12 How to Make Learning New Memory Verses Easier

I’ve always believed I could never memorize more than a verse or two a week, tops. However, the Lord has stretched my average memory to memorize Scripture beyond what I ever thought was possible. Currently my mind is savoring the truths and promises from:

1. My daughters 2-3 weekly Awana verses that I teach her and review with her daily in various fun ways. 
It’s so true you can’t teach what you don’t know and to help my daughter learn her verses and make sure she’s got the words right, I have to know them myself.  So I consider it even more important that I learn her verses, so I know that I’m teaching her right and can catch any mistakes and help make the necessary adjustments. However, I never want memorizing Scripture to be tedious or overwhelming to my daughter. So  I try to make it as fun as possible. Lately, our favorite ways have been drawing pictures of the verse on her whiteboard and then pointing to key  parts of the picture as we take turns trying to say the verse with visuals only. Then when we can just about say a verse, we’ve been having fun gathering all her stuffed animals and having them “take turns” saying her verses through the various voices she and I do for her animals. By the end of the week she and I have practiced her verses countless times, in various fun ways, so that the verses are not just hidden in her heart, but mine as well. 

2. Memorizing Isaiah 55 (at one verse a week) with the fabulous online community at Do Not Depart.


Going through Isaiah 55 has been a blessing and I’m especially excited now because the second half of Isaiah 55 contains so many verses that I love, and that’s where we are now (Isaiah 55:8) I also highly recommend Do Not Depart’s Facebook Group HideHisWord. It is a daily source of encouragement and inspiration to me. If you’d like to get started memorizing Isaiah 55, Here’s my plan for memorizing Isaiah 55. If you’d like to jump in where we are at now, we’d love for you to join us! People are always joining at different times, so feel free to jump in and memorize this week’s verse, Isaiah 55:8, or start at Isaiah 55:1, or any other verse in the Bible—however the Lord leads. Though the Do Not Depart group, HideHisWord, is hosting the Isaiah 55 Hide His Word Challenge, the community there is really centered around memorizing Scripture in general. The people there are memorizing all different verses. Some are memorizing Isaiah 55, some Ephesians, some specific verses that encourage them, etc. So if you feel led to memorize Scripture, and would love a group to support and encourage you along the way, you’d be blessed by the HideHisWord group.

3. Memorizing Philippians (at three verses a week) for my 2014 Scripture Memory Project.
 
This has been very stretching for me. I’ve always attempted much shorter  passages, because for me  they were safe. But after reading this quote by Don Piper, in his book When I Don't Desire God, I knew it was time to step out of my comfort zone.

“If you are not a memorizer at all, shift up to memorizing a Bible verse a week. If you only memorize single verses, shift up to memorizing some paragraphs or chapters (like Psalm 1 or Psalm 23 or Romans 8). And if you have ventured to memorize chapters, shift up to memorize a whole book or part of a book. Few things have a greater effect on the way we see God and the world than to memorize extended portions of Scripture. “  
 So through the Lord’s leading and the Spirit’s enabling, I’ve begun memorizing my first book--Philippians,  and so far it’s been  great. I really thought three verses a week , to finish it by the end of the year, was going to be too much with my busy schedule, and memorizing Awana verses and my weekly Isaiah 55 verse but the Lord has shown me ways to make it possible which has been a real blessing. 

I think the key disciplines that have made this possible have been listening to Philippians all the way through each day (I use my Word of Promise App)  and reading Philippians aloud each day all the way through. Each time I do these I become increasingly familiar with the text and can begin to anticipate when a word or phrase is going to said while listening to Philippians. So by the time I get to memorizing those verses, they are not brand new to me, but familiar, making it that much easier to commit them to memory. 

