TMU's Guide to Memory Verse
When I'm having a hard time to keep my thoughts focused on one thing at a time, saying scripture out loud and settling my mind and heart on that truth calms my heart and re-centers me. There is power and truth in God's word and it comforts the weary soul.
Memorizing Scripture is meant to build up our faith. We can pull out this truth in times of great need, when we don't know what to believe or think, when we're stressed, when we're afraid, when we're weak. We can also gather the words to worship, when we're moved by nature, when we're grateful, when we're in awe of God and His wonder, when we have no words to express our love and thanksgiving.
I take a different approach when memorizing Scripture. I don't focus on the numbers of verses, it's the words we need to pay attention to. When I reference Scripture I know the book that I've read it from and if I wanted to share it with someone I get back to them on the specific location. But when you're in the moment, when you're sharing something with someone and you stop from sharing because you don't know the exact location of something, it's a missed opportunity for them to be encouraged. It's ok to get back to someone, if anything that can carry out the encouragement and the conversation.
My tips on memorizing Scripture is find a passage that just wakes up your soul. Meditate on it, read it, then re-read it. Read it slowly. Take in each word. Understand what it means, and feel its weight in your heart. When we accept the truth we can then relay it back in the right moments. Focus on the words, not the details of the numbers of the verse, and just keep repeating it. Say it out loud. Once it's real and true, I can remember it. The more you meditate on something the faster it'll come to mind, so keep doing that until you got it. And once you got it, keep pulling it up.
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