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memorizing and meditating

 

This is the final day of Mega Memory Month sponsored by Ann Kroeker

I have been working on Ephesians 1 – and I am still working on Ephesians 1 which is ok with me.

I’m eternal and I am learning to live that way.”

I have really loved the focus on Ephesians 1 this month.

This chapter is filled with wonderful words – rich words – to mull over – to meditate upon – to say aloud.

This little online gadget makes memorizing much easier and it is more satisfying for my competitive side when I get a hint by a letter rather than looking at the whole word.

I’ll continue on memorizing – the eventual goal is the book of Ephesians. I don’t know when I’ll finish. I’m not setting a date. In fact, I have this funny little picture of standing before the Lord and saying “Well, I was working on Ephesians…”  πŸ™‚

So here’s my memory work – Ephesians 1:1-17

The little * means I had to glance at the beginning letter. ** means I had to look at a word. Mistakes are crossed out and corrected in red.

Ephesians 1: 1- 17

“Paul an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him from before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love, He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ * in accordance with His pleasure and purpose will – to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And He made known to us the mystery of His will, * according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect * when the times will have reached their fulfillment – to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

*In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of His glory.

** For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stop giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.”

I’m looking forward to the final verses of the chapter – it’s a wonderful prayer. I’ve prayed it for myself and others many times by reading it. I’ll be glad to have it memorized so that I can pray it as I go about my daily routine.

Thanks Ann – you’ve been an inspiration!

with love

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16 thoughts on “memorizing and meditating

  1. I am also memorizing Ephesians and participated in Ann’s Mega Memory Month and I wanted to give you a word of encouragement. I started with chapter 1 before the summer and it took all summer to memorize. I memorized chapter 2 in September mostly due to a blogging contest that forced me to memorize a verse a day. At the end of that I was so burnt out that it took me October and November to do chapter 3. I did chapter 4 in December and chapter 5 in January. It seems like the more I memorized, the more momentum I gained, and now with 5 chapters completed, it feels like I’ve crested a mountain and am walking down the other side. Of course there is more work to do, but I know I will complete Ephesians. I remember how hard it was at the start, wondering if it was really possible, and the frustrating lack of discipline I seemed to have in staying on track. So I just want to encourage you to continue even if months go by and you are not as far along as you had hoped. It IS possible, you CAN do it, and it is completely worth it.

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  2. carolyn says:

    Hi Kathie, You did really well! I sent you an email last week but I have a feeling I might have goofed so please let me know if you didn’t receive it and I will send another one. Hope you enjoy this beautiful day! Carolyn

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  3. What a well-chosen chunk of the precious Word of God! There’s so much meat in those verses, you really could "chew" on them for all of eternity. . .btw I love that comment about being eternal! Really helps to keep all of the daily happenings of life in proper perspective, doesn’t it?

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  4. Well done and I agree with the eternity comment! I think it is going to take me that long too. But there is no hurry. It is also wonderful to be inspired by others that are "rising to the challenge" to store the Word!

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  5. Well done, Kathie. Keep plugging away a little at a time. I have been working on memorizing the book of I Peter for a while now and just completed CH 2. I’m not setting a deadline either just faithfully moving along a little at a time by God’s grace. MMM has been a creat encouragement to me in the journey!Blessings,Dea

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  6. Good job!! Beth Moore had a memory verse challenge at the beginning of the year. It’s two verses a month, which I find just about right for me. You pick a verse that has special meaning for you and memorize it over a two week period. Then on to the next. The goal is to memorize 24 verses for the year. I can look back at a time when it was so easy to memorize scripture. I’m really having to work at this!

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  7. Kathie, this is fabulous! Sounds like that first-letter-hint gadget worked very well for you. Like you working on Ephesians from now until eternity, I, too, think I’ll be working on John 14 & 15 for that long. If by chance I manage to get through those two, I’ll just keep going to 16 & 17…I’m so glad you participated in MMM this month–it’s been great to get to know you. May you enjoy many meditative moments thanks to these beautiful truths you’ve tucked away in your mind and heart. God bless!

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