Sabbath Ramblings: Memory

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Today's rambling is short.

But important.

Proverbs 3, which is one of my favorite passages in the entire Bible, and is chock full of meaningful wisdom on topics such as wealth and longevity, says in verse 3 “Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.”

So memorizing Scripture has always been something important to me. But I've been doing a “new thing” lately, and have found it to be incredibly helpful for binding God's word around my own neck and writing it on the tablet of my heart (learn more about why that's important here) in a quite simple and systematic manner.


I'll explain.

If you are using the Spiritual Disciplines Journal (and you should be!)…

…then for the first couple minutes of the upgraded journal meditation practice I describe here, you can simply memorize the short Scripture verse at the top of each page. Your morning meditation time with the journal is a perfect opportunity for Scripture memorization, and I (along with my dear mother Pat) chose some very good Bible verses for each page of the journal, meaning you're guaranteed to be memorizing some really good stuff, and the first two minutes of the meditation (did I mention that I describe it here?) turns out to be just an absolutely perfect time to memorize an easily digestible bite of the Bible.

Furthermore, if you adopt this practice, it means you will be able to place 365 pieces of the Bible upon your heart during the course of a year! And I'm surprised at how simple it is to memorize an entire verse within two minutes.

Your turn: what's your favorite way to memorize meaningful quotes, quips, anecdotes, or verses from your favorite books?

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5 thoughts on “Sabbath Ramblings: Memory

  1. Carolina says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m heavily working on growing spiritually (your Sabbath Ramblings and Fit Soul have played a very important role in this endeavor) and this is such a great suggestion to memorize God’s word and exercise my brain as a bonus!

  2. Camille says:

    Thank you so much for sharing and reading those Bible verses to us at CASI 2021.

  3. Malinda says:

    I enjoy memorizing 10 verses weekly. It goes like this….

    I started in the book of James, the first 10 verses of chapter 1. The following week I took off the first two verses and added the next two. Every week I continue to remove two and add two. I am now nearing the end of II Peter. Everyday I start by saying the two new verses 5 times, then I say all ten verses 5 times.

    1. Ben Greenfield says:

      That’s a great approach!

    2. Katie says:

      I really like this idea, Malinda. I’m going to try it out for myself and my kids.

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