Hello my lovelies!
I do hope you are well. Today, I am talking about something extremely close to my heart, and that is, memorizing scripture. In the Eighth Grade, I memorized the book of Ephesians, an act that took more courage and endurance than I’ve ever needed. I had already memorized the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) in the Seventh Grade, however I was still utterly terrified to dig into this huge project. Now I wish I could tell you that what I thought would be difficult wasn’t, and that I had a beautiful experience. I wish I could say that, but it wouldn’t be the truth. The truth is that memorizing Ephesians was not easy. In fact, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
What I believe made this project so difficult, was that it forced it’s way into my life, a reality that all of hell continuously aimed to thwart. I knew the only way that I would ever be able to memorize the book word for word, would be for me to say it every day. However, I thought I didn’t have the time to recite this passage (which takes 30 minutes to say) every night. It was in this experience though, that I realized that I did have time to recite it every night, and that the “I have no time” excuse really does not have any validity in it. You do have time. It’s your priorities that are getting in the way of tasks such as these. Personally, I began reciting Ephesians as I was getting ready for bed. However, by the end of the year, I found myself reciting it several times a day. This practice became part of my everyday routine, something that I didn’t even think twice about.
When embarking on this huge project, I never thought that it would have as large of an impact on my life as it did. I personally believe that the words you speak out have absolute power, and I have been raised to speak out only with love. And while I have always believed that words have power, I never realized just how much power they have. In my every day practice of reciting Ephesians, I learnt more than I ever could of imagined. Speaking out the truth of God on a daily basis ultimately made it become apart of me.
They say that you become like those you spend time with, and so by me speaking out the words of God (through Paul), I became more sensitive to the Spirit and His likeness than I had ever been before. By speaking out the truth in Ephesians, I eventually began to (unintentionally) live it. I began walking through life with the knowledge that I have been saved by grace and that I am God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for me to do.
As a fifteen-year-old girl in Manhattan, I am constantly faced by (and measured against) the best of the best. Whether this be in regards to beauty, school, dance, theater, athletics, popularity, this reality is one that constantly lingers. Because of this, it can be so hard sometimes to remember my worth when I’m constantly being compared to someone older, smarter, and prettier than I. However, in memorizing large portions of scripture, I have an advantage that not many of my kind have; I have the advantage of knowing the truth so well. And through that, having the ability to recognize what comes from God and what doesn’t. I know that I am a child of God, so perfectly crafted in my mothers womb. No part of me is a mistake, no part of me is unworthy. I have been created in the image and likeness of God Himself, and I am more than enough. Those are some pretty bold statements, aren’t they? But it’s because of my unshakeable knowledge of the word and truth of God that I can believe them wholeheartedly.
I am so thankful for the task I was given in memorizing scripture. And I am so thankful to my mentor who guided me through it. To those who don’t believe that scripture memory is necessary, let my experience show you otherwise. To those who think they can’t memorize large portions of scripture, you can. Trust me. And to those who would like to memorize scripture, but don’t know where to start, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to guide you, and possibly even partner with you through this process.
I hope you all have a wonderful week.