?  Do people in your presence and path tend to cover their ears?  Don’t hide.  Don’t be dishonest.  You know in your heart if it’s true or not.  Do people seem to cringe when you talk?  Just to be clear…that’s a ‘you’ problem not a ‘them’ problem.  Paul wrote: 

  

Ephesians 4:29 (NIV) — 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 

  

Do people cringe when you speak or do they dance?  It’s a simple question, but it’s hard to really face the answer.  Sadly, all too soon our time to let the music out passes and… “Many people die with their music still in them…  Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.” 

  

So What If You Believe? 

One of the reasons we don’t just Breathe is because way down deep we have heart problems.  You need good roots to breathe, but you need a good heart too.  So many of us have adopted a philosophy that says as long as we believe the right stuff, that’s all that matters.  Certainly we are saved by faith alone and not by our works.  This is not a question of earning our salvation or deserving God’s grace or love.  Salvation is the free gift of God’s grace, but discipleship, living out that salvation will cost you everything.  Jesus said: 

  

Matthew 3:8–10 (NIV) — 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. 

  

James picks up the theme: 

  

James 2:14–19 (NIV) — 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. 

  

A good heart moves us to action.  It moves us to let the music out.  The music of salt and light of words spoke that edify and build up.  Jesus elaborated the thoughts in the Sermon on the Mount: 

  

Matthew 7:15–20 (NIV) — 15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 

  

What soundtrack are you leaving behind.  Music or dissonance?  It’s heart problem .  Jesus explained it like this: 

  

Luke 6:45 (NIV) — A good man (person) brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man (person) brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his (their) heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 

  

Paul joins the biblical reasoning with this: 

  

2 Corinthians 9:6–7 (NIV) — 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 

  

To rest, to breathe, to find peace and share it, means we have done some good work in our good hearts and one of the ways we check the health of our heart…is the music that comes out.  No excuses.  No looking away. No blaming others.  Too many Christians die with the music in them… 

  

The Soundtrack of God 

The psalmist, in this case David, is writing a poem.  Scholars say two poems really, but I think poetry is large enough to encapsulate the two thoughts into one masterful poem. If you listen carefully you can hear David hinting at the soundtrack of God. Let the beauty of it, the music of it, inside your head and more importantly inside your heart: 

  

Psalm 19 (NIV) — For the director of music. A psalm of David. 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. 5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth. 7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. 11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12 But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. 13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. 14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. 

  

Let me offer you four insights into the depth of what David is communicating.  

  

1. God Clothed in Glory - David is deeply rooted in the belief that no person can see God and live.  We just couldn't handle the beauty of it, the holiness of it.  Seeing nature is not seeing God.  David joins with the uniquely Jewish theology of God in putting it out there that God is not nature or more accurately to his culture, nature is not God.  God is invisible, but He clothes himself in glory.  That glory for David always includes nature.  The heavens, the stars, the earth, everything in it for David was the clothing God puts over His invisibility so that his glory might be seen.  Nature is not God, but God is every present in nature. He’s behind it. He’s Lord over it.  As if to reinforce this idea David mentions the Sun.  The great empires of the world worshipped the sun and moon as God’s.  David sets his theology forward and clearly.  The beautiful imagery of his day of the sun, a god galloping across the sky is pulled into the visible glory of the invisible God who commands and tracks and sets the sun in it’s place wit these words, “In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. 5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.”  God clothes himself in the glory of nature so that he may be known, please hear this, so that he may be known by the visible actions of his glory displayed day after day, and night affect night and wonder upon wonder.  Even God’s glory must have some literal fruit to accomplish its purpose! 

  

2. You Don’t See, You Hear - So for all of the sense that nature is the clothing God puts on in order for God’s activity to be made known, the poem is not at all about seeing.  It’s about hearing.  The poem is to be set to music.  In our scientific culture we think it is the seeing that reveals the deepest truths, but listen to the lyrics of the song: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”  There are no words, no sound but their voice goes out.  There is a soundtrack to the universe that consistently displays and reveals the glory of God.  It sin’t just some kind of wonder and awe though that is certainly present, it is also meaning and purpose.  The The universe is not merely matter.  The God behind the matter uses each element of nature to shout His message of meaning and purpose, of love and grace, and…. this is important… the message that God is consistently creating and recreating, bringing order out of chaos, and light to push back the darkness. The Hebrew here which in the NIV reads, “The voice goes out,” could be literally rendered, “the tune goes out…”  It is masterful writing.  There is a soundtrack of the universe. 

