What is this all about?
Late in 2008, a friend shared about a blog and when I’d read the first post, I had to read the rest. Every one of them! As I read her writing, I was heartbroken and yet strangely encouraged.
Heartbroken because of the story: At about 20 weeks gestation, their baby was diagnosed with deformities that were incompatible with life. They chose to carry the baby through the pregnancy as long as possible, and their dear little girl lived for only a couple of hours.
Encouraged because of her heart: I was greatly struck by her faith in the LORD and her desire to do what was right, even though it was difficult.
When she suggested in December 2008 to memorize Psalm 139 together, I jumped right on that bandwagon decided against it. I had all the usual reasons. I don’t have the time for it. Why would I want to do that? What good would it do? and my personal favorite, I can’t do that.
After a few days I realized that I needed this and thus began my journey of memorizing Bible passages. Somewhere in there I found another blog which encouraged Scripture memory also.
Once I’d finished Psalm 139 (in March 2009! it took me a little bit longer than she suggested, but I did it!) I was so excited about it that I decided to continue.
I had realized that we are surrounded by a lot of un-pretty things that manage to get into our brains. I thought it might serve to even the score by putting some good stuff in my brains. So I continued, with the Blog Party and Psalm 27.
In the summer of 2009 I found I was pregnant; part of pregnancy for me is difficulty sleeping. I found that as I lay in bed and tried to sleep, if I mentally went through the verses I was trying to memorize it calmed my mind and heart and I was able to fall asleep easier.
So far, I’ve only memorized Psalms but there are other passages I’d like to memorize. John 1, for example. I am not sure where the LORD will lead me next, but I am enjoying the journey.
Why are you memorizing whole chapters at a time?
One of my biggest pet peeves is how easy it is to take verses out of context. I’m not sure that memorizing whole chapters is the best answer to this, but it makes more sense to me than picking verses here and there.
Can I join you?
Sure, that would be swell! Leave a comment and let me know. Join in on the current passage, or just share what you are working on right now. Don’t want to commit to a whole chapter? Pick out your favorite verse or two. The point is to get the Word in your brain.
Can you help me with memorizing?
Check out this page and see if there is anything you can use there. He suggests that one reason for forgetfulness is that we are just too busy, and not paying close attention to details. There are also a bunch of good tips for improving your memory and memorizing Scriptures.
Some tips that have helped me:
- Write the verse down. A lot. This way you are seeing the verse and doing it. Bethmoore recommends purchasing a spiral-bound set of 3×5 cards and writing each verse on a new card. (By the way, my spell chequer wanted to change “Bethmoore” to Bethought, Bethlehem, Bethesda, or Betrothed. I’m bewildered!)
- Read it out loud. This way you are seeing it and hearing it. I have heard it said that we retain more of what we hear, see, and do than just what we see.
- Sing it to music. Hearing it again.
- Print several copies on the computer (or write it ) and place them in key locations: the fridge, the bathroom mirror, the computer desk, the steering wheel. . . well maybe not the steering wheel as that might not be safe.
If accountability would help. . . leave a comment, and we can keep in touch!
What have you memorized so far?
Psalm 27 (working on this one right now)
Why are you blogging about all of this?
I want this to be an encouragement to you. I’m just an ordinary Jane, of average intelligence, I have children and responsibilities and the normal concerns and distractions in my life. I have set my mind towards memorizing the Word and this has helped me. Yes, it’s taken me a long time (three chapters in a year) but I did not give up.
If you’re not sure about this, give it a shot!