I grew up in Oklahoma. We went to church every Sunday, and I went to the youth group on Sunday evenings. We read Christian books, and sometimes, we heard sermons based upon the Bible.
I loved the Bible early on and studied it like I studied my school lessons. When I was 19, my Methodist minister visited me in the hospital and introduced me to my life verse, Isaiah 40:31.
Yet, those who wait for the Lord;
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles;
They will run and not get tired;
They will walk and not grow weary.
Although I did not intentionally memorize that verse, I read it so many times that it is alive in my heart. The verse’s promise became my treasure.
When we moved to California, Keith and I became Awana leaders. There was a great emphasis upon Scripture memorization. We did not have the advantage of Liz Curtis Higgs‘ insight to help the youth with their memorization efforts, and many times, the memorization was tedious work for them.
Higgs approaches Scripture memorization in a unique way. She illustrates the Scripture with an anecdote and then takes the reader on a journey through the words, their meanings, and their everyday applications. It felt much like praying the Scriptures. In fact, each devotion ends with her personal prayer and a memorization tip.
At the end of the book, she lists the tips again and provides a study guide for a more indepth look at the Scriptures.
There’s a rhythm about Higgs that delights me. On Proverbs 4:23, she writes, “Each time we love and trust instead of fret and fuss, God changes our stop-and-go into flow.” (page 35)
I am returning to Scripture memorization. But this time, I’ll think of it as writing treasured Scripture upon my heart.
Or shall I call it heart engraving?
I received this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.
Father, You have given Your children a treasure of promises, guidance, and truths in Your Word. Thank You. Thank You, for Liz Curtis Higgs and the insight You have given her in handling Your Word and writing it on her heart. Bless her as You guide her in her next project. Holy Spirit, guide us as we engrave Scripture truths upon our hearts. May Your great Word flow in us, through us, and onto others. We love Your Word. Your Word reveals Your holiness and great love for us. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.
Are you writing God’s Word on your heart?
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