Last summer, the Wednesday night TeamKids at our church, under the direction of their wonderful leader, Ms. Sheri, challenged the church to memorize 100 hundred Bible verses. The idea came from a book called 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart, by Robert J. Morgan. The verses are ones that most Christians are familiar with, but may not know the exact words or the reference where they can be found. The plan is that we will memorize one verse a week as a church and then anyone wishing to can recite the verse and get a sticker on the big board. Some of our ladies decided that they didn't want to just memorize one verse a week and 3 of them, including Ms. Sheri have completed the 100 verses.
Me? I think I have said about 20 verses ... maybe.
My 12 year old daughter? She finished all 100 last week. In just 9 months! She has definitely had some help in the form of Ms. Sheri, who has taught all the kids different strategies for memorization and prepared various sheets for them to use to practice on Wednesday nights, but for the most part, LB has done this because she wanted to. I have been amazed by her diligence and determination to get this done.
As a way of congratulating LB on her accomplishment and also to encourage others in their memorization, Ms. Sheri planned a special time of recognition during the worship service yesterday. I am so thankful to be part of a church where the adults are so encouraging to the children and I pray that this will be something that she will remember for a long time.
|Mrs. Bertha talking about the Memory verse challenge and congratulating LB|
|Mrs. Evelyn giving LB a certificate|
|Ms. Mary Ann giving LB her Children in Action memory verse stars|
|Mrs. Linda (our pastor's wife) giving LB flowers|
|LB and our pastor|
|LB and Ms. Sheri (she didn't know that Bro. Don intended to recognize |
her for completing the 100 verse memorization yesterday, too!)
I have been a little worried that LB would misunderstand all the attention she was given yesterday. Yes, she has accomplished something pretty unsusual for a 12 year old girl, but I don't want her to miss the true gift that she has been given in the these scriptures she has memorized. And, while the memorization of the scripture is the most important part, I hope she also recognizes that the encouragement she receives from the adults in our church is also a very special gift from God.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
that I might not sin against thee.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
and a light unto my path.