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!
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).