Day 28: No regrets {Tools for memorizing}



Repeat 3-5 times, twice a day.

6  “Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
Isaiah 12:6

Practice using 1st letters, twice a day.

6  “S, a s f j, O i o Z, f g i y m i t H O o I.”


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.
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 12:1-5 (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.
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. Examine the words for patterns.

Two things that stand out to me in Isaiah 12:6 is (1) the repetition of “joy” from Isaiah 12:3 (the end of the first half of this psalm; now again at the end of the second half), and (2) the repetition of “sing” from the previous verse 5.

2. Make a schedule for reviewing.

Now it’s time to pencil in some review time on your calendar. I add it on my digital calendar as a recurring appointment. I’ll review Isaiah 12 twice a week for a month, by looking at first letters and by typing in Scripture Typer.

By December, I’ll go to a weekly review of Isaiah 12. In January, I’ll add it into the normal rotation with other chapters I’ve learned, which is reviewing one older chapter a week, usually two or three days of that week, depending on how rusty I am. I don’t try to get back every word, but I do like to know I’m maintaining the gist of each chapter.

3. Practice all verses in Scripture Typer.


* Read this mini-book: An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture by Andrew Davis


This resource is short, but full of examples of how to memorize scripture, especially large portions of it. Some of the information will already be familiar to you, but there are always new tips and approaches we can learn for more effectiveness in learning verses.

Buy the Kindle version from Amazon for $.99.

[Click here if you can’t see the video of Andrew Davis]


You may think that you didn’t learn your chapter this month as well as you’d like. That’s okay. Even if you didn’t actually memorize any of the words, if you spent extra time with the Lord in the process of trying, count it as a win.

No regrets!


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How did you do this month? Please share in the comments.


2 thoughts on “Day 28: No regrets {Tools for memorizing}

  1. Deanna

    That’s what I keep telling myself, “no regrets”. I’ve not done nearly as well as I would have liked with Isaiah 12 – have not gone passed verse 4. But, like you said, I’ve been spending extra time with the LORD each every time I would read Isaiah 12. It has been good.

    I need to do the first letter tool. It works well. I have written Isaiah 12 out onto notecards – one notecard per verse. I am going to put the first letter on back of each card.

    Scripture Typer I think will be handy for review.

    Thanks for the PDF resource – I am going to check it out. Can always use more times/suggestions/encouragement for memorization.

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