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“I Have Hidden Your Word…” All Over the House!

2012 June 3

Well, I didn’t really hide it all that well. As our youngest foster child put it: “It’s everywhere!”

In our church memorizing verses is a big deal for the kids. Our oldest foster child found this out at camp when he discovered he was unable to compete in some contests during the evening where kids were given the grade level and clues to the verses Ranger Dave wanted to hear. The prizes varied, from a bottle of Sprite to a licorice whip. It really didn’t matter. What mattered is that “Josh” discovered he was about three years behind!

"Twist" by Jimi Backhouse

In Kid’s Club the boys and girls memorize a monthly verse. Some of them are extraordinarily good at it, recalling in fifth grade a verse they learned first or second grade. At the same time they learn God’s large wisdom in small pieces, as well as where in the Bible the verse appears and what it means for them.

So to help both “Josh” and his brother “Ethan” I looked to God’s wisdom, a verse I happened to remember!

“Write them [God’s commands] on the doorframe of your houses and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:9).

Here, the Lord is instructing the Israelites in teaching their children God’s word. It was perfect! Not really a surprise there!

On our Word (Microsoft, that is) I typed out the first verse for first grade:

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11) and copied it until it filled the page.

Then I cut it into strips and taped it all over the house: on their bedroom mirror; the bathroom mirror; at all the place settings of our dining room table where we share our meals. And yes, even on the doors! Their door, our door, the bathroom door, and especially the front door they use to enter the mission field.

In no time both boys had memorized the verse and, more importantly, we had many conversations over the week about what the verse meant and Who said it.

To catch up we’re doing a monthly memory verse every week. This week’s verse:

“I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11).

We look forward to the dinner conversations this verse will inspire as it gives us the opportunity to talk about Who we really sin against and the value of keeping God’s word not just in our heads but close to our hearts.

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