Hide His Word: Memory Classics

button-classicsI haven’t been blogging about my Scripture memory journey lately, but I’m still pressing on. I finished the last challenge, Psalm 71, and started Romans 1. I didn’t get too far on Romans 1 since there was lots of end-of-school-year/beginning-of-summer and health stuff going on over here. I’m going to put a pause on that, to join the Hide His Word community in doing the memory classics this summer.

Starting today until the end of August, we will be memorizing “classic” verses that most might have learned as a kid or in Sunday School – John 3:16, Psalm 23, Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 6:9-13 (The Lord’s Prayer), Romans 8:28, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (Love passage), Proverbs 3:5-6, and Philippians 4:13.

Instead of just memorizing or reviewing these verses, I saw in our Hide His Word Facebook group that a lot of people will be reading the verse or passage in different versions and translations. I think this is a great idea! I will try to do that. Whenever I do, it gives me new insights to the Word.

Anyone interested in joining me for this challenge?

Challenge

  • Start date: Monday, June 3, 2013
  • Finish date: Sunday, August 25, 2013
  • Pace of 1-2 verses a week
  • Text: Various (23 verses)
  • Register

– Joyce

Hide His Word: Psalm 71


My journey started in August 2011. The very first large passage that I memorized with the Do Not Depart community was Psalm 143. I didn’t think I could do it. It had been a long time since I memorized much more than a daily to-do list, and there was lots that I forgot to complete on the list with young kids.

Since that time, I have memorized Psalm 143 (12 verses), John 1:1-14, 1 Corinthians 13:1-7, Romans 8 (39 verses), and 1 Peter 1 (25 verses) (see links below). How in the world did I do that? That’s almost 100 verses! I’m shocking myself right now typing it out. I’m so thankful for the Hide His Word FB group. I love the accountability, encouragement, and inspiration among the members.

We will be hiding Psalm 71 in our hearts for the next 14 weeks. Each time I go through my verses, the words go deeper and I get it quicker, but I’m still not “there” yet. There have been so many verses that I memorized when I was young, that has helped me during trying times. And even now, as I memorize the verses, they speak to me.

Anyone interested in joining me for this challenge?

Challenge

  • Start date: Sunday, January 13, 2013
  • Finish date: Saturday, April 20, 2013
  • Pace of 1-2 verses a week
  • Text: Psalm 71 (24 verses)
  • Register
  • Resources

– Joyce

Hide His Word: Born Again to a Living Hope (Part 2)

6 I t y r, t n f a l w, i n, y h b g b v t, 7 s t t t g o y f—m p t g t p t i i t b f—m b f t r i p a g a h a t r o J C. 8 T y h n s h, y l h. T y d n n s h, y b i h a r w j t i i a f w g, 9 o t o o y f, t s o y s.

10 C t s, t p w p a t g t w t b y s a i c, 11 i w p o t t S o C i t w i w h p t s o C a t s g. 12 I w r t t t t w s n t b y, i t t t h n b a t y t t w p t g n t y b t H S s f h, t i w a l t l.

See, there I go again with the first letters. :p I don’t have it all memorized, but the more I review and go over it with the first letter method, the more it ‘sticks’. I can’t believe we are halfway done with the chapter.

And how is Exodus 20 going with Melody for Classical Conversations? We got a little stuck on verse 5, but we’re reviewing it again this week, so we hope to get it down soon. And Katie had shared the Exodus 20 song, but since her site was hacked, I can link up to that post right now. 😦 Hope it will be fixed soon. Boo to hackers! Anyhow, songs always make it easier for me to memorize anything, so I’m sure that it will be helpful for us to learn all 26 verses of the chapter for CC Cycle 1.

Do songs help you memorize things better? Anyone learn the 50 states from a song in elementary school? For Scripture memorization for the kiddos, our FAVORITE are the Seeds Family Worship songs, and I used to listen to the GT and the Halo Express cassette tapes (I think they have CDs too) as a kid and still have those verses in my head and heart. I’ve also heard very good things about Songs for Saplings: ABC | 123 and Hide Em In Your Heart 1 | 2.

Challenge

  • Start date: Sunday, August 19
  • Finish date: Saturday, November 17
  • Pace of ~2 verses a week
  • Text: 1 Peter 1:1-25

– Joyce

Hide His Word: Born Again to a Living Hope

P, a a o J C,
T t w a e e o t D i P, G, C, A, a B,
a t t f o G t F, i t s o t S, f o t J C a f s w h b:
M g a p b m t y.

B b t G a F o o L J C! A t h g m, h h c u t b b a t a l h t t r o J C f t d,
t a i t i i, u, a u, k i h f y,
w b G’s p a b g t f f a s r t b r i t l t.

