When my kids went back to school last fall, I made a loose commitment to myself to memorize scripture. It wasn't quantified or anything. I just took a new notebook and started with something. I wrote it down. I read it and repeated it in my brain over and over until I KNEW it. Once I knew it, I wrote the date next to it.
It was not much of a system, but it worked. However, a few weeks later, I found Angel's blog. Actually, I think she found me, and then I found her back. She hosts a twice-monthly scripture memorizing accountability forum. On the 1st and 15th of every month, she writes a post titled Moxie Memorizers and then whoever has something memorized can type it into a comment. (Here is her first 2012 MM post. You can see my comment below it where I typed in the verses I have been working on). The bonus is that when I read through everyone else's comments to see what they're memorizing, I always find something I feel inspired to learn too. The hardest part is deciding what to learn next.
Basically, taking part in Moxie Memorizers two times a month gives me a more defined goal. You know what? It is NOT hard to memorize one verse in two weeks. Not if you have that little notebook on your desk and you flip it open every couple days and review the verse you're on. I'm sincerely surprised at how easy it's been. And when I go back to review the passages I learned over the last few months, I'm so, so pleased. I am retaining not only the words, but the truths as well. God's word is so useful! I should never underestimate how practical truth is to my everyday life.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:16-17
You know, if we did this every two weeks, we'd have 24 new verses committed to memory by the end of the year.
What do you think God may do with that storehouse of wisdom? And to whom could you possibly pass on such encouragement, such truth needed so desperately in our world? Your co-workers? Your children? Your friends? Most importantly, we could encourage and remind ourselves to lean not on our own understanding, but to continue to trust and follow Him.
I'm certainly keeping up with Angel's memorizing program this year. It's been such a blessing to me, I just had to tell you about it.
Want to join me??