Monday, June 10, 2013
Scripture Memory System
Hiding God's Word in my heart is fundamental to my walk with Christ. It really has made all the difference between a life of victory over a life of defeat, despair, and anxiety. Why? Because the Word of God is alive and active. (Hebrews 4:12) Though words fail me to describe the depth that I believe that-I believe it with every fiber of my being. I have been in situation after situation when quoting scripture either in my mind-or even better out loud-has saved me from a meltdown in more ways than one. (Remember? I'm a worrier by nature. It's what I do.)
But no matter how good my intentions or desires were in wanting to memorize scripture, logistically I couldn't get the hang of it. It never failed how often I couldn't remember them, I would feel like I got a good "hold" on one and forgot the previous one, and so on and so forth. I felt the deep urge to remember it, but utter defeat because I felt like I simply couldn't do it. Until I stumbled upon this method, and that's why I'm so excited to share it with you today. Because maybe-just maybe-you're like me, desperately wanting to hide God's Word in your heart but just not sure how. I hope and pray this helps you as much as it helps me.
Let me begin with this though-before you try anything, pray about it. This may sound silly and like one of those things that should just go without saying, but it was a light bulb kind of moment for me when I began praying over my mind that God will strengthen my ability to remember His Word.
After that, grab an index card holder, index card dividers, and of course, index cards!
Start by making your index card dividers by labeling the following and putting them in this order in your box:
And finally make a divider for numbers 1-31
You'll start with simply choosing 1 verse and placing it behind the Daily tab. Every day go over that scripture until you feel you have a good handle on it. For me that means 1 week, but it could be different for you, and that's completely fine! There are weeks where I'm just "off" or have a longer portion of scripture and at the end of the week I'm no where near ready for a new one so I stay where I'm at with the current one. But the point is-we are getting somewhere! Even if it's slower at certain times, we're memorizing more than when we're not attempting it at all!
Once you feel good with that first scripture, bump it back to the Even tab and put a new one under the Daily tab. Now you're just going to keep doing this week after week! Here's the basic plan for a daily basis:
Next go to the Even or Odd tab depending on the date.
Then go over whatever is behind that Day.
Finally it is whatever is behind that Date.
So basically each day you will go over:
Even or Odd depending on the date
Day of the week
(Obviously starting out you won't have all of these tabs filled, just keep going it won't be long!)
A couple of other tips-
Behind the last tab I have a small stack of blank index cards. Whenever I'm reading my Bible or come across a scripture that I feel led to memorize, I jot it down on a blank card.
Then I stick it at the very back, where I keep all the scriptures that I know I want to eventually incorporate into the system and work on memorizing. Each Sunday I go through that little stack and choose my new "Daily" for the week!
A few tips for memorizing the new daily verse-
Post it as many places as you can think of!! The more you see it throughout the day, even without really thinking about it, the easier it will be to remember it! I always have a card with that scripture in the corner of my bathroom mirror, and on our "Verse of the Week" board in the kitchen:
I also take a picture of that scripture card with my cell phone and have a folder on my phone that is just scripture memory. Whenever I'm stuck in traffic or waiting somewhere, I try to work on that instead of jumping on to Facebook or checking email for the 900th time.
Whatever method works best for you, I just urge you to keep at it! Even when you don't think you can remember one more thing-pray about it and commit to the Lord this desire and I promise He will blow you away with His faithfulness towards you! If you have any questions, or want prayer over this area of your life-please let me know! Feel free to comment down below or email me! I'd love to answer any questions or pray with you. Have a great week friends!
Linking up with: Happy Wives Club, Jolene, Ruth, Some of the Best Things in Life are Mistakes, Mom's The Word, Julie, Logan, Create with Joy, Sara Elizabeth,