Worth Repeating {11/4/14}

4 Nov

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Scripture memorization has always been one of those things for me that I struggle with. I have grand ambitions of memorizing a verse a week but I peeter out before a month has passed.

I have memorized verses more organically though. When I was first learning about joy coming from accepting what God allows, my ‘mantra’ verse was “The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD.” When I was training for my full marathon and wanting to have faith that God cared about my running, I recited “My God in his steadfast love will meet me; he will let me look in triumph on my enemies [the marathon].” But I didn’t memorize the book or verse number – just the words.

Back in August, I had the idea of memorizing a single verse every quarter (every 3 months). It seemed like a good compromise between intentional and organic memorization.

So far, it has worked really well. The verse I choose is related to an area that I feel I need particular encouragement in or to focus on.

My verse for July, August and September was Galatians 6:9 – “And let us not grow weary of doingmo good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” That verse encouraged me to keep making dinner, cleaning, taking care of Emma, etc because it will produce a harvest in due time.

My verse for October, November and December is Ephesians 5:15-16 – “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Wisely managing my time as a stay-at-home, pregnant mom is often challenging. It’s a thin line between laziness and relaxation. This verse reminds me that time is limited and days are fleeting. One result of focusing on this verse has been that I started getting up around 6 am everyday for coffee and time in the Bible – I haven’t voluntarily gotten up that early since before Emma was born!

I have plans to write each quarter’s verse out and hang it up in a place where I’ll see it often. That way, it’ll remind both me and my family of truth! I haven’t gotten that done quite yet but hopefully soon!

How do you memorize Scripture?

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