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Monday, October 31, 2011

The book of John chapter 11

Its been a battle these last few weeks, and it seems like its been slow going but I am still making progress.
I am now halfway through chapter eleven, sort of. Its been kinda a boring chapter in some respects.

It seems, besides the raising of Lazarus from the dead, that the chapter is mostly a lot of talk and direction of UN-profound nature.

My favorite verses in this chapter are of coarse verses: 25 and 26

 25Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
 26And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

I'm not saying its a bad chapter, but it is more like a chapter setting the scene for the next few chapters, maybe ?
Its just that all the chapters leading up to this were so different and full, and made them more exciting to memorize.   I am not having that hard of a time memorizing this chapter like I thought I would, surprisingly so! Thank you Jesus!

But it is one of the last longest chapters besides  chapter 12 around 54 verses.  after 12, things will go a lot faster, lord willing.

I probably would have had a couple more chapters finished by now if I hadn't had company or had to do anything with the outside world, but that would be unhealthy mentally and spiritually no matter how much I protest it inwardly.

I am hoping to have the book of John memorized by the new year if things continue going the way they are , there are some days when my mind will drift continually no matter how much I try to keep it focused , and there are times when I am reviewing that I find myself thinking about other things at the same time, which really sucks bad.

If there is anyone out there that happens to stumble upon this blog, please say a prayer for me as the enemy has gotten a couple of good shots in that have really messed me up.

But God is with me in this project for him, I feel it and I feel his presence and he is with me , thank you Jesus.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

John Chapter 7, Revisited

I almost have John chapter 7 down.

It was a little bit harder than I thought it was going to be.
There were a few mind twirlers that my brain would not except at first, but, with mad dog persistence and the grace of God, they finally clicked in.

Ding! update

Here it is Oct 2 and I am still smoothing out the edges of chapter 6 and chapter 7.

Some days I have no problem whatsoever, and on other days it seems like I've dropped a few brain cells.

I'm pretty excited because I am going to start on chapter 8 today. And I'm getting more and more pumped up the closer I get to chapter 11, because that will mean I will be 1/2 way through the book of John.
Getting past the eleventh chapter is going to be like turning the corner and seeing the finish line in the distance,and what was a mirage a few days ago, is now becoming reality.

The Chapters should go a bit faster after chapter eleven  because they are not as long, and when I get to chapter 15, it means I can jump to 16 because I already have 15 memorized!  yay!

I think when I get chapter 9 down I will be heading to the streets to see if I can practice publicly. I have already scouted a couple places that might work.
The line at the DMV in the town I live near is always backed up outside, and the wait is atrocious, so I was thinking I could recite John there. ( nothing like a captive audience )

To get used to being in public again, I could practice downtown, but the the town is small and the foot traffic is inconsistent, but I was going to utilize a poster board to advertise the recital and sort of validate my presence and that I am not just some lunatic or lone fool  muttering things to the air.

Although I am a fool for Christ sake.

The whole purpose of this is to glorify God and be a witness and share the Gospel, so the sooner I get used to reciting in public with all of it distractions, noise and confusions, the more confidence I will have, and that, with greater clarity and focus.

Well, I have to get ready, I have been wandering from church to church searching for a memorization  partner, but to no avail so far, they just look at me like they don't know what I am talking about. So keep me in your prayers as this is an adventure not only in memorization but in a search for like minded Christians, and most importantly to seek and save that which is lost by lifting up Jesus who will draw all men unto him.