Sunday, January 4, 2009

scripture memorizing

I don't like memorizing things.  I used to have to memorize scripture in school and didn't like it.  I do like that the verses are in my head and my heart.  They frequently come to me when I need them.  I don't always know them word for word and I seldom know their exact location, but I know what they say -- what they mean.  

But I am feeling led to memorize again.  It's because Michelle posted about it on her blog and she is doing it because Beth Moore started a challenge on her blog.  The idea is to memorize two per month.  Michelle decided to use her creativity to help her memorize and I loved that idea.  Because I know that repeating a phrase over and over and over bores me and I won't stick with it. 

So what I am doing is using an unlined journal to write the verse in.  Then I will do whatever I feel like doing to help me learn the verse.  So far I have written it in two different versions.  Written my own paraphrase.  Written some thoughts and a prayer about the verse and looked some words up in my Greek dictionary. 
I may later draw or just color, or find pictures to paste into my book that help me learn the verse.  I personally am not concerned with word for word accuracy, but want to learn the concept -- the truth -- of the passage.  Word for word would be a nice bonus.

So, the first verse I am learning is 2 Peter 1:3.  Seeing that He has granted unto us by His divine power all that pertains to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by his glory and excellence.  Something like that.  I am using the New American Standard translation.  

So, who wants to join Beth, Michelle and me in memorizing God's word this year?


  1. I'm so glad we're going at this together...our own way!

    So far, I'm loving it. I hope I can keep at it (and keep loving it!)


  2. I haven't thought about this in a while. The only one I have truly memorized is John 3:16. I used to be wary of doing this because I didn't want to get it wrong in my reciting to someone. But I'm over that now.

    Btw, "Jesus wept." doesn't count.

  3. I wrote out my verse this morning. I'm using the one Michele used on the WFTJ Devotion. It seemed applicable to me right now.

  4. You have inspired me. I am making it a family thing. The boys are going to pick one for all of us to memorize and then the girls will..with my help. Let you know how it goes! Getting the Word in our hearts...cannot go wrong there!


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