Matthew 7 – Memory Monday

Memory Monday School is in. Today I officially began 10th grade again for the 3rd go-round. And that means that we’re also re-starting our Fighter Verses.

Joanne at The Simple Wife has a weekly meme, Memory Monday, to keep us all accountable for whatever scripture we choose to memorize. Join her if you’d like extra accountability yourself!

We’re to type (without looking) our last week’s memory verse, then report on what our new one will be. Last week I was finishing up Matthew 7, so the final verses that I memorized were these:

    “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
    Now And when Jesus had finished these sayings, the people crowds were astonished at his teaching, because for he taught was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
Matthew 7:27-29

(Hmm...maybe I need to pick it up again next week; didn’t do so well.)

Here’s the beauty of God’s timing on this one, though:
I’ve been trying to memorize the Sermon on the Mount for quite some time. I learned Matthew 5 in Winter ’07-‘08, Matthew 6 in Fall ’08, and Matthew 7 in Spring/Summer ’09. And just as I was completing it, along came our Ladies’ Summer Class that centers on...what? The Sermon on the Mount. I love it.

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Want to memorize a passage with me? This week Jenna and I are learning Isaiah 46:9b-11. It’s a tough one for me because I don’t quite understand it yet. So not only memorizing, but also a bit of digging lies ahead.

...for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,'
calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.
Isaiah 46:9b-11

3 comments:

Laurie M. said...

I began the new year with the intent of memorizing Romans. Yes, Romans. I memorized the first Chapter in the first month and thought I was on my way, I could do a chapter a month, but it would take a bit longer than a year to do it. Funny thing was, I found out I could only hold and retain the one chapter. If I tried to move on I would forget what I'd learned. I forgot Chapter 1 in a matter of a couple of weeks and had to re-learn it, and re-learn it...So I still have a fairly good retention of Romans 1, but have not been able to move on. It would take me nearly an hour a day to move on. So, I've had to adjust Romans to a lifetime goal. I'm still stalled at Chapter one. Maybe I'll start again at the New Year. Memorization is a real challenge at age 45!

Lisa notes... said...

The book of Romans, Laurie? Wow--that's a worthy (and weighty) goal! I took on Philippians a couple years back--that was hard enough. But even if it does take you a lifetime to reach the end goal, I'm sure you're already receiving blessings all along the journey because of your time in the Word.

I know exactly what you mean about retention. I try to recite an older chapter I've learned each day that I work on a new one so I won't totally lose those. So I feel I never totally capture any one particularly well, but well enough to bring it to mind when I need it, know the gist of it, and to know where to find it when I do need word-for-word.

And wait until you reach 46 - it's an even tougher challenge. :-) Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully we'll meet on Challies again this week.

Brook said...

What great verses, especially from the book of Isaiah! I look forward to reading about your progress. I used to use Joanne's button, but I kept forgetting to link up with her blog, so now I just share with one other blogger. :)

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