OK – not the usual Friday Fave 5 – but these are 5 favourite things I’ve been thinking about this week.
Am I still allowed to play Suzanne? 🙂
Once upon a time …
Does that story starter give you a delicious, cozy, cuddle down and let’s begin, sort of feeling?
It does for me.
Ahem – sorry.
Once upon a time, when my middle boy was around 2 and a half, he had a favourite book called
I Am A Bunny by Richard Scarry.
He insisted on reading it every night.
It began like this:
“I am a bunny. My name is Nicholas. I live in a hollow tree”
He loved to finish the lines: “Bunny” “Nicholas” “Holly tree” 🙂
would laugh uproariously if we would insert a mistake such as:
“I am a bunny. My name is George”
He knew that book – he anticipated each page – he could recite it – he loved it.
2. The Story
I’ve been reading another story – the Bible – for 39 years.
One book (actually 66, but you know that) for 39 years.
Yet I do not “know” that book like my little guy knew I Am A Bunny.
But early last fall something changed.
I read Ann, without an e, V.
She shared a link and my Bible reading was forever changed.
No rocket science in this plan
3 The Plan
Here it is:
1. Choose a book of the Bible.
2. Read it in its entirety.
3. Repeat #2 twenty times.
4. Repeat this process for all 66 books of the Bible.
This link from The Evangelical Outpost explains it in more detail.
This plan is based on a little book written over 100 years ago by James Gray – How To Master The English Bible
4. Putting It into Action
I tried it with the book of Ephesians.
It was true, as one writer described, that by the 5th time through, it began to feel tedious.
But by the 8th time, I went “through a wall and found riches of meaning”
By the 20th time I knew that I wasn’t finished – I read it 10 more times.
I knew the book – intimately.
- I savoured it as I went about my daily work
- thought about it as I drove in the car
- wove it through my speech in an entirely natural way
- and prayed it throughout the day and when I woke at night.
It was the best Bible reading plan I’ve tried.
But then along came a Bible Study that I wanted to do and this Bible reading plan was laid aside for a few months.
I’ve participated in two Bible Studies since – one personal and one group – and I can tell you that they have enriched me, but they have not permeated my thinking in the way that this very simple Bible reading plan has.
So I’m returning to it.
5. Memorizing the Story
Another Ann, also without an e, has inspired me even further.
I am working on Ephesians 1 – for starters. I’m a little late joining but it doesn’t matter.
The important thing is to start and keep at it.
I don’t know about you, but I need the inspiration and support of others who are also memorizing Scripture.
I used to think,
“Oh dear, I’m so slow at memorizing. This passage will take forever!”
but this line from Cerulean Sanctum put that excuse thought in perspective:
“You’re eternal – live like it.”
It really doesn’t matter how long it takes as long as I am doing it.
Well, those are my five favourite thoughts to share from this week.
Ann K has all sorts of memory helps and encouragement if you are interested in joining Mega Memory Month.
And to read more Friday’s Fave 5, visit Suzanne’s at Living To Tell The Story.
Hope your weekend is filled to the brim with favourite things!
with love and thanks for you,