John 3:16 (A Song)

Over a month ago, I decided it would be good to try to help my three-year-old learn some Bible verses, so I made up a little song to help him memorize what is possibly the most popular Bible verse of all—John 3:16.

The tune I composed is simple and repetitive, and I debated sharing it on this platform for that reason, but I believe it makes for a good melody in aiding young children to memorize this verse. Also, after chatting with my husband last night about purpose and recalling the story of Anna Bartlett Warner, the woman who composed Jesus Loves Me,* I felt compelled to share this song.

Sometimes it’s the simple things that make the most impact, but regardless of whether they do or not, we know that a life of obedience pleases God. It’s my prayer that God would be blessed through this song and that He would bless others through it as well.

I’ll tell you right now that I made some mistakes while trying to record this song for at least a dozen times. I don’t know if I’ll ever see the day where I play the piano and sing flawlessly (or have a flawless looking video, for that matter). It is just not in my nature to do so, no matter how hard I try. Nonetheless, I’m reminded of statements in the Bible like that of Paul’s:

 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

1 Corinthians 2:9

May I learn to see my own weaknesses as Paul did his and to remember that this life isn’t about me but about a good and great God that can accomplish anything, and He can do so through anyone whom He pleases. God bless you as you listen to this, and may you be reminded of just how great His love is.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16 NKJV

*If you would like to learn more about Anna Bartlett Warner’s story, you can do so at a former blogpost of mine found here: https://anticipatingadventure.com/2019/12/08/jesus-loves-me/).

11 thoughts on “John 3:16 (A Song)”

  1. Love it Colleen. So good that you decided to make this for your son and share it too. These will be precious moments you share together and lovely memories for him as he grows older. I also love how raw and authentic the video is, just the real you. I like it.
    Blessings my friend 🤗💙

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      1. I like that confidence. Your hair looked fine. You should see my hair now, it is windy here and just took my dog for a morning walk. I came back looking a little frightening 😁.

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  2. Excellent! We used to put scripture to music for our daughter for memorizing too! It always worked so well. It worked for other avenues too. She still remembers her phone number from over 30 years ago! 😉🥰

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  3. This is really nice and you did great. And the tune sounded great. 😊👍🏻 Can you translate it to English or is the lyrics only the John3:16 verse (without any addition)?

    “May I learn to see my own weaknesses as Paul did his and to remember that this life isn’t about me but about a good and great God that can accomplish anything, and He can do so through anyone whom He pleases” This rang a bell for me. 📌
    He is always at work in us. And we can do more with Him. 🙌🏼❤️

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    1. Amen! We can definitely do more with Him–more than we can dream! And thank you! The words are solely John 3:16, from the translation listed in the blogpost. God bless you, and may He help you to thrive in your new setting. 🙏 💕

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