5 Reasons to Study and Memorize God's Word

Spending time in God’s Word is important for all Christians. If we don’t read the Bible, we won’t know what is in there. We won’t know the history of the people who lived during the Old and New Testament days. We won't know what to be watching for as the Second Coming gets closer. There will be no blessings and there will be no learning. When we don’t read the Bible on a regular basis, we won’t retain those precious words that God has graciously shared with us. While there are many reasons, today I'm sharing 5 Reasons to Study and Memorize God's Word.
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5 Reasons to Study and Memorize God's Word


Of all the Sunday school teachers I had while growing up, there is that one who left a lasting impression on me.  She emphasised weekly on the importance of reading our Bibles on a daily basis. During a Sunday lesson, she told us to open our Bibles so we could follow along with her. When she asked how many had their Bibles she praised us for having them there. She went on to say, without opening your Bibles when the speaker is reading you don’t know whether they are reading from the Bible or making something up. One girl innocently said, but Mrs. Colwell, we trust you, you wouldn’t lie to us. With a smile Mrs. Colwell said, No, I would never lie to you intentionally, but there are those who will. I’ll never forget that little lesson I learned during my eighth-grade year. YOU. HAVE. TO BE. ALERT.

When I look back on the times when I was younger and didn’t open my Bible except for when I was at church, I think about all the moments I missed spending time with God. I think about the beautiful conversions we could have had and I missed them because I felt life was more important; more important than the God who created me, the God who sent his Son to die for me. LIFE. CANNOT. BE. MORE. IMPORTANT.

5 Reasons to Study and Memorize God’s Word


1 Happiness and Blessings – Reading the Bible makes us happy. It gives us blessings while reading and finding those special little nuggets that are buried within the pages. (Psalm 1:2)

2 Lessons –There are many life lessons in the Bible. When we read and meditate on them, those lessons will help us in our daily life. (Joshua 1:8)

3 Longevity – My mother in law had Alzheimer’s. During the last months of her life, she became very agitated. During our visits, my husband would take his Bible so we could read to her. There were several passages she had memorized in the past and while we would read them to her, the horrible hold on her mind would loosen and she would be able to recite those verses and a peace would fall over her. Memorizing God’s Word keeps his words in our hearts anytime we need them. God’s Word stays with us even when our minds are not focused.(Psalm 37:31, Psalm 119:11, Psalm 119:16, Matthew 24:35)

4 Discernment – We gain wisdom about the fundamentals of the Bible. We will be able to see those red flags of warning when a false doctrine is taught.(Deuteronomy 13:1-5, I John 4:1-6)

5 Shareable – when we study the Bible and spend time with him we have knowledge of things we can share with others around us. For that family member, friend, or co-worker battling Satan in their marriage or another area of their life, we can help encourage them without saying the generic hang in there or I'm praying for you. (Galatians 6:2, I Thessalonians 5:11)

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 6 Conversation – God wants to talk to us. When we read the Bible, we allow the door to be open for God to talk to us through his words. No one likes to be ignored or to have someone refuse to talk to us;. God’s the same way. He wants us to spend time with him so he can whisper peace and contentment in our ear.(Genesis 3:8-9, II Timothy 3:16)

Do you read your Bible on a daily basis? If not, I'd like to challenge you to find a time during your day for seven days to read your Bible. At the end of seven days, you will notice a difference, I promise.

98 comments

  1. Amen Lori. I believe the Word is one of the keys for a happy Christian life. Great post and devotional this Lord's day!

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  2. Thanks, Tori! When I find myself thinking I don't have time to read but read anyway, I end up spending more time reading and NEVER miss those extra moments during the day. I love how that works out!

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  3. I have to say, though I am a practicing Catholic, memorizing scripture is not something that we do often. I appreciate some of the reasons you have to do so so it's certainly something for me to consider.

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  4. These are all great reasons to read the Bible, especially for the lessons that we all need in our daily lives.