  

3. The Word Resonates the Music - Now what some consider the second poem ensues.  The point is the same though the source of the music is different.  Now it is the law that David understands as the clothing God wraps around Himself so that His activities might be seen and have literal impact on lives and hearts and journeys.  “7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. 10They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. 11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”  The law means nothing.  It represents merely notes on a page.  There is no music until faith comes to open our ears and our hearts and then the music soars.  It lifts the heart and the mind and offer life and love and hope.  Without our deaf ears opened they are rules and regulations and limitation, but with faith they are light and knowledge.  Emmanuel Kant said,  

  

• “The sky above us and the moral law within us witness the same God.”  (Kant) 

The law is not God.  That’s pretty important.  Just like nature s not God, the law is not God either, but God is the conductor behind the music and the law is also clothing He puts on in order to make His love and glory literal and practical.   

  

4. Please Heal Our Deafness -  Finally David turns his attention to the other important reality to this symphony of God’s glory, the listener, himself, us!  He prays for the deafness to which we human beings are so prone.  So he prays that the listener might be healed of his deafness, “12 But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. 13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. 14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”  It is a plea to fix what I am blind to see and deaf to hear.  I’m going to need divine healing if these ears are ever to fully hear and this heart to take in: 
• what God has done for me  
• and what God asks of me!   

David after this recitation on the law now mentions two specific kinds of sin. The kind that are hidden and unintentional.  The sacrificial law made room for such sins, but next is willful sin.  There was no sacrifice for willful sin, particularly two with which David is all too familiar, murder and adultery.  Do you realize the impact?  In a land ruled by law David sings the music of grace.  the law is not God but reveals and sings his glory.  The score rises with a declaration that tIw ill be blameless, innocent of my transgressions. Finally a prayer, “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Please heal our deafness! 

  

What is the Soundtrack of Your Life? 

“Many people die with their music still in them…  Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.”  (Oliver Wendell Holmes) 

  

Our lives are designed to let the music out!  Be warned, your life emanates sounds.  You are leaving a sound track.  I suppose the greater question is what is the genre of your sound track? Many people die with the music still in them. They spent their lives emitting noise rather than music, or music so dissonant that it is a constant source of irritation.  Which is more true of you?  Do people in your presence and path tend to cover their ears?  Don’t hide.  Don’t be dishonest.  You know in your heart if it’s true or not.  Do people seem to cringe when you talk?  Just to be clear…that’s a ‘you’ problem not a ‘them’ problem.  Paul wrote: 

  

Ephesians 4:29 (NIV) — 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 

  

Do people cringe when you speak or do they dance?  It’s a simple question, but it’s hard to really face the answer.  Sadly, all too soon our time to let the music out passes and… “Many people die with their music still in them…  Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.” This might be the perfect time to stop kidding yourself.  To stop making excuses for why people don’t seem to be drawn to your music.  This would be a prefect time…. 

​​​​​​To change paths….. 

​​​​​​​​To put down good roots… 

​​​​​​​​​​To just….breathe! 

  

  

 

        

TRUSTING GOD 

What a crazy beginning to the year. Coming off of a great 2015, and sensing that  God has been blessing and moving us along for His purpose; we began planning late last year for what we believe will be a meaningful and fruitful 2016. New recording, hyper scheduling and concert promotion with the Perrys in early March.....and then (as is common in southern gospel) the bus breaks down and we discover that the engine computer is "kaput" .....So then panic sets in.  All the things we had planned take money and commitment for which we hadn't anticipated, especially when a $6000 bus computer took precedence. 
THAT WAS OUR FIRST VALLEY!!!!!.........Early January, we had the first of two tracking sessions at our recording company Crossroads Studios in Arden, NC. So I went out to work with our producer Danny Crawford (and David Smith via telephone)  and musicians as they prepared our rough tracks for me to take back home for group rehearsal. For some strange reason the studio requires cash when recordings are done !!!!! So that check was written, and another one would be needed for around the same amount in a matter of weeks....cash reserves from 2015 starting to DWINDLE...scary. THIS WAS OUR SECOND VALLEY ......
Then to top it all off , artists fees from our planned concert, would be due at the day of the concert, and sales (pre-concert) were slow. THIS WAS OUR THIRD VALLEY....
HOWEVER.........GOD HAD IT, ALL ALONG.
Why is it, when we're in the middle of stuff, we many times miss God being at work, and showing us His favor?
John 12:37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. 