For me It’s like the difference between trying to find a place you’ve never been to in unfamiliar territory (without the help of a GPS in your car), and finding a place you’ve never been to that is located in familiar territory. Though in both scenarios you are attempting to find a place you’ve never been to, the place within familiar territory will be so much easier to find than having to find a place you’ve never been to in an area you are unfamiliar with to begin with. Once I discovered how these two disciplines would make memorizing Scripture easier by helping me to become  increasingly familiar with a passage long before those verses came up on my Scripture Memory schedule, I have been amazed how memorizing Scripture really doesn’t need to be hard. With a couple of daily disciplines, memorizing Scripture is so much easier!

Questions for you: What are your tips for making it easier to learn new memory verses? What are your favorite ways for teaching or practicing memory verses with your children?



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2 Gaining a Hopeful Spirit

My least favorite promise in the Bible is when Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble...” (John 16:33) During Jesus’ sermon on the mount, we see this trouble comes on a daily basis when Jesus instructs those listening (and us!) not to worry about tomorrow. Why? Because “Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Those who believe in Jesus are not immune from trouble. In Psalm 34:19 the first half of the verse promises, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous…” I see this truth illustrated every week in my ladies Bible study group when we share prayer requests. Whether you and I are feeling weary from an ongoing trial, discouraged that the news rarely has a happy story to report, or disappointed by the way things have turned out, without hope, we will continue to feel this way.


In her encouraging pamphlet, Gaining a Hopeful Spirit, Joni Eareckson Tada shows how anyone can have hope even “when all hope seems gone.” Having gone through an enormous trial herself since 1967 when a diving accident left her a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, Joni knows first-hand how important hope is and how discouraging life can be without it. Through this 14-page pamphlet, Joni offers hope to anyone feeling discouraged, disappointed, etc. by comforting those with the comfort she has been given. (2 Cor. 1:4) In addition, she equips readers so that they can pass on hope to someone who is despairing. 

 Any Christian would benefit from this pamphlet because we all experience trials and can fall into discouragement. Or despite our daily trials, we’re not discouraged, but know someone who is and don’t know what quite to say to give that person hope. Whether we are the one feeling discouraged, or we know someone who is, this pamphlet offers that much needed hope.

Learn more about Joni's pamphlet, Gaining a Hopeful Spirit or read about Joni’s other pamphlets in this series. 

Disclaimer: I received this advanced reader copy free from Rose Publishing as part of their review program for bloggers. I was not asked to write a positive review, but simply, an honest one.

Questions for you: Have you read any of Joni's pamphlets from Rose Publishing? How do you gain a hopeful spirit when you find yourself in discouraging circumstances?



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10 Great Christian Kid Shows For At Home and On-The-Go

Recently, I got a three month subscription to Club JellyTelly, which I had never heard of, but has now become my new favorite site for children's Christian shows. JellyTelly was developed by VeggieTales and What’s In the Bible? creator, Phil Vischer. How did I never hear of this until now?


While some of our favorite shows are here like Pahappahooey Island, What's in the Bible?, and Jesus Storybook Bible, there are also a ton of shows we've never heard of that are becoming new favorites like GiGi Gods Little Princess and The Pond. In addition to kids shows, JellyTelly also offers games, printable coloring pages, and crafts. Such a deal for only $5.00 a month!

Watch On-The-Go

Jelly Telly has a free app that enables you to watch any shows from your mobile device on-the-go. For me, I've found the videos to load very slow on my iPad when using the app. However, as an experiment, I tried logging on to JellyTelly.com on my iPad and when I did the videos loaded super fast. Hopefully they'll make the videos in the app load as fast as they do online. Until then, I'm happy to log on the website in exchange for fast loading videos. And if you don't have 3G on your mobile device, more stores are offering free wi-fi which is can come in handy when you still have a few more items on your grocery list to get and the kiddos are getting restless. And just think, if someone at the store asks your child "What are you watching?" how surprised they will be to hear "Gigi God's Little Princess!" And perhaps if your child is watching something while you shop, maybe some truth on the show will be in earshot of another shopper passing by and they will be blessed. (Eph. 4:29) We never know how God will work a truth someone hears.


