Time to share our 4th verses! Thank you so much for stopping by! If you are new to scripture memory, Welcome!!! It’s never too late to start! If you have been here before, you know the drill… please share the verse or verses you are working on for this time period, whatever you like about how those verses came to you, feel free to share anything that is going on in your life, ask for prayers, comment on other peoples’ comments, and if you memorized scripture last year, please share your verses for last year! Thanks so much!
On February 15 of last year, I was still reading Francis Chan’s “Forgotten God,” about the Holy Spirit. I was struck by these words, spoken by Jesus:
New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
What a promise! The Spirit of truth, with us and in us! How exciting! This was a more difficult passage for me to memorize (and a somewhat challenging book to read), but I found that because I really had to work at it to get in engrained in my brain, it has stuck with me and returns to me often. Some verses and passages I worked on last year came easily to me, and others were a bit more work. When I am struggling, it can help me to look for patterns or symmetry in the verse. For example, at the beginning of this passage, it is Jesus speaking of first himself, then the Father, then the Spirit of truth, the Trinity. In the next sentence, the word “him” is used 3 times in referring to the Spirit. This symmetry not only helps me commit the verses to memory, but helps me appreciate the beautiful literary quality of so many of the passages.
It was also at this time that I discovered that there is more than one NIV (you probably already knew that). I had been working from a couple of different Bibles, and since I was having trouble memorizing these verses, kept referring to my Bibles to refresh my memory. At some point I realized that the translations I was using, while both NIV, were worded very differently. And I found that, as a general rule, I prefer the NIV 1984. These verses, however, are from the NIV. This confusion could be part of the reason why I had so much trouble getting them to stick… What about you? Do you have a favorite version for memory work? For study?
Also, as a general note on scripture memorization, a very sweet Siesta in Houston gave my friend Cara an invaluable tip. She had done the memory challenge before, and said that she works on her new verses during the week, then on Sunday she reviews her older verses so as not to forget them completely. I have found this to be a great way to keep the old verses fresh!
And now for the new! If you’ve been here before, you know that this year I am working on the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5 – 7, with a group of ladies. I seem to be confusing some people by guessing ahead which verses we will be covering (Cara is posting weekly while I am sticking with the 1st and 15th of each month), so this time I will simply say that we are currently up to Matthew 5:12. Our most recent verses have dealt with persecution, and if you are interested in joining in the conversation (which has been fascinating) you would be most welcome to join us by clicking here.
New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Your turn! I look forward to hearing from you, and I absolutely LOVE that so many of you are commenting on each other’s comments. I was really hoping for a community here, not a following. Thank you for blessing me as you allow the Lord to use you in blessing each other!!!
One last note: We have been talking about a book, “Made to Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst. Some of the ladies here have read it and many of us would like to, so some of us are going to read it together starting on February 22, the first day of Lent. I will put up a short post that day where everyone can chime in with their comments about the book. We’d love to have more company, please feel free to join in! You have a week to get your copy if you don’t already have one!
The Lord bless and keep each and every one of you!