One of the great things about the guys I work with is their desire to please God in everything and submit every situation to Him in prayer, believing and trusting . So, even though (as financial manager of the group), I was anxious about meeting all of our obligations, each time we met, we would begin by praising Him for what He was doing with and through us us for His kingdom, and thanking Him for His protection and provision and wisdom.......

THEN, WE BEGAN TO SEE THE HILLTOP HE WAS PREPARING FOR US...., and why the valleys are necessary.......TO INCREASE OUR FAITH.....AND TRUST

Looking back we realized that the although our bus had broken down, it broke down IN TOWN and we hadn't been stranded , or unsafe. Our finances increased to take care of our all of our expenses and obligations, and the experience of knowing God at a deeper level was priceless. 

Next week, we travel back to the studio to finalize the vocal tracks for our latest recording. It is filled with some incredible lyrics and music from some of the most anointed songwriters in our industry.....
We can't wait to finish the project and begin ministering with this new material.....
Until next time..




 

A Legacy Of Thanksgiving 

I Chronicles 29:26
 David son of Jesse was king over all Israel. 27 He ruled over Israel forty years—seven in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem. 28 He died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth and honor. His son Solomon succeeded him as king.

I was reading my bible earlier this Thanksgiving week, and was caught up by this section in Chronicles in which David has reached the end of his life and reign as King of Israel. David had done it all; shepherd, warrior, murderer, adulterer, songwriter, poet  and King...Some good; some, not so.........
The completion of the temple was a huge part of his legacy, and he gave ALL he possessed towards it's completion...at the end, acknowledging that ALL he possessed was in fact on loan from God.

 

10 David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,

“Praise be to you, Lord,
    the God of our father Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
    and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
    for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
    you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
    you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
    to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
    and praise your glorious name.

14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. 15 We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.16 Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. 18 Lord, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you. 19 And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, statutes and decrees and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided.”

20 Then David said to the whole assembly, “Praise the Lord your God.” So they all praised the Lord, the God of their fathers; they bowed down, prostrating themselves before the Lord and the king.


I play a little mind trick from time to time; standing in a room , I take every element that makes up the room and reduce it to it's creation point, ie. doors to trees, glass to sand, door hinges to rock...you get the drift....All things come from God.
The realization of this should prompt our praise and thanksgiving response throughout the day...(which by the way was also provided by Him)
Like David, I too want to focus those that I love and have influence over to be "praise ready". The old song says, "You can never out give the Lord"........

.......you can never thank Him enough either!

 Happy Thanksgiving

 

Life Verses 


Proverbs 3: 5-6
Many years ago, I received a bible from my parents for a graduation gift from high school. In it, they had inscribed on the first page, a personal note to me, with the verse from Proverbs listed above. Like many high school graduates, I had no idea of what life choices , and peaks and valleys I would encounter on my way to adulthood and beyond. However, once when I faced a situation that seemed insurmountable, I reached for that old bible for comfort and was immediately reminded through the words in those two short verses that I didn't need to face life's challenges on my own. That by trusting in Christ, and acknowledging His Lordship over my life, I could not only trust in Him, but depend upon His word for direction in any situation. Afterwords, I memorized that scripture, and have called upon it's power hundreds of times throughout my life. Ps. 119:11 says,"Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against God"  It's all about putting on the whole armor of God, so that we are ready to face the spiritual warfare, we ARE going to face daily.
Needless to say,several years ago,  I wrote that same verse down ,( along with a few others) and laminated it as a gift to my son to carry with him in his wallet. How overjoyed I was recently to see him pull it out of his wallet and show me he still carried with him. Share your favorite verses with your children; it'll last a lifetime!
Dan