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  5. I loved the story about your mother-in-law...That was so sweet. <3 I don't read my bible every day. I do write out what I'm thankful for each night as I go to bed, so it will be easy to accept your challenge and add that to my nightly routine for 7 days. :) XOXO, Erin

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  6. I'm so grateful that my mom taught us to memorize Bible verses for as long as I can remember. To this day, the passages I know best are probably the ones I learned when I was still a child!

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  7. studying scripture to me is really helpful because it reminds me of god's promises and who he is, especially in times of trial. sometimes when I can't form the words in prayer I can meditate on scripture or even pray scripture for myself or others.

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  8. I have found that listening via mp3 in the morning as I get ready is a great way to get a cohesive view of Biblical history. When you listen, you get a flow of events that come alive. It's been my practice for many years and have developed a love for the Old Testament - even more so than the New because of the stories of old. I love how God works and brings things together for His plan.

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  9. With our lives being so busy, doing the simple act of reading the bible can get pushed to the back burner. Your 6 reasons have given me inspiration to work harder at making the time and staying more connected...thank you!

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  10. Hi, Margarita. I hope this will inspire you to hide more of God's Word in you heart. Thank you for visiting.

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  11. Hi, Erlene. We all can use help in our daily lives and I believe the Bible is the place to find that help. Thank you for visiting.

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  12. Hi, Erin. I have a place in my journal where I write about answered prayers; I will have to include a section for just the things I am thankful for every day. I love that idea! Thank you for commenting and visiting.

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  13. Hi, Rachel. The verses I memorized while growing up are the ones I know the best also. They are also the ones I taught my son when he was little. Thanks for visiting.

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  14. Hello, Allison. I was just reading about God's blessings in Deuteronomy this morning. Those chapters were a great reminder of what God has for me. Isn't is amazing how sometimes our loss of words are easily found in the Bible? I love how that works out for us. Thanks for visiting.

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  15. Hi, Val. When I was in high school, our Bible teacher had a set of tapes that were dramatized. Hearing the different "characters" in the stories was a amazing. Thank you for reminding me of those, I'm going to have to find some for our homeschool. Thank you for taking time to visit.

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  16. Hi, Nicole. I so understand about being busy and not reading the Bible; when I wrote this post, I was writing to myself. I hope you'll be able to squeeze more time out for your Bible reading. Thank you for visiting.

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  17. Given that so much of the Bible is interpretation, I would think it self evident that reading and knowing the exact wording would give you pause to think when somebody else in interpreting the Bible differently than your reading of the words.

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  18. These are all wonderful reasons to be in the Word daily. I love that your mother-in-law would remember the verses your husband read to her. Isn't God so good that your hubs would be a part of her lucidity? Thank you so much for sharing your post.

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  19. Yes, being in God's word daily is so important. Our lives can get so busy, but we need to carve out time and make it a daily priority. Thanks for the reminder.

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  20. I know how it important to spend time with God, reading his word and prayer journaling. Have not done it recently but will start tomorrow. Thanks.

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  21. Exactly! Sadly there are many who don't see this as a necessity. Thanks for visiting!

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  22. Hi, Sandy. Yes, I am so glad my husband was able to be a part of this. It is something we talk about often so our son will remember it. Thanks for visiting.

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  23. Yes, making Bible reading a priority is important. For me, when I don't my day always seems to go wrong. Thanks for visiting.

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  24. Hi, Mary. We are in the IBN group on FB together. I came across your site while looking at the themes file there. I would love to get in the habit of journaling about my days more, right now, I'm journaling my devotions. It helps me remember verses I read and quotes I've seen and heard over the years. Thanks for visiting!

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  25. That lesson from the Sunday School teacher is perfect!

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  26. Hi, Deanna. It is a lesson I've remembered all these years. Thanks for visiting!

