Tip #1. Love what you’re doing
It’s always easier to do something if you love what you’re doing. I remember this sticker I found behind the wall of the church back when I was a kid: if you love your work, your work is like the breeze.
Sample applies to scripture memorization. If you love the act of memorizing the passages, you’ll be doing it with an open heart and mind, which is all you need to lift some of the burden off your shoulders.
Tip #2. Make time before going to bed
The bulk of my memorization is done one or two hours before I go to bed. Don’t attempt to get memorization done early in the evening, when your mind is still tired from work. You won’t accomplish anything this way.
Slow reading also helps. Break down the sentences into small and manageable syllables. For example, take a look at this sentence.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”
Why don’t you read it this way?
“I – have – been – cru-si-fied – with – Christ – and – I – no – lon-ger – live, – but – Christ – lives – in – me.”
Tip #3. Reflect on the verses and its meanings
It’s easier to absorb things if we could somehow relate them to our own lives. You could probably nail down a couple of verses, but I’m confident that, if they don’t mean anything to you at all, you’d have forgotten about them the next morning.
– It’s important to take time and understand what the verse is telling you
– It’s important to meditate on the lessons presented in the passage
It might not seem like it, but these two pointers make a big difference in helping you recall the correct word right down to the last full stop.
Tip #4. Memorize when inspired
Some people find difficulty in getting any memorization done when their relationship with God is at a low point. You won’t have much confidence in yourself for committing a sin, and that lack of confidence is going to find its way to interrupt your studying of the Bible scriptures. The only reasonable advice is for you to be emotionally and spiritually stable before attempting to memorize the Bible.
Tip #5. Create silly acronyms
Here are some popular, easy to remember acronyms.
– FACE = acronym used for reading sheet music
– My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas = The nine planets
– Roy G. Biv = The colors of the rainbow
Bible scriptures are no exception. Is “Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword” too difficult to get down? Then change it to “the handsome prince found nine dead snakes” and then write it on a piece of 3×5 paper. It’s much easier to remember now, and no more tongue-twisters.
The key is to be patient. Do that, and there’s no doubt that you can do this as well.
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Paulo Anaro – http://www.supremememorybook.com