Why memorize scripture?

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A new year brings- not resolutions, to be forgotten far ahead of spring- but yearly goals, with [around our home, varying levels of] enthusiasm for a fresh beginning.  One goal is a leaning towards the Word, in fact the desire to memorize it…but, why in the world should we practice rote memorization?

Why memorize scripture?

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2: 1-5

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.  Romans 15:4

That is it.  We are to instruct children with wisdom, and to place hope in their little hearts, for them to keep and conjure at any moment, anywhere.  For myself, the word is an answer to prayers for patience in the midst of everyday turmoil.  It is a compass to find that to which we were called.

One goal that is shared with my children this year is to memorize a chapter of Romans.  The initial plan was to simply start with Romans 1; the beginning seemed a logical start.  However, upon review, the material is a bit much for their ages.  I began to look towards the Sermon on the Mount or other well-known passages, but then my daughter brought home this:

2014 Romans goal

….and I knew we had to stay the course.

So we will take on Romans 8 or 12, using this wonderful resource from Ann Voskamp, along with writings on the chalkboard or straight on the metal door.

What do you think?  Will you, too, take the challenge to memorize a few verses?  What do you find is a good chapter to memorize with children?

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