This past week marked the completion of the first chapter of our Ephesians Memory Challenge!! I just want to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS to all the ladies that persevered through and have successfully memorized chapter one. It went by a lot faster than I had been expecting – I mean, Pastor Matt hasn’t even started preaching in Ephesians yet!
In order to celebrate our achievement, my mom and I are going to go out for dinner on Monday, February 10th at 7pm at the Olive Garden in Kenosha and we would like to invite all of you to come with us! We hope that all of the ladies that are memorizing will be able to join us and have a relaxing evening of celebration and encouragement.
If you are planning on coming, please comment below so that I know how big of a table to request. While you are commenting, I’d love to hear how the first chapter went for all of you.
Now I know that some (including myself) have fallen behind and that not everyone has had a chance to catch up. To those people I will say: DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED!! God has not commanded us to memorize two verses a week. This is something we are doing out of a desire to know God better and to hide His Word in our heart as a way to love Him more. With that as your motivation and purpose in memorizing, you cannot go wrong. For many this is the first time in a long time (or ever) that you are following a Bible memory plan. It takes a while to develop up habits – do not do yourself the injustice of expecting perfection right out of the gate. Instead approach this opportunity with humility and prayer and when you get behind, just pick up where you left off and continue on with a heart of thanksgiving for God’s Word.
With all this in mind, I have updated the Ephesians Memory Plan with two review weeks built in after every chapter. During the holidays I was continually kicking myself for not thinking of this in the first place!! Please download the attached updated schedule.
Just to clarify, dinner on the tenth is not intended only for those who have finished chapter one. It is for those who have committed to memorizing Ephesians and have been working through it regardless of where they are at in the process right now. It is an evening intended for encouragement – and what better opportunity is there for encouragement than for those who are feeling discouraged by getting behind?
I very much hope that you will all be able to join us! Don’t forget to comment below if you plan to come!