Friday, April 30, 2010
The Benefits of Memorizing Scripture
Okay all, I have a BIG, HUGE, GIGANTICO (my silly made up word)confession~ my memory stinks. Just ask my hubby! He will spit out in the evening what he would like me to do for him the next day (bills, phone calls etc.) And do you think I can remember everything? NOPE, NADA, ZILCH! It is horrible because when he comes home, he asks did you yadda yadda and I say "Oh, I am so sorry, I FORGOT!" Let me tell you something, those words come out of my mouth so much. My girls even joke about me not remembering. Though I can remember every transgression against me~ another topic and another day.
It makes me think, do I prioritize my memory? Do I subconsciencly rate what I need to remember? How aweful of me to do so! The things my hubby asks of me are very important tasks that need to be handled, so why do I forget some of them? But when it comes to being hurt, spoken badly to or actions that hurt against me I keep score! How sinful of me, yuck.
Right now I am reading a 90 day guide to living the Proverbs 31 Life by Donna Partow titled "Becoming the Woman God wants me to be". Through the course of the weeks you are encourage to memorize Proverbs 31:10-30. WOW I said to myself, there is no way! My mind turned to mushy fear. I could go through the other exercises and just not do the memorizations, I thought. But why? I wouldn't get all that God has to offer me by not participating. Why proclaim my failure without even trying? So I managed to change my heart about the matter and I can successfully tell you I memorized the first two verses within the week given to do so. I found myself going over the verses in the car or during a quick quiet time. I am being transformed by not just reading his word every day, but also by memorizing scripture.
Psalm 119 spells out so perfectly what God's word does, how to use it and apply it and what it does for your life! I am so excited about this journey to learn the verses by heart in Proverbs 31. I know that I want to continue to memorize God's word. In every facet of your life, if you can fill your mind and heart with scripture, there dwells God!!! It is a great way to pray to the Lord also when words just don't come to mind what you want to say to him. Scripture is so helpful and powerful in times of needful prayer for oneself or others.
I encourage you, even if memory isn't your strong attribute, challenge yourself with a verse that is close to your heart and means so much to you. It can be your mission statement of your life or whatever you are going through at the time.
God has put it on my heart that I need to become more of a Proverbs 31 woman and by stamping it in my heart and mind it is going deaper than skin deap, it is going spiritually deap. Amen to that hubby says!
Dear God, I pray that I have hidden your word in my heart, that I may not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11) Praise be to you, Oh Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth (Psalm 119:13) I pray you continue to open and renew my mind for your words so that I can plant them there. I long to be blessed by your words and commands so that I can be made new after my sinful heart repents of things that are not of importance. Help me to let go of things that are of great weight on my heart that I cling to in my memory bank that are sinful and do not bring you glory. I pray that you continue to give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it will all my heart. (Psalm 119:34) In Jesus' name, Amen.