All of the boys have had memory work as part of their elementary and middle school years. Each of them needing various levels of help to complete the assigned verse(s) for the week. It's natural that when you hear them repeat the verse 6-10 times you start to pick up on them as well. J's strategy is to teach the verses to me in the car while we drive to school. Then after I learn it, he works on teaching it to himself. Of course we all know that in his teaching is where he learns it. Admittedly, some are only kept in the memory long enough to complete the week's assignment.
In 2012 my good friend Cindy challenged her blog followers to memorize a verse every two weeks and to make it fun, she did them in an A to Z order. You can read about it here. Her friend Darlene even has a business that prints verses on business card size card stock that fit neatly into your purse (if you carry one).
God asks us to hide his word in our hearts. And while I'm not great at it, I am happy that I've taken the time to do some memory along the way. Especially the day that I was strapped into the mammo machine for quite some time. I was happy to be reminding myself that, "Nothing is impossible with God." Sparing you further details, let's just say reaching for my phone and looking up a good verse on my bible app was not a possibility that day.
How can you incorporate some memory into your daily life?
- Write a verse on your mirror with a dry erase marker
- Make a little card and keep it on your dashboard (I used one of Darlene's cards)
- Change your computer password to be a verse (it meets the new super security standards)
- Sing it in a song
Here are a few of my favorites these days, I'm terrible at remembering their address (where to find them), but I figure that is when The Google can come in:
- He works ALL things to the good of those who love him.
- Consider it pure joy my brothers when you face trials of many kinds (ha ha, I first typed kids)
- Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful [for the answer]and thankful
- Every good and perfect gift is from above
- God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble
- Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength
- Nothing is too hard for God
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding
- Victory rests with the Lord
- I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength
- Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus
'Life' is going to happen. Attitude can make all the difference in whether you have a pleasant or miserable time along the way. The choice is yours. 99% of the time, I'm choosing the positive route, how about you?