Sunday, January 16, 2011

Scripture Memorization

I cannot take one more minute of trying to figure out Statistics, so I figured I’d have some green tea (eyes rolling) and attempt to turn in semi-early so I can be fresh to face the day tomorrow. Today is Day 14 without coffee. I thought it would get easier but today was harder than I anticipated this far along in the game. The day started with my opening my bedroom door at six something in the AM and catching a fat whiff of the bean. Mom & Dad's bean. I wanted to cry. The only thing greater than the fresh aroma of coffee is the taste of it. A cup of it (or two). Miraculously, I did not partake. Though I wanted to. BAD. If I can actually kick caffeine for the long haul, I’m gonna need a reward of some sort. Seriously. This is no joke.

Anyway, I need to take my coffee withdrawal thoughts captive so let me switch gears and tell you about something I’m taking part in. One of the blogs I read regularly is Living Proof Ministries (Beth Moore's ministry). I love her passion for the Word and her gift to share the Word with so many women. For 2011, she has challenged those who read her blog to join her in memorizing 24 different scriptures for the year. Twice a month, she posts the verse she’ll be memorizing for the next two weeks and then anyone participating posts their verse underneath. It’s amazing to see all the wonderful promises from God’s Word listed underneath hers. Hundreds and thousands! It really is incredible. Not only does the blog provide accountability and a source of encouragement, but their ministry has created an app (free!) just for this Bible memorization team. I thought that was so cool!

A few summers ago at my church in Chicago, the women’s ministry had small groups who each memorized 24 verses out of Psalm 119. I was a group leader and was so nervous at the beginning because I have not been very good at memorizing lengthy passages, not to mention 24 verses out of Psalm 119. But it was amazing how, as we worked as a team and encouraged one another, we actually did it. And at the end of that summer, all of the women gathered together for a finale and each group recited (or sang or even acted out) their verses. At the end of that night we heard all of Psalm 119 (all 176 verses!). It was really powerful. What was even more powerful though was how I clung to those verses (81-104) in a difficult season that shortly followed. Those words became so real to me personally and ministered to me when no one else could. “If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.” (Psalm 119:92). The Word of God truly is alive and active. (Hebrews 4:12). No words can push out negativity, bring healing and renew your mind like the Words of the Bible. Nothing.

In December, when I saw this challenge for 2011 on Beth Moore’s blog, I knew right away I wanted to jump on board. I don’t have the greatest memory and I’m not the most eloquent person so I used to automatically think I wasn’t good at memorizing but the reality is if I can memorize the words to so many songs (and most of The Sound of Music), surely I can learn the Word of God. There are so many resources to help learn and most importantly, we have the Holy Spirit who will help us. People across this globe are being persecuted and killed just for owning a Bible. Here in America we have tons of translations available to us, often sitting on a shelf looking pretty. I don’t want the Word of God on my shelf; I want it in my heart. It’s the one thing that we will always have… “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24:35).

I encourage you all to find a verse and memorize it, really hide it in your heart. It doesn’t have to be multiple passages from Psalm 119, just something that you know God wants you to cling to. I promise you, it will be worth it. :-)

* * * * *Here's that app I mentioned. BTW, Siesta is not what you think.
In order to find out what siesta is all about, you gotta read the blog. :-)


Lis said...

Yay, Jenn! I noticed some time ago your blog link showed up on Facebook, and I meant to go back and search for it to follow it. I remember reading it that first day--WOW, you are amazing with words! Thanks for the follow!

You sound like my hubby in the first paragraph!

It's sad I really became more accountable to scripture memorization when my son entered a Christian school and it HAD to be done, but am still very lax with it. I need to take your very spiritual advice!

Christen Ringle said...

Just looked up "siesta" on her blog. LOL! That's great. Love you, friend.

Jenn said...

Thanks, Lis! So glad to follow your blog. I look forward to reading it more. :-)

Jenn said...

Love you, Siesta Christen. :-)