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  27. What a wonderful Post! Thanks for sharing your sunday school story, that story is amazing. So, So, so, true! Some people don't even realize what they are teaching is not from God's Word; they just say what they've heard. Thanks for the great thoughts! Trudie

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  28. I agree that it is important to study and memorize the Bible! Thank you for this post! It's easy to let our lives get too busy and not take time for Bible reading and memorization and prayer, so I'm thankful for your reminder.

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  29. You're welcome, Wendy. I'm so glad you stopped by.

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  30. Trudie, I have heard things all my life thinking they were in the Bible. When I began searching for them, they were not there.I was a little surprised because many of those things came from the pulpit at church. Thanks for visiting.

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  31. Thank you for a beautiful post. I do need to spent more time hiding God's word in my heart. There is no "down side" to reading and memorizing His word and it benefits you for life! Great job, Lori.
    Amen and amen!

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  32. It does seem like Christians could benefit by regular bible reading. Some folks who claim to be good Christians seem to actually know very little about what the bible says.

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  33. Hi, Jeanie. You are right, there is no downside to reading and memorizing God's Word. Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  34. Sadly, Beth, you are right. Our actions prove who we really are. Have a good weekend.

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  35. Great post Lori! It's so true! We need to find time to read His word. It's very important to spend that time with Him. It allows us to get a renewed mind. The more we read His word, the more we'll grow and see things the way He intended us to.

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  36. Thank you, Chicki! There is so much hidden in God's Word and all we have to do is read it to find them. Thanks for visiting.

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  37. You know what I really like about this post? The points are unconventional and not the common reasons for studying and memorizing God's Word that I read on a daily basis!
    Thank you for these awesome and true reasons!

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  38. Great post, I love how practical this is. Many times we are told to read are Bibles but rarely told the benefits or the why to study and memorize God's Word. As a student pastor, I cannot tell you how many times I have neen counseling someone or speaking when God brought to my mind a verse for that situation. Love how God's Word brought peace to your mother. God bless.

    I wrote last month on how to read regularly.

    Love your post!

    http://www.jeremybrummel.com/the-3-keys-to-regular-bible-reading/

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  39. Hi, Kela. Thank you for the encouragement and for visiting.

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  40. Hi, Jeremy. I remember a couple of times when I taught school where the Lord brought to my remembrance verses that I could use in situations. I love how He works that way. Thank you for the link, I can't wait to read it.

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  41. I love to immerse myself in God's Word. I spent a month in Israel on a work assignment and because I have spent so much time in the Word, I knew exactly where I wanted to visit and want I wanted to see. I had a driver and tour guide assigned to me and every day the three of us went off to visit any place I wanted to go. It was amazing seeing the Bible I had read come alive in Israel.

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  42. Beautifully stated. I wish I could scream this to the mountain top so people will get it. This is great. Bless you lovely!!!

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  43. How exciting! Visiting the Holy Land is a dream of mine. I would love to be able to walk the streets where Jesus walked and see the sites. Thanks for visiting!

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  44. Thank you, I too would love to scream this for all the world to hear. Thanks for visiting!

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  45. What you say is true. For years I read scripture every morning, first thing and talked with God. I know what happened and it's time I get back to doing just that. Thank you.

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  46. Amen! our greatest weapon! Our sword!

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  47. Hi, Anne Marie. It's never too late to start back. Thanks for visiting.

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  48. Hi, Aly. Oh yes, the Bible is our greatest weapon. Thank you for visiting.

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  49. Lovely post. I appreciate all you shared, especially about your mother-in-law. His word truly is a "lamp unto our feet and light upon our path". I don't like the dark. I love my time in the word and wouldn't trade the conversational relationship I have with Jesus because of it for anything. Thanks for your inspiring words and encouragement to keep it up! Many blessings to you in Montana!

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  50. Thanks for sharing the vital info. I am hoping to get back on the daily reading mode/ spirit. Right now I don't even know when was the last time I read my bible, but I yearn for it. I could do with some tips to restarting on lost vibe towards God's word. Seriously.

