Hiding the Word

Posted by  | Sunday, July 5, 2009  at 9:30 PM  
"I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."
~Psalm 119:11
This is a popular verse and one that I almost have memorized. (I couldn't remember the reference and had to look it up!) Ironic, considering the greatest thing I can do to hide the word in my heart is to memorize scripture.
I have never been very good at memorizing scripture, especially the reference. It is something I continually work on and feel like I've learned more verses through teaching my son than anything else! ("Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right." Ephesians 6:1 - that one I can quote upside down and backwards! Anyone else know this one? :)
Hopefully, we can all share some practical ideas for incorporating scriptures in our everyday lives (this week's official topic). Here is a quick list of my ideas - some I use and some that I'd like to use!
1. Use dry erase markers to write scripture on your mirrors. You can also use this to write encouraging messages to your hubby to see when he gets up early for work! (I think I'll go do this one now!) Whatever scripture you need to see at that time of day, write it.
2. Write a verse on a small piece of paper to carry around in your pocket - especially on hard days when you need minute by minute encouragement to press on, fight sin or remain patient when your three year old pees on the floor, again!
3. Tape notecards with scripture on them on your computer. Tape them to your microwave to see while you stand at the stove. Tape them in your car somewhere. Read them out loud! This helps memorization a lot, for me at least!
4. Listen to Steve Green's Hide 'Em in Your Heart - if you can stand it. :) I know some complain of the annoyance factor, but we love these cd's to listen to with my kids and I've definitely learned scripture this way!
5. Try to make it a habit to include an encouraging scripture in your emails to your husband, friends and family. And don't just make it your automatic signature. Actually include one each time either from memory or take a minute to look one up. Encouraging to you and the recipient!
6. Listen to the bible on your ipod! There are lots of free itunes downloads of scripture. We have some and you can download short sections or entire books usually.
7. Incorporate scripture into your home decor. Margaret had a great idea that she posted about here. I've been wanting to make some art with scriptures to hang in my kid's rooms.
Alright - I want your ideas now! Tell me how you incorporate scripture into your life!


Rachael Davis said...

This is an area I'm continually working on, too...I so wish I had taken more time to do this before I had children! Like you, I find that these days, most of my Scripture memory comes from helping my daughter memorize the Word.

We love Steve Green, too - another great CD of scripture set to music is SEEDS Family Worship: http://www.seedsfamilyworship.net/

Lauren said...

I laughed out loud when you referenced "Hide 'em in your Heart," because as soon as I read the title for today's post, I started humming, "I have hidden Your Word, hidden Your Word, hidden Your Word in my heart..."

But it's been an amazing experience to hear our son singing Scripture, and remembering it all day. I can't tell you how many times a day we see something, or are talking about something, and he'll say, "Just like in my song 'do everything without complaining,' " (or whatever the case may be).

Courtney said...

I second the SEEDS cd, sorry Steve just drives me bonkers :-)
Get someone to hold you accountable- I learned the most scripture I have ever learned while in a small group where we were expected to come prepared with at least one verse each week AND at the end of each study we did, we had to quote all the verses that we had done during that time. At one point I was able to do 30, which is HUGE for me!
I keep a ring of notecards with scripture with me and while sitting at stoplights, in line at the grocery store, or at the dr office I flip through them to test myself.
I still have a long way to go, but I love learning new ways to apply what I memorize. Thanks for the ideas Christina!

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