Several of my favorite bloggers have been blogging about memorizing scripture lately. My husband has been memorizing scripture too and it seems that everywhere I turn I'm reading or hearing about the benefits of hiding His word in our hearts. OK God, I'm a little slow, but I'm listening now. :)
I've decided to join with Sara in the James Challenge. She is making it her goal (and I am following along) to memorize the entire book of James in 2009. She even has a Yahoo group set up to help with accountability.
I'm nervous about this and I feel like I'm standing at the bottom of a huge mountain I'm about to climb, but I know that with LOTS of prayer and plain ol' hard work I can do it.
If you are also participating in The James Challenge, I would love to hear from you and I would be thrilled if you would pray for me as I embark on this journey. I'll keep you updated with my progress as the year goes along.
Here's what I've done so far:
I got out my 10 year old copy of Warren Wiersbe's Be Mature and I've read the first chapter. I hand wrote James 1:1-4 on a note card and I've been carrying the card around with me, reading it and saying it aloud. It helps me to remember things when I write them out. I also listened to the first chapter of James. I need all the help I can get so I figure I should make use of all the ways of learning possible.
Suggestions for memorizing
Calculating the Art of Memorizing
“I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . .
No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant.
Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced.
Your faith will be solidified.”
- Chuck Swindoll