Proverbs 3:1-2 states, “My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying.”
I think I sometimes forget how POWERFUL scripture is! It is “God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). While we were on a trip to Texas, I suffered from a pinched nerve in my shoulder one night. I was in a lot of pain and starting to get MAJORLY bummed out that I was not going to have full use of my left arm during the wedding (pinched nerves usually last about one to two weeks). At breakfast I couldn’t even carry my glass of orange juice to the table because it simply hurt too much. I’ve currently been doing a “Twitter Bible Study” each morning that my pastor started. We read about four chapters each morning and leave a short insight on what we’ve learned. There are usually on average about ten of us who participate. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it because it’s helped me stay connected to church back home. A few mornings before my injury, I had read a verse, Psalm 107:1, via Twitter Bible Study that said, “Has the Lord redeemed you? Then Speak Out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.” That verse floated in my head while we were at breakfast. I silently prayed to God, asking for 100% healing. I told him that I know he redeems and heals and when my shoulder felt better, I would speak out and let others know of his goodness! By the time we were in the car and on the road, I had full use of my arm again! Thank you Jehovah Rophi (The Lord is our Healer!).
That injury packed a mighty blow not only to my shoulder, but to my faith! It reminded me not only how powerful prayer is, but also how mighty scripture can be! Since then, I’ve decided to start memorizing scripture. Remembering scripture in that moment helped me to remember to call on God for healing. How many missed opportunities and battles have I lost because I’ve forgotten to recall “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:13).
After doing a little research, I decided to go with the “Scripture Memory System” I found on Simply Charlotte’s Website (http://simplycharlottemason.com/timesavers/memorysys/). Here is a short version of how it works:
1. Purchase index cards, index card dividers and an index card holder.
2. Label your index card dividers as so: (you can flip them over and write on the backs of them if they are previously labeled)
- 7 Dividers with a day of the week on each one (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Etc)
- 31 Dividers – Each one labeled with a number, 1-31
3. Write down any verses you have already stored in your memory. Distribute them evenly throughout your dividers labeled 1-31.
4. Write down on index cards any verses you would like to commit to memory (I started with 50).
5. Place the index cards you would like to remember at the front of your index box behind the Daily Divider. Once or twice daily, open your box and recite aloud the first verse behind the Daily Divider. Once you remember that verse, move it back behind your next divider (which should be the Odd divider). Continue to move each index card back a divider as you commit another index card to memory.
6. Each day, go to the following dividers and read the verse behind it (Daily, Odd or Even, Day of the Week and Date of the Month). For example, today is Friday, May 28. I would read the verse behind my Daily Divider, then Even (28 is an even number), then Friday and then 28 (it’s the 28th of the month). At first all of the dividers may not have verses in them, but as you commit more to memory, you will fill each divider.
7. When you are ready to advance the card behind the last divider (Divider 31), move it back to the beginning so you have two cards behind one divider and keep going from there!
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT!
After I finished writing out my scripture on index cards, I shuffled them over and over. I was curious which verse(s) would pop up to remember first! I remembered that every prayer is answered and “anyone who asks shall receive” (Matthew 7:8). So, I decided to keep shuffling and as I did I prayed that God would order my scripture just in the way he willed so I would be equipped when I needed it! Here is the first one he placed for me to memorize, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24
So here it goes! As I start on this journey, I will constantly remind myself of dream I read about on another person’s blog. She stated she entered into a country where they didn’t allow Bibles. The beautiful thing is, she memorized scripture to the depths of her heart and soul so that she could carry it with her and no one could strip it away!