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Spilt MilkDevotions for Moms
By Linda Vujnov
ZondervanCopyright © 2009 Linda Vujnov
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Chapter Onedead yet
"Is she dead yet?" I asked, shuffling past my son and daughter as they burst into the seventeenth performance of a silly, hand-clappy, nonsensical melody about a gal named Miss Susie. The lyrics start when Miss Susie is a baby, giving childish details as to what Miss Susie says through each milestone of her life.
It goes something like this: "Miss Susie was a baby, a baby, a baby, Miss Susie was a baby, she went like this, "Where's my bottle?" The singsong continues along with questions she asks, depending on her age. The final line is, "Miss Susie was a grandma, a grandma, a grandma, Miss Susie was a grandma, and she went like this, "Where's my cane?"
As day turned to night, the song became more incessant and irritating. Who in the world is Miss Susie, and why would anyone create such an annoying rhyming song about her? My two oldest children spent the next twenty-four plus hours facing each other in different parts of every room, slapping hands and chanting about this strange character named Miss Susie. This insidious clang, clang, rubbish, quickly became impressed on my brain.
I caught myself while in the shower or feeding the dog or doing laundry repeating Miss Susie's life story-ugh! onlysevere drugs could clear the mentally etched song. Why did I remember a song about Miss Susie, whom I don't even know, but I cannot seem to remember a Scripture past the first reading?
The best way to remember Scripture is by repeating it over and over again. We, as believers, need to make Scripture memory a part of our daily quiet time. Easier said than done? of course! but there is one thing that is for sure: it takes one step to start the journey. Standing still will get you nowhere.
At the end of each Spilt Milk devotion I include a Scripture verse. Feel free to sing them to yourself to the tune of "Mary Had a little lamb" or the Little Einsteins theme song-whatever it takes to get them stuck in your head like Miss Susie's still stuck in mine, although by now she must be dead.
For those of you who cannot carry a tune past your front door, are in the church choir but shouldn't be, or (like me) would end up in the outtakes of American Idol, don't fret. Another way to get Scriptures stuck in your head is to write them on sticky notes and adhere them to bathroom mirrors, the refrigerator, the pantry, or wherever you visit during your daily routine. Oh, by the way. I don't recommend sticking one to your two-year-old's forehead. It keeps falling off.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
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