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Sunday, May 05, 2013

Memorizing the book of James

 I'm not sure how much time I spent on this, but this is just James 1 verses 1-3, over and over again.
I think I've got it down, but it's not tight yet.  I've since moved on to include v. 4, and plan to add v. 5 today or tomorrow.  Ideally, I will be adding one verse per day until I have the entire book memorized.

My good friend Elaine (over there at the Bear) started this process a few months ago, I believe with the same book of the Bible.  She has claimed that it has rocked her spiritual world like nothing else, and challenged our small group to try it.  One verse per day was her recommendation.  I'm falling a little short, but I'm a beginner at this, so I'm not discouraged.

In fact, I've already had cause to quote this bit of the Bible that has been bound to my forehead, so to speak.  This morning Horyon told me that when the kids get sick she tries to think that at least we aren't fighting the sinus infections that we suffered through in 2011.  I started in on James 1:2-3  "My brothers and sisters, count it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance."

Now maybe I am the guy with the hammer who sees every problem as a nail, but I don't think so.  I think that God is sending me a message:  that God's Word is worth the investment of time and effort.  It bears fruit, and helps to make sense of the world.

That said, I don't expect to start memorizing big chunks of Numbers any time soon, but I want to make memorizing big chunks of scripture a regular part of my time with God.  And I think that God approves.  Has anyone else out there tried this?  I'd love to hear how it has gone for you.

1 comment:

Steve Carlson said...

Hello Rob, my brother.
I was perusing your blogs and came across this one regarding scripture memorization.
I have recently memorized the Sermon on the Mount taken out of Matthew chapters 5-7. It seemed daunting at first, but here is my method which I think you are already doing:
a) don't try to set a world memorizing speed record
2)one or two verses daily or maybe one or two paragraphs daily
c)write it down, type it, send yourself an email and repeat that process a couple of times daily. It helps to solidify things in the brain.
6th & lastly) I know the passage in my brain, now it must reside in my heart. Take serious time to meditate on the Word (I am pointing at me).

Tell Horyon hello for me. I think of you often.

Steve Carlson

PS.... your kids are adorable and growing up fast. My kids are growing up, too! Alex will be a freshmen in college at St. Louis University. Nico, almost 6' tall, will be a fresh at Lawrence High.

Peace & Love to you and your family.

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