Pick a Few and Get Started!

 

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When I was a young girl, my parents took us to Barnhill’s Restaurant in Akron, Ohio. It was our favorite place to eat dinner because the entrance of the store was filled with barrels and bins of every kind of candy you can imagine. After dinner, our parents would give us a little money to spend on candy, and we had a blast figuring out how we wanted to spend our money. It was overwhelming! How do you choose when there are so many options? Well, that’s the way you may feel about choosing Bible verses and passages you want to memorize. There’s so many good rich passages that it’s hard to know where to start. Yet if we want our minds to be filled with the beautiful truths of God’s Word, we need to choose a few passages and begin the process of committing them to memory.

Last week, as we examined healthy self-talk, I mentioned I would share with you some of my favorite verses. These are verses that I recite by memory every morning. I encourage you to begin keeping your own personal list of passages that will help you replace negative thoughts with positive truths from God’s Word. You will see that I use different translations for different passages. Generally, I like to memorize in New International Version, but sometimes I will memorize in New Living Translation or English Standard Version. Here’s the list of my daily seven:

 

 Psalm 37:23-24 (nlt)

The Lord directs the steps of the godly.

He delights in every detail of their lives.

 Though they stumble, they will never fall,

for the Lord holds them by the hand.

 

Psalm 62:5-8

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,

for my hope is in him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,

my fortress where I will not be shaken.

My victory and honor come from God alone.

He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

O my people, trust in him at all times.

Pour out your heart to him,

for God is our refuge.

 

John 15:5

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

 

Ephesians 3:16-21

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

 

Psalm 23 (nlt)

The Lord is my shepherd;

I have all that I need.

He lets me rest in green meadows;

he leads me beside peaceful streams.

He renews my strength.

He guides me along right paths,

bringing honor to his name.

Even when I walk

through the darkest valley,

I will not be afraid,

for you are close beside me.

Your rod and your staff

protect and comfort me.

You prepare a feast for me

in the presence of my enemies.

You honor me by anointing my head with oil.

My cup overflows with blessings.

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me

all the days of my life,

and I will live in the house of the Lord

forever.

 

Hebrews 10:23-25

 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

 

2 Peter 1:3-4 (nlt)

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

 

 

Perhaps you liked some of these verses. I know they make a difference in my thinking –  changing defeat into hope and fear into strength. I encourage you to find verses that will encourage you and commit them to memory. For practical tips on memorizing Bible verses, check out Becoming a Woman of the Word.

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Memorizing Scripture – You Can Do It

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What could be more powerful than equipping your brain with the lasting truths of the Bible? Sadly, we often become discouraged and give up, thinking we just can’t memorize things anymore. I’m here to tell you – don’t give up! You can do it! And what a life-changer it is to know and speak God’s rich truth from the wellspring of your heart and mind.  I use the DART method to help me memorize.

“D” stands for deliberate. Make a decision that you are going to memorize scripture and be deliberate and diligent to do it. Just as you may determine to reach certain goals in your life, you can also determine in your heart that memorizing scripture is a worthy goal and press on to accomplish it.

“A” stands for accountability. Ask at least one person to be your accountability partner. When you know someone is going to require you to say your verse or verses, it helps you stay on track and come through with your goals. You can ask a friend or your spouse, or consider forming a small scripture memory group to recite scripture together.

“R” stands for repetition. Reviewing and repeating the passage each day, helps to seal it into your brain. I typically review a passage for 21 days to make sure I really have it down, then I review it once a week to make sure I continue to keep it fresh. You will want to repeat the passage you are learning several times throughout your day. Print it out and put the verses in places where you will see it. This will spur your mind on to repeat them.

“T” stands for technique. There are many tricks and techniques to help you memorize verses, and you will need to discover what works best for you. I like to use silly pictures to help me remember the words of a passage. Here’s an example of how I draw pictures for a verse. This is Romans 12:3, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

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Other techniques include singing the verse, acting it out, writing it over and over, speaking it aloud several times a day. Try several methods and see which one resonates with you.

God’s word is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword. Just as a dart can penetrate into our skin, so the word of God penetrates our heart and changes our lives. Below you will find my latest video on Knowing Him through scripture memory, and remember – with God’s help you can do it!