Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Something New

I've been wanting to begin memorizing Scripture for at least a couple of years now. There's a handful verses I know by heart, but I'd really like to learn more, much more. I'm so impressed with reading some of these daily blogs about families who read Scripture over dinner and memorize verses together. It's such an incredible gift to share with your children and to bond your family together in God's Word. So I've decided to recruit Michael to be my memorization buddy and I think he's as excited about it as I am.

I surfed for a website with a good set of Scriptures to start with and finally came across Fighter Verses. They have a full five year plan of weekly verses to memorize as well as iPhone and Android apps to download (both free and paid) to send a weekly verse straight to your phone or mobile device. I decided to start the five year plan with Michael and will do the extra verse on my tablet myself. They also list great suggestions to help kids memorize their verses and one that really grabbed my attention was to learn the Scripture in sign language. I taught Michael sign language as a baby since he didn't actually start talking until after he was three years old. He picked up signing in a flash but once he was speaking on his own, we left the sign language behind, forgotten. How much fun would it be to learn all over again, this time incorporating God's Word!

So this morning I scrambled the web looking to find a good ASL site and found ASLpro. It has video signing dictionaries-both basic and a religious dictionary, as well as common phrase signs. Brilliant! Our verse this week in Deuteronomy 7:9 "Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations," I found the signs for each word of the verse and practiced them until I had it down pat. I can't wait to show Michael! Learning the signs I think actually made remembering the verse a whole lot easier since you almost have to mentally visualize the signs that go along with it. So cool. Two gifts in one: memorizing Scripture with Michael and learning sign language together again! I love it!

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