What? What does that mean? You’ve probably think I’ve lost my marbles. Well, I have…my marbles, I mean. We used to have some when we were kids, and now, I just don’t know where they’ve gone.

Anyhow, I started off questioning myself. I wasn’t sure I could memorize 1 Peter 1. I’ve done Romans 8 which was 39 verses, but to be honest, I was really scared seeing the words Pontus, Galatia, Cappacodia, Asia, and Bithynia in the first verse. What? And what in the world are elect exiles. But once I started memorizing by phrases, and coming up with the clever P&G CAB memory trick, I was a roll. The first two verses of 1 Peter wasn’t so scary after all. So far I have verses 1-5 down. 🙂

You’re still wondering about those letters up above? Sorry about that. I’ve used the first letter method in the past to help me memorize long passages, and I’m using them again…only this time, I’m just taking the challenge to the first letter instead of beyond…meaning memorizing all the words by heart without looking. Why? Our homeschool group has started, and a lot of stuff that I teach Melody involves a ton of memory work. She will also be memorizing Exodus 20 (KJV), which means I will also memorize Exodus 20. Even as a Sunday School teacher, if I challenged my class to memorize anything for Bible drills, I would also memorize it. And Melody also started AOK (Alpha Omega Kids) at church, which also involves having her memorizing a memory verse each week…which of course means I will also memorize it along with her. Okay, so where was I? Oh yes, the letters. They are a big help! Use them! What are you memorizing?

Challenge

  • Start date: Sunday, August 19
  • Finish date: Saturday, November 17
  • Pace of ~2 verses a week
  • Text: 1 Peter 1:1-25

– Joyce

Hide His Word: 1 Peter

I’m really excited about this next passage that we are memorizing over at Do Not Depart. It is 1 Peter 1. It goes along with the Bible study that we are doing together with our HelloMornings challenge groups. Even just memorizing the passage sometimes begins to feel like a study because the words take on a lot more meaning as they get into my head and my heart. I’m ready for this (I think!), and have the first 4 verses uploaded and saved into my SciptureTyper account already. 🙂

If you want to join me in memorizing 1 Peter 1 for the next 3 months, sign up HERE.

Remember when I mentioned that I thought I was crazy and crazier for trying to memorize Psalm 143 (12 verses) and Romans 8 (39 verses)? Well, I won’t say that anymore. My brain is going and my heart has been stirred. 1 Peter 1 is 25 verses. I can do this! We can do this! There is lots of encouragement in the Hide His Word Facebook group.

Challenge

  • Start date: Sunday, August 19
  • Finish date: Saturday, November 17
  • Pace of ~2 verses a week
  • Text: 1 Peter 1:1-25

– Joyce

Hide His Word: 1 Corinthians 13:1-7

Note: Company Girl Coffee post below in previous post.

We are taking the summer to review our verses over at the Do Not Depart community. I feel like I could probably work more on making sure I know the reference to the verses I’ve memorized, so I will be doing that after I finish going through 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (on verse 5 right now). I think both ScriptureTyper and RememberMe has “flashcard” type quizzes to help with that. Other than that, I don’t have much to report on.

I’m so thankful for verses that I have memorized in the past that have helped me. Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. I have Seeds Family Worship to thank for having memorized this verse. If you have kiddos, this is a great resource to have in helping kids learn verses in a fun, musical way.

– Joyce

Linking up with Do Not Depart for the Hiding His Word in My Heart {July Link-up}. 🙂

Hide His Word: The Girls’ Vlog

I just finished memorizing John 1:1-14. The girls tried memorizing along with me.

Melody (5) memorized John 1:1-7 with our homeschool group this year (Classical Conversations). She memorized it in Latin and in English. I don’t think she remembers the Latin anymore, except in phrases since that’s how it was memorized. So it is not from a translation like ESV or NIV, but the English translation from the Latin passage taken from the Vulgate. Emily (3) memorized John 1:1.

I wish I knew how to do video editing (or have a program that does vid editing) because there were a few fun blooper moments for both girls that I would have added. Looking back at it, I probably should have found a better place to tape it, since Melody is wearing a white shirt and the background is white. Bonus points for anyone who can guess where this was taped (hint: watch Emily’s vid for clues). It was the best lighting at the time. This was also before nap time so the girls were actually a little out of it and Emily was definitely distracted. She didn’t want to cooperate once I started taping. :p

Hide His Word: Reviewing

I totally did not have time to blog about memorizing John 1:1-14. I did it though! The first few verses were not so tough because we memorized verses 1-7 with Melody’s homeschool group. The only tricky thing was she memorized it using the Latin translation from the Vulgate, but I was memorizing using English Standard Version. At first I was going to switch since we will be doing that again one day and I was getting confused by the wording, but I got the hang of it using ESV, so I stuck with it. Verses 7-8 stumped me for half a week. Then, I got it, and kept chugging along. By the end, I could easily do it with the first letter method or using first word prompts.

