How I Memorize Scripture

1. I find a verse to memorize.
2. First I try to get the verse itself (minus the reference; for example Titus 3:4) memorized. Wording too.
3. I say it out loud and try to meditate (think about it) it throughout my day, checking it to see if I got the words right (this is hard)
4. Once I get the words down, I begin associating it with the reference. I pretty much repeat step 3, adding the reference to my meditation.
5. I need to continually review and apply what I memorize lest I lose it, as if you don’t use it, you lose it.

This is from my more-updated Tumblr. Search up Nekobornagain and follow. I hope to post here more. Hope these ripe inspire and help YOU to memorize Scripture—God’s Word can save us in temptation! 🙂 God bless.

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The Joy Of Teaching

Seventh period. Oh, the joy.
I ran my fingers through my straight, light, sandy brown hair, then looked at my class, which at the moment, was in the middle of a paper ball war that apparently was much more important than passing the eighth grade. I didn’t like to yell, but I knew I had to. As I opened my mouth, about to chasten the class, something small and sharp flew into my mouth. “ACK! ACK!” I coughed up the item into my hand as the class was hysterically laughing. “A tiny little paper ball.”, I mumbled. Wonderful. I could figure out who threw it just by examining the front row and seeing who had the smug little smirk on their face, being “Whoop whoop!”ed and “You go boy!”ed, as if he had actually accomplished something other than make me want to rip the smirk off his face. Being a Christian, however, that was not the Christ-like thing to do. I simply restrained myself to screaming at him and then sending him to the office with a nice little referral in his hand.
Sometimes I wonder what makes these kids not care about their future, what makes this kids act like ignoramuses. Why they don’t just calm down, pull up their pants, and learn some math. As of now, the highest grade in this class was a 42. It makes me really nervous, with the fact that these ‘wonderful children’ could get me fired.
But even if I do get fired, I’ll still love these little kids. As Christians, Jesus called us to love our neighbors. And as much as I would love to sometimes, I can’t just say, “They don’t live next door to me.”, and proceed to throw a desk at them. That’s not the right thing to do. It isn’t what Jesus would do if he for whatever odd reason was teaching math to a bunch of rowdy teenagers.
Oh, and as I was going through this great philosophical spiel, the paper war only got worse. Kids were running across the room, singing whatever obscene song they heard on the radio with a youthful glee. (It makes me wish I could make them sit down and listen to some Pillar, some Lecrae, some Kutless, some Flyleaf, the good stuff, you know?) Not wanting to subject my ears nor anyone else’s to this rubbish, I (attempted) to silence the class. Apparently I wasn’t speaking in English because they only got louder.
“This was it.”, I thought. No way could I get out without strangling somebody without God’s help. Unafraid of insults, teasing, and exhausted from dealing with this on my own, I dropped to my knees and prayed.
“Father God, I thank you for this day. I thank you for my job, and I thank you for my salvation. I confess that I’ve had some pretty violent thoughts toward these children, and I confess that I sin in that. I ask forgiveness and I ask that you may help me to repent and change my ways. I pray that I may seek Your Kingdom and Your Will, not mine, and somehow influence these young people to come to You. I confess that there is no way I can love these neighbors on my own. I need Your help. So please deliver me from the temptation to strangle or otherwise harm these kids, and help me to love them as myself. I praise You for your holiness and Your mercy, and I pray that I may serve you better tomorrow. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
As any Christian would tell you, and as I have learned in my five years with God, He will provide. I was ‘saved by the bell’, only not by the bell, but by Divine Providence. As it rang, the kids scurried out of the room, almost running one another over. Seriously, it’s amazing how much energy these kids have after being pent up in some stuffy, cold classroom for 55 minutes.
To glorify God for what He has done, I went over to my bag, dug around for my Bible, and placed it on my desk. There is no coincidence in the first page I opened it to and the first verse I noticed:
For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. (Psalm 37:28 KJV)
I went back to the beginning of Psalm 37 and read, eating up what the Lord had to say to me this afternoon. After reading, I looked up to the ceiling, and felt the Holy Spirit strengthening me. I whispered, “I love you, Heavenly Father…” as if I was standing next to God and He had His ear near my lips, as if I was going to tell Him a secret. Feeling satisfied, I knew He loves me, a poor, hot-headed, blue-eyed, short, and sarcastic math teacher, even more than I could ever love Him. He loves me so much He gave His only Son to die in my place and rise. And that’s why I love Him in the first place.

