"It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes" (Psalm 119:71).

Mopping the kitchen floor and washing dishes have always been my two least favorite jobs. Because of the obvious health hazard and the fact we needed to reuse them, I daily set my mind to rid the kitchen counters of the accumulated piles of dishes. However, procrastination would set in when the time came to mop the kitchen floor, especially during the snowy days of winter. I justified my laziness with the demands of homeschooling and counteracted with vacuuming daily and passing the "take your shoes off at the door" law. Unfortunately, even this new rule failed to eliminate the need for a daily or even semi-daily mopping of footprints and sticky patches from spilled food. If the teaching role had been reversed and my young children had graded me on this task, I definitely would have received an "F."

My laziness and procrastination affected other areas of my life as well. Scripture memory was incorporated into my children's Bible curriculum, but disciplining myself to "hide God's Word in my heart" was an area in which I was sorely lacking. Again, I justified myself by saying, "I make time for daily prayer, Bible study, and devotions. I can't do everything. As a homeschooling mom, there isn't time!" However, God simply didn't give me an "F" in Scripture memorization and leave me alone. He challenged me with His truth in Psalm 119:99-104 and led me to a topical system of memorizing His Word. I soon discovered the blessing of really knowing God's Word and its power to change my life and others. In fact, He even showed me how to memorize Bible verses easily — by combining mopping and Scripture memory at the same time!

When was the last time you memorized a Bible verse? You'll never start if you don't make a lesson plan for yourself. Why not find an accountability partner (maybe your own child) to memorize Scriptures with and discover the strength of God's Word in your heart and mind? "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15).

Lord, please forgive my laziness in handling Your Word. Teach me again to love Your Word and meditate on its truths. In Jesus' name, Amen.