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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Scripture Memory


I saw this recently on Katy St. John's blog, and then my sweet friend Arlene sent this to me today in an e-mail.
What an adorable video!
But how convicting...yuck.
We grown-ups stink at this.
Rusty is teaching "Living by the Book" at our church on Sunday nights this semester, about Inductive Bible Study, and as part of our class we will be doing scripture memory. I'm very excited! As Rusty pointed out to us, the kids in Awana's are schooling us on this!
My kids are soaking up scripture so fast, and I am not keeping up with them.
And I love to memorize! It's not even hard for me! Why in the world don't I know more?
I have way too much of that "you know that verse...it's around 1st...no maybe 2nd Corinthians...or maybe it's Thessalonians." I'm the queen of partial verse quotations. That's not okay. I rely on my own Bible and journal to find the verses, but can't locate them otherwise. (I know it's next to the pages that my kids colored on, or before the section that's highlighted...do y'all do that too?)
That is sorry.
We are lazy.
We obviously don't love God's Word enough.
I feel like such a hypocrite to my kids, asking them to memorize a new verse each week, when I am not.
So this week Rusty has asked the class to memorize two verses:
Hebrews 4:12 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Both GREAT ones! If you're like me, you just need a plan and an accountability partner. So let's get one! I have a husband, so that's built-in accountability.
No more excuses.
When you see me next, ask me to quote my memory verses to you. And ask my husband and kids too. God's Word is too good, too precious, too valuable NOT to!!!!

3 comments:

Kathryn, Michael & Alex said...

I am the queen of "I can find it in my Bible but no one elses" is that really buried in our hearts?

It absolutely amazes me what Michael and Alex can memorize.

I acutally told the boys this morning that I was memorizing them also because I couldn't ask them to and not me...

We have turned AWANA verses into our morning devotional.

I love how they put the key words in bold and then you can discuss those. I told the boys it makes the verse so much easier to memorize if you know what it is talking about.

Alex (kindergarten) has already memorized John 3:16 and both pledges.

He was so cute the first time that he quoted John 3:16 he said "whoever believes in him should not perish but have NOCTURNAL life"

So funny.

Good post.

Laurie said...

I just stumbled upon this quote below today. How fitting!

No greater thing can any mother give
To any child than this great glorious Truth,
Foundation on which lives may build and live!
Oh, lay the rock of faith while there is youth!
So swift the years will carry them away.
Beyond your reaching hands, your voice's call!
Give them the things they cannot lose, today.
Give them the WORD, the greatest gift of all.
Grace Noll Crowell

Scripture memory is HUGE! Thanks for the reminder and accountability. Keep the memory challenges coming.

So enjoyed lunch w/ you and your sweet kiddos last Friday. And those pretzels, YUM!

Blessings,
Laurie

Arlene said...

I am so with you on this!! My Bible study this summer has challenged me hard core to learn truth! The blessing has been all mine because in memorizing them, I had/have ammunition to fight off the enemy when he came/comes lurking! Why didn't I try this sooner?? ha! So, needless to say, I'm with you!