This topic of rememberizing (memorizing and remembering the Word of God) has been occupying the forefront of my mind these days. As a matter of fact, I'm completely enthralled by the practice of it. Recently God has challenged me to memorize a larger piece of text (the entire book of Colossians to be exact). I must confess that I blew Him off for months, thinking there's no way I could do it. But He persisted - and when He persists like that I've learned it's best to obey. Now.
I approached a friend for help and she offered to memorize with me. What a gift!
We got together and came up with a plan. Check.
The starting day came. I was nervous but I got verse one down. Check.
We're one month and one chapter in and let me tell you: I am AMAZED. Blown away! Verse by verse, God has opened my mind to learn, absorb and retain. It is crazy and humbling and so very precious to me.
So, from someone who is in the thick of it right now and loving it - I urge you do this! Allow God the opportunity to dazzle you with His ability to feed your mind with Truth. He does NOT disappoint!
Need a few tips?
1. Start where you are. What are you going through right now? Overwhelmed and exhausted? Find verses on strength and rest. Consumed with insecurities? Focus on verses about your identity in Christ. You get where I'm going with this. Use the topical index in the back of your Bible to find Truth that applies to you right now.
2. Come up with a plan and commit to it. This discipline is not about being legalistic. It's not a duty. It's about choosing to invest in the process of renewing your mind. So, decide what's doable for you. One verse a month? One a week? One a day? Make your plan and stick to it.
3. Find some accountability. It helps to know someone else is there - someone doing the work with you. Accountability helps keep us motivated and focused. Find a friend or a Bible study group to memorize with you.
3. Memorize according to your learning style. If you are a visual learner, slowly read over the verse as if you are taking a picture in your mind of each word. Read it at least 10 times, then practice without looking. If you learn by listening, read the verse out loud 10 times or record yourself reading it and listen to it over and over. If you are a tactile learner, write the verse five times, then see how you do without looking.
4. Practice, practice, practice. In the car. In the shower. Making dinner. Going to bed. Write it on sticky notes. Write it on your mirror. Put it on the dash board of your car. Practice your verses until God has inscribed them firmly on your heart.
If you need someone to keep you accountable - tell me! I'd love to encourage you and cheer you on as you pursue His Word. THIS is my happy place!
Today's challenge: Start!