Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Joy Challenge -Day 39- Memorizing Scripture


Ann writes : "Every Wednesday, we Walk with Him, posting a spiritual practice that draws us nearer to His heart. "

Today that spiritual practice is scripture memorization. I had fallen into the habit of thinking that I simply couldn't memorize very well any more. After over six decades, this little brain is just not as nimble as it used to be. As a young girl I could, and did, memorize whole chapters of scripture for our girl's club in church and for sunday school. However, those days, I thought, were long behind me.

Then at the beginning of the year, Beth Moore challenged us to learn a verse of scripture every two weeks. Hmm.....that, I reasoned, might possibly be doable. She gave us little tips to help us memorize more easily. The one that helped me the most was writing the verses out on index cards and carrying them with me.

I bought this little spiral book of index cards and recorded my first verses : Matthew 11: 28-30



I began carrying the cards with me on my morning walks. I practiced saying the verses over and over as I ambled along on our three mile walk. Before I knew it, I was actually remembering the verses.

As the months passed, my little book filled with more and more verses. To this date I've actually memorized over twenty-one verses (some weeks I tackle more than one verse). I am totally amazed!




The best part isn't that I can actually remember something. The best part is the way those verses have ministered to me over these past ten months. Invariably, they exactly fit whatever it is I am going through. It has been such a blessing. It never fails; when we are obedient to the things the Father asks us to do He blesses us more than we could have ever imagined. It is an absolute truth that the Word of God is living and powerful. I am indeed filled with joy as I hide His Word in my heart.

Please visit Ann and read her beautiful blog and the other blogs participating in this. You'll be blessed.

Blessings,
Linda

10 comments:

Crystal said...

Hi, Linda -
I came over via Ann and I love your little notecard book. I'm inspired to seriously do some memorizing now. I've felt it on my heart for awhile. Thank you for sharing :))

Julie Y said...

What an encouraging blog post! I, too, have been using my age as an excuse that my brain is nearly full and I couldn't possibly overload its capacity by trying to memorize anything. You have shot that flimsy excuse down and given me hope in TWO areas -- since I'd been procrastinating on starting a walking program, too.

the voice of melody said...

What a wonderful thing to do! I need to do a better job at memorizing new verses on a regular basis and "hiding God's word in my heart".

By the way, a little birdie told me yesterday was your birthday and I hope you had a terrific day. Wishing you a happy belated birthday! Sending love and hugs to you to today and always. :)

Donnetta said...

Linda, this post just made me smile ear to ear. What a blessing it was to me!

And a good reminder that I need to get busy again myself with getting God's Word nestled deep in my heart.

~Chris said...

What a wonderful idea, Linda...
I have a larger spiral notebook, but nothing that handy... (probably if I looked around the house, I'll find one stashed away that belonged to my daughters!
I like the idea of bringing the scripture 'for a walk.' What a great way of linking the two together... then we're truly walking with Him :)
all the best, Maria

Maria said...

ooops, my husband, Chris, was still signed in :D

I'm Angie said...

Yes and Amen!! Thank you for sharing!

Deidra said...

I read Ann's post yesterday and tried to ignore it but it's kept bouncing around inside my head. And here you are today, reminding me again of the value of hiding the words in my heart...that I might not miss the mark. Thanks, Linda.

aimee said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog. It truly is a blessing. I too have been doing the scripture memory w/ Beth's Siestas. It has been a great encouragement. I hope you have a blessed day... and I look forward to reading more of your blog!
grace and peace,
aimee

kelli said...

Linda...thank you for your kind words at my place. I have already started thinking about my new space, and I will most definitely let you know when it's ready! I think I'm just needing to start fresh:)