2.25.2016

10 Ways to Memorize Scripture



Hello, Readers!
Today, I have some tips for making Scripture memorization easy and fun! It is so important to memorize God's Word, but I know sometimes it can get a little monotonous. You can sit down ready and excited to memorize a verse, and then ten minutes later get up distracted and bored. I hope you can find some ways to make your time a wonderful time with God!

(Note: I am using the word verse, but if you are memorizing more, please adapt as you need to.)


1. Write it.
Yes, really! Sometimes, writing things over and over can help you remember it better. You can write your verse several times just to practice (and tell your mom  you did penmanship :D), or write it out once, really fancy, and use it for #8.

2. Give it a tune.
Do you think you'll ever forget the alphabet song? Seriously, music is a great way to remember things. This works especially well if you're trying to memorize just a verse or two. Just make up a tune, or use one you already know, and make the words fit in. Then sing it to yourself until you have it! :)

3. Teach it to others.
If you have younger siblings, you can offer to teach them a verse (or more!) It's a great way to learn it yourself, and help others learn it! If you don't have any siblings, try a neighbor or friend. Oh, and make sure you teach it in a creative, fun way! :)


4. Challenge Yourself.
I probably use this one the most often. Set goals for yourself, and stick to them! For example, say you want to memorize Psalms chapter 1. Set a time goal for yourself (maybe a week, or two weeks), and work on a little every day. (My example was just a personal one. Use however much time you need, of course!) And if you have a friend (see #6), you're even more motivated!


5. Draw a Picture.
If you're the creative and artsy type, this might be your favorite. Drawing can work the same way as writing it. Think about the passage you're trying to memorize, and just draw it! You can do one big picture, or several small ones, or incorporate it into #9. (And  you artsy people: make sure to comment and add your input!)

6. Grab a Friend.
Ask a  friend if she wants to memorize with you! If you are trying to memorize a large portion (a long chapter, or a whole book),  this will keep you both accountable, and make it fun as well! Plus, having a partner makes you motivated to finish! :)

7. Fill in the Blank.
Write out your Scripture passage, and then go back and erase every third  word (or every key  word, etc.) Then try to fill in the blank parts. If you get it right, make it harder by doing every other word, or removing whole chunks.


8. Look at It-- A Lot! 
Use the neat copy that you wrote of your passage in #1, and hang it up in a place where you will see it a lot, like above your bed. Or write it on your bathroom mirror. Or both!


9. Make Mental Prompts.
You can do this mentally, or literally. If you do it in your head, simply think of a picture or symbol for each key word in your verse. If you make it unusual, it will help you remember better. Or you can actually write the verse down, and draw in your little symbols.


10. Make Reviews Fun 
The key to learning pretty much anything is practice. So reviewing the Scripture you're leaning is very important. Make it fun! For example, you can make a crossword puzzle with the words, make a matching game to play with your siblings, etc.


I hope that you found a helpful tip in one of these! Did one of these ideas help you? And what is your favorite way to memorize Scripture? Comment below!
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12 comments:

  1. The most helpful thing for me is having others memorizing with me! I am in a girls' group, and when we decide to memorize a Bible verse (or chapter) I actually have determination to memorize it! It helps, because you want to be able to tell them that you memorized it. ;)

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  2. Yes, that helps me a lot too! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  3. Awesome ideas, Emily! This is so helpful! I would definately agree with Hosanna that memorizing it with others keeps you motivated and accountable...also writing it out and looking at it many times a day is a really good way like you said. I'll have to try some of the others!

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  4. Thanks Hannah! Yes, writing it out and having someone doing it with you are my favorite ways as well. :)

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  5. Ahh, I totally agree with all of these points! I usually print out the verse and hang it up on the bathroom mirror or somewhere, so then while I'm taking my own sweet time getting ready I can look at the verse while doing so. :D

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting, Katie Grace!!!
      Yes, I do that too (except on my bedroom mirror, because my brothers erase it in the bathroom, LOL!)

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  6. I love these points Emily. I like memorizing verses to a song, but then when you try to quote it, it's hard to do without singing the song. :) I write them on index cards and carry them around. That and repetition helps me best.
    Oh, and if I'm studying a Bible verse during the day, I'll say a couple lines over and over in my head, and keep saying them over and over while I fall asleep. Sometimes. I take little power naps, (10-15 minutes) and sleeping helps me memorize. Yeah, it's a little strange, I know. :) lol
    Love,
    Ashley
    creatingpreciousmoments.blogspot.com
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    1. Haha, that's not really strange! It's a great tip as well. :)

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  7. I find it helpful to add gestures (lifting an arm up, tilting your head) at certain points. Your tips were great, by the way!
    -Lily from https://oodlesandbundlesblog.wordpress.com/

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  8. Hey Lily! Thanks for checking out my blog, and adding your tips. Those are very helpful too! It's interesting to see all the tips that my readers have as well. I'll have to check out your blog soon!
    ~Emily

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  9. I did a song for one of my memory verses and it's so easy! That's like the best way!

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    1. Yes, singing is one of my favorite ways to memorize as well. Thanks for commenting!

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