Saturday, July 9, 2011

Keeping a "Fiver" in Your Wallet

I haven't been able to get that phrase out of my head for three days now. It was a comment a friend used when explaining the importance of  keeping a few scriptures memorized, ready to be used when needed. He was told growing up that you always needed to keep a "fiver" in your wallet in case of emergencies. Memorized scripture was like having that five dollar bill hidden away in your wallet. 

Simple analogy but it works. The Lord had been speaking to my heart lately about memorizing scripture so timing was perfect but, I am not always motivated and my follow through at times is lacking.

Well the Lord provided a friend who has been similarly convicted, so we have decided to hold each other accountable. We each wanted to memorize a Psalm, I wanted to memorize Psalm 121. I had already begun memorizing, so maybe I have an unfair advantage, but I also have twenty years on her, with a memory that is estrogen deprived. 

We have agreed to check on each other's progress during the next two weeks with the goal of having our Psalms memorized by next small group. It is a small step, but a discipline I hope we can continue to challenge each other with.

Are we memorizing for the sake of memorizing, no God's word is something I want imprinted on my heart, the "food" I want to feed my soul because I know there will always be days when I'll need that "fiver" in my wallet.

"Thy word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you"  Psalm 119:11


Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I so agree....recently I have been writing scripture and posting around the house...to hide His word in my heart. I wished I would have understood the strength of that years ago, but I didn't, life struggles brought it to the front of my life and now I am making sure I am more prepared to have them come to mind in all cases in my life...even the times that require just pure praise.
Blessings on your memorization.

no spring chicken said...

Ouch! Oh the conviction. I am so terrible at memorizing. You've heard the old adage in one ear and out the other? It's that way for me and memorization. I'm famous for saying, "you know the scripture that says something like... I think it's in..."

I'm trying, really I am.

Blessings, Debbie