Psalm 145: 8-9
“The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; He has compassion on all he has made.” (NIV)
Additional verses to remember :
Psalm 34:8 – Taste and see that the LORD is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. (NIV)
Nahum 1:7 – The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him. (NIV)
Psalm 27:13 – I am still confident in this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. (NIV)
2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (NIV)
We always begin by memorizing the theme verse for each journey (including Book, Chapter and Verse). Think of this as the necessary foundation for future excellence – like practicing scales on the piano or doing wind sprints or swimming laps, or taking your vitamins, or eating your vegetables.
What is that I hear? – OH NO! Not memorization….
We actually recall or remember all kinds of things we’ve memorized without really even trying. Can you think of any?
How about your phone number, email address, street address, zip code, social security number, birthday, names of your family, how to get to work, how to drive a car, that secret recipe….or how to spell or multiply, song lyrics, movie scenes, jokes, what someone was wearing, what car they drove, sports statistics, what chocolate tastes like, what the ocean smells like, and on and on.
That’s why we call this element Remember – it’s the remembering that is important.
Why do we remember what we remember?
Actually, recollection is just the tip of the memory iceberg. Within our marvelous and mysterious brain the memory works in collaboration with us and the world – it uses all our senses and emotions. We associate smells, colors, places, rituals, symbols, landmarks, even people, with memories and when we sense the trigger, we remember.
For now you will just have to take my word for it – there are tremendous spiritual benefits from Remembering Bible verses:
- Strengthens our faith
- Shapes how we view the world
- Makes God’s Word immediately accessible
- Guards our minds
Here are some hints to help you get started. We all learn differently – so don’t be afraid to try some of the more unusual methods. Plus – some of them are just plain fun. And not only do we need to remember the verse, we need to remember to work on remembering the verse….double whammy!
- Write the verse on several post it notes or index cards and put it where you will see it such as the car, the bathroom mirror, the kitchen sink, a bulletin board, your computer screen saver, your cell phone, your Facebook status, by your bed…..Or use one of the many Scripture Memory APPs now available for phones and tablets. Scripture Typer is one of our favorites.
- Make plans to spend five minutes, twice a day (usually as you get up and before bed) to review. Review often…..
- Say it slowly, 15 times in a row, emphasizing each word.
- If you have already learned it in another translation, review that one. Once you know it in one, look it up in a couple of others to see what is different.
- Review it when you are waiting in line, or on hold on the phone.
- Sing it – make up a tune to go with it, or say it with an accent.
- Rap it, paint it, draw it, doodle it, or diagram it like in Pictionary
- For extra credit, add the verse before and the verse after.
I like to think of this remember process as Texting or Tweeting My Brain and then having my brain Text or Tweet me back.
Also, remember there is a downloadable PDF available for this Journey – click on the graphic at the top of the right sidebar. You can download it and save it on your computer where it will link to the online Bible, a dictionary, the videos and the songs for this Journey. You can also type into it and of course you can print it out. We highly encourage, however you chose to record your discoveries and experiences, everyone to periodically comment online and read each other’s comments.
(In your own journal, the downloadable PDF for this blog, or in the Comment section for this post)
Don’t forget the REMEMBER verses from Journeys 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 – What were they? Keep reviewing them daily. Try to use them in conversation and to encourage others.
(you can change translations after you click the blue chapter links to read in other translations)
Please read through these four chapters in one sitting, on three separate days; once from a modern translation, once in a modern paraphrase, and then finally with a pad and pencil by as you record your thoughts and observations. It is also helpful to read the selections aloud. As you read, underline words that describe who God is or the names He is called. The blue Bible Chapter links above will bring up an online Bible and you can change the translation to whatever you want.
This element is about reading what it says – try to put aside any preconceived ideas about what you think it says, or what you may have concluded based on other studies or classes. We are not saying those ideas are wrong, but for this Element, we just want to read it as if for the first time. Please read for the storyline – and see if you can then faithfully retell it in your own words.
We suggest you record your answers in your own journal, the downloadable PDF version or in the Comment section for this post, below.
First Reading: Modern Translation – which one did you use?
Second Reading: Modern Paraphrase – which one did you use?
Third Reading: Reading Notes
Descriptions of God:
Names used for God:
(In your own journal, the downloadable PDF for this blog, or in the Comment section for this post.)
Share with us any names or descriptions of God you discovered. Also share any personal observations or experiences from just reading to see what it says.
Our next blog post will be Good and Ready 2: Journal 6.1 – Oh My Goodness!