Bloggers Against Hunger/Recommendations

I take it you noticed the new sidebar. I’m now a blogger against hunger! As much as I hate to brag, I’m really excited to (hopefully) help some people! Here are sites I recommend today:

1. Freerice.com

On Freerice, you can answer questions from various subjects, like voabulary, grammar, and even chemistry! For every answer you get right, ten grains of rice are donated, thanks to sponsors!

2. Darfurisdying.com

This is a simulation of Darfur refugee lives. Very eye-opening.

3. Bebo.com

While this is not charity-related, Bebo is peobably the best social network ever. I love the privacy and the gaming experience.

 

 

Well that’s all for today, so God bless and good night!

Charity—A Repost of one of my best blog posts

Ok. I’ll confess this right out—I’m a spoiled brat. I don’t donate to charity and I’m often “I want what I want and I don’t care about you!!!” I especially was this way before I got saved. So today I’m going to first post some Scripture on the importance of charity an good works, and show you how you can contribute to charity for little or no cost!!!

(NET) Acts 10:31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your acts of charity have been remembered before God. (Our charitable acts will be remembered before God!!!)

1. Spare change—Find a penny on the ground? Pick it up. Put it in your pocket. Some places have little jars where you cam donate to charity—if it’s a charity you have prayerfully decided (even a quick prayer on the spot) that God would want you to donate to, then drop it in the jar. If not, start a jar at home! Label it for your charity of choice, yes for your charity, and when it gets enough in there where it’s worth donating, donate!!! Tip: A savings account, if legal and available, may actually do more good if it has. A decent interest rate, and with the interest, you’ll make those rich bankers unintentionally cough up some money out of their wallets to donate to your charity!

2. Causes.org—The site is 13+, but here, you can search up many good causes. You can donate money, and you used to be able to donate time as well (though you can on some charities.) Also, if you’re willing to make self-sacrifice on presents you can make a Birthday Wish to raise money for a charity of your choice!

3. Change.org—Here, you cam sign petitions for change. I think you have to be thirteen or older, but here you cam sign petitions for change!

4. Volunteer—I’ve never done this in my life but I really want to!

I’m sure there are many other ways but I guess God will lead you to whatever He chooses to lead you to! God bless!

Give Thanks With Job

An early engraving by Blake for the Book of Job
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You know what every Christian should read on Thanksgiving? The Book of Job. After all, it really makes you thankful.

 

To start off, you can compare your life to Job’s life. He used to be a rich man—a very rich man. He had seven sons (which was considered great in those times), and a lot of possessions. However—I estimate in two days—it was all gone. Realizing how God can give and take away really makes us grateful for what we have. We realize that our earthly blessings are only temporary, so we need to be grateful for them while they’re here. So even in economc peril, bad health, and terrible family/home situations—hey, at least we aren’t Job.

 

When you realize that even Job had stuff to be thankful for, it makes you even more thankful. The basic thing is that Job was still alive. That’s the obvious. When you go deeper, you learn of God’s protection—something we definitely take for granted. (I know I do.) At first, when God let the devil get his hands on Job’s posessions and family, He didn’t let the devil get Job himself. Even when the devil got to attack Job’s health, God never let the devil attack his life. Wow. Even when our life gets rough, God will protect us, which is something to be thankful for.

 

A Tanach

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You now see how great the Book of Job can be at making us thankful. That’s why I recommend that Christians study the Book of Job at Thanksgiving—at least the first three chapters, that’s what I did. God bless and happy Thanksgiving Day! (Be pretty thankful you’re not Job now…)

Just letting you know that Jesus loves you.         But really, He laid down His life for you on the cross, so you could live forever. Come to the King. ❤  

Going ‘Easy’ With God

I bet you don’t know what I’m talking about.
I’ll show you.
You know what ‘going steady’ is, right? I can’t describe it (because I’d have no clue what I’m talking about), but in the sense most think of, that is NOT what I meant. By steady, I meant continual and constant.
I also need to take it easy. When I went into Christianity the first time, I got burned out from the massive legalism I subjected myself to. Let me tell you this—it don’t work. So to keep from being burnt out, I need to go into this slowly.

So guys, please comment with some Scriptures that will help and encourage me on my new spiritual journey. God bless and Jesus loves you.