Why You Need to Memorize Bible Verses (and Why It Doesn’t Have to be Hard!)

If you want to be strengthened and transformed by what you read in the Bible, you must make it a practice to memorize Bible verses.

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MEMORIZING SCRIPTURE

If you want to be strengthened and transformed by what you read in the Bible, you should be memorizing scripture. Because when hardships arise, the last thing you’ll feel like doing is some Biblical research.

The best thing you can do is the prep work beforehand so that if you know an area of temptation, you have a verse that automatically comes to mind in that situation to get you out of it.

"I can do all things through him who gives me strength." -Philippians 4:13

Or if you have moments where you feel exhausted or alone, you have verses of strength and encouragement that are sitting on the tip of your tongue.

"I will never leave you nor forsake you." -Joshua 1:5

When I was young, most of my memory verses came from Sunday school songs. Now as an adult, my kids come home teaching us new Bible songs such as The Fruit of the Spirit. These are a simple way to recall positive character traits quickly and accurately. We use them as a foundation for our family rules at home.

"For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."  -Galatians 5:22

In the past when I’ve dealt with worry and anxiety, my go-to was Philippians 4:6-7.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6-7

When my children are acting up, I find verses that they can memorize to encourage them to make better choices.

"Children obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord." -Colossians 3:20
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EVEN JESUS MEMORIZED SCRIPTURE

When Jesus was tempted in the desert after his baptism, each of his responses to Satan were scriptures. He didn’t flip to the concordance in his Bible and find a verse that corresponded (although that’s a great way to start memorizing scripture!), he knew it from memory.

This wasn’t because he was God in the flesh, it was because he studied scripture since he was a child. It wasn’t just a weekly reading, it was habitual. It was ingrained into his personality.

Scripture punctuated his conversations with others, helped him cope with hardship, and determined his decisions. It molded his mind and shaped his speech.

"But he answered, [to Satan] 'It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" -Matthew 4:4
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5 TIPS FOR MEMORIZING SCRIPTURE

1. PICK A VERSE

Choose one that relates to an issue you’re dealing with. Use your concordance to help.

2. LOOK IT UP IN MULTIPLE VERSIONS

By looking it up in multiple versions, you’ll gain extra insight into it’s context and application. Also, check the footnotes for commentary.

3. WRITE IT DOWN

Journal about it, write it over and over. What did you learn from the passage, what encourages you, or what actions does it inspire you to take?

4. DISPLAY YOUR VERSE

Post your verse in multiple places you will see around the house. Index card taped to the door, expo marker on the bathroom mirror, or wallpaper on your phone.

5. GET YOUR FAMILY INVOLVED

When I have to quiz my kids on a verse, I find I memorize it faster. Get them to practice saying the verse using hand motions for clues as you say it: “A person (points to self) without self-control (holds hands together) is like a city (points fingers together over head) with broken-down walls (interlock fingers and bend back).Proverbs 25:28

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Why Self Care is for Everyone (Even Jesus!)

Self care doesn’t mean self-obsession or self-deprecation but simply taking care of yourself. See how Jesus models this and find out what Bible verses say about self care.

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IS SELF-CARE SPIRITUAL?

I recently came across the idea that as Christians we should be wary about the terminology self-care in the essence that this new “trend” is promoting self instead of God.

Anything in it’s extreme is dangerous. Self-care could be misinterpreted as self-indulgence. It seems that every product tagline these days ends with, “You deserve it!”. While caving into your every hearts’ desire is cautioned against, so is the opposite extreme.

I challenge you to look into how Jesus not only cared for others, but took care of himself, both physically, mentally and spiritually as he poured hope into others.

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5 WAYS JESUS MODELED SELF-CARE IN THESE BIBLE VERSES

1. BUILDING COMMUNITY

Life is not meant to be lived on our own, but to be daily encouraged by one another. Jesus learned at a young age to find community–people who could help guide and encourage him in his life.

When he was a boy, his parents left him behind when they traveled back to their hometown from Jerusalem. Upon returning, “they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.” (Luke 2:46) He sought out the wisdom of others.

He also cultivated friendships (remember the 12 Apostles?) and didn’t tackle his ministry on his own. They looked out for each other, encouraged and provided for one another.

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2. PRACTICING GRATITUDE

Gratitude is a practice, not a character trait. Jesus made a practice of being thankful. It was part of his everyday behavior.

“Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.” – John 6:11

He often spoke on gratitude as a remedy to worry in addition to being a source of encouragement for many.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” – Matthew 6:25-27

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3. TAKING TIME TO EAT AND REST

The glorification of busy is leading to burn out, mental illness and more divorces. Even Jesus rested and advised others to rest after big events and in preparation for them. Are you resting?

“The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” – Mark 6:30-32

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4. DAILY PRAYER

Most importantly, prayer was a staple of Jesus’ self-care practice. If Jesus prayed, how much more do we need to? Look at these Bible verses on self care through prayer:

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” – Luke 5:16

“Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray. Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land.” – Mark 6:45-47

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5. MEMORIZING SCRIPTURE

To know God better, you need to learn his character. Prayer is our chance to talk to Him, but how do we know what He’s saying back to us? When we meditate on scripture, break it down, study it, apply it, we can hear more clearly what God’s calling us to do.

Scripture can be an encourager, a motivator, a guide, a counselor, and a tool. Jesus quoted the Old Testament wherever he went. Obviously, he had done some studying. Jesus based his replies on scripture every time Satan challenged him!

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’ Jesus answered, ‘It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” -Matthew 4:1-4

TAKE THE CHALLENGE!

Still feeling selfish trying to make time for yourself?

Don’t misunderstand: Self-care isn’t an excuse to be selfish, it is a tool for self-reflection.

Integrate self-care into your life naturally! Did Jesus have Meditation Monday and Solitude Sunday? Of course not, he wove all of these aspects of his life together. When he finished preaching, he would rest and eat a big meal. When he was overwhelmed, he retreated to pray alone.

In short, start small–just check in with yourself daily. Sit and eat, don’t multitask! Set a regular bedtime for yourself and wake up early to have a moment for yourself. Start a prayer journal, or choose a Bible that you’ll actually use.

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5 Styles of Note-Taking You Can Apply to Your Bible Study

Apply note-taking skills from your school years to your Bible, whether you’re a historian, artist, action taker, summarizer, or list maker.

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TAKING NOTES IN YOUR BIBLE

Perhaps you are more of an organizer than an artist, more logical than imaginative. Maybe you enjoy finding patterns in repeated words and phrases rather than analyzing genealogies. Or maybe a character study or researching a specific theme appeals to you.

I happen to be a mixture of all these things, never being fully satisfied to stay put in one area. But no matter what draws you in, the important thing is that you find what lights you up and gets you into the Word on a regular basis.

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DO YOU HAVE TO BE AN ARTIST TO USE A BIBLE JOURNAL?

No! While I can appreciate the trend to write out one verse on a page of your Bible in the margin and illustrate it with watercolors and specialized pens, I feel like that turns my Bible into more of a sketchbook and not quite what I’m going for in my Bible study.

My approach to note-taking varies, and doodling is only one type of way to help me study the text.

Just as each person is gifted with their own learning styles, we can apply what worked for us in our school days to how we can more effectively study the Bible.

This is your Bible. Make it personalized. Flip through each and every page and work your way through the thing.

“For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints an marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12

Don’t know where to start? I suggest Solomon’s wisdom in Proverbs or Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. I mean, check out all the knowledge to be discovered from this intro!

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WHAT KIND OF NOTE TAKER ARE YOU?

We all took notes in school, but over time we learned ways to do it in a way that actually helped us retain the information. Maybe you were a doodler, a paraphraser, a connection maker.

If you’re like me, you’re a mixture of a few, but see which one resonates with you the most and get started on that one.

1. THE HISTORIAN

You love learning about history and cultures. Maps and diagrams are your favorite tools.

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2. THE SUMMARIZER

You like to simplify what you read in order to break it down into manageable parts. The no-bleed pen is your favorite tool.

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3. THE LIST MAKER

You spend time organizing things and creating to-do lists. Books of the Bible tabs are your go-to tool.

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4. THE ACTION TAKER

You want to know what to do and how to do it. You love topical resources.

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5. THE ARTIST

You appreciate a good visual to help you make sense of text. Your favorite tools are colored pencils.

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START YOUR BIBLE NOTE-TAKING TODAY!

  • Like to highlight? Look for repetition in Genesis 1 and Psalm 150.
  • Like to circle? Find descriptions of who God is in Psalm 18:1-3.
  • Enjoy color coding? Make your way through the book of Luke and highlight each heading that covers a parable (a story Jesus told) or a miracle.
  • Love a good quote or perhaps a motivational speech? Take notes on the wisdom of Solomon in Proverbs 10-22 and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).

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