I’m happy to report that I did it! I memorized Psalm 143 this month! It took me all month (26 days since I started on the 5th), but I did it!
I was stuck on verse 10 for awhile, and I finally got verse 12 last night, 3 hours before the last day of the month ended.
Well, I started memorizing Psalm 143 just for the sake of memorizing it. I hadn’t done anything like this in a long, long time. The last long passage I memorized was from Philippians and it was when I was a Sunday School teacher. When I challenge my Sunday School students to do something, I always take up the challenge myself.
BUT…I’m glad I had these verses in my mind and in my heart. I found myself awake one night this week, not able to fall back to sleep. My mind was racing on a million things.
Verse 8 came to my mind:
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.
It was a comfort to me. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I have no control of the things that go on around me. People I know are hurting. And man, sometimes kids just don’t listen to you, and they make messes too. But what I do know is that the Lord has a plan for me. Sometimes He has to shout for me to hear Him, but sometimes He speaks in a small still voice. I just have to listen. So, I listened, and I continue to listen. He will let me know the way I should go.
So….after I finished reciting the 12 verses to Norm, Melody wanted a turn. She can go up to verse 6 by herself, and with prompting of the first word in the verse, she has it memorized to verse 8.
UPDATE: Click on THIS LINK to see Melody (4.5 years old) recite verses 1-4 (that’s all she wanted to do for the camera). She memorized it in only 2 weeks.