The warm weather, the smell of BBQ, and smiling teachers tell me one thing: summer is here!
Amidst all the summer activities, who would be willing to do a summer Scripture memory challenge? I know memorizing Scripture can be difficult, but, like any other discipline, we must strive to be diligent. The value of storing God’s Word in our hearts and mind is immeasurable. As David says, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
So, who wants to memorize Psalm 1? I figured this would work well with our “Summer in the Psalms” sermon series at our church.
Here’s the breakdown for an 8-week plan:
- Week 1: vs. 1
- Week 2: vs. 2
- Week 3: vs. 3
- Week 4: vs. 4
- Week 5: vs. 5
- Week 6: vs. 6
- Week 7: Catch up/Review
- Week 8: Review
A few tips:
- Be flexible– having a plan is good, but being too rigid can lead to quitting altogether. Work hard to stick to the plan, but adjust as needed. If you find yourself going faster, you might be able to do it in 5 weeks. If you find it too difficult, stretch it out to 10 weeks instead. Know what you are able to do and stick to it. The worse thing you can do is quit!
- Repeat, repeat, repeat– The old saying is “repetition is the mother of memory.” Go over the passage you are memorizing as much as you can, in as many ways as possible. Read it, quote it, write it, download a bible app and listen to it, etc. Continue to review the old verses as you memorize new verses. The more repetition, the better you will remember the passage and store it in your long-term memory.
- Find accountability– It’s a tremendous help when you have someone do the challenge with you. You’re more likely to work hard if you know someone is going to ask you to quote the passage, and you’re less likely to quit. Not only will it help you memorize Scripture, but it can also be a great way to strengthen a friendship.
Remember, memorizing is like using a muscle. At first, it may be difficult, but the more you do it the better you get.
So, who’s with me? Let me know by email or comment below so I can pray for you!