Most Christian wives and mothers want to spend more time in God’s Word but often find themselves busy keeping their home and raising their children. How can we be sure to make memorizing God’s Word an important part of our day? How can we make Scripture memory a priority without neglecting our God-given responsibilities and blessings? Today we are going to explore this very topic.
5 Steps to Making Scripture Memory a Priority in Your Day
First let me clarify that when I talk about memorizing Scripture, I am not talking about the robotic memorization of facts. No, quite the contrary. I am talking about hiding God’s Word in your heart in obedience to His Word.
1. Recognize and Embrace the Season of Life You Are In
Have you ever found yourself wishing the time away? Have you ever wished you could “fast forward” changing diapers and being knee deep in housework all while caring for your busy and curious toddlers? I have one word for you: Don’t! Don’t wish away the gift of time that God has given you in your current season of life. Take it from a mom whose youngest child just turned 8 – you will wish that you could go back to those days (what ever they may be) and hold onto them and savor them…but you can’t. Learning to embrace the season of life you are in is a key component to memorizing scripture.
Learning to be content in your current season of life is a life-changing mindset. There is one Scripture that has been instrumental in helping me stay positive no matter how tempted I am to feel like I am not able to get things done:
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
2. Learn to Set Realistic Goals
One important step in the process of making time for memorizing Scripture in your day is learning to set realistic goals. There is a big difference between setting goals and setting realistic goals. Let’s see an example of both:
Jenny is raising three children ages 4 and under while working from home. She is also in the choir at church and head of the field trip committee at her local preschool. Jenny’s husband works very long hours so she is home with the children mostly alone during the week. She is in dire need of memorizing God’s Word and comprises two different sets of goals to accomplish her desire to memorize more of God’s Word.
Goal Set #1:
Read the Bible for an hour every day and memorize 5 verses. Listen to audio Bible several times during the day. Try and get to a quiet place without disturbance.
Goal Set #2:
Read 1 verse for 7 days. Print out verse and place in areas I am in often during the day. When driving the children to activities, play the audio Bible in the car.
Clearly the second set of goals is more realistic for the season of life that Jenny is in. Sometimes we try to do too much and set unrealistic goals without even knowing it. And as you know, this sets us up for failure.
Here are a few ways that I make sure my goals are realistic and how I handle it when a goal isn’t reached:
- As life changes (ie: new baby, new work schedules, etc) periodically write down your short-term and long-term goals for Scripture memory.
- Write down your weekly schedule with these new Scripture memory goals in mind.
- Prioritize your schedule to eliminate fluff.
- Plan with flexibility.
3. Identify the Way You Learn Best
As a homeschooling mom of 12 years, one thing I know for sure: Learning styles are one of the most important things to identify when both teaching and learning.
Once you identify you learning style then you’ll be able to focus on hiding God’s Word in your heart through the channel that will most likely make it stick for you.
Here are some examples for a few of the different learning styles:
Visual: Print out key Bible verses and place them all over the house. I also print them out and carry them in my purse and have them in the glove compartment of my van. There are some great Bible apps out there you can use to read your memory verses each day.
Auditory: Find a talking Bible App so you can listen to the verses you want to memorize each week. Sing your memory verses aloud and/or find worship songs with your memory verse in them.
Kinesthetic: Write your memory verses down in your journal or on 3×5 cards. Create a Bible-art journal where you create using your favorite medium of art and write the verse on your finished creation.
Once you find your learning style(s) brainstorm with your spouse or close friend on creative ways to hide God’s Word in your heart!
4. Include Your Children and Spouse in Your Scripture Memory Journey
This has been a key to success in my Scripture memory journey! This is an organic way to make memorizing the Scripture a priority in your day as an entire family – and it is so much fun! I even recently wrote and published a book about it: Matters of the Heart: a 52-Week Scripture Memorization Challenge for Women. This book can be used as a tool for your family to memorize Scripture together!
By memorizing the Word with your spouse and children you are also obeying Deuteronomy 11:19:
You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
5. Have Fun!
Memorizing God’s Word should be exciting and fun! It is the only thing that can change people from the inside out and bring peace, joy, and true love into our lives.
Hebrews 4:12 sums it up well:
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Watching God work in my own life and the lives of those around me has been one of the most amazing things I have experienced in my 40 years on this earth. If it weren’t for God convicting me to memorize His Word more than 20 years ago, I would not be the wife, mother, and woman I am today. I am so thankful for the gift of God’s Word and the ability to hide it in my heart!
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