Melody (5) also reviewed her verses, and can recite most of the verses, but a little shaky at the end. Emily (3) memorized verse one with a little help, and can fill-in-the-blanks for some of the other verses.

For the past and next few weeks, we are working on reviewing some of the passages that we have memorized so that they stick with us longer. Who knows when they may come in handy, right? 🙂 So if you’ve been keeping up with my Scripture memorization, I’ve memorized Psalm 143, Romans 8, and John 1:1-14 since August 2011. (See links below)

I’ve been using ScriptureTyper and Remember Me app to review. Since I found those 2 resources after I started memorizing Psalm 143, those 12 verses are not in there. I decided to go back to that passage for a review, memorizing 2 verses a week, like I’ve been doing. I love the community on the Hide His Word FB page. There is a lot of encouragement and it is wonderful to see others memorizing along with me.

– Joyce

**Romans 8: Am I Totally Crazy? | Life in the Spirit | Heirs with Christ | More Than Conquerors | Hidden in My Heart
**Psalm 143: Mid-Month Update | I Did It! | Future Glory

Linking up with Do Not Depart for the Hiding His Word in My Heart {June Link-up}. 🙂

Romans 8: Hidden In My Heart

What a journey it has been!

I still have a little work to really get the verses down, but I did it! I memorized all 39 verses of Romans 8. Who would have thought? Lisa posted a few ideas for topics to blog about for how this past month went, and I think I’m just going to do a summary for each. =)

  1. A favorite verse from Romans 8 – I have to pick just one? Hmm…that is tricky. I like a lot of the verses in this chapter. I’ll go with verse 32 today I guess. He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
  2. An unexpected blessing from memorizing Romans 8 – I feel like my memory is just slightly sharper than it was before I started putting it to work in this capacity.
  3. The hardest part about memorizing – Finding time to review when things got busy. Some of the verses had a lot of the same wording or phrases, and that was a little confusing.
  4. This is how far I got and why – I finished memorizing it with first letter method. I could do better with doing it straight from memory and without prompting.
  5. Tools that help me memorizeScriptureTyper | Remember Me app | First letter method | YouVersion (just listening to the audio) | flashcards
  6. What I’m learning from Romans 8 – The abundant life that we have in the Lord even during life’s challenges. His great sacrificial love for us despite our sins and failures. (Some thoughts from Crossway on Romans 8)

Romans 8 Challenge – COMPLETED!

  • Start date: Sunday, November 6th
  • Finish date: Saturday, March 31st
  • Pace of 2-3 verses a week, with a 2-week “life happens” buffer.

John 1:1-14 Challenge

  • Start date: Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012
  • Finish date: Pentecost Sunday, May 27, 2012
  • Suggested pace: 2 verses a week

– Joyce

Romans 8: Am I Totally Crazy? | Life in the Spirit | Heirs with Christ | More Than Conquerors
Psalm 143: Mid-Month Update | I Did It! | Future Glory

Head over to Alicia’s Homemaking to see more Try New Adventures Thursday!

Romans 8: More Than Conquerors

I have to be honest. I wasn’t every intentional in my Scripture memorization this month. It got super busy. I know it shouldn’t be an excuse, but it is. Here’s another excuse that might surprise you – I got a new phone. What does that have to do with Scripture memory? For me, a lot. I use the RememberMe memory verse app to do a lot of review. After I switched phones, I didn’t get around to inputting all my verses into the app. So without my daily reminders at 7am, I didn’t do a good job of reviewing. I did memorize the verses, but not as best as I could have if I had worked on it more each day.

One thing that I love about memorizing Scripture is that it is helping me remember other things more. I’m able to have more of my to-do list in my head than I did before I started memorizing again.

I don’t have anything exciting to report on for Week 14 – 17. I’m still  using Scripture Typer to review and memorize the verses. I have enjoyed getting to meditate on the words of this passage. Only a handful of verses left, and then hoping to use the remaining 2 weeks to really get the verses from my head into my heart.

Challenge

  • Start date: Sunday, November 6th
  • Finish date: Saturday, March 31st
  • Pace of 2-3 verses a week, with a 2-week “life happens” buffer.

– Joyce

Romans 8: Am I Totally Crazy? | Life in the Spirit | Heirs with Christ
Psalm 143: Mid-Month Update | I Did It! | Future Glory