Day 15: Why are you memorizing? {Tools for memorizing}

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TO MEMORIZE

Repeat 3-5 times, twice a day.

2  “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.”
3  With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
Isaiah 12:2-3 (ESV)

Practice using 1st letters, twice a day.

2  “B, G i m s; I w t, a w n b a; f t L G i m s a m s, a h h b m s.”
3  W j y w d w f t w o s.

TO REVIEW

1  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  Y w s i t d: “I w g t t y, O L, f t y w a w m, y a t a, t y m c m.”

TO DO

1. Ask yourself why.

Today is a good day to ask yourself this question again:

Why am I memorizing scripture?

It’s important to frequently adjust your motives to ensure they’re not becoming unaligned with your priorities. It’s easy to get caught up in the what of everyday practices of first letters or Scripture Typer or recitations. Yes, those are good. But not without a healthy foundation of why.

2. Journal about this week’s verses.

Ask yourself, then journal about how God is working through these words this week. Have you seen him in a fresh way? In what areas do you need to trust him more? Is he your strength or not?

Some of my journal thoughts from Isaiah 12:2-3:

See! the Mighty has saved me. I can be confident. I don’t have to be startled by anything. The self-sufficient One is who I can sing about. It’s come to pass that I now feel secure, to live out loud and open. And free.

3. Practice in Scripture Typer.

Review all your verses together in Scripture Typer. If you’ve been doing the “Type Everything–Speed” option, try switching over to the “Type Everything–Accuracy” option, or vice versa, for fresh practice.

TODAY’S TIP

* Google “Why memorize scripture”

When your motivation gets low, take a look around at what motivates others. You’re guaranteed to find some inspiration that will encourage you to keep moving forward.

FINAL WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Halfway through a memory challenge (even a short one like this) is when many people start to drift off. It’s a little harder than they thought, or they aren’t as disciplined with it as they’d expected, or life has just gotten in the way. If that happens to you, don’t beat yourself up about it. But do reevaluate and ask why you started this in the first place, and if that’s reason to keep going.

Remember this: you’re not doing this alone. Many others are experiencing the same struggles you are. And hopefully some of the same victories.

Ask others what keeps them going, or ask your accountability partner to give you some encouragement.

And above all, pray about it. God is in this with you, too. Let him guide you through it.

LINKS

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Have you hit any roadblocks yet? Please share in the comments.

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