I hope that everyone had a very blessed and happy start to this New Year! Around this time, I always wonder where the time went and marvel at how fast another year has flown by! I almost always like to spend the last week of December or the first week of January reviewing the year, counting my blessings, working through problems I have put off, making plans and setting goals for the next year.
This year one of my goals (as it was last year!) is to memorize more of God’s Word. And may I take a moment and encourage you, young maiden, to do the same. It is definitely a worthwhile goal and will not only serve you this year as you memorize, but for many, many more years to come! Reading God’s Word every day and praying is wonderful, but we must strive to hide His Word in our hearts as well that we will never forget His commands, admonishments, promises and psalms of praise and love. Perhaps we might not always have His Word right nearby to turn to or read. That is when what we have memorized of God’s Word will come back to our minds to help and guide us.
I would like to share a few tips with you that I have found helpful in my own life in helping me memorize more of God’s Word effectively.
- Start with easy verses, verses you may have partly memorized or have special meaning to you.
- Make a list of the verses you want to memorize.
- Divide this list up by categories or by the number you want to memorize a week so the list doesn’t look so daunting!
- Use both Testaments! God’s Word is not ‘Old’ or ‘New’! It is a living and sharp sword!
- Try writing out verse you are trying to memorize. Sometimes writing it out and seeing it on paper helps.
- If you do write out a verse, carry it with you and look it over periodically.
- Take your time! Make sure you really have a verse memorized before starting a new one.
- Occasionally review verses you have already memorized to make sure you still remember them.
- Finally, make sure you don’t just memorize, but practice and obey what you read in God’s Word!
I hope that these are helpful to you! May God bless you this New Year and may His Word bear much fruit in your life!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and in His law he meditates day and night.
For the word of God is living and powerful,
and sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing even to the division of soul and spirit,
and of joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents
of the heart.