Saturday, October 19, 2013

Day 19: How Shall the Young Direct Their Way?

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How Shall the Young Direct Their Way is not a song we sang as a family nor part of our homeschooling, but it ties in nicely with this week's theme of parenting because it sums up so nicely what we as Christian parents seek -- to have our children love the Lord God and His Word. I was first introduced to this hymn a few years ago, and it quickly became a favorite. On Thursday I was helping Grace study for her spelling list and we came to the word sincerely, and we both immediately started singing, "Sincerely I have sought you, Lord...."

Yesterday, I started to share my top 31 favorite Bible verses, so today I will conclude that list. If we want our children to cherish God's Word in their hearts, they must first see that we love God's Word. I hope they already see that in me, but I'm thinking it might be nice to write some of these verses down somewhere, maybe in an album, so they will always know which verses I treasured most. In my Bible I have marked a verse that my mom claimed when she was battling cancer, and it is such a special reminder to me of God's faithfulness.

If you didn't share your favorite verse in the comments yesterday, feel free to do so today!
  1. Habakkuk 2:1. "I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me...."
  2. Zephaniah 3:17.  "The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."
  3. Malachai 3:6. "I the Lord do not change." Cheating again and pairing this with Hebrews 13:8. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."
  4. John 1:1-5, 18. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.... No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known."
  5. John 3:30. "He must become greater; I must become less."
  6. John 14:6-7, 26-27. "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.... All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, who the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
  7. Acts 4:12. "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to me by which we must be saved."
  8. Romans 8:38-39. {Wish I could have just listed the whole chapter!} "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
  9. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of all compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any troubles with the comfort we ourselves have received from God."
  10. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
  11. Galatians 6:9-10. "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of God."
  12. Ephesians 1:13-14. "And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession -- to the praise of his glory."
  13. Ephesians 5:1-2. "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children, and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
  14. Philippians 3:10-11.  "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead."
  15. Philippians 4:8. "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things."
  16. Hebrews 11:1. "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."

How Shall the Young Direct Their Way?
Psalm 119:9-16

How shall the young direct their way?
What light shall be their perfect guide?
Your Word, O Lord, will safely lead,
If in its wisdom they confide.
Sincerely I have sought you, Lord,
O let me not from you depart;
To know your will and keep from sin
Your Word I cherish in my heart.

O blessed Lord, teach me your law,
Your righteous judgements I declare;
Your testimonies make me glad,
For they are wealth beyond compare.
Upon your precepts and your ways
My heart will meditate with awe;
Your Word shall be my chief delight,
And I will not forget your law.


  1. Psalm 119 was our read through in one year assignment just yesterday. Thanks for sharing.

    I really like that you chose to share your favorite Bible verses. Most of my faves are on your list. :)

    I also really like the idea of doing subcategories. I understand not wanting to a 31 days meme again. I could never post every single day and really admire you for doing this. (I am loving the hymns, btw, and don't think you're elevating them above Scripture. It has really been a blessing to me to have a daily worship reminder.) However, maybe that's a series we could take on in the future with a couple other bloggers. I can email you details of my idea later, if you're interested.

    1. LOL, at first I thought you meant you were taking a year to read Psalm 119 and I thought, "Hmm... I know it's long, but that's really in depth." I think I need more sleep. ; )

      I'd love doing a series with you or a group! Can't believe we've never done something like that before -- how long have we been blogging BFFs? : ) Hey! I think this month is our 5 year anniversary, isn't it?! I "met" you when you were nominated for best new homeschool blog and doesn't that usually happen in October? We should celebrate! : )

  2. another favorite hymn of mine....I can't get over how much I love this 31 challenge. Galatians 6:9 is also a favorite of mine, has been since I was in high school...I used it as a reminder to stick with my convictions, even though being a "goody two shoes" was tough as a teenager.

    1. Awww, that's so neat! Btw, thanks for your sweet comments and for the great conversation Wednesday evening -- very uplifting!