I had a hard time sleeping last night. I just couldn't shut my mind off. It's easy to get caught thinking about things that just don't do me any good. Anyone got some worry? fear? uncertainty? indecision? If so, you know what I'm talking about. Later I was reminded that what I think about can change my day. or my week, or my life. "Will I meditate on His Word or my worries?" Ann Voskamp from Holy Experience posted about the importance of memorizing scripture. She has a yearly memorization plan set up for memorizing the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew in 2012. (Matthew 5, 6 & 7 - 2-3 verses a week)
Last year I committed the book of Colossians to memory by following her dated plan. I carried my little memorization booklet with me just about everywhere I went. Some weeks I doubled up, some weeks I played catch up. As my memory book became stained, so did my heart....God used His word to do some amazing things.
* I grasped those committed verses in a more meaningful way because I had to learn them...and remember them, so I tied them into previous verses and thought about what they meant and somewhere along the way they got deep into my heart and anchored themselves there.
*I found myself less focused on my stuff and more focused on the Word. Heck, I had to be in order to get it memorized. And that was good, because God's word is so much better than my stuff...my worries...my off target wanderings.
* Scriptures from other passages seemed more familiar and tied together more easily after I'd connect them with something I'd learned in Colossians. God's word really is amazingly intertwined and affirming.
*** don't feel like it's too late to start...join in any time. I'm starting a couple of weeks behind, but that's OK...you're never behind when you're committing His word to your heart.