“You’re familiar with the Navigators?”
“My father and his twin brother were mentored by Troutman. There is a picture of them in the biography written about his life.”
“I’d love to read that if you have a copy of it!” My enthusiasm evident in my tone.
(Reading biographies on heroes of the faith encourages me.)
He smiled and left the room.
Upon returning, he handed me an aged copy with the dustcover still intact.
I was excited to read about the man God used to start the ministry.
(My husband’s brother was loved and discipled by a Navigator while in the Air Force.)
“Oh! Thank you! I’ll be very careful with it and get it back as soon as possible.”
That was months ago, but I’ve been reading it steadily of late.
I’m past halfway, but not finished.
My heart has been challenged by the practical foundation Troutman laid with new believers.
He believed the Bible was true and should be applied daily to one’s life.
One of the ways he encouraged others to do this was something he did: memorize scripture.
He took these verses literally:
Proverbs 7:2-3 NKJV — Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Troutman and his fellow laborers, came up with many materials to help people grow in Bible memorization as well as Bible study.
One of the things they put together was four verses for memory work to ground new believers in the truth of their belief.
After, reading these, my heart was pricked.
I’ve learned these truths, but never memorized scripture to give me a direct reference to refer back to.
Last night, we decided to start on the first one.
I’m looking forward to memorizing each verse and building not only my own spiritual foundation, but also encouraging our teens.
Hebrews 4:12 KJV — For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
I want that kind of truth written on the tablet of my heart.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for these verses and others, telling us the importance of reading, meditating, and applying Your Word. Lord, thank You for the practical applications to our everyday lives. Lord Jesus, I am so blessed by Your gifts! Thank You for those men and women who have left such a rich legacy of faith for us. Lord, thank You for encouraging me through the life of another. Thank You for Your guidance and direction and provision. Truly, You are worthy of all praise, honor, and glory! May my life bring glory to Your name, this day. I love You, Jesus. Amen.