Sunday, January 10, 2010

Bible memorization this year

I haven't attempted any large memorization projects for a long time, so I have little idea how quickly I'll be able to memorize Bible passages this year.  

But I have come up with a list of passages that I want to memorize, and a tentative order. The idea is going to be to start at the beginning, and just see how far I get this year. I don't think I'll get to all of them, but who knows?

Here it is:

-Deuteronomy 7:17-26 - This one particularly moved me when I was reading through the Old Testament last year. It's about the Israelites, of course, but you could easily take it as a description of spiritual growth in an individual Christian as well.

-Romans 12 - My grandfather read this chapter of the Bible every morning, as a sort of rule of life. I think I would do well to follow his example in taking its words to heart.

-Psalm 119: 25-32 (Daleth) - This could well be my life passage. And if it is that important, I ought to know it by heart.

-Psalms of Ascent, especially 120-128 - These just because I love them. I have several of them half-memorized already.

-Proverbs 31  (not just the excellent wife part, but the oracle of King Lemuel's mother as well)  

-Ephesians - My favorite of the epistles, unless it's the one below.

-James - My favorite of the epistles, unless it's the one above.

-Isaiah 53-55 - This starts with the description of the Suffering Servant, and progresses to the "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters . . ."

-John 1-4; 14-17; 21 - the first four chapters is to solidify some memorization work I did long ago. 14-17 is Jesus' long discourse before his death, on the Holy Spirit and the Church and so many other amazing things. 21 is the scene on the beach with John and Peter, and I put it on the list just because I love it.

Is anyone else planning on doing some memorization this year? And if so, what are you doing?

peace of Christ to you,

Jessica Snell

1 comment:

Elena said...

I've been reading the Little House books to the wuggies, and I was startled to find Laura casually mentioning that of course she and her sisters had memorized the entire book of Psalms.


Anyway, we've been going Psalm-crazy lately. It's taken me a terribly long time to start to open my soul to them... They are utterly shocking and world-disintegrated, and oh so very, very good.