My son (daughter), pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart. Proverbs 4:20-21
So, we can pretty much agree that keeping the Word in our hearts means putting those words to memory, right? But I’m realizing my memory isn’t what it used to be. There was a day when I was able to memorize pages of notes the night before a test, using all manner of tips and tricks to stuff the data into my brain. I would walk into the classroom the next day, spew out every bit of information on the exam, walk out the classroom and forget everything. I got a lot of A’s that way, but didn’t retain any bit of real knowledge.
I’ve tried lots of techniques for scripture memory as well, but heard a good one recently that’s worth a try. Type up a verse or short passage, laminate it (or put it in a ziploc bag), and hang it up in the shower. That’s at least five minutes of every day that won’t be interrupted with a phone call, media and social network bombardment, or a kid looking for a pair of socks. It would actually be refreshing to have something else to think about in the shower other than the soap scum that needs scrubbing or the waistline that needs slimming.
I admit that there would be a strong temptation to post a few verses in the shower stall aimed directly at the heart of other family members. Something like, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord,” or “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” But I am gently reminded that scripture is to be used to fight against the enemy of our soul, not the people we love and live with.
Are you willing to soak up the Living Water while soaping it up in the shower? What verse will you be memorizing?
“Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7
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Great idea, Rockey! “Send us site updates, Lord” A few tweets about the happenings on the golden streets.
Ha! Good one! (Not sure who Rockey is…)
“Clean the inside of the cup,” Jesus says, “so that the outside also may become clean” (Matt. 23:26)
Love the shower idea, but since I wear reading glasses I would need a defogger 🙂
When I had three in diapers I spent a lot of time at the clothes line. So to make that time a little more productive I wrote bible verses on every clothes pin! Because I read each clothes pin as I hung out the clothes to dry, my actual time at the line was longer, but my attitude was sweeter.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life….” (Rev. 22:14)
I am in awe. That’s amazing. No wonder we’re friends!