Do you want to learn how to memorize scripture? Or maybe you just need some fresh scripture memorization ideas?
The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:17 to take up the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. But how can you wield your Sword when you don’t even know it? You can’t pull out relevant scripture to fight back temptations (like Jesus did in the desert) if you don’t have those scriptures written on your heart.
And this is why memorizing scripture is so important. You need to write God’s precious Word on your heart so that the Holy Spirit can bring it to remembrance when you are under stress, feeling overwhelmed, fighting anxiety, struggling with temptations, wanting to improve as a wife, mother, or in another are of your life, and more. Knowing God’s Word will equip you to bring your Sword to the battlefield.
So today I’m going to share with you how to memorize scripture ideas, tips, and different ways to memorize scripture.
Read it out loud…over and over
The first, and most essential way, to help you memorize scripture is to read it out loud (not just in your head) over and over again. Reading something out loud helps you to retain it better. And repetition helps with this as well. So reciting the scripture you’re trying to memorize repeatedly is a key factor to memorizing scripture.
Scripture writing and journaling
Another great way to help you memorize scripture is to write it out (again, over and over). Writing things out by hand creates a special connection in your brain that can help you to retain information better. So translating that to helping you to memorize scripture can really help. Simply pick up a notebook and get to writing out the scripture you want to memorize. Then do it again, and again. 🙂
Here are some beautiful blank notebooks with scripture on the cover that would make lovely scripture writing journals:
Index cards and flash cards
Flash cards have long been used to help kids (and adults) to memorize information, and scripture memorization is no different. Simply write the verse reference on one side, and then the scripture you want to memorize on the other side. At first, you’ll need to just read the scripture over and over again. But once you’ve memorized it, you can use these cards to review the verses and keep them fresh in your mind.
And the good news with index cards is that they don’t just come in blank white cards anymore! There are all kinds of awesome and practical options. Check out these ones below to find one that will work for you:
Pre-Written scripture cards (printable or already-printed)
If you’re not wanting to write out flashcards, or you just want something that’s a little more pretty and appealing to look at, then finding pre-written scripture cards is a great way to do that. You can find tons of great printable options, and already-printed ones if you don’t have a printer. I have some free printable war room scripture cards, as well as some other printable options within my online shop. But there are also lots of other options too. Whatever you choose to use, if you’re printing out your own, I’d recommend printing them on cardstock or laminating them and then keep them with you wherever you go to pull out and practice when you have time.
Here are some beautiful pre-written scripture card options (printable and already printed — click through each one for details):
Tape up the scripture in a place you regularly see
Whether you write the scripture out on an index card or use one of those pretty printable scripture cards I mentioned above, hanging up the scripture you want to memorize in a place you see often can really help. A great choice would be on your bathroom mirror. That way when you’re brushing your teeth and getting ready you can be reminded to recite the scripture over and over again (silently or out loud). You can also pick another place you see often (like on your coffee maker, above your kitchen sink, or even on the dashboard of your car). As long as you will see it frequently throughout the day, that’s the key here.
Hang scripture art throughout your house
Take taping up the scripture you want to memorize one step further! You can do this by incorporating your favorite scriptures, or ones you’re working on memorizing, into your decor with scripture art. I love scripture art because it goes along with God’s command to write them on the doorposts of your home (Deuteronomy 6:9) and it is a beautiful way to display your favorite verses from the Bible. Plus, it can really help to keep these scriptures on your mind so you can more easily memorize them.
Here are just a few beautiful scripture art options for you to choose from:
Listen to scripture songs or make them into a song yourself
If you’re a lyrical type of person, then making the scripture you’re trying to memorize into a catchy song or tune can really help to retain and memorize it. I can’t say that I’m great at doing this, but I definitely appreciate that there are already a lot of great scriptures in song form! Whether you make them into a song yourself or listen to already made scripture songs — if music is something that gets you pumped up for God and if it can help you to remember things, then let it help you to memorize scripture too!
Find a scripture memory app
This is actually one of my favorite methods and it’s really revolutionized scripture memorization for me. Personally, this is what has worked best for me. There are apps out there that can help you with memorizing scripture. My favorite one and the one that I use is called The Bible Memory App for the iPhone, but I’m sure there are others out there too for other devices. What’s great is that you can work on your scripture memorization from anywhere and anytime, because you typically always have your phone on you! 🙂
How to memorize scripture ideas and tips can help!
While memorizing scripture isn’t easy, it’s also not impossible. And you can do it too! You just have to find the right ways to memorize scripture that are going to work for you and your learning style. And I pray that these scripture memorization ideas will help you to write God’s Word on your heart, so you can wield the Sword of the Spirit whenever you need to!
Need some ideas for what scripture to memorize?
A great place to start memorizing scripture is with these 18 essential scriptures that are great for your war room or war binder. Get the scripture cards for free by filling in the form below. Enjoy!