Week One: HEART VERSE

Written by: D’Anne Mullin

Each week I have the honour and privilege of sharing with you our Weekly Heart Verse.  An opportunity to highlight a scripture in our study of Karen Ehman’s book, “Keep It Shut,” and share scripture memorization techniques with you.

King David wrote in Psalm 119:11, “Your word have I hidden in my heart, that I may not sin against you.”  To hide God’s Word in our hearts is so key when it comes to the topic of this study, as our goal should always be to speak with wisdom, purity and to uplift.  Actively and intentionally memorizing the scriptures to follow will help you in moments when you are tempted to speak out of turn or with sinful intent.

I would like to draw your attention to Page 75 where you will find the “Top Ten Verses to Help You Watch Your Words.”  Each week we will focus on one verse from this list and I would encourage you to use the scripture memorization techniques I share to help you tuck these scriptures away in your hearts.

So, let’s get started!

This week’s heart verse is found in Ecclesiastes 10:2 (see Page 75).

“Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips.”

I felt this was a great place to start; to focus our minds on the importance of using wisdom in all our spoken/digital interactions with people.  We need to know when, what, and how to speak and when, what, and how not to speak.  The book of Proverbs, on countless occasions, implores us to pray for wisdom and shares that God will give it to us when we ask.  We need to begin each day by asking God to help us in our communication with others.

A great technique to learn a short, but important little verse like this, is to simply write it out each day in your prayer journal and underneath it write a small prayer asking God for wisdom in your speech and that it will be filled with grace as you interact with others.  Writing out scripture repeatedly will help to reinforce it in your mind.  At the end of the week look back over the scripture and prayers you wrote out each day and record how God helped you through the week!