I am always so impressed when I am in a conversation with someone and they are able to recite scriptures from memory. This simple gesture says a lot about their walk with Jesus. This means that they commit to knowing the Word of God in a way that requires discipline, time, and dedication. This tells me that the words of God are written in their hearts.
Memorization is not my forte! My kids can recite poems and facts quickly, but I have trouble remembering much more than my own phone number. Memorizing scriptures has always seemed a bit daunting to me. Something a bit out of my reach, but this year I committed to working on memorizing a Bible chapter. It may seem like a small goal, but to me it feels like a big undertaking.
The reason this practice seems so important is that I need the Word of God to be anchored in my soul. I need the truth to be accessible in my daily life at all times. The Word of God is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105). In order for me to make the most of the wisdom God has given us in his book, I need to know his words like the back of my hand.
Here are some easy ways to start memorizing scriptures:
1. The Bible Memory App
Technology has so many amazing uses! The Bible Memory app is a great tool to help you memorize verses. The application activates your kinesthetic memory, your visual memory and your auditory memory. It will play the verses for you to hear over and over again. It offers flashcards so you can review the verses you are working on. The app also lets you type verses. Having access to the tools you need to work on memorizing the scriptures on your phone is very convenient. You can listen to the audio of the verses you are working on in the car or type the verses you are learning in the queue to catch your kids at school. While I love paper and pencil, there’s something to be said for the convenience of having everything you need to make scripture memory part of your routine at your fingertips.
2. Start a scripture memory journal
The Daily Grace Co. offers amazing scripture memory journals that guide you through the process of memorizing beautiful scripture passages. Journals invite you to pray, write, and recite, and are a great way to help you make room in your routine for scripture memory work. The pages of these carefully designed journals are beautiful. The beauty of these books will make you want to invest time in carefully creating art with the verses you practice writing on the pages. Plus, the cost of this tool is super reasonable, which is always a win.
3. Create a spiral journal
An even easier method to help you focus on the scriptures is to simply grab a spiral notebook and start writing, then practice reciting the passages you’re working on. Note cards would also work well for this basic study method. Think back to when you used to rewrite and recite your lecture notes to prepare for a test…we just apply the same method to your scripture memorization. No need to buy anything fancy or even use technology to memorize the words of the Bible!
4. Use songs to help you learn the scriptures
Putting something to a tune is a great way to get new content to stick in your mind. There are also some really amazing artists who have created great music that you can put in your house or your car that just sings the scriptures. One of my favorites to listen to is Kings Things! They have put several passages of scripture in a way that the whole family will enjoy. My children and I are currently working on learning Exodus 20:1-17 and we have done so just by listening to their song several times together this school year.
Slugs & Bugs is another band that we often listen to as a family. Their music is aimed a little more at young people, but is done with such quality that you’ll want to listen to their songs even without the kids in the car. They have tons of albums that cover many beautiful passages of scripture.
5. Use scripture cards
Another tool that can make scripture memorization easier is to invest in a set of printed scripture cards. Put these cards somewhere convenient, like your kitchen table, and make reading and reciting them part of your daily routine. Dayspring offers several sets of beautifully designed shareable cards presented in convenient cases. I’ve even framed some of their cards to place in my house so I can easily see the words on them! They have an adorable set designed for kids that you could make reciting the verses on their ring part of your bedtime routine.
6. Memorize scriptures with others
Every time I set myself a new goal, what I need more than anything else is accountability! Ask for support from your spouse, friends, small group, colleagues or children. Involve your community in your scripture memorization journey. We go so much further when we work as a team than when we try to do it all on our own.
Community Bible study is a place where I have responsibility for my journey to better learning the Word of God. Each week we have a “word of the week” that acts as our memory verse of the scripture passages we study. Meeting weekly with other women of God with a mission to better learn the Word of God helps me ensure that I don’t slack off in my own personal spiritual life. There are groups all over the world, I highly recommend connecting to a group in your community.
We live in a culture that struggles with such confusion. The Word of God is truly the only solid rock on which we can build our lives, but before we can begin this process, we must take the time to really learn what the Bible says. Now more than ever, memorizing the truth is essential for our ability to stand firm in our beliefs in this chaotic world.
I encourage you to take steps to make scripture memory and meditation part of your routine and that of your family. The Word of God is alive and active! He has the power to change us when we begin to make His truth a vital part of how we live our lives.
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Amanda Idleman is a writer whose passion is to encourage others to live happily. She writes devotionals for My Daily Bible Verse Devotional and Podcast, Crosswalk Couples Devotional, the Daily Devotional App, has published work with Her View from Home, on the MOPS blog, and is a regular contributor for Crosswalk.com. You can find out more about Amanda on her Facebook page or follow her on Instagram.