Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The 1 Habit God Really Wants for Your New Year

I am addicted to so many things. So many bad things.

  • Sweat pants. They have an elastic waistband. I can eat whatever I want and they just streeeeeetch on out. What's not to love?
  • Fruit Snacks. Scooby Doo, Dora the Explorer, it doesn't really matter. I've love them since the kids were little and now all I think is, thank goodness for little Max. I can say I'm buying them for him. 
  • Reality television  Not all of it. But some. I can sit there in sweatpants tossing down my fruit snacks and try to figure out if Sean will give Taryn a rose. (No, Sean, NO!!)

My addictions just seem to flow together like the Cap'n and Tenille (darn I just thought about Muskrat Love.) like Salt and Pepa. Like sweatpants and fruit snacks.
And we're back.
Anyway, lately I have been addicted to memorizing scripture.
Yup. I just went from fruit snacks to memorizing scripture.
Follow along, please.
I read Ann Voskamp's blog last week and found that she is starting a group that memorizes verses together. They are going to learn Chapters 1,8 and 12 in Romans. All three chapters. Memorized.
Sounds pretty much impossible, right?
The group called The Roman's Project is meeting on ScriptureTyper, which facilitates memorizing verses through typing.
Let me say this: I am a horrible typist. However, ScriptureTyper has this to say about memorizing while typing:

  • ScriptureTyper accelerates memorization by utilizing both visual AND kinesthetic memory.

  • Tap into your kinesthetic memory which combines your sense of touch and your innate ability to remember patterns and feelings.

  • Combine touch typing with Bible memory and feel the patterns of the scripture as you type them so that you memorize faster, increase retention, and enhance your capacity to memorize verses.

Memorizing scripture. I've never been good at it. I seem to paraphrase all my bible verses into the DIV. (Diane's International Version.)
My mind is telling me I am not able.
I can't type,
I don't memorize.
 I never finish what I start.
But I really, really want to. This just calls out to me.
And I have memorized four verses so far. (actually eight, if you count the fact that I switched bible translations after a few days.) I am enjoying doing it, and God is speaking to me through his Word.
Crazy, right?

Why should we memorize verses?
Really read these words from Ann Voskamp. Hear the truth of what she is saying.

What to do this year.

"One Memory Project — This year — The Romans Project, chapters 1, 8, and 12 of the book of Romans. John Piper said it in his last sermon as pastor and I listened to it during the final hours of 2012, that Romans 8 may be the most powerful chapter of the whole of the canon — and memorizing only 2 verses a week through 2013 will have us know by heart three Great Chapters of the Christian faith.
This is how you make the calendar for the year: you set Christ at the center.
This is the question: Will you spend your days meditating on His Word or your worries?
This is the resolution every new year needs — a revolution: A turning every day to Christ.
This is the thing: No one sends you a memo that Today is the day you’ll need a certain verse to keep you breathing through the day.
When you memorize Scripture, it’s like carrying your own oxygen tanks.
And then there’s Jesus:  Christ’s weapon against Satan in the desert was memorized Scripture. And if you aren’t memorizing Scripture — what IS your weapon against Satan? "

Isn't that beyond awesome? 
I am in.

Here is what Ann says about memorizing The Sermon on the Mount chapters last year:
So come join me if you want. Click on the Roman's Project link up above. 
Are you in?
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