“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
This has been one of those weeks when the Word has been so rich and alive…as the post below expresses…a week where the mere mention of a scripture to a friend brings connection and the realization that you both were lingering over the same powerful words…together…yet in faraway places…the Word of God is alive and active. Powerful encounters with God’s Word are available each and every day…it is all about putting oneself in the position to allow Him to speak.
One of those ways is through memorization. I was over reading Ann Kroeker’s blog…if you have never checked out her blog…click away from my post now…she is a real life writer…she makes you think…she makes you laugh…she loves the Lord…but most of all…she is very real…I feel like I could just call her up and chat for awhile…
Ann is launching Mega Memory Month here…all the details are on her site. Simply put, choose a piece of scripture you would like to memorize during the month of October…think big for yourself…don’t limit what you think you can accomplish…no matter how many times you may have started and stopped…start again…I assure you God will show up. About 10 years ago, my friend Charlotte and I decided to memorize the book of James. Although we only ended up memorizing the first 2 chapters, it was amazing how often the very verses were focusing on would show up in sermons, worship songs, conversation…we felt like it was God cheering us on…God honored our desire even though we didn’t finish the big goal.
If you decide to join in, leave a comment on Ann’s blog so she can link you with all the other participants and be sure to tell me as well.
So…what have I decided to memorize this month?
This was a difficult decision…first I thought that I would tackle Psalm 37 because I had just completed an audio series on delighting in God…then I thought Psalm 27 as it has been an extremely meaningful psalm to me as of late. As usual, I got completely bogged down by making the “right” choice and then I laughed out loud because I realized that this was not an “all or nothing” proposal, I am sure that in November I could choose another piece of scripture so I relaxed and decided to consult an old favorite…Tim LaHaye. I have a very yellowed copy of his book called How To Study The Bible For Yourself…it is a great resource. I remembered that he had compiled a list of 12 chapters of scripture he felt every believer should master.
Here’s the list:
- Ephesians 5
- Galatians 5
- John 14-17
- Romans 6,8,12
- I Timothy 2
- Ephesians 4, 6
He also includes a second group:
- John 1, 3-5
- Matthew 5-7, 13, 24-25
- Matthew 26-28
- John 11-12, 18-21
- Acts 2-3
- I Corinthians 6, 15
- II Corinthians 4-6
- Proverbs 3
- Psalms 1, 27, 37
That is a lot to choose from…maybe one of these chapters will speak to you…the chapter that I have chosen for this Mega Memory Month is Romans 12.
I have copied and pasted it from Bible Gateway onto a document…changed it to the font I desired ( I am picky that way)…made the appropriate spacings to take sections in 2-3 verse chunks and now I am ready to cut and paste these amazing verses onto index cards and attach them to a metal ring. That’s it for now…I will share with you any other tips or tools that I use to aid in hiding God’s Word in my heart and Ann has lots of tips now and will be sharing her progress and tidbits every Monday in October.
As I have learned with the cover to cover Bible readings…it is so much fun to do things in community…
Will you join me…don’t let the word “mega” scare you…just imagine what will happen in the course of a month…just imagine…I believe that it will be more than we can ask or imagine…sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?!
Oh…and BTW…if you couldn’t tell from this post…I am feeling really good…so for all you lovely friends that have been asking how I am feeling…I met with my surgeon today for the last time we hope…and I can’t tell you how much better I feel…probably the best I have felt in about a year…I received the pathology report and I had lots of gall stones and several really large ones…so I am really thankful…trying really hard to not overdo it because I am still healing but for today…I feel just terrific! Thank you so much for all your prayers and continued concern.
*Psalm 119: 24*