Memorizing new Bible verses isn’t complicated. It’s a simple matter of repetition until it sinks down into your brain for the rest of eternity. But having a few basic tools will help keep you on track and moving forward.
Pen and Paper
Everyone learns differently, but I learn best by writing things down. Get your muscle memory in on the game! Also, have a written verse to compare to your Bible keeps you from cheating. “Yeah, that’s what I said. Close enough.”
While you don’t have to be exact in your Bible quotes (I have a terrible habit of skipping conjunctions) you should aim for perfection in the first stage of memorization. The more lax you are here, the less accurate your quotes will be as time goes on.
I personally don’t go this route, but note cards are a very popular way to memorize Bible verses. Once you write out your verses on a few cards, they easily fit in a pocket, wallet, or purse to go anywhere that you go. You can also post them around your house so that you can easily review your verses while doing routine things. A great low-tech way to memorize.
Put that technology to work! There are tons of Bible memorization apps out there to choose from. I’ve been using the free version of Scripture Typer, which is a little limited, but it works for me. Shop around and decide what works for you.
Most apps have a voice recording feature which is great for oral learners. In Scripture Typer, you have to pay to unlock that feature. Any simple recorder will accomplish the same thing if you don’t want to go the app route.
Don’t Forget to Review!
If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. Just because you’ve checked one verse off your list and moved on to the next doesn’t mean you can forget all about it. Actually, that’s exactly what it means. If you don’t take the time to review your old memory verses, they’ll start to fade.
Most apps will remind you when it’s time to go back and review old verses. I just keep a list of verses I have memorized and once a week pick two or three to write out. I told you it didn’t have to be complicated.
How do you memorize Bible verses? Head down to the comment section below and let us know. And while you’re there fess up: did you memorize Psalm 1 this week?