The Meaning Behind JellyTelly

From the site, "We get our name – JellyTelly – from jellyfish, to remind us of our need to stay in the current of God’s will and let Him carry us where He wants us to be. In the same way, jellyfish, without the ability to choose their own courses (they can’t move themselves!), must trust the ocean currents to carry them where they need to be. We are flowing in the current of God’s rescue plan and kingdom! And you know what else? A group of jellyfish is called a bloom! We believe families are blooms – growing together and moving in God’s current, wherever He may lead"

The Bloom

I'm already very impressed with all the shows, games, coloring pages, and crafts we get for just $5 a month. I was surprised to find out with your membership, each week you also receive a downloadable activity pack, called The Bloom,  to do together as a family.This year's theme is the life & teachings of Jesus  In 52 weeks, we’ll go through all 4 Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke & John – to learn about the life of Christ, and apply His teachings to our lives. 

Pointing Our Kids to Jesus

While I appreciate shows like Doc McStuffins, a sweet show with good takeaways for kids so they don't fear going to the doctor and they practice good health habits, if I had to choose between Doc McStuffins

 and a show on JellyTelly that points my daughter to the Lord, I'd much rather have her spend her half hour with a show that points her to Jesus than a show that doesn't.  Phil Vischer shares:
"When I started developing the ideas that would become VeggieTales way back in 1990, the new technology sweeping through America’s living rooms was the VHS deck. Times have changed since then. Kids aren’t walking around with VHS cassettes under their arms anymore. They are walking around with iPods and Xbox. They’re online. They’ve got Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel streaming 24 hours a day into their bedrooms. Our kids are consuming more media than ever before, on average more than 5 hours a day – including more than three hours a day of just television!
 
Churches are doing wonderful work with kids – innovative work – but a church will get about an hour with a child on a Sunday morning and then before it sees that child again, that kid on average has watched more than 22 hours of Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. Is it any wonder that our kids are growing up knowing more about iCarly than about the apostle Paul? That they’re more emotionally engaged in the outcome of American Idol than the gospel of Jesus Christ or the work of the Church around the world? We need to do something about this – half of kids growing up in church in America are walking away from church when they graduate from high school.

We can do something about this by using the same technology that kids are adapting to as they consume media in new ways. Club JellyTelly is a way to bring the Bible and the Christian faith to life for kids on a daily basis, to show them the work of the church around the world and the role they can play in it, to teach them their faith and what it looks like to live it. Every day we can talk to kids – we can take just a half an hour away from what they are consuming from the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. We think we can make a huge difference in the life of a child."
 I'm very thankful for the ways the Lord has used Phil Vischer to point children to Jesus through VeggieTales, What's in the Bible, and now JellyTelly. In a day where our kids are bombarded with media that pulls their attention away from Jesus, its refreshing to see resources like JellyTelly that point them back.

Questions for you: What is your favorite Christian kids show? What are your favorite resources for pointing your children to Jesus?



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14 How to Break Down Long Memory Verses for Easier Memorization

Years ago when I memorized Isaiah 53, one of the things that surprised me, as I began, was how many words were packed into each verse. Every verse looked like a miniature paragraph. I didn’t know how I was possibly going to keep it all straight and remember it all.



That’s when the Lord led me to structure those memory verses to make them easier to memorize. A Precepts class on Structuring taught me all I needed to know to break down these extra-long verses so I could make better sense of them by recognizing their natural flow of thought. Structuring was just the tool I needed to make memorizing Isaiah 53 so much more doable—making the memorizing process so much more enjoyable. If you do not have a Precept class near you to teach you structuring, to find out how easy and effective this method is check out my post on structuring.

When I learned about Do Not Depart’s Isaiah 55 His Word in My Heart Challenge, I headed over to Isaiah 55 to see what we were going to be memorizing. Though excited for this next memory challenge, as I surveyed the chapter, I recognized a familiar format from Isaiah 53—a set of exceptionally long verses. It was then that I knew the only way I’d be able to memorize Isaiah 55 is to structure each verse in bite-sized portions that showed the flow of thought within the verse. 

