Thursday, January 7, 2021

My Winter Mantle and a Tip to Memorize Scripture

 Hi Friends!

When Christmas is over

and everything is put away until next year,

I think the house looks a bit empty.

Do you feel that way?

For now-

I like to start with the mantle-



I had made Hot Apple Cider during the Holiday's.



I saved the jug from the recycle bin-

washed and soaked off the label,

used acetone to remove the expiration date.

Then I put it on the mantle with a couple cotton stems.



Hung some beads.


And that's the winter mantle for now-


I usually change my chalkboard weekly.

Starting in January, I'm trying to refresh my memory of the book of James.

I want to share with you a little tool I use to memorize

larger sections of scripture.

I first write out the section- I'm a visual learner!

James 1: 2-4 









Next I start to remove key words.


Study by reading over a few times,

 then you can fill the words back in, 

OR

Keep erasing words until you have it memorized.

A chalkboard works great for this.

As I get older it is SO MUCH HARDER to memorize scripture.

I'm hoping that this may help someone else.

Maybe you have some suggestions to share with me :)

I study with the New American Standard Bible ( NAS )


XO Lisa S

52 comments:

  1. What a great idea for memorizing scripture!

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    1. Thanks Angela,
      My old brain needs all the help I can get!
      :) xo Lisa S

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  2. I had forgotten about that technique. I used to use it in church club a long time ago. Another way is to write down the first letter of each word. F G S L T W ... for John 3:16. You can write it on a recipe card and take it with you to appointments where you have to wait.

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    1. Lady Pamela,
      Thanks for sharing your tip! Another great idea. What a wonderful way to use time that normally would be wasted.
      XO Lisa S

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  3. This is a beautiful idea and I love the chalkboard! Just yesterday I read a version of those same verses I had never even heard of. It read this way ... "Reckon it nothing but joy ... whenever you find yourself hedged in by various trials, be assured that the testing of your faith leads to power of endurance." (James 1:2-3, Weymouth). "Power of endurance"- yes, please. Blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks Joanne! I love the version you shared. It's so positive :)
      All the best to you,
      xo Lisa S

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  4. Great idea! We do that with our kids sometimes, and it’s helpful for all of us. Love that you’re memorizing scripture. I want to get back in the habit. Have a great rest of your week Lisa!

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    1. Marielle,
      It worked so well when we were kids Hey, I need all the help I can get. We used to love singing our Bible verses. It also works,
      Thanks for the visit. I loved it. Have a great week :)
      xo Lisa S

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  5. This is such a great idea! I always feel like the house is so empty when Christmas is all put up, but your mantle is so pretty!

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  6. I definitely feel like the house looks empty once I put Christmas away. I like to keep up one garland with a string of lights on it just to keep lighting the dark, long days of winter here in North Idaho. I love how you reused the apple cider jar, so pretty and such a good idea! I love you chalkboard idea too for memorizing scripture. I have a chalkboard in my kitchen that has hung on my wall empty for months! I may just need to use your scripture memory idea with it.

    Love,
    Annie

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    1. Hi Anne,
      I kept a string of lights up also :) It must be cold in Idaho.
      We have friends that just moved there- it's tempting.
      I'm almost embarrassed to say how warm it is here. My winter decor is me pretending it's cold.
      xo Lisa S

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  7. Oops! I didn't realize I was commenting as "Unknown"! I am the one who wrote the last comment. :)

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  8. That is a lovely mantle for winter. Pinned.

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    1. Thank you Joanne!
      I appreciate the pin.
      So nice to have you stop by-
      xo Lisa S

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  9. Scripture on a chalkboard on the mantle ... brilliant and beautiful.

    Bless this!

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    1. Thanks Linda!
      I have a long house with the living room in the middle- so I pass it by MANY times during the day. I'm so glad you visited today.
      xo Lisa S

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  10. What an interesting coincidence (When God does a miracle and decides to remain anonymous). Our adult Sunday School class just started a study of James! The situations the early apostles faced parallel some we do today. I have copies of the Serenity Prayer all over my house--and need it daily!

