Getting to Know You: What are you working on?
The intended mission for this post is to create a place where everyone can encourage one another by sharing what large-(or small)-scale memorization projects they are currently working on. This post is obviously very small, so let's make up for it in comments!!
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25 responses to Getting to Know You: What are you working on?
Cool post, RiverJordan.
I have several projects going on. I have memorized Psalm 1 and Psalm 23 recently (great places to start if you are new to memorizing chapters of the bible). Currently I am working on Psalm 150, Isaiah 53, 1 Corinthians 13, and the book of Philippians (I'm about 8 verses in to chapter 1). I also have ambitions of memorizing the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) soon. Then again, I would like to be able to quote from memory the entire Word of God. We'll see how that goes.
Currently I am working on memorizing the book of Revelation. Every morning I usually memorize a bit and then when I get on the computer (like now).
This is a great idea, RiverJordan! I am currently working on 1 Corinthians 13 and the book of James along with many miscellaneous verses. I have been so impressed with how God has been working to change my heart as I learn verses. I wish I had started this many years ago! You kids that are doing this will have so many blessings as a result (same with adults, but just not as many years to enjoy them)!
Currently I am working on memorizing the verses for the Bible Bee and getting to know them really well before the National Competition in November. After that I plan on either trying to memorize the book of Galatians or the book of Hebrews.
I want to be able to quote scripute when I witness to people. That is why I am trying to memorize verses that cover all the areas that commonly come up during witnessing.
I'm close to finishing the Sermon on the Mount. I found it a lot easier than Ephesians 1 :)
I want to be able to explain to people the good news of the gospel for this reason I am attempting to memorize the whole Bible I believe it can be done. I am only sixteen so why could I not finish it before I die if God wills it.
The New Testament can be memorized in 5 - 6 years if memorizing 4 to 6 verses a day or 1 chapter a week. There is a rationale for this plan formulated for pastors but can be useful for everyone who can benefit from a specific schedule:
Of course the best rationale is the one the Lord gives you as you seek him through prayer. I just finished Galatians and will be starting Romans next. Like both Nathan's, one of the main reasons is to witness and share the Gospel more effectively although the benefits of memorizing Scripture are endless.
Nathan!! That is so awesome. I have the same goal in mind! I now have at least the first verse of every book of the Bible as well as numerous other verses here and there. I started with Galatians and James a couple years ago, and am slowly adding them into MemVerse, one verse at a time, only as I am sure I know them. I calculate that it shouldn't take more than 20 years at 5 verses a day. That has been my goal and it's taking a lot of time, but my children are grown so I use much of my spare time on MemVerse. God willing, I will be able to celebrate the memorization of His entire Word by my 70th birthday! :)
Sometimes I feel like I'm wasting my time, I should be spending it in prayer or visiting people or (of all things....) housework!!! :D :D But I know that for this time in my life it's the right thing to do, and Jesus is with me helping me to find the correct balance in all things. James tells me that if I ask Him for wisdom He will give it to me, but I have to trust Him, and not wonder if I'm actually hearing from Him or not. And I also know that if I hide His word in my heart, I will be much less likely to sin against Him, so I will continue to build that great foundation.
Much time has gone under the bridge as I learn this, but thanks be to God, He is greater than I and my faith is growing and so is my knowledge of His Word, both written and Living! :) I want to be like Mary, who chose the better part, and sit and listen to my Master. I believe this time in my life is one of listening, so I take much time on each verse that does not come readily to mind, reading it slowly, repeating it to myself at least ten times before I move on. For I don't want to just memorize the words, neither do I think I could remember it any other way, but it must make sense; so I am learning to wait on God for *HIS* "interpretation" of each verse and His Word is truly coming alive. And I no longer hit anything but #3, because I want it repeated as often as possible. The goal is to KNOW it, not just to see it recorded as "memorized".
I encourage all of you who are part of MemVerse to never give up. And those who have children still at home, do all you can to encourage them to begin memorizing. My biggest regret is I did not do this with my own children. I leave you with another passage I plan to add soon:
Deut 6:4-9 (NKJV)
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.
