I can take a hint

In the spring, I did this Bible study on the book of James:

I never got around to blogging about it, but that was partly because it (and life in general) was so intense. We had daily homework, and every week we watched hour-long videos of Beth Moore’s teaching that unpacked the verses even more.

By the time we finished, I had decided that the apostles James and Paul were not contradictory, as I had always secretly feared. I also had a fuller picture of what my life should look like as a follower of Jesus, and a deeper appreciation for James’  Jewish style of writing and reasoning.

Now, five months later, guess which book of the Bible my homegroup has decided to study for the fall?

Ok, God…I guess you’re wanting me to REALLY study James this year, huh?

I can take a hint, and when it’s a hint from my Savior, I don’t really want to respond halfway.

So I decided to commit James to memory.

I’ve memorized scripture before, but never an entire book, so I’m going to need some encouragement from all of you! Now that I’m not in school, I have more free brain cells, and I can think of no better employment for them than to memorize words that give, rather than take, life.

We’ll see how it goes!

4 thoughts

  1. Cherise,

    You will do great with this. God has a reason for you to study this book. He will guide you through it and show you what he needs you to see as it is pertinent to you. I honestly wish I had a Bible. There are days I hear the Lord and all I can do is look up what I hear online. I'd much rather sit down and have a book for myself. Let me know how it goes! <3

  2. James has been on my heart recently too. There is just so much depth to it, I'm sure you know. And I've not committed near that much study time to it. You will do great memorizing and you will never regret it. Treat yourself with each chapter or even every 8 verses memorized or something. Chocolate? That always seems to be a motivator for me.

  3. I had a similar experience with Ephesians; I think I studied it 3 years in a row total. I was able to find a set of songs with all the verses of Ephesians set to music, so I made amazing progress on memorizing the book. I know I wouldn't have been able to store so much in my mind without the songs!

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