So I've started memorizing 1 Peter 1 this week. I've never learned a whole chapter before. This is the fall Hide His Word memory challenge from Do Not Depart. I'm really glad I found this group!
I downloaded the printables on the sign-up page (there's still lots of time to begin). You get two sets of cards, one with the verses for each week and one with visual cues--the first letter of each word in each verse.
1 Peter 1:1 looks like this (it's from the English Standard Version):
1 P, a a o J C, T t w a e e o t d i P, G, C, A, a B,
and cues the words
"Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are the elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Capadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,"
I only had to look twice.
I've already discovered a big plus to memorizing passages I'm not already super familiar with: I have to think about the words and the relationship of the words to one another, so with memorizing comes better understanding. Take verse 2:
"according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you."
I had to figure out that these phrases all describe the exiles Peter is writing to--their situation was known to God long before it happened; they were set apart to be saved and to be obedient. I'll keep thinking on these things throughout the week as I'm learning these two verses.
And there's one other verse I'm working on ... or at least I'm thinking about it a lot, from Proverbs 31:
"She rises while it is yet night" (v. 15).
This one has never described me.
I'm no slug, but working from home has unique challenges, and one of them is setting your own schedule. And my days go better when I'm up early.
King Lemuel's mother seems to have figured this out, and the Lord's just been waiting to get my attention so he could tell me.
Do you get an early start to your day? Has it been a struggle?
Do you have a memory tip to share?