[img align=left]http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i234/halos_glow/Blog/scriptureMemory.jpg[/img]This morning, I started reading scripture to the kids during mealtime again. Since it has been awhile, I started at Psalms 1 and I also read Proverbs 25 (my Proverb for the day).
As I was reading Psalms 1, I thought that this would be a great memory verse… so I am going to start memorizing the first three verses!
(1) How blessed is the man who does not walk in the council of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
(2) But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
(3) He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.
Scripture memorization is so IMPORTANT! I haven’t really spoken a lot about it because it is an area where I am very weak!
My precious 8 year old daughter truly inspires me in this area…. She is on the Junior Bible Quiz Team at our church and she has (as a desire to learn and not a requirement) memorized the first chapter of Acts and part of the second chapter!!! WOW! It is so amazing to hear her recite scripture and know that she is in Gods Word and that she is storing it up in her heart.
I have memorized some scripture but not nearly enough! It has been so awesome how that the scripture I have memorized as been a comfort to me (and others that I may minister to) in times of need. Also, it is so frustrating to say, “There’s a verse in the Bible, I can’t remember WHERE it is, but it goes something like this….” I always feel guilty when I say that – if it is such an important verse, then I should be working to memorize it and know where to find it.
One of my goals for this year (I talked about goals [url=http://dana.lifewithchrist.org/permalink/26612]here[/url]) is to start memorizing scripture – so, I am starting!
I don’t have many tips for memorization (but if YOU have some, please share!!!). I just try to write it down each day and also post a copy in at least one area of my home where I am sure to see it (the bathroom mirror, over the kitchen sink, in my plannerÖ).
I also try to recite it in my head as I go about the day. I once read about a woman who would memorize long passages of scripture and she would recite them to her children as she tucked them each in at night. The children, as adults, knew a TON of scripture that they had just absorbed from their mother’s recitation! What an example this mother was to her children and how richly blessed was this woman and her family as she daily sought to learn and know Godís word.
How richly blessed will I be in my higher calling as a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend if I work to memorize scripture and share it with others!