In today’s post on the 31 Days series…I thought I would share one of my most vivid memories of the benefits of Scripture memory. Several years ago, our family was on deputation raising support in order to get to our field of service. During the first year of this adventure, I worked full-time at a Christian school for handicapped children, so that our might children would have the opportunity to attend a local Christian school. As a family we were memorizing several passages of Scripture and we would quote them together at different times. It was hard to have a routine during this time of our lives, but we did the best we could.
One particular morning, my husband had been away for over a week and we were missing him. We were having a very difficult time getting out the door in time for me to drop the kids off at school and get to work on time. By the time we were all in the car and I was backing out of the driveway, DS #1 was slouched down and sullen, DD was crying, DS #2 was poochie lipped and teary-eyed and I was trying my best not to cry myself. As I backed out of the driveway, I begged the Lord for His grace for this time. Immediately it came to my mind to review our verses. We spent the 15 minute commute reviewing each of the passages that we had memorized, reciting out loud in unison.
When I arrived at the kids’ school, an amazing thing happened. DD and DS #2 hopped out of the car blowing kisses, smiling and calling “I love you.” As I drove around to DS #1’s building to drop him off, he thanked me for what I do and he told me he hoped that I would have a good day. He also hopped out of the car with a smile on his face and an “I love you.”
As I drove on to the school where I worked, I couldn’t help but thank the Lord for the cleansing power of His Word. Nothing brings calm to a volatile situation like “the washing of water by the word.”
One of the passages that we reviewed that day was Proverbs 3:1-12. If you are thinking that you could never do that with your kids, let me encourage you to try. One verse a week is better than no verses at all. At this time, my children were 8, 10 and 13. My biggest regret in my empty nest years is that we didn’t try to do more in this important spiritual discipline.
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:
For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.