Introduction: Meditating On Scripture
“My biggest encouragement is to meditate on the word – by listening or simply by having a notecard or two around the house with the verses God is using in your world right now. You are going to be giving out so much and you need to be replenishing as you give so tremendously. You are capable and just what they need today…”
A few days ago, I sent the above text to my dear friend who is a new foster momma. Three little ones had just arrived and the above text tumbled out of my heart and onto my phone after chatting with her about the transition and how things were going. Later that day, I began to ponder why meditating on scripture is so near and dear to my heart. What have I gained by reading, meditating, and memorizing the words of God? Why is it such an important thing to me that it pours out in my advice to others?
Beginning Of My Faith Journey
Starting out, I began reading the Bible when I was in high school because I was hungry to read the words of God and understand this mysterious story of God and humanity. But, I really began reading and studying scripture as a young wife and momma. I was 20 when I married my Eric and 21 when my first baby was born. Feeling young and wide-eyed about life, but also overwhelmed and not at always confident. I longed for wisdom and guidance.
Life Struggles & Growing Experiences
The demands of motherhood, adulthood, and marriage met me quickly in those early years. I wanted to know how to navigate the deeply needy waters of toddler-ville and how to rightly divide the to-do list of life between my husband and I. How does everyone get a fare share? It was then that my husband and I discovered the teachings of Jesus instructing his disciples to lay down their lives for each other. Indeed, Jesus declared nothing higher than the opportunity to lay down one’s life for a friend. (John 15:12-13)
This was incredibly challenging to me. I wanted life to be equal and fair – especially where parenting and adulating overlapped. How could things be equal if I simply served?
I wrote verses on the note cards, looked up words in the dictionary, looked up words in the original Greek, studied the meanings, the context, and then simply meditated on it. I began to see my days as opportunities to follow Jesus’ example and serve. No more striving to make all things even, my actions and words became acts of worship. Sometimes worship is singing loudly while other times, as my husband and I have found, it’s leading and serving your family.
Meditating On Scripture
Sometimes, at night, I wake up for no reason. I think perhaps I hear my neighbor coming home from his graveyard shift. Or maybe it’s a dog barking…I’m never sure. In those hazy, half-awake moments, my mind often begins to build a case for how I fall short – the ways I am failing. I find myself worrying about the future or my kids.
But, it’s here in the night hours I have found the words of God not only a comfort, but a weapon. In the darkness with worry crashing around me, I recall the words of Psalm 18. I open up the bible and read them slowly. Reminding myself in the night hours of all that God has done on our behalf and all the miracles I have seen with my eyes. I pull my faith away from fear and place it with God as fear dissipates like mist and my faith is strengthened.
The Blessings of Bible Memorization
This is a simple drop in the bucket and I could go on and on about what reading the Bible has done for me. Memorizing the Bible has revived me, given me hope, wisdom, and deep revelation. I can’t recommend it enough.
If you read our blog two weeks ago, you know one of my favorite ways to meditate on scripture is by writing verses on notecards, so I can read and meditate while washing dishes, folding laundry, waiting in between client meeting or the school pick up line. The opportunities for learning are endless.
How To Start Your Journey
Looking for a great starting point? Seeds provides memory cards for free on our website. We have them divided by albums and you can simply print them off and use them with your children or if your like me, while cooking dinner. 😉
Questions or comments? I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org