I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. – Psalm 119:15-16
The scripture that we’ll be memorizing from our Scripture Memory Box this week is Psalm 119:15-16. I chose this one as a reminder to myself and the kids how important it is not to neglect time in God’s word. I continually try to remind the kids that our relationship with God is like our relationship with anyone else. It requires time.
If we never spent time talking with our husbands, kids, friends, or extended family, our relationship with those people would suffer. We need to spend time with God daily, by praying, reading His Word and thinking about what His Word says. There’s another verse that we learned recently:
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. – James 1:22
So often, we allow ourselves to get to a point of complacency in which we equate reading the Word with spending time with God. Have you ever read a book and after a few sentences or paragraphs realized that you had no idea what you just read? I even find myself doing that reading aloud to the kids. I can be reading the words, then realizes that I have no idea what I’ve just read.
The verse that I’ve chosen for the kids and I this week reminds us that we can’t do that with God’s Word. Not only do we need to read and pay attention to what we read, but we have to meditate on it — spend time, throughout the day, thinking about what we’ve read, how it applies to our lives and what God would have us to do with what He’s said. We should consider His ways and delight in His Word.
That’s a reminder that I could use this week.
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.