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Memory Verse: Week 14

Wow!  I can’t believe that I am already on my 14th verse for the year!  I have found the goal of about one/week to be an attainable goal and I am glad I didn’t overcommit myself! 

Here is the verse for this week:

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

~John 15:4-5


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Internalizing Scripture

I had the pleasure of attending a lecture given by Keith Ferrin of  That You May Know Ministries and all I can say is WOW!  This man was inspirational!  He talks about how the Word of God is not just words on paper, but it is living and active!  He shows this by “internalizing” books of the bible and “acting” them out (without any props or theatrical support).  Sound confusing??  Check out this video of him from the Northwest Ministry Conference here.

I attended a workshop given by him where he shared with us Five Elements of Foundational Reading as well as some tips about how to “internalize” scripture.  I thought I would share these with you, as they have been very helpful to me in making my Quiet Times more productive and fulfilling!

5 Elements of Foundational Reading

(in order of importance)

1.  Prayerful Reading

  • The difference between the bible and any other book written is that it is written with a sole purpose of drawing the reader into relationship with the author. 
  • There is nothing that the enemy hates more than when we read the Word of God.  This means that he is on the attack the second we even think about picking up our Bibles!  This doesn’t get any easier with time! 
  • The best defense is to pray before, during, and after reading the Bible.  Each and every time your mind starts to wander-stop and pray for God’s protection and help focusing during your time.  If you spend 25 min. of your 30 min. quiet time praying-THAT’s GREAT!

2.  Continuous Reading

  • A chapter a day doesn’t give your much time to really “get it”…
  • Read an entire book of the bible during your quiet time!  Sound like too much?  Did you know that of the 66 books of the Bible, 38-40 of them can be read in 30 min.! 

3.  Repetitious Reading

  • Read the same thing over and over again!
  • Ferrin recommends reading a short book (one that can be read in 30 min. or less) 30 times over the course of 30 days!

4.  Independent Reading

  • Leave the side notes and just read the scriptures!
  • Ignore the references too!
  • Don’t use commentaries-we are perfectly capable of understanding the Word on our own!

**Note that side notes, references, and commentaries are great, but they are of more use to someone who already “knows” the scripture!  If you read commentaries more than the scriptures, you are placing more importance on what other humans have to say than what God has to say!

5.  Thoughtful Reading

  • Use Background questions to help you really “soak in” the scriptures!
  • Ferrin suggests that after reading the scriptures a few times thru, start reading it with questions in the back of your mind.
  • Ex: “how would my marriage be different if I lived like this?” or “how would my life change if I took this advise”, etc.

Other Tips for Internalizing Scripture

1.  Read out loud!

  • The brain absorbs information better if you are both saying the words and hearing the words
  • I can personally attest to this one!  It helps me to focus more on the scriptures and I find my mind wanders less
  • Listening to Audio Bibles is also helpful!

2.  Read from the same, physical bible each time!

  • Not the same translation, but the same actual book- it helps jog your memory because your mind can picture what you are reading
  • You will begin to know specifically where a particular portion of the scripture is found. 
  • This is very helpful once you are reading more from memory

3.  Know the story before memorizing the words!

  • Read the story over and over again so that you already know all the details before you start worrying about the words themselves

4.  Read with your eyes closed!

  • After you know the story and you have read it though multiple times, you will find that you don’t necessarily need to look at the words anymore. 
  • Push yourself and try closing your eyes while reading

5. Read with your Bible closed!

  • Sounds crazy right?  Once you are reading more and more with your eyes closed, try closing your Bible too!  You will be able to quickly find your place when you get stuck!
  • If you find yourself growing dependent on having your Bible right there to “help” you when you get stuck, try walking around while reciting the scriptures….make yourself wait until you walk back towards your Bible to get help-you might remember without even needing the help!

Well, what are you waiting for?!?!  Get to it!  It is a fun challenge!

Anyway, I have decided to “soak” in the book of James for the month of April!  Each day I will read the book from my King James Bible.  I am going to supplement by listening to it read from a King James Audio Bible while in the car!  I will update you with my progress in the beginning of May!

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Memory Verse: Week 13

Last week was another successful week of memorization and I must say it is really cool to be able to go through them all-12 so far-when it feels like I just started working on them!

Here is the verse fo this week!

“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”

~John 14:21

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I have successfully memorized 1 Peter 1:3-5 and I am ready for a new one!  I am excited because the verse for this week is one that I kinda-sorta know already but would love to have memorized really well.  I have found that I know many verses (or basic idea of them), but often don’t know their reference (scriptural location).  From what I have gathered, this is a pretty common thing!  I know how important it is to know where verses are found so I have really been making sure to get that part down! 

Here is the verse for the week:

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

~Romans 8:38-39

Well, why not catch up from last week’s repeat and go ahead and memorize another this week.  It is another that I vaguely know, so it shouldn’t be too tough!

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

~2 Corinthians 5:17

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Memory Verse: Week 10

Last week, even though my verse was nice and short, I just had a hard time really getting it down….

I did manage to get it (after lots of practice) and I am ready to start a new one!  This week’s is a difficult one (in my opinion), but a good one (is there really a verse that isn’t a good one?)

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time”

~1 Peter 1:3-5

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Memory Verse: Week 9

Time to add another verse again!  Last week’s verse seemed long, but since I only had one to memorize, it didn’t seem to be too hard!  This week’s verse is shorter AND it is one that is more familiar to me so I don’t anticipate too much trouble.  I have found myself using my memory verses as a way to refocus my mind.  Whenever I notice that my mind is wandering, or I am getting stressed out, or I just feel like I need a little “pick-me-up”, I just start going down the list of all the verses that I have memorized thus far.  It is definitely helping to commit the verses to memory, but also leaves me feeling more refreshed than before starting!

Well, here it is for the week:

“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

~John 11: 25-26

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Memory Verse: Week 8

This week I am super glad that I am only working on one verse from the Memory Verse Guide because it is a long one!  I just received this evening and I am able to recall all seven that have been memorized at this point!  I am sure that if I continue reviewing and recalling them, that I will have them written on my heart forever!

Here is this weeks verse:

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”

~John 10:27-29

Happy memorizing!

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