I have talked a lot recently about how important Scripture memorization is and why you should memorize. I've even talked about what a lot of us miss when memorizing.
But the big question I'm sure you are all wondering is this:
How do I memorize? What are some methods that work for effective Scripture memorization?
If these questions are tugging on your mind, do not fear! You have come to the right place. Today I am going to share with you 4 methods that I have used for effective Scripture memorization. And, let's dive in...
1. Rote memorization. Honestly, this is how I memorize best. I used this method for just about every passage I memorized for Bible Bee. This worked best for me and that's why I stuck to it. Now I understand that rote memorization isn't everyone's cup of tea and if it's not for you I totally get that. However, it is proven to be effective and if you're having a hard time with other memorization methods, at least give this one a try. Basically take the first phrase and repeat it over and over until it's memorized, continually adding more of the passage to it. Repeat this until you have the whole verse/passage memorized. And don't forget to begin and end with the Scripture reference! (A learned Bible Bee skill that I think is helpful so that if you are ever asked where a certain verse is located, you can help point people in the right direction ;))
2. Dramatize your verses. I have used this before and generally this is super helpful for me because I'm a naturally dramatic person (ask anyone). I love to sing and as I believe I mentioned in an earlier blog post, I would memorize verses growing up to the tune of certain songs. Take the verse you're memorizing and sing it to the tune of your current favorite worship song/hymn. Because I have a creative arts ministry where I perform songs in sign language, signing is a big deal to me. During Bible Bee, I learned some of my verses in sign language, which helped me remember the words even better. If you have siblings, act out a certain chapter or story in the Bible. Be creative and have fun with it.
3. Draw pictures to go along with your verses. Let's be clear here. Drama and music I am good at. Drawing and art? Nope. Not. One. Bit. However, one year in Bible Bee we had several verses from the Gospel of John. And the problem was that they all seemed to start the same way or similar. My usual methods for memorizing were not working to help me keep these verses word perfect. To switch things up a bit, I wrote out the verses on index cards and drew pictures to go along with them on the back. Using colored pencils and everything. Totally out of my comfort zone. Anyway, it worked. The pictures helped me distinguish which passage went with which reference. If you're artsy, this could be a method that works best for you. And if your stick figures could use a little bit of help, don't let that discourage you. My stick figures won't be displayed in an art museum anytime soon either.
4. Use an online program. Ever heard of Memverse? I first joined Memverse in 2013 for Bible Bee. (www.memverse.com) Memverse allows you to type in the verse you're memorizing with the whole verse in front of you and slowly they'll drop words out until you're typing the whole verse from memory. It's super fun and easy and really helpful for memorizing. ScriptureTyper (www.scripturetyper.com) is very similar. I didn't use it as much as Memverse but both are good resources.
So there you have it. 4 methods I have used and have seen their effectiveness in my memorization.
And just a quick bonus memorization tip: don't do it alone. Have friends memorize with you. Quiz each other on passages, discuss the meaning and context, check in to see how memorization is coming along, encourage and support each other. Gather your team and get to memorizing.
Hide God's Word in your hearts. It'll be so worth it.