faith life, Scripture memory

Scripture Memory

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.

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