Sharpening Our Swords – Helpful hints for memorizing scripture.

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Alright ladies let’s pull out our swords and start sharpening them. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you memorize scripture.

Pray – It seems obvious but sometimes we skip this step.

For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

Accountability – This year we will launch a Scripture Memory Team. When you join, you will have other ladies from the church who are memorizing scriptures right along with you. We will check in with each other on the 1st and 15th of each month to see how things are going. The purpose of the group is encouragement and accountability.

Visibility – Put your selected verse(s) in as many places as you can think of.

  • Put them in a baggie and hang them in the shower.
  • Write them on the bathroom mirror.
  • Place an index card above your steering wheel and read your verse while you are stopped at a light.
  • Put a pretty piece of scrapbook paper in a photo frame and write your verse on the glass. This way you can display it on an end table or on the kitchen counter.
  • Write it on a ribbon and tie it around your wrist.
  • Add it to your Facebook cover photo.
  • Use a scripture chalkboard to display your verse. I made my own using Con-tact Brand self-adhesive paper and a picture that we were not displaying. http://amzn.to/18u1Ct9Image

Gather supplies – Rotary cutter, mat, ruler, Con-tact paper, unused photo, and rubber scraper.

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Trim the salvage edge.

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Measure your frame and cut the Con-tact paper to fit.

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Apply the Con-tact paper as directed. Voila! Now just add your verse and hang it in a high traffic area. (You can work the bubbles out with your fingers or the rubber scraper).

{Hint} Measure twice…cut once. Or you will end up with an extra chalkboard for your refrigerator.

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Read, Write, Repeat – For some saying it aloud again and again will help it stick. Others may benefit from repeatedly copying the verse or writing and illustrating the scripture.

  • Act out the verse using different voices.
  • Print the verse, cut out each word, scramble them up, and then put them back together. (Another tip from my years in Children’s Ministry)
  • Type out the verse.
  • Recite it first thing in the morning and as the last thing you do before you go to bed.
  • Write your verses on spiral bound index cards and carry them in your purse. Pull them out when you have a few seconds to review them. I picked these up in a variety of colors from the Dollar General for under $2.Image
  • Try the Charlotte Mason Scripture Memory System http://www.pinterest.com/pin/75013150017338306/

Relevance – Choose a verse that speaks to you and your current situation. The verse that jumps out at you during your bible study time is probably the one!

Sing it! – Just make up a little ditty or adapt a tune that you already know. I can’t tell you how many verses I have memorized to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “Jesus loves me” during my time in Children’s Ministry.

If you have decided make memorizing scripture a  family endeavor I highly recommend Seeds Family Worship CDs http://bit.ly/IOdNWb. They are great for the van.

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Embrace Technology –

  • Set an alarm on your phone that reminds you to read and recite your verse.

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  • Give Scripture Typer a try. You can do this from your computer for FREE http://scripturetyper.com or take it on the go. The app for iPhone is $5.99.
  • The app “A Good Word” has many verses to choose from. Once a verse is selected you can play hangman or do a word search for the missing pieces of scripture. This is a good one for the kids.Image
  • Another app that turns learning into a game is called Remember Me. It’s currently free for Android users through Amazon http://amzn.to/1gAAqfb. iPhone users can purchase the app through iTunes for $2.99. Image
  • Make a Fist – Think of it as gripping the Sword of the Spirit in one hand and then changing hands 🙂 “Getting a grip — literally — by clenching your right fist before remembering information and your left when you want to remember it can boost your recall, according to the latest study… (If you are left-handed, the opposite applies.) {Article from TIME Health & Family}”http://www.pinterest.com/pin/75013150017341991/

Do you have a tried and true or fun and creative method for memorizing scripture? If so, please leave a comment below for others to see.

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2 thoughts on “Sharpening Our Swords – Helpful hints for memorizing scripture.

  1. Wow! I love all these ideas! I’m not sure there is much to add to it, but one thing I do that works well for my kids is writing the verse on labels and than sticking them to Duplos. They can than build the verse:) We have fun doing this together.

  2. You could certainly see your enthusiasm in the work you write.
    The sector hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe.
    Always go after your heart.

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