Memorizing can be difficult sometimes.  When I was a child, I was able to memorize (and retain!) multiple verses and passages of Scripture.  Now, though, it seems like it is becoming more difficult for me to do so.  However, I don’t want to use my age as an excuse since even the psalmist, David, as an adult, stated, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you”.  To me, that means it should to be a life-long habit.  Because of that,  I find it is necessary now to find some new, creative ways to continue on the memorization path.

Because it seems to be a very effective way for me to memorize, I continue to use the following method that I developed for myself a couple of years ago:

  1. Day 1 of each month, I go to the new passage that I have assigned myself for that month.
  2. I read it out loud and then copy it word-for-word, phrase by phrase, on an index card (of which I have an ample supply in my Bible cover.  I am also sure to have one of my favorite writing pens in the pocket as well so I can use it each day.).
  3. After writing out the verses, I read them again, slowly and methodically, so that I can soak in the meaning that the Lord wants me to glean for that day.
  4. Days 2-10 (depending on the passage length), I repeat steps 1-3.
  5. About day 11, I sense that I can remember a phrase or two and write them down without having to look at my Bible.  I try to write as many phrases as possible from memory.  After writing it down, I check my copy with the actual verses in the Bible and make corrections when necessary.  Then I read the passage out loud, trying to say it without looking at my index card.
  6. About day 25, I realize that the passage has been put to memory and I continue, daily, until the end of the month with writing it and then repeating it out loud.  If I have time, I also try to say the previous months’ passages that have been memorized.

Do you have any additional suggestions and/or methods of memorization?

If you are not already memorizing any Bible verses right now, I would love for you to join me in memorizing God’s Word in your heart so you “might not sin against God”.

Bible passages for 2010–

  • JANUARY:  I Corinthians 13
  • MARCH:
  • APRIL:
  • MAY:
  • JUNE:
  • JULY:

2 Responses to “Memorizing Scripture”

  1. Dana Says:

    This is something I would like to do. Our pastor emphasizes the importance of having right thoughts about God, and I know that memorizing and meditating on His word to us is a key to that. I look forward to this – thanks for the nudge of encouragement.

  2. Kristin Says:

    (an excerpt from an email that I received from a friend)

    Thank you also, for your writing on memorizing scripture some time back. I wanted you to know it struck a cord in my heart and yes, I have begun to feel the old brain doesn’t work like it used to and of course, that is true, but it doesn’t mean that I still can’t learn and retain!! So I have begun to memorize Ps. 103, one that I have worked on some in the past, but never made it past the first few vs. I’m writing it down each day and saying it over and over and I’m determined with God’s strength to hide His word in my heart even if I am almost 67.

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