Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Peek Into Our Memory Box

When I shared on Monday our plans for learning together this year, I mentioned briefly that adopting scripture memory box system last year was a rousing success and that we planned to continue with it this year.  I love that the system makes it possible for us to continue to review all the scriptures we are hiding in our hearts without having to recite every one every day. 

Allyson asked to hear about the scriptures we had chosen to memorize. Before I begin listing verses, you should know that we began learning and accumulating verses years ago.  They were not all learned last year!  Even my littlest children who were not  born when we first memorized some of the verses now can recite them because we continue to review them. 

Here is a peek into our box currently:

Daily: Psalm 100:2-- "Serve the Lord with gladness!  Come into his presence with singing!"

Phillipians 2:14, 15-- "Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe."

Ephesians 4:32-- "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."

Luke 6:31-- "Do to others as you would have them do to you."

Matthew 5:44-- "But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."

names of Jesus  (found here and here)

Week 1 of the month
Luke 2:1-14 (the Christmas story)

Week 2 of the month
Psalm 23

Week 3 of the month
the books of the Old and New Testaments

Week 4 of the month
: The Lord's Prayer
As we continue to add verses, we can add new dividers like odd days, even days, and the numbered days of the month.  

Do you memorize scripture as part of your day?  Do you have a favorite scripture to suggest?

Part 2: More on Memorizing Scripture


  1. I like how you added in other (non-verse) information like the names of Jesus and the books of the Bible.

    So, with your current setup, you review 3 different tabs each day, right? For the weeks of the month, you review those every day? We don't have those categories in ours, but I'm thinking about adding them. Do you keep those the same every month or will you move them back into a once a month rotation as you learn more verses?

  2. We memorized Psalm 23 as part of a nightly prayer. Then, when he had that down, we did the Lord's prayer, and we review one or the other most nights. It took a week or two or me saying them alone, but then he began to jump in on the phrases he knew, and before long he knew them in their entirety. Joshua has learned many verses through songs at VBS so we have 3 or 4 CDs now we listen to often to have "dance parties" and review our verses. This also prompts him to ask deeper questions about what the verses mean, and about what it looks like to live those verses out. One of his favorites (because of his name) is Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you, be strong & courageous? Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God with be with you wherever you go." He holds onto that one very closely & has used it to be brave when facing scary new situations or in order to keep trying when he wants to give up on something difficult.

  3. Oops. Typo above. "for the Lord your God WILL be with you.."


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