WORDKEEPING Ė FINDING THE TIME

 

 

If we could truly understand how extremely valuable Wordkeeping is, we would find many precious opportunities to fit it into our busy lives. The atmosphere of the home sets the tone. If we have control over the TV, we should strive to keep its influence to a bare minimum. That means that we wonít have it blaring for hours at a time. Instead, how about some uplifting music. There are many CDs available that have the words of Scripture set to music. How marvelous it would be to learn these songs, and imprint Scriptures in your mind.

 

God has entrusted parents with the responsibility for teaching the Word to their children. Duet. 6:6-7 says, ďAnd these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.Ē In other words, teach them to Wordkeep all day long!

 

How do we do that?First, by our own example. And secondly, by Wordkeeping with them. In the morning and evening, special times should be set aside to gather the family together to study and memorize Godís Word. Childrenís memories are at their prime, so why not fill them with the most valuable treasures available on earth. They will either be memorizing the sayings of their cartoon characters, or the Words of Scripture, whatever is placed before them.

 

Every week Godís children come together to worship Him. The Word should always be central in our worship services. Bible studies, where all have an opportunity to participate, encourage and strengthen all of us. We should seek out opportunities to study the Word of God and pray with other Christians on a regular basis.

 

If you are filling your time with the Word, you will find there are things you used to do that you simply donít have time for any more. How about some of these: gossiping, indulging in silly activities, foolish joking and story telling, partying, carousing, flirting, worldly entertainment, viewing sports, video games, and many other things that consume hours of valuable time. Much of this time is worse than wasted. It actually kills our desire for God and His Word.

 

What a light a Wordkeeping family will be to their neighborhood, and to their community. When God lights up your life, others will see it. Your conversation will be uplifting and inspiring. Profane language will disappear. Your temperament will be sweeter. Your integrity and work ethic will improve. And the children of such a family will grow up to truly love the Lord with all their hearts, and dedicate their lives in service to Him. What a wonderful heritage God has given us to pass on to our children!

 

Besides our morning quiet time, where we dedicate our lives to God for that day, we can find special moments here and there to delight in His Word. Improve every opportunity to memorize. Repeat scripture as you work, walk, relax, go to sleep.

 

Every morning when you wake up, remind yourself of your commitment to be a Wordkeeper. Let your first thoughts be thoughts of God. Spend time eating spiritual food before you eat your physical food. As you take your shower, wash your mind with the Word. As you exercise your body, exercise your mind by reviewing scripture. As you travel, be sure you are traveling on the narrow path with Jesus. Many times during the day, redeem the time, gather up the spare minutes, and recite scripture. If you choose to do this, you will be amazed at home much time you have to meditate on the Word.

 

It is absolutely thrilling to wake up in the night, and realize that your mind is reciting the scriptures in your sleep. Iíve had that happen to me numerous times. What a shield the scriptures are from idle, evil thoughts. Praise God for His Word!

 

Here are your ten texts for today.

 

Joh 15:12

Timc, Tyloa, aIhly.

John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Joh 17:3

Atile, ttmkt, totG, aJCwths.

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Joh 17:17

Stttt, twit.

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Act 3:19

Ryt, abc, tysmbbo, wttorscftpotL;

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

Act 4:12

Nitsiao: ftinonuhgam, wwmbs.

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Rom 3:23

Fahs, acsotgoG;

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Rom 5:1

Tbjbf, whpwGtoLJC.

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Rom 5:8

BGchltu, it, wwwys, Cdfu.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Rom 6:23

Ftwosid; btgoGieltJCoL.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 8:28

AwktatwtfgtttlG, ttwatcatHp.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 

In His Love,

Linda Kirk

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