So that’s what I did. If you are like me and need long memory verses broken down to more manageable bits of information, to keep all the words and phrasing straight and better understand the message within the verse, then please feel free to print the free printable I created for memorizing Isaiah 55:1 for easier memorizing and quick review. (See below)

As a visual learner, I need to structure my verses (especially the exceptionally long ones like we’re memorizing in Isaiah 55). Structuring my verses helps me to make sense of it all and get down the correct wording and phrasing much faster. To help me even more, this time I added corresponding clip art next to key words to serve as visual cues as I learn the verse and, later, go on to review it. I hope this printable helps you to hide Isaiah 55:1 in your heart, as much as it is helping me. 


Question for you: How do you break down long verses into more manageable portions to make memorizing those verses easier? 


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15 My Plan for Memorizing Isaiah 55

This week I’ve been gearing up to memorize Isaiah 55 with the amazing community of believers at Do Not Depart.  I’m so excited! if you’d like to join the fun, I encourage you to sign up. This will be at a pace of 1verse a week, which is very doable. (and such a blessing!)


I hope you’ll join us!

Having memorized 1 John 1:1-14 and 1 Peter 1 with the great ladies at Do Not Depart, I know first-hand what a blessing it is to memorize a passage with a group of sisters in Christ who are committed to Hiding God’s Word in their hearts. I encourage you to join us! The accountability and fellowship along the way are priceless! You will be inspired, encouraged, and strengthened both by the verses we’ll memorize as well as by the other godly women who are dedicated to hide Isaiah 55 in their hearts these next several weeks.

You can memorize Isaiah 55!

If you don’t have a good memory, don’t let that hold you back. If you truly have a desire to memorize Isaiah 55, God will surely honor that desire, and fully equip you with the ability to not only memorize all of Isaiah 55, but to lock it in your brain for the rest of your life. Trust Him. You can do this! If you ever doubt your ability to memorize Scripture, or finish this memory challenge let these two verses encourage you and help you take those thoughts captive and bring them into obedience to Christ:

1. I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
2. With man this is impossible, but not with God. With God ALL THINGS are possible! (Matthew 19:26)

Both these verses prove that you can memorize Scripture, even all of Isaiah 55, regardless of your memory. For more great reasons to join us in memorizing Scripture, check out 10 reasons why I memorize Scripture,   John Piper’s 6 Great Reason’s to Memorize Scripture, as well as the benefits of memorizing passages over individual verses. So if you desire to join me in memorizing Isaiah 55, I encourage you to head over to Do Not Depart and register for the Isaiah 55 memory challenge. After that grab your favorite Bible translation to memorize from and join in the fun!
What Works For Me

Before the challenge begins, I’m gearing up to memorize Isaiah 55 by reading it aloud, all the way through, each morning and night. I plan on continuing this when the challenge starts because it 
  • helps me grasp the psalm as a whole
  • familiarizes me with the verses I have left to memorize
  • and enables me to recognize repeated words and phrases within the passage.
Additionally, since I memorize from the NKJV I am daily using my Word of Promise app to listen to Isaiah 55 as I read along (for both auditory and visual learning). That is great when I can sit still for a minute. But if I’m cleaning my house,  cooking, cleaning, ironing, doing yardwork outside, or running errands in the car I can listen along. I’ve created an Isaiah 55 playlist that plays the chapter for me five times so I can listen while I work. I also have a previously memorized playlist for easy review of previous chapters I’ve memorized because I don’t want to forget.