Num 6:24-26 (NKJV)
I am working on Psalm 103 and the book of Philippians. This is my first attempt at memorizing chunks of scripture, and with a baby at home it is a challenge, but I keep plugging away!
Tracy that is wonderful! :) Read the verses aloud to your baby. The more s/he gets that word into her/his head, the easier it will be to get it into his/her heart when s/he's old enough to understand. :)
That's a great idea. I already enjoy singing hymns to him, but reciting Scripture would be wonderful as well--especially on the many days I can't actually get on the computer!
The reminder of Deuteronomy 6 is much appreciated! (I am definately grateful for my own parents encouraging me to make Scripture a part of my life early on. I have also found it very encouraging to spend some time once a week with my brothers checking each other out. I reserve the use of MemVerse for more long-term accountability on passages that are more on the difficult side and it is working really well.) So far the Lord has directed to memorize by book and currently I'm on one of the hardest memorizing goals I've ever had: memorizing the book of Hosea by the end of the Hebrew new year next spring. It is amazing to see that once you determine to follow where the Lord leads and engraft a section of Scripture, you begin to understand it and see it in a completely new light. Thank you for the accountability River Jordan!
I am working on a variety of verses because i am doing a bible memory thing for Regional Convention. MemVerse has helped me remember the references to the verse. I am still working on memorizing; it will take a while.
Right now I am working on getting all the verses I have memorized in the past on here! I hope to soon be adding the whole Sermon on the Mount.
Right now I am working on Romans 8.
Right now I am studying for the National Bible Bee. After November 13, I plan to add all the verses I have memorized in the past and start into Romans. It should be a great book to study.
Good for you Alex I will pray that you do well. Did the Bible Bee once and it was hard. Maybe memverse could help me with the memorizing stuff.
I am memorizing Psalm 103 too -- after that I may memorize another Psalm or return to memorizing from the New Testament. I'm praying about whether to memorize 2 Timothy, 2 Peter or one of the gospels (probably Mark since it is the shortest). Part of my quandary is that as I add scripture to memory, I also like to review it for at least 7 years on a regular basis. I'm getting to the point where time wise it is hard to fit it all in... but it's worth it! Memverse has been such a help in review but I can't go a full month without reviewing verses (or I can't remember them - I am 50 years old). I also have all my verses on verse cards and review them daily on a two week rotation - usually as I am taking a walk.
ByHisGrace, you are an encouragement to me! I was going to encourage you, after your comment about being 50, as I am 50 myself. Then I saw your level on the leaderboard and *I* was blessed!!! :) Keep up the good work!!! And may God bless you richly as you continue to hide His word in your heart. :)
Laurel, I think you must have a gift of encouragement as I see your comments to myself and others as well! Thank you. It's nice to see another 50 year old woman is memorizing on here :-) Isn't it great to know that there is something we can still remember - ha! God is good - all the time!!!
ByHisGrace & Laurel,
I too can't go one month without review. I was getting frustrated but now I'm glad you said you review every two weeks all your verses. I will sit down and make a plan for myself to do just that.
I too am in my 50's 58 to be exact:D I was trully WOWed when I read there are people who are trying to memorize THE WHOLE BIBLE. That is great!!!
I am at the end of memorizing the Sermon on the Mont. thinking of tackling the Book of James next.
By the way I read Ps.103 every moringing lately.
I participated as a junior in the 2011 National Bible Bee, and so I have 700 verses memorized from that, but I am working on putting them all on memverse, as well as 1 Corinthians 13, the Memorize Elijah verses, and countless others. Oh dear... Ephesians 1:11-19 is calling for me to add it...
I have been using Memverse to help memorize verses for the Bible Bee.
For example-- : )
I just started memorizing Psalm 119. I'm memorizing one or two verses every day, so I hope to be done in February or March.
The way I'm doing it (besides Memverse) is that I'm reading from Charles Bridge's Exposition of Psalm 119 every morning and then I write a verse or two on an index card and carry it around with me during the day. (I'm homeschooled, but I would encourage public-schoolers and office-workers to do the same!!) So by the time I come to Memverse the next morning, I can already hit 'Perfect!' : )