Two years ago, I wrote a post about a new method I had started using to memorize scripture. I am happy to say that I have stuck with this technique and have memorized over 100 verses since October 2013. Not only have I memorized them, but I continually recite them all to make sure I do not forget them.
The verses I have chosen vary from verses I pray for my children, verses I teach my children when they are misbehaving, verses I heard in church, verses I found in my own Bible studies, or verses I saw on Facebook or Pinterest. When I run out of inspiration, I use verses from a list of “scripture everyone should memorize” that I found on Pinterest. Sometimes, I memorize a single verse or a short passage. When I feel ambitious, I memorize a whole chapter. I break the chapters up into 1-3 verses on each index card and memorize one card at a time. Romans 12 took me about a month to memorize.
The best part of this method is the repetition in successively longer units of time. First, I memorize a verse or passage. Then, I recite it to myself each day for 50 days. Next, I recite it once a week for 50 weeks. After that, I recite each verse once a month. In a few years (after completing 50 months), I will only recite those verses once a quarter. After 50 quarters (by then all my children will be out of high school!), I will review those verses once a quarter.
I currently have three rings with index cards on them: daily, weekly, and monthly. I plan to continually add new verses, so one day in the distant future, I will have two additional sets of cards–quarterly and yearly–for a total of five. I have to pace myself to make sure I have time to recite my weekly and monthly verses. I usually start on Monday with my weekly verses. When I finish that set (usually mid-week), I switch to my monthly cards. I can usually recite them all within a few days, since I know them so well after working on them for over two years. If I don’t finish the monthly cards by the following Monday, I recite all my weekly cards again and then pick up where I left off on the monthly cards.
My goal for 2016 (and my challenge to you) is to memorize the entire book of Ephesians. I plan to break it up into short passages and memorize at least half a chapter a month. There are six chapters, so it works out nicely with twelve months. I will post each month what verses I am working on and how I am progressing. I would love to hear from and encourage others who are memorizing the same verses. Who would like to join me in this challenge?