Hello! My name is Emma. I’ll go ahead and jump right in! This blog will be about Bible memorization and review. God has used this discipline to completely transform my life and I’m really looking forward to sharing what He’s teaching me and encouraging others to pursue Christ all the more!
As an introduction post, here’s the video and transcript of the testimony I recently shared at my church.
The day after my son Jude was born, I prayed for him to love the Bible. At that moment, I realized I wanted to love God’s Word more as well and could definitely devote more time than I had been to meditating on it. As a result, I started daily memorizing and review of Scripture. Since then I’ve memorized several books and passages: Colossians, James, Revelation, Job 38-42:2, John, Genesis 1-4, Psalms 9, 19, 103, 1 & 2 Timothy, and am currently working on the book of Nehemiah.
I’ve established a daily review schedule that enables me to keep these books and passages fresh on my heart and mind. It seemed like an impossible task when I first resolved to do it, and I initially almost gave up several times, but by setting some time aside each day (or just reviewing and memorizing while multitasking- just part of the mom of toddlers lifestyle!) by the Spirit’s power it’s become an essential part of my daily life. God uses dwelling on His living and active Word to make me flee sin and repent of it swiftly- it’s pretty humbling to be saying a verse about “not exasperating your children” and then yell at them for climbing on the dishwasher! He also uses having it in my mind to encourage other believers, to evangelize more clearly, and to teach my kids about Jesus.
The circumstances of my day to day vary greatly – some days are good and joyful – especially when all of my kids nap simultaneously! – and some days are full of irritating and sometimes very hard things- from broken appliances, difficulty communicating with others, rejection from people I love because of Christ and the offense of the cross, seeing dearly loved friends suffer greatly, loved ones dying, and doubting God’s goodness in my weak flesh. Yet He is good and always reminds me of His truth. One particularly sweet way He’s been doing that has been in enabling my kids to remember and share things they hear in my review of Scripture. Just a few weeks ago after a hard day praying and witnessing to people at the abortion clinic I was crying during the singing here at church and my son Jude started wiping away my tears and said, “Mommy, God is going to wipe away every last tear in heaven.” Amen!
What’s also incredible is that I’ve seen how obeying God’s leading in this way has spilled over into other areas of my life. Where I formerly had a pretty hard time staying on top of housework and other tasks, He’s made me more diligent in these areas as I strive to follow Paul’s encouragement to young women in 1 Timothy 5:14 to “manage [my] household and give the adversary no occasion for slander.” I see our faithful God making me a doer of the Word – He has begun this work in me and will bring it to completion!
Thanks for reading! My aim will be a weekly post sharing lessons and reflections on a book or passage that I’ve memorized. I’m looking forward to it!