Gather your family and let’s do this together.
- Have each of them write these verses on a 3 x 5 card.
- Put the “cheat sheet” letters on the opposite side of the card.
- Everybody read their card out loud once.
- Pair off and quiz one another for 3-5 minutes.
- Read the verses every morning for a week.
It will be memorized, trust me. Spend the rest of the year doing what the verses tell us to do.
What you should memorize: Here’s a good place to start.
8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
And here is a cheat sheet to help the process
(every word’s first letter plus punctuation).
8 “T B o t L s n d f y m, b y s m o i d a n, s t y m b c t d a t a t i w i i. F t y w m y w p, a t y w h g s.
9 H I n c y? B s a c. D n b f, a d n b d, f t L y G i w y w y g.”
[Here’s a link that will help you create the backside of the your 3×5. Simply cut and paste or type the verse you want to memorize in the first window, click on the “convert” button, and the converted text will appear in the bottom window, then cut and past it into your word processor, format it for a 3×5, and print.]
Those highlighted words are an ancient Hebrew battle cry. “Be strong and courageous.”
Let’s take these words to heart this year. One week is gone. There are 51 weeks to go. Let’s be strong and courageous for the LORD each day, one day at a time and transform the New Year for the glory of our God and the fruitfulness of our lives.