The problem with memorizing Bible verses is that if you’re not consistent, you won’t remember the verse later. Or you may work on a verse hard for a week, but it just doesn’t stick.
So if you’re wondering how to memorize Bible verses, read on! In this week’s blog we’re going to show you how to learn one new verse, each and every week, for the rest of your life. And we guarantee it’s going to “stick.”
This excellent method has worked well for many brothers and sisters.
Here’s what you do:Write the scriptures you want to memorize on blank cards. You’re going to learn one per week. The week you’re learning a particular verse, you go over it every day. The next week, you’re done with it and you’re on to another verse.
But how can you be sure that you remember last week’s Scripture?
This is where the method comes in. Put the first week’s card in a pile with an elastic on it with the number “1” on it. This is the pile you’ll work through every day.
On the first week you’ll review that verse every day. However, after that initial week, when you look at the verse, if you get it right, you move it up to pile 2.
The next day you do both piles: Pile 1 (with the current week’s verse) & Pile 2 (with older verses you are still reviewing). Any verses that you get correct get moved up a pile, so that you now should have Pile 1, Pile 2, and Pile 3.
If you get a verse wrong, though, it goes down a pile! So, if you’re doing your current week’s verse (Pile 1), and some verses from the last few weeks (Pile 2), and you get a verse wrong that’s in Pile 2, it now gets moved back down to pile 1 to work on every day for another week.
Every day you do Piles 1 & 2. Pile 3 you do every Friday. Pile 4 you do once a month. And Pile 5 you do every other month. Therefore, if you’re memorizing one Bible verse a week, for instance, you’ll likely review it every day for awhile, then every week, then once a month, and then every second month, and then it will be gone. (Gone from your piles, but in your head forever!)
It works well because you can add verses to Pile 1 at any time. So if the verse from last week is still moving through Piles 1-3, that’s okay. You can simply add more verses to Pile 1. You can have as many there as you need to.
The main thing is that you review each verse at least five times before you get rid of it.
Here, then, is what a sample schedule would look like:
Every day: Go over new verse ANDIf you ever get a verse wrong, it goes back to Pile 1! This way you’re sure that once you’re finished with a Bible verse, you really know it.
Every day: Review verses from Piles 1 & 2. Remember if you get a verse correct, move it up a pile! AND
Every Friday: Review Pile 3. AND
Second Wednesday of the month: Review Pile 4. AND
Every 31st of a month: Review Pile 5.
(Why the 31st? It’s easy to remember, and it means you’ll hit pile 5 about every other month. You’ll hit it twice in a row July-August and December-January, but you probably need the practice anyway )
If you want to memorize Bible verses as a family, the best time is right after dinner. Even if you can’t do it every night, try for as many nights as possible each week. And if you use this method, you can be sure that you won’t forget any! You’ll go through each verse at least 5 times, and you’ll space it out!
But what Bible verses should you memorize? Please stay tuned for an upcoming blog. Also, let us know which verses you’re memorizing in the comments below!