Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

2009. Seems odd to see it written out like that. Remember Y2K? And that it was NINE years ago!

I don't make resolutions. I just do things as I need to do them. Someone on Facebook called them "solutions" not resolutions. I like that. A much better way of looking at things.

However, there is something I'm resolving to do this year. Memorize scripture. Growing up and going through AWANA I memorized over 500 verses. I believe this was the foundation that kept my heart close to God through so many difficult seasons of life. But as an adult, I've let the practice slide. So when I saw this post on Beth Moore's blog, I knew this was something I had to be a part of.

Beth is challenging us to memorize two verses a month (we pick our own) and to post it on the blog to hold each other accountable. Everything that is challenging is done better when you have people to share it with. As I've scrolled through the comments and see what verses other are memorizing, I found myself making a list of verses I might want to memorize in the future. Just reading those verses was such a blessing and a terrific way to start out a new year.

I got a spiral-bound packet of index cards and a blue gel pen to write my verses on. I can prop it up on my desk during the day so it's in front of me. And it's not too late for you to join. Add your name to the original post, post your verse, and get memorizing!


Robin Caroll said...

Happy New Year, Jen!

Elaina M. Avalos said...

I like your profile change. :)

I think your desire to memorize Scripture is awesome. I too was in Awana and I wish I had it in me to memorize now. But...I've learned to bite things off in small chunks as of late. So my desire is to just meditate on Scripture in the way that I do any other literature, kind of taking it in and ruminating on what is being expressed. It kind of seeps in for me that way. I think I would have a hard time, right now anyway, keeping a resolution to memorize.

Happy New Year!

Jennifer Tiszai said...

Hi Robin!

Elaina, I'm with you on the memorization. I think you have to be in a particular place. One thing Beth added was that you could meditate on Scripture as well. I like what you said about small chunks. Sometimes that's the best way to really let things sink in.