Memory Work

My girls each have a memory verse each week in school.  They have committed a lot of verses to memory, and I am proud of them.  But, when is the last time I have sat down with the purpose of memorizing scripture?  I’m ashamed to say I can’t recall.  I read this blog post today and it challenged me:

And it reminded me of this post that I had written a couple of years ago.  (Not nearly so eloquent, but a good reminder, nonetheless.)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I look at your heavens,
which you made with your fingers.
I see the moon and stars,
which you created.   Ps. 8:3

When I was in middle school, my mom led my brother and me in 15-minute Bible studies before school each day.  We had to be completely ready to go by 7:00, sitting on the couch with our Bible ready.  (I have to make a brief side-note here and tell you how wonderful my mother is and what a great example of what a Christian mom should be!)  Each week we had a memory verse.  One particular year I remember we had these verses on cards, and we learned several verses from a passage over the week, so that by the end of the week, we could recite the whole passage.  The verse above sticks out to me, because I remember vividly the moment I realized how important it was to memorize scriptures.
I remember sitting in Science class in the 8th grade during a lecture on the big bang theory.  Immediately, this verse, which I had memorized several months before just “popped” into my head.  I realized then and there that if we didn’t memorize scripture, we wouldn’t have the ability to recall it whenever it was most needed.  It wasn’t by chance that I just happened to think of a verse that spoke of the heaven’s being created by the hand of God during the middle of Science class.  But I realize that had I not memorized the verse, there is no way I would have recollected it at a time when it helped reaffirm my faith.
I encourage all of us, not just to read scripture, which is definitely important, don’t get me wrong — but to actually take time to study and commit to memory verses from God’s word.  Teach our children to do the same.  I will be the first to admit it’s been way too long since I spent time on memory work.  And it’s not something I emphasize on a regular basis for my children – although they do have weekly memory verses at school – it’s something I need to teach them the value and importance of and work on with them at home.  It’s something I plan to work on.


Today, my girls and I are going to start to memorize the book of James.  I have printed out 4 copies of Chapter 1, and we’re going to go over it bit by bit and work on it as a family.  I believe this will be a good project for us.  I’ll let you know how it goes.


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One Response to Memory Work

  1. Debi Kirksey April 18, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    What an awesome family project. I’ll be anxious to hear how it goes! You’re a super mom!

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