There are a lot of methods for Scripture Memorization. I use a combination of methods. In days gone by, I used smaller cards on a ring. Now that I am a little older and my eyesight is not so good, I’ve switched to the 3 x 5 cards. I purchased a small 2 ring notebook that I can take them in and out of and rearrange them when I want to. You can get these at any office supply or Wal-mart. Mine has a clear sleeve on the front so that I can insert a photo. I cut the picture off of a greeting card that I really liked. It makes me smile to see it.
On the cards, I write the book and chapter on the top line and verse numbers down the side of the card. Then, I write the first-letter of each word across the line. I’m not sure where I first heard this idea, but I have used it for years and it has been a great help to me.
Across the bottom of the card pictured, you will notice little tic marks for counting. Sometimes I put this on the back of the card. I learned this method years ago while attending a Christian university. On the first day, I read the verse 25 times, the next day I read/say it 20 times. On the third day, I usually can read it with the first letter only 15 times. One the fourth day, I recite it 10 times and 5 times on the fifth day. Then I review it once a day. On this card, I reviewed for 30 days, but now I do it for 45. In the past, I started a new verse daily. Now I do 3 new verses a week. My memory isn’t as good as it used to be. HA! The date and initials in the upper right -hand corner tell me when and to whom I recited the passage.
I’ll save my review method for another day. I’ve been doing different things with this, trying to find something that works for me and that I can be consistent with. Reviewing has always been difficult for me.
Another method I use to supplement this one is The MAP method by Dr. Jim Berg. I find that when I take the time to analyze and personalize the passage, I can memorize it more easily.
Remember: It’s not important how much you do, just that you do something! If you will get started today, you’ll be surprised how much you can do.
until the next time…
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I did something like this with the small cards on a ring when I was in college, too. I like the two-ring binder idea.
I meant I did the putting of verses on business-sized cards on a ring and did that method of reading them so many times per day. I haven’t done the first-letter thing but I have heard of a lot of people doing that now.
Wow! You are really organized, Kim. I’ll have to show you what I do sometime. I write them out, usually just the first letter. Of course now I’ve switched to typing the whole verse, but the first letter method works quite well for me too. This is so encouraging to have you sharing these posts. Thank you for taking the time.