I just read a great blog post that I found on the portal page, written by Amanda Bennett. In her blog, she wrote:
It should have occurred to me to post these things for my children…
When I was 10 years old, our family moved to a South Pacific island to be missionaries. Our first house in the jungle was a temporary house, with dirt floors (until the natives wove some bamboo for it) and open windows (the natives would stare in the window screens at us all day long as if we were in a museum). We didn’t have running water or electricity. In the mornings, someone would build a fire to heat up water for the day. We used an outhouse as our bathroom.
On the interior of the outhouse door, my mother stapled different snippets of Scriptures and poems that she had torn out of magazines like Our Daily Bread. As I would sit on the plywood toilet seat, I’d read those papers she had posted. Reading the words helped keep my mind off the snakes and spiders that I imagined lived in the outhouse.
Eventually, it was time for us four kids to go off to missionary boarding school, far away from our parents and their bush house. They didn’t have a phone or a two-way radio, so while at school, we didn’t have communication with them. It was hard for me to adjust, after having spent my first ten years with my adoring parents.
There were many teary nights at school when I missed my parents. We had many fun times at the boarding school, but the tears still came at unexpected moments. Sometimes the dorm parents, too overloaded with 20 kids to raise, were uncaring. When I became sick and wanted my mama to be there, the tears would come. Over the years, there were sad times when I wanted to just be with my family.
But every time I cried, God would bring comfort to me, in the words of a poem that I had accidentally memorized in that jungle outhouse:
Those words were balm to my hurting ten-year-old soul.
How many times have you had a Scripture pop into your head just when you needed it most? Or a poem, or a famous saying? Only what you have memorized can come to mind! We need to give our children the gift that these memorized words bring. When they are in a tough time, it will be comforting to them to have those words.
Now, excuse me while I write down a few Scripture verses to place around the house. Maybe by the toilet is not such a bad spot.