Friday, April 24, 2020

How to Memorize Long Passages

Do you struggle with memorizing scriptures? Did you know that it is often easier to memorize verses, and for them to stick, if you memorize long passages?









Are you willing to try to memorize a long passage of verses?




I have picked out, with the Lord's help, Psalm 121. It is 8 verses total. I will break it down in to two verse chunks for each week. This means, we will be working on memorizing Psalm 121 for 4 weeks.




Are you up for the challenge?







Supplies Needed 





Notebook





~~ I prefer notebooks that I can open up and that will lay flat. However, the one I am using is one that I already had on hand. The notebook you choose does note need to be fancy. It just needs to have paper that you can write on :).









Index Cards 




~~ I have a spiral bound set of index cards that I am using. Use what you have on hand and use what works the best for you.




Pen(s) and/or a pencil 




~~ I am very much a girly girl. I prefer as much pink, purple and teal in my things as I can get :). So I use G2 ink pens. This allows me to rotate between the colors. The point, here, is that you pick your favorite writing instrument and use it.




Bible and/or Bible app 




~~ Use your Bible or Bible app to look up Psalm 121





Are you ready? Let's go.










Step 1 ~  Read through all of Psalm 121, out loud, at least one time every day.





Psalm 121 NIV 




I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord , the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.





Step 2 ~  Write out (yes, pen and paper) Psalm 121:1-2 . You will write out these verses at least 5 times every day throughout the week.









~~ Why writing it out helps me... I think it is the repetition. First off, I gain so much when I slow down enough to write out the verses. But writing it more than one time, helps it to stick. I keep thinking back to when the boys were little. They needed to learn spelling words or they needed to learn vocabulary words. The best way to help them memorize those things was to write it out over and over. This. Is. The. Same. Thing.




Step 3 ~  Write out Psalm 121:1-2 on an index card




~~ Yes, more writing, but you can do it.




Step 4 ~  As you do random activities, during your day, try to recall Psalm 121:1-2, from memory.




~~  What do I mean by random activities? Like when you wash the dishes, dry the dishes, empty the dishwasher, do the laundry, etc. Random activities are things that keep your hands occupied, but your mind is free to recall things like verses.
~~ If you have trouble remembering something, glance at your index card.




Step 5 ~  When you have spent time with these verses and you start to feel comfortable with them, try to incorporate them into your prayers.




~~ How do you incorporate Psalm 121:1-2 into a prayer?




Prayer: 




Dear Father,  




During these uncertain times, I find myself looking up to the mountains and asking where does my help come from? I am filled with wonder because I know that my help comes from You and You are the Maker of heaven and earth. Thank You for being in control. In Jesus' name, Amen.




Psalms 121:1-2 NIV 




I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord , the Maker of heaven and earth.












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Do you struggle with memorizing scriptures?
Did you know that it is often easier to memorize verses, and for them to stick, if you memorize long passages?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

































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