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7 Activities to Help You Memorize Scripture

We are almost a week into the new year. How are you doing with those New Year resolutions?

Perhaps you resolved to memorize Scripture in 2014, but now it feels like an insurmountable challenge. If you need some basic help getting started, check out these basic Scripture Memory Tips. If you need some direction about what to memorize, check out the various Scripture Memory Plans on my resources page.

Scripture memory activitiesOnce you have a list of Scriptures and know the basics, you can add use the following activities to enhance the memory process. Many of these activities assume you are using some kind of physical card system for your memory verses, such as index cards.

  1. Reflect on Key Truths – Spend a few moments reflecting on what the verse teaches. This will help implant its truths in your heart and mind. For instance, consider the following: What you should believe about God. Things you can praise or thank God for. What you can pray for yourself or others.
  2. Identify Anchor Words – Identify two to four key words or “anchor” words in the verse to help you remember it. For instance, in Psalm 46:1, three solid anchor words to remember could be “refuge,” “help,” and “trouble.” Circle these words on the front of the Scripture card and then write them on the back. Use these words as prompts during the memorization process.Scripture memory
  3. Draw a Picture or Symbol – On the back of your Scripture card, draw a symbol or picture that visually represents the verse. For instance, for Psalm 46:1 you could draw a fort or castle. Along with your anchor words, this picture or symbol will be another prompt to remember the truths and content of the verse or passage.
  4. Record It (great for auditory learners) – Use your smart phone, computer, or another device to record yourself reading or reciting the passage. Play it back throughout the day to further reinforce it in your memory.
  5. Choose an Object (great for tactile learners) – Select an object around your home or office that will remind you of the verse or passage each time you see it. For instance, for Psalm 46:1, a rock or stone object would remind you that God is your refuge, a strong safe place.
  6. Use Multiple Cards – Write the verse on more than just your primary card. Place these extra cards wherever you will seem them throughout the day and can take a moment to review – the bathroom mirror, above the kitchen sink, your car visor, your computer monitor, above the washer and dryer, the refrigerator door.
  7. Reword it – Rewrite the verse in your own words. This will help you think about the meaning and how it should apply to your own life.

Let’s talk! Is there another activity that helped you in the past you’d like to share?

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