There’s so much that pulls for our attention… children, chores, books, the husband. The list goes on and on.
And, yet, we find in Scripture multiple times that God calls us to dwell in His word (Psalm 119:9), to meditate on it (Psalm 1:2), and let it dwell within us (Colossians 3:16). Psalm 1 especially encourages us to meditate on God’s Word day and night. But how can we actually do that? And how can we do that when we are busy as mothers?
I have found 3 specific ways to dwell in God’s Word, Memorize it, Listen to It, and Hang It in Your Home. These three steps really help me to keep God’s Word in my mind and heart. They have shown me just how much I need God every single day and that He has lavished His love upon me in His Word.
Here we go…
Memorize God’s Word
First and foremost, the best way to dwell in God’s Word is to hide it in your heart. There’s no better way to be in God’s Word “day and night” than to have it at the ready in your heart.
There are many methods and ways to memorize Scripture, I’ve detailed my method here. But find what works for you and get to memorizing. It really doesn’t take that much time out of your day to memorize a verse or two. Even if you just choose one verse and take a whole week to memorize it, that would be tremendous!
I cannot tell you how great and encouraging it has been for me personally to have verses memorized. Whenever I’m tempted or even just tired, I begin to recite God’s Word to myself and I’m able to make better decisions for Him despite my circumstances.
But, don’t just take my word for it. God Himself encourages us to memorize His Word in the Bible. Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy Word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You.”
Memorizing is definitely the best way to dwell in God’s Word. But listening to God’s Word also helps me stay in God’s Word.
Listen to God’s Word
The trend right now is to listen to a podcast while you are busy working around the house. And that’s not bad, there are some great podcasts out there. But why not, as you go throughout your day, listen to the Bible?
Modern technology has made this quite simple. There are several apps that can help you do this. The Dwell Bible, Bible.Is, and You Version apps are just three examples. I personally use the Bible.Is app and love it! It’s very easy to understand and you can select whichever passage you want to listen to.
And, of course, I don’t think you should listen to the Bible only, as I said, podcasts are great too. But I do think that listening to whichever scripture you are currently studying or reading is a great way to incorporate more Bible into your schedule, and, therefore, into your mind and heart.
Just make sure when you listen to the Bible that you are doing a mindless task. For example, I don’t have to think about folding laundry or washing dishes, they’re mindless. So those tasks can be done while I listen to the Bible because I’m able to focus on the Bible and the words I’m listening to instead of having to focus on the task I’m completing. I wouldn’t recommend turning on the Bible to listen to while you read to your kids or do a task that you have to think a lot about.
So next time you have a mindless task before you, tune in to God’s Word by listening to it.
Pro tip, if you have an Echo Dot (or any other Amazon device), you can simply say, “Alexa, open my Bible app and play Psalm 1.” And she’ll play it for you! Just insert whichever chapter you’d like to hear.
And, I think it’s great for your kids to hear God’s Word too, so please play it on the speaker. Don’t feel like you have to keep it in your earbuds.
Memorizing, listening, now the final way to dwell in God’s Word, hanging it in your home.
Hang God’s Words in Your Home
If you come over to my house, you’ll see LOADS of Bible verses hung around the house. Some are beautiful calligraphy, some are scribbled on a 3×5 card above my sink, some are written and posted on my bulletin board, some are written on my dry-erase board… I think you get the picture, they are everywhere.
And, I do this because I love to see God’s Word written out in my home! There have been many days when I’ve looked up to just a simple line from a verse and remembered God’s faithfulness and character. What a blessing to have it right there in front of me!
I also highly recommend having Scripture hanging because it is a great way to share God’s Word with others. Whenever people come into your home and see the Scripture either they’re encouraged by God’s words because they believe them too or they will at least know that you care about God’s words even if they don’t… yet. Having verses in your home is a great way to share the Gospel with friends who do not yet know Christ.
So get out your marker, write it on your chalkboard, or even just tack it up on a 3×5 card so it’s easy to see.
And, if you’re like me, you’d love to have it in nice calligraphy that’s frame-able and easy to read. Well, I’ve got you covered! I have created my own two calligraphy prints!
The first one is Psalm 119:105, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Again, the truth is so encouraging. God has given us His own Word to light the way for our lives and guide us in every step. The second print is Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd.” This verse hits home for so many, we can’t go without it in our houses. And its truth is encouraging for all of us (read more on that here).
You can now purchase both of these prints in my new Shop! Check it out here!
Dwelling in God’s Word
God’s Word is so full, so extravagant. As you can see, Mamas, we must put the time in to truly dwell in His Word. Try these three ways, or at least one, and let me know how it has helped you. How do you dwell in God’s Word? let me know in the comments below!
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