Sunday, January 13, 2013

Family Project


We have a Family Verse and a Family Vision....

I have wrestled with my laziness in memorizing the Word. I used to have whole chapters memorized...then Google and search engines in Bible aps on ipads entered my world....and I became lazy. 

Memorizing is hard for me. I spent all of 2012 thinking about joining Ann Voskamp as her family memorized the Sermon on the Mount

I've spent weeks  trying to decide which passage I would tackle and KNOWING  I needed to commit to worshiping Abba with my mind through memorizing. I  considered attempting one chapter - Romans 12. I thought of Sermon on the Mount or James (both books I've taught so often I have chunks sort of memorized).  I contemplated memorizing a Pauline epistle or I John. 

With a growing awareness that I needed accountability or I would spend the rest of the 2013 debating  which passage would be most meaningful  to hide in my heart/head, I tossed my dilemma out to the family on the way to Sunday School. 


Michael's all time favorite book of the Bible is I John - I think -  he is pretty partial to Romans too. Anyway -  he jumped on  I John....and I slyly asked, "Will you join me if I do I John?" 

I first fell in love with Michael as he helped me memorize Acts 2 for Church History all those years ago....HE memorizes EASILY. . . He agreed....

105 verses.....2 -3 verses a week....this is doable. Arielle and Nolan are joining Michael and I. Zander and Stacia will continue to focus on their AWANA verses. 

The birth of a Family Project! ::snort:: I planned on making all the little helps Ann has for whatever passage I memorized. Michael admonished me to spend my time memorizing rather than organizing this project....and so I got out a little notebook which I can carry with me for review and began writing I John...a few verses at a time...a week at a time....we can do this.


I couldn't fit all 3 of this week's verses on the board in the living room - I may finally erase Arielle's "Wall" in the kitchen. She is o.k. with that if she gets a real Facebook account.


How about you? Is memorizing easy or hard? Do you have tricks which help you? Will you keep me accountable to this project? 

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

6 comments:

Laura said...

Love the white board facebook wall! That is great!! :)

mel said...

Our church in Georgia is reading 1 John every day in January and maybe even longer. And the other day I found an old email from my dad that was emphasizing the importance of it. I taught a Precept class on it years ago. And here you are mentioning it as well. I hear you (Lord...); I will join the challenge....

DeEtta @ Choosing Joy said...

Mel - YAY! Share any tips with me - I'm not good at all at memorizing.

We love I John and I've taught it a couple of times (Precept) but I've been very lazy to memorize. I spent about an hour today on word studies on the first two verses. I think this is going to be good. LOL

DeEtta @ Choosing Joy said...

Laura, the "wall" was up when I came home from one of my trips. Sort of a fun poke as we don't let the younger ones have FB...but we are thinking when Arielle asks she can have one...after all she'll be making bigger decisions than what she posts on FB in a couple of years. LOL

Anonymous said...

Sis: I use to memorioze fast but not remember unless I keep it in my mind daily. I can forget it fast and now that I have grown YOUNGER I even forget faster. :):) Think I'll try to memorize along with you..... will ask the Lord to help me remember longer than was my way in the past. ... I'll have to decide what to memorize fast won't I. love/prayers - mom t.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Ive been trying to memorize Ephesians during this awana year...so far i have the fifth chapter down....struggling with the grammar in the first chapter. The awana directors and i are going to start going through the parent books that go along with the kids' awana books. They are adult version and a bit harder....i think it will be great to do it together and Im hoping to get the rest of the leaders on board next year;p i suppose i should still keep plugging at eph though;p and arielle is getting a fb?!;D love you!
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