"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart; you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up" Deutoronomy 6:5-7
Sure, you may say, that was easy back then. But nowadays, life is so much more complicated. How can I devote time to memorizing scripture when I can barely keep up with my family's schedules?
But fear not: Anyone can memorize scripture with these five tips that won't take more than a few minutes a day.
I made a free iPhone Bible Memory app which helps me to practice scripture memory verses. It lets you memorize scripture in whatever size chunks works best for you, as you mention, and you can practice the verse by typing the first letter of each word.
It also schedules verses for review, so they can be practiced regularly.
If you try it out, please let me know if it's helpful! God bless you :)
These are some very good techniques for memorizing. I've been wanting to memorize the Amendments to the Constitution and the Periodic Table just for the heck of it.
Thanks Sheila, that's very true! There are all kinds of learners -- learning by moving = kinestetic, learning by hearing = auditory, by seeing = visual, etc. While some people learn best primarily with one method, most people learn best with a combination.
I'm glad to meet you too. *offers cookies and milk* :D
I have often found that moving one's body can help some people with memorization, too. Part of writing it down is just that -- moving your hand as you make the letters to the words. It's important to realize that it's not just our brain that remembers things. Some things we remember with our whole bodies or with our whole persons -- body, soul, and spirit. When memorizing the Bible, this is especially important. We are not simply trying to repeat words by rote but to have those words settle into our hearts.
I'm glad to meet you and glad that you are writing on this site.
Good luck Chris! Let us know how well they work for you. :)
Love the ideas and I'm going to try them this week.
That's a fair bit to memorize! I looked it up and couldn't find the seven-long-paragraph version, but the one I did find - by Doreen Valiente - is quite beautiful. :) My long-term goal is to memorize my favorite passages from Isaiah - by far my favorite book of the Bible. Biblical poetry is so beautiful, even without the beauty of the promises in them. :D
I once managed to memorize the whole Charge of the Goddess (seven long paragraphs and a Blessed be) by copying it out by hand. I then learned it line by line, reading it aloud, repeating it and carrying on until I had it.
I've forgotten most of it again now. -.-
With these tips, in ten minutes last night, I memorized Philippians 1:9-10 (chosen because I had heard it on the radio earlier that day.) "And this is my prayer: that you may grow in knowledge and in depth of insight so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless til the day of Christ." (Holman Standard Version). Now that's no guarantee I'll remember it a week from now though! While researching this article, I found a free tool called Mnemosyne which helps you remember things long-term. (http://www.mnemosyne-proj.org/) I'm going to try it out over the next week or two and if I like it, I'll add it. :D
I should also do a bit on the different ways of learning -- sounds like your friend is an auditory learner. :) I'll add that suggestion up on the write it down section too.
Great Wizzle! I love your ideas on memorizing things. I have a friend who has to learn lines for plays (she's an actress). She records it on a tape-recorder, then listens to it back while she's doing the housework or driving etc.