Monday, February 28, 2011

Memorization Challenge

how our family started memorizing~

When I was younger we would go to a hospice home and do small presentations for the people there.  One of the times Mom asked me to memorize John 3:16 so that I could recite it for them. After that performance she asked me to memorize John 3:17 also, but I said, "I don't want to, do I really have to?"  She answered, "No, I can have Grant memorize it for you." :~)   That was just too much for me! I said, "No!  He can't memorize it, that is my scripture!"  So, I decided to not only memorize John 3:17, but the whole chapter, so that Grant couldn't out-do me.  : -) 

Sometime after this Dad would read the Proverb of the day each morning at the breakfast table.  Since there are 31 Proverbs and at the most 31 days in a month, there is a Proverb for us to read each morning.  This particular day was January 9th, my birthday,  and as Dad sat down and opened his Bible he said, "Lydia, this is your Birthday Proverb!  We should all memorize our Birthday Proverbs." People started protesting, "That is too hard, I can't do that!"  Mom said, "There is no way I could memorize a whole Proverb."   But, Dad insisted that we all should at least try to memorize them.  Now Mom has not only memorized Proverbs chapter six, but several other Proverbs as well.   

That is how our family started memorizing.   We have to give God our little bit and He will use it.  You give Him your five loaves and two fish and He will multiply it!  But, we have to be ready because we don't know when God will bring those opportunities along.   If Dad wouldn't have told us to memorize our Birthday Proverbs and Mom wouldn't have given me the incentive to memorize John 3 we would never be able to share the blessings with others that we are able to today! 

the challenge:

Psalm  19 has 15 verses in it, the goal is to memorize three to four verses per week.  Now you who are out there saying, "I am glad that some people can do that, but it's just too hard for me":  How many scenes out of your favorite movie do you have memorized?  How many songs?  Come on!!  If you can memorize all those things that are temporal, you should be able to memorize at least 15 verses of God's Holy, Eternal Word!  

Maybe you are into memorization already and have quite a few chapters memorized.  Well, you can never get too much of God's word!  Also, go and vote on the poll in my sidebar so we can all see how many chapters you have memorized!

how to join:

  • Leave a comment with the link to your blog in it (I will add your link to the contest participants list)
  • (optional but, appreciated ;)  add the contest button to your blog (you can get the code from my sidebar) and post about the challenge

some helpful tips:

Click here to see a list of Bible memorization tips that we used for the National Bible Bee which we competed in last year.  Though I didn't make it to the National Bible Bee competetion I will never forget what I learned.   If you are interested in signing up for the Bible Bee in 2011 registrations start April 1st.  

You can also click here if you would like to view a few videos of my siblings reciting (the videos are more towards the bottom of the page).

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Three Finalists!

I am happy to announce the three finalists of my "Wintry photo contest"!  I must confess, it was very hard to decide which photos would be in the final round.  Each one had it's unique look and focus!  I chose the photos with my family this morning, we each voted on the pictures so that it wouldn't just be my opinion. 

To vote please leave a comment saying what you like about the photo you have chosen and mark the spot on the poll in my sidebar.  If your photo has been chosen to be in the final round, you are still allowed to vote.

~ Berries in the Snow ~

  This one is so beautifully colorful!

~ Old Pine ~

My family all loved this picture!  Mom likes how the bark was able to capture the snow and the snow covered branches in the background. 

~ Peek-a-boo Squirrel ~

Crista "Moriah" : : From Uniquely Fashioned for His Glory

The reason that we chose this photo is because it was the only one entered with an animal, so it is unique. Also, I love how "Wintry" it looks and how the squirrel is covered in snow.

Thank you all who entered!  Believe me, I had a VERY hard time choosing the photos that would be in the final round, all of them are so pretty!  Be sure to come back in a day or two when I will post about my  Bible Memorization Challenge! 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

1 day left to enter!

A few days ago the trees were all covered in ice and with the sun shining on them it was absolutely Beautiful! 

If you are interested in entering my wintry photo contest there is only one day left.  So, hurry up and find your favorite snowy photo!

Psalm 19:1~ The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Winter Photo Contest


                           The contest button code that I had on this post hasn't been working, but the code in my sidebar is, so if you want to add it to your blog just grab the code from there.

I have been wanting to host a photo contest for awhile now.  I hope that you decide to join! 

  • Find your favorite wintery photo
  • Post your entry with my contest button at the top of your post
  • Leave a comment with a link to your post
  • Add my contest button to your sidebar
Go out side and enjoy the wintery weather until the ninth when the 3 finalists will be posted!  Be sure to come back and vote on the photos!  The winner will receive a pack of 5 photo cards. 

I hope that you join!