About a year ago, while we were engaged, Brett and I decided we should memorize Scripture together. We wanted to go with a passage or chapter, so we chose the first chapter of 1 John. We tried memorizing one verse per day. During our morning or evening devotions — whenever we had time to do them — we’d try repeating back to each other the part we’d memorized thus far, then read on to the next verse, repeating it back and forth several times until we felt we both knew it.
Well, I’ll just go ahead and say, that didn’t last long! It wasn’t a very effective memorization strategy, and we didn’t give it the time and focus needed. A verse a day was too much, particularly with everything else we had going on in life at the time (ie, wedding planning!). So our goal of memorizing 1 John quickly fizzled out, and, as a couple, we haven’t focused on Scripture memorization since!
As we read our devotions together this morning, Brett commented that we should try again to memorize Bible verses. It’s important. Why?
- The Word tells us it’s important. “I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I shall not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11
- Jesus used memorized Scriptures to fight the enemy during His temptation. “It is written…” Luke 4:1-13
- Verses that we have committed to memory can challenge, lead, and comfort us during times of need. My mother had my sisters and I memorize Scripture passages as part of our homeschooling, and I can still call those passages to mind. Many years later, they still give me comfort and direction.
To start ourselves out a little easier this time, we decided to begin with single key verses rather than an entire chapter or passage. I did a quick Google search for “verses to memorize,” and the first result was this page from the blog To Love, Honor, and Vacuum. Sheila lists 50 Bible verses — approximately one for each week of the year — divided into categories such as salvation, prayer, and temptation. (she also has handy flashcards of these 50 verses for $1.99!)
So today, my husband and I began our second attempt at memorizing God’s Word together, beginning with Isaiah 9:6. We repeated it back and forth to each other several times this morning. Over lunch, we talked about the meaning and implications of this Scripture. This afternoon, I texted the verse to him. Tomorrow, rather than moving on to a new verse, we’ll stay focused on this one, until we know it is hidden in our hearts.
What about you? Do you have a strategy for memorizing the Word of God, either for yourself or as a couple? Would you like to join us on our memorization journey?