How did we get here?

Ok, if you’ve been following this blog, you know that it’s not just a daily devotional–it’s a daily memory devotional! (Hip-hip-hooray!!!)

So, seriously, if you’re interested, please check out some of my previous posts about memorization and the governing ethos of Running Romans Road.

The 9-day sprint

If you’re familiar with the “Memorize an entire Bible chapter with one simple trick” post, then you know the idea of this month (February 2020 at the time of writing) is to read aloud/listen to the entire chapter of Romans 1 around 50 times. Then we were to embark on the rote memorization venture (essentially cover up the verses with your hand and then try to recall them).

If you’re familiar with my escapades with Romans 8, you may know that we followed a completely different approach that wasn’t nearly as simple as the Romans 1 approach.

In any case, today is the day we start with this whole “rote memorization” schtick. But there are only 9 days left this month, which means this is gonna be a little bit of a hustle. Which is good: A task expands to fill the time allotted for it. That’s the power of Parkinson’s Law, baby!

So who can help me with some math? You out there–yes, you–what is 32 divided by 7 or 8 or 9?

(Ok I have too much coffee in my system or something this morning, because I’m venturing even further into La-la Land than normal. . .and I don’t mean the movie than won best picture for like 6 minutes before it was wrested from Emma Stone’s sorrowful grasp and bestowed instead upon Moonlight, a movie I have yet to see to this day.)

((WOW, this level of distraction is getting out of control, and if this keeps me from completing a coherent post, I’m going to be less than pleased with myself. I know I could delete my divergences, but maybe I should give you some insight into the sometimes scattershot nature of my meandering mind.))

Verses for today

To return to a previous question, if we try to memorize 4-5 verses for the rest of February, we should theoretically nail the whole chapter in time. So without further ado:

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 1:1-4

Then what’s the plan, Stan?

I’d say read the passage out loud, then legitimately cover it with your hand and try to recall as much as possible. Really work to recall it. Once you get as far as you can go, look back at the verse and repeat it. Then put it away, and next time try to get a little farther.


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