What does it mean to love Him with all your mind?
That's a question I often asked as I homeschooled our sons.
When I think about how the Bible is banned in many countries and about believers sacrificing their freedom—some their lives—to spread the message of God’s love ... another question arises:
Are we exercising our freedom responsibly?
Reflecting upon that question, I decided we would tackle memorizing the entire book of Philippians in the 16 weeks leading up to Easter.
It seemed an ambitious (impossible?)—yet worthy goal.
We committed to reading the entire book of Philippians every day as a family.
And I planned to create strategically formatted Scripture memory flashcard for my sons.
However, a problem soon arose.
Life rarely accommodates a tidy schedule. As our 16-week period began, speech tournament season also began.
True confession: I became so engrossed in helping my sons prepare for speech tournaments that I failed to make the flashcards.
Eight weeks ticked by....
Has it happened to you?
If you have home-schooled for any length of time, most likely you understand how even the best plans (too) often become derailed.
Resources collect dust on our shelves as our lofty intentions fade into the chaos of life.
We had succeeded at reading Philippians aloud every day for two months. But without the memory cards, I recognized where we were headed ....
This plan was too important to abandon!
Sometimes it's an asset.
I can be stubborn, and in this instance stubbornness was an asset. Determined, I decided that we would memorize the book of Philippians, whatever it took!
I finally made two sets of Scripture memory cards and handed them to my sons.
With only eight weeks remaining, I knew our “by Easter” goal might be a bit grand. So, although I didn’t announce this to my sons, I was prepared to extend our deadline.
Daily efforts pay surprising dividends.
Yet, within three weeks, I learned something quite significant ...
Because we had faithfully read the entire book every day, the verses had become etched upon my sons’ hearts.
Once they had the memory cards in hand, it took them less than a month to fully memorize the entire book!
The key is in the cards.
By reading the book of Philippians every day, my sons could not help but memorize it.
However, the cards added the essential element to their memorization efforts: structure.
Today, when it comes to the book of Philippians, they are “Walking Epistles.”
A Resource is born
Our experience inspired to us to create Philippians in 28 Weeks—a resource which includes:
- the memory cards
- copy work and a reflection journal
- a tracking log
However, you can make your own cards for any book you wish to memorize.
3 Card-Making Tips
- How you break up your verses matters. Make sure each line of text communicates a complete thought.
- Hole punch the cards and put them on a metal ring. This keeps them together and makes them easy to transport.
- Redeem the time. Look for opportunities to have your children read through the cards throughout the day.
To whom much is given ...
Many of us are blessed to have unfettered access to the life-giving words of the Bible.
One day we will stand before our Holy God and give an account for how we managed the liberty and resources He entrusted to us.
It is easier to share the Gospel when the Word of God is etched upon your heart.
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