Skip’s granddaddy developed Alzheimer’s in the last few years of his life. He and his wife spent the majority of their adult lives serving as missionaries to Thailand. What was so interesting about Da was that even as his memory was fading, the Lord was so gracious to keep his spiritual mind intact. As he neared the end of this life, Da would still pray the most beautiful prayers. He could still quote scripture by heart. Even at church as he would share, his words were rich with the wisdom of God’s Word that he had treasured through the years.
The Bible is not like any other book. God’s Word is supernatural.
I love what 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God breathed.” The more we read and study God’s Word, the more it will become embedded into the deep recesses of our hearts. The more it will flow from our lips and from our lives.
The Lord will bring His powerful Word back to our minds right at the moment when we need it the most.
My dad is a great example of this. When he gets ready to teach or preach a message, he usually says that he doesn’t feel like he has much of a word to share. Then when he speaks, the Word just pours out of him–scripture after scripture! That is a reflection of a lot of time spent with the Lord, meditating on His precious Word.
Have you ever been in a conversation with a friend and a scripture verse just popped into your mind to share with them?
If so, then you have experienced the power of God’s Word!
We retain a lot more scripture than we think we do.
So don’t get discouraged if it seems like you can’t remember what you read, or if like me, you struggle memorizing scripture. This is something I often get discouraged about. I have blamed it on my age. I have blamed it on my “mommy” brain. I have blamed it on my crazy busy overloaded life.
Pastor Robby Gallaty writes, “I would rather you spend one year working on one verse than to stand before Christ with none of His Word memorized.”
Ouch! That statement hit me like a ton of bricks.
Let’s not let those barriers/excuses prevent us from memorizing scripture. Start small. Start with one verse. Then move on from there.
Pastor Robby suggests a website and app called “Fighter Verses” that offers helpful scriptures that you can memorize each week. Here is the website if you want to check it out.
Get an accountability partner. Call or text a friend you want to grow in the Lord with and start sharing with each other what you are reading and learning in your quiet times. Share verses with each other that you want to memorize.
As Christians, we need each other. We are members of the body of Christ. We were never meant to walk this Christian journey alone. We grow faster and better together!
Make Songs Out of Verses
One of my accountability partners, Brandi, makes up songs out of the verses she is memorizing. She even sent me a video of her singing a passage she had memorized. I cannot tell you what a blessing this was to me! What a treasure to hear a dear friend praise the Lord by quoting scripture through song! 🙂
Draw Pictures of Verses
Another friend, Adrian, has a journaling Bible. She reads a passage and then draws pictures to illustrate what she’s learning. Now drawing is not my gift, but WOW, this is such a beautiful gift to see in her!
If drawing is one of your areas of giftedness, you will really love this! She was so gracious to send me a few pictures of her journaling Bible to share with you. 🙂
I am absolutely blown away by the beautiful reflection of the Lord in the lives of my precious friends. The creativity of how people use their gifts and talents to get to know Jesus and draw near to Him astounds me. Oh how these offerings of praise must bring joy to our Heavenly Father–and make the God of all Creation smile!
The more we know, the more it flows!
I hope your life makes God smile today. Have a wonderful day!