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I remember how much I looked up to my friend, E. I still do, in many ways than one. She's a role model of a unique breed and I'm so blessed to know her.
On so many Sundays I sat behind her in church. I'd watch her open a multi-colored crispy-paged journal, and every time she enjoyed something from the pulpit, she would smile, raise her left hand to her chin, nod her head, and then scribble those words into the pages of her journal.
One day, I asked her, "How do you memorize all these scriptures and know the Word so well?"
"Just write it down," she encouraged me. "Keep writing and writing until it becomes a part of you." Just like me, she'd been curious about the same thing the year before and she had asked someone else the same question, and that was what she was told.
I've never forgotten that lesson from E.
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The book of Proverbs (Chapter 7) documents King Solomon writing to his son. He wrote,
"My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands within you. Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart."
Why did he say "the tablet of your heart"? I think it's because the heart is like a journal or a book. It has a space for imprints. You can almost take a pen and write whatever you want to be imprinted on your memory.
Writing words of wisdom on your heart is an art, just like the art of writing itself which can only be built by constant practice.
I love to write because it's my passion. Words are the life-blood of my imagination, the pump-house and the core of my machinery. Nevertheless, as a writer I've realized that no art has ever been perfected in one day. Whenever I can muster enough courage to demarcate my writing time from other activity time slots and be disciplined enough to keep doing it, slowly I begin to build up the characteristics of a good plotter. The words begin to flow like a gentle stream, as though the waters have never faced a day of turbulence before. Consonants and vowels begin to match each other like good poetry on a sunny day.
So How Can You Master God's Word?
By writing it daily on the tablets of your heart. Let your heart be your journal, and let God's words fill the ink of your pen. And just as a writer gets better with daily practice, write in your heart journal every day. Soon enough, the words will come more easily. They'll begin to flow better than the first day. You will begin to master the words of the Great Author and even find yourself quoting scriptures from memory, because you spent time to engrave them in the pages of your heart.
Just Write It Down.
Question for the Day: Do you often find it hard to master scriptures? I've got a word for you: write them on the tablets of your heart, repeat God's word over and over again so that it gets engraved in the book of your heart.