Do you memorize God’s Word? Are you intentional in storing it up in your heart? Over the years I have memorized many scriptures. Most of the time I can remember the verse, but not the reference. Sometimes I can remember the book in the Bible, but not chapter and verse. This makes me sad to admit. As I’ve shared recently we have embarked on a new adventure with a young adult connection group. I feel like God is nudging me to challenge everyone to memorize scripture together. There’s just something about a challenge that is better with others. Whether you’re competitive or just need the encouragement and the shared experience. Our first verse is going to be Psalm 119:11.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Just seems like the appropriate verse to kick off with, don’t you think?
Most of us, if we have a history of any church as a child, have memorized John 3:16. Say it with me.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
It never gets old!
The Sweet Holy Spirit has a way of helping us call those verses up and awake out of those cobwebby corners at just the right time.
I have a handful of favorite verses. Do you? Those that just come to mind at the perfect moment. When life just seems to be swirling all around you threatening to knock you down? The Sweet Holy Spirit has a way of helping us call those verses up and awake out of those cobwebby corners at just the right time. It’s what we decide to do with them in that split second. It’s like that fork in the road. Which path am I going to take? Am I going to run with the verse that just seemed to come out of nowhere or am I going to squash it down and run down the path with the fear, temptation or doubt? I believe these are the reaction moments that grow us or not. The more we choose to run with those scriptures that come to mind, the easier it becomes to recognize those moments.
So it becomes a part of who we are.
How is it possible for these verses to get into our very souls? How do we get to the place where we can recall them? How do we get where it’s second nature? We have to saturate ourselves with His Word. Bathing in the Word everyday. So it becomes part of who we are. It’s what comes out in those moments when we are fearful, tempted and doubtful.
For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45
Do you have a process to memorizing scripture?
I’ll share with you some of the ways that have worked for me. And some new ways I’m planning to put into place.
- Write the verse out.
- Draw or doodle it.
- Carry it in your pocket
- Post it on your bathroom mirror.
- Post it on your car’s dashboard.
- Add it to the front of your refrigerator.
- Create a lock screen for your phone.
- Say it out loud everyday several times a day.
- Partner with others memorizing the same verse.
- Share your newly memorized verse with others!
I’ve made some graphics to share with our group and would love to share them with you too!
Click each photo to download your favorite memory verse pocket card.
Click each photo to download your favorite memory verse lock screen.
I sure hope you enjoy these! Which one was your favorite? What’s your process of memorizing scripture?