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Do you regularly memorize scripture? I confess this is something I struggle with. Oh, I know I should. I’ve heard, “Hide His Word in your heart!” But I don’t do it. At least not consistently.
There’s so much else in my brain, the verses just don’t stick.
I’ve never been good at remembering things.
There are so many, I don’t even know where to start.
I’ve done it before, only to forget them later. Why work to memorize verses if I won’t truly retain them?
This week I started a new Bible study with the ladies at my church. There are designated memory verses to go along with this particular study. Do I work to memorize them? I’ve got so much else on my plate right now…
And yet I know we ought to hide His Word in our hearts (Psalm 119:11). The Holy Spirit brings it back to our minds when we need it, but we need to get it in there in the first place.
How will I keep up with these verses? If I work on them one verse per week, won’t I have forgotten the earlier verses by the end of the study? Or do I have to say all of them every day in order to retain them?
I did a little digging and found a great explanation for a Bible memory system that I’ve heard good things about. The basic idea is to work on a verse daily until you have learned it. Then it goes into an every-other-day slot, and you begin working on a new verse. Eventually, the cards get shifted from every other day to once a week, and then to once a month. As you continue to learn new verses, you are also regularly reviewing the ones you’ve already learned.
To organize your verses, you need a card file or box to keep them in. (I have one like this: https://amzn.to/2wPjnCr.) You’ll also need 41 dividers (such as these: https://amzn.to/2M6umNd). You’ll label these as follows:
and the numbers 1-31 (one per divider)
The dividers go into the box in that order. Your verse card will start behind the daily tab, and it will stay there until you memorize it. Once you’ve learned it, put the date in the top corner of the card, and move the card to either the even or odd tab. When you’ve learned your third verse, there will already be a card behind the even tab and one behind the odd tab, so you’ll replace the older card, moving that one to the Sunday tab (and so on). Once all the days are full, you’ll take the oldest card from that section and begin filling in the days of the month section.
When you sit down to review your verses, you’ll do the verse behind “daily” first. For Friday, September 7th, you would also review the verse behind “Odd” (because the 7 is odd), “Friday,” and “7.” At first you won’t have verses behind those tabs, but eventually you will! This way you’ll gradually review each verse a bit less frequently, but no less often than once a month.
Although I’ve heard so many positive comments, I haven’t tried this system yet because I wasn’t clear on how to advance the cards and how to make sure you moved the right one to the right place. This explanation and video from Simply Charlotte Mason had the details I was missing, and I am anxious to give this system a try! I want to encourage you (or challenge you?) to try this with me. Perhaps it will help each of us as we seek to hide His Word in our hearts.
Do you have a Bible memory system that works for you? Will you join me in trying this one?