During some seasons of our life, it has been easier than others to do a well-organized Bible time with the boys each morning. This lesson on Elijah is a good example. Right now, however, is not a season where I can pull off very much, but I have been finding that it’s a great time to do Scripture memory with the boys – I can hold the baby while memorizing with them and not have to have my hands free for turning pages or whatever!
Right now we are working on Psalm 19:7-10:
The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the LORD are true, they are righteous altogether.
They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
Memorizing scripture has so many benefits because God’s Word is living and active and able to change boys’ hearts! The other day, I heard Gresham speaking unkindly to Owen. I reminded him that God’s precepts will bring joy to his heart. Satan wants him to believe that it will make him happy to return evil for evil, but that’s a lie. I reminded him that he needed to believe that God’s Word was true, and that speaking with kind words was really the best way.
And then Gresham went back into the bedroom and said the exact things that I had just corrected him for.
Scripture memory brings about change on God’s timetable, not time. It’s about hiding God’s word in their hearts, and God can and will bring it to their minds at just the right time. Also, since we had been working on learning those verses together, I had a very natural opportunity to teach Gresham how to apply them.
Just for fun, here’s a video of Owen reciting as much of Psalm 19 as he has learned so far. He may not understand all the words that he is saying, but that will come in time. And he sure is cute!
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