Back in my late 20’s I did memorize the book of James, along with many other long passages that were meaningful to me, including the entire Sermon on the Mount, several Psalms, 1 Peter, and I don’t remember all the others now. I would not be able to recite them all today as I could then, but the words are still in my heart, ready for God to use when he wants to. It has been worth the effort it took. I just learned one new verse a day and each day would say the passage as far as I had gotten. I still try to memorize verses that have special meaning for me. Memorizing is good for keeping our brains sharp as we get older.

I first memorized the passage from Ephesians 6 you quoted when I was in Vacation Bible School. It must have been in the fourth grade. I still remember making a sword of the Spirit, a breastplate of righteousness, a shield of faith, and a helmet of salvation. Funny how those visual aids helped impress the verses on our young memories.

Christian, bereaved adoptive mom, blogger, amateur nature photographer, voracious reader. Married 54 years. Central Coast of California.

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