Day 12: Add more words in your heart {Tools for memorizing}


Today we add Isaiah 12:2-3. 


“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
Isaiah 12:2-3 (ESV)


You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.”
Isaiah 12:1 (ESV)


1. Review Isaiah 12:1, twice each day.
Say Isaiah 12:2-3, three to five times, twice each day.

Strategically place your 3×5 cards for Isaiah 12:2-3 where you will see them often this week.

You can add a couple new phrases per day, or learn both new verses together at once. Don’t worry if they don’t stick for a few days. That’s normal.

2. Look up root words for your new verses.

It doesn’t have to take long. But look closely at each word in your new verses, writing down anything unusual that stands out to you. Use e-Sword. Or scroll and click over each word in Isaiah 12:2-3 online at StudyLight, (even though it’s in a different translation than we’re memorizing).

A few words of interest to me from Isaiah 12:2-3 . . .

  • “Behold” = hinneh (H2009) = See!
  • “God” = el (H410) = god; mighty one; strength, power
  • “salvation” = yeshuah (H3444) = safety, deliverance, from H3467, to be open, wide, or free; to be safe
  • “trust” = batach (H982) = to hie for refuge; be confident
  • “wells” = mayan (H4599) = fountain, source, spring

3. Download desktop wallpaper

Isaiah 12:2


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Isaiah 12:3


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* Learn verse numbers, too?

Should you bother learning the verse numbers as well as the chapter number? It depends. With as few as 6 verses, I will also memorize the numbers. It does help me keep track where I am.

But with longer chapters, sometimes it gets too overwhelming. Experiment to see what works best for you.

* Scripture Stickies

Another way to keep your memory verses in front of you is to order a set of sticky notes. Scripture Stickies are Post-It notes with memory verses (use their sets or order a custom set). I’ve used them a few times and loved being able to stick them around the house in different places, and then remove and stick them somewhere else.


Remember you’re not just learning words; you’re learning God. He’s sending you truths that are important about him and about you. These two new verses (one long, one short) are packed with this truth: because God is strong, you can be free, confident and joyful.

As you add new words this week, release them often into your spirit, not just into your head. 


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Do you typically remember the “address” of your memory verses or not? Please share in the comments.


14 thoughts on “Day 12: Add more words in your heart {Tools for memorizing}

  1. Mari-Anna Stalnacke

    It is good to keep learning at any age even though it’s not always easy. But the joy of learning makes it all worthwhile. And when we learn the Word of God…nothing beats it. Thanks, sister, for encouraging us to not give up memorizing Bible verses. So needed. Blessings to you, Lisa!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Mari-Anna. Yes, sometimes these older brains may work a little slower, but that’s just because we’ve got so much already packed in, right? 🙂 But there’s always room for more. So grateful God can squeeze himself into any nook and cranny that we’re willing to give to him.

  2. ~Karrilee~

    Lisa – these are such great tips and tools for memorization! I have to admit, it has been awhile since I purposed to memorize a portion of Scripture, but this post made me want to jump back in! (Another thing that we do is set the verses to a tune… somehow singing it helps me to memorize it too!)

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Yes, setting it to music is a fantastic way to help me remember better too. Now if I could just get someone to create a song for me for Isaiah 12 in ESV because I’m awful at doing it myself. 🙂

  3. Natalie

    Thanks for the tips here, Lisa. Memorizing was so much easier when I was young, yet I keep on, knowing that God’s word doesn’t return void. He will use it. I memorize the reference when I’m memorizing a verse or two. For longer passages or chapters, I memorize the chapter or the passage reference rather than individual verses.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      “doesn’t return void” – That is a truth that I love! Thanks for adding that here, Natalie.

      Yes, I’m with you on the chapter numbers only when it’s long. I figure I can always find the verse if needed if I can remember the chapter.

  4. ~ linda

    I am “learning God.” How profound and beautiful! I have been away since 10/1 so am just beginning here for this month of October. But will go back and start anew. I love the wallpapers and think that using them will be a wonderful way to see God’s Word at each sign in at this computer!
    Caring, ~ linda

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Linda. The wallpapers make me happy when I see them on my computer, over and over throughout the day. It is nice to be reminded of God and his greatness whenever we look at our machines!

  5. bluecottonmemory

    To hie for refuge – how I like that visual of trust – and then to be wide open, free – for salvation – interesting that too many in western civilization today see God’s salvation is limiting, a type of enslavement – I think it is over though him that we can be wide open – free! I’m going to hold these verses close to my heart over the next few weeks! Blessings to you, Lisa!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Yes, in Christ is the most freeing place to live! Quite the opposite of enslavement, which is how we live when we try to only live for ourselves. So thankful for his grace to deliver us from ourselves.

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