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    1. Kathy,
      We are also studying James. It really does apply for times like these.
      xo Lisa S

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  11. I love this idea for keepers scripture in front of your eyes as well.as helping with memory work!

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    1. Michele,
      Thank you so much. I walk past so many times, the repetition is good for my memory :)
      xo Lisa S

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  12. Great way to memorize scripture. The mantle looks beautiful and I love what you've done with the apple cider jar. Thanks for sharing this at our #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Kimberly
      Thank you so much! The scripture memory is going well.
      I'm so glad I can join you. Thanks for hosting.
      xo Lisa S

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  13. Your mantle is beautiful, Lisa. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's.

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  14. Great way to reuse that bottle and to memorize the Bible verse, too! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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    1. Thank you so much!
      It's so nice to have you visit. Thank you for hosting, I always love to join your party.
      xo Lisa S

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  15. Your mantle is beautiful and I love your idea for memorizing scripture!

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    1. Thank you Tai East!
      It's so nice to meet you, I'm so glad you stopped by to say hello.
      Have a great week!
      xo Lisa S

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  16. Lisa, I really like your idea of the chalk board/frame to memorize the scriptures. Lovely mantle.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Naush

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    1. Thank you so much. I hope this tip can help someone else.
      Have a great week!
      xo Lisa S

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  17. Your mantle looks simple and charming. A great tip for memorizing scripture. Thank you, I will feature your post on the next Blogger's Pit Stop.
    Kathleen

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    1. Kathleen
      I appreciate you so much!
      Thank you.
      xo Lisa S


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  18. I love your mantle. I am always so sad when the Christmas stuff gets stored away. You made the mantle so cozy. I need to get some cider, so I can use the bottle! 🙂 And, I love your method for memorizing scripture. What a great idea!

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    1. Pam,
      I'm so glad you liked my mantle. At first I was going to make a lamp with the jug- but changed my mind after I added some cotton stems. Thank you for your sweet comment. Please visit again :)
      xo Lisa S

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  19. That is a great way to memorize scripture. I love using the BibleMemory.com website/app to memorize because it does something similar with removing every other word (then swapping to remove the other half). It takes me longer to memorize a passage than it does the kids, but it's worth it! :)

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    1. Lisa,
      I will have to check it out! I need all the help I can get ;)
      Thank you for stopping by-
      I hope you have a great week.
      xo Lisa S

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  20. Thank you for sharing with us at Embracing Home and Family! Great tip on memorizing scripture!

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    1. Jenn
      You are so welcome. Thank you for hosting!
      xo Lisa S

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  21. P.S. I've featured this at the Thursday Favorite Things link party. Thanks for sharing it. :)

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    1. Pam'
      I appreciate you so much!!!!
      Thank you so much.
      xo Lisa S

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  22. Your mantel is very pretty. I like the jug. I also like your suggestion on memorizing scripture. I haven't thought about using a chalk board before. Right now I am using index cards. Thanks for sharing. #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Donna
      Thank you so much. Index cards are another great idea. I think I will try that too- then the cards can be saved and tucked into journal pages- Donna you inspired me :)
      Have a great week.
      xo Lisa S

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  23. Hi Lisa, your Scripture verse chalkboard is perfect. I loved reading your post. I'll be featuring this at All About Home this evening!

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    1. Debra
      You are so sweet. Thank you so much for the feature.
      You made my day!
      xo Lisa S

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  24. Love this, Lisa!!!
    I do have a terrible time memorizing scripture verses. I am great at remembering the stories and all, but verses, not so much. I like your idea a lot! (Now that I've really gone and read through your post.)

    I am just getting back over to say that I featured your post a week ago at Share Your Style #289. <3 Catching up on a few extra things this weekend, including sleep. :)

    Enjoy your weekend and here's to the groundhog not seeing his shadow,
    Hugs,
    Barb :)

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    1. Barb,
      I'm glad you came back to say hello!
      I got a lot of other tips in the comments. I am going to try too!
      Thank you for the feature I sure appreciate all you do :)
      Have a great week- sleep sounds wonderful.
      xo Lisa S

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