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  51. I love your last point- conversation. We learn and read scriptures because we are making a relationship with God. I love that I memorized a lot of them when I was growing up because they come back now and are so helpful!

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  52. studying and memorizing God's Word - the studying part is easy....i keep praying for a sound mind as i read it :D

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  53. I absolutely love this. I definitely fail at getting a quiet time in each day, but I try really hard because reading God's Word is so important. The six reasons you listed are great--my husband is currently in seminary, and it's so interesting to have conversation with him about God's Word now that he's learning so much.

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  54. Hi, Robin. Thank you, yes the Bible is truly a lamp to guide us in our lives.

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  55. Hi, Autumn. Isn't nice to have that relationship with God? I love know he is there ALL THE TIME even when others are not.

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  56. Hi, Andi. I understand the need for a sound mind when memorizing. I've finally hit that age.:)

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  57. Such a sweet story about your mil, I hope she was able to find a bit of peace in comfort in the passages she use to enjoy.

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  58. Hello, Maegan. It is nice to be able to converse with our husbands about God's Word.

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  59. Hi, Brian. The first thing I would do is pray. Let the Lord know you want to spend time with him and that you need his help to set that time aside. I recently read this post on Bible reading, I hope it will help. http://www.jeremybrummel.com/the-3-keys-to-regular-bible-reading/

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  60. Hi, Betsy. Watching her during those times, I believe she did. Thanks for visiting.

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  61. I've thought a lot lately about starting to read my Bible. I read it when I was a kid and found it helpful. Thank you for the encouragement.

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  62. yes, yes and yes! Not only do we have to study and memorize, but we have to allow it to break into our heart so we can learn and move forward with God in our hearts!

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  63. Hi, Amy. I find that reading my Bible helps me in so many ways. I encourage you to give it a try again.

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  64. Hello, Alexandrea. You are so right. We need to be able to move forward with God in our hearts.

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  65. I can really relate to the discernment point. Yesterday, we had a friend visiting who started talking about all the "nonsense" about Christianity. And of course to hear him talk, it's all ridiculous and God is a capricious jerk who wants to torture people.

    Finally, he stopped talking and I said, "You're mixed up because you've heard dribs and drabs of incorrect and conflicting stuff from people who have NOT spent much time studying the Bible." And then, thank you to every Sunday School teacher and inspired pastor I've ever heard, I laid out the Gospel for him. The real Gospel and the saving Grace of Jesus and why it all revolves around God's incredible love. I can't say that he suddenly turned his life over to Christ, but he did stare at me and say "Ok, THAT makes more sense."

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  66. This is such a great reminder of all the reasons I need to crack open my Bible and read! :) Thanks for sharing the example of reading to your mother-in-law. My grandmother has Alheimer's and I wonder if this would be something my mom could try when she visits her.

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  67. How well I know the importance of reading the word on a daily basis, I need it more than anything right now in my life.

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  68. It seems that I start each year with good intentions and plan on reading the entire Bible. I enjoy reading it, but it is hard for me to make it a daily habit.

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  69. I love memorizing God's word! It comes out at all different very appropriate times.

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  70. I have read the Bible through from Genesis to Revelation two times. Now, I skip around, but I don't "plan" on reading the entire Bible in a year anymore because I know how I can be at times. This post was written to me.

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  71. We all need it,especially me right now.

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  72. Hi, Cindy. I think reading the Bible to your Grandmother would be wonderful. There's no telling how much is hidden inside that just needs a little boost to be remembered. I'd love to hear if your mom does this and how your Grandmother reacts.

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  73. That is wonderful, Marie. When my husband talked with his father about his salvation before he passed away, my FIL was so confused because of the church he was raised in. He questioned my husband on why he's teaching was the correct way. My husband told him to read certain passages himself so he could see and hear the words himself and not someone else's. Several weeks later, the night before my FIL passed away, he told my husband he was sure and ready to meet the Lord and thanked my husband for taking the time to explain everything clearly and advised him to read for himself.

