Memorizing Bible verses isn't easy but it's one of those things that is very worthwhile.
Here's a few tricks to memorizing that I've learned along the way...
- Ask God to help you!
- Be accountable to a small group—your Bible study or prayer group, a friend who will ask you about it and prod you when necessary…
- Write the verse on a card and post it somewhere you’ll see it or carry it in your pocket for quick and easy access.
- Read the verse 5 times every day.
- Draw a box around the verbs.
- Use a site like BibleGateWay or BlueLetterBible to look up a keyword in the verse.
- Use symbols to draw the verse then use it as a memory tool to help you visualize the verse. It really helps!! No artistic ability is needed. This is for you, not a gift for Rembrandt.
- Sing the verse. Remember Silly Songs with Larry? Anything goes.
My personal favorite tricks are...
- Write the verses using brightly colored pens (I write the verse 5-10 times, depending on my time and how well it's sticking in my head). The brighter the pens, the better it works.
- Look up every cross reference listed for the verses I'm working on.
- Read about the verses in a commentary or two, to help me understand it more.
- Put motions to the verse.
I have to admit though that if people were to actually see me doing the motions they'd probably laugh. When I was walking early in the mornings, I'd memorize. I was always very thankful we live on back-country roads so only the deer and dogs would see me waving my arms around. But it helped!! Now, as I drive to work I'll say my verses and my motions have to be limited to what I can do while driving. But, they still help!!
Try different things until you find what works for you.
But the biggest key: Just do it!