A friend of mine wanted to memorize Scripture this year and asked if I would memorize with her. I was excited! I have memorized lots of Scripture but not lately so I was up for the challenge. At first we were going to memorize Philippians but then decided to each pick verses instead of a whole book. It was fairly easy to pick which verses I wanted to memorize. The hard part was deciding how I wanted to go about it. Instead of just writing down the verses and getting down to the memorizing part, I had to make everything complicated. Ha! This is my life story!!
First I was going to write them in a book, as suggested at this website. Then I thought I would buy a new journal and put the verses in there. So I went to Barnes and Noble and as I was looking at the journals, I realized I had many blank ones at home that I could use. (I ended up buying picture books in Spanish to send to our missionary in Honduras!). When I got home, I got out all my journals and literally spent an hour trying to figure out which one I was going to use and how I was going to arrange the verses on the page. Realizing that I didn’t really want to put the verses into a book or journal, I decided on 3×5 cards. But–should they be white? colored? lined? graphed? blank? should I hand write it or print out the verses? Would I use them separately or buy the spiral kind??? Then it hit me—what in the world was I doing? Did it really matter? Did I really need to spend all this time on such nonsense? Wouldn’t my time be better spent on memorizing and meditating on the verses instead of how I was going to display/carry them?
My mind was distracted with all the trappings of the world instead of the Word. I was more concerned about how my verses would look rather than getting them in my mind and heart. What did I finally decide? I wrote out my memory verse for the week on three 3×5 cards (colored/marbled ones that I already had in my desk drawer). One for at my desk, one for by our bed and one to take with me. That’s it. Nothing fancy….but something useful and needed.
I pray that I will learn to keep things simple and get down to the business of putting the Lord first in everything I do. May I learn to delight in Him and in His Word.
From Psalm 119:
I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. (16)
Your statues are my delight; they are my counselors. (24)
Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. (35)
For I delight in your commands because I love them. (47)
Let your compassion come to me that I might live, for your law is my delight. (77)
If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. (92)
Oh, and my memory verse this week? Psalm 25:4-5: Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.