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5 Ways to Memorize Scripture That Actually Work

Have you ever faced at least one of these three problems?

  1. You read a verse and then forgot it within 10 minutes.
  2. You’re trying to reference a scripture to someone, but you just can’t remember what it is.
  3. You have the hardest time finding the verse you’re looking for or even remembering which book of the Bible it’s in.

Memorizing scripture has so many benefits when it comes to applying God’s Word to our everyday lives and to those around us. How can we be encouraged to hold onto His promises when things are looking down or fully live the life He’s called us to live if His words are not stored within us? Well, here are some ways you can be intentional about memorizing scripture!


1. Make a scripture memory box. Only three items are needed: flashcards, dividers and a flashcard box. Label them by the days, the weeks or however you’d like and pull a verse each day to focus on making your memory verse for the day. In a year, that’s 365 verses memorized!


Find this tutorial here.


2. Print some verse cards (or write verses on sticky notes) and plaster them around the house or at your work desk. This has been a fantastic method in my experience. Seeing specific verses on my bathroom mirror, the cabinet or bedroom door and then saying them out loud to myself every time in passing really helped make them stick!


[Source: A Proverbs 31 Wife]


3. Read, speak, write. This is just a rule of thumb. Repetition helps us retain information longer!



4. Download scripture onto your smartphone or iPad. Yep, there’s an app for that (thank us later).



5. Make it applicable. This is probably my biggest tip. It’s been scientifically proven that when we can tie personal meaning into present information, it’s more likely to stick in our long-term memory. So if you’re dedicated to memorizing a verse, think about how it relates to your life, a person you know or an event. Literally explain to yourself out loud, or even to someone else, how that verse applies to a specific situation you’ve experienced and I guarantee you it’s most likely to never slip your mind again.



What tips and tricks do you use to help yourself memorize scripture? Sharing is caring! Comment below!


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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Joy18 on January 10, 2018 at 14:12

    These are some great ways to memorize the Bible. Thanks.
    When I was teaching some preschoolers and kindergartners, I used a rhyming song. A is for All us like sheep have gone astray. B is for Be kind to one another…… And so it goes. Not only do they know the verses A to Z but Will remember them in times to come. Also, I know them well.
    I found also, that in a challenge I was in some years ago, I learned ten verses in about five to ten minutes. I did this by repeating them until I knew them and could tell them to the listener who handed the next clue. It was a Christian Amazing Race. It was fun and shows just what you can do and learn when you need to. I love to learn God’s Word.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by sighi18 on April 29, 2016 at 08:31

    One tip that I have been using is very simple and a fast way to learn verses.
    This idea comes from Mary Kate Robinson. Here’s her website for detailed instructions on how to do this tip. http://www.thelittleduckwife.com/?m=1

    Or search littleduckwife on Google ?

    The method that I use is to pick letters and memorize. This is what I mean; here’s an example:

    Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

    Method: I C D A T T C W S M
    P 4:13

    You just take the first letter of each word and you memorize the words like this. It works. Mary Kate writes it on her hand but I wrote it on post it notes and place them around my room. You can be creative.

    Tell me if you used this and if it helps you. I’m sorry if I didn’t explain it very well. ? God bless you? ~Jules

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Joy18 on January 10, 2018 at 14:13

      Great idea!!!! I’ll try it now. Thanks

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by CarolineK on February 27, 2016 at 20:55

    Use rhythm and music! I used to do Junior Bible Quiz, and giving verses rhythm helped a lot! Also, scripture songs! Ones I leaned when I was little still stick with me. We use them during VBS too!

  4. Rebekah@MoreRadiance

    Posted by Rebekah@MoreRadiance on February 23, 2016 at 05:07

    These are really great tips! Each one sounds like it would be extremely helpful. I love posting Bible verses around my bedroom and saying them out loud or copying them down several times -it really does help. One way that works really great is copying down the first letter of every word and the reference. So… for the verse “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” It would look like this: “T w i a l u m f a l u m p.” This tip works great for me!

  5. AnnaofArendelle

    Posted by AnnaofArendelle on February 22, 2016 at 14:00

    I love ScriptureTyper so much. It has helped me a lot. You can even do it on the computer. Thanks for telling the whole PI community about it:)

  6. Smylinggirl

    Posted by Smylinggirl on February 19, 2016 at 12:43

    Write the verse on a white board. Read it through once and then erase one word. Continue until you’ve erased the whole verse (and reference). You will have read the verse through once for every word in the verse!