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wonderful... and really amazing. Rejoicing with you and giving God the glory!
Great news 🎉🎊🎉🎊
That's great, Luli! Tremendous achievement!
You've been here now for going on five years. Wonderful achievment! May God bless you with the joy of His presence.
Thank you to each and every one of you for your affirmations. Your encouragement and example has been a real blessing throughout this faith-strengthening journey.
Tremendous arsenal you are building, congratulations, Luli2016!
Thank you Symota ☺️! Going at a rather slow pace, especially in terms of memorisation 😒- with percentages dropping frequently on some verses I am trying to review regularly not to let the learning queue get out of control but I can wholeheartedly say it has been a time well-spent.
That's the funny thing about endeavoring something like this. At the end, you are only left with the results. All the pain that it took to get there i forgotten when you see the end results. The hard part is not the pain it takes to do something, but the belief that you can overcome the pain to do the challenge standing in front of you. No one ever reaches the top of Mt. Everest and talks about the pain it took to get there. The pain all gets forgotten in the light of that beautiful horizon. Yes, it is painful to memorize the Bible, but it is all forgotten the first time you can name the verse of a quoted passage or minister to someone's need from your knowledge of Scripture.
As I was writing this, I kind of had an epiphany about pain; pain only exists in the present. There is no pain in future, because obviously you can't feel something that hasn't happened yet. And the pain of the past is over, so you won't experience it again. So no matter what pain you are facing today, tomorrow it will be over because that will be new pain at that point. The above is not meant to minimize the emotional weight of pain felt in the past. Indeed, some may instantly argue that pain exists in the past as well. Without a doubt, we all carry the scars of the past that are difficult to let go.
Indeed, I myself have had some terrible, terrible experiences in my life, and some have taken longer than others to get over. (And some of them that you thought you were over reappear in your 30s and 40s, so that's fun.) But I've found that as I get older the pain of the past just sort of gets forgotten over time unless I hold onto it. Its like the good memories all start to float to the top. To be sure, I can hold onto the pain of the past if I want to, but why would I want to? There's plenty enough pain in the present for me, thank you very much ("sufficient for the day is its own trouble... (Matt 6:34). I'll let the past be in the past, and hopefully it will stay there.
Congrats Luli! 😁Regarding the percentages dropping,I would suggest to try resetting verses rather than following the program.Initially I followed the website program intervals.After 3 months or more passed without review, my accuracy was worse than the previous attempt and my percentage would drop as you mentioned.Leaving it at 3 months would result in further dropping and I knew I was losing grip on that verse.So I had to reset my progress often, because the review periods became too long to be effective.
Rather than know a lot of verses with an accuracy of 90%, I decided I wanted to know a smaller number of verses at 100%. (actually better than 100%)So I chose 100 key verses to learn very well so I can quote them at any time.Once I mastered those, I expanded it to 300+
Some of my favorite passages I may have reset 50 times or more, so the progress% means nothing to me, but I have them burned in my memory, which was my goal.
If your goal is to have the most number of verses completed on the computer system, then resetting verses will not help, but I would suggest that such a goal is probably not very useful for the real world.
Like when you are sharing your faith with someone?How many relevant verses can you quote on the fly?Or let's say hypothetically one day we are imprisoned for our faith and have no Bible.How many verses will we be able to recite to keep our spirits uplifted?The question for us on this website is:How well do need to know a Bible verse to be able to recall it under any circumstance?Is a score of 100% even enough?
AMEN... and thanks for your comments about deep meaningful learning. I have been thinking A LOT about your last section of questions which has impacted where i am focusing. I will add another concern ---- electricity and internet access. Some countries are now experiencing rolling blackouts and predicted for more areas this winter. I have printed out my Verse Set lists on cardstock and constantly make notes--- and printed many sections i am working on as well.- I do have a collection of 'old-school" index cards that i carry with me.-- plus audio recordings on my ipod nano--- Keeping my heart and eyes focused gives me great JOY... and peace. Sure it would be nice to hit that 2 year milestone--- but eternity is L-O-N-G.... smiling just thinking about finally meeting ya'll and praising together!
Yes, it would be nice to meet you all someday!I hope my spiel wasn't too pessimistic, but I think that in the years to come, almost every Christian will wish they had done more Bible memorization. Uplifting verses are especially valuable, because these are what will keep us going through dark times. 😊
The more we learn the more we grow. Great to see such maturity in these comments.!
I thought you made some good points in your comments, Saintman. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much everyone for your helpful suggestions and advice, especially Saintman and onfire247. I believe that the decrease in percentage is also partly my fault, for example I chose to learn favourite passages from the gospel of John and then decided to learn the whole of John’s account, so no wonder my mental capacity to memorise is weaker with passages added haphazardly. I totally agree with your comments about the real purpose of learning the scripture. I personally embarked on this journey primarily so that I may grow closer to Him, to know Him better; to find His company not only sweeter than anything this world has to offer but also value Him as indispensable in all aspects of life. Since ‘outlook determines outcome’ I hope and pray that I would be able to recall God’s Word in times of need, or whenever my mind gets clouded over by trouble, trial, pain, and disappointments, when witnessing and when unable to access it otherwise. I want to be able to triumph in the midst of trouble and wholeheartedly say: I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me. (Phil. 4:13)I desire to be able to have the faith that holds on in the midst of each trial calmly saying: be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10)When disappointment shatters my faith as disappointment does, I want to be able to overcome the pain and fully grasp the true meaning of this teaching : -for I have learned in whatsoever state I am therein to be content. (Phil. 4:11)These are some of my thoughts… Of course, I don’t suppose I have figured it all out, but as I take one day at a time I endeavour to give Him the glory in all things. Blessings to you all.
Thanks so much Luli, and Saintman and Onfire247. So inspiring, each one of you in different ways. I’m certainly a long way behind you all just now in making any meaningful progress, but it’s great to be in such good company as we journey together. And totally agreeing with you mrsmoo, it will be great to meet everyone and praise Him together.
The value of this website to me has been in making the process of memorization more fun and easy, which means I will do more than I otherwise would have.It's especially helpful for the early/mid phase of learning when you need more help and prompting, but also for revising verses in an organized way.Luli, I want to encourage you in your goal of memorizing the gospel of John. 👏Knowing entire books of the Bible is extremely valuable, and I'm sure that will strengthen your faith and that you will be able to help others in their faith too! 😁
I also find passages more edifying than learning single verses, especially when you have a massive review list. Also good to have the context. I am up to John 6. What has struck me so far is the people who encountered Jesus both individuals and groups ♥️
Keep going, Janet!John 14 is my favorite chapter in John, especially the first part.