LEARN. LINK. LIVE God’s Word! – the basics
Memorization is essentially a process of learning and forgetting, learning and forgetting – with the periods of forgetting growing shorter and short until they are nonexistent.* An interesting way to look at it. Memorization doesn’t happen overnight. It takes repetition and review – going over and over a verse across time until it’s locked in our memory.
For example, saying a verse 20 times in one day isn’t as helpful as saying it one time a day for 20 days. My suggestions is this:
Two times said,
over a ten-day spread –
will embed in your head.
(My apologies for the painful rhyme!)
Linking a verse to something familiar helps us to “see” it through the lens of our own experience. Symbols, pictures, activities, songs, motions – all are engaging ways to enhance our capacity to recall. It’s the interactive way we are designed. Good associations and connections for Bible memory are everywhere. Possibilities are endless.
For example, clouds can represent Psalm 36:5, “Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” A globe can represent Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
American poet Edwin Markham (1852-1940) wrote, “We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life.” Application is the golden key to Bible memory. Without living it, learning it is practically worthless.
Sometimes living a verse is to believe it – to have faith. Other times living a verse takes us to our cranky neighbors doorstep with a plate of warm cookies, just because. Sometimes living a verse takes the shape of a heart-felt apology for a bad attitude or unkind words. You get the idea. Moving the Word from our hearts to our hands and feet is the essence of the well-versed family. And it’s the best part of the process!
*Memorize the Word, (Chicago: Moody, 1970), 15
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