Ryley knows a lot of Bible stories, but honestly, we haven't done a really good job with scripture memorization. Early on, we were pretty consistent with it, and over the years we've been sporadic at best, choosing a handful of verses that we've worked on from time to time.
But the fact of the matter is, that to live successfully, peacefully, and powerfully for Jesus in this world, the Word of God needs to be hidden in her heart. How can we expect her to walk through life if she doesn't have a "lamp for her feet" and "light for her path"? Life-giving scriptures need be etched on her soul...buried so deep in the well of her personhood that when she needs them they bubble up to her mind as living water, accomplishing whatever she needs.
Enter my inspiration! I'm not even really sure how this all came together, but basically I took my cousins' idea of hanging photos on a "clothesline" at a high school graduation reception last weekend and combined it with scripture memes I found online. And I decided that since it's a central place that not a lot of other people see, our bathroom would be the perfect place to hang them. I mean, if we're going to spend so much time in there, we could be meditating on good things, right? Just being real, folks! :-)
Did I overdo it? Probably. :-) Once I got started, I just couldn't narrow it down! But God's Word never returns void, so I figure that by putting these in front of us several times a day, they will soak in! I'm pretty excited about how it turned out. It looks cheerful.
I hung a few above Ryley's bedroom doorway too!
The coolest thing was that while I was organizing all the scripture cards on our living room floor, Ryley said she really liked the one with the castle:
I told her that's one of my favorite scriptures. She responded that it reminded her of another scripture I taught her when she was little -- one about a fortress and how we stay in God's shadow.
"And there was a song about it! You taught me the song, and we sang it on the way to school!" she said, trying to jog my memory.
"Oh, Psalm 91? He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty--"
"Yes! That's it! How did you know the reference?"
And this is why we're doing this. :-) We might be a little late, but better late than never, right? I'm excited to see how this little plan works out!