In light of my 52-week Scripture Memorization Challenge book, I wanted to share some ways that have helped me commit the Scripture to memory over the last 20 years of my life. While this list is not exhaustive as we all learn differently, I hope that it can help some of you who are just now beginning your journey to memorize Scriptures or those looking for more effective ways to do so.
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Without any further ado, here are 5 tips to effectively memorize Scripture.
1. Write it down.
This has proven to be very effective in my life. There is a lot of scientific research that connects memory to the fine motor skill of writing. By writing the Scripture (or anything for that matter) that you are committing to memory, you are giving your brain several ways to take in the information: reading, thinking, and creating a strong visualization for your brain to associate for memory recall.
I have written the Scripture on anything and everything around me to memorize it. I have used: colorful 3×5 note cards, my bathroom mirror (using this dry erase marker set), colorful sticky notes that I’ve strewn about around the house and my vehicle, or small notebook paper placed in my purse or lunchbox. Get creative and find a system that works for you. There are endless possibilities!
2. Speak it.
This is something that my family and I are really big on: Speaking life! We are so big on the importance of speaking God’s Word that my husband and I started a publishing company around the concept and I also wrote a book about it! When we speak God’s Word aloud, it not only helps us memorize His Word, but it also builds our faith!
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
3. Meditate on it.
It is proven that meditation is an excellent way to memorize information. When we meditate on a Scripture, we are not only rolling the words around in our minds, but we are thinking about it. It is in this process of thought that we are able to continually make strong association for recalling the information at a later date. We already know that what we think about eventually become actions, so this is a win-win! And besides, the Bible instructs us to do so!
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8)
4. Pray it.
I have come into the habit of praying God’s Word and personalizing it. This works together well with speaking and meditating; they all reinforce one another. If you have something you are approaching God in prayer about, find a Scripture to stand on and pray the Scripture as well. This not only helps us memorize and hide His Word in our heart, but it allows us to pray His will.
5. Sing it!
This is one of my favorite ways to memorize the Word. I adore worshiping God – it gives me absolute peace and joy each time I do. These are a few of the ways that I typically sing the Word:
- make up my own song for a Scripture that I am currently meditating on to memorize
- find a worship song that is based upon the Scripture I am committing to memory
- find a familiar tune of a song that I LOVE and replace the words with the Scripture
- play an instrument and just begin to sing praises to His name
No matter how we do it, let’s be sure to worship the Lord and praise His Holy name, all the while committing His Word to our memory and heart!
I hope that some of these methods can encourage you to find your own rhythm for memorizing God’s Word. I am cheering you on, sweet sister. Together let’s commit to memorizing God’s word!
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