When the challenge begins, each morning I read out loud and recite my verses for the week a total of 10 times each. So I don’t lose count, and to make things easy for me, to keep track how many times I’ve read a verse out loud or how many times I have recited it, I will write on any slip of paper something like this, and use tick marks to keep track of what I’ve done so far, so I know when I reach 10 times:

Isaiah 55:1
Read out loud: ||||  ||||
Recite: ||||  ||||

Isaiah 55:2
Read out loud: |||| ||||
Recite: |||| ||||


After I finish this I’ll write my verses on a 3 x 5 note card and bring my verses wherever I am to review throughout my day in those down times when my hands are busy but my mind is free. (i.e. Brushing teeth, styling hair, putting on makeup, cooking, folding laundry, going on a walk waiting in line at the store or in traffic at a stop light, etc.) I actually memorized the majority of 1 John 1:1-14 simply in the 15 minutes it takes me to take a shower each day.  By posting my verses in the shower, memorizing John 1:1-14 while I was already in there anyway meant the 15 minutes I worked on my memory verses did not take any extra time out my busy day. Rather I just redeemed the time when my hands were busy but my mind was free, just as Janet Pope recommends in her fantastic book His Word in My Heart: Memorizing Scripture for a Closer Walk with God.

Because posting my verses in the shower has proven so effective in helping me learn my verses, I’ve since also posted my memory verses on my refrigerator for easy review while I cook, and next to my mirror in the bathroom to review while I brush my teeth, put on my makeup, and style my hair. I also reference these verses by the mirror when I get out of the shower to run through my verses again one last time while I’m finishing up in the bathroom.

Think about your day and what moments you can redeem for hiding His Word in your heart. Maybe it’s when your kids are napping or playing independently. Or when you are waiting at the doctor’s office, in the checkout line, in traffic. Perhaps it is when you are folding laundry or going on your morning walk. If you know you are going to be facing those times, why not bring your 3 x 5 card with your verses on it and have them handy to review during those down times that can be expected in our day-to-day life? 

Tip if you learn well with the flashcard method like me, you’d like the ScriptureTyper app that enables you to easily quiz yourself on your verses in flashcard fashion.

Moving From Being Familiar To Being Certain Of What The Bible Says

I want to leave you with one last thing. When I was in high school and I had a test coming up, I would study until I got it right. Now looking back, I can see I was doing the bare minimum in preparing for a test. Because God’s Word is life-changing I do not study my memory verses until I finally get it right. Instead, I practice until I can’t get it wrong. After much practice, I experience the joy of being familiar with a passage to actually knowing exactly what a passage says. So when the Isaiah 55 memory challenge begins, my goal is to practice my memory verses until I can’t get them wrong, so by April 20th, I‘ll be able to rejoice that I’ve moved from simply being familiar with Isaiah 55 to actually knowing what it says. I hope you’ll join me in this! God bless you richly as you seek to hide His Word in your heart!
My Memorization Plan for Isaiah 55
Week
Dates
Verses to Memorize
Daily Memorization Plan
1
January 20-26
Isaiah 55:1
1. Read Isaiah 55:1 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
2
January 27-February 2
Isaiah 55:2
1. Review last week’s verse first (Isaiah 55:1) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Read Isaiah 55:2 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
3
February 3-9
Isaiah 55:3
1. Review last week’s verse first (Isaiah 55:2) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Isaiah 55:1-2) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Isaiah 55:3 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4
February 10-16
Isaiah 55:4
1. Review last week’s verse first (Isaiah 55:3) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Isaiah 55:1-3) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Isaiah 55:4 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
5
February 17-February 23
Isaiah 55:5
1. Review last week’s verse first (Isaiah 55:4) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Isaiah 55:1-4) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Isaiah 55:5 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
6
February 24-March 2
Isaiah 55:6
1. Review last week’s verse first (Isaiah 55:5) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Isaiah 55:1-5) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Isaiah 55:6 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
7
March 3-9
Isaiah 55:7
1. Review last week’s verse first (Isaiah 55:6) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Isaiah 55:1-6) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Isaiah 55:7 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
8
March 10- March 16
Isaiah 55:8
1. Review last week’s verse first (Isaiah 55:7) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Isaiah 55:1-7) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Isaiah 55:8 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
9
March 17- March 23
Isaiah 55:9
1. Review last week’s verse first (Isaiah 55:8) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Isaiah 55:1-8) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Isaiah 55:9 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
10
March 24- March 30
    Isaiah 55:10
1. Review last week’s verse first (Isaiah 55:9) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Isaiah 55:1-9) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Isaiah 55:10 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times.
11
March 31-   April 6
Isaiah 55:11
1. Review last week’s verse first (Isaiah 55:10) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Isaiah 55:1-10) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Isaiah 55:11 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
12
April 7-
April 13
Isaiah 55:12
1. Review last week’s verse first (Isaiah 55:11) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Isaiah 55:1-11) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Isaiah 55:12 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
13
April 14-April 20
Isaiah 55:13
Review
1. Review last week’s verse first (Isaiah 55:12) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Isaiah 55:1-12) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Isaiah 55:13 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. At the end of the week begin review program. Recite Isaiah 55:1-24 once through every day for the next 100 days (during downtime—i.e. In the car, in the shower, while folding laundry, etc.)
 * My plan for memorizing  Isaiah 55 was adapted from “An Approach to Extended Memorization” by Dr. Andrew M. Davis, Pastor at First Baptist Church in Durham, N.C.

