Day 21: Plan to review {Tools for memorizing}


Repeat 3-5 times, twice a day.

4  And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.
5  “Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.”
Isaiah 12:4-5 (ESV)

Practice using 1st letters, twice a day.

4  A y w s i t d: “G t t t L, c u h n, m k h d a t p, p t h n i e.
5  “S p t t L, f h h d g; l t b m k i a t e.”


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.
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 12:1-3 (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.
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.


1. Box the nouns; circle the verbs.

This is for us grammarians. If that’s not you, skip down to #2. But it’s helpful to me to notice the sentence structure, particularly when a verse is heavy with an element.

Isaiah 12:4 is heavy with verbs, so by memorizing these 4 words, you’ve almost memorized the whole verse along with them:

Give – call – make – proclaim


2. Look for other word patterns.

As mentioned yesterday, notice how the second half of this chapter (Isaiah 12:4) begins much like the beginning of the chapter (Isaiah 12:1): “[And] you will say in that day: [I will] give thanks. . .”

Singing is also repeated from Isaiah 12:2, “God is…my song” to Isaiah 12:5, “Sing praises to the Lord” (and we’ll see it again in verse 6).

3. Make a review plan.

The best way to retain what you’ve learned is to review it periodically. I *try* to review a chapter twice a week after I complete it, then move it to once a week for a month, then put it on the rotation to review one chapter a week in a list with other chapters I’ve learned.

4. Practice all verses in Scripture Typer.


* Keep your memory verses together.

Once you start learning verses, it’s helpful to gather them together in a notebook or folder or box. You can then flip through them in order to ensure that everything gets reviewed periodically instead of forgotten. I keep mine in a binder specifically for Bible verses.


I’m sure you already know this, but: You won’t retain every word you’re memorizing. Don’t let that discourage you though. Because remember, it’s not about the word-for-word learning anyway; it’s about the heart. By planting these words into your heart through memorization, the message will sink even deeper. And by God’s grace, the message will stay, even if the words fade.

However, most of the words don’t have to fade away if you’ll continue to review periodically. You won’t have to review daily, but do make it a practice to return to them now and again to keep what you worked to gain.


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What word patterns have you noticed so far in the verses you’re memorizing? Do you have a plan for review? Please share in the comments.


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