Today’s post is written by Heather Ashe
Most of us who pop in here at I Take Joy agree that the Bible is important. It is the Word of God to His people! Most of us also know the challenge of getting in regular Bible study amid the routine and relentless demands of life. One of my favorite things to do is study a passage with commentaries, thought and prayer, and have an opportunity to share what I learn with others. The lack of time I have to spend in study is frustrating, but life has other delights for me right now – three to be exact, ages 9, 5, and 2.
Having those three little treasures around has revealed how “all or nothing” I am; if I can’t do a task or activity the way I want, I’m quick to despair and quit. Knowing that about myself, I have had to accept two things. One, I won’t usually have the blocks of time I desire, so I must stop being annoyed by it. Two, I should take advantage of (or create) spaces when I can inch toward what I desire, rather than wasting that time despairingly checking my Facebook feed!
In Latin we can summarize the second point in two words: carpe diem, and we can apply this approach to time we spend in the Word as moms. In particular, we can seize moments to memorize Scripture passages!
Our best offence and defense, in the wild, unpredictable, worrisome and confusing rhythms of life, is God’s Word.
He has spoken that we might listen.
Aren’t there times when you are reading your Bible, sitting in worship, or discussing Scripture at small group when a verse or passage really catches your attention? You’d like to spend more time thinking about it, but children interrupt, the worship service or small group ends, and you never do. Let me suggest that when that happens, you make a note – at the top of your journal page, on the back of your hand, in your phone. Later, read the passage again. Let it start to sink in. Ask God to open your ears to hear. And, begin memorizing the words; or as musician, Steve Green, says, Hide ‘em in your heart! Start with the first verse, practice it until you know it well, then add the next verse, and so on.
Toward the end of last year, I started doing this and have enjoyed sitting for a spell in one passage. There have even been (brief and blissful!) moments when I have time to let my mind wander and I think, Hey, I wonder if I can remember the verse I was memorizing this morning? Sometimes, I do!
When we memorize Scripture, we let God’s Word infiltrate our brain and transform the way we think. Romans 12:1-2
I love when the Spirit uses the Word to make our hearts tingle. Don’t look longing back at those tingle moments, wishing you could recall what it was that so touched your heart. Instead, make a note to get back to those Words and hide ‘em in your heart. In this practice there’s no schedule, deadline, rush or final exam, just the freedom to carpe as many diems as you need to let God’s Word to you sink in.I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I may not sin against you.