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  74. That is so true! You never know what people are actually quoting! We always have extra bibles in the back of our church!

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  75. These are great! I especially love the bonus point on conversation. Pretty hard to be in a relationship if you never spend time together!

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  76. It is so wonderful to wake up in the morning with God's word whispering in my ear. But that only happens because I've hidden His word in my heart. On those days when it's hard and I just want to give up, I hear the words of encouragement ringing loud.
    Thank you for the challenge.

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  77. Hi, Amanda. I know sometimes a pastor will slip up and mis-say something while he is preaching. This happened with our former pastor and I had to question my husband about it. Thankfully, it was a slip up.

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  78. Hi, Kelsie. Absolutely, you can't be in a relationship if you don't want to spend time together or communicate.

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  79. Katy, I love those times of encouragement.

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  80. I just love the story about your mil. I truly believe that when hiding god's word in our hearts, it will never leave us.

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  81. I'm so thankful you wrote about these marvelous benefits. My husband is a pastor and both of us highly encourage following along in your Bible. Once we offered $100 to anyone who could memorize the book of Philippians. Unfortunately, the excitement wore off and no one received the prize. I love to listen to my Bible on my tablet while doing dishes or walking on the treadmill.

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  82. I love the Word! It is alive and active! But greater than that is I LOVE the author and the way I get to know him better is through his word! Great post full of truth! Thank you for sharing!

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  83. Jena, I think it is sad when people don't see the rewards of memorizing God's Word. Whether it is a blessing from God or a physical gift of $100.

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  84. Hi, Kelly. Yes, yes, yes, we get to know God more if we would just spend time with him.

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  85. Great tips. If I don't read my bible daily, I quote scripture to continually hide the Word in my heart. You're right, I am definitely happy. Thanks for the reminders of the benefits of reading the Word daily.

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  86. Thank you for the gentle reminder to try again. I have tried in the past, but find it so difficult to follow, hence making it difficult to understand. I think it the "language" (very wordy) if that makes sense. I found a version called the message which is more modern language and will have to carve out time in my day to get started.

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  87. I like what you shared about your mother-in-law. I can see how long remembered and cherished words would calm her.

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  88. Thank you, Cheri. While my days are not perfect, they do go smoother when I read the Bible.

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  89. Thanks for visiting, Kayla.

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  90. It does make sense, Maureen. I hope the version you found will be easier for you to read.

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  91. Hi, Corinne. Thank you!

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  92. Thanks for sharing this post Lori! I love all of them especially the bonus. I can relate to #3 as my father suffers from Alzheimer's. He can still recite most of the scriptures he has memorized over the years. We are blessed every time we hear him do that. Well, this morning our beautiful Spring weather has come to a screeching halt overnight as the thunderstorms roll in, I'm going to get off my computer for awhile. Anyway, thanks again for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. God bless.

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  93. Thank you, Horace, I'm sorry it has taken me so long to respond. Who knew the flu was still hanging around these parts? I'm hoping we are all on the mend now. I hope your week is going well.

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  94. Lori, I came to visit and spend some time meandering around some more. I read "longevity" reason to study God's Word. You are so right. Mama would calm down each time I would read the Psalms to her. Mama would smile and the dementia would lay aside for those few moments. Mary, a cook in the nursing home, would go into Mama's room on her breaks and share the Gospel and her Bible study lesson with Mama. Mama would be aware some days to even ask Mary what she learned in her Bible study! Is that beautiful or what? Mary also reassured me that Mama knew the Lord before she passed away and is with Jesus. Hallelujah!
    Thank you for sharing all of these reminders. I need to remember.
    loving you, ~ linda

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  95. Linda, I'm glad you found the encouragement you needed with this post. That is amazing to hear about your sweet mother. I believe the Lord allows those moments of clearness to happen so we will know they are still there and need to hear about Jesus. I love you too and I'm praying for you.

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