Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hiding God's Word in Their Hearts and Ours

"I have hidden your word in my heart
 that I might not sin against you."
Psalm 119: 11 (NIV)

I want my grandkids to know God's Word so they can be obedient to the LORD"s commands. When my oldest granddaughter was five, I explained  our hearts are like a treasure box, and God wants us to store His Word in our "treasure boxes" - our hearts. Then God's Word will be there when we need it, and we can "get it out" and use it (apply it) to our lives.
To help her memorize Bible verses, we made an "ABC" memory verse scrapbook. She memorized verses beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Next we made a  page including that letter, the verse, and a photo to illustrate the verse. Upon completion, she has a special keepsake filled with Scriptures she's hidden in her heart.
Now that Sparkles is five, it's her turn to make an "ABC" Bible verse album. Only this time, the project will require a bit more creativity on my part. God help me! Sparkles has a different personality. She's somewhat of a "free-spirit". Her attention span is shorter, and she's less interested in learning. But, that girl loves to sing!
So that's my strategy....we're going to have to sing those verses. And I won't dare tell her she's learning and memorizing Bible verses! That will be my secret... for a while anyway. We're starting with the "Y" verse (You can go in alphabetical order if you want) - "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." Psalm 119: 105. Using the tune from Amy Grant's version of "Thy Word", we sang the verse over and over again. Even little brother sang along! Then, each child sang it alone. Last, we turned the verse into a simple prayer: "Thank you, God for giving us your word that is a lamp to our feet and a light for our path. Thank you that your word directs us and guides us. Help us to obey your commands. In the name of Jesus, amen."

And while Sparkles is hiding God's Word in her heart, I'll do the same. Twice a month, and with my sisters. Click here  to join Beth Moore's Scripture Memory Team 2013.

Have a blessed day! May the LORD plant his word deeply in the hearts of our grandchildren.


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