Why Memorizing Scripture Doesn’t Have to be Hard and Why You Need To Do It

Memorizing scripture: If you want to be strengthened and transformed by what you read in the Bible, you must put it to memory.

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

5 TIPS FOR UNDERSTANDING SCRIPTURE

  1. Pick a verse that relates to an issue you’re dealing with. Use your concordance or choose one of these fun coloring pages as well!
  2. Look it up in multiple versions to get extra insight and check the footnotes for commentary.
  3. Write it out. What did you learn from the passage, what encourages you, or what actions does it inspire you to take?
  4. 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 kids involved! When I have to quiz my kids on a verse, I find I memorize it faster.
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3 WAYS TO MEMORIZE SCRIPTURE

  1. 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
  2. Learn verses by putting them to music: Psalm 118:24 and Galatians 2:20
  3. Print verse artwork to help memorize scripture. Color them, frame them, or print them small on card stock and send them as postcards…the sky’s the limit!

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Discovering Your Personal Spiritual Gifts and Practical Ways to Use Them

The Bible says that we are all gifted. We each have unique spiritual gifts to be used in personalized ways. Figure out yours today!

KNOWLEDGE VS WISDOM

I love to circle, highlight, tab and post-it note everything I come across. Maybe you’re a life long learner like myself. You love knowledge and you can’t get enough of it. You want to learn how to do new skills and figure things out on your own, while you peruse the DIY and self-help sections of your local bookstore.

In retaining new information, I’ve gotten really good at organization. If I want my kids to learn how to clean their rooms, I label bins, draw out diagrams and give rewards. My kids think everyone else is working on their behavior and learning new skills at home using charts, printables and checklists.

I have to shake my head at myself when my son has friends over and thinks we need to set up different stations around the house for activities. In training him to be excited about learning new skills, I may have gone a little overboard and have to remind my kids that it’s also fun to be spontaneous!

I like to think I have a lot of knowledge to pass on to others because of all the research I am constantly doing. I love to read, write, watch movies, create, explore–I love to learn. I’ve acquired a whole lot of knowledge, but what’s much harder to acquire is wisdom.

Knowledge is attained by studying, asking questions and searching for answers. Wisdom is from experience: using (or not using) advice you’ve been given, overcoming difficult circumstances, or putting your knowledge into practice.

I do have a few areas of my life where I think I’m qualified to give out some wisdom because of the things I’ve experienced. For example: struggling as a new mom, dealing with health issues, coping with worry and anxiety, and tips for working on your marriage.

WHAT ARE YOU GIFTED IN?

Throughout the New Testament, writers mention the concept of Spiritual Gifts. The Bible says that we are all gifted. We each have unique spiritual gifts to be used in unique, personalized ways.

“Each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.” 1 Corinthians 7:7

We live in such a celebrity-run society that many of us think all the talents lie within other people, but not ourselves. Or perhaps you know what your talent is, you just don’t know how to use it. In either case, I encourage you to take a Free Spiritual Gifts Test because it can tell you what your gifts are and how to use to them.

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit…different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7

WHAT QUALIFIES AS A SPIRITUAL GIFT?

Spiritual Gifts are based off the following verses:

ROMANS 12:6-8

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve…teaching, let him teach…encouraging, let him encourage…contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously…leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”

  • Prophesying
  • Serving
  • Teaching
  • Encouraging
  • Contributing
  • Leadership
  • Showing Mercy

1 CORINTHIANS 12: 8-10

“To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.”

  • Wisdom
  • Knowledge
  • Faith
  • Healing
  • Miraculous powers
  • Prophecy
  • Distinguishing between spirits
  • Speaking in different kinds of tongues
  • Interpretation of tongues

1 CORINTHIANS 12:28

“And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.”

  • Apostles
  • Prophets
  • Teachers
  • Workers of miracles
  • Healers
  • Helpers
  • Administrators
  • Speaking in different kinds of tongues

EPHESIANS 4:11

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers.”

  • Apostles
  • Prophets
  • Evangelists
  • Pastors
  • Teachers

WHY WILL MY GIFT MATTER?

Your life is with purpose, and as a result, God wants you to enjoy what you do, not be burdened by it. He gives you these gifts so that you can seize the opportunities in front of you to make a difference in the lives of others. You don’t have to be a teacher or a public speaker to help others.

During the time I was bedridden, so many people helped and encouraged me. People all over the country prayed for me, brought us meals, text me daily encouragement, sent cards, donated money to help us pay our medical bills, recommended books to read and sent uplifting music to listen to.

As a result, each one of these people made a difference in my life and my family’s. Many of them didn’t even know me that well, however, they blessed me with their unique spiritual gift.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35-36

HOW CAN I USE MY GIFTS?

Hospitality, giving, teaching, encouraging, leading, organizing, praying, serving, helping others, showing mercy and compassion, having a strong faith, discernment—these are gifts! How can you help serve others using your talents? For example:

  • Donate money to charity
  • Volunteer somewhere
  • Pray for sick and suffering
  • Babysit for friend or neighbor
  • Encourage someone going through a hard time
  • Help clean for someone who is sick or elderly
  • Bring someone a meal
  • Host a get together to meet your neighbors

“Each one of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 4:10

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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.

SUPPLIES FOR BIBLE NOTE-TAKING

I always like to be able to find an excuse to organize something into a better, more productive system, and my Bible is no different. Get motivated with these supplies:

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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