Memorizing Scripture is one of those things that seems to be something we always want to do, but seldom actually get around to doing. There are varying reasons for this, but I think one of the main ones (at least for me) is that it seems like such a daunting task. Where do you begin?
I have been guilty in the past of getting overwhelmed and consequently doing nothing. By not creating concrete, practical goals, my nebulous "goals" were in actuality no more than wishful thinking. This is a weak area for me, so I want to hone this area in 2015.
Here are a few of the tools I've gathered for using this year. I am excited to have a methodical, organized way of approaching this important area!
I love this app, because it will keep track of all the books of the Bible at a glance (I love seeing the big picture). It includes game-like strategies for assisting with memorization, such as eliminating words and having you type out the verse until you can do it perfectly. It also keeps track of your retention of verses as you review them. It supports ESV and NLT.
So far, I've appreciated the music style in this app (you can listen to a sample below the photo) and I liked that it includes the reference to the verse as a part of the song ("James chapter one, verse five"). I also like that it has both short and long sections... like James 1:5 and the entire book of James. It supports KJV.
Another simple method I have used in the past is to simply read the same chapter every single day. Within a few weeks or months, you will have it memorized, simply by frequent review! This is my favorite way to memorize Scripture, since it is so simple.
Last year, I enjoyed memorizing Psalm 119 with my dear friend Antoinette Konvalin using this CD from Susie Kimbrough, which I highly recommend as well.
The best way to make progress is to make small, manageable goals, and step it up only after you've been faithful in your smaller goal for a while. Don't start out with "Memorize the book of Isaiah", but with something more along the lines of "Memorize Psalm 32".
So what will your goal be for 2015?
Question for my readers: How do you like to memorize Scripture? I'm on the lookout for more ideas!