Planning Your Strategy of Attack 

Whenever I seek to better my life by making positive changes, whether it’s to lose weight, get organized, or memorize Scripture, I like to list my reasons for why I want to make these changes. This way, when my motivation starts to fade, I can be reminded, and encouraged, of the blessings that await me if I just press on and don’t give up.

But if I think all I need to do is make a list of reasons for pursuing a goal, without also considering the foreseeable roadblocks that are sure to come up along the way, it will only be a matter of time before I’m discouraged by an obstacle, and tempted to fall back on my old, comfortable ways. So, it’s essential to not only know why I’m pursing a goal, but  also to identify what potential roadblocks I am sure to face, and what to do when those likely obstacles appear.  

So here is my Scripture Memory goal for Isaiah 55 as well as my potential roadblocks and strategies for overcoming those obstacles. Hopefully this will give you some good ideas for creating your own Scripture Memory goal and help you identify your own roadblocks and strategies for overcoming them. 

Goal: Hide Isaiah 55 in my heart by April 20, 2014

Reasons why this goal is important: See my reasons why I memorize Scripture.
Anticipated obstacles and strategies for overcoming them:

Obstacle #1: Other activities of the day distract me from practicing my verses well.

Strategy: Schedule time on my calendar each day to practice and review my verses. Know when will I practice my verses: While cooking? While folding laundry? While in the shower? With ScriptureTyper? (Additionally schedule reminders to pop on my phone throughout each day to stop what I’m doing and read or recite my verses.)

Obstacle #2: Focusing only on the current verses I’m memorizing while neglecting to review previously memorized verses.

Strategy: Schedule time each day to review previously memorized verses so they stay fresh in my mind, and are not easily forgotten. Again, knowing when during the day I will review. Schedule a nighttime reminder to prompt me to review specific passages.

Obstacle #3: Practicing only in the shower, and not disciplining myself to practice during other times throughout my day.

Strategy: If my day is flying by, and I haven't revisited my verses other than time in the shower, I can get in some extra practice time saying my current memory verses before each meal. By the day’s end I could have potentially read or recited my verses three times. This would also be great to do with my little girl before meals to practice her weekly memory verse, too.

Obstacle #4: Not being held accountable to someone to finish memorizing the passage.
 
Strategy:  Recite my memory verses for at least one person during the week. Additionally find a friend who'd like to memorize with me. This is one reason why I love memorizing with the great community of believers, at Do Not Depart, who are dedicated to hiding God's Word in their hearts. If you're on Facebook, they have an awesome Facebook group, Hide His Word, that I just love.

So why bother strategizing? As Michael Hyatt suggested in his fantastic post, 5 Steps to Developing More Discipline, “Intentionally plan your strategy ahead rather than deciding it in the moment because it is too easy to give over to your default response, to give in to the impulse of the moment.” 

I hope this has equipped you with a plan to memorize Isaiah 55 as well a plan of attack for overcoming any potential roadblocks to memorizing Scripture. God bless you richly as you seek to hide Isaiah 55 in your heart.

Question for you: Will you join me in memorizing Isaiah 55? 



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